CMS Demonstrates Equipment Lines During Open House
July 27, 2009
CMS North America located in Caledonia, Mich., hosted an open house
last week for its glass and stone industry customers. During the
event the company demonstrated a number of its machinery lines and
also offered software classes that Stuart Gill, CMS North America's
southwest sales manager, said provided an opportunity for those
in attendance to discuss technical issues, customization and how
to integrate the machinery into their current production flow.
of the machines featured was the company's Delta Grind equipment.
"Glass can be processed non-stop from grinding, drilling, washing
and unloading," said Gill.
Another machine the company demonstrated was its Automated Shower
Door System with Enhanced Technology (ASSET), which the company
introduced last year. In addition to shower door applications, the
equipment line can also be adapted for the production of solar panels.
Saba Vansanthan, stone/glass product manager, said it is a cost-effective
way to keep production of solar panels in the United States.
"No one has streamlined production yet. It's very labor intensive.
With a 10- to 20-percent modification of the line the ASSET machinery
can be used to process solar panels," said Vansanthan. He added
that the equipment would also allow for seven-day production.
Gill added, "We are [reducing] labor with this equipment line."
"This area will not stay low-tech forever," said Vansanthan.
"We have the technology. It will be easier to do here [in the
When asked about sales volume for 2009, Vansanthan said, "We
are in a survival mode. CMS North America did better than we expected
in glass for CNC sales this year. Our philosophy of 'Be good with
the dollar -- what we have and how we are going to spend it' has
worked well." He continued, "We are keeping the customer
happy; we have a large customer service department and that comes
back to us."
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