PistenBully vehicle assembly with KITO ERIKKILA cranes

Kässbohrer assembles its Pistenbully heavy utility vehicles on a new line using a sophisticated KITO ERIKKILA crane system

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PistenBully vehicles have many uses: PistenBully snowploughs clear the way for unlimited skiing fun, offer power and agility, and handle even the steepest terrain. These powerful machines are assembled in Laupheim, Germany. Since 2016, the assembly lines have been supported by an innovative lifting and transportation system made by KITO ERIKKILA.

In collaborating with KITO ERIKKILA, Kässbohrer’s primary goal was to progress from mass production to order-based production. For this reason, optimisation of the work processes for this new production format was essential. The positioning of all the parts, including the engine, support frame, driver’s cab, and the preparation of components for electric and hydraulic wiring must be supported by the crane system with exact precision. This is why KITO ERIKKILA was the partner of choice.

In addition to other all-terrain vehicles, up to four PistenBully vehicles are completed at Kässbohrer’s factory in Laupheim, Germany. These large machines are no longer manufactured in large series but are instead adapted to the needs of each customer.

This requires that the processes and equipment are highly flexible and adaptable. The modular design of KITO ERIKKILA cranes was perfect for this purpose. At the new assembly line, lifting gear with 200 meters of rails and 15 crane bridges smoothly helps the assembly operators on two levels. The operators get the correct tools on the tool boards delivered by KITO ERIKKILA’s light aluminium cranes. The cranes can be manoeuvred in all directions while securely staying in the selected position.

At the front of the line, where the operators assemble the PistenBully chasses, the steel and aluminium crane systems are mounted one above another. And special solutions from other suppliers would have been far more costly, according to Kässbohrer experts.

The steel cranes are electronically controlled. Two bridges with chain hoists can be seamlessly managed through only one control unit. The synchronous movement and smooth unloading simplify the positioning of the carriage. The carriages can then be unloaded correctly without the disruptive swinging motions of Kässbohrer’s old boom-based system.

The Kässbohrer PistenBully production line was made even more efficient with an innovative double crane system. The aluminium and steel bridges work on two levels to supply all the components to the assembly operators. Loads of up to 750 kg can be lifted using the rail and bridge system.

With facilities in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and the USA, the Kässbohrer brand accounts for 60 % of all vehicles made for building ski slopes, cross-country trails, and fun parks.


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