Liebherr-France SAS has put a new €5 million (US$ 5.6 million) assembly line into operation at its Colmar factory.
The company said it is based on the principles of lean management, and will contribute to further improvements in quality and productivity. Overall, the company has invested five million Euro in the XY-metre-long production line.
The main task of the new line is to produce the latest generation of Liebherr crawler excavators, launched this year as “Generation 8”. The product line consists of the R 922, R 924, R 926, R 930, R 934, R 938 and R 945 models.
With logistical means that are optimally geared to production, the new assembly line is said to achieve average cycle times of 155 minutes per station with an output of five excavators each day. Altogether, the “R3” assembly line has 26 work stations and nine preassembly stations synchronised with the main line.
With a workforce of over 1,500 employees and annual production of 2,000 machines, Liebherr-France is the main production location for earthmoving crawler excavators in the Liebherr Group. The standard production range comprises around 30 crawler excavator models, while production also includes a large number of special machines for special work requirements, such as the deconstruction of buildings.