DEUTZ Corporation recently moved its Value Add production operation from Norcross, GA, to a facility with a larger, 60,000 sq. ft. production area in Pendergrass, GA. As a result, DEUTZ has been able to increase the number of Value Add production lines from one to three. While the company already manufactures thousands of engines annually through its Value Add operation, the expansion will allow DEUTZ to increase production and serve even more OEM partners.
“Our Value Add lines allow us to provide customers with a high-value, customized engine solution,” says Jim Smith, Director of Production Operations at DEUTZ Corporation. “Moving our Value Add production lines to our new North Georgia location both increases our capacity and streamlines the overall production process.”
The DEUTZ Corporation Value Add production operation uses base engines delivered from Germany and provides modification adjustments according to each OEM customer’s specific requirements. OEMs can choose to provide their own design specifications, or rely on the expertise of DEUTZ’s engineering team to design a custom-engineered solution. Whether it be a customer design or a DEUTZ Corporation custom-engineered solution, DEUTZ engineers work closely with the OEM partner’s engineers throughout the entire process, optimizing customer resources while reducing design complexity and risk.
“To make the process more efficient, we’ve introduced a number of important ‘lean manufacturing,’ waste-reducing concepts to help to take the operation from a batch-build operation to a one-piece-flow operation,” Smith adds. “Our redesigned work stations ensure that the necessary tools, materials and documentation are close at hand. This has reduced cycle times by 25% and increased the line’s ability to run a wider variety of products.”
The Value Add line’s one-piece flow operation benefits the OEM’s assembly line, reducing the amount of labor that would otherwise be required to prepare the engine for the machine. And, as part of the DEUTZ Value Add package, customers receive not only the engine, but service, warranty and aftermarket support as well.
“We purchase a significant amount of components and parts each year,” says Robert Mann, President and CEO of DEUTZ Corporation. “By relocating our operation to Pendergrass, we’re now able to offer additional expertise and cost savings to an even greater number of our OEM partners. And, because we’re able to manage many of the complex manufacturing aspects, our customers can focus all their attention on their own products, rather than on the engine manufacturing and installation process.”