The added value of process digitization
Following the new investment, Tecno-ventil now has a sheet metal cutting department which consists of 4 systems in total: two laser cutting systems (including the one covered by this article), a combined laser machine, and a combined punch with right-angle shear. The latter is a Prima Power SGe Shear Genius connected to a coil system, which ensures several advantages based on the products manufactured. “The main advantage,” reveals Fasoli, “is certainly the reduction in wasted material, as parts can be processed with certain characteristics that result in waste or scrap that is close to zero.”
The company produces over 50% of its components with the new laser cutting system – a large percentage that fully exploits the production potential of the system.
“In addition to the benefits of the sorting system already mentioned,” adds Fasoli, “the support of the automatic loading/unloading storage system has allowed us to significantly increase production capacity while reducing production time and running costs since it allows for unmanned shifts.”
Data is objective and constantly verified thanks to production that in Tecno-ventil is managed using Industry 4.0 technology with MES software and an IT infrastructure that connects all the machines, including Prima Power’s.
“The move toward digitization,” Fasoli concludes, “has significantly facilitated management of our large number of items, that in the past were recorded manually on paper, thanks to highly qualified and, above all, well-trained staff, who were able to deal with any type of order issues. It is easy to imagine how the transition to digital is not easy, as was in our case, and this happens when more innovative and advanced technologies arrive in the various departments. It’s also true though that after that initial phase of reluctance and reticence, it is those same operators who don’t want to go back. In any event, thanks to advances in technology and digital in terms of 4IR, we have undoubtedly made our entire business system more efficient and rationalized, increasing the levels of monitoring and control, and speeding up the entire process: from production, to storage, to delivery. The infrastructure created allows us to track and measure data for continuous work improvement, to create value that will be passed on to the market, transforming it into satisfaction and greater competitiveness for our customers.”
Article from Lamiera magazine, September 2021 issue
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