News Archive 2009

Big order from Hansen Transmissions China
Egemin Automation has signed a contract with gearbox manufacturer Hansen Transmissions International to develop a full-automatic pallet warehouse at Hansen’s newest production unit in Tianjin, China. Hansen Transmissions will manufacture its wind turbine drives there to meet the fast growing demand on the wind turbine market in China.

Three storages areas for gearbox components

A logistic hub will be set up at the production plant to control the product flows of in-house developed and purchased gearbox components. The logistics hub includes three storage areas, for the storage of small parts such as bolts and rings, medium-sized parts such as gears, shafts and bearings, and large parts including ring gears and housings respectively.

Automatic storage and kitting

For the storage of medium-sized parts Egemin will set up a fully automatic warehouse with two PLC controlled pallet cranes. Egemin will also supply the conveyor system, including the control software for transport of the parts on pallets to the kitting area and develop a Warehouse Control System (WCS) for operating the automated warehouses.

Long-standing partner of Hansen Transmissions

Egemin has been a loyal and reliable automation partner of Hansen Transmissions for many years. In the late nineties, Egemin already automated the logistic hub for Hansen’s industrial gearbox plant in Edegem. In 2003 and in 2007, Egemin integrated this logistics hub concept in Hansen’s new high-tech plant for wind turbine drives in Lommel.

In September 2008, Hansen Transmissions started building a brand-new gearbox facility for wind energy in Coimbatore, India. Egemin is currently developing and integrated a full-automatic logistic concept for this facility as well.

Egemin around the globe

Egemin approaches the international market with own subsidiaries in strategic areas (Western Europe, North America), while in others it relies on a network of agents and partners (Spain, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia etc.). In other countries, including China, India and Thailand, Egemin follows the foreign investment trail of its key accounts.

Capacity increase

Overall investments by Hansen Transmissions for the next 4 years at the new production unit in Tianjin will amount to some 200 million euros and will generate approximately 600 new jobs. The total order intake of the contract with Egemin is worth 1.8 million euros in total. This investment fits in perfectly with Hansen’s strategy to expand its existing production capacity and to cater for the need of the wind energy market.

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