The manufacturing of machines for Continuous Manufacturing has begun.
L.B. Bohle began production of the first machine at the new Plant 4 following a successful one-year construction phase. The launch time arrived in March 2022. The new facility in Ennigerloh, Münsterland, is the company’s third. L.B. Bohle also maintains a manufacturing facility in Sassenberg for handling components, blenders, mills, and sieves.
The new factory, which is positioned next to plant 3, will be solely dedicated to the manufacturing of continuous machines and plants. L.B. Bohle operates a 2,000 m2 production complex on the 12,000 m2 property, which is run under cutting-edge standards.
Placing a special focus on sustainability
During the new construction, special emphasis was placed on sustainability and energy efficiency.
Managing Director Tim Remmert commented:
“The production facility was built in accordance with Energy Efficiency 55. This means that the building requires only 55 percent as much energy as a comparable new building that achieves the maximum permissible value according to the German Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV).”
Through the installation of a photovoltaic system on the roof, energy is generated and additionally fed into the grid.
“The entire production of the machines is done with 100 percent green electricity. As of this year, this also applies to all other locations.”
Plant 4’s office heating is provided by state-of-the-art heat pump technology, while L.B. Bohle’s lighting is entirely based on LED technology. There are also enough (fast) charging outlets in the parking lot to accommodate e-cars.
A major project for the start of production
A substantial project awaits the Bohle team from the get-go of manufacturing with a continuous production line from the QbCon® series to create tablets by wet granulation.
The entire plant is comprised of a QbCon® 1 for continuous wet granulation and drying and a mixing and dosing unit, each completely enclosed by an isolator made by Franz Ziel GmbH, a screen of the BTS 100 series, the tablet press XL 100 WipCon® by KORSCH AG and the semi-continuous coater KOCO® 25. The plant is fed by two automated lifting columns HS 400.
In conclusion, Remmert stated:
“Investing in the new plant was exactly the right thing to do, because it has given us the capacity for further company growth. Implementing the major Continuous Manufacturing project in the new plant is something special for the entire company.”