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Building specialized workplaces for the wind energy programme in ZKL Brno

Growing demand for large-size bearings for wind power increases also requirements for their production, technology and staff. The ZKL Group invests annually in the reconstruction of production halls, modernization and expansion of the machine park and performs optimization of production processes. After last year's successful reconstruction and expansion of the heat treatment plant, this year follows a project of building a specialized central turning and central grinding halls for large-size bearing rings.

The centre for turning lathe machines will be newly built in the hall No. 17. The central grinding hall will be located in the renovated part of building No. 5 next to the assembly for large-size bearings. A 3D measuring machine is also installed in each hall, ensuring constant quality control and measurement of machined parts. In addition, the creation of these logical technological units will allow the establishment of logistics areas and a logical flow of material in production from hardening to final assembly. Preparatory work is currently underway at hall 17, namely building the foundations for individual workplaces. The modification of the halls will be followed by the transfer of existing and installation of newly purchased machines. The launch of all technologies is planned for the end of 2020.

Thanks to investments, implementation of Industry 4.0 elements and streamlining of production processes, there is a year-on-year increase in production of large-size bearings. This meets the goal set by ZKL's management, becoming a major supplier of wind energy components with yearly production of 2500 large-scale bearings by 2023.

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