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This year marks a significant milestone for Supplier Woodworking magazine – 30 years of bringing you a business magazine that caters specifically for your interests and requirements every eight weeks. That’s well over 175 issues. This is an impressive track record by any standards and exceptional for a magazine servicing the needs of the Australian woodworking industry with a specialist publication that keeps you up to date with new designs, new materials and new technology. Whilst we are proud of our history, we also acknowledge the dramatic changes that have shaped the industry into what it is today – a far cry from what was around 30 years ago (see editorial page....). We certainly appreciate all your congratulations and well wishes in reaching this major milestone and, you can rest assured, we will continue to bring you information via print and electronic media that is totally relevant to your business – every eight weeks.


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04 Integrated Joinery Solution wins award 05 Majors return to Xylexpo 06 iKBBI announces new consumer focused sponsorship deal 08 World Furniture Outlook 2014

☞Design & Trends 12 Made for the future 13 Captivating and innovative 14 The ideal form is always simple

☞Manufacturing 22 A lifetime of high tech changes 28 Investing in future furniture 29 Delegation of Australian joiners visits NZ peers


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Supplier Woodworking magazine proudly celebrates its 30th anniversary

The only specialist business publication servicing the Furniture, Kitchen, Shop/Office Fittings, Cabinetmaking, Joinery and the related timber and panel product industries in Australasia for 30 years.

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News Gabbett gets social ‘LIKE’ Gabbett Machinery’s facebook page to receive their feed to keep up to date with the latest machine specials, new product releases, as well as other interesting news from around our industry. While most large machinery manufacturers have social media marketing, the Gabbett page is aimed squarely at the Australian and New Zealand markets. You can instantly keep up to date with what’s happening locally, including fashions and trends from our industy. See for the link. ●

Join the experience BIESSE Australia is once again running its BiesseInside event displaying a selection of its cutting edge technology. To be held from 19 to 21 March at the Biesse Group Head Office in Wetherill Park NSW, this event aims to provide an insight into how to expand your business and your profit. BiesseInside offers expert advice and inspiration from some of the industry’s most experienced experts. Features include: • DIY: Build-A-Box CNC test drive; • How to get a laser finish with Airforce edgebanding systems; • Sanding and painting tutorials from Viet and Cefla; • Software demonstrations and interactive workshops; • Glass splashback master class; • Financing your investment: myths, facts and FAQs. ● 4 | SupplierJan/Feb 2014

Integrated Joinery Solutions wins TopSolid’Wood sales award INTEGRATED Joinery Solutions was awarded a prestigious sales award at the Missler Software Annual Conference in Prague. The conference was attended by resellers from all over the world and took place in January 2014. “It was with great pleasure that Integrated Joinery Solutions accepted this illustrious sales award from Missler Software at the recent conference,” stated Paul Lenihan, Automation Consultant, Integrated Joinery Solutions. “The award was presented to Integrated Joinery Solutions for outstanding sales of TopSolid’Wood in Australia and New Zealand. This was a great honour for us and confirms that we have made great inroads into the market since we launched in October 2013. Integrated Joinery Solutions has introduced TopSolid’Wood to all areas of the industry including kitchen manufacturers, commercial joiners, office furniture manufacturers, ship builders and caravan companies.

“TopSolid’Wood truly is a solution for the future across all areas of the joinery industry. It has enjoyed great success globally and we are very proud to now bring this new generation solution to Australia and New Zealand,” said Paul. ●

I & J Machinery broadening its horizons ONE of the longest suppliers of woodworking machinery in Western Australian, which has been in business since 1976, is currently broadening its horizons. The process started with relocation and installation of new offices for I & J Machinery Sales on its premises, including a refurbished board room for meetings with customers and an overhead crane for easier handling of machines. The other change is to its staff with Tim Matthews joining the I & J Machinery team after 10 years at Biesse. “We are looking forward to many years of working with him. Tim brings with him experience in both

sales and service of high tech machines, which we are sure will be a benefit to our customers,” said Ian Patterson, Director. “We also have Tai Duc Vu on our team who has been with I & J for many years specialising in mechanical repairs, and Allan Indie for software and mechanical repairs. “I & J Machinery is a company that works in conjunction with the Wood Tech Group suppling quality machines such as Anderson, Griggio, Hebrock, Ott, Orma, Ima, Schelling. We are also agents for Breton stone machines and have a selection of second hand machinery available,” said Ian. ●

designEX 2014 AUSTRALIA’S original design and architecture event returns to Sydney in 2014 in an exciting new location. Expected are over 10,000 industry professionals, sound and lighting features, installations by local designers, including the return of Nest14, and a stellar line-up of Australian and international speakers. This includes leading exhibitors from the world of architecture, interiors, flooring, kitchen and bathrooms, textiles and furnishings and the latest in contemporary workplace design. The show will take place in its new venue of the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island from 28 to 30 May, 2014. ●

Majors return to Xylexpo Major machinery companies Biesse Group and Cefla have announced their decision to return to Xylexpo, the biennial international exhibition of wood technology and furniture industry supplies. This is great news for the event, which is scheduled to run from 13 to 17 May 2014. Restored collaboration between the companies and Xylexpo will provide a new opportunity to reaffirm the role of the Milan exhibition as a showcase of Italian excellence, within a trade fair that has always been a world-class reference. “Italy is still a major global market, despite the problems caused by the economic challenge of this period”, said Juergen Koeppel, member of the board of Homag Group, commenting upon the next Xylexpo. “I am confident we will see recovery soon, because the Italian furniture industry can be competitive, and a global trendsetter for design and creativity. “For Homag Group, Xylexpo is a major international exhibition, although in recent years it has lost some positions due to conflicts and discussions among manufacturers. But if we look at the European scenario, it is essential to have another strong event in the Old Continent besides Ligna. “Milan is an effective platform to present our innovations and highlights, not only to Italian operators, but to customers from all over the world. Xylexpo gives the opportunity to highlight specific trends and show our capacity to make real innovation, especially addressing those who are looking for industry-specific solutions.”●

SCM opens its home THE Home Event 2014, Rimini, Villa Verucchio, Thiene and Milan,10 to 15 April 2014. The SCM Group’s Home Event aims to attract more than 2000 visitors from all over the world to the showrooms and factories of the Rimini-based group. The event will run from 10 to 15 April 2014, alongside the Milan Furniture trade fair and will serve as an effective way to meet both existing and future customers, representatives and distributors. The show will act as a comprehensive showcase of the many solutions and technologies that make up the SCM universe, from the simplest machines for craftsmen to the most complex batch one high productivity lines. In order to provide a more in-depth look into the huge array of solutions on offer, The Home Event will focus on four themed tech tours: Furniture, Timber construction, Windows and doors and custom-made furniture. Each tech tour will feature meetings with experts, visits to the SCM Group factories and to the production sites of some SCM clients, specialising in all types of applications. The showroom in Rimini will be the heart of the event: 3000m2, which for the duration of the exhibition, will be filled with more than 60 machines and production cells. Special events and specialist presentations will be organised at the production facilities at Villa Verucchio and Rimini, and at Thiene for those interested in edgebanding. The star location of the event will be the Salone del Mobile in Milan, where SCM Group technologies will be featured, thanks to strong partnerships with some prestigious clients, including Riva 1920 and the Falegnameria di San Patrignano. ●

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News Call to action gets results THE Hardware GS1 Action Group (HGAG) has reported an industry barcode compliance rate of 80% to 85% at all levels of packaging. Formed in 2008 by the Australian and New Zealand Hardware Sector, HGAG set out to ensure supply chain efficiencies and savings were able to be achieved throughout the sector. An industry approach to product identification and barcoding was outlined and a Call to Action was subsequently released for all hardware industry participants to fully support a commitment to assign and physically barcode all levels of packaging with GS1 compliant barcodes. Several years on, the good news is that the hardware industry Call to Action has been successful. Today, the hardware industry is currently sitting at a barcode compliance rate of approximately 80% to 85% at all levels of packaging. Other more specific and positive outcomes of the HGAG Call to Action include John Danks experiencing an

exponential increase from 50% to 97% in numbering and barcoding at carton level over the past five years. Errol Kennedy, John Danks’ Inventory and Procurement Manager and HGAG Steering Committee Chair commented: “Danks has not only witnessed a considerable increase in scan rates but also vendor numbering and barcoding compliance, which is a result of the HGAG Call To Action. “Other areas of improvement are a better awareness of when to use and change a barcode, what type of barcode to use, as well as better quality and positioning of barcodes.” Kennedy added: “Both suppliers and retailers that are actively adopting these standards are now seeing tangible cost benefits across the supply chain.” To continue this positive and compliant approach, HGAG encourages all suppliers to recognise and support the continued importance of numbering and barcoding at all levels of product packaging. ●

Future shop and office fitters astound at the apprenticeship awards THE next generation of the shop and office fitting industry have been awarded for their hard work and dedication to the job at hand by the Australian Shop and Office Fitting Industry Association (ASOFIA). The ASOFIA/Thomas Brown Shopfitting Industry Apprentice of the Year Award was bestowed at the recent ASOFIA conference held on Hamilton Island. Brendan Clarke, a fourth year apprentice at Ryder Shop and Office Fitting in NSW, was named NSW Apprentice of the Year and from there was chosen as the National Apprentice of the Year for his outstanding contribution and dedication to his employer as well as the greater industry. Gerard Ryan, CEO of ASOFIA, was very impressed at the calibre of candidates put forward for this year’s award program.

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“Brendan Clarke really stood out from the crowd. He is a smart and enthusiastic young man that has a willingness to learn, listens intently to instruction and demonstrates a keen interest in career progression,” Ryan said. “The state winners of the awards also demonstrated that they were not only committed employees but also true assets to the industry,” he said. State winners this year include: Queensland: Jayden Workman from Les Wilson Detail Cabinet Maker; Victoria: James Shambrook from Stag Shopfittings; Western Australia: Jacob Snart from Kingman Visual; New South Wales: Brendan Clarke from Ryder Shop and Office Fitting. “It is no mean feat to achieve this level of accomplishment. We are extremely honoured to have such talent within the industry, as well as within the Association,” said Ryan. ●

iKBBI announces new consumer focused sponsorship deal INSIGHT Retail Group (IRG), owners of consumer price comparison websites, KitchenCompareTrade. IRG’s Steve com, Collinge. Bathroomcompare. com and are the latest sponsors of the Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installers. IRG, which launched its unique kitchen-compare website in 2012, has developed a number of innovative consumer products via its websites, which now attracts thousands of unique visitors each week. The iKBBI will be providing useful and practical information for consumers on these sites, whilst promoting the benefits of using iKBBI members and its retail installation standards partners. Speaking on behalf of the iKBBI, National Membership Manager Lynsey Easom said: “One of our major objectives for 2014 is to engage the public and continue promotion of our members and installation standards partners. This announcement and our exciting new relationship with IRG forms part of a wider PR strategy for the new year, which includes radio and television appearances as well as a closer relationship with other consumer organisations including Trading Standards and local authorities”. IRG’s Commercial Director Steve Collinge commented on the sponsorship by saying: “We’re delighted to be able to sponsor the iKBBI, which continues to work tirelessly to protect consumers by establishing quality standards within the KBB industry. Our own company ethos complements this by focusing on empowering consumers with the provision of accurate pricing, quality and service information when they’re in the process of searching for their dream kitchen, bathroom or bedroom”.●


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News World Furniture Outlook 2014 Abstract of a report by CSIL ( World production of furniture is worth about US$ 437 billion. This estimate is based on CSIL processing of data from official sources, both national and international, that cover the 70 most important countries. The leading importers are the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Canada. The major exporters are China, Germany, Italy, Poland and the USA. IMPORTAZIONI DI MOBILI

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The World Furniture Outlook report assumes that the international scenario will be as follows: Table 1 Evolution of World GDP. Annual percentage change in real terms








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In the last ten years world trade of furniture (defined as the average between total furniture exports from the 70 major countries and total furniture imports into the 70 major countries) has grown faster than furniture production and has consistently amounted to about 1% of world trade of manufactures. World trade of furniture amounted to US$ 94 billion in 2009 (19% below the previous year) and grew to US$ 106 billion in 2010, US$ 117 billion (i.e. the pre-recession level) in 2011 and US$ 122 billion in 2012. If the world scenario shown in Table 1 materializes, world trade of furniture would be likely to grow in current US$ to US$ 124 billion in 2013 and to US$ 128 billion in 2014. The World World trade of furniture. US$ billion. Figure 3 World trade of furniture Furniture Outlook Current US$ billion report contains 140 128 124 122 117 117 109 data on furniture 120 106 94 93 100 production, 84 77 80 65 consumption 60 and trade for 40 70 countries. 20 0 Demand 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013* 2014** forecasts for Source: CSIL *Preliminary ** Projected 2014 and 2015 are also included. Furniture consumption is expected to record different growth rates in different geographical regions of the world, with mature economies growing at a lower speed and emerging countries showing higher growth rates. A summary of forecasts of furniture consumption in the 70 countries (grouped by geographical region) is as Figure 4 Furniture consumption by follows: World trade of 2014 furniture. US$ billion. geographical region Growth Forecasts of yearly changes in real terms of furniture Western Europe demand for the North America 70 countries Central Eastern Europe and Russia combined is South America forecasted at Middle East and Africa more than 3%. Asia and Pacific The outlook is World for: 0% 1% 2% 3% 4% 5% Source: CSIL - extremely limited growth in Western Europe - slow growth in North America - fast growth in many emerging market economies, particularly in Asia.â—?




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News Website re-launch QUEENSLAND company Impact CNC has launched a new website, which can be found at The website has been redesigned from the ground up to make it easier for potential customers to find what they are looking for. People can browse the Impact CNC range by product type or by application to quickly access the information they need. The new website contains product information, machine specifications, testimonials, latest news and contact details as well as comprehensive photos and videos of all the routers and digital cutters in the range. A new corporate video is also featured, showcasing Impact CNC’s Brisbane headquarters, including the fully-featured showroom. Sign Essentials is the company behind Impact CNC. They have been supplying, installing and servicing CNC routers in Australia since 1993. ●

Become part of a network PICKABOX Kitchen Planner and Quoting Systems is launching a new website and inviting any cabinet maker with the machinery able to produce flat packed kitchens to become part of its network. Pickabox will quote kitchens for the customer, from its own database of suppliers, based on their own design. For example: the customer visits, draws a kitchen based on standard modular cabinets, chooses the materials and then goes to Generate Quote. Pickabox’s database will then compares quotes from suppliers within that customer’s state. A kitchen plan, unique quote number and the three cheapest quotes are then instantly produced for the customer. The three suppliers also receive a copy of their respective quote. The end result is the customer gets contact details of three cabinet makers in their state and three cabinetmakers receive that customer’s contact details. They all receive a copy of that customer’s plans generated by “Before we officially start marketing to the public, we need to start filling our database with cabinet makers from all around Australia, explained Sonny Sal. “Any cabinetmaker interested should contact me at”●

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GECA paint products now recognised by the GBCA MORE GECA standards have been approved by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) meaning products certified under them will contribute to achieving credit points for Green Star projects. Following the GBCA’s announcement in October to expand its existing Assessment Framework, GECA applied to get its Paints and Coatings and Cleaning products standards recognised. “This is an exciting moment for GECA and its licensees,” says Rupert Posner, GECA CEO. “Many of GECA’s standards are already recognised by the GBCA, helping specifiers working on Green Star projects to achieve more points. Now the important areas of paints and coatings and cleaning products will also benefit Green Star professionals and those looking for recognition under the GBCA’s new Green Star Performance tool.” Products certified under GECA’s Paints and Coatings standard: • Contribute to achieving credit points under the ‘Reduced exposure to pollutants’ credit to projects being certified under the Green Star Interior tool • Contribute to achieving credit points as part of the Indoor Environment Quality VOC credit under the Green Star Design and As-built tool GECA will also apply to get the current Adhesives standard and the Adhesives, Fillers and Sealants standard being developed approved by the GBCA once clarification has been given around VOC limits for general adhesives. ●

Homag Group acquires Stiles Machinery THE Homag Group has reportedly increased its voting capital of US distribution and service company Stiles from 26.7% to 100%. The shares were sold by Peter Kleinschmidt who headed up the company for 39 years and is now retiring from active business. Homag Group’s CEO Dr. Markus Flik emphasised: “Within our industry, the US is one of the dynamic markets with growth opportunities and is for us of strategic importance. As market leader in the US, we are acquiring the leading distribution and service organisation in this industry. “Increasing our interest in Stiles, which we have held since 1992, is the only logical step.” Having a relevant market share in excess of 35%, Stiles is the leading distribution and service organisation for machines and production lines for the US woodworking industry. With more than 290 employees, Stiles generated annual sales revenue of about USD 158 million in 2013. This constitutes a rise on 2012 of 22%. With the increase in industrial activity and the great need for investment, experts also anticipate similar growth rates in the next few years both for stand-alone machines and production lines. The company will continue to trade as Stiles Machinery Inc.●


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Made for the future The ArciTech Drawer System by Hettich has been designed with the future in mind. Its unique prism principle guarantees silky smooth running action with synchronised control for absolutely even profile action without noticeable transition. Featuring exceptional stability with runners for three loading capacities: 40, 60 and 80kg, it has maximum lateral stability; low sagging values and copes with any demand – no matter if wide, heavy drawers or high front panels. With quality you can feel, the broad product line-up is based on a single platform – various drawers and pot-andpan drawers with railings, TopSide or DesignSide on the basis of one drawer side profile – every design trend can be realised. The ArciTech platform allows you to combine or upgrade different side elements using one and the same side profile. With classic railing or side elements in two heights, design flexibility is boundless. This givesyou the capability to quickly respond to economic necessities, market trends and consumer preferences. It is perfect for drawing distinctions. With the side profile always staying the same you can combine railings, side elements and rear panels. The new ArciTech drawer system has attracted two coveted awards: the IF Product Design Award 2012 and the OWL Innovation Prize 2011. It is available in all local Hettich Endorsed Showrooms.●

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The ideal form is always simple Some things change over time. However, some creations withstand the test of time. With DWD XP Agantis, Grass has managed to create one of these timeless beauties. A combination of beauty and functionality is one of the biggest challenges in the development of new movement systems. It goes without saying that a modern drawer system needs to comply with the highest, technically functional, demands. To interpret a movement system as a decisive design element, however, is what gives the product concept of DWD XP Agantis its unique note. It is focussed on the increasing significance of design as the distinguishing characteristic at the heart of modern furniture. Thanks to the timeless form of DWD XP Agantis, the drawers and slides harmonise extremely well with furniture following the same puristic principles – harmonious proportions. elegance of lines. dynamic form. With DWD XP Agantis, the right design dominates all invidual components in their entirety. The understated, straight decorative sides of DWD XP Agantis with their double-coated, softly gleaming champagne coloured surfaces are available at standard heights of 95 mm and 127 mm. The double14 | SupplierJan/Feb 2014

walled metal frames with their masculine touch can be additionally extended by a rectangular railing and Agantis Top. The flush-mounted cover cap completes the design and emphasises the puristic form of this designer piece. In a perfectly organised kitchen, everything has its place because things that are put away tidily are also readily found. Neat, practical, versatile and flexible, the DWD XP Agantis interior dividing and organising systems don’t just look good, they make life easier and help to keep drawer and slide contents tidy. Whether it’s food items, beverages, kitchen utensils or plates, cups and cutlery, everything should be neatly stored and instantly retrievable. With the top-quality add-on, interior dividing and organising systems for DWD XP Agantis, that becomes child’s play. Good to know a product meets all the rational arguments but still leaves room for the personal touch. With DWD XP Agantis, even organisation is an entirely individual arrangement. DWD XP is a comprehensive range of design drawers for modern furniture. Opening regular and pot drawers has never been more comfortable. And closing regular or pot drawers has never been such a satisfying

experience. Grass comfort systems and DWD XP Agantis complement each other to form a harmonious multi-functional unit. Grass combines the advantages of handle-free opening with the elegance of damped closing because the combination of these outstanding functions guarantees the highest level of operating comfort.

Tipmatic plus opening system For the mechanical opening of DWD XP Agantis regular and pot drawers, Tipmatic plus offers optimum design options for stylish designer furniture. Thanks to the touch-activated mechanism, it is possible to operate large handle-free fronts and doors which will open with a gentle tap.

Soft-close damping system With the Soft-close damping concept by Grass, each movement becomes an experience. Soft-close gently slows the movement of the front and pulls it to the fully closed position.

Sensomatic opening system Electro-mechanical opening of regular and pot drawers for top operating comfort. Thanks to Sensomatic's automatic touch-sensitive function, a gentle trigger is enough to start the regular and pot drawer movement of DWD XP Agantis. ●

Captivating and innovative The unveiling of Kesseböhmer's Climber, a glass louvre system, by Häfele Australia at the 2013 Grand Designs Live exhibition in Sydney unleashed a storm of social media activity. Over the course of the three days, the unique action of the Climber in motion resulted in everything from jaw dropping reactions to simple exclamations of "Wow". Shimmering decorative glass and glamorous movement, The Climber from Häfele is an innovative wall unit that will enhance any room within your home. A gentle touch on the sensor initiates a series of perfectly timed movements.

The glass front splits into slats that glide upwards in effortless sequence. Climber can be supplied in two cabinet widths and a choice of two glass finishes; a high gloss translucent black and white. The optics may be elaborate, but assembling the Climber could scarcely be easier as the unit is supplied assembled ready for mounting. Combining the latest technology and materials, the Climber is sure to enhance any room. The Kesseböhmer Climber will be available to purchase from Häfele Australia from March 2014 onwards ●

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Metal: a growing trend in distinctive furniture Furniture has come to represent the consumer character on display and the opportunity is there for furniture makers to embrace this new paradigm. Consumers know what they want and will go to any extreme to find it. They want something unique: an heirloom for the future. In 2014, copper is the hero and is set to become more mainstream this year, according to Polish, a branch of Dr Stainless, an all Australian company that specialises in all steel work. A little copper adds ambience and class and consumers are incorporating this warm metal into their home, boardroom and business in many different ways. The furniture trends this season are on the modern side, people will be looking for glass or lucite with accents

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CMDA News Following a difficult year for many in the industry in 2012 – 13 all reports are that many in the industry are seeing an improvement in orders and are looking forward to a more positive 2014. CMDA also experienced some difficulties last year as it reorganised its administration function and bedded down the transition of members of the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) into the national Cabinet Makers and Designers Association. CMDA is pleased to bring an update on a number of current issues in particular inviting you to consider participation in the CMDA Australian Cabinet Maker and Designer Awards.

Australian Cabinet Maker And Designer Of The Year Awards CMDA will be conducting its annual awards program again in 2014 culminating with the presentation of awards on the evening of Friday 9 May 2014. The 2014 awards will include two significant changes to those of prior years – the addition of the CMDA Designer of the Year Award and the opportunity for non-member entries in the awards program. The CMA/CMDA has been conducting this awards program for over 15 years and it is most pleasing to hear of the benefits gained by those businesses that have been finalists or winners. The judging is undertaken by an independent panel of judges with no identification of the entrant being allowed. The addition of non-members in 2014 will broaden the competition and assures us of a very competitive program. Expression of interest and entries are now being received for the CMDA Australian Cabinet Maker of the Year and Designer of the Year 2014. Expressions of interest forms are available on the CMDA website or by emailing Paul Armour – admin@ 18 | SupplierJan/Feb 2014

CMDA awards event The CMDA 2014 Awards Night will be held in the Olympic Room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with entertainment provided by Big City Beat. Arrangements are now well underway for this event including an option for guests to have a guided tour of the MCC prior to the commencement of the evening (including the oval, change rooms, Members’ area and the famous Long Room. Full details of the event and the options available are a viable on CMDA website with an early bird discount for registrations received by 28 February 2014.

Industry Initiatives – Furniture Cabinets Joinery Alliance (FCJA) The CMDA board has made a commitment to maintain its participation in the Furniture Cabinets and Joinery

"Entries are now open to all designers and manufacturers of Australian made cabinetry – you do not have to be a CMDA member to enter." Alliance (FCJA) and confirmed its view of the importance of a truly national voice for the industry. There are a number of associations servicing the furniture cabinet and joinery sector; however, CMDA strongly believes that any benefit gained for the industry as a whole will be of benefit to all CMDA members. Often these achievements cannot be made as a stand-alone association.

The CMDA CEO attended meetings with the co-chair of FCJA, Ron Scott, and Peter Kreitals, the policy director in Canberra during December. A particular highlight of these meetings was the reception given by the Department of Industry and an agreement that the industry and Department should meet on a regular basis to discuss industry development issues for the sector. It has recently been announced that the first meeting will be held in Sydney on 9 April 2014 followed by a subsequent meeting at the AWISA Exhibition. Likely topics to be discussed at the meetings include: • Key challenges confronting the industry; • Regulatory framework; • Import competition (and lack of compliance with regulations and standards); • Skills gaps and training needs; • Australian brand/signature. Further information will be available on the CMDA website and you are encouraged to attend the meetings if invited.

Industrial relations advice The CMDA staff have received advice from both CMDA members and nonmembers that advice obtained from other associations or the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Office has, in some cases, been questionable. It is concerning that one business received four sets of conflicting advice from a provider over a short period of time. This situation created a potential breach of the relevant award provisions (by way of underpayment) and, in one case, over payment of entitlements. Emma Watt and Richard Brooks at CMDA have worked together providing advice to cabinet makers and similar businesses for over 15 years and they have in excess of 60 years combined experience in dealing with employment issues. They specialise in your industry and are committed to giving you practical industry specific advice. All members should note that the applicable award for businesses

involved in the off-site manufacture of furniture and cabinetry is the Timber Industry Award 2010 and not a manufacturing or construction award.

National Occupational Licensing Scheme announcement The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has decided not to continue with the National Occupational Licensing Scheme (NOLS) reforms regarding the National registration of occupations. COAG has announced that states will now work to develop alternative options to national licensing.

New Victorian Building Regulations IN 2016 The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) and Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) are starting a review of the Building Regulations 2006 (the Regulations) as they automatically lapse in June 2016. The Regulations end on 6 June 2016 and will automatically lapse if new regulations aren’t created. Regulations are revisited every 10 years to check if any parts need changing or if completely new regulations should be written. Registered builders, building industry stakeholders and the general public will be asked to give feedback throughout the re-writing process. CMDA will be making submissions regarding issues impacting on the cabinet manufacturing sector with a particular focus on compliance, standards, registration and dispute resolution and settlement.

Review of AS 4386.1 and 2 – Kitchen Standard The technical committee responsible for the review of the Australian Standard AS 4386.1 and 2 met in November to progress the next stage of the review of what is currently known as the Standard for Manufacture and Installation of Kitchen Units. It is pleasing to note that the technical committee now has representation from a broad range of industry sectors with a

common view that the standard needs to be refined to reflect current practices and, at the same time, broadened to address the issue of cabinetry in the broader built environment. It is anticipated that the standard will be available in the third quarter of 2014, at which time the CMDA will require its members to commit to the manufacture and installation of cabinetry in accordance with the standard. As the standard is not called up in the National Construction Code or another regulator the standard purely provides recommended minimum standards that should be followed. CMDA will be promoting compliance with the standard to the public and specifiers alike in an attempt to ensure that something approaching a level playing field exists within the market place.

Industry training A recent meeting of the Victorian Furnishing Industry Training Advisory Committee was provided with the results of a recent industry survey. It was most pleasing to see that almost 90% of the employers that responded had employed apprentices in the past five years. However, it was disconcerting to read comments regarding the lack of work readiness skills and poor literacy, numeracy and attitude of many candidates. CMDA and the FCJA have identified the issue of skills development as a significant priority area requiring attention within the industry, including the need to look at a range of posttrade qualifications and professional development. If this is to be achieved it will be critical that employers within the industry make a commitment to the ongoing training of their staff, which will be a significant challenge when zero percent of those surveyed indicated that they had conducted any form of training apart from apprentices in the previous five years. CMDA welcomes queries or feedback on any industry issue and can be contacted on 1300 767738 or via ● SupplierJan/Feb 2014 | 19

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A lifetime of high-tech changes With the 30th anniversary of Supplier Woodworking magazine it's probably a good time to take a look at what has happened over the last three decades, and how things have changed. By Supplier Woodworking Magazine technical writer, Philip Ashley. Thirty years ago, in 1984, CNC machines had started to affect the way we worked wood so let's start with this technology. Thirty years is a long time: if you were married for that long, you would be buying your wife (or husband?) pearls. Take a moment to sit quietly and think about what you were doing 30 years ago. Can you remember? Here's a few things that were happening back then, just to get you started. In 1984, Ronald Reagan

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was President of the United States; Michael Jackson was burned making a Pepsi commercial; the first embryo transfer took place; Britain suffered a year-long coal miner's strike; the AIDs virus was discovered; the Soviet Union boycotted the Los Angeles Olympic games; Virgin Airlines first flew across the Atlantic; Hezbollah car-bombs the US Embassy in Beirut; the IRA attempts to assassinate Clockwise from top: Biesse CNC router C2000; Biesse CNC control C1988; Biesse 464 overhead gantry C1990

British PM Margaret Thatcher in a Brighton hotel; a famine sweeps Ethiopia killing a million people and prompting Bob Geldof to organise the charity song "Do they know it's Christmas;" Indian PM Indira Gandhi is assassinated leading to the deaths of over 10,000 Sikhs in Delhi; a leak from a chemical plant in Bhopal, India kills 8,000 people and crack cocaine was introduced to the US. In Australia, Medicare came into effect; Advance Australia Fair was declared our new National anthem; the onedollar coin was introduced; our banks were deregulated; seven people were killed and 12 others wounded in the Milperra bikie massacre; Western Australia became the last State to abolish capital punishment; the first Australians climbed Mount Everest and Bob Hawke was re-elected Prime Minister. In the woodworking industry in 1984, Wickman Ferrocast was selling Anderson (Andi) CNC routers, Morbidelli point to point machines, the German Reichenbacher brand and Leitz tooling. The road-runner's favourite store, Acme, was selling the Italian CMS CNC machines in South Melbourne. In fact, there are some salesmen still working who used to rep

there. People were buying the new CNC routers made by Heian (Brian Lynch at Staysharp in Bankstown) and Shoda (now Shoda Travers) but also sold by Ron Mack. Macsons were doing well and Allwood Machinery were selling a range of equipment including the new Biesse equipment (formerly sold by Forrest) that were known at the time as "point to point" CNC machines. If you lived in Victoria and wanted a Homag, Holzma or Weeke you'd call Bill Fulton and he would show you brochures from the boot of his car. I am told that John Cover of Allwood Machinery also started that way. In 1984, if you shaped solid wood you bought a router from Heian, Shoda, SCM, Anderson or CMS. If you drilled panels you bought a point to point from Morbidelli, Biesse, Weeke, Alberti, Busellato or Masterwood. Wadkin and Robinson were still trading and had a huge following but their moulder sales were being gradually eroded by Les Fields and the Weinig brand. Back then, one company usually specialised in one machine type. The notable exception was SCM and they made everything, even then. In 1984 I had been

Left: Early 1990 colour screens (top); How many routers did we need?

moved out over the work table. Since about the year 2000 though, most manufacturers moved to a fixed supporting beam that extended over the worktable and on which the working units were mounted and moved back and forth. This is the most common configuration of CNC "point to point" machines today. What about the Biesse overhead gantry machines such as the Rover 33 (my first CNC machine) Rover 7; Rovers 36, 49 and monster 464 with five routing spindles and a drilling head that could separate to do two rows of holes at any distance, at the same time? There were many teaching for four years and knew almost nothing about CNC machinery, something that was to have a huge impact on my career. I am certain that many readers will have gone through the same learning curve I did back then. In 1984 the most popular CNC machines were Heian and Shoda routers with (usually) four in-line spindles. Major furniture makers of the time, Parker and Chiswell (NSW) and Kory Dubay (Victoria), used several of these multi-head machines and were well-advanced for the time. I learned to write machine code on our first Shoda router. We punched out the code on paper tape for the machine to read and even had a system using eight-inch floppy disks!!! Yes, you read it correctly; eight inch floppy disks. Bob Kory bought the machine and I am sure he still has the disks. The mid 1980s was the period where the term "just in time" appeared to coincide with the new CNC point to point machines on the market.

The most popular of this machine type were the Biesse Rover 16 and 36, the Weeke BP10, Morbidelli Universal 15, and, of course, SCM. These machines were the first to use the "user interface," a savvy term where the information on the screen allowed you to write a program with pictures and menus. The machine then turned those individual movements into machine code. As a matter of fact, your new machine still uses machine code and every time you prepare a program, the machine produces a file specific to that component and puts it on the hard drive. When the machine starts up, it's that file that runs the machine. Do you recall the cantilever machines from Biesse? Remember the Rover 16, 18, 321, 322, 13, 335, 336, 316, 325, 22, 23, 24, B and A? There was a neverending stream of numbers coming out of the Pesaro factory in Italy. The early ones were supported by bearings supporting a long frame that

years that people only ever spoke about Biesse, such was the marketing strength of Allwood Machinery and, I might say, some remarkably gifted sales people of the time. Most machines of the time had multiple routing spindles but the introduction of the quick tool change killed these multispindle machines and now, almost every woodworking CNC machine has only a single spindle. Over the years, however, things have certainly changed. Biesse, plagued for a long time by the lack of a beam saw and edge banding machines, has now become a complete provider. 24

Top: Planet CNC; Middle: SCM router C2000 and SCM tech series router C1990 Bottom: weeke assembly line 2003

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Manufacturing Left: Morbidelli U15 C1990 Right: Shoda routing machine C1984

23 The SCM brand has now acquired Morbidelli and CMS (among others) to become a leading supplier of high-end equipment. And not forgetting the German Homag brand that was brought together throughout Australia by Robin Jack before becoming Homag Australia. Jacks still sell the Homag brand in New Zealand. All three companies can now provide a line from raw materials through cutting, drilling and routing, edge banding and material transfer – in most cases without anyone touching the product until it's finished. Maybe you used a Homag or Weeke machine like the BP10, BP12 and BP15 (1994), some of the first machines with the permanent overhead beam. Maybe the BP31 and BP40 overhead gantry machines strike a memory. The BP100 (1997), the BP60, now known as the Optimat (from about 2000). If your new machine was a Homag, it was a BOF if it's a machining centre or it's a BAZ if it also does edge banding. Maybe you used a SCM/ Morbidelli such as the Morbidelli U13; U26; U46; U50 and U60 with the green screen and three-inch floppy disk; or the Universal 15 and the U550. Later, Morbidelli would change to the Author series such as the 700; 660; 600; 500; 504; 503 and 510. These were sold in the late 1980s by the Wood Tech company. SCM machines were called either Routomat, Tech or Unitech, or Record (depending on configuration). And who can

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forget (if you were there) the first million-dollar CNC machine seen in Australia – the Morbidelli planet with onboard edge banding shown at the 2000 AWISA trade show. Other notable machines to appear on the Australian market were/are Holz Her (now Weinig), Cosmec (sold by Altendorf for a while), Format (Felder), Conturex (Weinig), Esseteam, Busellato, Masterwood Project and Winner series from around 2000, MAKA (Germany), Rye (UK), Scheer, and, more recently, the American Thermwood machine. Over the years some of these machines have disappeared but, for those that stayed, we saw continuous improvements. Machine frames became more rigid to counter the higher speeds of modern machinery that culminated at over 100 metres a minute. Automatic tool changes became more efficient and were measured in seconds. Tooling manufacturers kept abreast of current technologies with improvements in tools, especially "system" tools that could be used in both standard and CNC machines. Since the early 1990s we also saw an increase in the number and variety of "aggregates" (saws and morticing attachments) available for all brands. None of us can overlook the phenomenon of the flatbed routers we've seen in this country starting from around the early 1990s. A look at the changes over the last

30 years would only be half complete without realising some of the innovation and benefit to our industry that these machines have brought. Many manufacturers would not have been able to compete without a machine of this type – equipment such as MultiCam, Procam, Tekcel (Tommotek), Matcam, Gem, ART (Advanced Robotic Technology), Flexicam (Germany) and Impact CNC, to name just a few. It took literally a few minutes to learn and replaced both an expensive router AND a beam saw to boot. They're brilliant for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, office furniture and other manufactured board products. A range of specialist cutting tools was developed specific for flat bed machinery with work held by suction. What these machines did is rely heavily on CAD software to produce the part drawings. These were then converted into the specific machine language. You no longer had to draw each line or arc on the CNC machine itself, freeing it up for close to 100% productivity. On a parallel technology curve, the makers of traditional CNC machinery have moved into software to increase productivity and this was proven with the release of new software platforms from Biesse, SCM and Homag at this year's Ligna fair. So what's next? It's obvious that all manufacturers have made huge investments in software and operating systems.

Machines throughout the range will have a similar look and feel to the operator. For instance, an edge bander will feel familiar to someone who operates the same brand of CNC machine. Software will become ever easier to use. Machinery will run faster and technology is being developed for spindles running beyond 30,000 RPM. This will have a positive effect production and quality. Something we've started to see already is the combining of machining processes into the one machine. Five axis machines will also become much more affordable in the next five years and have started coming down in price already. And, of course, your next generation machine will be safer and more environmentally efficient than ever before. In this article I have attempted to take a look at CNC machines over the last 30 years. I am sure I have forgotten something or someone and for that I apologise. If you have anything to add, please let us know. I'll look at some of the other changes in future articles this year. Some things remain the same but, still, a lot has changed. One thing that hasn't changed though is the copy of Supplier Woodworking magazine on the production manager's desk or on the staff room table. Happy 30th anniversary Supplier Woodworking magazine – may there be many more. ●


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Looking to the future Multicam Systems Pty Ltd began trading in the early 1980s selling imported CNC routing machinery into the Australian and South East Asian markets. Shortly after it became clear that a higher quality product was required to suit the demands of these markets. With the emergence of new technologies that were set to revolutionise many production processes, the practicality of PC and CNC convergence could not be overlooked. As a result, by the early 1990s, Multicam Systems had introduced its own, fully Australian made range of CNC routing machinery. Adopting a strategy of offering high quality, high performance machinery that could benefit from future technologies and industry specific demands, the Multicam CNC routing machine was born. “That very first Multicam CNC routing machine is still in production to this day,” said Multicam’s Stephen Heusz. “In the last 30 years our machines have evolved from systems requiring PC connectivity with DOS operating systems to our current stand-alone systems featuring internet connectivity and full remote access. “They now form an integral part of the customers computer network offering LAN and wireless integration. You can even run jobs directly from a flash drive if you wish.” For over 30 years Multicam Systems has successfully provided costeffective CNC automation

solutions to many industries including kitchens, shopfitting, woodworking, plastics, metal fabricators, sign manufacturers, pattern makers, aerospace, and solid surface manufacturers. “Our innovation and response to industry demands has resulted in our growth and that of our partners,” said Stephen. “Over the years we have seen many CNC router manufacturers and dealers come and go; however, through our dedication to our customers, and by offering unique and affordable routing solutions, we have continued to grow. “We currently have offices in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, all staffed by factory trained, experienced technicians that can offer


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Investing in future furniture Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College saved more than $100,000 on the establishment of its furniture making workshop thanks to the professional approach of supplier, the Gabbett Group. The college’s furniture making learning facilitator, Paul Spicer said that even though the college elected to go exclusively with Gabbett, the company created extraordinary savings by resisting any temptation to over-specify. “They helped not only in the choice of equipment types but also by recommending specific models,” Paul said. “We went to them with my ideas and they came back with alternative recommendations that saved us money. “For example, their advice on the edge banding machine and the CNC flatbed router easily saved us in the order of $100,000.” Established three years ago on the site of the former Burwood Christian Brothers College, Southern Cross is a senior high school and trade training school for Years 11 and 12. Students undertake trades courses in fields as diverse as construction, automotive, hair dressing, entertainment and furniture making. The college was built at a cost of more than $20m and

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funded by a number of feeder schools combining monies received under the BER program. “From the start the whole idea was to feature state-ofthe-art facilities, so when we started planning the furniture making facility we spoke to at least three suppliers and looked at a range of workshops to determine the equipment we needed to outfit a modern joinery,” Paul said. “While looking at trade training facilities we determined that Gabbett was the principal supplier and, after visiting a Gabbett field day, decided to make all of our equipment purchases from them. “It was very much a quality based decision based on the fact that Gabbett was supplying equipment to learning institutions from schools to prison workshops. “There’s a big difference between companies supplying just to commercial joineries and those supplying to both the industry and to educational institutions,” said Paul, who has been on the site for six years (previously

having worked at Christian Brothers) and has been teaching furniture making for 12 years. A cabinet maker by trade, Paul has a degree in Industrial Design, majoring in Furniture Design, and a post graduate Diploma in Education. Although he was not widely experienced in CNC equipment, Gabbett took the pain from the choice and the uncertainty from the training. “Our brief was to create a working joinery. We needed equipment that would not only enable us to deliver the course, but it had to be capable of commercial operations as the school has set up an enterprise office to enable us to undertake real commercial contracts,” he said. “Gabbett’s recommendations have proved spot on, providing everything we needed at a very realistic price. “When it came to the training, I really have to praise them. The training I received was fantastic and extensive such that it allowed us to start operating the CNC almost immediately.” The school’s decision to go

with Gabbett’s experience proved fortuitous when it came to supply, delivery and installation. “The school was under construction but also operating as a school. Deliveries were in a very tight time frame and installation presented no end of headaches. Paths and driveways hadn’t been completed and the renovated building into which equipment had to be installed had low ceilings, numerous supporting columns and access only through a standard garage roller door and a smaller roller door. “They had some amazing solutions to their logistical problems, particularly when it came to the big flatbed router.” Although the workshop has been an operational reality for almost three years, Paul admits he still pinches himself daily. “I visit a lot of schools and we get a lot of teachers and commercial workshop owners coming here. Without a shadow of a doubt this workshop is like no other in any school in Australia,” Paul said. ●

Delegation of Australian joiners visits NZ peers

Delegation at Central Joinery.

By HK Joinery Design and Pulse Kitchens Late 2013 we as a delegation of 12 cabinet making and joinery business owners including Fred and Geoff White from HK Joinery Design (Central Coast, NSW), Corey Ison from Pulse Kitchens (Tamworth, NSW), and owners from four other NSW and Victorian businesses flew to New Zealand and, over three days, visited three Aucklandbased cabinet makers and joiners.

The aim of the trip was to visit some of New Zealand's most progressive joiners to view their operations and to assess, in depth, their system using second hand PCs on the factory floor and job and staff time tracking software. The visit also afforded the delegation the opportunity to examine each joinery shop's operation. Alternative ideas and trends regarding machinery, factory layout, software, systems, new

materials, management practises and market trends were discussed with the business owners and management staff. New Zealand Joinery businesses that were visited included Central Joinery, a 50 factory staff commercial joiner and kitchen manufacturer; Greenmount Manufacturing, a 60 factory staff commercial joiner and kitchen manufacturer, which also contract manufactures

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in and owning the Empower system. The software tracks not only all factory staff but also provides an option to track all office staff involved in pre-production and also post-production delivery staff and installation. The software empowered both factory staff and management to perform beyond their own expectations. All the management teams have seen the substantial productivity gains in their businesses brought about by the software. The delegation had the good fortune to participate in a day long product development meeting with the NZ business owners to advise Empower Software on what they see as the next developments needed

Geoff White, Corey Ison, Shaun Simpson and Fred White (FIAA). Below: (Left) Viewing how factory staff log onto their jobs using 2nd hand PCs on the factory floor; (Right) Production management viewing Empower at Greenmount Manufacturing.

in each of their software products for materials ordering, stock control and costing and quoting cabinets and joinery, specifically developed for Australian and New Zealand joiners. “It was refreshing to see that software development is genuinely being driven by cabinet making clients for cabinet makers,” they agreed. The opinion of the delegation was that the three joiners visited run world class operations. Central Joinery, Greenmount Manufacturing and RH Page are profiled on The delegation was left with little doubt that Empower time tracking and labour management software is an essential tool to allow each of these businesses to be as progressive and profitable as they are. The delegation was fortunate enough to be able to call in to Fairfax Industries, a 50 staff truck and trailer manufacturer in South Auckland. It was refreshing to talk to Lance, the production manager, who had come up from the factory floor. Lance had seen four different business

owners come and go over his 30 years at Fairfax. “Lance told us that only two years ago the business went into receivership. He said that Fairfax had purchased Empower Software four months ago and already it had generated an approximate 20% increase in factory productivity. He also said that four months ago they had 50 staff and that now they have 41 staff and production levels are the same. “He and other management expect further significant increases in production and productivity as they learn to integrate more of the tools available in the Empower system.” To see the software employed in a totally different industry demonstrated the diverse applications Empower Software is also suited to. The delegation left New Zealand convinced that PCs on the factory floor and time tracking software delivers significant factory productivity gains and is the way of the future for Australian and New Zealand cabinet makers and joiners. ●

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Three decades done and more to come Gary Cannard has owned and operated a number of successful joineries over the years and this year he celebrates over three decades in the cabinet making industry. Thirty years ago, Gary Cannard opened his first business – Newgrove Joinery in Geelong, Victoria. Despite being new to the world of owning a business, the young Gary invested in the best computer and joinery software that he could get his hands on, which, in the mid-80s, was not even as powerful as an iPhone. Newgrove was one of the only joineries in the area with a computer, let alone any automation software and was absolutely thriving. After a

number of years, Gary was ready to let it go and move on to his next challenge. Gary opened Kayla Kitchens in 1990 and, within a matter of time, it grew to be one of the largest kitchen manufacturers in the entire Geelong region. Pumping out up to 35 kitchens a week, Gary is adamant that software was the key reason for his success. “I saw my computer and the software as a valuable staff member that I could rely on to do some of the more monotonous and time consuming tasks in the workshop,” Gary said. He saw an opportunity for an even more efficient business if only he had software that was capable

of more. After months of speaking to his software supplier and researching competitors, Gary came to the realisation that it was all to no avail. The advanced level of software that he desired simply did not exist. Resigning himself to his frustrations, he decided that, in order to have the quality of software that he was after, he would have to create it himself. In 2002, Cabinets by Computer was born. “Employing a team of world class software programmers, together we created the best there is to offer in the world of joinery automation,” Gary said. “The capacity and precision of computers generally, and CNC machines specifically, has changed dramatically in 10 years. The software we created has been continuously improving and evolving to in order to stay ahead of the game.” With his profound understanding of the ins and outs of the cabinet making industry, Gary prides himself on support that is second-tonone. “I strive to provide my customers with the software and support that I would have wanted when I was working in the industry. “It’s great to see so many of my clients’ businesses excelling thanks to my software.” Cabinets by Computer now boasts a very grateful and ever-increasing client base that spans all of Australia. Gary feels that he has found his niche in the industry and looks forward to seeing developments in software and technology during the next 30 years. ●

Choosing the tools necessary to succeed With a positive 2013 behind it, 3D Kitchen is excited about the year ahead. Chris Adams, owner of 3D Kitchen, is positive and motivated for the opportunities presented in 2014: "We have had very good response to our new version, 3D Kitchen QT, which has enabled us to achieve an exceptionally high sales volume especially in the last six months of 2013. “Current orders now run several months ahead as the market appreciates what 3D Kitchen has to offer to the cabinetmaking industry. “A key factor in the success of 3D Kitchen has been its long term and stable sales and support staff. Customers are at ease when they see that they are dealing with knowledgeable and trustworthy people." Chris explained that the increasing software sales volume also indicates that the cabinetmaking and joinery industry nationwide is in a generally very healthy state, with businesses being very willing to make the investment in 3D Kitchen software to assist them to substantially grow and achieve better bottom line results. “3D Kitchen has a long term approach to its business strategies and has 34

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Navigating the CAD/CAM software minefield Purchasing the right CAD/CAM software solution for your business is critical to your future success. But with so many solutions in the marketplace, how do you find the right one for your business? By Anne Charlton, Operations & Marketing Manager, Integrated Joinery Solutions The first thing to accept is that not all software offerings are the same. This is a positive as not all businesses have the same needs. However, the variety of solutions available also serves to make the buying process confusing, especially as the solutions often cannot be directly compared to one another. The key is finding the solution that best meets the needs of your business. Any software, cheap or expensive, is not good value if it does not have the features your business needs. There are many ways of grouping the different solutions aimed at our industry; functionality, target market and technology are the ones we will look at here.

information between different systems. Integrated Software caters for both CAD and CAM within the one solution. It provides for complete data integrity as there is a direct transfer from CAD to CAM with no middleware or manual processes involved. To further complicate the issue some solutions are marketed as “integrated” but, in fact, bundle software from different providers behind the scenes through a user interface, which mimics an integrated system. The same data integrity may not be achieved with these systems as a truly integrated system developed by a single provider.


Industry Solutions have been developed specifically for the joinery industry as opposed to solutions that are used across a range of different industries and contain general functionality. The benefit is that the solutions come equipped with specialised joinery functionality and the ability to cater for joinery specific construction methods. This has the benefit of speeding up both design and production as your software understands the industry you are in.

Dedicated Software specialises in one aspect of the design and production process, either CAD or CAM. It can provide advanced functionality as the developers are specialists in their field. On the flipside if you need a complete design to production solution you will need more than one software solution. It is vital that the systems have robust interfaces between them to minimise the loss of data integrity that may occur as you transfer

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Niche Industry Solutions – as the name suggests these solutions specialise in a specific niche market within the joinery market, eg, kitchens, wardrobes etc. They can really benefit businesses that operate solely within that one area of the industry and produce 100% standard work. They can, however, be restrictive for businesses that wish to move into other areas or offer custom units.

Underlying technology For CAD solutions it is vital to understand the technology being used. There are two main categories: 2D and 3D, each with their own benefits. 2D systems operate on two axes only; either two of length, width or depth. Producing models with 2D CAD can be quick and easy, and there are many low cost solutions available. The limitations of 2D CAD are highlighted when looking at renderings, workshop drawings and linking through to production. You are not able to produce multiple elevations from the one 2D model. Each view needs to be drawn separately. If you make changes to the model these will not be reflected in the plan views. They will need to be redrawn.

Client communication can be more difficult as many struggle with 2D designs, preferring to see a 3D plan. Some 2D solutions do provide a 3D representation of the model, assisting with communication. When 2D drawings are sent for production, the tooling and machining will need to be assigned to the missing dimension. This will increase time spent at this stage and may also increase errors as this will now be a manual process. 2D CAD was the standard in the industry for many years. It may be suitable for an entry level system where detail in design is not paramount and production is not required. 3D systems operate on three axes: length, width and depth. They provide advanced functionality for custom work as well as standard units. All elevations and views are derived from the one model, including 2D views. Being fully associative all changes to the model are instantly reflected in all elevations and views in the plotsheets and rendered images. 3D is the preferred solution for manufacturing integrity as you can see collisions and joins and ensure you get it right in the design phase – less errors and less wastage. Advanced 3D systems with integrated production are able to have the machining visible on the design, complete with

full production information, ready to be sent to the machine. Most designers and manufacturers use a 3D system for the time saving and accuracy benefits it delivers. Within the 3D systems there are two main sub categories: Library based 3D systems offer the benefits of 3D technology within a predetermined library of units. This can be a solid option if your business produces 100% standard work but there are limitations if the library does not cater for 100% of your projects. Ensure the library contains every unit you will need or you understand what is involved in modifying the existing library for any specialised units. This may involve going back to the supplier for them to develop a new unit or learning how to do this yourself. True 3D systems are those that provide 100% flexibility in design, ensuring that you have complete design freedom including complex curves for those custom projects. When combined with superior library functionality they can cater for 100% of your business needs; both standard and custom. These are the systems of choice for joinery businesses that work across markets and need the flexibility to accommodate for custom projects.●

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Laminex Nuance provides limitless opportunities LAMINEX has recently introduced a new High Pressure Laminate (HPL) option, Nuance HPL, to match the popular Impressions Textured Surfaces Nuance finish. At a fraction of the cost of timber veneers, Nuance HPL enables designers, specifiers and architects to achieve the look of authentic timber whilst exploring new opportunities in residential and commercial design. In answer to the growing trend of holistic woodgrain settings in both residential and commercial interiors, Nuance HPL provides the solution for an integrated palette of high and low pressure laminates. Laminex Marketing Manager, Joanna Baker, said Nuance HPL has been made to match the existing Nuance pre-finished boards and can be used where veneers would typically be used. “Residentially, Nuance HPL allows designers and fabricators the ability to connect elements such as benchtops and kitchen cabinetry with open shelving – a growing trend in integrated living spaces – or corner shelving on island benches,” Baker said. “It also feeds into key trends in commercial design; providing sophisticated, classic options with a modern twist for restaurants and retail fit outs,” Baker said. Designed for everyday living, Laminex Nuance HPL is a durable option, both easy to clean and maintain. A seven year limited warranty comes with the range; ensuring interiors continue to look beautiful year after year. ●

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IN Australia we spend over 90% of our time indoors, which means our indoor air quality is just as important as – if not more important than – our outdoor. “That’s why Steedform's standard offering is now E Zero (E0) materials for all our bench tops,” said Matthew Rasheed. “We are the first postform manufacturer in Australia to do this – and we believe it’s an important step that everyone in our industry should take. “We’re used to hearing about paints and carpets producing VOCs or volatile organic compounds. However, many other building materials also contain chemicals that are gradually released into the air in a process known as off-gassing. Two of the main culprits are particleboard and MDF used in cabinetry, which use formaldehydebased adhesives in their manufacture. This formaldehyde is released as a VOC into the air. To help regulate the amount of formaldehyde in reconstituted wood products used in the construction industry, products are given a rating from E0 to E3. E0 is less than or equal to 0.5 mg/l (ppm) formaldehyde emission limit. Less formaldehyde is better. The World Health Organisation classifies formaldehyde as a carcinogen, that is, something can cause cancer in humans. In Australia, for wood-based panels to be classed as a ‘lowformaldehyde emission’ product, they must have an emission limit of less than 1ppm formaldehyde or E1. According to Product Safety Australia: “Most Australian made particleboards and dry-processed fibreboards now meet these requirements and are ‘low-formaldehyde emission’ products.” ●

New ways to deliver high end results TECNOglas HG is a hardwearing, high gloss surface providing in high gloss architects and joiners with new ways to deliver high end results with less expense. Tecnoglas HG is a premium high gloss acrylic surface developed for use in cabinetry and furniture. It delivers a quality finish and virtually seamless edges which can’t be matched by any other material. A popular product throughout Europe for many years, it’s now finally available in Australia through Hafele.

TECNOglas HG consists of 0.6mm high gloss acrylic with scuff resistant coating which is PUR laminated to both sides of E0 (eco-friendly) moisture resistant MDF supporting material. The same coating is used for edging to avoid colour variations and is applied with latest TZ-PUR edging technology to achieve a virtually seamless edge. Features include high UV stability, scuff resistance, increased chemical resistance and E0 MR MDF supporting material. ●


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