HÜNI, virtual tannery
Active in the business since 1728, HÜNI Swiss group put on display a virtual tannery in the stand set up for the latest edition of Simac Tanning Tech. A futuristic idea met with astounding success on the occasion of the latest edition of the Tanning Tech exhibition. Such a concept was put on display by the Swiss company HÜNI, one of the world’s oldest companies as it has been working in the sector for almost 300 years (as it was established back in 1728): the corporate stand featured a virtual tannery, thus allowing all the attendees to take a full journey inside the company, as the entire structure could be visited by donning a pair of glasses.
“We earned a lot of praise and recognition for this idea,” confirmed Peter Mastelic, chairman and CEO of the group whose headquarters is based in Horgen, close to Zurich, while HÜNI Italia is located in San Miniato (Pistoia province), “thanks to which, we managed to give to all those interested the chance to get in touch with our enterprise: the main goal was to provide them with an overview of the tannery of the future, able to face all types of challenges. Recently, we have launched plenty of new projects and, at the same time, we have increased the number of contacts, in order to foster the turnover growth.”
As a matter of fact, HÜNI has been steadily committed to the research, development and upgrading of data exchange technologies to be applied to several manufacturing processes, in full compliance with the Industry 4.0 standards. Thanks to the Hüni Microtan system, it is possible to plan real-time communications between the corporate back office’s computer networks and the production lines. “Our articles,” explained Mastelic, “are all equipped with data collection sensors, so as to easily share them with the external systems: such data and pieces of information can be then used for in-depth analysis and to favour the optimization of the industrial processes. The ultimate goal lies in the improvement not only of the productivity rate, but also of efficiency and quality standards, thus fostering a more rational attitude typical of the so-called Smart Factory.”
“Among the various orders we have received recently,” pointed out HÜNI’s CEO and president, “there is the complete construction, with the exception of civil works, of a tannery based in Southern Russia, that, once fully active, will employ 95 people: it will be a pivotal experience for us, because we are one of the few groups in the world able to provide a “turnkey” service, while guaranteeing the utmost quality and efficiency.” www.hueni.com