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08. October 2009

KraussMaffei builds new surface treatment centre

The German plastics machinery company KraussMaffei is investing around 4 million EUR in its biggest production plant, located in Allach on the outskirts of Munich. The company is building and equipping a new surface treatment centre to replace the existing paint shop. The centre is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2009.

The goal is to use intelligent synchronisation to paint individual machine parts and assemblies and return them to the assembly line as they are needed. The practical concept will enable the company to cut throughput times while delivering higher surface quality. The surface treatment centre will consist of two separate units: an indexing system and a combined unit. The detail specification phase was concluded in collaboration between KraussMaffei and Rippert Anlagentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, based in Herzebrock-Clarholz, Germany. Rippert will also be responsible for the construction of the system. The systems engineering company with around 300 employees has been producing and installing painting and filtering systems, and industrial ventilation units, for around 40 years. One core competence is complex painting systems that include pretreatment, powder coating and drying.

In the indexing system, KraussMaffei can paint machine components up to four metres long, three metres wide, three metres high, and weighing up to 32 tonnes. The parts are fed into the system on an overhead conveyor. The basic step-by-step processing concept is analogous to the way the company builds its injection moulding machines – KraussMaffei has already converted its assembly lines to synchronised flow. The combined unit will be used to paint parts that are too big for the indexing system. This unit can handle parts up to twelve metres long and up to 80 tonnes in weight. Both units in the new surface treatment centre are engineered to reduce emissions and water consumption, says the company.

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