THE TECHNOLOGY BEHIND THE SIMPLICITY
It is not immediately apparent that even behind such simple items like pizza peels, there are important design and manufacturing factors that often make all the difference, and these require precise planning and state-of-the-art technology.
The CEO explains: “Peels are mainly round or rectangular, the latter being easier to use but much depends on the tastes of the pizza maker. The main feature of our products is that some of them have holes to help remove any excess flour from the peel before the pizza is placed on it. If there is too much flour on it, the taste of the pizza won't be the same and the oven will need cleaned more often. Not everyone is able to produce these holes. The Laser Genius+ system has been of paramount importance for us as it guarantees high production volumes due to its dynamics while also allowing the creation of clean holes with well-defined edges, which avoids the accumulation of flour.”
One of the advantages of Laser Genius+ is its performance in making holes: during tests at the Tech Center in Collegno, 11 holes were made in less than 5 seconds.
Another key aspect in enabling the high production volumes required is the automation of the Laser Genius+. The Combo Tower Laser means the machine can easily work unmanned, and Prima Power technicians have implemented a series of customisations and improvements to maintain the quality and aesthetic finish of the semi-finished products. “We machine extremely fine sheets,” says Riccardo Barneschi, plant manager at Gi.Metal, “and if a sheet gets scratched during handling, the anodising does not adhere effectively to the peel, so the quality suffers. This was initially one of our worries about adopting a solution with automated loading and unloading, but Prima Power was able to resolve the situation by proposing belts that allow the workpiece to slide gradually towards the unloading bay without any real friction, and also by inserting a tier sheet between the two semi-finished products if they have sharp parts.
Of no less importance and still related to the automation system that completes the plant is waste management: the management of waste by the Prima Power system is automatic and allows Gi.Metal a quantified saving of 3-4 hours of work per week while allowing the separation of materials into various bins.
“We are very pleased to have reconfirmed our choice of Prima Power," says Barneschi. “With the Laser Genius+ we are able to cut in 40 minutes what aCO2 laser cuts in two hours and what took a previous generation fibre laser to process in just over an hour.”
This consistent choice is not only determined by technological performance, but also by the characteristic flexibility and problem-solving approach of the Turin-based company which has been greatly appreciated at Gi.Metal. The plant manager explains: “Although we have had Prima Power technology for over 15 years, we also consulted other manufacturers before purchasing our latest laser. The availability of Prima Power technicians who analysed our nesting and products and helped us optimise our cutting programs - for example by reducing head movements when drilling - was fundamental to increasing productivity and is one of the factors that allowed us to reconfirm our trust in the Turin-based manufacturer. When the machine was installed, we were also able to appreciate the plug&play configuration of the Laser Genius+, which enabled installation in record time.