Wärtsilä Upgrades Trieste Facility
Wärtsilä has recently completed a US$25 million investment project, which was started last year, for the Delivery Centre Trieste in Italy and its new engine production facilities, assembly and testing, as well as for the new Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy Training Centre.
The new modules’ pre-assembly lines at the Delivery Centre in Trieste for the 46 and 50DF dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines have been designed with a “line” concept layout and work at operator pace.
Wärtsilä already showed that its group was relying heavily on the Italian plant when it first moved the production of the Wärtsilä 26 and 38 engines from Zwolle, and then the Wärtsilä 46 and 50DF from Turku.
Nowadays the group in Italy manufactures four-stroke, medium- and large-sized engines, namely the Wärtsilä models 26, 38, 46, 46F, 50DF and 64, with a power range from 1.7 MW to roughly 25 MW. The Italian operation is facing the booming effect from the marine sector and also the large demand from power plant installations.
In 2006, Trieste alone delivered 2065 MW, with 1257 employees. In 2007, the workforce will produce 1380 units, with more than 100 new people. The delivered power is also steadily growing and the forecast for 2007 is of 5000 MW for the whole Wärtsilä Group.
It is for this reason that the decision was made to invest in the streamlining of production, assembly and testing, to be able to cope with the increase in delivery volumes.
The President of Wärtsilä Italia, Sergio Razeto, explained that the two main areas involved in the project were machining and pre-assembly of modules, where the company opted for the
installation of two modern operatorpaced heavy pre-assembly lines for the 46 and 50DF dual-fuel Wärtsilä engines, with a “line” concept layout. The newlines improve flexibility by being readily adaptable to market requirement and different work loads. Four new beds have been installed in the assembly area to increase capacity and the bay was extended by some 50 m. The goods receiving area has also been extended, with a reorganization of the areas for storage, material issuing and preparation of engine kits. The total of assembly benches is
now 16, six of which are flexiblebetween the 46 and 38 engine families.
In the test finishing area, two new test rooms have been added, which brings the total to five test beds that are available for all types of fuel. The new, improved Wärtsilä Land & Sea Academy Training Centre has been enlarged to 1250 m2. It includes a field service workshop, technical service metallurgical laboratory and classrooms with modern teaching and training aids, an electronic simulator lab and engines for hands-on training.
In addition to the project already completed, a further US$21 million will be invested in Trieste for a new portal machining center (PMC) to increase production output of engine blocks, and a new technology building with auditorium. Wärtsilä anticipates completion of this second step of investment within the next year.
On a global level, Wärtsilä announcedthat in 2007 the total valueof worldwide investments will be approximately US$283 million, which includes the figures for the Trieste facility.