Harmonizing volume and quality. As a result of steadily rising demand, volumes are increasing and production times are accelerating. To ensure industrial production levels while maintaining quality, traditional methods, which rely very much on operators’ expertise or on highly-used die-cutting, have reached their limit. Leather cutting is entering the computer controlled era. Improving the use of material. Car seats and interiors are becoming more sophisticated and represent the second largest outlay within the global cost of a car, even more so when they are upholstered in leather. The increasing price of hides thus demands a rational utilization of the material: the precision of marker-making has become even more crucial in the whole manufacturing process. Modernizing production. Leather cutting professionals will have no other choice but to use new technologies in leather cutting much more intensively. Automating processes guarantees not only efficient use of material, but also optimal quality
and smooth production flows. This breakthrough strategy requires strong change management. The increased visibility gained over the overall process then allows for the implementation of a continuous improvement approach.
1 — The French auto manufacturer Citroën has decided to develop increasingly sophisticated seats. A highly precise use of leather is necessary to ensure the perfect quality of each piece. 2 — With DesignConcept, each style is designed and then cut according to the required level of quality and comfort. The optimal use of hides is taken into account even before going into production. 3 — A VersalisAuto cuts 120 car seat covers a day.