As the company prepares to expand production further, their body preparation department receives an influx of SACMI technology: 4 new batching machines and 2 turbo-mixers, all automated and seamlessly integrated with the plant supervisor.
Duravit China invests in SACMI technology to expand production at its Chongqing facility, with the accent decidedly on automation and product quality.
January saw completion of the investment in body preparation. The aim: to raise plant output capacity to 2 million pieces a year, with a mix of articles that include both Vitreous China and Fine Fire Clay.
More specifically, SACMI has supplied 4 automatic kaolin batching machines. These operate in combination with a new dry waste recovery system so that dry materials can be recycled in full to achieve circular economy goals. The two SACMI turbo-mixers, which produce the two types of Vitreous China slip that feed the traditional and high-pressure SACMI casting lines, are automatically connected to the batching department.
That’s not all: SACMI has also incorporated existing body preparation systems (which perform initial dissolution of the clay and will continue to produce slip for Fine Fire Clay) into the new plant. The latter also features a doubling of mills and screening stations, with a consequent increase in storage capacity.
The department is fully automatic and smoothly integrated with the SACMI HERE supervisor, now updated and expanded to match the new factory layout. In short, Duravit China lays the foundations for further expansion during the year: an expansion that will also benefit from their recently enlarged fleet of SACMI laser-guided vehicles as they seek to implement 4.0 management of production flows and factory logistics.