Still a family business, "zazpi" in Basque means "seven", reflecting the seven original founders of the company. "The original founder of the company wanted to develop the company and develop machinery, but it was not until 1986 that my father took over the company and was really committed to expanding exports and expanding our product range to cover the needs of all fastener manufacturers." Demand. This decision quickly made us one of the market leaders in this field, because SASPI machines can be operated all over the world. "SASPI Talleres SA commercial engineer Mikel Zaldua said.
Today, SASPI continues to export, and 98% of its products are sold to the global fastener market, which Mikel believes is critical to the company's success. "Knowing the export market is a huge stepping stone for us. In the mid-1980s, more than 80% of products exported to the world were unheard of, especially for small family businesses like ours."
The key factor in export growth is SASPI's commitment to machine innovation. "Since we started, the production basis of fasteners has remained the same. However, the way we produce them has changed exponentially. The technology on the machine and the market requirements (quality and productivity) mean that our machines have It develops over time." Mikel commented.
Saspi's product range includes flat die thread rolling machines; rolling machines with indicating devices; rolling machines with stud selectors; rolling machines with washing machine components; high-speed automatic pointing machines; secondary operation machines; Roller nail thread rolling machine and washing machine assembly unit. Mikel pointed out: "At present, our customers expect the maintenance of the machine to be as small as possible." "The era when we have highly skilled operators to perform routine maintenance on the machine is long gone. The SASPI machine must complete the task."
With this in mind, all SASPI machines are designed to minimize production time and reduce downtime for setup and replacement, and allow operators to freely manage multiple jobs. The machine has also been automated and motorized to avoid the use of tools as much as possible, thereby improving the efficiency and accuracy of adjustment. SASPI machines also have remote access capabilities-the company said that in the recent global pandemic, this feature has quickly met the highest customer requirements.
In the past few years, automation and remote access have been a big topic. This pandemic has forced the industry to make a certain effort, which means that companies must be required to take this step. We are ready to meet this demand, and we are still evolving as far as remote technology is concerned. It is now possible to be able to remotely access the status of production and different machine components. In the future, we will innovate these machines to use remote technology to prevent failures so that problems can be identified before they occur. "
SASPI's commitment to innovation is as strong as ever, and the company will continue to invest in new technologies. "We are in a period of time, and we have invested a lot of money and time in research and development-whether it is new technologies or new markets. For 60 years, we have been focusing on becoming a "trend leader." As early as 1998, we were the first One of the fastener machinery companies that use touch screens to control our machines-now you look at this machine and think "what else do you plan to do?" ".
Mikel continued: "In 2002, the industry has been discussing the benefits of linear drives and direct drive components-but we have already used this technology on machines on the market. We are gradually implementing these technologies and innovations through research and development."
In addition to research, how does the company identify these trends? Mikel said the answer is simple: "Good interpersonal relationships. If we had not established such a strong relationship with suppliers and customers, then we would not be like today. We believe in doing more for customers and building much needed trust."
Close cooperation with customers is a basic part of SASPI, and it is also the basis for SASPI to adjust production flexibly to meet customer needs. "As a family business, the company can make rapid changes to any machine to meet customer needs," Mikel explained. "Our technology, quality and history also enable us to sell to high-end markets such as aerospace and automotive, where the quality of parts is more important than price."
Mikel concluded: "Our business is to know what new perspectives our customers or their machines need, and to work closely with them to meet all their needs as a high-quality, reliable partner."
Claire joined the magazine in 2012 and developed her knowledge of the industry through numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she participated in in the UK and abroad.
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