Bright, innovative, and state-of-the-art—that’s how Schreiner ProTech’s newly established Pressure Compensation Seal Process Center (PCS PC) presents itself that has now been officially opened after a construction period of a little less than one year.
In the nineteen-nineties, the direction in which this product segment, whose birth a little more than 25 years ago was practically marked by a customer’s wish for a gas-permeable yet watertight membrane, would ultimately develop was certainly not foreseeable at Schreiner Group. Yet with ample expertise and a constantly growing product portfolio—for instance of self-adhesive, ultrasonically weldable, or printable high-performance PCS—the Schreiner ProTech business unit successfully established itself on the market as an all-in-one solutions provider offering everything from the initial idea to the application system from a one-stop shop: an evolution that became obvious also in terms of space requirements. “Especially in view of electric mobility and autonomous driving, we see enormous potential in the field of pressure compensation seal due to increasing electrification in the automotive industry because the potential uses of these special functional parts are extremely varied. That’s why the creation of a dedicated process center was the next logical step in the evolution and I’m delighted that thanks to the solid planning and teamwork of all the parties involved the project was completed so fast and smoothly,” said CEO Roland Schreiner.
The schedule for opening the new center was ambitious. Among other things, all the machines had to be moved from various buildings concurrently with the creation of new machine technologies to ensure consistent, smooth manufacturing of Pressure Compensation Seal for customers. “Visually, Pressure Compensation Seal may have changed only minimally,” added Adrian Marggraf, Product Manager PCS at Schreiner ProTech, “but by merging all the product-related manufacturing areas we raised PCS production to a new level in our operations and due to the latest inspection/testing and machine technologies are now setting quality standards in the field of Pressure Compensation Solution.”
Teamwork and Technical Cleanliness
In an area of 900 square meters, the new facilities provide an innovative, efficient work environment equipped with state-of-the-art technology enabling seamless collaboration between all manufacturing-related stations—from the receiving department to the final product. “Due to the physical proximity alone, our team members can communicate with each other along the entire PCS value chain,” explained Christian Liebetrau, the head of the new process center. “That collaboration makes it possible to identify and jointly resolve challenges clearly faster. Aside from strengthening team cohesion, the new process center helps to further enhance the previously high level of quality of the work results and thus the products.”
Compliance with new and future Technical Cleanliness requirements was a key element of the entire planning process for the process center. Currently, Schreiner ProTech’s PCS PC exceeds the requirements imposed on a clean room according to VDA 19 and clean room certification according to ISO 14644 is even conceivable as well. “Among other things, “said Christian Liebetrau, “our new venting system enables that: the air in the production hall is completely recirculated, filtered, and treated up to ten times per hour, and that is obviously a decisive step in terms of technical cleanliness.
Milestone and Standards
The move of a precision die from the previous facilities to the new process center in summer no doubt was an important intermediate step in the project. That move was special in that the machine weighing 6 metric tons had to be hauled in one piece to avoid errors during the removal and reinstallation of the cutting die. That posed not only a logistical challenge but also marked a milestone in establishing the process center.
High quality standards, extended receiving and in-process inspections, and short throughput times—the PCS PC standards are high. But with this new process center, Schreiner ProTech is ready for the next level because its PCS team is already in the process of planning and sourcing new technologies and machines to secure Schreiner ProTech’s innovation and quality lead for the next product generations as well.
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Schreiner ProTech, a business unit of Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG based in Oberschleissheim near Munich (Germany) and production sites in Blauvelt (USA) and Shanghai (China), develops innovative film-based functional components and industrial marking and security solutions. From thermal-transfer printing, laser marking and RFID solutions all the way to pressure compensation seals: the certified development partner and systems supplier offers solutions which help optimize processes, reduce costs, make life healthier and safer, and enhance human mobility. All of Schreiner ProTech’s solutions for the mobility and electronics markets as well as for mechanical engineering are specifically tailored to meet customers’ needs.
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