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Gun Case Manufacturer Finds Increased
[above] Champion Safe used to produce about 30 gun safe racks a day, but now produces about 120 a day–an increase of 400 percent.
Zierenberg generated programs for the gun racks and a number other wood parts, such as center dividers, used in Champion's different models of safes. He designed jigs that hold the particleboard blanks in place, into which an operator can insert a precut blank and then call up the appropriate program.
Zierenberg says this has freed up the operator to work on other projects while the router is at work, thus increasing productivity even more. It typically takes the router about one minute for each rack that is machined; some racks are more complex and take as long as four minutes. The increase in productivity that has been achieved with the new router has significantly reduced Champion's manufacturing costs, Zierenberg reports.
[above] Champion Safe uses it's Techno CNC router to cut gun safe racks from 3⁄4-inch particle board panels.
"Clearly, the availability of high-quality, low-cost routers has the potential to dramatically improve the profitability of every manufacturer that uses wood in their product," he says. "Our savings extend through the assembly process as well because the more accurate parts that we produce with the new CNC router avoid the need for manual fitting. Having lower manufacturing costs than our competitors gives us the opportunity to offer greater value to customers and increases our sales volume. Higher productivity means that we are able to handle this volume without adding workers, which increases profit margins."
Champion Safe | Provo, UT
Champion Safe has been building safes since 1997. The company's bodies are pressure-formed from an A-36 carbon steel plate with fully welded top and bottom caps. Doors also are built out of A-36 carbon steel plates with sandwiched fire insulation, offering more security and better fire protection than a plate steel door. Champion uses heavy-duty, ball bearing internal hinges and multiple relockers that collectively protect a safe against drilling and forced entry. Champion Safe is the only home security safe company to use a glass, bank-vault type relocker. To protect the lock from attack, it bonds industrial diamonds to tungsten steel hard plate. The company includes fire protection standard on all models, ranging from 30 minutes at 1,200°F to 105 minutes at 1,550°F for different models. www.championsafe.com
*This article has been reproduced for the Techno CNC Router Systems Web site with permission from:
Vance Publishing, Wood and Wood Products; (http://www.iswonline.com/wwp/200509/champion.cfm)