3C Group’s textile or leather covers are cut to size on state-of-the-art cutting equipment. This includes the latest digital cutting technology from Zünd, for maximum production flexibility and waste efficiency. A Zünd G3 L-2500 cutter was recently commissioned at the 3C plant in Krupina, Slovakia.
One of the goals was to sustainably increase cutting capacity. Franz-Wilhelm Walter, a member of the company management and responsible for the areas of production and IT, said, ‘Increasing capacity was one of the objectives of this investment, which was incidentally achieved. More important was and is the fact that Zünd cutters can be very easily incorporated into existing workflows. This is an important factor in our highly networked and integrated production cells. We also haven’t had to adjust our planning structure in the slightest.’
The initial spark for the investment, however, was provided by another issue, namely the handling of sensitive data. In the course of digitisation, all templates have also been digitised and are stored digitally on local servers (proven technology). This has the great advantage that analogue stencils no longer have to be stored. The question now arises as to the correct, i.e. secure, interim storage of this data.
About this Walter said, ‘We have had intensive discussions with those responsible at Zünd about the correct handling of sensitive data. Their cutting solutions have an open system architecture. On the one hand, this has the already mentioned advantage of their easy integration into existing workflows. However, this also means that Zünd does not give us any specifications when it comes to data handling. This is an enormously important point for us. In short, we were looking for a partner who ticks similarly to ourselves. And we wanted a partnership based on stability. We found both at Zünd.’
However, the fact that those responsible for cutting technology chose Zünd was also due to the cutting systems themselves as well as production reliability and availability. About this Walter said, ‘The Zünd G3 Cutter is also convincing across the board in the area of machine reliability. The same applies to the quality in cutting and its overall productivity – combined with low demand for consumables and wear materials. And last but not least, we have experienced very professional project support from Zünd and have the highest confidence in their competencies.’
The 3C Group from Rheda-Wiedenbrück – the heart of the German upholstered furniture industry – is one of the largest suppliers of upholstered furniture to the German and European furniture trade.