Klaus Köttering, Technical Manager at Semco puts it plainly: “If you want to be successful in the glass processing industry, you have to invest in staff, plants, and software.” This is exactly how the Semco Group operates, since in the last 10 years, the owners have invested over 150 million euros. At the site in Nordhorn, Germany, the logistics department and the glass cutting area were equipped for the future in several steps. In this case, Semco trusts the solutions and know-how provided by LiSEC.
The reason for the investment in glass cutting and logistics at the site in Nordhorn was the machine park, which had aged. On the one hand, the objective of purchasing the new systems was to increase performance, and on the other, to provide physical relief to the workers. Frank Heckmann, Technical Branch Manager in Nordhorn: “The new glass cutting system currently achieves 260 m² float glass and 75 m² laminated safety glass (LSG) per hour. Previously, we operated three LSG cutting systems with four people per shift; now we have an LSG cutting system that we can operate with one person in three shifts.“ Köttering adds: “We’re increasing the level of automation, because it becomes more difficult in the future to find employees for physically demanding work. Several tons of glass need to be moved every day at numerous workstations. Overall, the goal is to no longer need to touch the glass by hand, since we want to rule out the risk of damage to the glass and the danger of injuries, as well. However, we need employees who are qualified to operate automated systems - so we need brains as well as brawn.”
Challenges in a tight space
The LiSEC Solution
One additional important advantage is dynamic optimisation (LiSEC DynOpt), in connection with the sorting buffer. To avoid wastage automatically during running operations, these are filled with subsequent sheets. The correct sequence of sheets is restored in the sorting process. Complicated handling with scrap sheets is therefore reduced to the minimum.
Unique LiSEC Service
Köttering: “We’re implementing a multi-supplier strategy, since we’re looking for the best products on the market to buy. LiSEC clearly has the potential and the will to work together with us on solutions. They respond to us as equals, which is why I can imagine a development of our partnership with them quite easily. My dream is to be able to monitor all of our plants and processes on a single monitor, and I hope that LiSEC will enable us to do this.”
“It’s not enough for us to have satisfied customers. We want to have really excited customers.”
Klaus Köttering, Technical Manager of Semco
- Founded: 1997 with the fusion of Schüller Qualitätsglas and Isoglas Nordhorn
- Employees: 1,500
- Locations: 18
- Revenues 2017: around 217 million euros
- Most important sales market: Germany (export rate approx. 15%)
- Business sectors: Basic glass, safety glass, functional glass, curved glass, glass design
LiSEC: best in glass processing
LiSEC, with headquarters in Hausmening/Amstetten, is a globally operating group, and has been offering individual and complete solutions in the field of flat glass processing and finishing for over 50 years. The service portfolio includes machines, automation solutions and services. In 2017, the group, with around 1,300 employees and over 25 locations, generated total revenues of around 230 million Euro, with an export rate of more than 95 percent. LiSEC develops and fabricates glass cutting and sorting systems, single components and complete production lines for insulating glass and laminated glass fabrication as well as glass edge processing machines and tempering machinery. With reliable technology and intelligent automation solutions, LiSEC sets standards in quality and engineering and significantly contributes to the success of its customers.