Automation increases the consistency of the quality and the machines are designed for maximum output with a minimal error rate. Various methods for quality assurance are already used during the manufacturing process. Poka Yoke, for example, ensures that only the correct parts can be inserted in a specific position, thereby ruling out mix-ups.
Through constant monitoring of all productrelevant details, such as dimensions and press-in forces, manufacturing errors are almost eliminated. This consistent quality ensures a high level of precision, in particular for spindle bearings – 30 000 rpm is possible without any problems.
In addition, manufacturing is further optimised by means of precision measurement technology, as the system detects the smallest tolerances of the raw material. Through the constant monitoring, only individual parts that are optimally tuned to one another are automatically assembled. Parts that do not meet the requirements are separated out by the machines.
What's more, all parts undergo a meticulous final inspection before delivery. The PK 2630 SE weighting arm for example, is subjected to a final quality inspection through the measurement of the spring forces of all load-bearing components. Each item is also inspected for visual defects. Only when all inspections have been passed does the product receive a serial number. The production order, all individual parts of the suppliers and all measured values can be assigned to the product using this serial number. This ensures 100% traceability for the customer.
At Fellbach, Saurer combines product development, a textile technology laboratory, quality assurance, supply chain management and manufacturing at one location. For the customer, this means the quick and efficient implementation of specific requirements, tailored solutions and the constant availability of mass-produced items.
The biggest challenge here was and remains reducing labour costs for assembly in Germany in order to be competitive on the international market. And doing this while maintaining the highest quality standards. Thanks to the high level of automation, this is guaranteed.
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