Machinery News: Hennecke reorganises metering machine production

Despite the Covid-19 crisis, Germany-based PU machine supplier Hennecke invested EUR2 million in a structural transformation of its standardised metering machine production, one of the largest single investments in the company's recent history at the Hennecke parent facility in Germany.

The new 'Hennecke Production System' (HPS) was launched in July along with the associated reorganisation of the metering machine production at the Sankt Augustin site. The aim of the pilot project is to increase the competitiveness of the entire company group.

As of 2019, the development, design and manufacture of all high and low-pressure PU machines and all available mixhead systems have been consolidated at the German headquarters in Sankt.

Machinery News: Hennecke reorganises metering machine production

The HPS is a modernised version of the well-known lean production systems and its content has been tailored to the entire Hennecke organisation. The main added-value of the HPS lies in the interlinking of the different production areas, which allows for a synchronised, waste-free production that is aligned with customer demand. Here the focus is on reducing stocks and downtimes and on maximising quality and adherence to delivery dates, as well as using assembly space to add value.

As well, essential improvements have been made to the production layout. Even though completion of all the individual measures is planned for the final quarter of 2020, the changes are already in place.

Together with the Hennecke Advisory Board, the management inaugurated a graphical depiction of the HPS. The official inauguration ceremony was attended by a small group of people in conformance with the current Covid-19 restrictions. To depict the system, Hennecke deliberately selected a well-established pillar model which looks like a house.


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