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The Machine Can Fold It!

Following Emden’s example: New container folding system now saves time, money and human resources at the Wolfsburg plant, too.

A team of employees from Emden and Wolfsburg set up the container folding machine in an area of 190 square meters in Hall 55 in the heart of the main plant.

Cooperation between sites pays off. For a few days now, the Wolfsburg plant has been working with the same container folding machine that has been providing a useful function in production and logistics at Emden for a year-and-a-half already. The construction and commissioning was performed by apprentices from the Volkswagen Academy in Emden, supported by two young colleagues from the main plant. The system was also developed at the academy by the North Sea. “It was a fantastic project,” said trainee industrial mechanic Julia Groninga (21).

What does the machine do? Until now, the plastic boxes in which add-on components are delivered to the production line had to be folded by hand. This has to be done so that, after removal of the parts and packaging waste, more containers can fit in the trucks, which reduces the cost of return shipping to the suppliers. This time-intensive and arduous task, which involves a lot of bending over, is now a thing of the past in Hall 55 at Wolfsburg.

“It’s obvious that these discussions pay off and that you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. Our example shows that quite clearly.”

Sebastian Neveling, Operative Logistics Manager for the North

Julia Groninga, an apprentice in Emden, worked on the construction and commissioning of the container folding machine 
at the Wolfsburg plant.

“Since the beginning of April, up to 1,500 containers are being folded by the machine every day,” explains Project Manager Toni Maetze. That’s one every 35 seconds, and enough to fill five trucks. The increased productivity and the reduction in ergonomically strenuous activity have contributed to achieving the Pact for the Future in Logistics.

The Wolfsburg plant became aware of the container folding system thanks to the constant exchange of best-practice examples in the logistics hub. “It’s obvious that these discussions pay off and that you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. Our example shows that quite clearly,” remarks Sebastian Neveling, Operative Logistics Manager for the North.