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Cugher Glass: changing important ideas into industrial applications

2011-05-01 | Screen printing equipment

Being and remaining competitive in today’s fast moving glass market is never easy, and even more so if we speak about the special glass types and sizes requested by the automotive sector. Time – needed for production and maintenance – and levels of automation becoming more and more complex, are the basic features that machinery manufacturers have to deal with. Cugher Glass is no exception!

Cugher Glass: changing important ideas into industrial applications
TODAY’S MARKET AND REQUESTS
The present market is influenced by demand and, therefore, manufacturing companies have had to change their way of promoting themselves and their activities, adapting their processes and technologies. This phenomenon has also had a strong influence in industries supporting the automotive sector which, as of the 1990s, has been, and is, continuously moving more and more towards justin- time support technologies. These technologies, in fact, enable to produce small and diversified batches, supporting processes that are ever more independent from specialized personnel.
“The reasons behind these changes in processes,” says Cugher Glass’ Marketing Manager Marco Dal Monte, “are to be seen first of all in the need to reduce fixed assets in a much faster moving market, and companies must therefore try to produce only what is needed, to avoid obsolescence and waste products and material, maintaining a correct ratio between the risk costs and advantages of serial production. Another aspect that is pushing towards automation is the continuously increasing cost of labour in Europe, as well as the difficulty in finding qualified personnel in emerging areas, where production is often delocalized. Investment outlooks are also changing: in the past, machines were needed to carry out the same type of processing for at least 10 years, whereas now they must be able to adapt to the production changes imposed by the automotive market, which aims at important aesthetic ...

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Year: 2011 number: 3
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