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Article November 13th, 2012
Today’s know-how, together with new developments in control technology and machine production technologies allow to utilise automotive glass grinding and cutting machines in new ways. This equipment with its more flexible use, can reach higher quality and/or much shorter cycle times as well as it is open for new applications. New equipment development shows, that a customer does not have to decide between productivity and quality to a given price. Today’s controls allow adapting the production quality to be programmed to the desired level. If for example the customer starts its venture in the less demanding replacement segment, where high output is critical, he can later, when he is looking for new opportunities, reprogram the machine to the highest quality levels. Production will be little reduced, but he is able to compete on the highest quality levels which allow asking for a higher price for the manufactured product. It would have been possible to build such machines in the past, but the price would not have been reasonable anymore. The technology, accuracy and flexibility can be applied in other glass production fields like solar or architectural production as well. The difference compared to the past is that today new electronic developments make an adaption of parameters easy and riskless.