Multinational Voith Industrial Services has supplied a team of 40 employees to take over the machine cleaning responsibilities at the headquarters of compaction technology and manufacturer Bomag, in Boppard, Germany.
Bomag is the world market leader in the field of compaction technology and to be able to focus completely on its core competence, the production of machines and equipment, Bomag has had the technical cleaning of the production plant carried out by an industrial services provider for several years. Last year, it started searching for a new partner for this task.
As a result, Voith now performs services on site at Bomag’s production facilities in Germany every day. The machine cleaning activities require special technical equipment, such as high-pressure water blasting or dry-ice cleaning equipment, and trained employees who clean all parts of the machines, whether it is robots in the body shop, a powder coating plant, milling machines in the jix and fixtures production, drip trays in the assembly shop, or test beds. Different production areas require different technical cleaning approaches.
In addition, there is also a wide range of machine components, from guideways and the machine body to supply and disposal lines, control cabinets or hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.
“As an industrial services provider, we are very pleased about the long-term partnership with Bomag. It shows us that the customer trusts us and is positive about our work,” says Voith Industrial Services technical supervisor Fuat Kaya.
Along with the cleaning and reconditioning of the machinery, Voith also carries out machine and manual cleaning of the factory buildings. This includes pallet racks and indoor cranes. The team is responsible for the disassembly and reassembly of crane runways and internal robot relocations.
Bomag manufactures machines for the compaction of soil, asphalt and refuse, stabilisers, recyclers, planers, milling machines and pavers. It is the global leader in the field of compaction technology. Bomag has been a subsidiary of independent construction group FAYAT since 2005.
Voith is one of the leading providers of technical services for key industries such as the automotive, rail, energy, chemicals and petrochemicals industries. In 2014/2015, the company generated sales of €1.0-billion with about 17 200 employees at 200 locations globally.
Meanwhile, in April, Voith announced that, for the next three years, it will perform paint shop cleaning activities at automotive supplier Magna plant in Obertshausen, in Germany.
“We are very pleased about the contract with which we will contribute to retaining the value of the plant. We will ensure the availability of our customer‘s plant and equipment”, says Kaya.
The contract involves, among other things, the cleaning of the fan guards and cooling fins, the supply, exhaust and air recirculation duct, the after-filter, the fan, the dryer, the fan room, the spray
booth, the paint shop scrubber room as well as the strip out buffer housing. Further, Voith Industrial Services provides janitorial cleaning services in the administrative areas and the canteen including window and frame cleaning as well as grounds maintenance and plant care and winter services.
On weekdays, small teams of the industrial services provider are present on-site and 40 of its employees are present on-site on weekends. The services offered go beyond technical cleaning as the team provides filter management and checks whether parts have been damaged during the production process or are already corroding and will have to be replaced soon. Potential faults are then photographed, for example, and directly reported to the customer.
With modern procedures like dry-ice cleaning, the industrial services provider removes dirt from different kinds of surfaces quickly, gently and in an environment-friendly way using diverse methods. The robots are dry-ice blasted at least twice a year and, if required, also the surrounding areas such as the factory ceilings. With this method, the time and money needed for waste disposal is reduced, chemical additives are not required and plant downtime can be shortened.