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Finn Nørgaard Klint, poleringsspecialist

Historier om håndværk

“Arbejdet er blevet mere raffineret”, siger poleringsspecialisten Finn Nørgaard Klint. Han er en af vores dygtigste håndværkere, og hans ekspertise sørger for den førsteklasses finish, som gør Bang & Olufsens produkter så taktile.

A collaboration of craftmanship and technology

It takes experimentation and imagination to create the effortlessly smooth surfaces of Bang & Olufsen products. Thanks to many years of experience and hands-on knowledge, Finn has a comprehensive understanding of how materials should be treated to achieve the best results. When he is presented with a new product, he first polishes the prototype’s surface by hand. He then uses the insight this experience offers him to programme our sophisticated robots to replicate and refine the result. Our technological innovation allows us to shape the machines and processes that create the flawless surfaces we strive for, yet we always maintain our respect for the importance of the human touch.

Finn in the factory operating some machines

An evolving journey

To achieve the high level of finish and craft expected of every Bang & Olufsen product takes a huge amount of expertise, research and experimentation. Our processes have been informed by decades of expertise and have evolved extensively within that time. Finn explains that since we started polishing 30 years ago, the process has changed exponentially to embrace technological advancement. He says, “we had manual polishing in the beginning, it was people who did the polishing and the machines were simple. Over the years, the parts have changed. We had to introduce six axis robots to get the results we want.”

Vi har talt med Finn hos Bang & Olufsens hovedkvarter i Struer, Danmark, for bedre at forstå poleringsprocessen, og hvordan den bidrager til produkter med en perfekt finish. Han fortalte os, at “for det meste er det aluminium, vi polerer. Til dette bruger vi bomuldsklude og påfører slibemidler. Det hele handler om, hvor meget tryk du påfører samt mængden af slibemidler og hvor hurtigt du drejer skiverne. Disse faktorer bestemmer delenes overflade”. For at forstå præcis, hvordan skiverne skal dreje og hvor meget slibemiddel, der skal anvendes, gør Finnn brug af sin store erfaring og styrken ved praktiske eksperimenter. “Når vi får prototyperne, begynder jeg at polere dem i hånden. Når du gør det på den måde, giver det dig idéer til, hvordan robotten skal programmeres for at udføre de samme bevægelser. En robot kan blive ved med at udføre de samme gnidningsløse bevægelser, men det kan et menneske ikke”. Det er det menneskelige præg kombineret med avanceret teknologi, som giver Bang & Olufsens produkter deres karakteristiske finish.

machinery in the factory in Struer, Denmark

Pride in perfection

For craftsmen like Finn, the constant quest for precision drives innovation and excellence. Throughout the years, he has driven changes to welcome the introduction of cutting-edge technology but the level of craftmanship and investment embodied in Bang & Olufsen products remains the same. As Finn explains, “when you hold the finished product in your hand you feel a sense of pride.”

aluminium rest in the factory
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