Intermac: the largest work centre in the world

A special machine, which Intermac developed specifically for one of its major clients – seele sedak GmbH & Co.KG of Germany – was installed and has been fully operational for several months now in sed…

A special machine, which Intermac developed specifically for one of its major clients – seele sedak GmbH & Co.KG of Germany – was installed and has been fully operational for several months now in sedak“s plant in Gersthofen. sedak is a member of the seele group and creates high-tech glass products and spectacular all-glass structures. seele Gmbh & Co. KG is a German company that collaborates with the world“s most important architecture studios to create great avant-garde projects. Over the years, seele has linked its name with public buildings and landmark works such as The Cube in New York, the national stadium of Beijing, the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, and so on. One of the major strong points of the company is its profound knowledge of materials such as glass, steel and aluminium, combining an almost artisan care in making its products using the most advanced work tools. The collaboration between Intermac and sedak began a few years ago when the German company bought a Master 35 work centre, and when the company needed a special machine to process non-standard glass sheet sizes, Intermac“s proposal was considered the best and the most suited to meet sedak“s requirements. Alessandro de Angelis, Intermac“s area manager for Germany comments: From the very first meetings with sedak technical staff, it became clear that the object of the transaction was a machine that would be unique in the world and that what they were asking us was in fact to offer our contribution to set up a production line that would be unique in the world. A micro niche with a very high added value, where the finished product, crystal sheets of “impossible“ sizes, is destined to be used in the most ambitious projects by the most renowned architects all over the world. A world where sedak can boast highly respected credentials and where suppliers compete on the basis of their production capacity and their know-how, on projects and details of great value and prestige.” “The blend of elements that make up the basis of the project is truly astounding. On the one hand there is a short-list of very high level partners and we, as Intermac, we cannot but be proud of being given the opportunity to rise up to this challenge. On the other hand, there is a company like sedak, that has such a huge know-how in the field of project development and an absolutely extraordinary organization and logistics management capacity. Suffice it to say that no glass producer has the experience required to transport glass sheets of such sizes, so sedak has struck an agreement with a glass transport partner company to deliver the sheets from the float plant to its workshops.” “The Master 155 machine, which has been installed in the Gersthofen workshop, can perform cup wheel edge grinding on sheet sized 3,300 x 15,000mm (which become 4,000 x 15,080mm in case of peripheral grinding using 100mm diameter tools). In addition, the machine can work in “double station“, subdividing the work area in two. In this way, the maximum workable sheet dimensions for peripheral grinding will be 4,000 x 6,280mm (station 1) and 4,000 x 6,780mm (station 2).” “Moving the Y axis on a 15,750mm length and loading non-standard sheet sizes have required the development of ad hoc solutions. As for the rest, the technology of the Master series work centres was transferred successfully and without any problems to this special project, once again confirming its value.”