New machines for the Chinese market
At its Customer Open Day on 28/29 June in Shanghai Somac presented two new machines specially designed for the Chinese market. The CompLine and the Compact C were demonstrated and explained to the 70 visitors.
So many customers in fact took up the invitation that the event was moved to a hotel on the first day because of the need for extra space. 24 attendees came from Shanghai, and 46 from other Chinese cities. Overall, they represented 16 companies from the automotive industry. A number of journalists also attended the two-day event and conducted interviews.
The opening address was presented by Peter Legner, CEO of Schenck Shanghai Machinery (SSM). He gave an update, among other things, on the current construction status of the new production site in Shanghai. The topping-out ceremony for the 7500 square metre office building is expected to be held this October and for the production building (14,000 square metres) in November. Both facilities are scheduled to be complete by 30 June 2013 so that their occupants can move in in the third quarter of 2013. In a second phase, Production is to be expanded to a total of 22,000 square metres by 30 June 2015. Schenck Shanghai Machinery currently operates from around 15,000 square metres for its approx. 500 employees. The plan is for up to 800 employees to work in the new plant in future. However, it’s not only the size of the workforce that is set to increase. R&D is to be further expanded in all SSM divisions.
Bernd Preissler, Managing Director of Dürr Somac, and Frank Gijsen, General Manager of Filling at SSM, also welcomed visitors to the Customer Open Day. The new developments were introduced by Xuewei Wang, Sales Director of Filling at SSM.
Further presentations provided information on the two new machines and Somac’s service operations. Other subjects which were keenly discussed subsequently were a look at filling technology in Europe and the environment-friendly refrigerant R1234yf which has been mandatory in all new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in the EU since last year. Experts also expect this refrigerant to be used soon in China. Somac’s customers learned that special filling equipment is required for this. Retrofitting of existing machinery is not possible.
The presentation of the machines was the focus of the second day. The plant building, which had been specially set up for the Customer Open Day, was the location for demonstrations by employees of various Somac products, in particular the Compact C. This mobile equipment has been specially developed for the Chinese market. It is designed to meet the demand from customers there for larger filling machines with more spacious displays.
The CompLine is used on higher-speed assembly lines. The consoles for fluids used in units such as the brakes, air-conditioning and power steering move with the vehicle. There are no fixed base units.
The machine demonstrated at the Customer Open Day was the prototype of the CompLine. It was developed in Stollberg and then reassembled in Shanghai. From next year it will be manufactured in a joint production operation – either locally in China or in Germany, at the customer’s discretion.
The verdict of those attending the second of Somac’s Customer Open Days in Shanghai was extremely positive. They praised the excellent organisation and were delighted to be able to expand their horizons with information on the trends and new technologies in filling. The event will be repeated next year, focusing on a different subject.
Further information at a glance:
- In-house development by Schenck Shanghai Machinery (SSM) based on Dürr Somac’s successful Compact equipment technology
- Adapted to the requirements of the Chinese market, for example with a bigger housing, large colour display and locally sourced components
- High degree of localisation of 80 per cent (purchasing, production and service by SSM), only the filling adapter and the ABS control system are supplied by Dürr Somac
- System will also be attractive in price terms to customers who have bought from local manufacturers in China up till now
- Is already on the market
Compact, modular line-filling equipment which operates at the assembly line without an extra control cabinet and base unit and is therefore efficient and inexpensive
- The demonstrated machine was the prototype of the new CompLine filling equipment generation from Dürr Somac
- The combination demonstrated is used for filling with brake fluid, refrigerant and engine coolant
- Based on this prototype, SSM will itself localise the equipment type for all fluid combinations by the start of 2013, i.e. be responsible for purchasing, production and service
In conjunction with SSM’s CompStart systems, therefore, this makes up a complete, locally manufactured product portfolio which the customers were already able to view in Shanghai. The Chinese OEMs in particular are very interested in these locally manufactured systems incorporating German know-how and high quality standards.