How Gimi clothes dryers are created

How Gimi clothes dryers are created

Most people see the clothes dryer as being a simple object, but the success of Gimi – European market leader – is also based on its unique industrial skills, vertically integrating its manufacturing process, making it environmentally sustainable and extremely efficient.

From the raw materials to the final packaged product, every phase of the manufacturing process is completed automatically by the large-scale plant technology used along the production line, all under the close control of skilled workers who programme, control and manage the loading and unloading of machinery. Raw materials refer to the steel or aluminium ribbon in the form of giant reels weighing 300 kg and carrying 1,700 metres of the so-called “metallic strips”. These reels are hooked on at the beginning of the production lines. Large, 6-metre wide wheels unravel the ribbon and feed it into the machinery, which then seamlessly bends the strips, transforming them into tubing, and then induction welds them, using a high-intensity magnetic field able to melt the metal, in a cloud of steam generated by the cooling water jets on the white-hot metal.

The tube runs quickly along the line, passing through the calibration machine which gives it its precise diameter. At the same time, it is cut to size – with a tolerance of less than one millimetre – to the desired length. At this point, the tubes are automatically pierced where necessary, bladed if need be (i.e. flattened along the edges), folded and welded to form the outer edges of drying racks of various sizes. They are then welded to the metal wire that has in turn been unwound by special reels, drawn – i.e. reduced to the desired diameter – and stretched to the right point (if stretched too much, it can become too rigid).

This is where the “carousel” begins, that is to say the overhead conveyor belt –3km long – that collects the semi-finished goods and transports them through the next phases of production.

Hooks carrying items travel continuously between the degreasing station to the drying area, then passing on to the robotic painting phase, followed by assembly and initial packaging, consisting of the sales leaflet containing the product description being inserted, and finally on to cellophane wrapping.

The finished product coming off the automated production lines is therefore ready to be grouped together in a multi-pack, or may undergo secondary packaging, if there is a need to protect small batches of products during storage, handling and transportation phases.