Frank Matz sees the challenge in the further development of the company at the Hildesheim site, among other things, in the fact that it is a steadily growing factory. “We have to get along with limited space and we basically manufacture batch size 1. Consequently, we need very precisely coordinated, selective automation solutions. We don’t want to rebuild the entire production,” he explains. With the installation of the 5029proHD vertical centre including the systron WM washing & drying station in February 2022, an important step was taken towards more efficient and space-saving production.
“We previously had to use 3 different processing machines to produce slightly more complex glass, a horizontal processing, drilling station and the single side edging machine.
Not to mention the handling effort and the washing stations in between, this was also very costly to map in the production planning system. Each step had to be scheduled one after the other and provided with transition grids. Now we clamp once and get the finished glass with free shapes, holes and a brilliant polish. This speed optimization was enormously important to us,” says Frank Matz.