High-end processing

Fatra invests in Negri Bossi for producing Ikea articles

Technology - Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Five Vector injection moulding machines have recently been delivered by Negri Bossi at the Napajedla and Chropyně production plants (Czech Republic) belonging to Fatra, ranking among the world’s major companies producing plastic parts, with more than 75% of its production headed for international markets, and which in 2016 recorded a turnover of almost 142 million Euros.

The Czech company Fatra manufactures high quality components and specialises in offering customer-tailored parts not only producing them, but also with targeted consulting services provided in 50 countries of the world. Materials processed include PVC-P, PVC-U, LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE, EVA, PP, PET, and ABS. The company provides a wide range of services to its customers including their research laboratories, testing facilities, preparation of samples, advice on materials and technical consultation. The manufacturing is supported by established quality management and ecology systems such as ČSN ISO 9001 and ČSN ISO 14001. In addition, Fatra has renewed its “Responsible Care” and “Safe Company” certificates over several years.

The company is an integral part of the worldwide plastic processing industry, working together with international companies such as Ikea: Fatra’s success as a first-class supplier is based on its focus on customer’s needs, production accuracy, delivery times and, generally, products supply reliability. Negri Bossi’s scope of supply includes both injection moulding machines and complete automation systems, enabling Fatra to efficiently supply a final verified product.

The machines supplied feature very high precision levels as well as an accurate quality control system. Moreover, the automation system monitors the component weight with any parts out of tolerance being rejected into a dedicated container. After weight checking, a label dispenser adds a bar code label that the system verifies with an optical reader to validate position and readability. The products are then stacked on a conveyor belt before moving to the warehouse.

“At Fatra our focus is always on delivering a very reliable service to our customers. Negri Bossi helps us achieve this and that is why we see them more as a partner than a supplier,” says Jitka Svobodova, Project Manager of Fatra.

The recent investment includes new Negri Bossi 1,100 tonne machines to manufacture a completely new product. The 650 and 1,100 tonne models are all equipped with robots and automation equipment featuring a labelling system, a conveyor belt, a parts weighing device and a protection cell.

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