Case Study – Pannonsys
Pannonsys Services is an up-and-coming supplier to the automotive industry in Hungary.
Since the start of 2012, it has been using the Line D30 Lean Production System from item to produce factory equipment, with great success.
But how did it all start?.
Factory equipment manufacturer switches from steel to aluminium for lean production
Up until mid-2011, the company’s assembly engineers used classic steel tube systems. But there was no shortage of problems, as Managing Director József Bakus recalls: “It was virtually impossible to establish reliable dealer structures with material suppliers, deadlines were onstantly being put back and supply shortages were commonplace. Unhealthy competition often got in the way of the work that really mattered and there was almost no chance of developing efficientsolutions. What’s more, material quality was frequently poor and compatibility was a problem. It took an awful lot of hard work and improvisation to satisfy customer demands.”
Mr. Bakus, the owner and sole shareholder of the company, was already familiar with the building kit system offered by Solingen-based item, having fist encountered Line 8 profiles some time ago. At the end of 2011, he placed an order with item sales partner Tech.Con in Hungary for a D30 Lean Production System package, so that he could findout more about the products. “The fieldservice engineer who brought us the parts made a very good impression,” explains Mr. Bakus. “He focused directly on our needs and was supportive of our desire to better address the specificrequirements of our customers in the future.”
Better than steel
The specialists at Pannonsys Services very quickly recognised the many and varied benefits of the aluminium ProfileTubes, since Line D30 offers a number of crucial advantages over conventional steel tube systems. They were particularly impressed by the die-cast aluminium Fastener – the core of the system. The fatigue strength of the Fastener minimises the maintenance costs associated with factory equipment designed for dynamic loads. Using just one Fastener for all 90° connections also saves on warehousing costs and means that intersections can be reconfigued with exceptional speed and flxibility. “The item products are quite simply very good quality, look good and were shown to us using samples in the very fist meeting we had.” The intuitive Line D30 profile/tubesystem also proved popular in Hungary thanks to its one-man assembly principle and the speed at which constructions can be built and reconfigued.
Soon after, specialists from item in Germany travelled to Hungary to stage an in-depth product training course and were available to answer questions all day long. Rolf Biermann, head of the workshop, fist explained details using item’s clearly laid-out workshop poster. Then it was down to work – all the staff got to know the Fasteners with their long-term stability, sawed through the fist ProfileTubes together and experimented with the wide range of accessories. When the team of experts said goodbye, they left behind not just the poster, but the wide-ranging opportunities that Line D30 makes possible as well.
Established in 2006 and taken over by Mr. Bakus in 2010, Pannonsys Services currently has 26 employees. Mr. Bakus is proud of the two main focal points that his company pursues and that are mutually supportive. The software side of the business develops administrative software for customers but also for in-house use.
The other side of the business, the Tools division, organises, plans and builds factory equipment for manufacturing companies. Metalworking, concept development, building and calibrating customised machinery and producing special tools and components are all part and parcel of day-to-day operations. Over the last few months, the company has been able to significanty expand its portfolio and lower its prices by combining the Tools and Software divisions. “The only way of making sure work is of a high standard and consistent is to use good tools, good materials and professionals. That is what we aim for and item is a valuable partner in helping us achieve this.”A carmaker that runs a production site close to the plant in Hungary was already a customer. Initial worries that the switchover in materials would not be well received were soon forgotten, and the changes that the factory equipment specialist recommended to the international company were readily accepted. Since then, the carmaker has placed numerous small orders and large projects with the firm.
Quality generates growth
Another important step into the future was taken on 1 April 2013, when Pannonsys Services relocated to the Győr Industrial Park. The new site, which includes a production hall that covers almost 900 m² and more than 200 m² of officespace, gives the company plenty of scope for pursuing further success.
Mr. Bakus sums up the company’s goals for the future: “Our main aims are punctuality, trust and flxibility. What we offer is clear – our expert know-how, our mindset, efficientorganisation, reliable planning and the dependable execution of each individual project.” Besides expanding its engineering activities, the company also plans to grow its administrative operations. The new software is the fist step and the company also needs another mechanical engineer urgently.
In the meantime, the firms owner is well aware of the benefits that item products have brought: “The elegant aluminium ProfileTubes put us in a very good light, but not just because they look good. More importantly, they enable us to deliver better products.” Mr. Bakus is particularly happy with how the atmosphere in his company has improved. “My workforce’s motivation has been boosted thanks to item, because they see their work as more valuable and more consistent now. What’s more, Line D30, the Lean Production System, makes their day-to-day work much more straightforward.”
item and Pannonsys Services – quality through partner-ship
Find out more about Pannonsys: http://www.pannonsys.hu