Annual maintenance at Kieselmann
Targeted production stop as a strategic instrument
Everyone wants to avoid downtime, but shutting down production for extra days to do so? “Yes,” says Dietmar Kappus, production manager at Kieselmann GmbH, and not only to prevent operational downtime, but also for the systematic safety of employees.
Kieselmann GmbH, headquartered in Knittlingen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, employs nearly 350 people on 23,00 m2 of production space and produces process components and systems for liquids and pasty media that are used primarily by breweries, dairies, distilleries, in food and beverage companies, and in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.
Unaccustomed calm settles in the 50 turning and milling machining centers once a year. The production manager explains, “It’s all about a certain safety factor. Tens of clamping operations are carried out every day. For us, clamping devices are the be-all and end-all, and they have to be maintained. So on the one hand the safety aspect is important, but above all the reliability. This means we have less machine downtime during the year due to clamping equipment failures.”
In most cases, machine and clamping device manufacturers offer maintenance for their products themselves. However, organization is simpler with a manufacturer-independent service provider such as SWT Services, as a single provider can thus take care of complete production areas with different lathe chucks. Dietmar Kappus has therefore been relying on SWT’s comprehensive maintenance service once a year since 2013.
Through its maintenance contract with SWT Services, however, Kieselmann GmbH not only benefits from less organizational effort, but also from lower costs thanks to a discount system. In addition, the component manufacturer can rely on qualified technicians being on standby at the required time and on the price remaining fixed for the entire duration of the contract. The services can be tailored to individual wishes and needs.
“A win-win situation,” says Dietmar Kappus, for whom trust in external service providers is particularly important and who, based on his good experience, intends to continue the maintenance contract with SWT Services. Since the regular maintenance, he has recorded significantly fewer failures – a good feeling for ongoing production and the safety of his employees, and thus worth an annual shutdown.