Fast, flexible, precise – three attributes that apply to Fritz Stiefel GmbH. Accordingly, the specialist in hydraulic and pneumatic components, hose technology, pipe-bending technology, power unit construction and module and industrial assembly does not make empty promises when it comes to first-class service. To do the job properly, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 CDI converted by Aluca has now been added to the fleet of vehicles belonging to the traditional company from Waiblingen. Fritz Stiefel GmbH has not only invested in the future with this vehicle, but is now also better prepared for the many different challenges within the industry.
Stefan Sziedl, head of the service assembly department at Fritz Stiefel GmbH talks about the areas that were given special attention when fitting out and converting the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the added value the additional vehicle now brings to the company.
myvan: Fritz Stiefel GmbH has had a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 CDI converted into a highly modern mobile workshop. In what areas and for what kind of work is the vehicle used?
Stefan Sziedl: Our mobile workshop covers a wide range of customer demands. These include maintaining hydraulic systems, inspecting reservoirs, making and assembling hydraulic hoses, creating complex pipework at customers’ premises and building prototypes in the area of vehicle technology.
What was especially important in terms of converting the vehicle and which areas were given special attention when fitting it out? Are there any particular highlights?
Ergonomics in the workshop area was important to us: the service employees should enjoy working with this vehicle. At the same time, optimal use should be made of the available space so that tools and assembly material can be stowed as simply as possible.
The interior fittings, however, are always determined at Stiefel in conjunction with the employee who will be using the vehicle later on. But it is difficult to name one particular highlight. The whole interior becomes one big highlight thanks to the many small details.
Did Fritz Stiefel GmbH have anything special in mind when it came to the materials used for the conversion?
Hydraulic components are very heavy. Accordingly, it was important that the conversion didn’t reduce load capacity too significantly. This meant that the interior fittings had to be as light as possible, yet robust. For this reason, a highly adaptable aluminium interior was required.
Was there a set time frame from the point at which the vehicle was purchased to the completion of the conversion?
The order situation urgently required the purchase of an additional vehicle. It was estimated that it would take four months until the vehicle was ready to use. Thanks to the accurate interior measurements and the perfect preliminary planning with Aluca, it could be converted within the shortest space of time and was even in use before the end of the set time frame.
Were there any particular challenges that had to be overcome during the conversion?
It had to be possible to secure the components, tools and IT equipment quickly and easily. There had to be room for the rolled-up hydraulic hose that is carried on board and a way of carrying hydraulic pipe up to five metres in length inside the vehicle had to be found. The vehicle’s equipment also includes a compressor, an embossing machine, a circular saw, an electrohydraulic press and a WLAN printer and laptop. All the equipment has been integrated into the conversion and is operated by the on-board power supply.
What kind of area does the Sprinter now cover? Does it travel to customers’ premises nationwide or do you just use it in a certain region?
It doesn’t travel beyond Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria for smaller assembly jobs, but it is always travelling all over the country for special assignments relating to prototype construction in the area of vehicle technology or when complex pipework systems need to be built.
What added value does Fritz Stiefel GmbH get from the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter?
We are able to offer a much higher level of service with it. The new vehicle eases the pressure on our customers and ourselves by allowing us to complete upcoming projects more quickly. In the long term, we also expect to be able to acquire and retain new customers who use our services.
Have customers already reacted positively to the fact that you can now act even more quickly and flexibly wherever you are needed?
Yes, we have already received quite a few positive reactions. Our customers are particularly impressed by the many different options this vehicle offers. We also get plenty of feedback from people saying that our assembly projects are completed swiftly with very little idle time. We attribute this to the high-quality interior fittings, which allow us to keep a good range of tools and materials on board.
Vehicle model: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 516 CDI
Other optional features in addition to the special conversion:
Conversion: Aluca GmbH, 74538 Rosengarten