Everything under one roof (2): The benefits of in-house production

By Remond Prins (Supervisor Production) & Martin de Groot (Manufacturing Engineer)

In our previous blog the benefits of an optimised spare parts inventory we mentioned that our production facility, warehouse and office are all situated at one location, in the Netherlands. “The basic rule of in-house production is to keep a grip on things like flexibility, quality, efficiency and fast delivery times”, says Martin de Groot, Manufacturing Engineer at Lagersmit. In this blog we highlight the different advantages of in-house production.


The advantages summarised

  • The quality of the products is guaranteed and remains level
  • Guaranteed fast delivery times
  • The ability to switch quickly to a changing demand
  • Can keep a grip on flexibility
  • Able to work more efficiently
  • Customer-oriented production
  • Efficient layout and flow in the new factory

From traditional craft to a controlled production process

For years, Lagersmit manufactured its seals in a traditional way in its factory in Kinderdijk. The different parts of the seals and liners were made using conventional lathes, milling and boring machines. In the last years in Kinderdijk, eight operators were working daily on processing the products.

Lagersmit grew. The demand for the products increased, which created high pressure on the production. It was no longer possible to manufacture all the products in-house. Many components were outsourced to suppliers. Due to lack of space at the location in Kinderdijk, Lagersmit decided to move to a new building in 2008. In 2010 we had a celebration opening of the new location.

Figure 1: Illustration of the past

Figure 2: The foundry at the old location in Kinderdijk 

We have to produce faster en smarter

The following questions were important: What do we do with the production? Are we going to produce it ourselves? And how do we keep the costs under control? Because quality, delivery time and flexibility is important to Lagersmit, the choice was made to start producing in-house.

Manufacturing the products had to be done faster and smarter. On the other hand, the costs to the customers should not increase. The idea for process-driven production was born.

The step to automation

Figure 3: The new building

Lagersmit started automation. Even before moving to the new location in Nieuwland Parc, a number of machines including robot cells were installed in a temporary location. A small group began working with the machines. The aim was to produce the products as good, and as quickly as possible.

In 2010 the new building was ready. Lagersmit officially started working with the machines. “If we have the materials in stock, we are able to make a complete seal ready in one day in case of an emergency”, said Martin de Groot.

The new situation

The new situation

Quality control

Guaranteed quality

We only supply quality items. All incoming and outgoing parts and products are carefully checked by our quality staff.

Would you like more information about Lagersmit?

Contact us today or take a look at our website. Also, read our blog ‘160 years Lagersmit!’ for more information about our history.

About the authors

Martin de Groot
Martin graduated in 1982 from higher technical education as a mechanical engineer. Since 2009, he has worked at Lagersmit as a manufacturing engineer. Martin has been responsible for the construction and implementation of the robot cells which are now operational. In addition, Martin is responsible for the production of technological developments and R&D activities.

Remond Prins
Remond Prins has worked at Lagersmit since 1993. He started as a service engineer and conventional shifter. Later, he became a supervisor of production for the mechanical and foundry part. Remond has been involved in the automation from the beginning and is responsible for the machines.

Sources

  • Figure 2. The old foundry at the old location in Kinderdijk. by Remond Prins

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