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Conline GmbH

Big Point for Conline!

After the completed restructuring phase, the former MBW Metallbearbeitung Wertheim GmbH is now actively shaping the future – since the beginning of 2018 the successor Conline GmbH has concentrated on contract manufacturing, mechanical engineering for automation and automation solutions. With success: A contract worth EUR 2.5 million was recently won!

While MBW had still built sheet metal assemblies, today the Conline team supplies complete systems. In May, the largest order in the company´s history was booked. This will be handled in the contract manufacturing sector, the order amounts to a total of ten complete cooling lines for the production of thin-film solar modules. Each of these cooling lines is about 30 meters long and consists of six individual machines. Due to the extensive possibilities at Conline, these machines are assembled mechanically, electrically and pneumatically and extensively tested. MBW had already built these machines in 2016 – but “only” 50 percent of the volume and also in a lower expansion stage. The final acceptance by the customer also takes place at Conline.


“Particular attention is paid to the processing of the stainless steel assemblies, because even the smallest impurities can cause errors in the manufacturing process of the solar modules,” says Markus Werner, Project Manager Line Automation at Conline. To ensure that prices and delivery dates are “safe” for this order volume, Conline works together with four major suppliers who continuously supply the main welding assemblies. For this reason, great care has been taken to ensure that suppliers can produce such high-quality components – and the available capacities have also been checked to ensure maximum deadline reliability.

Eight months for complete processing

“Only eight months remain for the processing of this order – after agreement of the contract and down payment. All ten cooling lines must be on their way to China by February 2019. In order to process this quantity in a relatively short time, 15 workers will be working on this project at the same time during assembly,” says Conline Managing Director Matthias Sacher. Further discussions regarding an extended range of tasks up to assembly at the end customer show that the online is directly in line with the market trend of purchasing more and more components. By selecting the most suitable suppliers for the respective individual parts, Conline always succeeds in being an interesting supplier and business partner in terms of price for its customers.

Cooling line for the production of thin-film solar modules
Cooling line for the production of thin-film solar modules

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