In our drive to continually improve, we have introduced new equipment and technologies at our Hungary site.
This includes brand new state-of-the-art converting equipment, which is our largest and most complex rotary die-cutting machinery we have to date. It was custom designed and built for us, and it is quite unique, in both size and complexity.
It will allow us to present solutions to the most complicated converting problems. With the possibility of feeding in multiple materials, and cutting with synchronised tools, this ’Flagship’ rotary machine makes it possible to produce the most complicated parts in one run, instead of a two, or three stage production. Its components are manufactured using the latest technologies, resulting in a more stable run, more precise tolerances, easy operation, and faster production speed.
In addition to this, we have introduced thermoforming capability, a relatively simple, but ingenious technology used for innovative lighting products. Reflective parts for lighting fixtures created with this technology were first introduced in 2010 and we entered this business last year, with our first semi-robotic machine arriving in late 2015.
The reflective shapes are created by heating a thermoplastic sheet to a specific temperature and pressing it between special tools. After cooling, the sheets keep the shape of the forming tool. Thermoformed parts can also be used in many different applications including in automotive and electronics industries.
The reason for introducing this production method is to form reflective shapes for lighting fixtures that increase the efficiency of their light sources. This innovative product design provides the same level of illumination, but with fewer light sources, which results in a more cost-effective solution for the customer.
We are now in the final testing and development phase and have begun to quote for work using our thermoforming capability.