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Task: ITD is a Bulgarian company specialising in the production of moulds, PET preforms, plastic bottles, vials and caps. In the town of Saedinenie, the company has built innovative, high-efficiency, ecological production facilities designed for manufacturing plastic products which are guaranteed to be of high quality and have limited impact on the environment. ITD's main objectives are: environmentally sound production and sustainable development involving the implementation of power-saving state-of-the-art technologies. To guarantee its continuous production cycle – 24/7 throughout the working week – the company is currently striving to achieve maximum serviceability and trouble-free operation with all its machines.

Solution: To implement its vision, the company has initiated a program whereby existing hydraulic injection moulding machines are to be replaced with all-electric ones, and its production facilities now include five FANUC ROBOSHOT injection moulding machines with a different clamping force level. Regarding its instrument production needs, ITD has now deployed two FANUC ROBODRILL vertical machining centres to cover them. To guarantee minimal unplanned production downtime, the company has been relying on FANUC Bulgaria’s service for the maintenance of owned FANUC equipment, and has done so for 30 years.

Result: Having deployed FANUC industrial equipment, ITD has managed to reduce its production costs and has achieved a consistently high quality level. During the monitoring of energy consumption, it was established that FANUC machines provide 50% energy savings, which makes ITD's products extremely competitive. The new generation ROBOSHOT all-electric machines now added to our machine park boost productivity, lower costs and use no waste hydraulic oils (compared to hydraulic machines). The emergency downtime of ITD's FANUC equipment has been minimised thanks to the company seizing upon the benefits offered by the complex maintenance services offered by FANUC Bulgaria.

FANUC products used:

ITD EOOD is a Bulgarian company founded in 1990 in the town of Saedinenie. ITD specialises in the production of moulds, preforms, plastic bottles, vials, caps and other types of plastic packaging. For several years the company has been engaged in recycling PET packaging, which is a relatively new activity in Bulgaria, and ITD is one of the pioneers in this field. The company currently employs about 250 people.

The company's collaboration with FANUC dates back to ITD’s founding in 1990. To date, the company has deployed seven FANUC CNC machines: two FANUC ROBODRILL vertical machining centres and five allelectric FANUC ROBOSHOT injection moulding machines with a different clamping force level.

Why FANUC machines?

"We have chosen FANUC because their machines help us reduce the costs required for our finished products. The ROBOSHOT injection moulding machine with CNC control is characterised by stable mechanics, reliability and easy operation, and can produce high precision casts. One of its most important benefits is its low electricity consumption – once we began working with it, it wouldn’t be long before we found out that we achieved over 50% in terms of energy savings. Compared to hydraulic machines, our production with ROBOSHOT is environmentally friendly, as there are no oils, filters or pumps, or heating from these pumps", shared Mr. Ivan Daradjanski, owner and manager of ITD.

"ROBODRILL, on the other hand, is a fast high-quality machine with all the options of a 4-axis machine centre. With its 24,000 revolutions, we can achieve an exceptional quality in our manufactured products at a very good price, thanks to the very low power consumption", he added.

“We are very happy, and if we have to evaluate FANUC’s service, we will rate it as excellent” - Ivan Daradjanski, manager of ITD

What is the role of FANUC’s maintenance service to ITD?

For more than 30 years, ITD has relied on FANUC Bulgaria’s maintenance services to ensure maximum serviceability and trouble-free operation with its FANUC equipment. The services used by ITD include contracts for machine servicing, maintenance, staff training and reprogramming of options to meet specific production needs.

"There are many other suppliers of CNC controls and machines, but we chose FANUC because of the exceptional reliability of their equipment and their excellent maintenance service. FANUC’s colleagues are always available and they respond in a timely and professional manner." Mr. Daradzhanski pointed out. "We have only rarely had to seek their assistance for repairs, but on those occasions, they responded quickly. We have peace of mind. The last time we needed them was when we were carrying out automated product counting, and in our case it was necessary to reprogram some machine options. It was carried out in a timely manner and in accordance with our requirements, and now the machine works smoothly and facilitates the work of our staff. We are extremely pleased and if we have to evaluate FANUC’s service, we will rate it as excellent“, said ITD’s manager in his expression of his satisfaction.

"There are many other suppliers of CNC controls and machines, but we chose FANUC because of the exceptional reliability of their equipment and their excellent maintenance service. FANUC’s colleagues are always available and they respond in a timely and professional manner." - Ivan Daradjanski, manager of ITD

What is the next stage in the development of your company?

The next stage lies in the robotisation of production both in machine-building and in the production of plastic products.

"Following market trends, the future lies in the high degree of automation, robotics and artificial intelligence. And this is what we are striving for. As a company, we rely on the loyalty to our partners when they have proven their reliability. This is also the case with FANUC. If our trust in FANUC is 100%, we would say that 49% of it is due to the exceptional quality of the machines and 51% of it due to the professional and trouble-free maintenance efforts they deliver. For us, FANUC is synonymous with trust and security and we prefer to work with them.", Mr. Daradjanski concluded.