How it's made | the hand winch | step 7: assembly

After all the parts have been sawn, turned, milled, welded and painted, the winches can be assembled. In order to work quickly and…

How it's made | the hand winch | step 7: assembly

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After all the parts have been sawn, turned, milled, welded and painted, the winches can be assembled. In order to work quickly and efficiently, Gebuwin assembles all products hersefl. The assembly is done manually and with the utmost care.

Willem started in 2000 at Gebuwin as an employee of the die-cutting. After 14 years he switched to the assembly department where his passion lies. Willem has also done several courses such as quality control, mechanical drive technology and electrical engineering.

The variation in assembly work is enormous, there are about 20 different types of products with an average of 25 parts each. “More than 500 parts go through my hands”, Willem tells me. “The best thing about my work is to assemble various parts and ensure that it becomes an effective whole. After a day’s work, I feel happy and proud when the entire assembly line is full of winches which are ready to be shipped to the other side of the world.”

“A few weeks before the holiday an order was placed of 500 winches, which had to be ready before the holiday. Only 3 weeks were left for the assembly of these winches. It seemed impossible to finish on time. I could not let that happen, So after 15 days, the container was filled with 500 winches”, Willem told me proudly.

The assembly of a 5-ton worm gear winch takes about 45 minutes and a spur gear winch with a lifting capacity of 150 kg about 10 minutes. Willem has most often assembled the WW1000 (worm gear winch with a lifting capacity of 1000 kg), “I think I could assemble it with my eyes closed” he says.

 

After the winches are assembled, Willem also ensures that the winches are packed neatly so that they are not damaged during transportation. “Of course we do our very best to make a beautiful product, it would be a shame if any damage occurs before it reaches the customer. Sometimes we get to see a picture when the winch is being used on some offshore platform in the North Sea, which is very nice” tells Willem. In four years time Willem has assembled a lot of winches, here are just a few examples:

Assembling is the final step in the manufacturing process of a hand winch at Gebuwin. You can view all the steps here again:

Step 1: Design & test Step 2: Sawing Step 3: Turning

Step 4: Milling Step 5: Welding Step 6: Painting

 

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