OC Tanner invests in Kongsberg

O.C. Tanner, a large American manufacturer of retail and corporate awards, has installed a new Kongsberg X24 Edge digital cutting solution at its headquarters in Salt Lake CIty, Utah to bring its packaging in-house as well as produce its award product range. 

The company, which was founded by Obert Tanner, has offices in the US and Canada as well as India and Australia. It’s main business is running workplace awards schemes that companies can use to recognise achievements by their staff, which can help them to retain valued employees. 

Daryl Leiser, Packaging Engineer with O.C Tanner, explained: “We provide employee recognition services and awards to more than 3,000 clients from various industries in more than 180 countries around the world, and many of our items require custom packaging. Previously we would place bulk orders for packaging and make custom boxes and inserts by hand, which was both time-consuming and inefficient. As costs and lead times increased, we weighed this challenge with our own desire to have more control over the quality of our products and opted to create our own packaging department.” 

He added: “Now, we are able to both make custom packaging and inserts as and when they are needed, while also giving our designers the ability to realise their ideas and make samples for new awards.”

Connie Adams, Kongsberg PCS Territory Sales Manager, noted: “The machine is fitted with the MultiCUT milling unit, delivering 1kW of milling power and speeds up to 45,000 RPM for milling, contour cutting, routing, drilling and engraving. The BevelKnife Tool enables a 45° slanted cut for v-notching or single through cutting, while the Corrugated Crease Tool delivers perfect and distinct crease lines without perforation.” 

Leiser continued: “With such versatile options we are now able to cut paper, cork and plastic. Being able to customize our packaging has created significant cost savings, the ability to use more sustainable packaging, and as such we’ve enjoyed an increase in customer satisfaction.”

Leiser says that OC Tanner has used the Kongsberg table both for making samples and custom boxes as well as for production. He added: “Half of the working day consists of production runs and the other half of making samples and running test on new products.”

Leiser concluded: “The X Edge has made our in-house production easier. It enables us to provide more customizable packaging at a lower cost, which has benefitted other teams within O.C. Tanner too. While our packaging team is currently quite small, we are looking to grow within the next year. We decided to work with Kongsberg PCS because of the elevated level of customer service provided, and I look forward to collaborating with them in the future.”

You can find further details on this company from octanner.com and on the cutting tables from kongsbergsystems.com





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