Interconnected manufacturing on a subcontract basis
Quantities that are constantly changing, usually produced “just in time” – even large volume production processes are interpreted by the planners with a degree of flexibility and are constantly being modified. But what do you do if your own production capacity has been exhausted or if it is not economically viable to produce small batch sizes? – The Felss Group consolidates machine construction and component production: this mix opens up new possibilities.
The Felss Group illustrates the advantages that a company offers by engaging both highly specialized machine manufacturers and producers of complex parts. This includes the manufacturers of components at Felss Rotaform. In the application areas rotary swaging and axial forming, this combination offers huge advantages – with a view to the number of existing systems and sites.
The Felss Rotaform plants in Germany, China, Switzerland and the USA have a large machine park of forming and rotary swaging machines that can be used with great flexibility. Fully automatic transfer systems are used so that large quantities can be manufactured economically. Other working steps such as metal cutting or coating are integrated if necessary.
Both the large-batch production and smaller series and trials are completed very quickly – this in part also applies to parts that are manufactured at other sites in run-in processes. The reason: Cooperation within the Felss Group. The process planners at Felss Rotaform fall back on the know-how of the machine manufacturers. All important characteristics are available. The production concept is created together.
Felss too benefits from this cooperation – for example if a customer wants to extend his production capacities by adding a new system, but where time is of the essence. The interim manufacture of Felss Rotaform helps in the short term, with the new machine from Felss then available later on.
Advantages to customers:
- Manufacture of parts to the series start-up with series tools and on close-to-production machines
- Partner for the outsourcing of a production if (smaller) volumes do not warrant an investment
- Support to cover gaps in capacity in the short term
- Close-to-production testing of new standard modules and tools at Felss Rotaform
Background to Felss Rotaform:
Felss Rotaform GmbH in Germany, Felss Rotaform Precision Components (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. in China, Felss Rotaform AG in Switzerland and Felss Rotaform LLC in the USA are all part of the Felss Group. The purpose of their business is to manufacture forming parts on a subcontract basis with the main focus being on the rotary swaging and axial forming processes. For many years Felss Rotaform has been an approved supplier to many renowned companies and also manufactures a wide range of components for the automobile industry. The companies in Europe are registered under ISO/TS 16949 and ISO 9001, and ISO 14001.