24.06.2018 16:08 - Customer experiences
When the same job is done with automation, it is much more efficient. The automation solution we needed was smoothly found from a local manufacturer
Scanpole Oy, which is part of Iivari Mononen Group, delivers poles for
electricity, telecommunications and lighting around the world. They
produce approximately 100,000 poles per year. Each pole includes three
metal plates indicating specific information of the pole. Metal plates
are manufactured by automated engraving machines consisting of two
production lines - designed and produced by Kaptas.
Iivari Mononen Group unified their brand in the beginning of 2015,
bundling wood procurement, pole manufacturing and sales under the title
of Scanpole. SFS 2662, DIN 48350, BS 1990, NF C 67, ANSI, EN 14229 - a
few of the common standards employed by Scanpole. In addition to the
standards of a specific market area or a customer's specific standard,
much more important information is also documented on a pole.
- Each pole is specified - its size, the time of manufacture,
instalment and maintenance. The condition of the pole can be monitored
with the help of the information. In case of unexpected problems, the
information enables us to smoothly trace where the pole was manufactured
and the process it went through, states Pekka Tahvanainen, the Technical Director of the Group.
Poles have included markings before, but the previous manufacturing method with an eccentric press became out-dated.
- It was a question of cost-effectiveness. When the same is done with
automation, much more efficiency is gained. Kaptas was selected as our
cooperation partner through one of our professionals in the house.
That's great - we found the necessary automation solution smoothly from a
The turnover of the entire Iivari Mononen Group is approximately EUR 58
million. The Group has 130 employees. Scanpole is one of the leading
pole manufacturers in Europe. The market area of the company covers the
entire world, with the main export areas consisting of the Middle East,
Northern Africa and Western Europe.
Organic growth has been challenging, as there have been wars and
destruction in the traditionally important market areas in North Africa.
Instead, the company has grown through acquisitions. In the beginning
of this year, Scanpole Oy's subsidiary Scanpole Ltd acquired an English
pole manufacturer Burt Boulton & Haywood.