A collaboration between machine tool builder Optimum and Siemens Financial Services ended up resulting in an opportunity that was able to support the Michelin training workshop’s investment plan. With technology leasing from Siemens Financial Services, Optimum offered the tire manufacturer an OPTImill F150 with Sinumerik 828D. The benefits are clear: instead of a one-off large investment, Michelin now pays fixed, calculable leasing installments which can also be deducted as operating costs. The leasing contract runs for five years, after which Optimum – working together with Siemens Financial Services – switches out the used machine. Michelin receives the current successor model featuring the latest technology, and the cycle of leasing installments begins again.
Reiswich is delighted, particularly for his trainees: “We now know that we will always have access to the latest technologies, machines, CNCs, and tools in the training workshop. That is a key plus point for our training.” In addition, trainees can now create and simulate programs with Sinutrain on the computer in the teaching room, away from the machine. Thanks to Sinumerik Operate, the machines have the same operator interface and the programs are fully compatible, meaning that the programs can also run in the training workshop. The advantage here is that the training machines can assist in the production of the precision blades during peak workloads.
"The OPTImill F150 was set up in the training workshop in October, 2017. We are currently working on integration into the training schedule and shopfloor operation, as well as concrete training content. We receive support in the form of the documents available on the Siemens website, as well as additional certification options through training sessions from Optimum – especially as it is located nearby," explains trainer Reiswich.