Gnutti Carlo Group relies on c-Com digital tool management
The international Gnutti Carlo Group, headquartered in Italy, is a global supplier in the automotive, e-mobility and heavy industry sectors with around 4,000 employees and 14 locations worldwide. For the digitalisation of tool management, the Gnutti Carlo Group relies on the collaborative c-Com software solutions.
"The consumption of cutting tools represents a significant expenditure block and has therefore always been a strategically important element for us to be competitive in the market," says Paolo Buizza, Senior Process Engineer of the Gnutti Carlo Group, underlining the importance of productivity increases in tool management. "In the development and continuous improvement of industrial processes, tools play a key role in terms of both costs and production performance. That's why we work every day to achieve improvements here." A complex task, which was reinforced by the strong growth of the Gnutti Carlo Group, including acquisitions, and the different organisational structures and technology levels. A precise management of the tool topics became necessary. "Each manufacturing location of the Gnutti Carlo Group has an excellent level of technological expertise," points out Paolo Buizza, "but we have not yet been able to implement best practice processes across all sites." Three key factors were decisive for introducing a digital tool management solution:
- The use of synergies through a system that integrates and evaluates different data sources. The harmonisation and standardisation of the tool management increase the possibilities for optimization and rationalization.
- An increasing resource efficiency by using a comprehensive, flexible, and user-friendly management system also played an important role. Employees should focus on analysing and implementing improvements and optimisations instead of spending their capacity on administrative activities.
- The introduction of a single data collection system with one interface creates capacity for monitoring cost per part at different levels. Similar machining operations within the group become comparable and technological improvements are simplified by duplicating processes from site to site.
c-Com becomes partner for all locations of the Gnutti Carlo Group
After a one-year evaluation phase, the Gnutti Carlo Group decided to introduce an innovative digital tool management with c-Com as a partner. The decisive factors were the technological infrastructure, the broad scope and flexibility of the c-Com software, the possibility of integrating different locations and the economic competitiveness. "We are looking forward to using our combined know-how in precision tools, IT and OT to raise the tool management of the Gnutti Carlo Group worldwide to a completely new level," emphasizes Giari Fiorucci, Managing Director of c-Com GmbH. "The expectations from the Gnutti Carlo Group to establish a worldwide overarching digital tool management system are extremely high but we are ready to accept this challenge."
"The implementation plan is ambitious and complex," admits Paolo Buizza. "But we are confident that we will achieve our goal in the set time." Defining the basic structure is the first step, including the definition of master data, classifications, logistical processes, etc. In the second step, the system will be introduced, tested and calibrated at the headquarters in Maclodio. "Together with the third step, the roll-out to all other locations, we calculate a project duration for the digital tool management of about three years," estimates Giari Fiorucci confidently, referring to the entire project.