The world leader in PET packaging solutions
The company secures its production resources by simulating NC programs upstream and saves 15,000 production hours per year
SPRING Technologies, vendor of solutions that boost productivity of CNC machines, present a new testimony of one of his long-standing customer, SIDEL.
The leading global provider of PET liquid packaging solutions, SIDEL, offers its customers a complete range, from packaging design through line engineering, including packaging machinery and associated services.
With 31 subsidiaries, 26 plants worldwide, and a workforce of around 5,300, SIDEL offers its customers high added-value solutions based on its business-specific knowhow, its teams and geographic proximity. This enables the company to quickly and easily plan and implement the engineering, packaging, design, tooling and services.
SIDEL's corporate philosophy is embodied in key principles: improve production, boost productivity, and cut costs, whether for end-users or in-house.
The production site at Octeville Normandy, is one of the group's seven mold-making facilities. It produces blow molds made up of seven main parts: centering ring; mold body; stud; mold base; wear ring; wear washer; arch support.
SIDEL has state-of-the-art production resources to match its market leadership. For example, its Octeville site, with 10 programmers, has 63 CNC machine tools – (DMG, MCM, etc.), 2,000 milling and turning tools and two CAM solutions for these disciplines.
The challenge was to eliminate problems with production tools by validating the programs upstream (ISO code, measuring probe program, XYZ axis travel, comparison between the machined model and the original CAD design) and postprocessor modifications, while integrating these technologies into the existing environment. To do this, SIDEL turned to SPRING Technologies and the NCSIMUL Machine simulation solution that it has been using for 13 years.
A PARTNERSHIP FOR 13 YEARS
To do this, SIDEL trusted SPRING Technologies and its NCSIMUL machine solution for the machining simulation for 13 years.
Today SIDEL Group uses 12 NCSIMUL Machine workstations at its site in Normandy. The time savings are tangible, quantifiable and have proved to be substantial: some 15,000 hours per year!
The keys to this success have been the reliability of the computation and simulations performed by NCSIMUL Machine; tests on the first machined parts; and better management of the huge number of production tools used. Franck Keroulle, in charge of Industrialization & Method - Central Tooling at SIDEL adds: « We are sure to generate a ROI in just five months, a result that is totally in line with our corporate culture in terms of cost optimization and productivity. »
SIDEL plans to deploy NCSIMUL Machine in all the group's mold-making plants worldwide. It will also deploy OPTITOOL, the SPRING Technologies solution for analysis and cutting conditions optimization at the Octeville site and in China.