Constantly increasing volume in the field of glass cutting as well as the challenge of procuring spare parts for older machines were just two of the reasons for Valerian Wicky, Manager of Saint Gobain GLASSOLUTIONS® Switzerland, to switch to a new generation of float glass cutting table at the beginning of 2011: the Bystronic glass speed’cut with linear motor. He describes this decision as a logical step towards a more productive future: "It was necessary to purchase a new cutting table that ideally fulfils our requirements with regard to speed, the availability of spare parts as well as the size of the glass plates handled and the cut quality."
Up until the end of 2010, the cutting system worked with two Bystronic glass cutting tables which had worked well for 19 years and, in principle, continue to
do so. However, the cutting system at the Kreuzlingen branch had aged and, over the course of time, the insulating glass production experienced more and
speed´cut (in the front) updates the glass cutting in Kreuzlingen
"Naturally, the loading and cutting systems must provide the correct amount of glass for these requirements", says Valerian Wicky. The new, quick speed’cut cutting table will now replace one of the two old tables. "It made more sense economically to now invest in a completely new machine complete with modern software and hardware and to be a step ahead of the competition instead of continuing to maintain the old table."
Following the first months of full operation, the Head of Production is extremely satisfied: "The machine is simply brilliant: it works quickly, precisely and efficiently. This fully meets our demands as we can simply not afford to experience a forced production stoppage." Therefore, he appreciates the fact that expert support from the Bystronic glass Service Department is quickly on hand in an emergency: Thanks to online connection, Bystronic glass technicians can also remotely analyse and rectify problems.
Employee at the operator desk of speed´cut
Pictures: Bystronic glass insulating glass line commissioned in 2011.