In order to enhance its position on the competitive textiles market, the company is investing heavily in the skills of its workforce and in state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies.
The drive technology on two of its seven fiber lines was recently completely modernized. “Our intention with the new drive solution was to improve on-line flexibility,” explains Mathias Pietsch, the modernization project manager at Märkische Faser GmbH. “Our existing drive systems were also quite old, which meant we were struggling to get spare parts. To stay competitive, our lines have to be highly productive, so we couldn’t afford the risk of a breakdown.”
So the company set about finding a drive technology partner that could supply the entire modernization package, including drives, gears, clutches, and switches, as well as provide the necessary support in configuring and commissioning the drive application.
The contract was ultimately awarded to Siemens. Key factor for this decision was the Siemens expertise Märkische Faser GmbH had already experienced during a long-standing and successful previous collaboration in the field of energy and drive technology. In other words, the Siemens project team was already quite familiar with the processes and requirements at the customer’s location. Systems integrator IAT was on hand as an experienced partner to assist in integrating the new drive technology in the existing automation system.