The Smart Factory Consultants carried out extensive actual state analyses at all sites in close collaboration with Thomas Goswin, the site managers, the technical and IT managers as well as colleagues from the Production, Sales and IT departments. In-depth discussions with all participants, analysis of material and information flows as well as consideration of an extensive database provided by SCHRAG brought clarity concerning all production sequences and revealed optimization potential. But not only that: in view of the calculated production numbers, the project team members and the TRUMPF Consultants considered alternatives to the construction of a new production site. It became clear that developing and networking the existing sites would bring more added value for the SCHRAG Group than the construction of a new production hall. This resulted in the decision to develop the site in Seevetal in Hamburg, making it ready for the automated production of purlins and rafters.
For Thomas Goswin, the condition for a collaboration with the Smart Factory Consultants from TRUMPF was that the consultation would be unbiased, in other words, independent of manufacturer and machines. This was exactly the type of consultation the Consultants provided. They recommended the purchase of a fully automated roll-profiling system from an Italian manufacturer for the production of standard profiles. A press working line was also installed in Seevetal, as special profiles are often included in the scope of delivery for large orders and it would not be productive to split the orders. This includes a 12.5 metre press brake from EHT for special profiles. A new coil store is used for both production strands. A new lorry bypass is included in the plan for efficient delivery and return of material and parts. A new office building completes the site development. The production start is scheduled for March 2022.