Inventory Storage System with CADCode and SCM Group

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Episode 1 – Implementation of Inventory Storage System

Ben Fatchen from Cabinet Systems & Darrel Aldridge from SCM Group Australia talk about the implementation of the SCM Flexstore inventory storage system in Port Elliot, South Australia. The implementation of the system is relatively new to Australian way of manufacturing, so we explore the practicality of the system and how challenges were overcome to adapt to the Australian market.


My name is Darrel and I am the product manager for Flexstore Systems, for a company called SCM Australia. We’re a national company, we sell woodworking machinery and also aluminium machinery.

 I’m Ben from Cabinet Systems, we’re an Adelaide based kitchen component manufacturing business utilising the SCM Machinery in our production process.

 We were in a unique situation where we were looking at relocating our factory and we needed to look at making our production more efficient, and we realised that introducing a secondary nesting machine was just going to probably complicate our logistics situation even further. Once Darrel highlighted the benefits of the automated cell between the flexstore and the Morbidelli router, we started doing some costings and estimates on the time saving and flexibility that the system would give us and we realised it was really worth looking at.

 Once we realised the Flexstore would allow the CNC to be running continuously between colour changes, you start sort of doing the sums on the benefits of that and how we can increase the production every day and the thought of a second router became obsolete.

 So the Flexstore itself is a 4-axis machine, you can load all your material into the machine, it will pick and place the material onto your nesting machine, it will pick material for other machines outside of the storage system. It’s the manager of the system, so the flexstore controls the
labelling and the nesting machine brings the parts on from the label printer.

 With our nesting machine it’s a Universal 36 x 18 machine, it has a 26-drill drill head on it and also a 30-tool tool changer on it. It’s been set up to produce work for these guys, exactly what they want to do, it’s a custom-made system and we can do that for any manufacturer.

 After the Universal we have the Cyflex drilling machine which is a twin head machine with 2 massive drilling spindles on it. It is able to face drill and horizontal drill, it can eject the part out the back as a flowthrough or back to the operator. You can have 50 or 100 different size panels and introduce them one after another and the machine will machine them depending on what the program is and what it reads from the barcode.

 Because it is relatively new technology for the SCM Group into Australia, not the system itself but the implementation of the system into the Australian way of manufacturing, I think we noticed there was quite a few differences to I guess the typical European way. I think with the Europeans they tend to use Beam saws rather than nesting machines, so for Australia it was always going to be fitted to a nesting machine and that’s what we had to get right, we had to basically Australianise the system so that it could handle nesting.

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