"We've always been curious and open-minded about new materials and technologies. Our swift, agile business approach and our success based on that to date show that we are doing something right" explains Phillip Schuon, joint Managing Director with his sister Bettina and a representative of the third generation leading MS-Schuon into the future. Today, MS-Schuon employs around 100 people at three locations in Haiterbach.
Everything from a single supplier:MS-Schuon manufactures and processes the aluminum components (and since 2019 also the plastic components) of the folding tables in a camper van sold by a well-known automotive manufacturer. The company also handles the entire assembly stage.
In 2018, a new material and new applications were also being explored. At that time, MS Schuon had already been making foldable tables designed for a camping vehicle made by a large automotive manufacturer for several years. These tables comprise a special aluminum sandwich material that combines very high stability with low weight. The scope of delivery also includes plastic components such as caps and supports, primarily made of engineering plastics. In recent years, however, the quantities have increased dramatically, prompting the company to search for new solutions.
"Initially we bought in the plastic components. But as quantities increased, in-house production made more sense. This gave us the opportunity to explore new sectors once again. It's the reason why we started an intensive search in 2018 for an experienced partner in injection molding" says Schuon.
There were several suppliers to choose from. We eventually opted for KraussMaffei's offer of two hydraulic injection molding machines from the CX ClassiX series.
"The CX ClassiX was and is ideal for our requirements. It gives us a wide range of options for maximum flexibility. And it does so with reduced machine investment and fast delivery times."
In-house production is to start as soon as possible. Since February 2019, the CX ClassiX 50 and CX ClassiX 160 have produced components not only for the foldable tables, but also other components for the automotive, caravan and furniture industries. MS-Schuon had already started active marketing before the start of production. The company was therefore able to implement 3-shift operation before the start of production.
High level of automation and zero-defect production
In addition to processing PP, the CX ClassiX 50 and CX ClassiX 160 (with a clamping force of 500 and 1600 kN respectively) mainly process engineering plastics such as PC, ABS, TPE and PA with 30 percent glass fiber content. "The two clamping forces give us the necessary flexibility and are ideal for the required component sizes" explains the Managing Director. Overall, MS-Schuon has approximately 40 to 50 molds at the ready. In this regard, MS-Schuon works together with German partner company Moulds & more Werkzeugmanagement, which has a dense network of certified manufacturers. "Our experience has been positive from day 1. We benefit not only from extremely short delivery times of just six weeks to availability of the first off-mold parts, but also from high quality and availability of parts", concludes Schuon.
The two linear robots LRX 50 from KraussMaffei ensure a high degree of automation and fast cycle times. In each case, programming and handling are integrated into the MC6 control system. This makes operation intuitive and easy.
Both CX ClassiX machines feature the machine function APC plus (Adaptive Process Control) from KraussMaffei. This function recognizes process fluctuations caused by environmental conditions or viscosity fluctuations immediately and independently takes countermeasures. The results are consistently high component quality and low reject and material costs.
Successful transition into in-house injection molding production:Phillip Schuon, Managing Director of MS-Schuon, and Stefan Hartmann, Sales and Service Center Deutschland Süd KraussMaffei (f. l.)
Equal partnership and excellent service
KraussMaffei supported MS-Schuon's transition to in-house injection molding production from the outset. In particular, the experienced manufacturer offered comprehensive advice on the selection of suitable injection molding machines and automation, training courses at the Munich head office and on-site as well as fast service and support.
"Everything just worked. Even though we were new to the industry, we were always treated and advised as if we had been a regular customer for many years. This was not the case with other companies. With KraussMaffei, we have the ideal partner on our side.“
Now, MS-Schuon is already considering new investments for the future. Based on its positive experience, the company is currently planning further investment in an injection molding machine in the clamping force range of 800 kN. This would provide a clamping force link between the existing 500 and 1600kN machine - and would work well again with a CX ClassiX from KraussMaffei.