6 October 2020, 13:00
DEUTZ has officially brought a new assembly line on stream at its Cologne site. On assembly line 5, the production processes for DEUTZ’s successful 2.2, 2.9 and 3.6 engine series now benefit from a new set-up, making them more streamlined and increasing overall capacity. Diesel, gas, and bi-fuel engines will be assembled here in the future.
The new production line is located where the 2011 model series used to be made before those operations were moved to Ulm. It has been designed to optimize the flow of materials. Fully automated guided vehicle systems, for example, are used to transport materials directly to the material staging areas at the assembly line completely automatically. The materials for the workstations are then pre-assembled and moved to the appropriate stations.
The new final assembly line also helps to minimize process risks. A high production rate is achieved thanks to a flowing system, enabling work to take place at more than 70 assembly stations where the pre-assembled components and modules are put together. Another priority for assembly was an end-to-end quality concept, which includes the monitoring of all threaded connection processes, the use of cameras to document critical assembly steps, and support from collaborative robots for individual processes.
Source: DEUTZ AG