BGI Supplies & CNC Robotics Case Study

Working on some of the latest blockbuster films, BGI Supplies produces large-scale appearance props, models and sculpted forms. The demand for larger-scale props with detailed specifications within tight deadlines meant that BGI needed to enhance its concept to completion service by introducing an automated solution.

BGI Supplies are one of the UK’s leading supplier of prop making, SFX, costume fabrication and set dressing to the film and entertainment industry. Experienced in all aspects of scenic construction, prop and model making, they are one of the best-known names in the field for specialist theatre, film and TV fabrication.

You may recognise some of the blockbuster films BGI contributes to, including Disney’s Cinderella, Ready Player One, Dune and Jurassic World. The helicopter interior pictured above was manufactured for Mission Impossible: Fallout, in a process that involved moulding, machining, painting and assembly.

As demand for its film props rose, BGI needed to implement an automated solution to meet production deadlines, so it contacted leading robotic integrator, CNC Robotics, for a solution.

Solution

As a prop-making company, BGI needs to work in a variety of materials from wood, plastic, fibreglass, polystyrene and metal. CNC Robotics installed three identical 7-axis robotic systems to support demand and to complement the existing onsite machine tools.

The 7-axis robotic systems can machine various materials from polystyrene to high-density boards in conjunction with the CAD data to create large-scale models quickly. Its large size and separate turntable make it ideal for milling these larger props without compromising quality.

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Benefits

The installation of the two original robotic systems allowed BGI Supplies to deliver superb results for their clients, giving them a great competitive advantage and putting them in an ideal position to cope with increasing demand.

The versatility of these robot systems means they are ideal for creating pieces of set scenery at a fraction of the cost of traditional machine tools.

In Summer 2018, BGI Supplies installed a third robotic system from CNC Robotics to cope with client requests. Embedding automation within their workshop has allowed BGI Supplies to compete with large providers and remain competitive on price and turnaround while implementing a third robotic system has allowed the company to continue to grow.

These large-scale milling robots can tackle a wide range of projects simultaneously and allow BGI Supplies to remain competitive and produce highly accurate and creative set pieces for the film sector.Jason Barker, CNC Robotics.

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