Murrelektronik

Automotive Industry

25. aug. 2011

Clever production technology from Felsomat

Felsomat ensures smooth production processes and manufacturing processes in the automotive industry. When the automation of machines and installations are a concern; the Felsomat engineers think “Murrelektronikally”.

Felsomat ensures smooth production processes and manufacturing processes in the automotive industry. When the automation of machines and installations are a concern; the Felsomat engineers think “Murrelektronikally”.

Felsomat, founded in 1981, established themselves in the automotive industry, defining their existence in the power train world (engines, transmissions, axles, and steering). Felsomat implemented Flexline for their material handling along with their automatic interlinking of complete plants.  Audi, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Getrag, and Opel are several of Felsomat’s renowned customers.

With automation projects Felsomat’s production manager Joachim Jankowski and electrical engineer Klaus Winter favor the simplicity of programming and configuring any combinations of digital inputs and outputs of Murrelektronik’s MVK Profibus module.  Felsomat’s implementation of the MVK module has allowed them the flexibility of pre-ordering devices, and having the assurance that their I/O count will suit their needs. In addition, the MVK module has adapted to the requirements of their installations and excess modules easily integrated into the next project.

Felsomat currently utilizes Murrelektronik’s MVK modules, as well as passive distribution boxes, for their organization and logistics module; FlexCell. In order to ensure a flexible production control, passive distribution boxes, and the M12 are ordered by KANBAN (a concept related to lean and just-in-time (JIT) production). The parts are shipped at the beginning of the week and are received in shortly after. “This works fine”, says Rolf Gau. He is responsible for purchasing at Felsomat.

For the decentralized distribution in the FlexBox, Felsomat uses the modular fieldbus system, Cube67, as a company standard. FlexBox is a versatile automation module for the production of precision components, which are very popular among the suppliers of the automotive industry. Small dimensions and a wide field of applications are the decisive reasons for such applications.

Felsomat is currently working on a large interlinking project for DaimlerChrysler of Stuttgart. The automation is integrated with AS-Interface components from Murrelektronik. Daimler Chrysler has added Murrelektronik’s AS-Interface to their product approval list; these lists are issued by the automotive industry, which decides on the different components kept in the production facilities.

In conclusion, Felsomat’s machine and installation benchmarks consist of, AS-Interface, MVK Metal, Cube67, passive distribution boxes, and plug connectors from Murrelektronik. Felsomat also utilizes Murrelektronik’s power supplies, MICO, an intelligent power distribution device, and not to mention the control cabinet entry systems, MPV and MSDD.