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Austria: Expansion of Frauscher Sensor Production Facility

Frauscher Sensor Production Facility
Image courtesy of Frauscher

Following the official opening of the Frauscher Sensor Technology Sensor Production facility expansion in 2015, Frauschers production capacity has nearly doubled.

Increased capacity

The new 500m_ production area has increased capacities in more disciplines to improve efficiency. New additional machines and enhanced material flow will deliver optimal  service to clients.

Two curing ovens and a second vacuum plotting line have been installed to provide a comprehensive acceleration and automatisation. As a result of the expansion, production has been increased from 17,000 pieces a year to 30,000.

Gerald Buchinger, Director Frauscher Sensor Technology said:

The expansion also became a base for job optimisation, shortening of lead times as well as measures for securing maximum product quality. It was a major challenge to combine intensive planning of technological improvements and ongoing operation within the production area during the construction phase. Finally, after finishing all building and installation works new processes and ideas for improved workflows and working conditions have been implemented.

Improved Working Conditions

With experience gained in more than 70 countries, a key goal of the expansion was to improve working conditions. The combination of optimal  production processes and a well thought out work space have resulted in flexible workflows. This in turn guarantees product quality to meet national and international requirements and standards.

Meeting Increased Demand

As a market leader in axle counters and wheel detection systems for the rail industry, Frauschers 150 staff at headquarters in St. Marienkirchen, Austria form the main part of a total workforce  of 240 staff including its international subsidiaries, meaning that the St. Marienkirchen facilities produce nearly all of the wheel sensors and belonging evaluation boards produced by Frauscher. It serves as a hub to the international market and is well-equipped to meet the rising demand in the international railway market.

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