Gordian Strapping has supplied 2 x RQ8Y automatic side seal strapping machines to Focal Point Fires at their facility in Christchurch, Dorset.
Focal Point Fires Ltd is the UK’s largest manufacturer of fuel effect fires with both electric and gas fuel effect fires featured in an extensive product range, which includes flueless catalytic gas fires, traditional inset gas and electric fires and electric stoves.
For over 13 years the company had been using low-level semi-automatic strapping machines to secure their product in protective packaging for shipment in the UK and worldwide. Some of these machines were reaching end of life and rather than replace like-for-like, Gordian recommended a move to automation. The company had seen continual growth and end of line packaging was becoming a pinch-point for the business. Automatic machines provided ergonomic benefits meaning no bending to pick up the strap to feed into a machine, and efficiency made a huge jump to a strap cycle time of just over 1 second.
Following a visit to Gordian’s Head Office in Basingstoke to try the machines firsthand, Gordian also supplied new custom-built infeed and outfeed gravity rollers, designed to take the weight of up to 90KG products.
Both machines and conveyors were installed by Gordian’s own engineering team in a matter of hours together with operator training.
Strapping their larger units now takes a fraction of the time and the warehouse can efficiently strap enough boxes per shift to meet demand.
Rory Frampton, Quality and H&S Manager Commented: “We are really pleased with the machines and the efficiency improvement and output increase they have brought. Gordian took time to understand our needs and present the solution the business needed. I’d have no hesitation in recommending them”
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