Redefining the boundaries of leather cutting

15 April 2015

Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions, has announced that German firm the Polipol Group has adopted its latest leather-cutting room solution for upholstered-furniture manufacturers.


As part of its growth strategy, Polipol decided to completely overhaul its leather-cutting process in order to optimise its performance and quality. It analysed the whole market, and given a long-standing relationship with Lectra and the success of previous collaborations, turned to the company's experts to secure the management and implementation of this strategic project.


"I could not have imagined undertaking this important and challenging project with anyone other than Lectra," said Gerd J Hemmerling, Polipol Group's managing director and owner.


To begin with, both companies recognised the need to define the project scope and expectations in order to reach strategic objectives. Lectra carried out a full diagnosis and analysis to identify Polipol's requirements, expected results and KPIs, before drawing up a project plan for the new Versalis leather cutting room.


Each step of the process, such as hide-flaw identification, nesting and cutting, is carried out on a separate workstation in a parallel process. This solution dramatically improves leather quality control, gives better hide use rates and improves workflow, including the elimination of bottlenecks due to operator dependency, resulting in higher productivity.


Once the project goes live, Lectra will continue to support Polipol to ensure the performance of the solution remains the same or higher, throughout its life cycle.


Lectra's know-how in automated leather cutting and in change management projects (local and global) makes it an ideal partner for Polipol.


"Lectra has been working with the Polipol Group for over 20 years, but this is by far our most ambitious project to date," said Céline Choussy Bedouet, marketing director for automotive and furniture at Lectra. "On both sides, we expect great results and a fruitful collaboration."

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