Cologne, August 19, 2021 – In April 2020, the planning of the new building for final assembly, with connected production-related administration and packaging for PROBAT-Werke von Gimborn Maschinenfabrik GmbH (PROBAT) at the Emmerich site, Germany, started. The new building with a size of 4,900 m² is being constructed on the basis of the future-oriented factory concept of the consulting and planning company Dr. Schönheit + Partner Consulting Engineering (S + P), which the in-house specialists from the areas of factory planning, architecture and project management have developed for the world's leading manufacturer of coffee roasting machines. Following the laying of the foundation stone in September 2020, the official acceptance of the first construction phase has now taken place.
For more than 150 years PROBAT in Emmerich, Germany, has been producing roasting machines and plants for the coffee processing industry. With an economically, ecologically and socially oriented production, the site is to be made fit for the future. The basis for the PROBAT factory of the future is the factory structure planning carried out by S + P, which provides for a process-oriented factory design with optimum arrangement of the production and organizational areas. Changeable structures and sufficient expansion areas are to enable future growth. Based on the overall target for the site and the existing processes, the target layout was developed, i.e. the optimum arrangement of machinery and equipment as well as logistics, and only then was the "building envelope" designed. This planning "from the inside out" ensures the optimal use of the building.
Already the facade of the new production hall sets new standards in the design of the PROBAT factory of the future. The panels, whose color was chosen in line with the corporate design, have two different degrees of gloss. This results in different reflections depending on the time of day and the weather conditions and gives the facade a lively appearance. Floor-to-ceiling windows, fully glazed doors and roof light strips provide a high level of transparency and natural light within the hall, in addition to the installed LED lighting. The administration area, which is integrated into the hall close to the production area, is also equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows to create a connection between the administration on the 1st floor and the production at ground level. The process planning provides for logistics and the small parts warehouse in the heart of the production hall. This ensures short distances to the various production areas. A pleasant working atmosphere is ensured, among other things, by special soundproofing measures and the perspectives of the walkways, which always provide a view of the outside.
After the completion of this first construction phase, conversion measures on the existing buildings for production and logistics will follow within the next two years: the complete media supply as well as the floors will be renewed and the facade will be equipped with newly installed windows. The conversion of the 13,000 m² of existing space will take place during ongoing operations, with the experienced specialists from S + P ensuring the cost-effectiveness of the processes and architecture in each expansion stage.
"The quality and also the overall impression of our new production building convinced me," says Wim Abbing, President & CEO, PROBAT. "We followed the proposal of Dr. Schönheit + Partner both in terms of color design and material selection. We look forward to continuing our journey together towards the PROBAT factory of the future."
"The interlocking cooperation of all engineering and architectural disciplines with the project participants and users at PROBAT has achieved a very high planning quality of the new factory," says Peter Thomé, managing director of Dr. Schönheit + P. Engineering GmbH. "We look forward to the further implementation of this future-oriented factory concept, which sets new standards as an ambitious open-book process with a total construction and concept time of 2.5 years."