Ariane Fine Porcelain Grows with Sacmi Pressure Casting
Following completion of the first phase of the project, Ariane Fine Porcelain greenlighted a second investment.
Following completion of the first phase of the project, in which Sacmi installed a complete tableware manufacturing plant, Ariane Fine Porcelain greenlighted a second investment plan that has resulted in the delivery of a new PCM 200 ND, a pressure casting plant capable of executing 30 production cycles/hour. The plant will allow the company to complete its product range, which caters to the high-end market, especially restaurant and hotel chains.
The advantages of Sacmi technological solutions reportedly include ultra-fast size changeovers and high levels of process automation. More specifically, the supplied PCM 200 ND is characterized by compactness and automation; all casting and subsequent mold opening/article detachment phases are fully automated, due also to the optional unloading and deburring robot. The resin used to make the molds renders the whole process efficient and flexible and allows for the installation of multi-cavity molds according to article size and type. The machine can also store over 30 different manufacturing programs to make a variety of items; these programs can be called up by the operator instantaneously, while the same PCM software allows the plant to be set up quickly during mold changeovers (able to be managed and completed by one worker).
With 35,000 m2 of manufacturing floor space and a plant that can produce 15 million pieces of tableware per year, Ariane Fine Porcelain aims to further strengthen its position in the hospitality industry, both in India and on international markets. The medium-term goals of parent company Umberto Ceramics are to export approximatly 60% of production while offering a high-grade response to demand on the national market, where most high-end products are currently imported. In terms of output, the aim is to boost production from the current 15 million to 40-45 million pieces per year by 2020, thus opening up further penetration and growth prospects for Sacmi technology in Asia.