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Semi-Automatic Octopus II Cubing System

Semi-Automatic Octopus II Cubing System

 

Description

Evolution of the Semi-Automatic Octopus Cubing System

Octopus II marks a step in the evolution of the original Octopus re-cubing system for tumbled pavers. The basic concept is the same: both products use the most ergonomic movement possible to pull a product on a powered conveyor against a buttress. Octopus II not only handles pavers but also SRW blocks of any complexity.

Octopus II uses a carousel turntable that acts as a buffer station, letting the operator either pick a product or let go of it for later use in a pattern. Octopus II further improves efficiency by letting the operator choose products that are already positioned properly to fit a pattern.

Productivity of Octopus II

  • To re-cube retaining wall blocks: 10-15 cubes per hour with two operators (depends on product complexity)
  • To re-cube pavers: approx. 1,100-1,500 square feet per hour with two operators (depends on product complexity)
 

Cost & Payback Comparison

Cubing Systems Men required Hourly rate Cost/
shift
Sq.ft.
shift
Cost/
sq.ft.
Savings per shift Number of months before breakeven*
Manual 6 $18 $864 7,200 $0.12 n/a n/a
Squidly semi-automatic using single length pavers 2 $20 $320 8,000 $0.04 $640 5 to 7
Squidly semi-automatic using multi-length pavers 2 $20 $320 6,400 $0.05 $448 7 to 9
Squidly Plus automatic using single length pavers 2 $20 $320 16,000 $0.02 $1,600 5 to 8
Squidly Plus automatic using multi-length pavers 2 $20 $320 16,000 $0.02 $1,600 7 to 10
Octopus II single size pavers 2 $20 $320 12,000 $0.03 $1,120 7 to 9
Octopus II multi-size pavers 2 $20 $320 9,000 $0.04 $760 7 to 11
* Based on 16 hours daily production.