Supporting all types of food production
Established in 1968 as a dealer of commercial restaurant equipment, Sirman began to manufacture its own products during the mid- 1980s. Today, the company has nine production units devoted to its different product lines: vegetable cutters, espresso machines, slicers, bone saws, meat and snacks. In 2000 the company established a subsidiary in Chicago to enter the U.S. market.
Supported by a strong presence in the restaurant machinery market, Sirman has over thirty years of experience in the business and a special ability to anticipate market needs and respond to them with effective and innovative solutions. Sirman now extends its product lines to cover the entire range of food production. Its products can be found in applications from restaurants and supermarkets, bars and butcher shops – supporting all aspects of food production and catering.
Innovation, market awareness drive design
New product development at Sirman is nearly always driven by customer-specific needs. “We are extremely sensitive to market needs and always try to offer effective solutions to real problems,” explains Stefano Zambon, R&D manager at Sirman.
“When considering a solution, we always evaluate all the technologies available on the market to get the best from each type of application.” The company was the first to equip its motor-driven food processing equipment with variable speed drives, something found in many tools but almost unknown in the food processing industry until it was introduced by Sirman.
In 1997, the company decided to migrate from 2D CAD to solid modeling. “For the critical transition from 2D to 3D CAD, we needed intuitive, effective and sufficiently scalable software,” explains Zambon.
“We were looking for a flexible, user-friendly solution with a quick learning curve.” Sirman chose Solid Edge® software because of its ease of use and its state-of-the-art functionality as well as the support from the local reseller. “Solid Edge is an ever-evolving product supported by highly motivated sales and service personnel,” Zambon adds.
Greater product complexity now possible
With Solid Edge, Sirman’s design process is now much more virtual, as Zambon explains: “Unlike most manufacturing companies that start the design phase from manual models, we first create a virtual prototype, each and every detail of which is then reviewed and, if necessary, revised before the machine goes into production,” he says. “Solid Edge has been incredibly helpful in this process.”
The development of a new slicer, called the “Leonardo,” illustrates some of the benefits of this approach. “This extremely innovative slicer required 20 molds, and therefore a substantial investment, so it was particularly important for us to have reliable CAD software like Solid Edge,” says Zambon. “It allowed us to design the 180 slicer components accurately and without interferences, which reduced human error and time-to-market.” The Leonardo is fully compliant with new EU standards, features modern styling (all its knobs are in aluminum), is extremely handy to use and can be fully disassembled. In addition, various components can be easily accessed for cleaning without disassembling the machine. The Leonardo is already an internationally acknowledged industry standard.
The success of the Leonardo, one of Sirman’s more complex machines, gave the company confidence to tackle other even more complex projects. “Solid Edge allowed us to double our production of extremely complex machines (machines containing at least 150 parts),” Zambon says. “Without Solid Edge, it would be impossible for us to design them.”