Bauce: The continuous pursuit of perfectionPrecise specialisation has led Bauce to never-ending improvements aimed at equipping its machines with the latest technologies. In line with the new environmental requirements
A precise (and predictable) market choice has allowed Bauce to become a leader in the field of machinery.
The company based in Trissino (VI), founded in 1970 by Attilio Bauce (and now run by his children Luca, Sabrina and Michela), has always pursued the winning choice of specialisation, focusing on wet blue and through-feed setting out presses. This decision has made the company an authority in the field, also due to the continuous improvements that the internal Research and Development department implement day after day with great competence.
The MVC-4 Versus RCE, a through-feed setting out and sammying machine with heat cylinder, is only the latest example of this constant pursuit of technological perfection.
We initially had the idea of creating a machine with a polished cylinder to improve the quality of the grain – explains Luca Bauce. This gave us good results, but only on certain types of high quality and vegetable tanned leather, i.e. high-end leather. On the most common quality leather, there was the risk of highlighting any defects.
Hence the intuition to develop a series of heated cylinders with different grains, to cancel out – as much as possible – the natural defects present. Numerous tests were carried out: customers sent their leather and the laboratory applied a series of tests with various types of satin-polished cylinders (more or less aggressive).
An availability of solutions that attracted great interest from the car industry, which traditionally imposes very high demands on the finished product. The cylinders are interchangeable and the new machine with automatic rotating system is ready. In this way, customers can have a range of different cylinders, based on the items to be treated.
We make a print on the leather “before” the vacuum. This operation, on the one hand makes it possible to mask small defects in the leather, and on the other hand allows obtaining a more “uniform” thickness thanks to the fact that we work at a certain temperature and at a certain pressure. This is an important result because the presence of a regular thickness makes the subsequent stages (refinishing) much easier. The leather to be treated is more uniform. If, for example, polishing is required, a finer paper can be used because the leather is compacted. A variable thickness that requires the use of coarse paper has been surpassed.
In terms of applications, the car industry is the most interesting, because it is a compartment that tends to use leather that requires minimal finishing.
In addition to the search for technical revolution, Bauce is also heavily involved in sustainability and is gradually migrating the entire production towards environmental standards in line with optimisation of the resources.
As far as environmental impact is concerned – confirms Luca Bauce, all our through-feed setting out machines are no longer controlled by a hydraulic system, but are all electrical and controlled by inverters to optimise consumption. In fact, when the leather does not pass through, the machines reduce consumption, and go into a kind of stand-by mode. Moreover, they are all set-up for 4.0, a result also obtained by government policies.