Streamlining the automotive manufacturing process in SA
(June) 2015: The automotive industry is based on ‘just-in-time' (JIT) and ‘just-in-sequence' (JIS) processes for material
provision and production. JIT is a methodology aimed primarily at reducing flow times within production as well as response
times from suppliers and to customers, while JIS is a specialised inventory strategy to achieve JIT, whereby components and
parts arrive at a production line right in time as scheduled before they get assembled.
Maximum system availability is, therefore, essential as any downtime results in high follow-up costs. SEW-EURODRIVE provides
the local automotive industry with a unique product portfolio specifically designed to meet these requirements.
SEW-EURODRIVE Port Elizabeth branch manager Francois Sieberhagen says that that the product offering ranges from individual
components, to complete packages and system solutions.
"Leading automotive manufacturers choose SEW-EURODRIVE, as the company provides cost-effective drive solutions that deliver
more value over the long-term. We provide a modular design and a reduced number of variants that increases flexibility and
SEW-EURODRIVE products most commonly used in the local automotive industry are; standard gear motors, synchronous and asynchronous
servomotors, MOVIDRIVE B application inverters, MOVIFIT FC decentralised standard inverters, MOVIPRO SDC decentralised standard
inverters and MOVIPRO ADC decentralised application inverters.
Sieberhagen indicates that the latest-generation SEW-EURODRIVE VARIOLUTION packages enable automotive manufacturers to considerably
reduce both the complexity of their systems, as well as their installation costs. "Our drive technology and expert knowledge
ensures maximum productivity, energy efficiency and reliability for clients' systems," he continues.
VARIOLUTION is essentially ‘packaged-selling', whereby 80 percent of the package is standard and 20 percent is customisable.
This provides customers with some level of customisation on top of the benefit of a standard tried-and-tested solution. The
benefits of such an offering is that the customer has to deal with less variables and suppliers during the process of setting
up a new application.
"There are ten VARIOLUTION packages which include conveyer line, packing and unpacking and lifting, to name a few. Special
modifications to meet different requirements such as energy-efficiency or hygienic design have also been taken into account.
With VARIOLUTION, customers are provided with on-site commissioning and installation too," states Sieberhagen.
According to Sieberhagen, SEW-EURODRIVE's recent involvement in the local automotive industry has been primarily focused on
machine builders and component suppliers. He does, however, anticipate an increase in market share with scheduled upgrades
due to take place at various manufacturing facilities.
"SEW-EURODRIVE continues to work on expanding its extensive product and service portfolio, in order to support and fulfil
the needs of the automotive industry," he concludes.
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