Bystronic glass presents new generation machine

With its champ“speed line, Bystronic glass is launching a brand-new generation of machines for pre-processing automotive glass. The line enables cutting, breaking, grinding and drilling of automotive…

With its champ“speed line, Bystronic glass is launching a brand-new generation of machines for pre-processing automotive glass. The line enables cutting, breaking, grinding and drilling of automotive glass with the utmost precision and flexibility. The champ“speed line is currently the fastest machine of its quality on the market, says Jean-Philippe Chtelat, sales manager for the Automotive Glass Sector at the Technology Center Bystronic Maschinen AG in Switzerland. We have listened to our customers“ demands and now – with the champ“speed line – we have adapted our system solution for pre-processing automotive glass for the latest market requirements, explains Jean-Philippe Chtelat. All the modules in the machine are individually matched to each other, the movements can be separately configured and, for example, optimized with regard to cycle time. The extremely stable, vibration-free process means that customers can work for many years with a consistently high quality level. With a repeat accuracy of up to 99%, the champ“speed line outshines every other machine available on the market, the sales manager is pleased to report. As all the machine parts are within easy reach, working with the new system is an extremely ergonomic process. The heart of the system is the cutting and breaking unit. The cutting module contains a maintenance-free AC servo direct drive. Thanks to faster acceleration, it operates extremely dynamically with simultaneous maximum cutting accuracy. While doing so the machine automatically optimizes its speed to match the shape to be cut. Pre-cutting of the glass lite along with shape cutting and breaking is conducted in two process steps and therefore enables parallel processing. This in turn results in a definitive cycle time advantage along with high productivity. In addition to this, the use of a special, maintenance-free breaking tool guarantees perfect quality of the edge breaks. The grinding module can simultaneously use two grinding wheels enabling a fast bit change. This means that, for example, automotive glass can be ground in different edge radii, without any need to change the tool in between, explains Jean-Philippe Chtelat. As with the cutting module, the grinder module“s rotating table is equipped with a maintenance-free CNC direct drive that operates with extreme precision without any play. Additional technical advantages are the automated system for height adjustment of the grinding wheel and a new, efficient cooling system, which ensures that the glass remains dry during processing. With its champ“speed line, Bystronic glass provides not only a machine for pre-processing automotive glass but also one for processing glass in solar technology as well as for domestic appliances. As market leader we guarantee the highest production and quality standards providing maximum productivity, outstanding performance, stringent tolerances in grinding precision and perfect edge-processing technology, says the sales manager. Alongside the technical advantages the champ“speed line has an additional benefit: 20% of the energy used is recycled back into the production process. While the system“s drives are braking, Bystronic glass converts kinetic energy into electrical energy and feeds it back into the network. This way, Bystronic glass upholds its Pre-processing of Automotive Glass core competence in respect of sustainability, conservation of resources and energy saving, while also systematically committing to the Living for the Future ecological concept as introduced at glasstec 2008. Bystronic glass is the most competent and reliable partner for services, machines, plants and systems in the major sectors of glass processing for building and automotive glass. For some time now the Bystronic glass Technology Centers, Bystronic Armatec GmbH, Bystronic Lenhardt GmbH and Bystronic Maschinen AG have been using tried-and-tested machine technologies, including in major areas of the photovoltaics industry. This encompasses solutions in pre-processing, front end and back end. Bystronic glass is an international brand with globally-operating companies, that supports its customers with local and its own sales and service companies. Since 1994 Bystronic glass has been part of the Conzzeta Group, a renowned Swiss industrial holding.