Last week Sedgwick & Co saw the arrival of a CM RAL/P240 combined Samming and Setting Machine, manufactured in Italy, supplied by Beamhouse Engineering. This much needed investment is crucial for the production of our hides as it is responsible for removing surplus water, remove growth and increase yield. With the old machine on its last legs, we were delighted to hear the board had made the decision to invest in some new technology. The Modern Samm Setter machine offers lots of advantages to keep Sedgwick leather ahead of the game.
Our production Manager, Mark Abraham shares his thoughts on the new machine.
Mark, what is the main difference between the old and new machine?
The new CM machine has a more advanced and refined samm/ setting action which is controlled by Hydraulics. This allows the machine to compensate for the slight substance variances in the leather during the samm/setting operation.
How does this improve the quality of the leather during production?
Well firstly it reduces the risk of creasing and secondly, it reduces the risk of grain removal. The new machine also produces a more uniform sammying action and a greater setting action.
What is the sammy action responsible for and what is the setting action responsible for?
Sammying is the reduction of moisture and setting removes growth, helping to increase the yield.
How will the new machine improve productivity?
The new Samm Setter has an automatic roller opening. This means at the end of each samm/setting operation, the rollers open automatically which is controlled by a timer. This saves our operators having to do it manually and therefore speeds up the process. The machine also has a variable speed adjustment for the setting operation. These two combined together will help increase our daily output through the machine.
The instillation of the new machine took over 8 hours and has now been successfully up and running for the last 4 weeks, already we are seeing the benefits of the investment. We look forward to bringing all our customers further update.