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Resource-saving production of wooden stepladders

  • Mario Schmidt
  • Hannes Spieth
  • Christian Haubach
  • Christian Kühne

Abstract

The production and sale of high quality wooden stepladders for professional tradesmen have been an essential part of the product portfolio of KRÄMER GmbH for many years. In recent decades, production volumes in this area have increased significantly and production has been completely redesigned and automated using specially developed customised machines. Today, approx. 30,000 wooden stepladders are produced in a length range of one to four metres. However, as production increased, the number of rejects generated in the area of beam cutting increased disproportionately to up to approx. 30% of the purchased wood. Therefore, a primary goal was to significantly reduce the volume of rejects.

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© Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Schmidt
    • 1
  • Hannes Spieth
    • 2
  • Christian Haubach
    • 1
  • Christian Kühne
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Industrial Ecology (INEC)Pforzheim UniversityPforzheimDeutschland
  2. 2.Umwelttechnik BW GmbHStuttgartDeutschland
  3. 3.Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-WürttembergStuttgartDeutschland

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