As part of a revamp of the entire glazing line, the very first solution that removes - without the need for a worker - all the finishing dust has been installed. This reduces in-workplace dust dispersion in compliance with the EU Directive that came into force earlier this year.
Alongside quality and efficiency, a new manufacturing culture is focusing on workplace safety. Founded in 1979 and Portugal's leading ceramic sanitaryware producer, Sanitana has selected SACMI to complete an ambitious project to revamp and modernise the glazing lines supplied in 2007.
Automation, a widening of the product mix and a drastic reduction in workplace dustiness lie at the core of this project, concluded at the end of the summer with the start-up of the first complete line. What's more, the line – originally configured to glaze just one WC model – has now been equipped with solutions that allow glazing of the entire product catalogue.
From a factory efficiency standpoint, water trap glazing and foot cleaning no longer require manual work, boosting productivity considerably. What's more, SACMI has supplied a special robotized booth where the finishing dust is blown off and extracted without any need for a worker, ensuring full compliance with the EU directive in force since January 2020.
SACMI was keen to provide a solution that would meet the real needs of this customer, who generally carries out finishing on already-mature pieces, which can generate a lot of dust. This system - which SACMI is supplying to the market for the first time - eliminates the risks associated with tasks previously performed in open extraction booths. On the just-supplied unit, in fact, pieces are loaded automatically onto the conveyor and extraction can be made much more powerful as airflows do not need to take the presence of a worker into account.
Additional improvements include implementation of the latest SACMI solutions for the offline programming of glazing recipes. With this revamp, then, Sanitana is looking to the future and staying ahead of changes in standards, even strict European ones. It is also leading the way, in Portugal, towards a new awareness that puts people first in manufacturing facilities.