With extensive investments and far-reaching digitisation initiatives DMG MORI has extended and transformed the traditional FAMOT production plant.
The linking of the DMG MORI IT infrastructure with regard to order management, supply chain and customer relationship was particularly decisive. All added value levels including internal workflows, systems and both controlled and manual process steps had to be seamlessly networked by FAMOT at the same time. This ranged from incoming orders in sales to maintenance management and from integrated production planning to our own MDE/BDE software for monitoring elementary key figures for mechanical processing. Dr. Michael Budt speaks about the objectives: “This concerns efficient, fast and safe production processes as well as a sustainable increase of productivity, quality, transparency and responsiveness. The specification sheet also listed the requirement to combine existing isolated solutions and new software systems to an integrated agile production network.” Digital sister companies in the Group – in particular ISTOS with its modular applications within the PLANNING SOLUTIONS – supported FAMOT here.
A core element of the digital factory at FAMOT is the so-called “Manufacturing Service Bus”. “This open bus system enables the integration of different plant-specific applications. These include overarching applications such as ERP, HR or tool management,” summarises Dr. Michael Budt. Plus the production-oriented ISTOS application for production planning, MDE/BDE, central status visualisation among other things and for master data management and variable personnel resource planning. Other applications that communicate via the “Manufacturing Service Bus” include the web-based service platform WERKBLIQ from the DMG MORI subsidiary of the same name. Alone the over 2,000 mappings produced indicate the relevance of the “Manufacturing Service Bus”. These are (in part bi-directional) links between the fields of the different applications.
Investments in structures, technology and human resources
In view of the order and production volume that has been growing continuously for years – in the area of rump body machines for the DMG MORI Group and in particular in the CLX and CMX series of our universal machine segment – modernisation of the FAMOT plant with an investment amounting to a total of 60 million Euros became a necessity, says Dr. Michael Budt and goes on: “We can now expand our capacity and ensure consistent growth in business development.” By 2020 the FAMOT factory is to produce more than 2,000 of its own CLX/CMX machine tools and additionally around 2,000 rump body machines plus several hundreds more components and parts for the sister companies in the Group.
The investments apply to our structures as well as our production technology. The production area today comprises a total of 21,000 m², a third of which is for assembly. There is also a large new rough casting store and a new logistics hall. 140,000 parts a day are distributed to the numerous stations in production and assembly via a KARDEX mini-load store. An inductive hardening facility – for the machining of components of the new CTX 5th generation series produced in Bielefeld – completes the enormous vertical integration of FAMOT. “At the heart of FAMOT is mechanical production – the largest within the group. Approximately 50 machine tools, mainly from the DMG MORI range, currently run networked around the clock to meet the huge demand.