DMG Mori Poland factory expanded and digitised

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At a grand opening on 8-12 October, DMG Mori unveiled extensive improvements to its Famot machining centre and CNC lathe factory in Pleszew, Poland, one of the largest production facilities in the group with around 700 staff.

A total of €60 million has been invested, partly to extend the factory to 50,000 sq m, including 14,000 sq m of production area and 7,000 sq m devoted to assembly, which together receive more than 140,000 parts a day from store. In the production hall alone, 50 machine tools – mainly from DMG Mori – operate around the clock. Also introduced are a castings store, logistics hall and inductive hardening facility.

The remainder of the investment was spent on digitising the entire process chain, from receipt of order, through production planning and monitoring, machine data acquisition, supply chain management and machine assembly, to shipping. DMG Mori says the plant is its first to operate digitally over a manufacturing service bus, end-to-end, on all added-value levels.

Dr Michael Budt, chief strategy officer for DMG Mori's factories in Famot (Poland), Graziano (Italy) and Ulyanovsk (Russia), says: "DMG Mori supports its customers on their path to Industry 4.0. If we are to offer targeted solutions, we have to develop our own digital infrastructures so we experience first-hand how digital transformation can be successfully implemented in practice.

"In this respect, the regenerated Famot factory represents a milestone for our group,” he adds. “New software systems have combined existing, isolated production areas into an integrated, agile network. The project has introduced efficient, fast and safe production processes, as well as sustainable increases in productivity, quality, transparency and responsiveness."

By 2020, the factory will be producing more than 2,000 of its own CLX and CMX lathes and machining centres with 3D touchscreen controls. The plant will also manufacture around 2,000 machine frames, plus several hundred more components and parts for sister companies within the DMG Mori group worldwide.