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When Sylvac uses Sylvac software to facilitate Quality Control within their own production lines

Background : 

Sylvac is a Swiss manufacturing company specialized in the design, production, and distribution of high precision dimensional measuring instruments. In its factory in Malleray, in French-speaking Switzerland, mechanical components of Sylvac hand-held instruments are produced on machining centers.

To facilitate, simplify and optimize quality control processes, Sylvac Malleray has implemented Sylcom software in its manufacturing processes in 2020. Sylcom is a data processing software specially designed for data acquisition and monitoring in workshop environments.

Challenges : 

Before the introduction of Sylcom, quality control data was acquired with the good old pen and paper method, while the operator was following a printed and static control plan. All data collection was done by hand and transferred to an excel sheet at a later stage, which was a lengthy and complicated procedure, prone to human errors. A misreading of an instrument or a wrong transcription of value on paper could potentially only be identified during the final inspection – which could lead to the scrapping of an entire production run.

Quality reports would also pile up and clutter the workshop while waiting to be transferred to Excel, making it difficult to access information in real time when requested by customers or management.

Moreover, static control plans provided to the operators were not necessarily easy nor practical to follow especially for new team members not accustomed to the part to be measured.

Solution : 

The production floor in Sylvac Malleray implemented Sylcom to facilitate fast and reliable data acquisition via their connected instruments. At the push of a button, the data measured is instantly transferred and stored to a database and can later be exported if needed: no more paper, pens, and manual transcription into Excel. 

Sylcom also offers the possibility to upload dynamic control plans, assisting and guiding the operator step by step with an optimized sequence of measures. This sequence can either be based on the particular part to be measured or the most time-efficient use of measuring devices (e.g: the digital control plan guides the operator to measure all characteristics requiring the use of a caliper, and then all the characteristics of the part requiring the use of a micrometer) 

Result :

Sylcom has become an essential software that is being used daily in the workshop. In-production quality control is now done faster, and more reliably; Sylvac has also significantly reduced its scraps. 

Moreover, the monitoring option offered by Sylcom allows to keep track of the evolution of a particular characteristic over time and batches even when within tolerance limits. This makes it possible to identify unstable characteristics that require more attention and corrective actions which is especially useful to production manager, Josian Furer, who added:

“Sylcom is a great piece of equipment for our operators who can feel at ease knowing the software assist and guide them during every measuring operation, reducing greatly possible human errors. The software also facilitates operator judgment by clearly indicating the tolerance status of each characteristic. As for me, it offers useful monitoring options on all my production lines easily accessible from my office.”

In summary, Sylvac production benefited greatly from the introduction of Sylcom, from fewer human errors, time-saving processes, and scrap reduction leading to cost savings, while allowing proactive actions on unstable characteristics.

Quality is of the utmost importance for Sylvac and through the right people, right tools, and the right software, Sylvac remains one of the worldwide leading companies in its industry.

The ULD4 linear scale

We are presenting an instrument that is not often highlighted: the ULD4 linear scale. Intended to equip machine tables and special linear measuring systems, this instrument consists of a beam with the measuring scale fixed to it, and a digital reading unit who will move along the beam, displaying the exact linear distance travelled; Clearly, the beam is fixed on the table and the unit moves linearly, which allows to know exactly the length between a point A and a point B.

The large ultralight beam is made of special aluminium profile with fixing holes, reinforced with 4 stainless steel guide rods. The maximum length of one beam is 3000 mm, but on request, several pieces can be joined together to increase the measuring range.

The reading unit with XXL display (20mm high digits) is equipped with our famous Bluetooth® data transmission system, facilitating wireless data collection.

ULD4 linear scales are supplied with a drive bar that can be positioned at the top or bottom of the display. They can equip both machine tables and custom-designed measuring tables for different applications, for measuring the length of tubes or calibrating measuring tapes.

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In the special service of his majesty

When you have exhausted all traditional inspection methods without success and still need to find a solution to measure those decidedly complex interior dimensions, then it is time to turn to Sylvac! Our XT series interior measuring instruments can be supplied with a measuring head designed and manufactured specifically for your particular application. Internal elements such as grooves, threads, splines, cones, deep bores and others, can be measured quickly and accurately. The Sylvac electronic unit is equipped with Bluetooth technology, so you can transfer your valuable data without any burden on the operator. Submit your component design to us and we will come back to you with the right solution for your measurement.

Sylvac positions itself on the theme of sustainability

On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, State Councillor Philippe Leuba visited Sylvac in Yverdon-les-Bains for a press conference announcing the launch of a fund to support the sustainable economy.

Companies in the canton of Vaud can use this new fund, launched by the Service de la promotion de l'économie et de l'innovation (SPEI) in collaboration with the Bureau de la Durabilité (BuD), to benefit from the support and follow-up of a sustainability specialist. A pioneer in the field, Sylvac is one of the first two SMEs in the canton of Vaud to commit to sustainability by taking advantage of this assistance.

A sense of social responsibility, the conviction that it is now necessary to focus on sustainability to remain competitive in the market and the collaborative aspect of the approach convinced Sylvac to begin the process, which includes a complete audit, a definition of a strategy and an action plan to be put in place.

Doing great things together

For more than two decades, Sylvac has been offering large, ultra-light gauges for measuring elements up to 3 meters long. Over the years, our line of UL calipers has evolved so that the instruments available today are 4th generation. Our UL4 calipers have been completely redesigned to be more rigid and ergonomic, while still being able to be handled by one person. Our UL4 3000, for example, weighs only 3.3 kg, thanks to its special aluminium profile pole. The electronic module has also undergone a major facelift, its XXL display and the fact that it is now equipped with BlueTooth technology make it the indispensable instrument for measuring large components. Just looking at these beautiful UL4 calipers, it is easy to see why the Swiss Made label is so highly valued around the world.