The heat is on! Hoists by KITO EUROPE secure maintenance work at one of Germany’s leading foundries
Germany’s foundries stand for challenging casting techniques and highest quality. But even these traditional companies always have to act with a view towards the future. One of Germany’s leading foundries has specialized in the production of iron castings and wants to reach a competitive advantage in the future through products with technological advances. This can only be achieved with first-class end products for construction machinery, mechanical engineering, the car and commercial vehicle industry, which are manufactured in state-of-the-art production facilities. And with KITO EUROPE as reliable partner for lifting hoists, which are used for regular maintenance works. KITO products, such as the powerful LB lever hoist, the compact KITO LX or the mini manual chain hoist KITO CX are a safe solution and ensure smooth processes in daily work.
More than old iron!
Germany’s foundries are essential partners for the automotive and mechanical engineering industry, for manufacturing agricultural and construction machines, for the railway industry and much more. Their success is based on years of experience, developing custom-fit moulded cast parts and producing always on schedule. Thereby, product quality of iron cast parts strongly depends on the production technique behind it. Future-oriented companies use modern, fully-automatic moulding lines or robot-supported deburring stations in order to produce high-quality components.
An important step towards the future
The extension of production with modern machines requires a great extent of finesse and knowledge of possible customer demands. Whether the components need to meet specific thermic, metallurgical or mechanic requirements – every demand must be fulfilled with highest ambition. This can only be achieved with innovative production facilities. It is also great to be equipped with high-tech machines, because you can handle more orders and you can react to changing market environments quickly. Both with a high level of quality.
A plant working with modern production machines always needs modern methods of maintenance, too. That’s why one of the leading foundries from Germany chose products from KITO EUROPE for all maintenance tasks. Klein Seil- und Hebetechnik GmbH did the perfect consulting and acted as distributor for the Japanese hoists.
“When I got the inquiry, the solution was immediately clear to me. KITO hoists impress with fine adjustment and first-class gearboxes. They are just perfect for installing and maintaining different machine parts”, says Steffen Büdenbender, technical consultant at Klein Seil- und Hebetechnik GmbH.
Everything made of one cast!
The foundry was quickly and easily equipped with the lifting equipment in order to make the maintenance of the production facilities as easy as possible. “It’s clear that maintenance and repair processes can slow down daily operation – this is particularly annoying when you are handling a major order. But I know how safe and easy it is to work with KITO chain hoists, so I have only recommended these products.”, says Steffen Büdenbender.
After the workers of the foundry have tried the KITO products for the first time, they were convinced by the quality. Now, the entire foundry uses exclusively products of the Japanese high-tech manufacturer and all maintenance work is done with the yellow hoists.
Challenging work environment? Perfect!
KITO products are durable and withstand the tough conditions within the foundry. Small spaces, a dusty surrounding and high temperatures are not a problem for the tools. The KITO LB lever hoist is used for heavy pull, lifting, and clamping operations. It comes with a fine-toothed precision gearbox. And by using double reduction gearing and a patented induction hardening process on load bearing parts, the hoists weight and size is reduced while overall strength is improved compared to other products. Ultra-light and compact KITO CX mini hoist makes it easy to lift, pull and position small loads. The KITO CF manual hoist is particularly designed for aggressive and rough environments such as those in foundries – it has an extremely robust closed Aluminium die-cast. Just like all KITO hoists it features a long service life and reliability while processing maintenance work, repairs, and reconstruction tasks. For the foundry workers this means significant time and cost savings, an increase in productivity and a considerably smaller workload.
Efficient quality management – always a step ahead
The foundry promises its customers holistic product solutions at every level. This includes not only the planning of the components, professional production and ultimately the on-time delivery. Product quality always starts at thought-out and flawlessly-functioning production plants.
Steffen Büdenbender from Klein Seil- und Hebetechnik GmbH is proud: “The foundry is obliged to deliver high-quality products to its customers, which are crucial for the success of the end products. We see ourselves as part of this value chain. By providing KITO products for maintenance works, we help the foundry and its customers to achieve their strategic and operational goals. And to act future-oriented at any time.”
KITO products set a global benchmark
“KITO products set a global benchmark”.
Martin Rothe, CEO of Kito Europe GmbH since April 2016, talking about the company and his plans for the future
In the last 10 years, KITO has managed to assert its position on the European market for lifting gears as the only non-European company. How did you succeed?
I can only assess the achievements of past years from an outside position. However, as far as I have gotten to know the KITO company and the colleagues until now, there are three key pillars which led to KITO EUROPE’s success on the European market: Excellent product quality, customer-specific solutions and pioneer spirit. The product quality sets standards for the sector. Our customers receive the best possible service. KITO EUROPE builds in-house customized solutions from standard products – allowing for our customers to ensure their high-quality standard in order to become or to stay unique on the market. All of this is only due to the pioneer spirit of the very first employees. With the backing of a strong parent company, they established KITO EUROPE all throughout Europe in 2006. I highly appreciate these persons’ power and drive.
What are your objectives for the years to come and what do these depend on?
Personally, my objectives are ambitious. I want success through growth and success through profitability. It is important to me to continue enthusing our clients about unique products and the KITO service. Furthermore, I attach high importance to my staff’s satisfaction and want them to be passionate about the company. A bad working atmosphere has negative impacts on a company’s success. During my term of office, we will never lack in fun or motivation.
Which role does the parent company play in this respect?
I am thankful for the enormous support from Japan regarding developing personnel and investing into marketing measures. KITO EUROPE can only be as good as the service and product range from Japan will allow. The parent company currently continues growing with the new, international positioning. In Japan, KITO is currently developing from a local hero to a global player. The executive management team now has a reorganized, international line-up in order to better understand regional demands. This has a positive impact on us as well.
Speaking of growth: What are the plans of KITO EUROPE for the near future?
We have great expansion plans and want to achieve a significant presence in Europe – both organically and through strategic partnerships. The B2B business will remain unchanged. Our retailers provide excellent service and our clients have regional contact persons who support and advise them very well. Of course, we support these collaborations by extending the product range and providing our retailers and clients with the whole package in the field of lifting gear.
Are there any sectors that KITO EUROPE wants to specialize on in the near future?
KITO products are unbeatable where the use of the hoist is extremely difficult and where products are pushed to their limits. In such extreme situations, the exceptional quality and durability of the product becomes evident. I am thinking of application in steel mills, foundries or offshore where competitor products cannot keep up. In the near future, more KITO products shall be used in clean room technology, food industry or in laboratories – i.e. wherever cleanliness is particularly important. And, of course, we will continue growing and offering customized product solutions in sectors where safety has top priority. As is currently in the case of overhead line projects – here, KITO products have been long preferred because of their outstanding security features.
Why do safety and ergonomics play such an important role?
With every use of lifting gear, security has top priority. As in all application fields where KITO products are used, even the slightest mistake could have fatal consequences. KITO fabrications are subject to Japanese perfection; meaning that they do not only comply with the minimum safety requirements but that they even exceed the safety requirements many times over. The Japanese standards – as we know from other fields – are subject to the highest standards of the developers. KITO products are developed precisely, well-checked several times during the manufacturing process, subject to most stringent quality controls and therefore set a global benchmark.
Is digitalization going to be an issue in the years to come?
Definitely, yes! If only to simplify communication and service for our retailers. We are currently investing immensely into our IT infrastructure in order to become a pioneer in this field in the future. For our retailers, the collaboration with Kito Europe should be as easy and uncomplicated as an Amazon order. Meaning that retailers can order goods online and receive their order the next day. Should a component not fit – simply return it. That is service.
The German claim “Mit Sicherheit das Original” literally means KITO products are “safe, the original and the best”. How is KITO EUROPE going to stay an original on the market and what product developments are expected in the future?
Currently, we are in the process of setting the course for KITO as a global player. We listen to the customer, so products will specifically tailored to meet the needs of different markets – custom products and customized solutions will be delivered from Japan to Europe. Globally, we will work together with conveyance universities to maintain our leading position in regard to safety and innovation in the future.
What achievements are you particularly proud of?
I am proud of the fact that all essential elements of the company change process have been implemented – resulting in success and process optimization in the near future. Furthermore, I really enjoy working together with my team because every team member is active and passionate about the development process. Only an open and positive corporate culture can bring change and achievements.