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DIGITALIZATION OF THE AUTOMOTIVE CUTTING VALUE CHAIN

Streamlining the entire manufacturing process, from concept and design to product development, through to pre-production and production, is essential for remaining competitive and is a key part of creating a digital end-to-end manufacturing process.

STAY ONE STEP AHEAD ON THE ROAD
TO OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Shorter production cycles, greater product diversity, rising raw material prices and stricter quality requirements – these are just some of the challenges fabric and leather car seat and interiors suppliers and airbag manufacturers must overcome.

Optimizing processes and improving performance are no longer optional. To remain competitive and secure their place in the value chain, automotive interior and seating suppliers must clearly prove the benefits they can bring to car makers in the long run. This is why reaching the maximum Overall Equipment Effectiveness is crucial. By looking at overall equipment effectiveness, managers can determine the success of the operation, highlight areas that can be improved and make decisions quickly.

CUT WITH CONFIDENCE

To ensure that life-saving airbags remain free of defects, cut preparation phases must be as rigorous and methodical as possible in order to reach the absolute highest level of performance. FocusQuantum's integrated software suite eliminates errors throughout a full array of processes, from design through to cutting. FocusQuantum® Suite ensures full traceability of operations by preventing unauthorized changes to approved commands and processes.

AIRBAG SUPPLIERS

EXACTING PRECISION
CUT WITH CONFIDENCE
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EXACTING PRECISION

FOCUSQUANTUM®

Lectra's fully integrated FocusQuantum® solution comprises state-of-the-art laser-cutting equipment for one-piece woven (OPW) and cut-and-sew airbags, a full suite of cut preparation software and value-added Lectra Professional Services enabling maximum return on investment. The FocusQuantum® laser cutter range offers more than twice the productivity of solutions currently on the market.

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HMT FocusQuantum customer story

CUT WITH CONFIDENCE

CUT WITH CONFIDENCE

To ensure that life-saving airbags remain free of defects, cut preparation phases must be as rigorous and methodical as possible in order to reach the absolute highest level of performance. FocusQuantum's integrated software suite eliminates errors throughout a full array of processes, from design through to cutting. FocusQuantum Suite ensures full traceability of operations by preventing unauthorized changes to approved commands and processes. ​

EXPLORE LECTRA'S AIRBAG CUTTING ROOM SOLUTIONS IN MORE DETAIL

FOCUSQUANTUM SUITE: GET READY

CUT-AND-SEW SOFTWARE SUITE

CONTINOUS IMPROVEMENT FACTSHEET

OPW SOFTWARE SUITE

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VIDEO
CUT-AND-SEW CUTTING PROCESS

VIDEO
OPW CUTTING PROCESS

CUT-AND-SEW CUTTING PROCESS FACTSHEET

OPW CUTTING PROCESS FACTSHEET

LEATHER SUPPLIERS

RISING DEMAND
CUTTING AUTOMATION
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RISING DEMAND

RESPOND TO CHANGES IN LEATHER DEMAND

Rising customer demand for leather interiors and seating, increasingly sophisticated designs, and rising hide prices create a complex situation for and between OEMs and their leather parts suppliers. Change is a must for suppliers seeking to meet stricter OEM expectations and secure a place on the value chain. Streamlined workflow, greater production data transparency, and optimized leather use with reliable results and consistent quality are just some of the advantages of automated cutting solutions compared to traditional die presses.
See how Mario Levi uses Versalis to transform their production processes in order to meet market demands for production flexibility and faster time to market.

Lectra Versalis® Automotive leather cutting solution

MARIO LEVI customer story

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CUTTING AUTOMATION

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BOOST EFFICIENCY AT EVERY PHASE

From flaw identification to nesting to cutting, Lectra's VersalisAuto was developed to boost the efficiency of each stage of the leather cutting cycle, while providing an accurate view of production-related information. Parts suppliers can respond quickly to Requests for Quotations with competitive and profitable pricing using Versalis’ associated, computerized organization and cut preparation system.

Automated nesting software combines with high-precision scanning and cutting tools to save up to 7% on leather use compared to die presses. Plus, a streamlined workflow – thanks to automatic conveyor advance – increases production capacity and enables suppliers to give their customers the products they want at the highest level of quality.
Maximize the benefits of a new leather cutting machine. Discover optimized processes and achieve operational excellence goals with Lectra's expert consulting services.

View how Versalis‘ innovative technology creates a new manufacturing model for leather professionals.

LECTRA VERSALIS® LEATHER CUTTING SOLUTION

ECA Customer Story

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EXPLORE LECTRA'S LEATHER CUTTING ROOM SOLUTIONS IN MORE DETAIL

MARIO LEVI
Italy

Katzkin
Usa

Dani Automotive
Italy

LEATHER TANNER WHITE PAPER

VERSALIS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Anticipate production costs, evaluate hide consumption and determine cost-effective hide suppliers thanks to a corresponding software suite integrating powerful production simulation and costing programs.

  • Reduce the risk of production stops with a combination of state-of-the-art technology and predictive maintenance, reporting, and quality control analyses, included in service contracts.

  • Gain greater visibility over the entire process with individual productivity analysis reports which monitor quality, consumption and productivity.

CAR SEAT & INTERIOR SUPPLIERS

FLEXIBILITY
CHALLENGES
NEW REQUIREMENTS
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FLEXIBILITY

Get a detailed look at the Vector cutting process, from pre-production to offloading.

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FLEXIBILITY

Lectra's latest Vector solution gives suppliers the ability to effectively respond to volume fluctuations and the growing variety of models, quickly and accurately cutting an array of pieces in a variety of even more complex shapes.

This lean-compliant solution integrates innovative Lectra software, including anti-error systems that reduce costly and time-consuming reworking, while securing productivity and ensuring the high quality of cut pieces. With the ability to cut with no or limited buffers, suppliers achieve maximum production output and guarantee the optimum level of material efficiency.

Service contracts guarantee maximum system availability with constant monitoring, predictive and preventive maintenance, reporting and quality control. Combined with a unique consulting offer and comprehensive range of training options, service contracts make Lectra the partner of choice to achieve operational excellence. Maximize the benefits of a new fabric cutting machine. Discover optimized processes and achieve operational excellence goals with Lectra's expert consulting services. Get a detailed look at the Vector cutting process, from pre-production to offloading

CHALLENGES

ADDRESS MARKET TRENDS IMPACTING THE SUPPLY CHAIN

To maintain a strong position in the market, car makers must respond to car buyers' demands for customization by offering automotive interiors and seating in an expanding array of colors, styles, and models. Suppliers, for their part, not only have to support car makers by manufacturing products that differentiate vehicles, but must also contend with OEMs' stricter cost, quality, and delivery deadline requirements. Now, more than ever, automotive suppliers need fabric cutting technology solutions that fit with their strategies to achieve maximum productivity and profitability.

NEW REQUIREMENTS

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BOOST INNOVATION WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY

Cutting solutions introduced to the market 10 to 15 years ago may still be reliable and productive, but they are not capable of responding to new market requirements, most notably in terms of flexibility and performance. Moreover, each year that passes, the risk of a system breakdown grows, which can have devastating effects on a supplier's profitability while jeopardizing their place on the supply chain.

Discover how Tachi-S Mexico improved production capacity, and reduced operational costs and quality defects with the help of Lectra consultants.

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EXPLORE LECTRA'S FABRIC CUTTING ROOM SOLUTIONS IN MORE DETAIL

Tachi-s
Mexico

Johnson Control
France

Vector Product
Brochure

Vector Microsite

FABRIC SOLUTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Guarantee full visibility and control at every step of the manufacturing process with visual management features, such as a color-coded indicator system and real-time cutting process dashboard.

  • Maximize production output by cutting ply thicknesses of up to 9 centimeters at a speed of up to 6,000 vibrations per minute.

  • Ensure consistent cutting quality with anti-error devices – which can detect problems such as incorrect spread thickness, blade breakages and inappropriate drill diameters – and avoid distortion of highly compressible fabrics with dynamic vacuum control.

  • Obtain up to 98% uptime thanks to unique embedded intelligence.

EXPERTISE

EXPERTISE
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
CHANGE MANAGEMENT

EXPERTISE

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DRIVE CHANGE WITH INDUSTRY EXPERTISE

Building on more than 20 years of expertise in automated cutting rooms for the automobile industry, Lectra has accompanied the world's Tier 1 suppliers on the path to success, through its unique change management expertise. Drawn from the automotive industry, Lectra experts apply knowledge of lean principles and industry best practices to evaluate processes, determine opportunities for improvement and create a customized, end-to-end project to help suppliers reach performance goals and maintain results over the long term.

Discover how Tachi-S Mexico improved production capacity, and reduced operational costs and quality defects with the help of Lectra experts.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

KEEP MATERIAL COSTS LOW AND OEE RATE HIGH

Along with OEE rate improvement, Lectra's end-to-end approach also helps suppliers optimize material costs along the entire process, from prototyping to cutting. With Lectra's knowledge, suppliers can reduce material consumption and improve operational margins using a variety of levers: optimize costing and nesting, eliminate material loss due to poor handling practices, and improve the accuracy of all production phases, from spreading to offloading.

CHANGE MANAGEMENT

TECHNOLOGY IS JUST THE BEGINNING

To adapt to current and future market changes – such as standardization, the rising price of raw materials, and the growth of emerging markets – OEMs and automotive interior and seating suppliers need to develop resilient and agile supply chains while finding opportunities for improvement throughout their operations. Process optimization, continuous performance improvement and sustainable results are fundamentals of lean methodology that Lectra applies to its integrated cutting room, enabling companies to stay one step ahead on the road to operational excellence.

EXPERTISE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A team supported by a worldwide network of more than 150 Business and Solution experts, Project Managers, and Technical Specialists.
  • The only provider of operational excellence change management dedicated to the automotive industry cutting room.
  • Lectra's expertise is built on long-term partnerships with the world's leading Tier-1 automotive suppliers.

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