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Glas Ahne

Glass becomes the star of the show, Thanks to the perfect link between technology and robotics.

Automation in glass - the keystone to machining and producing design objects and façades.

Customer: Glas Ahne
Actual Work City: Pirna
Country: Germany

Founded in 2001, Glas Ahne, a German company based in Pirna, has been creating and processing glass for over 20 years to make interior design items and windows: projects that give rise to resistant, secure structures that are transparent and high-performing, combining aesthetics and practicality in the most sublime way. “We mainly process glass for interior design and façades. After changing our location twice and extending our production area, in 2010 we finally built a new production plant of 600 square metres at our Hugo-Küttner-Straße HQ. In 2013 we put up another building there, giving us a total of about 1000 square metres for our production work. We're guided by one single aim - to produce and process glass, and that means we make the very glass we process: cutting, grinding, smoothing, stratified glass”, explains René Herbst, managing director of Glaswerkstätten Frank Ahne GmbH.

The company specializes, in fact, in the design and implementation of personalised solutions for the construction and furnishings sectors. “Our customers are above all joineries and engineering and healthcare companies, for whom we make partitioning walls for bathrooms and kitchens, or glass versions for offices”, continues Herbst.

Case Histories Glas Ahne: Photo 1
Glas Ahne has chosen to produce its own glass and process it in-house because of the constantly growing demand: “This decision allows us to control the entire production process, from cutting through to the end product, meaning that our quality control system is monitored at all times.” The extension of our production area coincided with the purchase of new machinery, with the attention focused in particular on the Genius LM cutting bench and the Master 45 machining centre. “When we transferred our production site, we decided to be the first to use an Intermac cutting table. This opened up possibilities that, as a small firm, we hadn't ever known. In 2012 we purchased a Master 45 5-axis CNC machine from Intermac, because we wanted unvarying interfaces between the machines so that our production personnel would all have the same level. That was the determining factor that persuaded us to go with Intermac.” In 2018, the German company seized the chance to automatise its production thanks to the purchase of a collaborative robot that works with the Master machining centre: “We discovered that automation with robotic technology linked with CNC technology is the best solution for us; it frees our production personnel from all the routine tasks. We opted for Intermac for that reason, as well”, continues Herbst. Increased production, flexibility, reduced overall dimensions and varied processes: there's a multitude of advantages in using a robot. “We don't see Intermac just as a machine supplier, but as an experienced and competent partner that can give us the best advice about what we need, like in the case of the collaborative robots”, concludes Herbst.
"We've discovered that automation, with the robot technology linked to the numerical control machine, is the best solution for us, freeing our workers from the monotony that work sometimes involves. That's why we feel that robotics was exactly what we needed."
René Herbst Director
René Herbst
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