Mr. Andrea Levi studied Business Administration at Università degli Studi di Torino. After two years working at NST srl (flock printing Company) and after ten years as CEO support at AIGLE spa (equipment manufacturer for coating, flocking, lamination and coagulation), he becomes from 2003 shareholder and CEO of AIGLE Macchine srl (information available on www.aigle.it ). He is responsible for implementing existing plans and policies, improving the company's strength, supporting ongoing business transformation and setting future strategy.
Mr. Levi is also adviser at LDS spa (artificial leather manufacturer: coating, flocking, coagulation and finishing), Aigle Immobiliare srl and Immobiliare Silvania srl (both real estate companies). Mr. Levi is an active member of the board of Flock Association of Europe.
Presentation at the Flock-Symposium 2024
Car rubber profiles: new development in flocking automation
Among the various flocking machines on the markets are lines for flocking automotive rubber components. Over the years, these machines have benefited from progressive technical and technological evolution.
Above all, flock techniques have been used on rubber materials, plastic, metal, etc., for sectors such as automotive, packaging, and others.
From the positive outcomes of this evolution, there is additionally and increasingly a need to manage flocking lines automatically and with systems to manage the data collected from the electronic instrumentation used on the lines.
One area that allows for interesting developments are the automotive profile flocking lines, made of rubber moulded profiles off line. In brief, this involves flocking on dedicated lines the corners of extruded rubber profiles (EPDM, TPE and TPV) previously jointed by special injection presses.
Thus, automatic plants equipped with extensive sensor and robotic systems aimed at achieving:
- automation useful to increase productivity, reduce defects and maximize parameter control of the various technical functions used in the project;
- ergonomics to improve operators' working conditions. In this case, a study to improve the loading and unloading of parts in the line. A system that folds up the workpiece carriers is being considered to make loading/unloading easier;
- high productivity with low labour incidence;
- versatility to be able to change the profile type quickly;
- ability to collect process data through appropriate sensors and use of advanced communication systems to remotely enjoy and process the collected parameters.
These new advances enable the use and development of innovative products with particular reference to the issues of automation and process data management applied mainly (but not only) to the automotive sector, which is also globally one of the most developed markets (in fact, in addition to automotive, the other sectors of applicability are, for example, the aeronautical, naval, railway and construction sectors).