Schmitz Cargobull AG is Europe's largest manufacturer of lorry trailers. The company manufactures in seven production facilities, mostly in Germany.
By introducing innovative process technologies, Schmitz Cargobull strives to further strengthen its role as a technology leader and adjust its production capacity to the volatile trailer market.
To this end, extensive development tasks needed to be coordinated both in product development and in machine design.
Conversion of the entire series to a new chassis generation
With its new "GENIOS" series, Schmitz Cargobull switched its manufacturing process to cold forming. This requires all components to feature a production-friendly design.
For the development of the plant, a base chassis was initially selected as the reference product. A gate concept facilitated the synchronisation of the development of product and production facilities, and both strands of development had to pass through a gate simultaneously.
Thanks to the introduction of a modular system for the main components, the huge product variety could be streamlined immensely. The production was organised according to lean principles. As a result, product variants emerge only very late in the production chain. agiplan's services comprise the coordination of the R&D tasks, the prioritisation of the work steps, and the efficient interface design for the product and plant development.