Ziegelwerk Klosterbeuren invests in process optimization

With an investment worth over one million euros, Ziegelwerk Klosterbeuren has modernized the wet side of production in its Brick Plant II. The plant control system has also been revamped to optimize the complete process chain in this section – from clay silo to extruder. Only last year the company commissioned a new flue gas purification system.

In a project lasting several months, the up to 25-year-old equipment and machines were first dismantled and replaced with state-of-the-art technology. The wet side of the production has been equipped with the latest robot technology. Two series-connected loading robots each take up up to five green bricks, so that these can be transferred to the drying process faster and more efficiently than before.

“The change in the production flow was one of the preconditions to allow us to produce a new type of clay formwork block. Here, in the robot-controlled process, the necessary recesses are cut in the still wet blocks by a wire”, explains Michael Offner, Technical Manager at Ziegelwerk Klosterbeuren. Overall, with the changeover, Ziegelwerk Klosterbeuren is saving one complete production step.

In the past five years, Ziegelwerk Klosterbeuren has invested over € 10 mill. in new production technologies and energy saving measures. In 2012, the family-run company renewed Plant IV with a highly automated filling and packaging system, last year the flue gas purification system was completely renewed.

Ziegelwerk Klosterbeuren Ludwig Leinsing GmbH & Co. KG
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