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On 3rd and 4th of October, Mondragon Assembly participated in the launch of LAY2FORM, a Horizon 2020 European project. The meeting took place in Porto (Portugal), at the facilities of INEGI, the coordinator of the project. The project will have a duration of four years and aims to manufacture a pilot line for manufacturing hybrid parts, composed of sheets of metal and composite sheets. In the pilot line, several technologies will be integrated to perform non-destructive tests in line with the zero-defect targets. Furthermore, simulation and online monitoring technologies will be used to make corrections to the process parameters using self-learning technologies.

The members of the consortium are: Ineg (Portugal), Aimen (Spain), Rescoll (France), ESI (France), Fagor Arrasate (Spain), IK4- Ikerlan (Spain), Mondragon University (Spain), V2i (Belgium), Inapal (Spain), Mecasonic (Spain), and Mondragon Assembly (Germany).

On 16 September, Mondragon Assembly celebrated a commemorative event for these four decades, with the attendance of approximately 300 people and a very familiar atmosphere.

The event, which was attended by the President of the Mondragon Assembly, José Mari Eizaguirre and the CEO, Luis Mari Imaz, featured a guided tour of the facilities of the Cooperative and ended with a lunch accompanied by live music and inflatable balloons for children, to celebrate more years of success and growth.

NTN-SNR has honored MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY FRANCE  as “Best Supplier of the Year 2016” in the category of Special Machinery and Assembly Lines. NTN-SNR  is a World Leader in the design and manufacturing of high technology bearings. The ceremony was held last June 29th at the Imperial Palace in Annency, France, with the participation of a pretty big number of invited Companies as well as top representatives of NTN-SNR.

This prize recognizes the excellence achieved by Mondragon Assembly France in the design, manufacturing and delivering of Assembly Lines as well as its quality, innovation, competitiveness and service. During the event, those attending were privy to NTN-SNR’s vision of the automotive sector as well as its strategies for the future, especially in matters concerning quality and competitiveness. Awards were given following 11 categories to Suppliers that, as Mondragon Assembly, have exceeded the Company’s expectations.

M.Bardet kindly gave the trophy to M.Sebastien Barde and M.Félix Remírez. We are proud of this honor and it encourages us to achieve excellence in all our works. The day ended with a jolly very good lunch.

Mondragon Assembly Group consolidates itself as an international benchmark in the automation sector, achieving a new milestone by obtaining orders in the amount of €40 million during the month of June.

These new acquisitions confirm the group’s growth trend in recent years, with a new sales record being expected for 2017.

Some of these deposits will be supplied in 2018, which should ensure an order portfolio that allows the group to look forward to the future.

These funds confirm the commitment made by Mondragon Assembly for the internationalisation and development of complex turnkey projects.

Special machinery

The special machinery business has received orders in the amount of 18 million euro for the automotive and household appliances sectors. These will be manufactured in the Aretxabaleta and Stahringen plants.

Solar Business

Mondragon Assembly Solar continues with its growth, achieving 22 million euro in orders in the month of June.  The projects include turnkey lines, as well as automatic machinery, and will be supplied in Algeria, Egypt, and China.

Mondragon Assembly France has designed and manufactured an advanced installation for the assembly of RFID’s Tags aimed to the identification of products by means of radio frequency codes. RFID technology uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. This new lines has been developed for company INVENGO, one of the most important manufacturers worldwide of RFID’s Tags. This Company shares with Mondragon Assembly the passion for innovation, research and development.

RFID systems are key devices in the development of the “Internet of the Things”, IoT, and the Industry 4.0 Concept. The Mondragon Assembly France’s line is able to assembly different models of electronic chips and producing textile tags of different lengths. The line includes artificial vision systems for both assuring the extreme required accuracy and checking the positioning of the electronic components and the embedded antenna. Moreover, all tags are coded and tested in order to guarantee quality.

An INVENGO’s Team of technical managers has recently carried out the acceptance of the line in the facility of Mondragon Assembly in Orange, France.

Mondragon Assembly has successfully introduced its new system for automatic manufacturing of high-capacity photovoltaic modules at the Intersolar Europe trade show.

This system consists of two MTS 2500 Tabbers and Stringers, the fastest on the market in a single soldering track, and the most advanced interconnected IC150 system. This enables manufacturers to obtain a high production capacity in a very small space, thus offering them great competitive advantages.

During the duration of the event, numerous visitors were received at the stand interested in the various turnkey solutions of Mondragon Assembly, with lines ranging from 15MW to 320MW.  Mondragon Assembly offers assembly lines of modules with different degrees of automation, adapting to the needs of each client.

One highlight was the presence of European visitors, which is a sign of the recovery of the photovoltaic market in Europe. The Mondragon Assembly team expects to materialise a number of projects spread across the world in the coming months.

Mondragon Assembly, leader in automated solutions for photovoltaic applications, will be presenting at the Intersolar Europe show its new Front Line with an annual production capacity of 150MW.

The Front Line consists of two MTS 2500 tabbers and stringers and an IC150 interconnect system.  This Front line is designed to manufacture panels with cells with up to 6 buses.

Tabber MTS 2500 

The MTS 2500 tabber and stringer has a net production capacity of 2400 cells/hour in a single welding track, making it the fastest in the market. In addition to its production capacity, it is also notable for its size, as it requires only 7.5 m2. It thus allows the installation of high-production lines in smaller areas.

IC150 

As the number of busbars in photovoltaic cells increases, the bussing or interconnected welding process becomes a bottleneck in many production chains.  The Mondragon Assembly IC150 allows module manufacturers to increase the production rate while guaranteeing the quality of the product at all times.

Mondragon Assembly will be located in booth A2.150.

Last May 9th and 10th, MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY FRANCE was honored welcoming the Working Sessions of the Consortium of the European Project COMBILASER. During the two days, the participants checked the advancements being made in the development that will allow to apply self learning and artificial intelligence to laser processes in the cladding and welding domains. Debates were focused in the three prototypes that are being made simultaneously to be soon installed, in order to check the good functioning of the technology. These systems will be installed at facilities of Hidria AET, Orkli and TM Comas. Combilaser is a 3 years span project coming now into its more practical phase. It was also studied the potential collaboration after the testing of the prototypes.

Technical meetings were completed with an evening  cultural agenda when the Team was able to admire the Ancient Roman Theatre of Orange, UNESCO’s World Heritage, one of the best preserved all over de World and built during the First Century AD, under the reign of Cesar Augustus. Its enormous stage measures 103 m long and 37 m high. Nowadays, it is the home of one of the most prestigious Opera festivals in Europe.

MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY in France has recently supplied a complete installation for the assembly and packaging of Sanitary Parts aimed to the Home Sector. The Line is able to manufacture several different models depending on the needs of the market. In the line all the components of the part are assembled, being fed depending of the model and testing at all times the quality of the made operations. Moreover, once the part has been assembled and tested, is transferred to a complete sorting and packaging line. In this area, each part is plastic wrapped for protection, the case is thermoformed, cardboard boxes are manufactured and filled with the parts. Finally, labeling and closing operations are performed letting the boxes ready for delivery. The line is able to assembly and preparing for expedition almost 700 parts per hour.

The line also includes a complete computerized system for monitoring the installation, allowing its data connection with the central computer system of the facility.

This line is a clear example of the high skills of MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY FRANCE, proposing turn-key systems very easy to handle by our Customers as well as with the highest added value.

Videoclips of several lines already delivered in different sectors can be seen in the Youtube channel of the Company.

Last Mars, 12th the second review meeting of the European COMBILASER Project was held at Hannover, Germany. The responsable officers of the European Union were checking the achievements of this multi year project. Combilaser is a high technology program to develop intelligent systems able to self learning in processes using laser as those for welding or material cladding. In this project advances in laser, non-destructive controls, precision mechanics and neuronal networks are combined. Within the program several European Partners are collaborating and one of those is MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY, nominated as leader of Work Package 5, the phase where concrete devices are developed for handling the sensors and mechanisms , sending and receiving data to/from the self-learning Expert System.

Project officer Ms. Tanya Nikolova and two independent experts, Dr. Pascal Aubry and Dr. Evren Yasa were satisfied with the already achieved results. Next meeting will be held in the facility of MONDRAGON ASSEMBLY FRANCE, in the city of Orange.

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