INNONET Kunststoff at Gebr. Schwarz GmbH in Rottweil-Neukirch
Portfolio expansion through efficient assembly line
Along the broad value chain, from granulate to recycling, there are a large number of highly specialized companies. INNONET Kunststoff networks this innovative industry and generates synergies through cooperation and projects.
Schwarz GmbH in Rottweil-Neukirch invited forty INNONET partners to take a look behind the scenes on 19 February 2019. “Gebr. Schwarz stands for the idea of a functional high-tech network for plastic solutions", Managing Director Jens Roth described the company's competence. "This enables us to meet the high demands of our customers, to guarantee excellent quality in the manufacturing of injections molding products and assemblies".
Torsten Knoch from ASSTEC and Bernhard Dürr, Lean Manager at Gebr. Schwarz, impressively demonstrated that success cannot be taken for granted and that a continuous improvement process must be lived within the company. "In order to ensure long-term customer satisfaction and reduce the failure rate in assemblies, we have analyzed our processes and material flows following our lean management process and initiated numerous measures to optimize them. In addition to the introduction of a Kanban system, the assembly workstations were also redesigned. The team proudly reported the successes of the process to the participants at the event: the throughput time of the products could be immensely shortened and the complaint rate lowered, thus increasing customer satisfaction.
Numerous detailed questions during the subsequent company tour proved how relevant the process carried out at Schwarz is for other plastics processing companies as well.
With almost 120 members, INNONET Kunststoff is the largest company-driven plastics network in Southern Germany and connects the plastics industry with neighboring countries. The initiative of the Horb Technology Centre as the sponsor and the Nordschwarzwald Economic Development Corporation (WFG) organizes several network meetings and specialist events every year. INNONET was once founded on the initiative of regional companies.