Conclusive results obtained by the supplier of integrated technology solutions for textile and flexible materials Lectra SA, Paris/France, of a 3-month evaluation of its zero-buffer fabric cutting solution in a real working environment, has concluded in the purchase of a Vector Automotive iP6 by automotive equipment supplier Faurecia SA, Nanterre/France. Growth at Faurecia’s automotive seating plant in Tălmaciu/Romania prompted the supplier to maximize material efficiency by optimizing cutting room processes. The plant manufactures seat sets for high-end German automakers using costly high-end upholstery materials.
The Vector Automotive iP series is the first zero-buffer cutting solution on the market for fabric and vinyl, and can improve both material efficiency and cutting quality. Constant, real-time control of the equipment and a specially designed cutting blade enable ultra-precise cutting. Both the iP6 and iP9 come equipped with Vector Dashboard, a cloud-based application that allows users to monitor each unit through daily key performance indicators.
The next phase of the project for Faurecia is to focus on improving material efficiency for more technically challenging materials. Since 2016, Lectra has supported Faurecia in its digital manufacturing transformation initiative through the supply of Industry 4.0 solutions.