SAM Cases Elevates Packaging Precision with AXYZ CNC Routers - Interplas Insights

Since 2009, SAM Cases has been utilising AXYZ machines, starting with the purchase of their first machine. Recognising the efficiency and reliability of AXYZ technology, SAM Cases expanded its capacity by adding a second machine within a few short years. In 2023, the company took another leap forward, investing in two brand new AXYZ Infinite series machines equipped with multiple heads. This strategic move aimed to enhance production capacity, reduce machining time, and leverage the latest advancements in CNC technology. 

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SAM Cases Elevates Packaging Precision with AXYZ CNC Routers - Interplas Insights

AXYZ became SAM Cases' preferred machine supplier in 2009 and continues to hold that position.

“The decision to choose AXYZ as the preferred machine supplier was not only a strategic one, but the choice was also influenced by recommendations from other manufacturers in the industry,” said Mathew Addy technical director.

SAM Cases serves diverse industries worldwide, producing high-quality packaging with no limitations. They are recognised for offering top-notch foam inserts, a testament to the quality of AXYZ machines. AXYZ machines at SAM Cases handle the production of custom foam inserts and cutting various plastics used in packaging manufacture. They recently created their first 3D foam insert with a rounded bottom pocket for a Rolls Royce project. 

The implementation of AXYZ machines has significantly enhanced productivity and efficiency at SAM Cases.

“The inclusion of an oscillating knife on one of the machines has resulted in a cleaner and faster cut with minimal mess, improving lead times for certain projects, enhancing overall operational efficiency,” added Addy.

Bringing CNC manufacturing in-house has empowered SAM Cases to control and enhance the quality of their products, establishing them as leaders in the industry. Prior to the adoption of AXYZ machines, the company relied on external manufacturers for foam inserts, limiting their ability to control product quality. Since the integration of AXYZ technology, SAM Cases has achieved unparalleled control over the quality of their products.

The initial challenges faced by SAM Cases during the integration of AXYZ machines revolved around finding adequate space and addressing power and air requirements. AXYZ responded with comprehensive documentation detailing space requirements and power ratings. The successful resolution of these challenges for the first machine paved the way for the seamless integration of the second machine, highlighting the collaborative partnership between AXYZ and SAM Cases. 

While cost savings primarily stem from avoiding markup on outsourced foam inserts, the overall streamlining of operations through AXYZ machines has contributed to enhanced profitability. The CNC technology allows SAM Cases to have greater control over their production processes, resulting in a more cost-effective and efficient operation. 

Employees at SAM Cases welcomed the introduction of automation in their workflow. The presence of AXYZ CNC machines has not only increased efficiency but also allowed employees to focus on more intricate manual tasks, fostering job satisfaction and a positive work environment. While there is a learning curve for programming, SAM Cases has grown its workforce to meet the increased demand since the initial machine purchase. The user-friendly nature of the AXYZ control system makes it accessible to all staff members. While there is a learning curve for programming to optimise cut quality and processing time, the ease of use has allowed SAM Cases to grow its workforce significantly to meet escalating demand since the initial machine purchase. 

Ensuring the maintenance and smooth operation of AXYZ machines is crucial for SAM Cases. Recognising the impact of downtime on their workshop schedule, the company emphasises the importance of AXYZ service contracts, ensuring that the machines are consistently maintained at peak performance levels. 

Looking ahead, SAM Cases envisions further integration of automation into their processes. Plans include the acquisition of another machine, housed in a separate facility, to process rigid plastics and wood. This strategic move aims to enhance yet another aspect of SAM Cases' production capabilities, showcasing their commitment to continuous improvement and innovation. 

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