Overhead cranes and chain hoists from Demag Cranes & Components are helping a world-leading manufacturer of automotive rearview mirrors keep its production line running round the clock.
Samvardhana Motherson Reflectec (SMR Automotive) develops, produces and distributes exterior mirrors, interior mirrors, blind spot detection systems and a wide range of automotive components. SMR Automotive produces close to 1 million individual mirrors per year.
The company has 22% of the global market share in the production of exterior mirrors for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and heavy trucks and is one of the leading experts for camera based sensing systems in the automotive industry.
To keep the production line operating round the clock, SMR Automotive needed to be able to change approximately 40 dies every 24 hours with minimal downtime. The company turned to Demag to provide overhead cranes and chain hoists as a solution.
According to Ashley Groves, Plant Engineer at SMR Automotive, Demag cranes and chain hoists are an important part of the production process on the production line as well as in the maintenance workshop.
While the Demag overhead cranes are used for changing the dies in the injection moulding machines, ensuring production is not halted every time the dies need to change, Demag chain hoists, some with radio control are also used for changing the dies in the smaller injection moulding machines.
The tool room also uses three overhead cranes as maintenance is essential to maintaining quality parts.
Demag’s reliability and excellent local support were key factors in SMR Automotive selecting the company as its lifting solutions partner.