Despite the high degree of automation, a large number of qualified employees are required for the production of the panniers. „To begin with, there‘s the operation and monitoring of our machining centres,“ Michael Gnädig, the production manager for pannier assembly goes on to explain. „And then there‘s the assembly of the individual components. This is where the highest precision is required,“ the 31-year-old industrial supervisor continues. The high demands on accuracy during assembly are a result of the sophisticated design of the pannier itself, which has a semi-floating base, for example. „This design, joined with special rivets, provides outstanding rigidity while minimising crack problems,“ adds Cliff Vizer, product development coordinator, who joined our manufacturing tour at short notice. Minimum tolerances are also required in the interaction between the pannier and the mounting mechanism, in order to ensure stable seating and flawless function.
Another challenge for the employees in the assembly department is the great variety of Touratech aluminium panniers. This means having to be particularly alert at all times.
To ensure that nothing goes wrong even with intensively trained employees, Touratech production has a close-meshed system of quality control. The checks range from permanent visual inspection after all relevant work steps, to the final tightness test. Each pannier is given an individual serial number with which the different steps can be traced back without interruption, so that any sources of error can be rectified immediately.
Thanks to precisely set temperature and humidity values, the silicone compound sets perfectly in the drying tower.
The automatic silicone dosing device.
In turn, employees are supported by numerous high-tech solutions. For example, the silicone is injected into the rebate in the exact quantity required by means of a dosing device. The demanding drying process for the sealing compound is also automated. „The silicone needs precisely defined temperature and humidity values in order to set optimally. We can accomplish this reliably in our drying tower, which the panniers pass through in a specified process time, fully automatically“ explains Michael Gnädig.