Award for "Operational excellence"
São Paulo, May 2018 – At the 26th Interaction Prize event, Mercedes-Benz presented Dürr Brasil with an award in the "Indirect materials and services – Operational excellence" category. The carmaker thus recognized the outstanding performance of the Dürr subsidiary in final assembly projects – within schedule and with excellent results. Dürr was involved in transforming the entire final assembly plant for trucks in São Bernardo do Campo into a modern automated and digitized plant. This facility is setting standards in Industry 4.0.
Mercedes-Benz do Brasil builds a range of trucks, from light to heavy-duty, in São Bernardo do Campo. The production line is now completely networked. Dürr has so far provided more than 200 AGVs (Automated guide vehicles) with different tasks for this project – including 23 for logistics, 61 for the truck final assembly line and 75 for the trim assembly line. The AGVs know which truck model is being built at any time. They then inform a MES, which automatically configures a work station machine, thus avoiding delivery mistakes. One type of AGV moves the truck along the main assembly line, while another feeds the assembly line with components.
At the award ceremony, held on April 9, 2018, at the production site in São Paulo, Mercedes-Benz referred to Dürr as a supplier continuously working to improve and develop new products and processes. Further key factors for the long-term, reliable cooperation are Dürr's stable financial situation and its worldwide experience in secure project execution.
Dürr Brasil has been a partner and supplier of Mercedes-Benz in Brazil and Argentina for decades. They cooperate in many fields, for example paint and application technology, final assembly as well as balancing and filling technology for trucks, buses and passenger cars.
"We are very happy about this award. This is praise indeed for all our colleagues who have been involved in projects at the Mercedes-Benz plants. This is a step forward in Industry 4.0 and integrated digital solutions and it's fully in line with our corporate slogan, 'Leading in production efficiency'", said Paulo Sentieiro, Vice President of Dürr Brasil.