Convoi secured a contract for the installation of eight press machines in Poland, Hungary and Slovakia.
Author: Peter Holani
One monoblock and one transfer press machine in Poland were for the Gestamp Company. We then installed one monoblock and one transfer press at the Matador plant in Slovakia and a further four transfer presses at Audi in Hungary . Events were planned throughout the entire year and included the participation of members of the Slovak, German and Dutch staff. The entire project was demanding in terms of logistics, the lead dates were constantly changing and other projects involving the continued operation of the lifting system were also in progress.
In addition, the monoblock project in Poland was also technically demanding , since the block’s dimensions were 5,550 x 3,600 x 8,450 mm (L x W x H) and the size of the factory entrance was only 4,500 mm. As a result, the press had to be turned into a vertical position in front of the entrance in the hall. The press’s weight without the ram amounted to 105 tonnes and with such parameters the entire transport had to be carried out with the use of a lifting system, which was quite a time-consuming task; it was also technically complicated because of the absence of a portal crane. Despite initial delays due to construction work on the foundation, the entire move was a success.
"Events were planned throughout the entire year and included the participation of members of the Slovak, German and Dutch staff. "
The project at Audi was also technically difficult and the settling of individual parts of the press was mostly carried out with millimetre precision. This project was a great challenge because the manipulation took place in narrow spaces and due to the working conditions and limitations in using the portal.
The project at Matador was simpler in terms of technical implementation, since it was carried out in a new building, which had sufficient space for manipulation and because the presses were the first machines to be installed. We used the new Grainer 620 XL lifting system for this installation.