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The Czech company Sinop designs and produces process coolers, drinks coolers and dispensing equipment for companies. The business invested in state-of-the-art technologies just after its formation in 1995 in order to be successful in the European premium segment. "Our customers have extremely high expectations in terms of quality for the very demanding food product market," says Production Director Vaclav Kriz. One ultra-modern machine tool after another is lined up in the production hall. Other companies soon find out: around the turn of the millennium, more and more interested businesses from the domestic industry start knocking on their door, asking Sinop to take on their jobs. This opens up a new lucrative business unit. As a job shop, Sinop assists a variety of cooperation partners. "With our extensive application portfolio, we can support anyone requiring similarly high-quality components as we do," explains Kriz.

Sinop SMP s.r.o.

www.sinopsmp.cz

The Czech company Sinop SMP s.r.o. relies on two strands of business. Refrigeration technology is their main business area. They produce and sell a wide range of cooling systems for the foodstuff industry. Sinop is also active as a job shop for the domestic industry.

Industry

Sheet metal processing, cooling systems

Number of employees

200

Site

Homole (Czech Republic)

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TRUMPF products
  • TruLaser 5030 fiber
  • TruLaser Robot 5020
  • TruLaser 3030
  • TruBend 7036
  • TruTops Fab
Applications
  • Laser welding
  • Laser cutting
  • Bending

Challenges

Sinop had to invest in new machines in order to satisfy the stringent requirements of the cooperation partners. The demand for laser welding work grew particularly quickly. The technology became obligatory for their own products. For example, in the case of Soda Stream, a real sales hit, which is a device that prepares soda water for gastronomy. High-quality weld seams are an absolute must in its piping system, otherwise germs could start to form along the protruding edges. "That is only possible with the laser," confirms Kriz. The welding process is only one of many sheet metal processing steps in the product's production chain. The draining rack must be deburred, the housing must be folded and the individual parts of the tap device must be cut. The majority of Sinop products have such a high vertical range of manufacture. That has a downside. "In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult to keep an overview in production control," says Kriz.

Our customers have extremely high expectations in terms of quality for the very demanding food product market – and that can only be achieved with the laser.

Vaclav Kriz
Production Director

Solutions

Sinop bought the laser machine TruLaser 5030 fiber. From the very beginning, the sheet metal fabricators did not just have laser cutting in mind. "We wanted to keep the option open of using the laser for welding in future as well," says Kriz. That is why the laser welding cell TruLaser Robot 5020 was soon added. 

 

Implementation

The TruDisk laser is used with the TruLaser 5030 fiber as well as the TruLaser Robot 5020 in the laser network — an economical start to laser welding. "However, the demand for laser welding work grew so quickly that a second TruLaser Robot 5020 followed just a year later," remembers Kriz. Due to the high vertical range of manufacture, Vaclav Kriz and his team use the production software TruTops Fab to avoid falling victim to their own success. An important milestone - as it makes it possible to monitor the production in real time as well as to improve coordination of the production processes.

Forecast

"TRUMPF is still advising us on the optimization of our processes," says Kriz. "The entire team benefits greatly from it." Regardless of whether it's about the machines or the people operating them: Sinop feels well-positioned and ready for new and demanding customer requirements.

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