Faster line for Metso
By Sandy Guthrie29 January 2018
Metso has commissioned a new, faster assembly line at its Tampere factory in Finland, claiming that the assembly of a 50-tonne, track-mounted crushing plant will now take two working days.
It said the production line operated in two shifts and increased Metso’s mobile crushing plant production capacity by 25%.
Markku Simula, president, aggregates equipment business area, said, “Demand for mobile Lokotrack crushers for aggregates took an upward turn 18 months ago, so the timing of our investment in capacity growth was right.
“We want to ensure that our production capacity can meet customers’ growing needs.”
He added, “Quality of Metso engineering has an excellent reputation around the world. This has helped Tampere become a global technology hub for Metso’s track-mounted crushers.”
The new high-speed assembly line has six assembly stations instead of the previous five, improving the line’s flexibility and shortening the overall assembly time. Currently, the line is used for assembling the most popular crusher models. The assembly of heavier and more complex models will begin in the spring.
The first Lokotrack model rolled off the new assembly line in the second week of January. Metso said the start-up had proceeded as planned. Based on the current plan, the assembly line will complete about 200 crushing plants before summer.
Project manager Juha Erkkilä said, “Continuous production development is part of our operating method. This investment shortens the delivery times of our most popular models and further improves occupational safety.
“The new assembly line has also enabled us to reorganise production and implement new operating methods.”
Aggregate crushing plants have been built in Tampere for 98 years, and the first jaw crusher was completed at the Lokomo workshop in 1921. Metso said that in 1985, Tampere had been the first location in the world to begin the assembly of track-mounted crushing plants.
Over the past three decades, more than 7,000 Lokotrack crushing plants have been manufactured in Tampere. The manufacturing operations have also expanded to India and China.
The company said that the Internet of Things and new environmental requirements were reflected in the product development. Today, the operations of a Lokotrack crusher can be remotely monitored from any location via a satellite connection. Noise protection and reduced dust emissions minimise the environmental impacts, making it possible to operate crushers even in dense urban areas, said Metso.