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Eye Catch Signs International
CNC Router Helps Increase Sign Sales
3x by Improving
By George Jeha - President, Eye Catch Sign, International
A sign of average complexity used to take about two weeks, which broke down to one week to carve out the sign by hand and one week for painting and drying. The new method takes only two to three hours to cut the sign so the company can complete the job in a single week. The Techno CNC Router system is also capable of producing "hand-carved" or chiseled effect work. The Scanvec software produces the code and the Techno router, utilizing simultaneous 3-axis motion, creates the desired effect.
The increases in productivity that were achieved with the Techno router have dramatically improved the performance of this business. Each person now does three or four projects per day while in the past each person would be lucky to complete just one project per day. Being the low-cost producer makes it possible to price products under competition and thus increase sales volume. The fact that quality has gone up and up and delivery lead time has been reduced has further increased sales volume. But higher productivity means the company is able to handle this volume without adding workers which increases profit margins. The company has added a number of employees for new business areas such as architectural metal so overall employment has increased.
The strength and rigidity of the table was also important. The Techno router is constructed from extruded aluminum profiles which can support all the materials that Eye Catch uses and provides easy clamping. The router also has four ground and hardened steel shafts and eight recirculating bearings in each axis. This shaft and bearing system produces very smooth play-free motion which produces high quality cuts.
Techno routers have anti-backlash ball screws for play-free motion that make it possible to produce circles that are accurate to the 0.0005 inch machine resolution. These ball screws also make it possible to produce inlays with clearances down to the machine resolution. The ball screws have excellent power transmission due to the rolling ball contact between the nut and screws. This type of contact also ensures low friction, low wear and long life.
Eye Catch was also attracted to the software that the router uses. Mastercam® can import and export files from the DXF, IGES, ASCII, CADL and ANVIL formats which makes it possible to handle predesigns from virtually any program. CASmate-Pro also has powerful import and export features and can also handle EPS files from Illustrator®. CASmate-Pro takes full advantage of the Windows® clipboard and can use any font available through Windows® applications. This is important since Eye Catch receives predesigns from customers in a wide variety of formats and its own designers also use a number of different programs. The Techno CNC router system also works with all leading CAM design packages. A new user can be trained to use the software in just a few days.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of the router, however, was its low price. This was only $18,000 including gantry, controller and software. With the time savings and accuracy provided by the router, Eye Catch can offer its customers better products at a lower cost. Many competitors buy cutout letters from Eye Catch because they know they can't compete on price or quality. This has made it possible for the company to triple its sign business while increasing profit margin at the same time. Among other things, this higher volume helped finance a new, larger building which the company recently moved into.
The speed and high resolution of the Techno router has helped Eye Catch Signs triple employee productivity while improving quality and reducing delivery lead time. The router has a resolution of 0.0005 inches, which is about 100 times the precision that can be achieved by hand. The Techno router has four ground and hardened steel shafts and eight recirculating bearings in each axis. This shaft and bearing system provides smooth play-free motion, which produces high-quality cuts. Specialized shapes produced on the router are more precise than handcut and all copies are absolutely identical to the originals. For multiple cuts, the router automatically arranges the cuts to use as little material as possible.
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