Fraunhofer IPA supported China’s major rubber machinery manufacturer to break efficiency and quality bottlenecks by consolidating two current production sites into one. The aim was to transform the factory into a leading factory for digital and smart manufacturing.
The Yiyang Rubber & Plastics Machinery Co. (YRPM), a subsidiary of ChemChina, is China’s major rubber machinery manufacturer. The grown structures of two production sites with over 700 employees today face several bottlenecks holding back from full operational excellence:
YRPM and ChemChina together with Fraunhofer IPA decided to consolidate two current production sites into one. The project intends to transform the factory into a leading factory for digital and smart manufacturing. The task of Fraunhofer IPA was to develop the overall concept for the new factory, including the following aspects:
YRPM now has guidelines by Fraunhofer IPA that consider a strategical effective and operational efficient production concept. The manufacturer is now competent to implement the new production line by himself.
„The project provided sophisticated solutions and aligned the interests of the many stakeholders under a common factory vision.”
Yao Hongjian, Executive Deputy General Manager