SINICO’s headquarters and production facility are based in Montebello Vicentino in Italy’s Northeast. The modern and functional company premises take up a total area of 23’100 sq m, with indoor floor space accounting for 9,050.
SINICO nowadays (2011) employs a staff of 50 and its owner follows a strict policy based on research, innovation and investment, channelling efforts into the pursuit of new solutions and ideas for a dynamic, constantly expanding market. SINICO was founded in 1962 by Mr. Egidio Sinico together with his partners Mr. Igino Camerra and Mr. Bortolo Groppo. The company developed its first prototype of a manual centring machine for parts made from bars. This was to be the starting point for the production of cut-off/centring machines (TC models, 1966). The company evolved steadily and specialized in the design and construction of automatic rotary transfer cut-off and end-finishing machines to become one of the leading companies in this sector, currently exporting most of its production.
The SINICO machines’ flexibility and modularity mean their field of use is quite extensive. In terms of the number of machines delivered, the biggest sectors are the automotive, bicycle and motorbike industries, manufacturing of hydraulic components, electric motors and power transmissions, industrial chains, earth moving machinery and contract machining. This flexibility is also the most important advantage of the Flexium control from NUM, which is used on the SINICO machines. A special customized HMI was developed which focused on ease of use and getting the operators familiarized with the process fast. Also, the HMI supports the operator in connection with changing from one production phase to the next, reducing the set up time and increasing overall productivity.
The new Flexium based TOP 2000r1 (Flexium will soon also be used on other machine families) offers the ultimate in flexibility for a machine of this size; it can be widely customized to perform a whole array of operations. It offers the choice of having all axes fully CNC controlled or if needed, a combination with hydraulic axes for high thrust loads with less demands for speed and accuracy. SINICO transfer machines are highly versatile and after the cut to length operation a vast array of different double end machining operations can be performed.
The machine accommodates Ø8mm to Ø120mm tubes and square material from 8x8mm to 80x80mm. Raw material is provided up to 6.5 meters in length and the built-in cut to length station shortens this to the required length before it is transferred to the following station for the double end processes. If the raw material is already the correct length, or if no cut to length operation is required, the machine can just be used as a double or single machine. The combination of a strong and reliable machine with a flexible, high-performance control unit is the key for successful production and fast changeover from one production phase to the next. With the collaboration of SINICO and NUM, a competitive and future orientated machine has been realized, targeting the world market in their production and assembly lines.
Model Top 2000 with 4 workstations:
- Flexium 68 with: 9 axes and 5 spindles, 8 channels, 2 hand wheels
- FS152i P2, touch screen, customized keyboard, MP04 with hand wheel
- n° 5 Spindle Motors (AMS100GB, 9 KW)
- n° 6 Brushless Motors (BPX1263R, 12,6 Nm)
- n° 1 Brushless Motor (BPH1903N, 36 Nm)
- n° 2 Brushless Motor (BPX0952N, 5 Nm)
- n° 6 Drives NUMdrive C 130A
- n° 3 Drives NUMdrive C bi-axes 50A
- n° 1 Drive NUMdrive C 14A
- n° 1 120KW regenerative and regulated power supply
- Flexium PLC application has been made in cooperation with NUM Application Engineers using CoDeSys language
- Customized Flexium HMI made by Sinico using standard Visual Basic language with NUM libraries