Tuesday, September 5, 2017
BOGE inaugurates its intelligent factory
To produce highly technical high speed turbo technology quickly and safely, employees, components and machines communicate with one another in the BOGE Smart Factory.
Innovative, unique and individual to the customer – this is what the design of the BOGE HST high speed turbo compressors stands for. At more than 100,000 revolutions per minute in use, every component has to fit. To enable high-quality and faultless production, BOGE KOMPRESSOREN has invested around EUR 2 million in intelligent production at Bielefeld. A production line of 2,000 m2 has now gone into operation, which connects components, technology and employees with one another.
“Our high speed turbo compressor is the answer to the increasing demand for individual customer solutions and greater energy efficiency at the same time”, says Thorsten Meier, CEO of BOGE. “To make the production and installation of the innovative machine concept simple and safe, we have modified groundbreaking production technology for our requirements.” The model for the intelligent smart factory is the SmartFactoryOWL in Lemgo. The prototypes installed there have been tested, and suitable processes for BOGE series production have been further developed. The partial conversion of an existing production area was completed within a year at the head office of the family-run company in Bielefeld-Jöllenbeck.
Zero errors due to smart interaction between people and machinery
A combination of digitalisation, automation and craft is the solution for producing the innovative and unique BOGE HST in a range of variants as well as with process reliability – irrespective of the wealth of experience of the employees. A digitalised assistant system enables rapid induction and ergonomic execution of complex work stages too. The components “know” their characteristics and the requirements for the production. The component coding alone thereby produces a projection of the work instructions and installation information, which appear directly in the visible area. Pick-to-light facilitates the installation of the parts required, which are available via a modular assembly kit. The process technology automatically adjusts the component-specific relevant parameters through its connection to the ERP system. The intelligent production concept enables seamless traceabliity of relevant figures for each compressor. An Andon board gives information on the current status of the production lines at any time. The smart factory is in ongoing development. The production principle will be transferred to other series too in the future.
To simplify the execution of complex work steps, BOGE has developed intelligent installation, including a digitalised assistant, in conjunction with a development partner.
The component coding produces a projection of the work instructions and installation information, which appear directly in the visible area.
All production technology in the intelligent BOGE factory is digitalised so that all relevant values are recorded automatically. The path of the components and any relevant work step can therefore be traced seamlessly. In this way, BOGE ensures high product quality.
As one of Germany’s oldest manufacturers of compressors and compressed air systems, BOGE KOMPRESSOREN Otto Boge GmbH & Co. KG offers more than 100 years’ experience. The company is also one of the market leaders. Whether for High Speed Turbo compressors, screw compressors, piston compressors, scroll compressors, complete systems or individual devices, BOGE meets the most diverse requirements and highest standards, with precision and quality always at the forefront. The family company which operates internationally has a workforce of 800 employees, approximately 470 of whom work at the headquarters in Bielefeld, and is managed by Wolf D. Meier-Scheuven and Thorsten Meier. With its numerous sales offices and subsidiaries, BOGE offers its international customers comprehensive services and supplies its products and systems to more than 120 countries worldwide.
Ina Rockmann • BOGE KOMPRESSOREN Otto Boge GmbH & Co. KG
Otto-Boge-Straße 1–7 • 33739 Bielefeld
Telefon: +49 521 52810-1030