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Task:

Although achieving good performance with a number of older FANUC machines, growing customer demand prompted EUROEDIL to instigate a programm of modernisation at its facility in Skopje. In support of this initiative, the company required a new CNC machining centre and wire-cut electric discharge machine (EDM) to achieve the gains required on its die-cutting production line.

Solution:

Based on EUROEDIL’s experience with its existing FANUC machines, which had demonstrated low cost of ownership over many years, the company decided to approach FANUC again for its new investments, opting for a ROBODRILL α-D14LiB CNC vertical machining centre and a ROBOCUT α-C400iB wire EDM machine.

Result:

With its new FANUC machines in-situ, EUROEDIL has increased its cutting rate and throughput to meet rising volume demands from customers. Moreover, the accuracy and precision of the company’s die-cutting tools have improved noticeably.


EUROEDIL-HOLDING DOOEL

 

EUROEDIL Holding Macedonia began trading in 2004 following its foundation by CEO Rakip Ramadanoski. In 2015, the company opened a new facility in the country’s capital and largest city, Skopje. Here, EUROEDIL’s tool workshop manufactures tools for the construction industry. Specialisms include progressive die-cutting tools for sheet metal stamping, as well as tooling for extrusion and folding operations. The company holds a number of important accreditations, including ISO 9001 quality management, ISO 14001 environmental management and ISO 45001 occupational health and safety.

Improving the accuracy of die making processes

 

With these thoughts in mind – and faced with a growing order book and ever-shorter delivery requests from customers – EUROEDIL decided it was time for further investment in its tool workshop. In particular, the company’s production line for progressive die-stamping tools was in need of a refresh to improve output levels.


Toni Dimitrievski, head of the tool workshop, says: “Nearly 20 years ago in 2003 we purchased our first FANUC machine, a pre-owned wire-cut EDM manufactured in 1981,” explains Toni Dimitrievski, manager of the tool workshop at EUROEDIL Holding. “It provided trouble-free operations throughout its time on site.

Soon bolstered by the introduction of other FANUC models, these machines provided many years of efficient and effective production at EUROEDIL. However, with the years ticking away, the company thought it prudent to invest in new machines, a move that would also provide a much-needed boost to productivity in line with its expanding order book.

With a recent increase in work volumes and our planned company expansion, there was a clear need to invest in new machine tools,” confirms Mr Dimitrievski. “Based on our positive experience with FANUC machines we decided on a new investment: a FANUC ROBOCUT α-C400iB wire EDM and a FANUC ROBODRILL α-D14LiB vertical machining centre. Since installation and commissioning we have maximised our throughput using the new FANUC machines, largely by increasing cutting rates. Today we can manufacture die-cutting tools a lot faster and with far higher precision.


Another significant benefit to EUROEDIL is the renowned low cost of ownership provided by all FANUC machines. He adds that the FANUC models stand out from other machines in the tool workshop, offering easier operation and maintenance supported by FANUC’s local response for service and spare parts, if required.

Thanks to our modernisation and the installation of our two new FANUC machines we have improved our production process for die-cutting tools considerably,” concludes Mr Dimitrievski.