The client: Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.
The company Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş., based in Gebze, Turkey, is an internationally active manufacturer of switchgear cabinets for industry and the energy sector as well as the health care sector. The state-of-the-art plant in Gebze is the first company in Turkey to be certified with LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). This certification is awarded to companies that make efficient use of natural energy resources, demonstrably save energy costs and create an ergonomic working environment for their employees.
Until commissioning, the 600 x 1400 x 2300 mm (L x W x H) large and several hundred kilograms heavy empty switch cabinets had to be transported manually on rollers for individual loading from work station to work station. This method of working was both very strenuous and unergonomic: The switch cabinets are extremely unwieldy due to their angular design and volume and can weigh up to 1,900 kg when fully loaded. In addition, it was suggested that the work processes should be optimised in terms of transparency, reproducibility and production time.
The solution – the conveying process
The model for the solution was a conveyor system which ALFOTEC had developed and installed for a branch of Siemens Deutschland GmbH. The plant in Turkey consists of a 24 meter long assembly line, where a stable substructure, a chain conveyor as well as MDF-wood panels were installed to form a unit. At the beginning and end of the conveyor line there is one lifting table each.