CAR SEATS AND INTERIORS LEATHER CUTTING

Increasing material savings and ehancing efficiency in car leather upholstery cutting

LECTRA LEATHER CUTTING ROOM FOR AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES
HELPS INCREASE CONSISTENCY, FLEXIBILITY AND SPEED

Seats represent the second-largest outlay within the global cost of a car, even more so when they are upholstered in leather. While car prices remain stable, the cost of leather is rising: leather car seats and interiors are increasingly in demand due to the premiumization of the Chinese automotive market, but hides are also used to make shoes, clothes and furniture. As a result, automakers are becoming increasingly demanding with their leather parts suppliers.

Making the most of expertise gained from working with leather professionals around the world, Lectra has developed the Versalis solution which optimizes the entire automotive leather seat cover and interiors manufacturing cycle. The result: maximized hide yield, enhanced productivity, reduced labor costs and consistent quality.

Watch Dani Automotive customer story

https://www.lectra.cn/sites/default/files/sections/videos/BLOC%201%20-%20DANI%20VIDEO.mp4

LEATHER CAR SEAT SUPPLIERS MANAGE COSTS
THANKS TO LECTRA'S LEATHER CUTTING ROOM

With a computerized organization and cut preparation system, parts suppliers are in a better position to respond quickly to requests for quotations (RFQs) with competitive and profitable pricing. Lectra’s production simulation software allows them to anticipate production costs, accurately evaluate material consumption for new models and choose the most cost-effective hides supplier.

"THE THING I LOVE ABOUT THE VERSALIS IS THE SPEED WITH WHICH IT CUTS, THE EFFICIENCY, THE PRECISION AND THE NESTING TECHNOLOGY THAT IT USES TO MAXIMIZE OUR YIELD."

  • Brooks Mayberry, CEO Katzkin
https://www.lectra.cn/sites/default/files/sections/videos/BLOC%202%20-%20KATZKIN%20VIDEO.mp4

OPTIMIZING LEATHER USE FOR CAR SEAT COVERS AND INTERIORS

As disclosed during the 2014 edition of ILM Automotive Leather Supply Conference in Shanghai, Chinese consumers stand for 50% of all new cars sold with leather interiors compared with a figure around 19% in Europe. With the continuing increase in hide prices and a tight supply situation, streamlined leather consumption is a must.
Lectra’s powerful nesting software, coupled with Versalis’ cutting precision, enables suppliers to achieve substantial material savings. Using powerful nesting algorithms, the software generates, in seconds, the most efficient nesting, whatever the leather type and the model to be processed. Capable of cutting with no space between pieces, Versalis ensures a maximum of material savings without compromising on quality.

STREAMLINING WORKFLOWS AT CARMAKERS

Globally the entire cut and sew market is expected to rise 5.9% in the next few years including growth of 18.7% in China. Manufacturers need to anticipate this double digit growth by optimizing further their manufacturing processes. Cutting time is the guiding force of the automotive production cycle. Optimization involves finding the perfect balance between each of the different work phases: they must progress smoothly without causing bottlenecks.

Configured with a single conveyor, Versalis can manage four different hides, each at a different stage. Automatic conveyor advance leaves operators free to focus on tasks where they have the most value and guarantees continuous production.

Watch Versalis in action

https://www.lectra.cn/sites/default/files/sections/videos/BLOC%204%20-%20VIDEO%20VERSALIS.mp4

SUPPORTING CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

Rapid identification of opportunities for improvement and implementation of action plans is essential to maintain competitiveness and profitability. Versalis generates individual productivity analysis reports, thus providing precise and reliable information tailored to companies’ key performance indicators (KPIs). Managers gain complete visibility over the entire process and can monitor quality, leather consumption and productivity.

MAXIMIZING SYSTEM AVAILABILITY,
ENSURING QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE
FOR CAR MANUFACTURERS

Leather parts manufacturers need to be sure they have the ability to reach payback on their investment in the agreed time. Lectra’s specific project approach ensures teams are productive quickly, supported by a complete range of tailored training. Service contracts guarantee maximum system availability with constant monitoring, predictive and preventive maintenance, reporting and quality control, making Lectra the ideal choice to achieve operational excellence.