LPKF Furth completes restructuring

LPKF Fürth has completed its restructuring. New production rooms, and a larger management team – LPKF in Fürth is getting fit for further growth. The implementation of new production processes has positive effects on clients and economic efficiency.

“In the past, LPKF had compelling solutions in the form of outstanding individual systems for laser plastic welding. We have now begun the pro-duction of customizable basic machines – which not only benefits us, but also our clients,” explains Markus König, one of the managing directors of the LPKF production site in Fürth/Germany. A great deal of effort was required to get this far.

The most important step was moving out of the restricted rooms in Erlagen into the spacious production buildings in Fürth, as well as the construction of a new, modern office block. This contains the Application Center, which is equipped with several testing rooms, laser systems and measuring devices for welding tests and to qualify the own processes of our clients. At the site in Fürth, the production services company LaserMicronics uses its own LPKF laser systems for ramp-up and series production.

To push ahead the transition to multi-model production, the management has been taken over by two recognized experts: Lars Ederleh and Markus König. Lars Ederleh, who was previously the managing director of LaserMicronics GmbH, is primarily responsible for Marketing, Service and Sales, whilst Markus König is responsible for Operations and Develop-ment, and therefore also the production organization and cooperation between the production sites.

Radical restructuring of the production flows took place at the beginning of April. Instead of the design and production of individual special machines, the work now concentrates on cyclic assembly of high-performance basic machines. These models are then used to realize customized modifications in subsequent fast and cost-efficient processes. Cyclic assembly opens up greater flexibility for complex technical developments which benefit whole production lines rather than individual systems. The first throughput of a complete line has now been completed, and confirmed the expected advantages. “Our customers are very keen on this concept. We have been able to slash the construction time by almost half, and therefore also significantly reduce the lead times and manufacturing costs. We can also prepare quotes much faster than before, and it makes it easier for provide services – which naturally benefits our customers in particular,” says a very satisfied Lars Ederleh.

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