The capacity of Metso’s Tampere factories will be increased and occupational safety improved with the new production line for Lokotrack mobile crushing plants. The investment of approximately one million € will significantly shorten the delivery times of equipment models put into line assembly production. The construction work for the new line will already start during the summer, and the first new Lokotrack equipment would come out of the line in Q1 2018.
The Speedline 1 assembly line produces in each working shift one Compact series mobile crusher weighing about 50 tonnes. The new Speedline 2 line will increase the theoretical capacity by more than 30 %. “The delivery times of equipment models implemented on a line assembly method instead of today’s fixed assembly method will be significantly reduced. At the same time, we will release plenty of space for assembling the largest crusher and Lokotrack models in fixed assembly locations,” says Juha Erkkilä, the project manager in charge. “Due to the increasing demand for track-mounted mobile crushing plants, heavier and more complex models, such as the LT120TM, LT300HP/GPTM and LT220DTM will also be manufactured on Speedline 2 in addition to the current large volume models, such as the LT106TM and LT1213TM.” The renovation will improve the safety of both personnel and visitors to the factory. “The parts to be assembled can be better accommodated in the more spacious hall, which improves occupational safety. A new elevated gangway will also be built in the project, allowing visitors to view the operations in the factory more safely and fluently,” Erkkilä continues.