CAD/CAM for increased manufacturing capacity
Series production is actually a non-starter in die and mold manufacturing, with its usual lot size of one. But any company that uses standardization, consistency and simulation in manufacturing like Frimo Sontra can achieve the results of industrial manufacturing, with the corresponding competitive advantage.
"We're confronted with completely different manufacturing requirements from one day to the next. This makes it especially important for us to have a consistent, reliable processing path from design to the completed part," says Jürgen Fichtner, operations manager at Frimo Sontra GmbH. This location is the competence center for the production facilities needed for stamping, pressing, molding and die drawing of plastics in the Frimo Group. The production of tools and facilities for processing composite materials has become increasingly important for the company in recent years. Perhaps this broad product spectrum is one of the reasons that CAD/CAM systems from Tebis AG in Martinsried, which are known to be especially versatile and flexible, have been in use at Sontra for over 20 years.
However, only two additional systems were in use until just recently. At the same time, excessive reclamping impeded efficient complete machining, and the insufficient reliability of program generation prevented unattended machining or the consistent operation of multiple machines by one operator.
We were able to take over three more machines from a different location and operate them with our available personnel. This corresponds to roughly 12,000 hours of additional manufacturing capacity per year that we no longer have to purchase from external contractors.
Reliable complete machining and operation of multiple machines
- Standardized manufacturing process
- Collision-free machining
- Quick access to manufacturing information
Mold manufacturing, Automotive
Frimo sontra GmbH