Weinig celebrates 35,000th moulder
By press release
Aug. 20, 2013, Germany - When Weinig commenced line assembly in 1970, it was a first in the sector that drew much attention. Series production was not yet the norm and placed high demands on organization and construction. With 26 workstations on the first assembly line, the company was also making a declaration of intent. Subsequently, series production would be continually expanded to several lines and increasingly tailored to requirements. The most important development came in 2007 with the shortening of throughput times achieved by reducing the number of workstations. Simultaneously, material supply trolleys were linked in accordance with the Kanban principle. The average throughput time for a Weinig moulder is currently ten working days.
The first assembly line commissioned was a breakthrough in accelerating growth and guaranteeing quality. On the one hand, it enabled modern production technology to supply growing markets with large volumes. On the other hand, it guaranteed consistently high standards. Over 43 years, the 'Montage 1' assembly line has produced Unimat, Hydromat and Powermat moulder lines. The line currently produces the premium Powermat 600, 1200 and 2400 models, which also account for the majority of sales revenue from Weinig's core business of planing and profiling machines.
In fact, it was a Powermat 1200 that rolled off the assembly line to mark the 35,000 milestone. Weinig used its traditional summer festival to celebrate the event, which also chronicled a large portion of the company's production history. If you were to arrange all the machines produced on the 'Montage 1' assembly line in a row, they would stretch over 175 kilometers. Several million working hours have been spent on the production line.
The celebration of the 35,000th moulder was an opportunity for the board to thank the employees whose commitment has made possible the success of the 'Montage 1' assembly line. Some 700 employees and guest of honor Georg Sörnsen looked on as the milestone machine was presented to the celebrating crowd on a forklift to rapturous applause. "The 35,000th machine from this assembly line will not be the last milestone we celebrate together," said a confident Wolfgang Pöschl.