Thanks to its agile project management, IMO Oberflächentechnik GmbH was able to commission a state-of-the-art new plant for strip electroplating after only nine months of project time. Two further systems will complete the partially refurbished Hall 1 in the foreseeable future.
“We are pleased that with the A135 we have now been able to commission the first of three newly planned plants in Königsbach-Stein,” explains IMO Managing Director Bernd Müller. “With foresight, we started to renew the hall floor and prepare the hall technology for a new generation of equipment during a period of lower order intake.” In general, the wastewater partial flows were newly installed and divided in Hall 1. This allows the recyclable materials/metals to be treated and recycled even better and in a more environmentally friendly manner.
The new system can run at high speeds and apply coatings containing nickel, tin and silver. Thanks to its low-pressure blow-off system, the A135 operates in a particularly power-saving and energy-efficient manner. The state-of-the-art facility also features an electrolytic heating system that runs on hot water instead of electricity, eliminating any resulting fire hazard.
Downtimes are also minimized, as maintenance is automated and performed at the push of a button. Markus Klingenberg, Head of Research + Development at IMO and at the same time Project Manager of the A 135, is proud that despite a difficult supply situation the new strip processing line could be commissioned on time and within budget: “I would like to thank all colleagues involved for the well-functioning agile project management, which laid the foundation for the successful execution with weekly meetings of the core team and topic-related participation of the extended team. This enabled any difficulties to be identified and eliminated at an early stage.”
Another A125 plant is being rebuilt and is scheduled for completion in mid-2022. Also in the planning stage is the A115 plant, which is scheduled to come on stream in early 2023. The three new turbines will then be located next to two existing turbines.