Case Study

FLOFORM

FLOFORM came to Forte with a problem.

For more than 60 years, FLOFORM’s skilled craftspeople have helped customers select, fabricate and install countertops both residentially and commercially in Winnipeg but also in other Canadian cities.

They came to Forte Tooling Technologies with a specific manufacturing problem they were having, curious to see if we could create the right tool for them. FLOFORM wanted to produce L-shaped pieces of laminate, glue them on the edge of their countertops, and then trim them in place to fit.

At the time, they were band sawing the laminates one at a time. It was slow and arduous process, and it was very dependent on the operator to cut them accurately. Producing the L-shaped laminates in the quantity they wanted in the allotted time for their commercial and residential clients was basically an impossible task.

 

What was our Forte solution?

The Forte team has decades of design experience, and we’ve created a number of tooling solutions for several companies.

For FLOFORM, we knew we had to build a tool that at least doubled their throughput, as they were only cutting about 5 to 10 laminates an hour, depending on how fast their employees cut. They wanted a tool that could punch up to 20 laminates an hour.

So, we began collaboratively designing a tool that solved this huge inefficiency, and our team created a new die that produces the L-shaped laminate accurately and in a fraction of the time.

 

What was the result for FLOFORM?

So, FLOFORM wanted a machine that could punch at least 20 L-shaped laminates an hour, and Forte gave them a tool that could punch one every 45 seconds. That’s 75 an hour. Most importantly, we were able to accomplish this within their budget.

Forte Tooling Technologies does not only meet expectations. We set out to exceed them.

FLOFORM no longer had to waste time having employees cut these L-shaped laminates by hand, where the potential for human error is ever present. Instead, our tool allowed them to save time and money, where they are now able to reinvest these resources back into their business.

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