Stefan Gibbert, who manages process planning of purchased parts, has a degree in mechanical engineering. It just so happened that the investment in a new CNC machining centre was on the agenda. It was supposed to be smaller, more flexible, easier to handle, faster, more economical, more reliable, and at least as precise as the "previous machine", a Central European brand.
"We know FANUC controls from many of our machine tools; we too have this brand of robot deployed as a 24/7 operator on a machine. It was in fact my superior, Jürgen Schreiber (Dipl. Ing. - FH) from whom I learned about the FANUC machining centres. On the same day, I phoned the responsible representative, Mr Werner Kaliga. One hour later, he was there at our company, presenting the FANUC ROBODRILL α-T21iFa, and one week later, we gave him the order. Eight weeks after the initial contact, the ROBODRILL milled its first chip. That was in September 2012, the fastest machine tool order in the history of Sirona, and my first capital investment project," says Gibbert, describing the sequence of events.