Sitronics factory in Zelenograd will undergo modernization soon. Let’s see how it looks and works today.
The fence separates the shops, some part is rented out.
Cutout, stamping and bending shop
Cutting press. A metal sheet is grabbed and moved to put a necessary place under the press. The press has a turret head with some different punches inside. Several holes may be punched in the sheet in various places.
Machine for laser cutting of metal. The process is similar, but instead of a press is a laser.
Very big ones
Place for a welder behind the curtain
Workers have piece wages, so they do not waste time
Automated line of powder coating
The smaller objects are painted manually and dried in separate chambers.
The place of plastic molding. 12 machines: Taiwanese and Chinese.
Old Chen De machines
The equipment mostly stands idle, only some machines are working. They mold some toys.
Doesn’t always look neat…
Proceeding to the tool making facilities
Numerical control block
Drum with cutters
Operator has lunch but the work doesn’t stop
Turning machine with numeric control
Milling machines. They do not work much, produce 2-3 moulds a month. The Chinese produce 20-30 with the same facilities.
Old erosive machines
And new ones
300 workers are employed at the plant, their average salary is about 900 USD a month and higher, depending on performance. The best earn up to 2000 USD. Some part of orders is transferred to sub-contractors and it turns out to be cheaper than to make themselves.