KBA Holds Topping-out Ceremony for New Foundry at Press Plant
WÜRZBURG, GERMANY—Sept. 22, 2011—KBA held a topping-out ceremony for a new foundry attended by employees, the architects, building contractors, media and representatives of the city council and Chamber of Industry and Commerce, among other guests.
Scheduled for completion by the end of the year, the $19.3 million project is one of the biggest KBA has implemented in recent years at its Würzburg facility, and brings the total sum invested in new buildings there over the past 10 years to well above $55 million. The investment reaffirms KBA’s commitment both to its main production plant and to print. It also safeguards some highly skilled jobs at what is the biggest and oldest industrial enterprise in the region.
1,339 cubic metres of concrete
In just six months, a new shell was built around the existing 656-ft.-long production hall while production continued, with virtually no interruptions, and the old hall demolished. Special cranes were used to position 235 concrete parts with millimeter precision. The outer supports for two crane rails at different heights each weighed up to 56 tons and had to be inserted through the roof of the existing hall.
High-powered infrastructure for foundry operation
The new hall with a crane capacity of up to 55 tons is several meters higher and some 50 percent broader than the old hall. This will enable it to produce large press parts—such as side frames and substructures—much faster and more efficiently. It will also be able to handle workpieces whose technological or metallurgical properties meant that they previously had to be processed externally. These include spherical cast iron, which alongside normal cast iron with flake graphite, is used increasingly for contract work.
A large-core production capability with two blenders will be added to the existing small-core line. Materials flow and space utilization will be optimized to allow additional productivity-enhancing and cost-cutting potential to be exploited and a larger number of workpieces to be processed.