To produce moulds for glass, a Romanian company is relying on modern multi-sensor metrology. This laser scanner has cut project approval from two weeks to a day.
Omco Group, said to be the largest manufacturer of glass container moulds in Europe, and perhaps the world, has been using laser scanning to digitise customers' bottle designs and shorten the lead-time from receipt of order to delivery of the finished moulds, according to Nikon Metrology. The company, part of the Nikon Group, said its LC50CX digital line scanner is fitted to a C3V co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) in one of Omco's seven mould shops, located in the northeast Romanian town of Iasi.
Old-school tech for fast-moving businesses and products
Intended for mass production of glass bottles and jars, the cast-iron moulds are sold mainly to fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers and their supply chains in the beverage, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and tableware industries. Anyone reading this will almost certainly have consumed a soft or alcoholic drink from a bottle produced in an Omco mould, whose clients include well-known companies Coca-Cola, Pepsi Bottling Group, Heineken, Carlsberg, Absolut Vodka, Bacardi and many châteaux in the Champagne region and elsewhere.
Glass container producers face tough consumer demands as well as rising energy costs and increased competition from alternative packaging, notably plastics. As a consequence, glass mould suppliers have to meet exacting customer requirements for top quality and short lead-times, whilst maintaining competitive prices. One way Omco is said to achieve these objectives has been by adopting new methodology near the start of the mould manufacturing process, in which its new Nikon Metrology laser scanner plays a central role.
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