One year ago, the family-owned Germany-based manufacturer of high-quality primary plastic packaging and medical devices embarked on the modernization of its headquarters in Bensheim, an initiative the company says has now been successfully concluded - on schedule and within the designated budget.
Known within the company as the “future project production area South”, Sanner spent close to € 3m on the expansion of the site and new machines, readying the plant for what it referred to as “future-oriented manufacturing”.
Fourteen new, state-of-the-art injection-moulding machines were installed to improve production processes, readying the plant for the challenges of industry 4.0.
“Our goal was to further automatize production and consequently increase capacities and efficiency,” says Dirk Mähr, Managing Director of Sanner GmbH. “A goal we have definitely achieved.”
The new machines, all of the latest generation, can be further automatized at any time, rendering the plant optimally for further optimization projects. Over the next few years, for example, Sanner plans to expand its portfolio in the areas of capsules and desiccant packaging.
As a result of the expansion and modernization of the site, Sanner has been able to implement a significantly more energy-efficient manufacturing process – “in line with the Sanner sustainability concept,” said Mähr.
Next to a renewed media supply for cooling water and compressed air, a better raw material supply and new cranes, the company also installed new lighting and implemented measures to reduce the noise level, thus improving workflows and working conditions.