UK box and stationery manufacturer, British Loose Leaf (BLL) has invested in a digital cutter which has seen the time it takes to produce a prototype or sample drop from 30 minutes, to just five.
The digital cutter, a DYSS X5-1310T, has been acquired for production and to support BLL’s in-house designer and sample maker.
It was purchased to process solid greyboard, Folding BoxBoard, PVC, paper, cloth, and polypropylene.
BLL’s Keith Crawford explained: “All our samples used to be drawn out and cut by hand. While some samples could be turned around in 30 minutes, more complicated designs could take two to three days.
“This was a significant resource commitment from BLL, especially as the projects were often at the quoting or prototype stage.”
The arrival of the DYSS sees a 30-minute hand cut sample produced in less than five minutes on the cutting table, which is a time-saving of 83%.
A complex, multipart, two-hour hand cut sample or prototype can now be designed on AG /CAD’s KASEMAKE CAD software, cut out and assembled all in well under 30 minutes.
Crawford added: “We now have the facility to produce up to 10 different samples in a morning; this would have taken more than 3-4 days of cutting using manual methods.
“Additionally, the cutting would have required the use of a shop floor guillotine. To access one of our guillotines, I would be interrupting production runs to get our samples processed.
“Now, I can do samples rapidly and efficiently on the DYSS X5. This gives me more time to oversee production in the binding department as well as contribute over three days a week to production output; time that would have otherwise been spent hand crafting samples.”
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