Bystronic has produced its first machine at its new Hoffman Estates facility in Illinois.Click image to enlargeFabricating machine manufacturer Bystronic has hit a major North American milestone as the first-ever laser cutting machine assembled at Bystronic’s new facility in Hoffman Estates, IL has rolled off the line. 

Bystronic says this marks its commitment to the North American market by providing locally assembled machinery to reduce overall lead time, installation time, and import costs.

By assembling laser cutting machines in the U.S., Bystronic is further developing its market leading presence and operations network. Specifically, the next generation BySmart Fiber 3015 laser cutting machine is the first machine to be locally produced in the three major market regions of the world: North America, Europe, and Asia, thus strengthening Bystronic’s global product availability and supply chain diversification.

Commitment to North America
The next generation BySmart Fiber will be shipped virtually fully assembled to most locations within North America. This process will reduce installation time at the customer’s location by as much as 65 per cent. Also, the machines will be 100% inspected and tested in the U.S. plant before shipment, which ensures production will be up and running shortly after the installation is complete. The company says customer delivery lead times will also be reduced significantly.

The current plan is that from this fall 2020, the next generation BySmart Fiber 4020 will also be assembled at the U.S. facility.

Lean manufacturing processes
From the very beginning, it was the goal of Bystronic to use the best practices from the manufacturing plants in Switzerland, Germany, and China in its Hoffman Estates facility. The assembly area is laid out as a “lean flow” line. Using this concept, the base machine frame starts at one end of the line, is assembled in stages, and the finished machine exits at the end of the line, much in the way cars are assembled. Components and sub-assemblies are brought to the production line in a just-in-time fashion.

New H.Q.
The newly built Hoffman Estates facility will include a leading-edge Customer Experience Center and the headquarters for the Americas market region. It will serve as the hub for Bystronic U.S. business operations including sales, service, training, spare parts, and the refurbishing of used machinery.

Currently, Bystronic employs approximately 160 employees in the U.S., with a notable increase planned within this year and beyond as more products are added for U.S. assembly. The total area of the new building is 164,894 sq. ft. The total area for machine assembly and parts warehousing is 103,393 sq. ft, the Experience Center is 30,721 sq. ft, and the total office area is 30,780 sq. ft.

A grand opening for the new Experience Center and headquarters for the Americas is scheduled for September 16-17, 2020.

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