Glass-Technology International went to speak to Mariella Triulzi of Triulzi Cesare Special Equipments, specialized in the design and construction of cutting edge horizontal and vertical machinery and special lines for flat glass processing, about its new machinery developments. The company, a global leader in its sector with more than 9,000 plants installed, is continuing to provide glassmakers with innovative solutions highperformance glass. In this article, we will be speaking about Triulzi’s new developments, the most recent innovative solution SURF 2000. This revolutionary plant is part of the patented SURF line, for washing and drying of symmetrical and asymmetrical curved glass, ensuring the highest standards of reliability, durability and quality of cleaning. 

Machine structure is made of AISI 304 stainless steel, guaranteeing maximum quality and durability. The line is also equipped with a PC touch screen panel for advanced management of the machine and interfacing with highlevel control systems of the work process and SURF is also supplied with a specific 4.0 kit.

GTI: What sizes of curved glass can this machine process?
Mariella Triulzi: With regards to curved glass, we are speaking about two metre glass sheets for a cross stroke up to 450mm, tailor made on request up to 3300mm Jumbo size. This is a new concept of glass washing machines, in which the machine washes glass that is already curved to the shape required. This is, in fact, a robotized system and therefore guarantees high reliability and productivity for glass of different widths and different curves.

GTI: So this means that there is nothing to change or adapt to the glass size and curve?
Mariella Triulzi: No. thanks to in-house developed software, the machine ‘reads’ the size and shape of the glass to be washed. This means that the glass leaving the machine is perfectly cleaned and ready for all secondary processes. It can operate automatically is an important benefit. We are, in fact, the only machinery manufacture to work this way with curved deglass and, in fact, we have patented this solution.

GTI: What kind of foundations/flooring does a washing machine line of this type need?
Mariella Triulzi: Here in our workshop, the line is supported by a special platform but the end client will need to prepare suitable foundations to accommodate the robot below the washing machine. In any case, the machine has been designed with a modular style to be assembled on-site in the shortest time possible. We are also developing robotic handling solutions for the areas before and after the washing machines, and we are, in fact, more and more living up to our name which is ‘Triulzi Special Equipments’. So we are responding increasingly to our clients needs and demands, an important characteristic of machinery manufacturers in today’s glass industry. We are also changing some aspects of the company, with focus on experienced engineers.

GTI: Tell us about Triulzi and recent developments in the company.
Mariella Triulzi: There has been an important generational change, which started about three years ago, also involving new developments and important investment, above all in R&D and reengineering, We are also carrying out a process of lean production, which involves the optimization of down times and production flow, in addition to a digital platform to improve service.

GTI: What about turnover?
Mariella Triulzi: With regards to turnover, we will see an important increase thanks to special plants along with our regular production of standard plants, so our turnover forecast is, in fact, looking positive for the next years.

GTI: What about near future goal ?
Mariella Triulzi: Nowadays we are completing the procedures for the new branch in the United States, TRIULZI NORTH AMERICA, as it is very important to have a local presence and to provide the best service.