Assembly – from small van to mobile rescue coordination centre
When Friedrich Beißwenger founded ALUCA 25 years ago, the first customers would still call round in person. This is the exception today, because our customers come from all over Germany and abroad. We therefore send around 95 per cent of our products to our partner companies which then install them in the customers’ vehicles.
All the required parts are picked and assembled in advance at our headquarter in Rosengarten. When assembling the individual modules to order, our fitters need a light touch and a sure instinct for a precision finish. They are assisted by the assembly viewer, a piece of software which forms the interface between the 3D product configurator, which we will have used to design the system (see also Part 1), and the final assembly. The assembly viewer shows the modules in 3D, allowing the user to freely rotate the models and zoom in and out instead of working with the 2D plans on paper as in the past.
Nevertheless, genuine craftsmanship is of course required. First of all, our fitters screw the support frames to the various units like the shelf bases, crossbeams and so on. As soon as the shelving system is up, the other applications are installed according to the requirements of the customer in any given case. Finally, it is time to fit the side walls, hose brackets, lashing rails, drawers and pull-outs, etc.
After assembly, the product is placed on rollers and transported on its way for final order picking, quality control and acceptance.
How to survive in the firing line
We also fit out special-purpose vehicles at ALUCA so we often have very niche orders for our fitters. We have, for example, kitted out rescue vehicles – from coastguard rescue facilities right through to the mobile fire brigade control centre which arrives at emergencies in a converted bus. Such vehicles must of course be specially equipped, with independent power supply, for example, signalling systems, modern means of communication, heavy-duty drawers and tons of tools and materials for every purpose. Every second counts in these situations therefore everything must have its own specific place.
We often fit such special-purpose vehicles with a combination of pre-assembled ALUCA systems and custom-made products on site. Our experts in the Brunswick branch of ALUCA did all the work, for example, on the aforementioned fire brigade bus and fitted the whole thing out – a task that is both challenging and exciting in equal measure!
The last part of our series will take us to the final inspection, quality control and after-sales service sections.