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Romonta in Cruquius has invested in a BySmart Fiber flatbed laser. With this, the company gets a large part of the cutting that was previously outsourced in-house. Bystronic has also supplied a nitrogen generator with this laser cutting machine, with which Romonta produces nitrogen itself.
Faster delivery from the design studio. That was an important reason for Romonta to invest in a BySmart Fiber flatbed laser from Bystronic and get the cutting work done in-house.
Romonta – founded in 1978 – is mainly active in the food industry. The company can count several major players in the french fries industry and a number of large vegetable cutting companies among its customers. For this purpose, installations for the transport of their products and other related items are designed, produced and assembled. “You have to see it this way”, explains Jaap Roodenburg, founder and owner of Romonta. “Our customers buy the machines for processing their products. We put these machines behind each other and connect them with conveyor belts and everything that comes with it. We also make the stairs and landings that run along it.”
Engineering, production and assembly
Over the years, hundreds of large and small projects have been taken care of. romonta does it from A to Z. It does the engineering, ensures that all parts are produced and assembles everything on site. In this way, a lot of knowledge and experience has been gained. The employees at Romonta know a lot about their customers’ processes. They know that French fries behave differently than a pepper and take this into account when designing the conveyor belts that link the processing processes. The right conveyor belt at the right place in the process is crucial to the efficiency of the product flow. Thanks to many years of experience, Romonta is also a specialist in the design and construction of industrial platforms and stairs. These are 80 percent standard and 20 percent custom. The standard 80 percent is automated with an internally developed platform generator. This allows the drafters to concentrate on the fit.
Focus on stainless steel
Romonta has around forty employees. About ten of them work in the drawing room. They use Inventor to come up with their designs. According to Roodenburg, the design studio is the core of the company. There is also our own production department, with all machines and facilities for cutting, bending, turning and milling, welding and assembly. Since Romonta is active in the food industry, it is fully focused on stainless steel. For cutting, the company had a water jet cutting machine and a combi plasma water cutting machine. But these two machines supplied only a small part of their own cutting needs. Most of the stainless steel that Romonta processes is 2 to 5 mm thick, and the thickest is a maximum of 10 to 15 mm. This was often outsourced. “The main reason for bringing in the cutting work is that we want to be shorter,” says Roodenburg. “We would like to be able to deliver faster from the design studio.” He also wanted to reduce the number of logistics movements and make logistics more efficient. Having your own laser cutting machine makes it easier to transport all the cut parts neatly into the factory per order.
Smart access to laser cutting
Therefore, the plasma-water cutting combination machine has been sold and exchanged for a laser cutting machine. The water jet cutting machine has become too plastic and really thick material. Roodenburg had a clear preference for an A-brand laser cutting machine, but the price had to be right. He knew Bystronic long and had a good impression of this machine manufacturer, but was under the assumption that the Swiss machines would be too expensive for Romonta.
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