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MRO service for drag chains

14 March 2019

WOB-Wessling Oberflächenveredelung (WOB) operates a specialist plant for contract coating. The plant has several drag chains from Kabelschlepp Metool, which are inspected and serviced by the manufacturer as part of its maintenance service.

WOB mainly takes on cathodic dip coating (CDC) for commercial vehicles and for large automotive and machine components. The coating process is lengthy and comprises several stations. A hanging crane system provides fully automatic transport for parts weighing up to 9.5t and is equipped with six large drag chains from Kabelschlepp Metool.

WOB's Sebastian Hüer comments: “The cable carriers from Kabelschlepp Metool are of high quality. But even the best product is not immune to wear so, to be on the safe side, we use Kabelschlepp's MRO service.”

Currently, the WOB plant is inspected annually. Engineers put all drag chains through their paces – they move the drag chains along the entire length and examine the cables and wear parts. Any defects, risks or optimisation potentials are identified and recorded in detail for the customer. In addition, the technical condition of all cable carriers is evaluated. On request, the work carried out is documented in maintenance reports which the customer can then use for their in-house quality management or for certification purposes.

The inspection is flexibly adapted to the customer’s schedules and requests: The engineers work at any time of day or night, including weekends and public holidays: ideally whenever the customer’s systems would be at a standstill anyway.