New DEUTZ-FAHR tractor factory starts production


Deuz Fahr has begun tractor production at its new facility at Lauingen, Germany. The modern factory produces 6 Series, 7 Series and 9 Series tractors here for the worldwide market.
Together with the new customer centre “DEUTZ-FAHR Arena”, the overall investment of 90 million euros is the single largest individual investment in the company’s history.
The greenfield site of 15ha has been built adjacent to the existing premises.
In line with the target of building the most modern production facilities for tractors, DEUTZ-FAHR has adopted the following planning philosophies.
Line back planning philosophy: The production line is the starting point of the planning process – all delivery processes are planned “backwards” to the point of origin. This means that all upstream organisational units adapt their processes to the production plan.
A warehouse with 4,000 storage locations for large parts, and a small parts facility with 25,000 locations was integrated for supplying the production process. Logistics use proven elements of lean production, e.g. continuous movement of materials on trolleys, use of route trains, e-kanban goods call-off directly from the line and continuous visual management.
Where material flows can be bundled economically, targeted automation was introduced: The backbone is an automatic small parts storage system for handling the standard small load carriers. It is designed as a shuttle warehouse which dynamically adapts to the throughputs varying throughout the day and the on-going production process.
The assembly line is designed as an apron conveyor with worker travel conveyors on both sides. Both move in parallel at the same speed, significantly facilitating the installation of parts on the tractor body while substantially reducing the daily walking distance. This ensures constant production quality.
The 20 million euro paint shop is the largest individual investment within the factory. Here, the powertrains move through a mostly automated painting process to ensure the highest level of quality.
Lodovico Bussolati, SDF CEO said, “The new factory is playing a crucial role in reinforcing the DEUTZ-FAHR brand in the global market. The new manufacturing plant together with our modern and innovative tractor range will speed up the growth of DEUTZ-FAHR”.
Andrea Paganelli, Industrial Executive Director: “Thanks to the passionate involvement of all relevant parties, be it external or internal, we now have the most modern tractor production plant”.

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