Production line at suspension system manufacturer
VDL Weweler employees designed the new production line and carried out all the automation work themselves. The new line brings together a series of processes that were previously operated separately. Now that the springs will be hot-formed (rolled and bent) and then tempered (hardened in an oven) in a single continuous process, the residual heat from the forming process can be reused for the tempering process. This will cut energy requirements by 35% and significantly reduce production time. Another important benefit of the new production line is the ability to perform 3D forming, making it possible to build a suspension system with fewer parts that is lighter and lends itself better to modular construction.
The new premises (open since 2013), occupying some 22,000 m², consist of eight halls each of approx. 2,500 m². Four of these halls are intended for the production of the suspension systems and axles, while the other areas will be used for assembly, shipping and offices. The floors in the shipping halls are heated by the residual heat from the production process, and a ground source heat pump provides heating and cooling for the offices. The new premises are also equipped with a brand-new production line designed and automated entirely by VDL Weweler itself. The new system integrates a series of production processes, previously performed separately due to space limitations, to form a single line.