Estonian APL Production AS raised production rates four times higher with PEMA
APL Production AS is one of the leading metal fabrication companies in Estonia. They found a demand on the market for higher output and better quality. PEMA solution raised production output, took welding quality to next level and brought in new customers.
After second order confirmation APL and PEMA team members are smiling in the front of PEMA assembly line delivered in 2015.
”Recently, we noticed a clear market demand for high-quality, high-output fabrication”, says Dmitri Kljutšnikov, CEO of APL Production AS. “We decided to invest in developing our manual-based welding function and asked for tenders from various suppliers. Pemamek was soon able earn our trust not only with its proposal - a column & boom assembly line - but also with its long experience and reliable views for the future. The project turned out to be a success story with no surprises: factory testing, assembly, commissioning, and training were carried out in smooth, professional and efficient way within agreed delivery times. The objectives set in the beginning of the project were completely achieved”, Kljutšnikov muses. “That’s why we have now ordered another assembly line and a couple of positioners from Pemamek for delivery in April-May 2016”.
Successful change from manual welding to an automated solution
After competitive tendering, APL decided to purchase a PEMA TW assembly line consisting of a PEMA Column & Boom with two separate welding heads - single and twin SAW on the other end and a MIG/MAG in the other. All this is controlled by PEMA WeldControl 100 interface.
The delivery in June 2015 also included a turn-key installation, commissioning, and production ramp-up support, as well as user training.
Initially, resistance for change from manual way of working to modern, automated welding was abundant amongst welders. Introducing a new production bonus system, however, rapidly changed attitudes and soon everybody preferred to use the assembly line for higher production rates and better quality.
New customers and a repeat order
Objectives for higher output and better quality were fully achieved. Corresponding work pieces are now fabricated nearly four times faster than in manual assembly. Better produced quality has brought in completely new customers with impeccable quality requirements.
APL ordered another PEMA assembly line in February 2016. It comes with SAW welding head as well as a special heating system for cold operating conditions. In addition to the assembly line, APL also ordered more PEMA rollerbeds and positioners.
APL Production AS
Established in 1996, APL Production AS designs, fabricates and installs a wide range of standard and tailor-made products from various steel groups and aluminium with special emphasis on flexible, high-quality production. APL products are used e.g. in construction and furnishing of industrial and office buildings, pipelines, oil terminals, water engineering structures, and in power generation and biotechnology industries. APL has more than 150 employees and is certified according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 3834-2.