A CNC Router from Advanced Robotic Technology (ART) has enabled styromax to improve cut quality and increase productivity
Going the extra mile for customers is something that not all manufacturers take advantage of for one reason or another.
But when companies choose to go this route, they are rewarded through customer loyalty, to say the least.
StyroMAX, the panel manufacturing division of Summercool Truck Bodies in Darra, QLD, offers a high level of value-added service to its customers by providing lightweight refrigerated transport bodies and laminated FRP panels for the food and beverage industry, as well as RV caravan panels. To follow through with the company’s value-add promise, however, it must keep up with its competition by ensuring that its parts are of optimum quality with short lead times.
Consequently, company co-owner Steve Whitelock and his team decided it was time to upgrade the production process by adding a CNC router to the factory, which would enable the company to provide high quality products with quicker turnaround.
The company was founded in 1977 by Steve Whitelock and Bevan Carrick as a manufacturer of refrigerated transport bodies and has developed over the years. Customers enjoy competitive pricing, the latest in thermal truck panel technology and extensive in-house manufacturing capabilities. Ten years ago, the company decided to bring all panel manufacturing in-house, but wasn’t producing the high volumes to justify CNC equipment.
When volumes increased while the refrigerated truck bodies needed to meet the ever-changing environmental, legislative and commercial demands placed upon them, Mr Whitelock decided to speed up the production process by buying a CNC router.
“By staying on the cutting edge, we’re able to provide high quality products with quicker turnaround,” says Mr Whitelock. “We’re constantly striving to do things better while maintaining our strong business position.”
“While the prime factor was to increase the cut quality, we wanted to become more productive and competitive,” he adds. “
The ART RT15600 CNC router delivered to the Darra factory is one of the largest machines ART has ever built. Measuring 15.5 m in length and 3.8 m in width, the machine provides the necessary capacities for both sides of Mr Whitelock’s business, Summercool and StyroMAX.
“The router will more than double the capacity of the cutting,” he says.