Design & Technology

R & D

The goal of the R&D department is to design new products and improve existing ones to meet the demands of the glass industry.

The staff, constantly updated on new softwares and technologies, is able to:
– Create new projects and study new products
– Submit realistic projects to customers, thanks to latest generation CAD CAM, before the creation of the prototype
– Realize prototypes (now also with real-time 3D printer)
– Improve production efficiency of the mechanical equipment
– Assist the designers of OEM customers in the design of specific customized solutions

Thanks to this department, Colcom Group is able to make products with technologically advanced mechanisms, hardly obtainable by those without the same expertise, and face competition particularly strong in this area.

Production Process

The production process is preceded by study and design carried out by the internal technicians who, thanks to the latest generation of CAD CAM, execute drawings of the parts. They also check the structural compliance of accessories and the real-time realization of prototypes with 3D printer.
We may divide the production process into several stages:

1

Cutting and machining of the extrusion

made by CNC machines (mills).
2

Machining

performed by CNC machines allowing a very high level of customization. This quality production milestone has been reached through significant investments in technologies and qualified professional resources. This helps making the set-up times faster, starting combined processing methods and simplifying the optimal flow of components.
3

Surface metal polishing

the products are roughed with emery and then finished on the surface by selected external suppliers. Robotic machines work on these functions, as they are able to ensure a constant uniformity of finish requirements. At the same time, an extra test on quality checks the correct preparation of the semi-finished product.
4

Assembling and quality control

at this point the parts can be assembled and checked for the last time to ensure the reliability of mechanisms, the absence of any defect and quality of the finishes.
5

Galvanic processing and chrome plating

these processes are entirely carried out by the most modern facilities and specialized internal technicians that ensure a direct compliance with the standards of excellence in the most delicate phase of the production cycle. In this phase the product goes through the AASS test.
6

Stock

at the end of the phases described above there are further rigorous controls. All hydraulic items are tested by TÜV Süd (European authority of certification and control) and internally as well, until they meet the required prerequisites.

Finishes

The surface finish treatments are handled by Galvacom, a company within the Group. Galvacom galvanic treatments are made on brass, aluminum and PVD. Aluminum chrome plating is Colcom’s strong point.

The success of it depends on various parameters and requirements that Galvacom is able to satisfy in all working phases thanks to the expertise acquired over years of activity and continuous improvement. The process is fully automated and the cycles are controlled by a software.
Galvacom galvanic surface treatments strong points:
• Corrosion resistance
• Coating thickness
• Deposit adherence
• Abrasion resistance
• Lab testing frequency

The surface finish treatments are handled by Galvacom, a company within the Group. Galvacom galvanic treatments are made on brass, aluminum and PVD. Aluminum chrome plating is Colcom’s strong point. The success of it depends on various parameters and requirements that Galvacom is able to satisfy in all working phases thanks to the expertise acquired over years of activity and continuous improvement. The process is fully automated and the cycles are controlled by a software.
Galvacom galvanic surface treatments strong points:
• Corrosion resistance
• Coating thickness
• Deposit adherence
• Abrasion resistance
• Lab testing frequency
The galvanic facilities used by Galvacom meet different production needs and offer a complete service in the treatment of metal surfaces:
• Nickel plating treatment
• Chrome plating treatment
• Physical vapor deposition (PVD) treatment, which gives a wide range of color shades and excellent resistance to abrasion. Noble raw materials are used to give the components the desired color. Galvacom currently provides two colors: imitation of satin stainless steel and polished gold.
• Nickel plating and chrome plating, they can be made in different polished versions, matt version also known as “pearl”.
Galvacom guarantees high quality chrome plating treatments in dealing with companies that need small/medium quantities with products obtained from rods or die casting aluminum.