During the spring of 2015, Gnutti Carlo decided to move its production plant in Skövde to its operations in Kungsör. Elektroautomatik was given total responsibility and carried out the relocation of 7 robot cells containing 21 machines.
Elektroautomatik was one of several candidates during the procurement of a supplier
– Elektroautomatik felt professional from the very start and understood our needs. To relocate an entire production plant and, moreover in a short time, can be risky. You have to feel trust in the supplier, says Mike Borger, Maintenance Engineer at Gnutti Carlo and responsible for the project.
Elektroautomatik was given total responsibility
– From experience, I believe it is an advantage to have a supplier who holds together the whole project and who is, naturally, involved during the whole journey. There is a lot to think about, from the planning phase to start of production and the subsequent service work, says Urban Gustavsson, Service Unit Manager at Elektroautomatik and responsible from Elektroautomatik’s side.
Because the move was to be carried out by the summer, the timetable was tight. Mike has long experience of industrial production and has carried out several relocations before.
– The short time was the greatest challenge, Mike says.
“Relocating a production plant is not just about moving machines from one place to another. It is important to quality assure and reduce the risk to the equipment – before, during and after the actual relocation.”
After the order, Elektroautomatik started the preparation work immediately.
– Relocating a production plant is not just about moving machines from one place to another, Urban says. It is important to quality assure and reduce the risk to the equipment – before, during and after the actual relocation.
– In the preparation phase, there were several briefing meetings and more documentation that I had believed, Mike says. “However, this created both a security and openness that meant we could feel totally calm when it really was time for the move, Mike says.
“Unforeseeable events always pop up and we must be able to fix these quickly. To fail or put the equipment at risk is not an alternative.”
During the actual move, the planning meetings turned into daily morning meetings. All of this to reduce any risks and to solve any problems that arose as well as changes in circumstances quickly.
– Unforeseeable events always pop up and we must be able to fix these quickly, Urban says. “To fail or put the equipment at risk is not an alternative.
– Everything ran very smoothly and we’d jointly prepared a clear guide sheet, Mike says. “We even got the production started ahead of schedule. The aim during relocations is for the stop in production to be as short as possible. Time is money in these situations.
In total, the move took six weeks and was performed in two batches.
Service and reliability after production start
Once the production plant was up and running well, Elektroautomatik provided support in the form of support and quality assurance.
– Pressing the start button after a move is always a bit nervous and during the time immediately after it feels comfortable to have an outside party as support if the equipment should play up, Mike says.
About Gnutti Carlo
Gnutti Carlo Sweden AB is an international engineering company that develops and manufactures rocker arms and complex precision components and subsystems for engines and transmission for the global commercial automotive industry. Gnutti Carlo Sweden has approx. 500 employees in Sweden spread across its operations in Kungsör, Alvesta and Gothenburg. Globally, Gnutti Carlo is the world’s largest supplier of rocker arms for goods vehicle engines.