Furniture & Joinery Production #340

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Issue 340 | June 2022

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Comment Despite the many travails of the past couple of years, the UK’s furniture and joinery manufacturers have been enjoying mixed fortunes, with many businesses enjoying a prolonged purple patch that has defied the normal seasonal patterns we were all used to. But in the prepandemic, our industry had long since begun to struggle with an on-going problem that poses a real threat to the prosperity of the furniture and joinery industry – that being the ability to attract young people into the business. The problem just isn’t getting any better, in fact it’s getting worse despite the industry enjoying one of its most prosperous trading periods – so what can be done about it? At a recent BFM networking event held at Ercol’s wonderfully modernist factory in Princes Risborough, it was certainly the dominant topic of conversation among the members. Talk of a lack of cohesion and integration among the various trade bodies and myriad educational parties was commonplace, but suggested solutions were not so prevalent. This is a major issue, one which has to be tackled in the round, with all parties present, to create a common consensus enabling us as an industry to create a singular, multi-faceted, connected pathway of opportunity from schooling and apprenticeships to further educational pathways and into work and small business generation. This cannot be beyond our collective wit – it seems to happen much better in other industries – we must evolve our thinking for our industry to thrive. Furniture & Joinery Production will be focussing on this important issue over the coming months in the lead up to our inaugural conference: The Furniture & Joinery Conference in October this year. The skills gap, diversity and inclusion issues are among the topics being

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60 Holz-Handwerk + Fensterbau Frontale Preview 82 Dust Extraction & Wood Waste Management 98 Surfacing & Decorative Panels 114 Warehousing, Packaging & Materials Handling 124 Products 146 Classifieds


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Daltons Wadkin achieves ISO 14001 environmental management standard Quality and service have been the foundation of operations for Daltons Wadkin over the past 120 years. With successful accreditation to ISO 14001:2015, environmental sustainability has been added to the company mantra. The ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard requiring effective demonstration that a systematic approach has been taken by a company to prevent pollution and to have processes in place to manage environmental risk. Once in place, the management system provides an organisation with a framework

to continually evaluate, implement and test itself against key environmental objectives. “This is a significant milestone for our company, reflecting our ambition to promote ethical leadership in the industry,” says Alex Dalton, MD at Daltons Wadkin. “The environmental benefits of

Amarjit Binji crowned ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ The boss of a British woodworking family business has been crowned, for the second time this year, Entrepreneur of the Year. Amarjit Binji, CEO of AJB Group, beat off stiff competition to win this prestigious title at the Nachural Entrepreneurship Awards 2022. Winners across the 21 categories were announced at a gala black-tie event held in Leicester in May.

using wood in manufacturing are well known. As suppliers of industrial woodworking machinery, I see it as our responsibility to support the supply chain with equipment and services delivered in an equally sustainably way”. The ISO 14001 environmental standard dovetails with the ISO 9001 quality management system that Daltons Wadkin has been operating for over 25 years. Looking forward, the company’s ambition is to achieve PAS 2060 carbon neutrality by 2025 and further contribute to the long-term stability of life on Earth.

Timber import volumes return to pre-pandemic levels A slower housing and RM&I market in Q1 2022 is being reflected in timber import volumes, which fell below the record levels seen in 2021, according to the latest Timber Development UK statistics. The statistics show that while timber import volumes are nearly 20% lower in February 2022 than those of February 2021, they remain slightly above the pre-pandemic levels of February 2020.

Festool UK Tour 2022 from Wednesday 8th of June until Friday 24th of June The Festool tour is back this year with dealers hosting events near you. The leading power tool brand is getting ready to travel across the country and showcase its impressive new 18V range, providing you with innovative demonstrations and expert advice. There is a also be a chance to win some amazing prizes*. You are required to register for free tickets, and places are limited so don’t delay. Check out where Festool will be and make sure to secure your tickets with the link below … 8th June – Highland Industrial Supplies Ltd, Inverness 9th June – Kelvin Power Tools Ltd, Glasgow

Hettich UK names new managing director

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Simeon Gabriel is the new MD at Hettich UK. Simeon brings 17 years of international kitchen industry experience to the role, which he takes over from Tim Leedham who retired earlier this year. ”Hettich is a global business with a family ethos, improving people’s lives through clever engineering,” says Simeon. ”It is a very exciting prospect to lead Hettich UK with its solid brand and great people, combined with products which offer innovative solutions, not only to our direct customers but to their customers, and to the end users who use the products in their daily lives.” Former managing director of filter specialist and British export succss story Doulton Drinking Water, Simeon is clear about Hettich UK’s growth prospects and direction: ”As the functionality and aesthetics of people’s homes become more important, the quality and intelligence of Hettich’s core products gives them significant growth potential. Our focus is to help customers add value to their businesses, which means prioritising their needs while also understanding those of the consumers they serve.”


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Tony Attard OBE DL installed as new Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company Tony Attard OBE DL, founder and chairman of Panaz Group, was last night (9th May) installed as the 60th Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry. Tony succeeds David Woodward as Master, who has just finished an extraordinary two-year term as Master. The annual installation ceremony took place at St Mary-le-Bow Church in the City of London, followed by the customary dinner in the stunning Egyptian Room at Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London. Around 170 guests were in attendance

to celebrate the new Master’s installation and were joined by City dignitaries including Alderman and Sheriff Alison Gowman, who was representing the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor, Alderman Vincent Keaveny. Tony Attard, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “I would like to thank the livery membership for putting faith in me as the new Master. Together with my trusted senior and junior wardens, Amanda Waring and Brian Ahern, and the solid support from our court and clerk, I can promise to do my utmost to promote our industry, champion The Furniture Makers’ Company and burnish its reputation as a leading City livery

company. “Within my year, we will celebrate 70 years since the formation of the then Furniture Makers’ Guild and, in 2023, our charity marks its 120th anniversary. I therefore welcome our entire industry to join me throughout the year in these celebrations.” In addition to commemorating the newly installed Master, the evening included an award ceremony for the Christopher Claxton Stevens Prize, praising the most outstanding design awarded a Bespoke Guild Mark in the prior livery year, and a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Christopher Claxton Stevens Prize was presented to Fernanda

Nuñez for the Guilloché Bedside Tables. The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Peter Harrison, chief executive of Furniture Village. The Master also presented a bonds of affiliation certificate to wing commander Timothy Simmons of 25 (Fighter) Squadron of the Royal Air Force to cement the new connection between the squadron and Company.

Warning as three quarters of fire doors fail inspections One of the UK’s leading fire door inspection organisations has warned of a “tragedy waiting to happen” after it revealed three quarters of the fire doors inspected in the UK by its approved inspectors did not meet the required standard. The Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS)’s data, based on more than 100,000 fire door inspections carried out by its approved inspectors in 2021, found that 75% of fire doors failed to meet the required standards, putting lives at risk in the event of a fire. Alarmingly, buildings that had the highest number of fire door inspection failures included healthcare buildings, local authorities and housing associations, and private housing. Given that these buildings’ fire doors are subject to higher use and traffic than other building types, regular inspection and maintenance is key to ensuring they remain fit for purpose throughout their lifespan. Louise Halton, FDIS scheme manager, said “With the vast majority of fire doors in the UK failing inspections, it’s sad to say that a tragedy is simply waiting to happen, especially so in buildings that are home to vulnerable

residents. But this situation is entirely preventable and, at this stage, still reversible. A fit for purpose fire door can save lives, so now is the time for all of those responsible for fire safety to urgently inspect fire doors in their buildings and act immediately if faults are identified. “It’s crucial that reputable and trained fire door inspectors, such as those approved by the FDIS, carry out fire door inspections. However, the ongoing reporting of maintenance issues with fire doors is a role for us all – every building user should play a proactive role in reporting any faults to ensure they are quickly addressed so that the building’s safety is maintained.” The most common reasons for inspection failure - which can be a result of one or multiple issues – were excessive gaps between the door and the frame (77%), care and maintenance issues (54%), and issues over smoke sealing (37%). In almost a third (31%) of cases, inspections failed due to improper installation – meaning those doors were never fit to perform the task of holding back fire and smoke. The inspection data also revealed inspectors’ top three fire safety concerns as a lack of fire door

maintenance, and poor knowledge of fire safety responsibilities and a limited understanding of the role fire doors play in keeping people safe by those responsible for building fire safety. Louise Halton adds, “The issues surrounding the understanding and knowledge of those responsible for fire safety was also highlighted in the FDIS’ inspection data released in 2020 as a key concern. This clearly demonstrates the need for individuals throughout the building safety sector to have access to quality training, assessment and examination to ensure their knowledge is up to date, and that they understand the fundamental role of a fire door – which is only fit for purpose if it is maintained correctly and inspected regularly.” The positive news is that there is a will to improve. Since the introduction of the Building Safety Bill (now the Building Safety Act 2022), 77% of FDIS inspectors have seen an increase in demand for fire door inspections. This indicates the importance and effect of the legislation in encouraging building owners and fire safety professionals to take a more proactive approach to fire door safety and maintenance.

The FDIS certified inspectors are uniquely trained to undertake fire door inspections and improve building fire safety. All approved inspectors have completed the FDIS certificated inspector training and onsite assessment, which provides an understanding of fire doors and their components, including testing and certification, regulations and standards, inspection, and maintenance. For more information about the FDIS and to find an approved FDIS Inspector, visit:

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Turkey – a rising star of the woodworking machinery industry industry,” explains Arif. “In fact, we proudly follow that European brands and Turkish manufacturers have signed very important collaborations from time to time. In addition to these collaborations, the number of companies that do not have any investments in Turkey and outsource machines to Turkish manufacturers for their own brands is increasing.” The Turkish woodworking machinery sector, which is preparing to break a new export record at the end of 2022, continues to be followed with appreciation by the whole world with the products and services it offers to the market. We hear from Arif Onur Kaçak, secretary general of AIMSAD, the Turkish Woodworking Machinery Industrialists Association. The Turkish woodworking machinery industry, which is aiming for a recognised, permanent position in the global woodworking machinery industry with $110m of exports at the end of 2020, has surpassed its own record with $127m of exports at the end of 2021. The sector, which is preparing to set a new record in 2022, is drawing the attention of its European competitors, thanks to the success it has achieved so far. “Europe’s largest woodworking machinery industry players such as Biesse, Homag and SCM continue their structuring in our country as a result of the trust offered by the

Turkish woodworking machines appreciated abroad “Our industry is positioned as the country that produces the most dynamic, attractive and top quality machines after big players by European industry representatives,” Arif continues. “Thanks to visionary Turkish companies, the capabilities, talents and innovative products of our industry are seen in many different countries abroad and are appreciated more and more every day. “In addition to all these positive developments, the Turkish woodworking machinery sector, which exports its machines equipped with the latest technology to all over the world, continues to produce, add value to the country’s economy and invest in it. In the future, it will be possible to see many different products with the words ‘Made in Turkey’ in foreign markets.” AIMSAD’s responsibility “In this direction, we, as AIMSAD,

the umbrella organisation of the Turkish woodworking machinery industry, are aware of our responsibility,” says Arif. “For this reason, we carry out many projects and studies that will help our member companies to promote their products in new and alternative markets and support the increase in export rates. “Within the scope of these works, we give great effort and value to the portal www. turkishwoodworkingmechinery. com. Each company has its own online store in this portal, which is specially prepared for AIMSAD members. In this online store, the company’s contact information, company product catalogues, all details about the product, even photos and videos can be accessed,” says Arif. “In addition to this work, we proudly tell the strong structure of our industry and the machines of our companies to the industry representatives that we come together from different geographies in the international fairs and organisations we attend. We attach great importance to two fairs within the scope of our exportoriented works. The first of these is WoodTech Fair, organised by Reed Tuyap Fairs with the support of our association. “WoodTech Fair, the biggest meeting point of the Turkish woodworking machinery industry, will open its doors in Istanbul for

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the 35th time this year between 22nd-26th October. Another fair of ours is the ALL4WOOD Fair, which will be organised by Tuyap Fair Organisation with the support of our association. We are preparing, together with our members, to fully represent at the fair that will be held in Serbia between 8-11th March 2023. “In addition, we have the opportunity to promote the Turkish woodworking machinery industry in the UK –one of our most important target markets – with the new co-operation we have realised with the country’s leading magazine, Furniture & Joinery Production, and their website and conference,” says Arif. “We will also continue similar studies outreach plans in the coming period without interruption.” www.turkishwoodworking


Ercol announces appointment of new chairman Heritage British furniture manufacturer, Ercol, has announced that Edward Tadros is to step down from the position of Chairman of Ercol Furniture Ltd with effect from 1st July 2022. Taking over from Edward as Chairman will be his son, Henry Tadros. Ercol Furniture was founded in 1920 by Edward’s grandfather and Henry’s great-grandfather, Lucian R. Ercolani. Edward joined Ercol in 1973, starting in the design department and in the factory. Over the years he worked across all areas of the business including as Production Director and Managing Director. He has been Ercol’s Chairman since 1993. Henry joined Ercol in 2010 and, like his father, began in the factory before working

across all departments as well as founding L.Ercolani, the refined luxury brand from the Ercol family. “It is with great enthusiasm that I announce that I have asked my son Henry to succeed me as Chairman of Ercol Furniture”, says Edward. “I say enthusiasm because I am very optimistic about the future of the company. Henry has been steeped in the ethos of Ercol since an early age and has been fully engaged working for us for the last twelve years from the shop floor outwards. The team with Henry is extremely good and motivated. For some time we have been managing this transition and Ercol now has a board of directors led by David Finch as Managing Director working with Operations Director Ian Peers, Creative Director Rachel

Galbraith, and Sales & Marketing Director Arno Koch, all experienced and committed”. “This is my forty-ninth year in the company and my twenty-ninth as Chairman, so it is clearly the time to make sure that I am acting in the best way to ensure the success of the next generations in the family and in our company. I am remaining on the Board and will continue to work alongside Henry and the team. I am sure you will join me in wishing Henry and the team across the whole of Ercol the very best for the future”. ”It is a great honour to be taking up the role as Chairman at Ercol from my father. What more can be said other than he has been an ever-present icon of the company and industry for almost

Henry and Edward Tadros

half a century and will leave an impressive legacy to follow”, says Henry. “102 years after he founded the company as a young Italian immigrant, my great-grandfather, Lucian, would be very proud of where we now find ourselves and what we have achieved. I am very much looking forward to continuing to build on both of their legacies working with David, the board and the rest of the company.”

Sleepeezee announce Romney Marsh Wools as new wool supplier Bed and mattress manufacturer Sleepeezee is pleased to announce Romney Marsh Wools as its new supplier of premium, locally sourced wool. All Sleepeezee mattresses containing wool will now use the finest Romney Marsh Wool. Established in 2018, Romney Marsh Wools is owned and run by Kristina and Paul Boulden and is based on their family farm on the Romney Marsh, Kent. Kristina Boulden, co-owner of Romney Marsh Wools commented: “For us, Sleepeezee was a perfect collaboration as it is a local business with traditional family values at its heart. We too share the belief in the welfare of the planet and our people, in sourcing materials from sustainable suppliers, and that no waste from our process goes to landfill. We strive for quality and great value in everything we do, and sustainability is at the forefront of both our businesses”. As a six-generation farm, Kristina and Paul currently have around 1200 Romney ewes in their flock with 150 Merino ewes. Romney Marsh Wools’ products are made by the very best British makers,

who are experts in their field. Aside from supporting local businesses like Sleepeezee, Romney Marsh Wools sell a range of homeware, clothing and toiletry products as well as selling raw wool, topped fleece and yarn in a range of colours. The collaboration between the wool manufacturer and Sleepeezee is centred around sustainability and supporting local businesses. The quality of the materials and craftsmanship is what makes Sleepeezee’s products so special, therefore Romney wool is the perfect match. Recognised as a pedigree breed in England since 1896, Romney sheep provide wool that is natural, sustainable and a

demi-lustre of excellent quality and staple. Romney wool is extremely breathable and warm due to its crimped wool fibres. It is also resistant to moisture and assists with keeping mattresses dry, stopping the development of mildew, mould, and unwanted odours. Alongside this, wool is naturally fire-resistant thanks to its high water and nitrogen content, free from toxic chemicals and is easy to clean. Romney wool is extremely sustainable and durable due to the resistant strength of the fibres which can be bent back on themselves over 20,000 times without breaking. Sleepeezee is conscious about

its global impact. Steve Warren, MD at Sleepeezee comments: “As a carbon-neutral company since 2017, Sleepeezee strive for sustainability in all that we do. From offsetting our carbon emissions to planting trees in our community, we have offset a total of 1,643 tonnes of CO2 from within our factory since 2017. We also aim to sustainably source materials that align with our business values and customer’s needs, which is why investing in locally sourced wool from the Romney Marsh is so important”. Romney Marsh Wools supports Sleepeezee’s sustainability goals both as a product and a business. Romney wool’s biodegradability does not contribute to growing waste pollution, unlike other synthetic materials which can take years to break down and die. “Our wool is locally sourced, produced and distributed which results in it having low embodied energy due to limited transport miles. We don’t use any synthetic dyes or damaging products on our wool and wherever possible, we reuse and recycle all our packaging and waste cardboard,” said Kristina.


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The SCM concept for smart furniture production

The “Smart&Human Factory” is SCM’s proposal for smart furniture production’s requirements. It is a system of automated, modular and easily reconfigurable flexible cells, integrated with articulated and collaborative robots and AMR self-guided shuttles which can be programmed according to the production unit plant, capable of moving and working alongside the operator in complete safety. It is a digital and smart factory but one that is still user-friendly, which has been designed to satisfy the challenges of Mass Customisation and Industry 4.0. The latest updates developed by SCM are aimed at further increasing productivity and flexibility, reducing waste and optimising the quality of the end product even on more sensitive materials. Modularity The state-of-the-art SCM cells can be put together by clients as they wish to satisfy the vastly varying processing needs. SCM’s

“Smart&Human Factory” concept can also be expanded to create complete furnishings – bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, bedrooms – within the same production unit by using a series of combinations between the shuttle routes and flexible processing cells. Sustainability Digital production has a particular impact on environmental sustainability. As well as helping to improve a company’s CO2 footprint, it also offers: more efficient energy and water usage; enhanced waste management due to optimised machine handling; and recycling of a large share of production materials. The process aims to optimise as much as possible the cutting, edgebanding, routing and drilling operations of the panels, as if it were a standard production, in order to reduce rejects, leftovers and changes to the machine setup when changing orders. It also recomposes the orders at the end of the process, moving the customisation to this phase.

Digitalisation In the “Smart&Human Factory” conceived by SCM, the whole system is optimised by the “Digital Integrated Woodworking Process”. This is a collection of digital and integrated technologies – i.e. software and digital services – that interact to define what products are to be manufactured, as well as how and when they are to be manufactured. Within this framework, SCM software and digital services can support customers at every stage of their process in creating furniture and the 2022 innovations concern all these stages. Preparation First thing is preparing the information, data and programs for the production. Design, CADCAM software and simulators can dramatically shorten time and reduce errors from the office to the machines. SCM provides specific software to support customers in the design, optimisation and data generation for the machines in the shopfloor. Among these software:


• New updates and features are available for Maestro cnc: the CAD-CAM software for the design of the workpiece, to program SCM machining centres. Maestro cnc is the only software that ensures that all the wood workings are quickly and easily programmed thanks to smart functions (app and macros libraries) built to program any machine operation with a mouse click. • Also in evidence, Maestro proview, the 3D Simulator software that allows users to access a three dimensional model of their machine in their office and view the operations that will be carried out during the production in advance on their PC. Planning and optimisation Once all production data has been defined, it’s time to optimise, schedule and plan the jobs and the production. Production scheduling and planning can be handled with dedicated software, the so-called MES (Manufacturing Execution System). On the other hand, optimisation has to do with optimising processes such as cutting, drilling or routing. • Maestro easyFLOW is the newborn plug and play MES software powered by SCM that ensures well-executed production plans, complete visibility and optimisation of production and processes across the enterprise. Maestro easyFLOW is extremely easy to support even small businesses with programming and production flow management, as well as 4.0 interconnection. • Maestro opti wise is the new cutting

optimiser, developed to offer the customer the best solution in terms of waste, time and costs optimisation. • Maestro power TMS is the new software of the new Accord 500/600 CNC machining centres for solid wood machining. It further optimises and simplifies tool management. Thanks to this program, which maximises the ability of the storage and optimises programming, there is no need for the operator to waste time and energy in looking for the most suitable tool. The software will identify and indicate the tool’s exact position in the storage, thus minimising machining times. • Maestro powerset is a unique solution in the market, born from the need to stop wasting time on tooling study procedures and to reduce human mistakes while maintaining the knowhow of the process. Production Smart manufacturing employs different technologies to make machines increasingly intelligent, smart and interactive. In this concept, a smart factory has machines provided with HMI software, facilitating the user experience and interaction with the machine. • Maestro active is the new unified operator interface software for all SCM technologies. A single operator can easily and safely manage multiple machines at a time, thanks to the consistency maintained between all interfaces. Regardless of the machine, Maestro active maintains the same look and feel, thus ensuring the same approach to interaction.

Monitoring and servicing Once the production has been started, and for the whole life cycle of the machine, Maestro connect Digital Service platform ensures machine status monitoring, maintenance optimisation, issue management, spare parts suggestions, smart learning, as well as augmented reality service support with Smartech.


CAD+T: software solutions for the smaller manufacturer

CAD+T CAM Interface

If your company is a smaller manufacturer of furniture with a collection of machines from different suppliers, you probably take companies that present software solutions with a pinch of salt and look for the exit the moment they start talking about ERP, RFID and all the other abbreviations software boffins like to throw into the conversation. There’s a pretty good chance you’ll have dismissed some software companies because their product, good though it might be, is tied to machines you don’t have, or can’t be adapted if you decide to change machine brands in the future. Others might be good for design but aren’t so hot when it comes to production. CAD+T is a software company that has the answers small, bespoke manufacturers need, as well as those who have switched to Industry 4.0, and every one of its solutions is individually tailored to suit what you want to do. CAD+T offers a complete solution that starts from design – and being modular it can be as simple or as all-encompassing as you need.

CNC Output for production line

“I have customers who have six or seven different machinery suppliers. We can implement the software on each machine with our interface” Florian Wonisch, CAD+T international sales manager



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“Our new configurator is a web-based solution with a fully automated process on the back,” says Florian Wonisch, international sales manager for CAD+T. “That means you can generate drawings without making a physical drawing if you provide the system with the rules you want it to work with. It will then feed that information back to a CNC for optimising on your beam saw and all your other machines in what we call silent mode – in the background. That’s especially good for the bespoke kitchen furniture sector.” What’s particularly interesting is that CAD+T isn’t related to any specific machinery suppliers. It works across the board, even if your machines are 10 or 12 years old and you have half a dozen different brands in your workshop. “We don’t know what our customers are buying,” Florian confirmed. “I have customers who have six or seven different machinery suppliers. We can implement the software on each machine with our interface. “Some of our customers have machines that have no automatic adjustments for thicknesses or edges. In such cases, we provide all the information the operator needs on the label itself so adjustments can be made manually. We have some customers who use barcodes but no automatic adjustments, others who have fully automatic, latest generation machines and many who have upgraded their machines and taken CAD+T with them. “When you decide to change a machine, we adjust everything in the CAM interface – the post processor. We switch the machine, the output files and change all the tool setups to accommodate your new machine’s tooling and capability. We can do this across the internet. In principle, Covid taught us we can do 98% of this online. It’s always best to be on-site to check but everything, even the initial installation can be done online.” Another big benefit of CAD+T’s solution is its modular construction. “We are not selling one big product with a start price that gives you this, this

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Dams Furniture boosts efficiency with Homag’s Sawteq B-400 Established in 1967, Dams Furniture Limited is a UK manufacturer and wholesaler of office furniture, operating from one large site in Knowsley, Merseyside. It is a growing business employing over 350 people in the UK. To manage and improve its production capacity to cater for increased product demand, the company’s senior management recently invested in a Homag Sawteq B-400 panel dividing saw. The company now operates a total of six Homag machines and

has benefited from a considerable increase in manufacturing efficiency following the acquisition of the new Homag saw.

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Homag Sawteq B-400 panel dividing saw Homag’s Sawteq B-400 is a horizontal panel saw with an automatic feed system that significantly speeds up the cutting process. The high-performance saw can process larger volumes of panels in finish cut quality. It works reliably and precisely at high speed

33% increase in production speeds Commenting on the efficiency benefits the Sawteq B-400 has delivered, the company’s managing director, Chris Scott, comments: “The new saw is much more productive and significantly faster than our previous saw. We used to run our last saw across three shifts 24 hours a day. The new Homag

saw runs across only two shifts for the same level of output. So, we have gained a 33 per cent increase in our production rates while lowering costs considerably.” Sourcing the right supplier Commenting on the selection process to source the best product supplier, Chris comments: “The process of finding the right supplier for this equipment began with assessing our production requirements and putting together a detailed specification for the


“The new saw is much more productive and significantly faster than our previous saw. We used to run our last saw across three shifts 24 hours a day. The new Homag saw runs across only two shifts for the same level of output. So, we have gained a 33 per cent increase in our production rates while lowering costs considerably” equipment we required. “We looked through the various trade magazines and went to the trade fairs in Germany and the UK. After inviting suppliers to tender we undertook a cost comparison and return on investment analysis of the three supplier quotations received. “Then, after selecting Homag as our preferred supplier of the saw, we visited other companies to see the Sawteq B-400 in operation. During the visits we were able to speak directly to the companies’ owners about the saw’s performance.

Our Homag sales manager, Jon Lawman, guided us through this review process which we found really beneficial.” Impressive aftersales service delivered time and again With its investment now up to six Homag machines, Dams Furniture has many years’ experience in dealing with Homag UK’s sales and aftersales teams. Remarking on this, Chris says: “When selecting the new machinery, the quality of the supplier’s aftersales service plays an

important role. “Having been involved with Homag UK’s service teams over the years, we knew they delivered excellent aftersales support. This was demonstrated yet again when the new Homag saw was installed. The Homag team worked flat out over the Christmas and New Year shut down period to install the equipment and prevent any manufacturing disruption to our business.” 01332 856424


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At the recent KBB event in Birmingham, a new sanding head demonstration wowed the crowds and drew considerable attention from single owner workshops to large corporations. That sanding head was the Mirka AIOS, part of Mirka’s innovative range of robotic sanding solutions, which began in 2019 with the introduction of the Mirka AIROS, the first smart electric sander designed for robotic sanding applications. Developed from valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities within customers’ industries, this information was then circulated to Mirka’s R&D team in Jeppo, Finland, who used it to design an innovative and versatile programme, aligned with Industry 4.0 and automated processes. The AIROS was the first product to transition all the hallmarks of Mirka’s hand-held tools over to automated processes, including dust-free sanding, and versatility. It can fit most robot arms on the market, as well as work with Universal Robots collaborative solutions using a special UR installation kit. With automated processes, it is all about ease, repetitiveness, and consistency, and the AIROS offers this through technology that was developed by the R&D team that allows for two-way communication between the sanding head and the control system. This constant communication provides detailed information about the status of the sander and the possibility to adjust it, which puts the user in control of the sanding process. As robotics and processes evolved off the back of the AIROS launch, users started to look for a complete solution for automated manufacturing processes and the line-up expanded with the addition of the AIOS sanding head and the AIROP polishing head. According to Neil Newbrook, business sector manager wood for Mirka UK, “We have received excellent feedback about the AIOS and have generated many leads about the whole line-up as companies can see the benefits of using our automated process solution to manage large volumes efficiently and cost-effectively. After suitable training, the operators can set new programmes and switch between different sized workpieces with ease.” He adds: “There are no limits to the applications for the AIOS. Businesses don’t need a dedicated space to work, as the collaborative robot or COBOT doesn’t need a specially guarded or cordoned-off area, and it can be safely and easily attached to an existing workbench. The sanding arm will apply the same pressure across the workpiece every time, and not miss a patch or over-sand which can cause returns. These COBOTS are designed to become part of the manufacturing team, working in conjunction with an operator who manages >>


the workpieces and programmes, while freeing time for skilled joiners and reducing workplace vibration exposure.” One business that is already benefiting from automated processes and Mirka’s robotic sanding solutions is AFK Garden Furniture. The company’s commitment to automated processes started with an investment in robotic arms for paint spraying, and the savings it generated in paint more than justified the initial outlay, as the business was able to increase production by 20%. As a result, AFK added the robot arms to the sanding side of the process, © AFK Garden Furniture

AFK Garden Furniture is already benefitting from the Mirka AIROS, the first smart electric sander designed for robotic sanding applications

“The investment in the robot arms was part of the business’s growth strategy and the new units from Mirka integrated seamlessly into the Universal Robots software we run, so there were no teething problems” where it was using Mirka Abranet ACE on the Mirka DEOS 353CV to sand. It designed a custom cradle to use with its Universal Robots arms and was delighted with the outcome; even pressure and a uniform scratch pattern led to consistent quality and a significant reduction in abrasive usage. The business then added a second robot arm to enable it to sand both sides of the garden furniture simultaneously, further improving production times. Mirka then offered AFK the chance to trial the new AIOS unit, designed specifically for this kind of COBOT application, and the company immediately saw the potential. Martyn Mitchell, AFK Garden Furniture factory manager, explained that the investment in the robot arms for sanding has delivered numerous benefits since the new tools were introduced. “The investment in the robot arms was part of the business’s growth strategy and the new units from Mirka integrated seamlessly into the Universal Robots software we run, so there were

no teething problems, “ he says. “They have also assisted in increasing the quality of the end product and because the sanding process is now quicker, it has increased our daily output by 15-20%, which ensures the senior management team is happy with the products we are producing and our productivity. In addition, it has also made programming a lot easier and has allowed us to introduce new routines that take advantage of the improved hose management to reduce the movements needed by the arms.” Martyn added, “Alongside the benefits to the business, the tools have also assisted the people on the workshop floor, as there has been continued investment in upskilling the workforce. This has enabled the business to ensure we have the knowledge and expertise to use the tools and the ability to handle the constantly evolving requirements of automated processes, futureproofing our manufacturing business.”


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Six ways to optimise your manufacturing footprint with digitalisation Can your existing production equipment and processes meet your current and future production needs? Although older machines and processes may ‘get the job done’, it is often at the cost of efficiency. In fact, much of the equipment in factories runs at 30% capacity or less. Read on to find out how you can optimise your manufacturing footprint – by replacing aging equipment and processes with fewer but more advanced machines, revised processes and digitalised flows – to unlock total process improvements, and greater labour and cost savings. 1 MAKE ACCURATE COST-SAVING DECISIONS Invest in virtual prototyping software to protect margins and verify that products remain on cost. Virtual prototypes enable manufacturers to understand the impact of material choices and dimensions by visualising, comparing and sharing the most cost-effective design options.

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Insight Woodworkers: three signs your vacuum pump is failing Richard Oxley, director of Becker UK, speaks on the many benefits of ensuring vacuum equipment is fit for purpose ... Is your CNC machine playing up? Worried you’ll need to replace the whole thing? Tired of wasting wood due to repeated cutting issues? We’ve got good news. It might not be a fault with the machine itself. It’s unlikely it’s the materials you’re using. And there’s nothing wrong with your skills as a woodworker. The problem might be your vacuum. A poor, weak, or inadequate vacuum can cause a whole host of problems that often get blamed on other things. So, if you’re experiencing any of these issues, then your vacuum pump should be the first thing you investigate: 1.



Poor quality cuts – if your vacuum is weak, your boards can slip during cutting, resulting in poor quality, irregular or inaccurate cuts. This results in wastage, which could otherwise be avoided. Chipping of boards – if your vacuum isn’t holding your board in place with enough force, and the boards move or vibrate during machining, this can cause the board to chip. Again, this causes wastage that could otherwise be avoided. Damaged tooling – a poor vacuum can lead to increased vibration, which can cause damage to tooling. Not only does this mean extra cost in repairing or replacing parts, but it can also delay production or cause unplanned downtime.

The cost to your business If you’re worried about the cost of replacing your vacuum, don’t be. While there might be an initial cost to investing in quality parts, the cost of not investing will be much higher. In wastage – chipped boards and inaccurate cuts mean wasted materials. Even if you’re only experiencing problems every now and then, these will still add up, and the problem will only get worse.

In running and maintenance costs – damaged tooling means replacement parts, and replacement parts cost money. On top of this, an inefficient pump will be using way more energy than it should, adding to your energy bill (and your carbon footprint). In downtime – If a vacuum pump is down, the machine cannot operate, resulting in unplanned downtime. This will impact the progress of any current jobs, costing you money, but also your reputation. Ignoring your pump problems is like throwing money away, so it pays to resolve the issue quickly. What’s causing the problem? There are many variables that could be contributing to a poor vacuum, and it is

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sometimes difficult to identify the issue. But the good news is, if you can figure out the problem, you might not need a new pump at all. Dust and debris – the issue could be as simple as a build-up of dust and debris. Make sure you clean your spoil boards, router tables and seals before the placement of new workpieces. Incorrect set-up – the way your machine is set up could be causing the issue. For example, if gaskets aren’t cut and fitted correctly, the tolerance between ends might be too high, affecting your vacuum pressure. Leak in the vacuum system – if you have a leak in your vacuum process, this will most certainly be causing problems with your vacuum pressure.


Lack of servicing – poor maintenance of the filter unit will increase the pressure loss over the filter, resulting in a reduced vacuum level. It could also lead to filters rupturing and damaging the pump. Wrong type of pump or filter – for fine composite materials, some vacuum pumps need a filter with a lower micron rating. Without the correct filter, some particles may enter and potentially damage the pump’s internal mechanics. Actions you can take The first priority should be making sure your vacuum equipment is fit for purpose and as energy efficient as possible. Overkill vacuum solutions are commonly used and, although you may not notice any issues with performance, these solutions could be resulting in a lot of wasted energy. To maximise energy efficiency, you can use a pump with a variable frequency drive. This can be an effective way of reducing energy costs by up to 25%. Depending on the machinery and the required operations, your vacuum could be better utilised with a Rotary Claw pump rather than Vane. Becker Claw pumps have been designed for minimal noise emissions, keeping your production area quieter too. Once you’ve got the right vacuum system in place, servicing and maintaining it is your next priority. Becker yearly services are carried out by expert engineers, and we only use genuine Becker parts. Our engineers are also available

on a 24-hour call-out to keep your machines operating around the clock. Make it Becker Becker has over 100 years of experience in the vacuum industry, and all our pumps meet rigorous standards. Our products are built for reliability and longevity, and we have pumps active today within the woodworking industry that have been running for over 20 years for our clients. Every product we supply has been designed for performance and efficiency. Our VX series, for example, has been designed to increase vane life by up to 20,000 operating hours. As well as standalone pumps, we can also design and implement central vacuum systems. Because all your pumps are in one central location away from the production area, you reduce noise and heat levels on the factory floor. A centralised system is lower maintenance and easier to access, plus you minimise machine downtime as back up pumps will kick in should a primary pump fail. Need help with your vacuum systems? If you’re experiencing any of the issues outlined in this article or would like to find out how your woodworking operation could benefit from centralised vacuum systems, we’d love to help. Get in touch with one of our friendly experts who will be happy to talk you through the most suitable solutions. Contact our team of experts on 01482 835280 or visit

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Established in 1981 by James Taylor, TMJ Interiors is one of the country’s leading joinery manufacturers which counts Microsoft, Royal Opera House, Estée Lauder, Sky, Deloitte and Amazon among its clients. Notable other TMJ patronage includes the refurbishment of 10 Downing Street in 1990 and the restoration work at Windsor Castle following the terrible fire there in 1995. With a London office near Spitalfields, I visited the company’s manufacturing base in Bildeston, Ipswich to meet the company’s production director, Pat Coll, and the veneer department manager, Mark Davis, to check up one of TMJ’s recent technical upgrades – an impressive Kündig Technic Botop sanding/calibration machine, supplied by Carl O’Meara at Kündig UK. TMJ’s latest acquisition was specifically designed for the company’s veneer department and was installed early on in the pandemic. The machine has quickly proved itself to be a well-matched solution which delivers TMJ’s requirement for class-leading production throughout the process. The company’s Kündig Technic Botop machine has a five-belt set up comprising an initial cross belt unit to pre-sand the jointed veneers, then a calibration roller, followed by two electronic sanding pads – the second of which is in Brilliant execution – and finally, the bottom calibration

roller completes the process. Sanding machines are sometimes seen as the silent partners in furniture and woodworking, with more glamorous machinery hogging the limelight, and in some cases, the lion’s share of the investment. Experienced manufacturers will of course understand that the sanding finish is equally as crucial, if not more so than the cutting and routing which precedes it. Consistent and accurate sanding is imperative for a premium

finish – and more so when the clientele is at the prime end of the spectrum. TMJ Interiors is no stranger to the benefits of Kündig technology: “We’ve had Kündig machines for more than 20 years now,” explains TMJ’s production director Pat Coll, “so we know their key attributes – ease of use and quality of finish – and we’ve come to rely on these capabilities over the years. So when the time came to upgrade this part of our process, we didn’t need >>


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“When the time came to upgrade this part of our process, we didn’t need to look too far – we called Carl at Kündig UK and explored the options”


to look too far – we reached out to Carl O’Meara at Kündig UK and explored the options. Such is our confidence in their products, we never really had any thoughts to look at any other sanders on the market.” In terms of options for the Kündig Technic Botop series of wide belt sanders, there is the convenience of double-sided processing in just one pass combined with options of parallel sanding, or the oblique sanding technology as specified by TMJ. In terms of working widths, the two operational Kündig machines at TMJ are an older two-head Brilliant machine with a 1600mm working width, and the new machine with a 1350mm working width. Top and bottom sanding units are available as planers, brush units, calibration rollers and sanding pads, either pneumatic or segmented and electronically controlled. They offer a very

stable support, high precision build and above average life span. For high output applications and the heat build-up that comes with them, there are different belt lengths of 1900, 2000, 2620 and 3250 mm available. TMJ’s decision to opt for another five-head machine was straight-forward and one of the key characteristics of the new machine was its patented oblique sanding technology. Kündig’s exclusive oblique sanding technology does what experienced wood workers do instinctively: through pivoting of the sanding unit, the sanding grit’s cutting ability and belt life improves and undesirable sanding traces that are fairly common for almost all wide belt sanders don’t show on the work piece. “You get a far better sanding finish with its oblique head,” says TMJ’s veneer department manager, Mark Davis, “the standard machine will give you a good sand, but if you hold the piece up to the light, there are very slightly perceptible scratch marks. With Kündig’s oblique head, which you can move, you can minimise this effect as much as is possible – basically, with this machine and this set up it produces a far superior finish which is exactly what we need.” Kündig says this oblique technology has a variety of advantages: vanishing of sanding traces on the work piece, longer belt life span, less fibre-raising and therefore much finer surfaces and less lacquer consumption. In terms of head layout on TMJ’s new sander, Mark says: “This machine is focused on our veneer work and calibrating, and the fine work we produce

“Such is our confidence in Kündig’s products, we never really had any thoughts to look at any other sanders on the market”

for our high-end residential and our corporate clients’ applications. For instance, as a guide to the standards we operate to, we apply paper to painted doors, and then we sand the paper! When I speak to manufacturers when buying the rolls of paper, they say you don’t need to sand it – we maintain that we do because we get a better, flatter finish before it goes in the spray shop. That is the level we feel our customers deserve. Pat reaffirms that one of the most pleasing hallmarks of Kündig machines in general is that they are intrinsically very easy to use. “Full credit to Kündig, they’ve made the machines very straightforward to operate … the machines are so simple to use and its easy to train new colleagues to use them. In addition, they can update the system remotely so minor tweaks and upgrades do not mean costly downtime.” With 80 skilled craftsmen across its workshops, almost all of it sporting new or upgraded technology from a range of leading suppliers, TMJ’s latest Kündig Technic Botop machine is very much at home creating some of the finest joinery to be had anywhere. In terms of the physical installation, the onboarding, initial set up and training, neither Pat nor Mark reported any major issues. “I have no qualms in reporting that our reliance on Kündig for our sanding is justifiable and wholehearted,” says Pat, “and I would recommend Kündig – and Carl O’Meara – to anyone needing to a first-class sander for their business.” 0845 833 0565

Kündig says its oblique technology has a variety of advantages: vanishing of sanding traces on the work piece, longer belt life span, less fibre-raising and therefore much finer surfaces and less lacquer consumption



The TMJ Interiors factory is equipped with top line technology at every juncture where skilled craftsmen create hand finished and often unique furniture and joinery solutions for its cleints – and Kündig’s sanders continue to provide an important role in the production processes of TMJ Interiors


New Elcon vertical panel saw for Newfields Timber

Newfields Timber is an independent timber merchant based in Stoke On Trent, supplying high quality softwood timber for building and freight packaging. To meet the growing demand for cut to size sheet material, it looked to specialist supplier Daltons Wadkin for a replacement vertical panel saw.

Daltons Wadkin is the sole distributor for specialist European manufacturer, Elcon. With a complete range of standard and tailored solutions for cutting wood-based panels, plastics, composites and non-ferrous metals, the company is extremely well-placed to exceed customers expectations.

Following a detailed demonstration at Daltons Wadkin’s Nottingham showroom, Newfields Timber chose to invest in the Elcon 215DS vertical panel saw. With a large 4300 x 2150mm sheet capacity and 55mm cutting depth, the 215DS offers fast, safe and accurate panel sizing. Optional digital readouts to the vertical and horizontal cutting axis were specified for a guaranteed cutting accuracy of 0.1mm from one operator to another. In addition, an extended heavy duty measuring stop was added and foot operated transport rollers to facilitate the loading of heavier sheets. Newfields Timber received a turnkey delivery, installation and training service, including removal of its existing saw to minimise disruption to its production. Daltons Wadkin invests heavily in customer support and boasts one of the largest teams of field service engineers in the UK to ensure equipment is expertly commissioned and maintained. For more information contact a member of the Daltons Wadkin team on 0115 986 5201, email or visit www.


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MultiCam CNC router stands the test of time for Facit Homes

Facit Homes is a multi-award-winning design and build company dedicated to delivering contemporary, low carbon, beautiful homes. Established in 2007, and featured on Grand Designs as “the world’s first computer-cut house”, the Facit Homes’ team certainly build differently. Facit Homes has a unique approach to house building. Using a CNC machine, the company cuts its advanced structural system on site. Its CNC machine lives in a shipping container so that it can be moved around the country from site to site. This saves on both shipping costs and time, manufacturing overheads and puts Facit in a position to create striking, bespoke homes. We interviewed Bruce Bell, Founder and CEO, to find out more about how the company’s MultiCam CNC Router fits into the story ...


Why did you choose a MultiCam? “There were several reasons why we chose to buy a MultiCam from CNC World,” explains Bruce. “They are nicely engineered, sturdy and solid but not too bulky with unnecessary weight. Other brands create over-complicated machines that don’t actually do more. There was also the simplicity side (of running the machine) – you don’t need a PHD to operate them.” What did your new CNC machine replace? “We had a different brand of CNC machine. It was low cost and slow, we learnt the basics on there but when we needed to scale things up the original machine just wasn’t good enough. “The MultiCam machines are immaculate in how they are made. The rigidity and stability is so important to us as our machine is delivered from site to site.” How easy was it to get started with your new CNC machine? “Apart from the fact that we use our machine in an unusual environment, we haven’t had any problems with our machine. It was just plug and play! “We’ve had the same machine since 2010 and it’s still working fantastically. We’ve just had a full refurbishment completed on it and it’s as good as new.”

“The MultiCam machines are immaculate in how they are made. The rigidity and stability is so important to us as our machine is delivered from site to site”

What advice would you give to someone looking to purchase a CNC machine? “Understand your expectations and what you require. Are you a small workshop designing things on the fly or is it a production machine where the design work is done elsewhere? Then do your research into what machines fit with your needs. “The accuracy is really important. If you don’t have a stiff bed and a quality base when you put a heavy material on the bed it can move – the difference of a few millimetres can be the difference of whether something fits together. In furniture and joinery this is obviously essential! “And lastly, additional extras can seem like a great idea but do you need them? Don’t over spec!” For over 15 years, CNC World has been the sole UK partner for MultiCam CNC machines. Selling, servicing and upgrading hundreds of machines. “It’s been great to see Facit Homes deliver such stand out homes with their MultiCam, and know that it is still working as well now as it did when we sold it to Bruce 10 years ago,” comments Jason Rowe, Managing Director. “It shows how a great CNC machine stands the test of time.” As well as machines to order, CNC World keeps a range of routers in stock and often has ex-demonstration or refurbished machines immediately available. Contact CNC World on 01953 668899 for more information.

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First UK beamsaw by AES helps drive manufacturer’s growth One has to admire the ambition of any business deciding on the manufacturer-retailer model – it takes huge commitment and nimble minds. Enn Living appears to be one such business, and if their latest technical introduction is anything to go by, the company’s ambitious targets are more than likely to be achieved. John Legg went to investigate. From a compact end-of-row unit among a sea of similar units, Enn Living might not outwardly appear that impressive, but as we all know, looks are often deceiving because Enn Living has established itself as a successful and thriving design, manufacture and retail business which for the past years has been creating bespoke kitchen, bedroom, living room and home office furniture for customers across much of the country.

Across the south of England from Bristol in the west to Colchester in the east, and down to Tunbridge Wells in the south as well and up to Milton Keynes, for a relatively small business, the Enn Living customer base is geographically impressive. The company’s director, Anshu Kerpal, leads by example with his effervescent energy and clear passion for his business. I spoke with Anshu’s business development manager, Pankaj Bhardwaj, and asked him what

about the business history. “Initially the business was primarily involved in the installation of fitted furniture which evolved into manufacturing from a small unit in Hayes around eight years ago. The company now also has a showroom in Uxbridge too which is proving very successful.” From the critical perspective of the consumer, Enn Living has a retail concern in the form of its Uxbridge showroom. For the company


The compact nature of Enn Living’s facility required dexterity at the time of installation with the AES Alpha beamsaw fitting snugly in the corner

to have a dedicated manufacturing facility – which customers are able to visit should they choose – this can only inspire confidence to the consumer when compared to a retailer who sources cabinets from one supplier, lighting from another, worktops from another. The Enn Living proposition is less prone to delays and other problems and is naturally more self-reliant and customer-friendly. The current manufacturing set up comprises an EBM edgebander, a Blum Minipress drill, and the heartbeat of the operation is the company’s new AES Alpha beamsaw – the first of its kind in the UK supplied and installed by J & C O’Meara. As many readers will know, the AES Group is a major Turkish manufacturer of CNC drilling machines, routers and machining centres, and its most recent introduction to the UK market, a range beam saws which are currently enjoying strong demand in the UK marketplace. With many machines available to test at J & C O’Meara’s grand showroom and warehouse in Burscough, Lancashire, AES is becoming a very popular option among UK furniture and joinery manufacturers. J & C’s national sales manager, Jeff Green had initially discussed an

The large, bright monitor and intuitive software makes the Alpha beamsaw a straightforward machine to operate

option for a edgebander with Enn Living director, Anshu Kerpal, but it was the beamsaw which the company eventually decided to invest in. After fully understanding Anshu’s requirements it was clear to Jeff that the Alpha PS 04 beamsaw would be an ideal fit – well, just about as it turned out – upon delivery in August 2021 there was quite literally only a few inches to play with to get the machine installed where it needed to be. Accurately positioning of a fairly large machine into quite a modest and busy space will always be a challenge, but Jeff’s skilled team managed the situation well and by adjusting the position of four high stacks of jumbo board, it was safely installed and ready for work. Following installation and after the initial training, the Enn Living production team – which includes a skilled beam saw operator – quickly became proficient with the new machine, although both parties had to navigate various Covid 19 constraints which meant the process took a little longer than it otherwise would have done. The production team at Enn Living are already eager for further training to bolster their beamsaw skills in the hunt for greater efficiency and workability.



The Enn Living production team – which includes a skilled beam saw operator – quickly became proficient with the company’s new beamsaw


The Alpha beamsaw, officially titled a performance panel machining centre, is designed to make panel processing applications in the most efficient way. With a robustly engineered, powerful and fast structure, it guarantees precise machining and optimum results. According to Pankaj, Enn Living is already seeing benefits from this investment by speeding up panel processing and general production with relative ease. “Almost straight away the company has been able to process far more panels than had been the case before,” explains Pankaj, “and this has translated into the sales team being able to confirm shorter lead times for customers and this has helped turnover and profitability grow as a result – all directly attributable to our new AES beamsaw.” Of course, speedier throughput is one thing, but what about the quality of the cut? Enn Living’s Alpha beamsaw specification includes a main saw power of 11 kW with 2.2 kW scoring saw motor which ensures fast, precise and safe cutting. Thanks to its strong structure, high precision clamps, easy to use PC with panel optimisation software – this is a well equipped and well priced option which, as Pankaj says, has helped the Enn Living business grow remarkably quickly.

“The machine is really making a difference to our business, compared to our previous saw, the new Alpha is entirely consistent with very few incidents of chipping and the cutting is much finer than before so we are creating less waste which is very important in helping to

keep unwanted waste, and therefore costs, to a minimum. This machine really makes the cutting work a lot easier all round.” In terms of any issues or problems since the installation, Pankaj says the whole process was well managed and they have no complaints. “Jeff and the AES team got us up and running in a couple of days, which was very fair, and we’ve only had one fairly minor issue so far, and following a couple of video calls it was clear that an engineer was required ,” says Pankaj, “and to their credit, they were on our doorstep first thing the next morning.” In terms of the benefits overall, Pankaj says: “The new beamsaw has brought us greater cutting efficiency for sure with the speed of the cut and the guaranteed accuracy which has enabled us to grow our business capability – and now I think we are a bit ahead of other suppliers now. Moving forward we are looking to build our manufacturing team and upgrade our technology further.” Moving forward Enn Living says it intends to continue to upgrade its production capabilities when it can find a larger premises with more room and better access as the company continues to expand. 01704 893109


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Holz-Handwerk + Fensterbau Frontale Preview Holz-Handwerk: the highlights of the 2022 anniversary edition At the 20th edition of Holz-Handwerk, the focus will be on personal encounters and networking, discovering and trying out new products and solutions, and gaining inspiration and know-how. The European trade fair for machine technology, equipment and supplies for the secondary wood processing segment will take place as a one-off summer edition from 12-15th July 2022 at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, as always co-located with Fensterbau Frontale, which you can visit using the same ticket. In this anniversary year, visitors will not only enjoy the trade show in the usual seven exhibition halls but can also look forward to a new highlight in the supporting programme, with the debut of a forum on digitalisation. A practical guide to digitisation for craftspeople – but how? Holz-Handwerk is providing support to carpenters on their journey into the digital world. The new forum, A Practical Guide To Digitisation For Craftspeople, offers participants the opportunity to meet experts, share information,

make contacts, and gain new inspiration, insights and ideas. It is taking place in hall 8 for the first time as part of Holz-Handwerk and Fensterbau Frontale 2022 and will explore topics tailored to the requirements of this skilled trade. With a combination of product presentations and short TED-style talks, the forum offers information on the key topics of efficiency and productivity, staff and leadership, and collaboration and communication with customers. Professional development and careers in the woodworking trade The shortage of skilled personnel is also an issue of concern to the wood processing sector. The Holz-Handwerk Campus therefore offers a key platform for training and professional development. Vocational colleges, universities and advanced training establishments will present information on their courses in hall 12. For the first time, a Job Board at Holz-Handwerk will connect skilled personnel to companies with job vacancies.

The power of ideas – bringing ideas to life! As co-sponsor of Holz-Handwerk, Fachverband Schreinerhandwerk (Bavarian Carpentry Association, FSH) will host the special show, DesignObjekt – ObjektDesign, in hall 9, offering an interactive information platform with practical tips in line with this year’s focus, Macht DER Idee – Macht DIE Idee – a play on words in German: the power of ideas is bringing ideas to life. It means the carpenter is responsible for realising a customer’s idea, which will succeed well if the idea is powerful and creative. It will focus on the creative aspects of the trade and the process of taking the customer’s idea and developing it into a creative product through the guidance and skill of the carpenter. Experience the strength of the sector … … at the Innovation Made In Germany pavilion. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) provides funding to help start-ups and young companies take part in leading international fairs like HolzHandwerk. At this pavilion, visitors can meet


and chat with young companies and discover novel and innovative processes, products and solutions. A successful concept for the last 30 years Holz-Handwerk took place in Nuremberg in combination with Fensterbau Frontale for the first time in 1992, initially as an annual event and subsequently every two years. “Since then, Holz-Handwerk has become the must-do event for carpenters, joiners and cabinetmakers from all over Europe,” says Stefan Dittrich, director of Holz-Handwerk, commenting on the importance of the exhibition. “If anyone had said to me at the close of the 19th round in March 2018 that our 20th anniversary event would also be a summer edition, I would not have put any bets on it happening!” says Dittrich, reflecting on turbulent times. “Following a pandemic-induced break of 1571 days, we can now sense the massive excitement among our customers as they look forward to their industry gathering. There is a great need to find out about trends and innovations, try out machines and tools, and discuss topical issues like rising energy costs, material shortages or price increases with other industry professionals. Valuable chance encounters and spontaneous brainstorming sessions that result in business ideas and alliances can only happen in live, face-to-face settings. The Holz-Handwerk teams at NürnbergMesse and at the VDMA are making the final preparations for the event, and we cordially invite all exhibitors and visitors to come and celebrate with us this special edition and reunion of the industry,” Dittrich continues. Get Holz-Handwerk App An App has been developed to make it easy to plan your trade fair visit: exhibitors and products can be bookmarked in a wish list, while a dynamic floor plan helps you navigate your way round the venue. In addition, App users receive push notifications if there are any changes to an item on their personal wish list.

Fensterbau Frontale returns with strong platform of exhibitors and supporting programmes With exhibitors focused on the issues of windows, doors and facades, Fensterbau Frontale is a considerable event – probably the most important of its type in the world, even with a number of notable cancellations, Fensterbau Frontale packs a punch giving visitors a comprehensive overview of the industry’s entire range of products and services in 2022. The event is co-located with the mighty HolzHandwerk show and the same ticket handily gives access to both events. The previous event, as with many large-scale events, took place in 2018, and this year it has mustered some 350 exhibitors from all over the world to present their innovations from the last four years. The focus at Fensterbau Frontale will be on discovering and trying out products and solutions, when in addition to a fulsome supporting programme which also offers a comprehensive overview of the market, information on the latest industry trends, and many opportunities for professional development. The key product spectrum on offer for this special summer edition of Fensterbau Frontale 2022 includes: Profile, Glass, Hardware, Machines and Technical Information. Profile features structural and profile systems, semifinished materials, materials and production aids, components and pre-fabricated elements, shading and ventilating equipment. Glass comprises glass, and glass products. Hardware encompasses hardware, doors

and fixing equipment, safety equipment and office organisation. Machines as you might expect features machines, installations and tools, operating systems and operating equipment. And finally, Technical information stands for services, associations, research and development. The supporting programme is considerable at the event and includes: ‘Window, Door and Facade Construction Goes Digital’ which looks at ways skilled trades enterprises can put digital transformation into practice; and ‘Green Deal’ which, as well as being a key slogan of the event as a whole, will focus on issues of CO2 efficiency and using sustainable windows and structural components to protect against climate extremes like heat waves, hurricanes, hailstorms and floods. In addition there will be expert talks, guided tours, information and presentations for architects, designers, innovations from Switzerland, and a plethora of wards recognising excellence across the sector. The programme highlights for Fensterbau Frontale’s summer edition will be streamed live online in both German and English. Visitors can also use the Fensterbau Frontale App to get information in advance about exhibitors and products and create a wish list. The organiser says the App will makes it ‘easier to navigate the event on site thanks to a dynamic floor plan’ and there are push notifications if there are changes to anything in your personal wish list.


Holz-Her Linea 6015 beam saw High-precision cutting results for the smaller manufacturer

ABOVE With an operational footprint of just 6m x 4.7m, the Linea 6015 requires the same amount of space as a sliding table panel saw. Plus, it’s been designed with an 1800mm sliding door to the side of the machine, giving you access to over 6m2 of usable storage space.

BELOW The new beam saw features an electronically controlled saw carriage with a feed speed of 0-60m/min, return speed of 70m/min and cutting length of 3100mm. This offers extremely short cycle times and maximum productivity, whilst its software-controlled bi-directional cutting feature, FCM (Fast Cut Mode) can cut grooves in the cutting direction as well as the return.

The Linea 6015 also comes with air cushioned 1,800 x 600mm support tables and optional end of table rollers to ensure panels can be manouvered around the bed easily.

ABOVE Holz-Her’s energy-saving saw concept offers a saving of up to 46% with each cut and with its timecontrolled shutdown, the overall running costs of the machine remain low. It has a maximum projection of 68mm and can be adjusted by 2040mm, whilst it’s newly developed 2.2 kW optimsed pre-scoring system has been designed to offer infinite adjustments with the motor running, saving on set-up time.


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The Linea 6015’s pivoting 21.5” multi-touch monitor offers quick and simple operation of its software and intelligent cutting packages.

Optimised material and off-cut management programmes are available, with 3D real-time simulation offering greater insight into the cutting process and stacking sequence of finished workpieces. Holz-Her’s Easy Label module also opens up new possibilities for designing labels tailored to your production.


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Salvamac: tecnological innovation and interpersonal relations Holz-Handwerk, will see Salvamac Group officially present a number of new projects and innovations. “We will be present at HolzHandwerk 2022 not only to confirm our choices, show our machines, share our ideas and meet our partners as we have done in the past, and how we will do in the future, but also to kick off our new Salvamac projects and products,” says Christian Salvador. “Something greater, a reality that has its roots in our tradition, passion and in the conviction that there are people and interpersonal relations behind all this. A project that finds a turning point in Nuremberg,” he says. Ziemowit Dolkowski, co-founder of Salvamac, says: “Our growth has been greater than 50% in recent months and it was a success that we really did not expect! A success that has not only concerned traditional and already consolidated products but the entire production range and which has led us to the creation of something greater: Salvamac Group.” Salvamac continues to move forward in its social and ethical approach to production, innovation by creating a true and relevant group that is based on the support of four production units in three different countries – obtain a winning mix of Italian heads and heart with dynamics, advantages

and the competences of national realities in strong evolution In this perspective, the Salvamac Group multiplies itself exponentially in three departments. The Cross-cutting part specialised in the cutting and optimisation of wood, the Air&Painting department where the suction, air filtration, the wood painting systems find the reference point and finally the brand new Salvamac Selection, a real innovation that will be the great natural evolution of the Salvamac project. Salvamac cross-cutting: solid, simple, safe A consistent catalogue focusing on automatic cutting lines, but also on semi-automatic cutters equipped with devices that make them real cutting centres. In Germany, the leader product of the Salvamac optimisers, the Salvapush 2000 Windows pusher optimising saw will be presented with a brand new version of software for windows production that allows anyone to manage it simply and completely like a smartphone, with website graphics and all the practicality for setting data of a large touch screen, in digital communication among all electronic components. The cutting range is also complemented by the Classic cutting saws characterised by

the 3S’ of Salvamac’s philosophy: solid, simple and safe. Solid because they are designed and made to work even in difficult conditions and of heavy wood. Safe thanks to the two-hand safety control in an ergonomic position and the blade protection cover. Simple because the ease of use is increased by the new successful Salvastop 100 device, the evolution of the numerical control length positioning and stop system. Ziemowit continues: “We have worked hard to create the exclusive software, very easy to use thanks to an immediately understandable and effective, complete, powerful and flexible graphics. It includes five different sections and two different modes. STOP or PUSH.” Salvastop can be installed on the Classic 40, 50 andc 60 models, substantially transforming the entry level models into real semiautomatic cutting centres. Salvamac Air&Painting: suction and painting at the highest quality For painting, Salvamac offers booths, equipped with innovative sandwich panels to provide greater resistance and devices that significantly reduce consumption, to the do-it-clean sanding benches. In addition, Salvamac offers robust and efficient portable vacuum cleaners, bag filters or cartridges, and complete customised systems.

As in the past, the choice of this event is to show customers and partners the latest versions of the new Voyager and Grande filter. Salvamac Selection: a solution for every need As part of the Salvamac project at Holz-Handwerk in Nuremberg, the third branch of Salvamac Selection will be set-up: a selection of different products with the same culture and philosophy that distinguish the company as an international company – a real novelty that the creator Christian Salvador defines as: “Our network and its strength will allow us to introduce new products for the solid wood industry every month, high-quality machines, as in our history, but at a price that allows more companies to choose the technological path. “The strategy is clear: to optimise the process and use every possible ‘country advantage’ to produce machines with the highest quality and affordable prices for the customer. Choosing the Salvamac brand means machines that are simple to use and with which it is easier to cut costs and increase profits. A true network creation that gives the missing added value to our customers and to the whole wood industry. We are ready for the new challenge.” Salvamac - Hall 12.0, stand 410


Brush up your surfacing with Arminius Arminius will be at the summer edition of Holz-Handwerk and will be showing its range of CNC brushes – designed to imbue a highly precise structural depth – to visitors at the Nuremberg trade fair.

The Detmold, Germany-based company provides brushes of unique and varied design solutions for creating brushed surfacing solutions. Due to the typical size of the work pieces, the surface structuring of furniture elements is usually carried out on CNC machines. Users of Arminius CNC-sanding tools benefit from exceptionally fast production times. Users will generate the desired surfaces using Arminius brushes with utmost precision and always achieve a consistent structure throughout entire production cycles – even working on light veneers is no problem, says Arminius. The individual strips of the brushes can be easily exchanged and variably combined. Through combination with sanding bristles, eg., fibres protruding from the surface due to the structuring, can be removed immediately. Customers can choose the ratio

between plastic and brass bristles according to individual needs. For further information about Arminius CNC brushes for woodworking, follow this link:: products/brushes/#walzenbuerstenzylindrische-buerste Arminius - Hall 10.0, stand 305

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Rover A Synchro – a loading and unloading solutions. Automated cell for machining a batch of panels or doors

Biesse technologies at Holz-Handwerk 2022, presenting factory automation in the spirit of Industry 4.0 In hall 11, Biesse will present its latest automated solutions where visitors will be able to discover how to create a connected, automated factory thanks to highly-integrated technologies and software solutions that offer fast, optimised production without sacrificing flexibility. “The integration of machines with the various production management systems, the connection with the machine and the understanding established with the operator enables the digital factory to take shape: this is what visitors will discover when visiting the Biesse stand,” explains Nicola Giombini, systems commercial director. Technologies in action In Hall 11, Biesse will be presenting three integrated automatic cells. The first comprises a Rover B Edge machining centre with a Synchro, Biesse’s exclusive loading/unloading solution that transforms the Rover Edge machining centre into an automatic CNC edgebanding cell. The second combines a Selco WN2 panel saw, integrated with a Winstore automatic storage solution and a Rover B FT machining centre that creates a sizing and nesting cell. Lastly a robotised drilling cell will be demonstrated using a Brema Eko 2.2 compact vertical boring machine with a robot for loading

and unloading operations. In addition, standalone machines on display will include the Akron 1400 and Stream A automated single-sided edgebanding machines and a Viet sanding machine for calibration and sanding applications. Focussing on the world of windows and doors, and with decades of specialist expertise in this sector, Biesse will also showcase the new WinLine multicentre, designed for door and window production that delivers simple and accurate autonomous production. Visitors will also be able to take a closer look at Biesse’s B_SUITE CAD/CAM and optimisation software and the new SmartConnection production planning tool – for in-house management of orders, from generation and scheduling through to the start of production.

The showroom network As well as joining Biesse at Holz-Handwerk, customers are welcome to visit Biesse Group showrooms for a dedicated and unique experience at any time. In recent years, Biesse Group has invested extensively to create a network of Tech Centres around the world to ensure that the company has a local presence to meet the needs of the customers everywhere featuring the latest technology for processing wood, plastics, composite materials, glass and stone. “For us, customers are always at the heart of all our activities; they are the prerequisite for the professional and successful use of our technologies. We are delighted to be at their disposal to offer a one-to-one visit to our Tech Centre. We want to ensure that we can remain by their sides at all times in order to meet their needs, which is why we have planned a series of custom events throughout the year in every sector in which we operate. “As such, we would like to invite all visitors not only to Holz-Handwerk but also to our showroom in Ulm, for a comprehensive and unique overview of our technologies,” says Sebastian Marschner, sales director Biesse Deutschland.” Biesse - Hall 11, stands 204, 206, 300


Rover B FT + Winstore 3D K2

“The integration of machines with the various production management systems, the connection with the machine and the understanding established with the operator enables the digital factory to take shape: this is what visitors will discover when visiting the Biesse stand”

Selco SK4 + Winstore 3D K3


Current aggregate technology – handmade in Germany Atemag’s aggregate specialists develop and produce highperformance aggregates for machining wood, composite, aluminium, steel and plastic on CNC machining centres and robots. The company will present aggregate technology for modern production at Holz-Handwerk, on stand 101 in hall 10. The company will be presenting a variety of standard aggregates, as well as especially manufactured aggregates, equipped with its Atemag Control 4.0 chip and options, to show the modularity of its aggregates. Atemag units are used in CNC machines and machining centres. When using the individually and hand-made aggregates, a wide range of materials can be processed at different angles and

on several axes. Depending on the machining requirements of the applications, standard units or specially manufactured units are used. Modularity Fast set-up times, short downtimes and high machine operating times are important user requirements for CNC machines and thus also for the aggregate technology used. The modular aggregate system from Atemag plays a key role here. Due to modular machine interfaces and torque arms, the Atemag angle aggregates can be used on all common machines. In addition, the modular tool holders can take a wide variety of tools, which maximises the machining options in the machining centre.

Industry 4.0 within the aggregate For the CNC machining centre to reach ideal and maximum performance in conjunction with the aggregate used, it is necessary to use all improvement potentials of the aggregate. This is easily realised with the use of the Atemag Control 4.0 chip, which is mounted directly on the aggregate. The high-tech sensors of the data chip collect the process data of the unit and transmit them to the user in real time. The machine operator thus has access to current data such as speed, operating hours, temperature, and vibrations of the unit. The Control 4.0 chip permanently communicates with the unit and records load fluctuations which are constantly and in real time transmitted to the user via a data

stick using Bluetooth and WLAN. Based on this data, the user can recognise critical parameters in time and adjust the unit, the tools and the CNC machine. The performance of the aggregate is thus maximised, the lifetime of the aggregate is increased, and the production processes are optimised. The implemented infrastructure of the Atemag Control 4.0 technology enables worldwide monitoring at customer request and makes it possible to determine the status of the aggregate via analysis test runs. Based on this, a qualified decision can be made as to whether, for example, maintenance is recommended. Atemag - Hall 10.0, stand 101H


Switch to automated coating easily and cost-effectively At this year’s Holz-Handwerk in Nuremberg, Venjakob Maschinenbau will focus on the Ven Spray One. As a sensible replacement, or as a supplement to your hand-held spray booth and the growing demands for reliability and quality, Venjakob Maschinenbau offers an interesting alternative with the Ven Spray One model. The compact spray coating machine is specially designed for the needs of entry-level users. The extra-large touch screen and the self-explanatory user interface of the control make machine operation easier. The stand-alone solution has an integrated control cabinet. This means that commissioning can be carried out quickly and easily, which saves installation costs and time. The solid and inexpensive technology convinces the users of the performance and surface quality produced. The entry-level model is in no way inferior to the professional range in terms of design and energy efficiency. It also has a large-volume spray booth and long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs.

Ven Spray One – reproducible surface results in top quality

The Ven Spray One is designed for the use of 4 spray guns. In order to achieve reproducible quality, recipes can be stored in the system control and called up quickly and easily. The cleaning effort of the coating machine is very low, it is equipped with a paper belt transport.

Furthermore, Venjakob invites us to rethink coating processes – resource shortage, environmental protection and sustainability are buzzwords on everyone’s lips. Venjakob takes up these topics at Holz-Handwerk and provides information on what the company has done to optimise users’ Innovative, resource-saving recirculation system saves energy and material costs

production processes with its technology. For example, by installing an innovative, resource-saving recirculation system in the largecapacity booth of the Ven Spray Perfect spray coating machine; for the application of waterbased coating materials. This has proven to save heating energy and reduce environmental emissions. An integrated air humidification system for highest coating quality with low energy consumption. The experts for surface technology are looking forward to interesting requirements in the course of the exhibition. Venjakob will be happy to discuss individual approaches to solutions, or to present realised projects. As, for example, for the construction elements and building materials industry, for which the family-owned company is a reliable partner. Venjakob is standing by for the staircase manufacturer with batch size 1 as well as for the industrial door coating with feed rates of up to 20m/minute. Venjakob - Hall 11, stand 20


The Joinery Network and Leitz provide the tools to manufacture Lignum window and door system Leitz Tooling will be exhibiting at HolzHandwerk this July – providing joinery companies with the ideal opportunity to find out how they can grow their business by manufacturing a complete timber window and door system that is fully tested and compliant. Proud to claim that it is has the largest number of wood machining technical engineers in the UK, Leitz Tooling is a founder partner of The Joinery Network, designers of the Lignum timber window and door system, created to bring certified windows and doors to joinery companies. “While PVCu and aluminium systems have kept ahead of regulations and accreditations, the bespoke nature of joinery has made it difficult to show compliance and consistency across the board with timber,” says Owen Dare,

founder director of The Joinery Network. “But imminent changes to building regulations means that compliance is now more important than ever. “Larger joinery manufacturers have invested in developing and testing their own window and door suites and created strong sales in the new-build, conservation and fire door sectors. But without an independently tested timber window and door system, timber is now a niche material in the much bigger replacement market, and their higher price has allowed other products to fill the gap.” Popularity of timber is growing fast However, homeowners in the UK still love timber and the tide is beginning to turn, with an increased awareness of environmental issues also affecting consumer actions. The recent


Global Sustainability Study of 10,000 consumers across 17 countries revealed 85% of people say they have shifted their purchase behaviour towards being more sustainable. A third of Millennials state that they actively seek out more sustainable products – this is the same demographic of homeowners that are now spending the most on their home improvement projects. As the price gap continues to close between timber glazing products and alternative materials, Leitz Tooling is seeing the beginnings of a shift towards timber in the replacement window and door market. This was in evidence at the FIT Show held in May this year, with many more timber product manufacturers exhibiting and a real interest from installation company visitors. To ensure this switchover in products stays with UK manufacturers, it’s vital that timber windows and doors are made more accessible to installers. Expertise in high-volume precision tooling To support this, The Joinery Network collaborated with Leitz Tooling UK to adopt a systems company model and design highquality windows and doors that are fully certified and made easily available for joinery companies to manufacture. “By combining The Joinery Network’s extensive knowledge of timber window and door production, as well as the wider glazing market, along with our manufacturing expertise in highvolume precision tooling design, we created the Lignum range,” says Simon Liddell, MD at Leitz Tooling UK. “Lignum is the UK’s first independent timber window and door system with Secured by Design accreditation and full compliance with the latest Building Regulations. The system approach reduces the set-up cost by approximately 70 percent for manufacturers. There are currently 40 joinery companies either already manufacturing Lignum or in the process of setting up. “With an engineered approach in the creation

of the Lignum system, taking into account all the requirements needed in modern windows and doors, we also factored in design flexibility to enable traditional, contemporary and aluminium hybrid variations to suit any UK house style. “The tooling expertise that we’ve been able to provide means that we’ve been supporting joinery companies and fabricators to set up efficient timber window and door lines in a way that simplifies manufacturing through de-skilled processes and tooling solutions, whether it’s a small workshop, semi-manual production, or a fully automated facility. “The easy handling and low maintenance benefits that our tooling provides means increased productivity and efficiency. With 30 percent longer tool life, there’s less machine downtime and extended runs. The high-quality surface finish not only means there’s fewer rejects and less waste, but also reduces the finishing required before painting. “We’ve also engineered the tooling to reduce noise and dust during production for a safer, cleaner, and healthier working environment. These dustproof elements also contribute to lower maintenance.

“The new Leitz Lignum Window System brochure features all the products and details of the tooling required, plus information on The Joinery Network and the system.” Designed for installers and homeowners Featuring slim sightlines for stylish aesthetics, Lignum is proud to claim that it is the only UK timber and door system that’s available at a low entry cost, backed up with technical and marketing support to reach more customers than ever before. Owen concludes: “The collective understanding that The Joinery Network has of the domestic and commercial window and door industry has also enabled us to make Lignum a superb system for installers. “Simple and safe to fit, installers of PVCu and aluminium will have no difficulty adapting to timber with this system. “Internally-beaded frames mean safer glazing from the inside to reduce health and safety risks and the associated cost of access equipment.” Leitz Tooling - Hall 10, stand 206


Weima’s wide range of solutions for waste wood shredding and compaction For decades, Weima has relied on individually configured shredders and briquetting presses that are manufactured exclusively in Germany. Of the 1200-plus machines delivered each year, hardly any two machines are the same. At Holz-Handwerk this year the Ilsfeld company will be presenting its wide range of solutions for the processing of all types of waste wood. Sustainable, many want to be, but very few actually are. The fact is without shredding machines, further processing, energy use or professional disposal of residuals becomes extremely difficult – if not impossible. And since there are many different types of wood waste, Weima will be presenting five machines at its nearly 100m² booth in Nuremberg this year. These include the reliable WL 4, WL 8 and WLK 1500 single-shaft shredders. The C 150 and TH 714 briquetting presses will also be on display. Proven, rugged and dependable The popular Weima shredders are used worldwide. Users include joiners’ and cabinetmakers’ workshops, carpentry

companies, roofers, woodworkers, sawmills and, of course, the wood industry. Probably the best-known shredder is the classic WL 4 with 600 mm working width, manually replaceable screen, air extraction nozzle and a large hopper. It is ideal for small to medium throughputs and, thanks to its compact design, can also fit directly next to a machining centre if required. In Nuremberg, the WL 4 will be next to its big brother – the WL 8. It has a working width of 1,000 mm and, compared to the WL 4, a stronger drive power output, 22kW rather than 18.5kW. The WLK 1500 Shredder will be standing by at Holz-Handwerk for those who want to size reduce larger volumes of waste wood. Its conveyor belt cut-out makes it easy to integrate into a production line. The universally applicable, 150mm long rotor made of solid material has a diameter of 370mm. With an output of up to 90kW, wood chips can be produced in a uniform size of 10–150 mm. Waste wood in top shape The displayed briquetting presses with low-

maintenance clamp technology begin one process step later. Loose chips are turned into briquettes that are as dimensionally stable as possible. The advantages are obvious: Volume reduction of up to 90%, higher combustion and resale values, a significant reduction in dust and explosion hazards as well as energy selfsufficient heat generation. Weima’s C 150 briquette press is a compact machine for small and medium-sized companies that turns wood chips, shavings and dust into round briquettes with a diameter of 50mm. As with all Weima presses, compaction is achieved by hydraulic pressure alone. Adhesives or binders are not used. A true all-rounder is the TH 714 briquetting press, which is available with a 2m2 feed container if required. The standard size is 1.4m2. Both variants produce round briquettes with a diameter of 70 mm. If oil cooling is selected, nothing stands in the way of multi-shift operation. Throughputs up to 150kg per hour are possible, depending on the material and configuration. Weima - Hall 9, stand 114



Nestro® to provide visitors with engaging stand at Holz-Handwerk Nestro® will continue its focus on energy efficiency and noise reduction at this year’s Holz-Handwerk in Nuremberg, exhibiting on a stand of more than 100m2 at the centre of Hall 10.0. The company is set to exhibit its filter technology in live operation and looks forward to providing extraction for all processing machines in “Homag City” on Homag’s stand once again. Nestro® considers itself a market leader in the fields of dust, chip and spray mist extraction in the woodworking industry, having offered complete system solutions for more than 40 years now. The company continually rises to the growing challenges of energy efficiency and noise reduction with competent, comprehensive consulting services and suitable technology. Considerable energy savings can be realised on the system side by using highly efficient fans, frequency converters for fan control, high efficiency motors (IE3, IE4, IE5) and recirculating air instead of exhaust air systems, as well as by using the return air for heating or air conditioning. Subsidies are available in some countries that make even the retrofitting of existing systems interesting – for example to change raw gas into clean gas systems. Noise emissions can also be drastically reduced through optimum product and system design, as well as various insulation measures. With Nestro®, trade fair visitors have the opportunity to experience and evaluate many applications in live operation. These will include: Nestro® clean gas filter house 11/11-20

New Nestro® deduster NE J 350

Filter house NFHSU 11/11-20 w/ briquetting press The Nestro® clean-gas filter house allows large filter areas to fit in the tightest of spaces and accumulated material of 23m³ to be stored temporarily through the day. This system features a filter area of 175m². Visitors can experience live how wood chips and wood dust are filtered, collected and processed into briquettes with a diameter of 50mm. The new Nestro® Logic control in the Premium version will be explained and demonstrated to stand visitors on the integrated touch panel in the switch cabinet of the filter house. Grinding table NAST 24 Visitors can also extensively test a grinding table from the NAST series. NAST 24 has a work area of 2000 x 1000mm and is presented in full equipment (hydraulic table height adjustment, pneumatic component clamping device, highpressure suction connection). New deduster series NE J For the first time, Nestro® will presents its new generation of dedusters in Germany. This is the first series of dedusters equipped with IE5 reluctance motor and frequency converter packages. In close cooperation with ABB AG, the company is proud to claim that it is the first manufacturer worldwide to offer dedusters with permanently frequency-controlled, quieter IE5 motors as standard. The frequency converter ensures that the motor runs at the optimal operating point at all times. Users can save up to 22% energy costs

Nestro® grinding table NAST 24

compared to those using IE3 motors. In this way, the Thuringian company makes a significant contribution to climate protection and at the same time saves the user money. An NE J 250 effectively dedusts the abovementioned grinding table and presents the new substructure featuring a briquetting press. Another deduster, an NE J 350 with bins, illustrates the compact dimensions of the largest performance class and will allow visitors to take a look inside. Deduster to undergo endurance test at Homag A deduster from the NE J series will also ensure dust-free air at the Homag Group stand, where an NE J 350 will take over the extraction of a CNC machining centre. Founded in 1977, Nestro® is currently one of the large established manufacturers of products and systems for extraction and filter technology and for its downstream heating technology, for surface engineering and for sorting and disposal technology. About 300 employees develop and produce the equipment according to individual customer specifications at its three production sites in Germany, Poland and Hungary. Nestro - Hall 10.0 / 10.0-309


Wintersteiger’s TRC Panel 2000 – fully automated repair of large panels The TRC Panel 2000 repairs large panels fully automatically and on both sides. The panel is taken from the stack, repaired, and restacked. Once a panel stack has been completely processed, the system stops, and the repaired stack can be replaced by a new stack. The repair process starts with the panel being scanned. The scanner scans the entire panel in one sweep. As soon as it is finished, it sends the data to the two injection heads and the defects are repaired in a high-precision, high-pressure injection process. Only the volume calculated by the scanner is filled into the crack or knothole; the surrounding grain of the wood is not processed. Once the front of the panel is completed, the turning unit turns the panel 180° and the back undergoes the same process. To a limited extent, the TRC Panel 2000 can also repair fully penetrating defects such as knotholes. The repairs can be made in various material colours. It is possible to carry out remote maintenance of the TRC system via the internet. The scanner delivers results quickly and precisely. The company has also developed the Faulty Spot Eye defect scanner especially for wood surface repairs. In contrast to conventional scanners, the dimensions are calculated based on height differences in a laser triangulation

process. This involves the use of algorithms and filters developed by VAP-Wintersteiger. This valuable expertise makes the scanner special because the evaluation is not based on database comparisons with samples: All defects are calculated for each panel from scratch, with Faulty Spot Eye working very quickly and very precisely for the best results. It detects defects from a size of 0.5 mm (knothole diameter, crack width, etc.) and the scanner

works at a speed of approximately 680 mm/second. Additionally, the scanner can be used for quality checks – with a final scan performed after the repair process. The sophisticated interplay between scanner technology, highpressure injection, and temperature regulation of the filling material for optimal flow behaviour guarantees perfect panel repairs. Further advantages of the automated solution include the reduction of filling material and labour costs,

and the enormous simplification of work processes: The fully automated system takes care of the transport and handling of panels weighing up to 135 kg. Application areas include furniture panels, solid wood boards, multilayer boards. Wood dimensions: length: 900 to 3500mm, width: 650 to 1300mm, thickness: 16 to 45mm, max. panel weight: 135kg and max. stack weight: 2000kg. Wintersteiger - Hall 8, stand 506


2020 Technologies set for debut

After more than four years, craft and technology unite at HolzHandwerk in Nuremberg, Germany in July. 2020 Technologies GmbH is starting its second attempt

and is looking forward to its trade show premiere in Nuremberg after the last show was cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020. A lot has happened in the last

two years. As a provider of endto-end solutions to the furniture and woodworking industries and the contract and shopfitting sectors, 2020 Technologies GmbH

has put a lot of development resources into enhancing project functionalities and manufacturing topics such as machine integration, asset management, and the connection and creation of its own optimisation consoles. Furthermore, in addition to the ERP solution, 2020 now also offers an advanced MES solution for manufacturers that can be integrated into any existing IT landscape. The company has also been successful in winning well-known customers such as the companies Oldenburger, Reichert and Schuhbauer from the woodworking and architectural millwork domain since 2020. As a highlight in the summer edition of the exhibition, 2020 Technologies GmbH will present the virtual 3D factory for the first time at a trade fair. On tours through the virtual factory, visitors can experience in 3D how productivity can be increased along the entire process chain in object and store construction with the help of modern software. According to 2020, never before have the advantages of ERP & MES systems been so tangible. 2020 Technologies Hall 11.1, stand 106


Discover Robland’s Belgianmade woodworking machines at Holz-Handerwerk

Z 400 EL

Robland woodworking machines are built by Robland N.V., in the company’s 20,000m² factory in Bruges, Belgium. Robland takes pride in its ‘made in Belgium’ narrative, manufacturing all of its machines and 85% of its 20,000 different parts itself. This manufacturing process allows Robland to be highly competitive, with exceptional delivery times and the ability to ensure that spare parts are available for much longer periods. Robland will exhibit on stand 110, hall 9 of Holz-Handerwerk, with the aim of informing the German end-user in detail about its program of

traditional woodworking machines with its new, strengthened network of German dealers. The company will also introduce visitors to one of its newest combined woodworking machines – the NX 310 II. While on paper the characteristics are very similar to the previous NX PRO range, the machines have been enhanced in several respects. Robland will also be displaying: • Planer: KS 410 • Horizontal slot mortiser: LBM • Thicknessers: D 630 and KD 410 • Spindle moulder: KT 30 PRO

• Planer thicknesser: SD 410 • Combined machine: NX 310 II • Compact panel saw: CZ 400 X-3 • Panel saw: Z 400 EL Robland welcomes visitors to its stand to take a closer look and discover more about its Belgian made woodworking machines. In the meantime, more information can be found on the company’s website, as well as its social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Robland - Hall 9, stand 110

NX 310 II


Dust Extraction & Wood Waste Management Rising energy costs – what can be done in the UK woodworking industry? Ranheat Engineering MD, Chris Franklin, continues his series of articles and looks at ways in which our industry can save money by reducing costs ... Shell and BP both announced record billionpound quarterly profits in early May, at the same time as announcing record rises in energy costs both to consumers and to industry. The war in Ukraine looks like dragging on with sanctions being applied to Russian Oil and gas. So, what can we, in the woodworking industry, do about this? The largest cost to the UK woodworking industry is energy after raw material costs. In most factories, the single largest user of power is the dust extraction system. Within the dust extraction system is the main extraction fan, often followed by a transfer fan to transfer the wood-waste to a storage silo or container for off-site disposal. Typically, the main extract fan can be 75kW and the transfer fan 18kW. Both are running for the whole time the factory is working, often with little or no waste being transferred. Ranheat is developing a range of centreless augers that are able to operate vertically to raise the material up into a storage silo, then from the silo to feed a wood burning appliance. Or better still, choose a Ranheat bunker silo that does away with a transfer fan at all (refer to image). Vertical screws typically use 3kW compared to 18kW of a transfer fan. If invertors are added, the main extract fan can also be reduced in energy consumption. Typically, a 10% reduction in speed of rotation is a 50% reduction in energy use.

Using your on-site wood-waste to heat the factory, given rising energy prices, is the obvious solution to your heating needs. This winter will be even more reason to look at using your wood-waste to heat your factory. 3-4 tonnes of wood waste per week will heat a 20,000ft2 factory. So, what is the biggest single cost to UK industry, not just the wood-working industry? Well, it is compressed air. UK industry spends more on producing compressed air than any other source. Without compressed air, entire UK industries would grind to a halt, often referred to as the “4th utility” next to gas, electricity, and water. It is estimated that as much as 10% of

all energy costs in UK industry is in producing compressed air. Walk around your factory at night just after work has finished and listen to the air leaks. Often because air is free people assume compressed air is cheap. Typically, one of the best ways to make more profit is to cut down on costs. Wood-fired heating, lower energy costs on your extraction system and cutting down on wasted air are three simple areas to approach. For more details on ways to save money contact Ranheat Engineering. 01604 750005

“The largest cost to the UK woodworking industry is energy after raw material costs. In most factories, the single largest user of power is the dust extraction system”

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Dust extraction for wooden garden furniture production Established in 2016, Arbor Garden Solutions Ltd is a UK manufacturer of garden furniture and industrial wooden work benches. It is inevitable with the manufacturing process that there will be an element of wood waste and dust created. As the business has grown and the amount of woodworking machinery and tools onsite has increased, it was necessary for Arbor Garden Solutions to address the existing LEV (local exhaust ventilation) set up within its workshops. Arbor Garden Solutions contacted Fercell to discuss its dust extraction requirements. Fercell initially carried out a site survey, which highlighted several woodworking machine tools operating with inefficient LEV equipment. The existing LEV system consisted of multiple small standalone units, which were both noisy and inefficient. This was coupled with the fact that a significant increase in workload for the company meant that production floor space was at an increasing premium, and ultimately the smaller units were occupying room needed for the production of new product. Dust extraction for woodworking The production processes use various woodworking machine tools, all with the potential to create significant volumes of dust, carried out across various buildings onsite. Arbor Garden Solutions understood and highlighted wood dust as a hazardous substance, with the potential to cause irreversible damage to health, all of which is covered by CoSHH regulations.

When it came to proposing a solution, safety was the most important factor. Fercell needed to design and install an industrial dust extraction system that not only delivered efficiency but adhered to HSE and CoSHH regulations. Arbor Garden Solutions requested a system that would connect to a centralised ducting system, effectively capturing, extracting and collecting dust in a compact system. The unit also needed to be sited outside, to optimise internal production space. The solution was a MMV mini-silo dust extraction system; an integrated solution with dust extraction, filtration and waste storage. The unit provides ample waste collection, without the need to stop the operating system frequently to exchange dust collection bags, as would be the case in smaller dust extraction units. It is also equipped with an additional material discharge point, in preparation for a briquette press due to be installed in the near future. How it works Any dust is captured at source and transported through the centralised ducting system to the externally sited MMV mini-silo dust extractor. The MMV, configured as a negative pressure, has the fan located on the clean side of the filter, which keeps it away from any waste material, increasing service life, while reducing both energy consumption and noise. The system performance is automated, with filter monitoring and cleaning, and suction based on demand. The air volume ramps up and down,

according to the number of machine tools in operation, at any one time. All of this delivers optimised performance, reduced maintenance costs and minimised sound output and power usage. Along with performance aids, the MMV has a package of safety features, including certified ATEX explosion relief panels, a non-return explosion valve and H20 sprinkler system. The system has a capacity to run both Arbor Garden Solutions’ current demand, as well as spare capacity for planned expansion. Following the installation and connection of the LEV equipment, one of Fercell’s trained engineers returned to site, where they completed the hot/cold testing, LEV testing, plant commissioning and operator training. The dust extraction system will allow Arbor Garden Solutions to effectively capture dust at source, for a whole host of woodworking equipment, allowing them to increase their manufacturing capabilities.










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Is your business ready for a HSE wood dust inspection? The HSE has recently announced that it plans to inspect woodworking premises over the next 12 months to ensure that businesses and employees are meeting current legislation. Legally, businesses must follow the regulations to first and foremost protect people from risk and avoid accidents and severe health risks. Failure to do so could result in damaging punishments, including heavy fines, suspension, and imprisonment. With this is mind it has never been more important for businesses to assess how dust is being safely managed in their premises. Auto Extract Systems, based in Greater Manchester with nationwide coverage, is leading the charge when it comes to making sure businesses have effective dust extraction systems in place and comply with current COSHH regulations. Established in 2001 and with over 60 years combined experience, Auto Extract Systems is growing at a rapid pace and is seen by many as one of the leading dust extraction experts in the UK and Ireland.

By offering an initial free site assessment and working closely with its clients, Auto Extract Systems can ensure that all their extraction requirements are met. State-of-the-art LEV system design solutions are formulated at the customer’s premises, refined, and are then fully specified by Auto Extract Systems’ in-house CAD and drawing team. In most cases, an LEV system for dust extraction will be made up of four elements to improve the air quality within your workplace. These include a capture hood, air cleaner, air mover and finally discharge. The system types will depend on the business, but the most popular types of systems typically include direct connections which will normally have some form of hose connection to built-in spigots on the machines themselves or via bespoke guards, hoods etc., which are fabricated to suit each machine so that the dust is captured. Dust can then be conveyed to a centralised filtration unit to remove captured particles and return the cleaned air to the atmosphere. There is also a range of dust filters available,

including those that specialise in fine and coarse dust, as well as portable dust filters for those looking for ‘at source’ extraction. Auto Extract Systems also offers a complete 12-month installation warranty as standard to give its customers further peace of mind. Part of Auto Extract Systems’ recent success is due to the fact that it is passionate about helping businesses provide pollution-free workplaces and prides itself on being a one-stop shop for all extraction requirements, making the whole process as easy as possible for the client. Alongside the expert design, specification, and installation services that Auto Extract Systems provides, it also offers certification and tailored maintenance services to ensure that businesses are HSE COSHH regulation 2002 compliant. To help keep your LEV documentation in order, Auto Extract Systems also has a secure online portal where all test certificates are kept in one convenient place and the support team will also contact you when any LEV extraction equipment is due for testing and servicing or if any other issues arise.

WORLD’S FASTEST DUCTING NOW EVEN FASTER! For more than 40 years, Nordfab ducting has been used around the world for dust collection in woodshops, from one-person shops to large manufacturing plants. Because Nordfab’s Quick-Fit® duct is wellconstructed, modular, and easy to put together or take apart, and because it is re-usable, it has become a standard for ducting in the woodworking industry. The new 2-meter length duct makes it more efficient to install ducting, using less joins. In other words, the world’s 2M fastest ducting just became even faster!


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Timber Merchant shaves money off its business bills Another timber merchant is saying goodbye to unnecessary heating and waste disposal bills after buying a new wood waste heater from Wood Waste Technology. Mike England Timber Co. Ltd is an independent timber merchant established since 1969, based in the North West, delivering the highest quality timber to UK-based builder’s merchants, DIY outlets and timber suppliers. The company had become aware of the benefits of wood waste heaters through reading articles in the trade press, and so began the process of investing in one. As the mill has no built-in heating system, the management team at Mike England Timber liked the idea that waste wood could be converted to energy to warm the mill. There was also an additional incentive over and above saving money on heat and waste disposal. The team realised that the installation of a suitable wood waste heater in the drying room of the mill would help maintain the required temperature, which, in turn, would greatly assist and speed up the works processes. Following more information and a site survey, Wood Waste Technology’s specialist engineers installed a WT5 wood waste heater into the drying room at Mike England Timber’s premises in Preston. “We are delighted with our investment,” says office manager, Gavin Butterworth. “It’s working much better than we envisaged and ticks all the boxes for everything we needed. It’s one of those ‘why didn’t we do it sooner?’ moments. Furthermore, the team at Wood Waste has been extremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with!” MD of Wood Waste Technology, Kurt Cockroft, says: “We’ve been delighted to help Mike England Timber Co. save money and work more sustainably. We’re proud of the good reputation our heaters have developed, as every wood waste heater we’ve ever sold is still in operation today.” Wood Waste Technology offers a full range of wood waste heaters, from small hand fired units to larger fully automatic systems, and offers site survey and design, as well as manufacture, installation and on-going maintenance. The company also services all types of wood waste heaters and supplies genuine spares up to 60% cheaper than other suppliers. 01785 250400


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Mirka makes light work of dust extraction

The perennial problem for any woodworking workshop is dust; that harmful residue that gets into every nook and cranny and pervades any surface within a working space. Laboratory tests have shown that without dust extraction, dust in the air per kilogram of sanded material is over 200 grams per kilogram, and dust on surrounding surfaces is almost 800 grams per kilogram. These may not seem like large quantities but when they accumulate over a long period of time, they could potentially turn into both a fire hazard for the business and a health risk for its employees, who could be breathing dust into their lungs, leading to potential long-term damage. A dust-free working environment is good news for the whole business, making the workshop a far more pleasant environment for those workers who are not sanding and for visitors to the premises who may not be

wearing masks. It also makes the workshop more efficient, as dust can settle onto partpainted pieces, which means that the whole job must be started again, delaying production. For two decades, Mirka UK has been pioneering dust-free sanding. Its Abranet® ACE range of abrasives is at the forefront of dust extraction with its class-leading net structure, which jettisons the dust away, stopping the abrasive from clogging and piling. This premium net product features ceramic grains that deliver a faster, more aggressive sanding operation. The improved robust grain impregnation prolongs the life and ensures fewer sanding defects and less grain breakage. Tests carried out showed that sanding with the abrasive net reduced the airborne dust emission per the removed mass at between 99.96 and 99.99 per cent depending on the material, compared to between 97.05 and 99.76 per cent for perforated paper.

For some materials, the removed mass per unit time was 2.6 and 1.4 times higher with the net abrasive than in sanding without extraction and when sanding with paper incorporating six holes respectively. While the surface of the paper sanding material became clogged, the Abranet abrasive with extraction improved the effectiveness of the sanding by preventing clogging and increased the removed mass per unit time. Yet, Mirka’s solution to dust-free sanding doesn’t just focus on Abranet. It has developed a total package which recommends the use of Abranet discs with its DEROS® 150mm random orbital sander and 1230 dust extractor. “When I visit customers and potential customers regularly in their workshops, I still hear people say that they have been putting up with dust for years, because when you sand there is dust,” says Neil Newbrook, business sector manager at Mirka UK.


“Often, they will be using a small dust cloth bag, which is better than nothing, but it isn’t effective enough in a busy workshop. Then I suggest to them that they try our dust-free solution, and it is like a lightbulb moment. They plug in the system and within seconds they state, ‘Why didn’t I do this years ago?’. When I go back a month later, there’s nothing they would change. They don’t have to put up with dust anymore and immediately their working lives are far more pleasant and healthier.” Investment in a dust extractor is an important part of the dust-free process. There are two classifications: M Class, which is medium, and L Class which is light or low. Most businesses will probably be best suited to an M Class dust extractor, but it is down to the workshop to undertake its own risk assessment. With Mirka dust extractors, a sensor detects when the air flow has dropped, either because the filter has clogged or the bag is full, which

enables the operator to investigate it. The equipment is also fitted with an Auto Filter Clean (AFC) device, which prevents the filter from becoming clogged by ‘banging’ or knocking small amounts of dust particles in the fins of the filter where they can lodge, so they fall out. Neil adds, “I know some workshops prefer to turn off the banging noise because it is distracting, but we always recommend they regularly turn the AFC on again for a period every week to reverse the flow of air, ensuring that the fins are completely clear of any remaining dust particles”. So, dust in a workshop is now an issue of the past. Investment in a dust-free solution such

as Mirka’s may require a short-term injection of the business’ cash, but it should be viewed as a long-term commitment, as it can provide an efficient, cleaner workspace. Dust-free programmes have been proven to reduce prepping time and tidying up at the end of the day and eradicate the potential dust contamination of other tools and surfaces. But the overwhelming demand for a dustfree environment must be the requirement to safeguard the health of all employees and visitors and the protection of premises from potential fire hazards. What better way to sustain a business than that?

“Mirka’s Abranet® ACE range of abrasives is at the forefront of dust extraction with its class-leading net structure, which jettisons the dust away, stopping the abrasive from clogging and piling”


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Installing Ecogate today is a ‘no-brainer’ William Kenyon, technical director at Extractly Limited, puts forward a compelling argument for the energy-saving Ecogate system. Ever since Ecogate was launched in the UK the benefits of this energy-saving technology have continued to receive critical acclaim but, with unprecedented increases in industrial energy costs now beginning to bite, and even more uncertainty created by the war in Ukraine, it’s relevance to manufacturers is more pertinent today than ever before. As we see and hear every day in the national press, residential electricity costs are expected to have doubled by October, but many factory owners are already having to cope with huge increases in the cost of powering their dust extraction fans. The good news though, whatever your electricity bill is today, an Ecogate installation can reduce by half the amount of energy consumed by a typical extraction system … which means

you’ll be saving at least 50% off your electricity bill from day one. Central to any Ecogate system is its greenBOX controller, and the greenBOX NXT is truly the ‘next generation’ of Ecogate controllers. Suitable for all industrial dust and fume extraction systems,

Wherever you are in the world, Ecogate Data Analytics can be displayed on your smartphone

an NXT unit manages up to 32 dampers, and up to three separate lines. In addition, the unit also offers the option of Ecogate Data Analytics; a digital overview of your extraction system is sent to the Ecogate cloud server every 10 seconds and all you need is an internet connection to securely access and view the data on your smartphone or laptop. The system also monitors system status, workstation utilisation, air volume measurements, fan and filter pressures, fan power, energy

usage and, of course, energy savings. So, in short, if you’re still running extraction fans at full power, all day every day, installing Ecogate today is simply a ‘no-brainer’. Extractly can show you the savings achievable with your system and, with rising energy costs, payback on your capital investment could be less than two years. 01924 520462


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SCM’s compact dust extractors The vf clean air dust extractors are specially designed to work in woodworking shops, guaranteeing a level of dust emissions lower than 0.1mg/m3. Thanks to their compact design and the possibility to be connected to more machines, they can fully substitute the standard centralised exhaust system.

also equipped with an integrated powder fireprotection system. The vf 140 and vf 200c dust extractors are equipped with cylindric cartridge filters to reduce the machine’s overall dimensions, while the vf 250 and vf 300 dust extractors use sleeve filters for the best filtering and cleaning efficiency.

Risk prevention The fan is positioned at the end of the machine, in a specific protected area, far away from the high risk of explosion zone. The vf 250 and vf 300 dust extractors are

Practicality first Easy to move thanks to the wheels below and equipped with devices to prevent the suction of the nylon bag by the fan.

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Sanding for industry workers can often be associated with health risks due to being exposed to dust and vibrations. Increasingly, the solution to sanding is automation. Mirka® AIROS is the first smart electric sander for industrial robots. Designed by dedicated surface finishing professionals, this automated industrial random orbital sander is easy to integrate and suits the requirements of different manufacturing industries.

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Surfacing & Decorative Panels

Interprint goes back to nature ...

Blacksmith Kitchen

In times of change and uncertainty such as these, peace, relaxation and security are desirable qualities in our interiors. For Interprint, looking into the past can help find this state of mind, reflected in its Back To Nature, Back to the Roots & Back to the Essential campaign. Here, Interprint explains the concepts, and how its decors can bring these into the home. Back to nature “We are all part of nature. Inspired by this realisation, a rethinking of interior design is in progress. Influenced by the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic, the ancient concept of the perception of beauty, charm is not created in perfection, but in imperfection. A world view that is also reflected in the decors of the Back to nature collection.” Back to the roots “Living local culture. Discovered objects that have been telling stories for generations. Masterly craftsmanship. The fast-moving digital world needs counterpoints. Highest of esteem. Authentic. Honest. The Back to the roots collection made by Interprint gently brings the past into the present with different textures. And thus makes it possible to deepen the connection to one’s own home. To intensify – to fill it with life.”

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Back to the essentials “A tidy mind only feels at ease in a tidy environment. Personal wellbeing increases in spaces of relaxation – in which the senses come to rest. Only what is essential, means something. Only what has meaning, can be loved and valued. Back to the essentials enables the creation of living spaces in which we can find our way back to ourselves, where we can recharge our batteries and where we can feel at home.” The three new Back to ... trend concepts from Interprint are the beginning of an idea, and of reframing our approach to furnishing. The following Interprint decors bring these trends into the home: Memy Memy is a concrete-based ceramic decor. Small, light stone inclusions create a microstructure, interrupted by subtle quartz veins passing through. Thus presenting a lively look. Memy is a decor that can be used perfectly on big surfaces, on fronts or worktops. Tammi Tammi is a classic oak design in a natural interpretation. A lot of movement is created by the large, partially straight-cut flowers in combination with curvy stripes. The wood


structure shows a clearly recognisable pore pattern and a series of medium-sized knots, characteristically highlighted with white pigment. Blacksmith Blacksmith is a metal surface with a cool industrial look. Rust in various layer regions offers strong colours and leaves quite an impact. But the corrosion that makes such a harsh impression suddenly becomes soft as part of the interplay. Elevated and deep structures in the layers create a cloudiness that rid the rolled material of the coldness it seems to have on first look. “Think global, act local” has been the philosophy of Interprint for more than 50 years. With approximately 1,300 employees worldwide, 390 of them at the headquarters in Arnsberg, Interprint is one of the leading decor printers. The innovative and creative decors design the surfaces of numerous wood-based materials, which are then processed into furniture or flooring and used in interior design. Interprint has been part of the Japanese Toppan Group since 2019, which has multiplied the product range and technical possibilities.


HPP adds new décors and style to the Aspire vinyl wrapped range

Belize door

Fitted furniture manufacturer and distributor Hill’s Panel Products (HPP) has recently added seven new decors and a brand-new door style to its Aspire range of vinyl-wrapped doors, bringing some fresh on-trend options to the current offering of nearly 50 styles and 59 decors. The new decors include four stylish super matt uni-colours, a painted oak décor and two Kronospan woodgrains:

• Coast Evoke Oak • Espresso Harbor Oak • Painted Oak Reed Green • Super Matt Black • Super Matt Highland Green • Super Matt Reed Green • Super Matt Taupe The full collection can be seen on the Aspire section of HPP’s website ( aspire), alongside access to larger, more-detailed

images and further product information. Users with an online account can also access the comprehensive online ordering system where the entire range can be ordered with the quickest lead time guaranteed. Aspire vinyl-wrapped doors are all made-tomeasure for kitchens, bedrooms, offices and virtually any other internal furniture situation. The vinyl coverings are tough, hard wearing and durable. Every door is backed up by a range of


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HPP’s new decors

coordinating accessories and complementary services such as hinge hole drilling and glazing. The new decors also feature in the Aspire sample service. This covers a comprehensive range of traditional, classic and contemporary door styles, allowing trade customers to order 320 x 280mm sample doors in pre-configured combinations for same-day collection or nextday nationwide delivery. Every decor is also available as an A4 sample and samples can be sent directly to consumers without any link to HPP appearing on the packaging or paperwork. In addition to the new decors, HPP has also introduced a brand-new door style – the Belize. A slab door with a cut-out handle recess, it’s the perfect addition to the Aspire range for those customers looking for a minimalist and functional look. Based on the ever-popular Vienna door, the Belize shares the same subtle rounded edges but features a ‘reach-through’ handle opening, available for kitchen doors and drawers as well as wardrobe doors.

Caraway kitchen door in Super Matt Highland Green

From left to right: Caraway bedroom door in Super Matt Highland Green, Pillow bedroom door in Super Matt Black, Shaker bedroom door in Coast Evoke Oak

Pillow kitchen door in Super Matt Black

The new style is available to order now in all of the seven new decors, in addition to the existing decors from the range. With every style available in every decor, the Aspire range offers thousands of possible combinations, ensuring that there is something suitable for every project and design specification.



Whether you are a designer or a producer of interior furniture and fittings, floorings, outdoor facades, windows or doors, we have the right finish for you. At Sherwin-Williams we have a coating solution to meet virtually every need. As the leading provider of customized finishing solutions we can offer you the latest industry innovations at the highest quality to add value to your process and your everyday life. If you require a finishing solution, and you want the optimal one for your operations then look no further.

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Explore the extended Durasein solid surface range, available exclusively from IDS Since it first launched in the UK in 2019, the world-class Durasein solid surface brand has presented furniture manufacturers, designers and fabricators with a premium quality material with immense creative versatility for a diverse range of domestic, retail, hotel and leisure applications. Now the range has got even better with the addition of 20 new decors, all exclusively available from IDS for nationwide delivery in 24-48 hours. Durasein boasts over 20 years of manufacturing expertise and operates in over 40 countries worldwide. Tailored to the design needs of the UK market, the launch of the enhanced ex-stock range available from surface materials specialist distributor IDS coincides with a full rebrand and takes the total number of designs available up to 60 – all of which are stocked in the UK. The enhanced UK-specific collection includes a range of curated styles, shades and colours spanning luxurious onyx, concrete and marble effects with a high-quality depth and definition that mirrors the natural material, plus plain and particle-based whites and accent colours. New additions include four decors created specifically for IDS which respond to the needs of the UK market: Blanca Carrera, an elegant marble design featuring distinctive veining; Sandstone, a warm organic flecked décor; Fossil, a soft grey concrete design; and Blush, a muted concrete design with a subtle pink hue. There’s also a newly updated collection of sleek

and stylish cast sinks and bowls for kitchens and bathrooms, all manufactured in-house by Durasein. “Drawing on our experience of supplying surface materials for over two decades, we have a profound understanding of what UK customers need for projects,” says Steven Fisher, product director for Solid Surface at IDS. “We’ve worked in close partnership with Durasein to ensure the newly enhanced range works for the UK market. Other brands with a global offer often have a one range fits all approach, but with Durasein we’ve devised a market-focused selection of decors that offers genuine innovation and immense product flexibility. “With domestic and commercial interiors projects progressing with renewed vigour following the lifting of lockdown restrictions, Durasein – in partnership with IDS – is uniquely placed to provide customers with what they need, exactly when they need it, with the guarantee of no extended lead times.” Durasein has immense versatility for a diverse range of applications including vanity units, kitchen worksurfaces, counter tops, till points, displays, furniture and more. Unlike any other material, solid surface can be seamlessly jointed, cut, shaped, thermoformed and moulded for use on horizontal and vertical applications. Durasein benefits from being hygienic and easy to clean and carries NSF-51 food hygiene certification.

The entire Durasein range is stocked in a standard sheet size of 12mm x 3660mm x 760mm, with the most popular whites available in additional thicknesses ranging from 3mm to 25mm and sheet sizes of 1270mm to 1520mm. Other decors are available in these additional formats on a MOQ basis and lead time. Durasein has recently undergone a global rebrand and is supported by a suite of highquality Point of Sale materials featuring the fresh, new image. Items include a high-quality sample presentation case, an eye-catching brochure showcasing the new decors in-situ, a free sample service, and a new website with enhanced functionality including a dedicated fabricator zone for customers to check stock and place orders. Durasein is backed by a 10-year warranty and is available for delivery in 24-48 hours nationwide from all IDS branches. 0845 603 7811




Super Matt Black

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reasons to choose Formica Laminate for doors When it comes to choosing materials for door applications, there is no shortage of options. But only Formica® Laminate offers a powerful mix of performance, endurance, hygiene and long-term value. That combination of benefits is why Formica High Pressure Laminates (HPL) are so well regarded across the design and construction industries.

Nina Bailey, European Design Lead at Formica Group, says: “Doors are not only functional fixtures to close off spaces – they are a key part of the overall interior design and can often be the finishing touch to creating a crisp and refined look.“ When choosing Formica laminates for your door applications, architects and designers will enjoy: 1 Impressive toughness. All Formica laminates are highly resistant to stains, impact and scratches – making them ideal for busy areas or high-touch surfaces such as doors or work areas. 2 Long-lasting performance and beauty. Formica laminates can be installed with the confidence that they will maintain their quality and aesthetic appeal for many years to come offering better life-cycle value than lower-cost alternatives. 3 Inherent hygiene. All Formica laminates are inert, so they don’t promote bacterial growth. You don’t have to worry about specialist cleaning materials, either. Warm, soapy water is all you need to keep your laminates in perfect condition. 4 Moisture resistance. The surfaces of Formica laminates are non porous. A well fabricated door with sealed edges can be used in washroom and changing room settings, without fear of imminent damage or degradation. 5. Cost-effective production and easy fabrication. Formica laminates are lightweight and easy to cut to size. To ensure optimised door design and to provide maximum efficiencies in conversion, saving time and reducing material wastage, four different sheet sizes are available: 2150 x 950mm, 2350 x 950mm, 2350 x 1300mm and a large general 3050 x 1300mm sheet size. 6. Natural product textures. State-of-the-art textures can be incorporated into the laminate manufacturing process, instantly changing the look and feel of the final product. Linewood, Puregrain and Naturelle are favoured surfaces for wood decors while Matte58 is a timeless classic for colours. 7. Extensive aesthetic choices. The Formica Doors Collection includes 20 new wood decors. Additionally, a large selection of 120 plain colours are available, including 15 new colours offering the ultimate flexibility in creating an eye-catching feature door. Sheet-to-sheet consistency minimises the risk of non-matching doors across an installation. View the Formica Doors Collection at


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AFX Laminate | Freedom Of Application What makes Greenlam AFX laminate so impressive? There is far more to this ultra-matt surface than just fingerprint resistance. This laminate range boasts anti-virus, anti-bacterial, easy-clean, hydro resistant, soft-touch, low light reflection, thermal healing and scratch-resistant properties. This versatile surface can be used for numerous applications across the majority of commercial environments, including retail, hospitality, healthcare, education and furniture. Suitable for kitchen and bathroom environments with the freedom to use in either horizontal or vertical application. With eleven carefully crafted decors to choose from, they will be sure to leave a lasting impression. Please contact our sales teams for samples or further information 01782 392100 |

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Venjakob – a specialist for high-speed finishing lines

Venjakob has delivered a large interior door spray line for TruStile Doors in the USA. The line runs at 14 m/min (46fpm) with waterbased paint. The line consists of a loading area, denibbing sander, edge sander, Perfect spray coating machine, OIR dryer (optimised infrared), HVIR dryers and handling systems like turnovers. It is very important at those high speeds that the spray coating machine fulfils the highest quality and technical demands to ensure a safe and continuous production. In this case, Venjakob equipped the spray machine with an air humidification system and a dry cyclone dust separator to control the overspray in the best possible way and keep the finishing quality high over time. In Germany, Venjakob recently delivered another high-speed spray line at Garant Türen & Zargen GmbH which runs with 10 m/min (33 fpm). In this case, a water-based UV paint is sprayed for the final coat. The line includes a robotic loading/unloading system, integrated edge sanders, wide belt sanders, diverse vertical drying technology and turn over systems. Resource saving and environmentally friendly air circulation technology Particularly within this line, the spray booth has a 90% air recycle system with air humidification to achieve the best finishing quality and reduced filter consumption. This is also environmentally friendly because emissions are reduced to a minimum. These are just two examples of Venjakob’s worldwide competence in high-speed spray lines. The next one – for a door manufacturer in Brazil and set to run at 20 m/min (66 fpm) – will be assembled on its shop floor soon.

Made for makers, our entire solid surface collection of 60 decors is stocked in the UK for delivery within 24-48 hours. 0845 603 7811 duraseinuk



Cookstown and Manchester delivering ‘panels and more’ Located in Cookstown, Co Tyrone and Cheadle, Manchester, Cookstown Panel Centre (CPC) is a well-known business respected for its responsive, customer-oriented focus. Established more than 30 years ago, its key customers – kitchen fitters, shop fitters, office fit-out, furniture makers, kitchen, bedroom and specialist joinery firms, architects and designers – have come to appreciate CPC’s breadth of products and its services. The company is widely recognised as a one-stop-shop for the trade and boasts a comprehensive offering with everything from sheet materials (MFC, MDF, plywood, laminate, etc) to kitchen sinks, taps, hinges, drawers and much more.

The company’s key suppliers include Egger, Blum and Reginox, alongside other major manufacturers and recognised brands. With such a broad range of products, in reality there are few limitations when it comes to meeting the needs of designers and their clients. With the ability to refine and manufacture a huge range of products, CPC offers the complete package ranging from bespoke cutting and edging a wide range of materials to post-forming and flat-bonding. CPC’s says its key strength is its customer service, its own fleet of delivery vehicles – and again – the one-stop-shop for everything needed to create a kitchen. The last 18 months’ for CPC has very busy with demand being ‘strong’. High of the list of customers’ requirements recently has been its cut and edge service, square edge worktops, thinner worktops (25mm/16mm), contrasting colours, and the grey tones. Cookstown’s newly launched website allows customers to order 24/7 for both delivery and courier, as well as collection at its counter. At the moment, only Ireland is served by courier but it is working towards UK coverage. Its own fleet can service anywhere in Northern Ireland.

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Warehousing, Packaging & Materials Handling Stakapal – supplying storage to the storage manufacturers Stakapal’s expert and highly capable team have created a racking solution that will have longterm benefits for storage solution manufacturer, Hammonds. Founded in 1926, family firm Hammonds has had a long and successful history in creating tailored storage solutions for the home improvements and new-build markets. Synonymous with market-leading design, choice and a full-service solution, Hammonds tailor-makes its products for each customer to maximise even the smallest of spaces. Initially designing and manufacturing bespoke fitted bedrooms, the company has grown significantly and today offers a complete solution from the loft down to include home office furniture and storage solutions. To create its bespoke range of furniture, Hammonds has stayed loyal to its British heritage and today has 57 showrooms across the UK. Each unit is manufactured from the company’s three purpose-built factories in Leicestershire which process in excess of 250 orders per day. With its factories handling thousands of parts every day, Hammonds must ensure that materials and orders are available efficiently,

safely and productively to maximise throughput. Following scheduled inspections at two of its sites, Hammonds needed to replace some Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking that had reached the end of its serviceable life and was no longer suitable for its intended purpose. The project Stakapal was asked to provide a quotation for the project. Another racking supplier had already provided a costing on the racking but, while the specification met the customer’s immediate needs, it was very clear to Stakapal that it provided very little flexibility for Hammonds if stock requirements changed in the future. “Although we work in the factory every day, we are not racking experts!” explains Steve Neal, head of manufacturing at Hammonds. “It’s very easy for a racking supplier to provide you with a quote for a like-for-like replacement and win a contract by offering the cheapest price. “Stakapal take a different approach, helping you gain an understanding of not only what your

requirements are now but what they might be in the future. Without you even realising it you end up with a much better solution than the one you had in mind when you asked for the quotation.” Having worked with the company for the last 20 years supplying and maintaining its Cantilever Racking systems, Stakapal could use its experience and knowledge of the company to design a bespoke solution. They worked closely with Hammonds to understand what products were currently being stored, their height and weight and the location and size of the storage space. “Stakapal has worked with manufacturing industries for over 55 years supplying a full range of racking and storage solutions that meet their requirements,” confirms Chris Humphreys, joint MD at Stakapal. “As Full Members of SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association), we can also provide additional reassurances for our customers that our products have been independently assessed to guarantee they are designed, manufactured and installed to SEMA codes and industry standards.”

“Stakapal take a different approach, helping you gain an understanding of not only what your requirements are now but what they might be in the future”


Specification At the Nutts Lane site, Hammonds wanted the option to store Euro Pallets and Stakapal instantly recognised that the company’s current racking, which sits at nine metres high with a bay loading of six tonnes, didn’t have enough depth or strength for these pallets. Stakapal’s Pallet Racking is a flexible storage solution which is ideal for bulk and heavy items in both internal and external areas. It is available in three different post types which enables Stakapal to offer an extensive range of racking frame load capabilities. The new system has a common beam length of 2700mm with a maximum bay load of 18,000kg. The Fleming Road racking, meanwhile, is five metres high with 3350mm beam spans and is used for the storage of mouldings, with a maximum bay load of 15,000kg. The new design will future-proof the racking for Hammonds, enabling them to create additional beam levels and maximise the racking in terms of expansion by storing more pallets or heavier products. Installation For any company to remain profitable it is essential for operations to continue running smoothly, and this is especially true within a manufacturing environment. “Dismantling and installing new racking can be incredibly disruptive to a busy factory environment, creating numerous problems,” agrees Hammond’s Steve. “You’ve got to move the stock to gain access, decide where deliveries of the new racking will go, what access and

egress points there are. At the same time, you also have to keep your employees and racking suppliers safe!” Working on Narrow Aisle systems can make dismantling racking more challenging for the installation teams, especially when they are nine metres high with a limited 2500mm space to work in. The Nutts Lane racking also had the additional problem of a fabricated mesh screen which had been welded to the back of the racking, making the dismantling process additionally hazardous. The installation team had to circumnavigate the racking out through a working production facility before moving it out of the building. Stakapal’s in-house installation team are SEIRS registered, a key initiative from SEMA which is recognised as a best practice example of the industry regulating itself. SEIRS installers undergo a rigorous training scheme which covers all Health & Safety aspects for the industry and trains on correct installation methods. Chris explains: “We organised a pre-site meeting with our Installation Manager, Steve, and their Health & Safety representative which gave everyone the opportunity to understand the complexity of the job in hand. This enabled a very detailed and comprehensive Risk Assessment and Method Statement to be provided, with all parties having a full understanding of the work to be undertaken.” Completed project Careful planning on both of these projects resulted in a smooth installation with no disruption to the running of the factory nearby.

Steve confirms: “One of the big advantages of using Stakapal is that they provide the full service – they don’t just sell you some racking, put it up and then go! Stakapal worked closely with us to ensure that they had covered every small detail – they even covered some areas that we hadn’t even thought of! “Racking is a substantial investment for any company, and you need to make the correct choice. By working with Stakapal, we now have a racking solution that not only suits our requirements now but essentially will grow with us as the company expands.” 01543 278123

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“Stakapal has worked with manufacturing industries for over 55 years supplying a full range of racking and storage solutions that meet their requirements”


Kite Packaging’s second year of carbon neutrality Kite Packaging Group Limited was first verified as Carbon Neutral in 2021 and April 2022 brought with it a renewed confirmation by Carbon Neutral Britain that Kite has offset carbon emissions for the current year. In 2021, Kite successfully achieved carbon neutrality for Scopes 1 and 2 which included offsetting all of its own fuel. For 2022, the company has extended its offsetting to include its thirdparty deliveries, which falls into Scope 3. Therefore, all Kite trucks and outbound deliveries made by its third-party couriers will be offset and hence, carbon neutral. As a result, the whole group now operates with carbon neutral delivery, whether that’s between Kite’s RDCs and NDC or directly to its customers. This will be shown on all customer delivery notes. To illustrate additional advancement on 2021’s certification of carbon neutrality,

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the employee share-owned company reveals that 70.64 tonnes of CO2 emissions were removed from the total this year by using renewable energy for electrical consumption. This reflects the

company’s strategy to only sign new contracts with renewable energy sources to bring its emissions to zero in this area. Kite expresses its ambitions to continue going above and

beyond the normal expectations of a business, stemming from a collective desire to do the right thing environmentally and care for the wellbeing of our planet.

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Safety Storage Efficiency Combilift is the perfect fit for the furniture industry. Our narrow aisle forklifts and pedestrian reach trucks will allow you to maximise the storage, efficiency and safety of your warehouse. Contact Us Today To find out how Combilift can help you unlock every inch of your storage space


The smart choice for product handling in the woodworking sector Schmalz VacuMaster Comfort shown here has a lifting capacity of 750kg

The diversity of products manufactured from wood, combined with the variety of different materials and surface finishes at the various processing stages, requires gripping and handling technology that is capable of meeting the myriad material handling challenges posed by the sector. For example, when handling porous or permeable workpieces such as MDF or particle board, workpieces can sometimes have a tendency to stick together during de-stacking operations. To overcome this issue, Schmalz large-area gripper modules use an integrated separating function which ensures that vacuum between the boards is eliminated by restricting the flow of compressed air, thus ensuring only one workpiece is picked up and held at any time.


“Schmalz large-area gripper modules use an integrated separating function which ensures that vacuum between the boards is eliminated by restricting the flow of compressed air, thus ensuring only one workpiece is picked up and held at any time”

Finished products, such as furniture, place particular demands on vacuum technology in terms of ensuring that there is no marking or damage to the workpiece during handling. Suction cups manufactured from specially developed materials, and soft sealing foam are just two of the solutions available from Schmalz on its gripping systems, which make it possible to handle workpieces without damaging them or leaving marks. This allows the items to be coated in a later process, free from imperfections, even after coming into contact with the gripper. Not all products manufactured in the woodworking sector are large, and in certain cases multiple individual items can be nested on a pallet layer. Using a nesting gripper such as the SPZ-NG from Schmalz makes it possible to

de-stack these pallet layers in just one handling cycle. Different vacuum circuits make it possible to split the gripper into individual segments. Individual vacuum circuits can be switched on or off as needed in order to avoid picking up certain workpieces during gripping. Because rough wooden boards, cut pieces, workpieces, assemblies, and furniture bodies come in a wide variety of shapes, weights and different physical properties, Schmalz offers two series of vacuum lifters: Jumbo vacuum tube lifters and VacuMaster vacuum lifting devices. A large selection of different suction cups is available for both series, with specially adapted crane systems and jib cranes supplementing the vacuum lifters. Furthermore, vacuum technology from

Schmalz can be used as gripper systems on portals and robots. These gripping solutions can be configured and designed individually with a broad range of separate vacuum components, or alternatively purchased as a ready-to-connect gripper system for a specific application. Schmalz has developed a comprehensive range of suction cups for handling wood which more than meet the requirements of the industry. Their shape has been optimised to allow sealing on the rough, often porous surfaces of the workpieces. Ready-to-connect area gripping systems and suction spiders can be adapted to any individual requirements within the woodworking industry. 0161 266 1115


New Combi-MR4 boasts dazzling Dynamic 360° steering The new Combi-MR4 is a four-wheel electric powered multi-directional reach-truck, which incorporates Combilift’s new Dynamic 360° steering, which provides rotation on each wheel, enabling seamless directional change of the truck while on the move. The system allows this extremely agile forklift to work in forward, sideward and ‘crab steer’ mode, guaranteeing swift operation and excellent manoeuvrability. Hence the full name of the new model: the Combi-MR4 Dynamic 360. The impetus for the development of this latest addition to Combilift’s portfolio was to develop a multi-directional truck, with a very low platform to maximise storage density within racking. The Combi-MR4 is available in two unique models, with capacity ranges of 2500–3000kg and 3500–4500kg respectively, and can operate in aisles as narrow as 2265mm when guided (based on 1200mm deep material). To maximise all storage space in racking systems the wheel configuration of two drive wheels at the rear and two sets of smaller dual front wheels provides a platform height as low as 380mm, allowing otherwise redundant areas towards the floor to be used. In keeping with Combilift’s common overall design ethos, the highly versatile Combi-MR4 can handle long loads as well as palletised goods with ease, and can load and offload from delivery trucks. Driver comfort and safety are also major considerations, and this new truck definitely delivers the goods from an ergonomic point of view: a high visibility operator cabin, multi-function control joystick, AC-electric power steering and joystick operated hydraulic mast functions all make for a smooth ride and straightforward operation. The articulated rear axle with two rear rubber drive wheels provides optimum traction for outdoor use, while still

ensuring nimble and accurate truck placement. To achieve this level of manoeuvrability, Combilift utilised its newly developed-in-house Dynamic 360° steering. This novel steering concept enables operators to manipulate the truck’s positioning and orientation without the need to stop and change driving mode. Intuitive and easy-to-operate, this is achieved by simply twisting the control joystick right or left to adjust the wheel positions simultaneously – providing crab steering and allowing direction change on-the-go. Combilift always likes to ensure that any new product has been thoroughly tried and tested in the field to make certain that it is 100% fit for purpose. Following the initial operation of 3000kg Combi-MR4 units, a 4500kg model

was developed after receiving a request from Combilift’s dealer in the BeNeLux region - Mabo BeNeLux, for a larger capacity unit for their customer TABS (Timber and Building Supplies Holland). One of the Netherlands’ leading suppliers of timber products and building materials, with 104 outlets across the country, TABS has partnered with Combilift and operated its multidirectional trucks for more than 15 years. It now has MR4 trucks at several locations in the Netherlands and is about to take delivery of its 15th and 16th trucks, which will work at its distribution centres in Zaandam and Bleiswijk. Combilift CEO Martin McVicar: “TABS are delighted with the ongoing successful implementation of their Combi-MR4s and the improved levels of efficiency thanks to the overall design and features such as low platform height as well as the advanced Dynamic 360° steering system. I have no doubt that this new additional electric model will grow Combilift’s customer base. We are looking forward to showcasing the Combi-MR4 to our existing dealers, and potential new customers during the LogiMAT Intralogistics exhibition in Stuttgart at the end of May.” MR4 Promotional Video: Dynamic 360 in action: New 360° Steering:


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Homag’s Paqteq creates customised, environmentally friendly and efficiencyboosting packaging


Homag’s Paqteq cardboard box cutting machines automatically produce resourcefriendly, made-to-measure cardboard boxes. The state-of-the-art technology significantly reduces the amount of cardboard and filling materials required for packaging products. It lowers packaged product transportation volumes and costs, and its just-in-time operation eliminates box storage requirements. Customised or ready-made packaging for every requirement Paqteq machines produce packaging to exact requirements – in the optimal shape, with high volume utilisation and a minimum unit cost. A core part of the technology is flexible tools that cut cardboard boxes to size automatically. The packaging technology has an adaptable cardboard feeding system with automatic access to a maximum of 12 different track widths. This multi-line system enables the processing of complex multi-piece packaging solutions. The machine’s software also offers the option of using a vast array of ready-made packaging designs. These are readily available to purchase from the Paqteq online shop. Performance, quality and safety are all increased with Paqteq technology when compared to that of manual packaging systems. The flexibility of creating a complete packaging line Homag’s Paqteq C-200 model is designed for stand-alone operation, while its Paqteq C-250 model can be integrated into packaging lines. It can be supplemented on an individual basis with a folding machine, sealing machine, robot insertion station or robot palletising to create a complete packaging line. Displaypro selects Homag’s box cutting machine to assist expansion Displaypro is one of the many companies to have benefitted from the technology of Paqteq C-250. Diplaypro is a leading UK manufacturer and fabricator of retail displays, signs, catering and office equipment. The company’s products are sold worldwide and it operates from three branches across Norfolk and Lincolnshire. It has ambitious plans to expand nationwide. To increase the speed, accuracy and control of its packaging production the company’s managing director, Chris Bowles, chose to invest in Homag’s Paqteq C-250 cardboard-box cutting machine. Less production effort and reduced costs “The Homag cardboard-box cutting machine enables us to produce our packaging with far less effort, more accuracy and more safely than had been previously possible using manual cutting,” says Chris.

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“Performance, quality and safety are all increased with Paqteq technology when compared to that of manual packaging systems” “It has also the added benefit of significantly reducing our damage in transit costs and improving our customer experience. The benefits this new equipment brings will therefore assist our company’s growth plans.” Quality and adaptability were key When selecting the new equipment Chris reviewed the specifications of three specialist cardboard-box cutting machine suppliers at various trade shows. He selected the Homag machine as it had the right features for his company’s requirements. This included the machine’s adaptability and inline printing upgrade facility. Bowles also had previous experience of using Homag equipment and so trusted the brand’s product quality and reputation. Exceptional customer care Enthusing about the service he received from Homag, Chris went on to say: “Homag’s customer care was exceptionally good.

Throughout the buying process, I received regular communications from Homag. “As a result, they made sure that I got exactly the right product specification for our company’s requirements. Homag also made certain that our staff were adequately trained to effectively operate the machinery from day one.” Flexible finance With its worldwide cooperation partners, Homag offers appropriate financing solutions for all of its high-tech products. So, if cash flow is an issue right now, it need not inhibit investment in a Paqteq solution that will help you grow your business. For more information on the PAQTEQ packaging machines or finance solutions, visit HOMAG’s website - For a demonstration or further information on Homag’s machinery or software, contact Adele Hunt at Homag UK on 01332 856424 or email


Products New solutions from Häfele UK help make more of homes


As the UK’s homes are, on average, getting smaller, the need for compact living solutions is getting bigger. To help manufacturers make more of small footprints, Häfele UK is continually expanding its range of storage and transformable systems with clever spaceenhancing options. The Accuride range is one such collection. Often, normal drawer sliders will not hold the weight of heavy-duty items or a volume of items that weigh a lot collectively. Featuring ball-bearing technology developed for cabinetry in retail stores, Accuride systems can be used in home applications to create high-capacity storage drawers. Accuride 3832TR slide, for example, is perfect for creating understairs shoe storage, making more of an often underutilised space. Häfele UK has also expanded its range of space-saving products, partnering with Atim, the Italian manufacturer of innovative transformable systems that are ideal for multifunctional and small living spaces. With a 25-year heritage in creating spacesaving aluminium furniture systems, Atim’s products are ideal for multifunctional and small living spaces. The new additions include Lunch, Party, Mensola T-Able +39 and Voilà Chair Reverse, which can be used to hide a dining table or desk space inside a drawer to free up floor area or to produce an extendable table to a small kitchen island or peninsula. All Atim table systems can be customised, plus due to their 100% aluminium structure, offer a guaranteed load capacity of up to 100kg. Häfele UK will also be offering Atim’s Oplà, Oplà Top, Functional and Cook pull-out worktop

systems to help create extra food preparation or storage space that is flexible and adaptable. Cook for example, can be used to construct a hidden chopping board with integrated utensil storage and waste bin, which doubles as a dining table once a meal is ready. All worktop systems can be integrated into a standard drawer and have a load capacity up to 60kg. Each product also uses a simple sliding movement to create a surface that either extends and sits flush to an existing area or creates a new space entirely. “The need for function and flexibility is more important than ever for homeowners,” says Justin Crofts, category manager for furniture construction at Häfele UK. “In our recent

research, function was the number one factor when choosing a new kitchen for 60% of consumers and likewise, 10% – around 1.75 million homeowners – use the kitchen as a makeshift office. When you add to the equation that our homes are getting smaller, the demand for space-enhancing, multipurpose furniture is increasing. “To help manufacturers respond to this growing consumer need, we’re always expanding our range of space-saving furniture components to be a single source of solutions for the industry.” To explore the full range available from Häfele UK, visit


A new era in furniture manufacturing: pushto-open technologies

“In order to further complement its push latch technology, Titus has added considerable push-to-open expertise with the acquisition of the kinetics division the Simon Group”

Titus Combination Black - Push latch + Shelf support


Cabinets and drawers without handles are nowadays a standard part of product portfolios of kitchens, bathrooms and living room furniture manufacturers. Their sleek design with uninterrupted lines has considerable appeal to consumers and it’s becoming the norm. But as we’ll see, there are also efficiency gains for manufacturers, such as reduced complexity in terms of manufacturing processes and stock management, as well as greater appeal and the ability to stand out from the competition through modern design. In order to further complement its push latch technology, Titus has added considerable push-to-open expertise with the acquisition of the kinetics division the Simon Group. This means that Titus is uniquely positioned to bring to market the most innovative push-toopen solutions for drawers, pull-out organisers, cabinet doors, hinged furniture doors and interior sliding doors. Handle-less furniture is a standard part of elegant furniture ranges and push-to-open systems are widely used around the world. Additional practical benefits include the ability to hygienically clean the cabinets with no areas that could harbour bacteria, such as around handles and knobs.

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In order to offer customers the very best, Titus has decided to upgrade handle-less furniture by including its established ‘ConfidentClose’ feature. The Titus Push Latch Gen2 incorporates a softener that controls the motion, making the opening action decisive but soft, sleek and precise, to the door’s right distance, not too slow and not too fast at the same time. With the second generation of push-to-open, Titus follows the trend of furniture doors opening softly to eliminate the unnecessary bouncing of doors at the end of the opening process, and the whole sequence is quiet and slow in motion. In this way, a thoroughly satisfying experience is offered to a customer wishing for both a soft opening and a gentle closing movement for their furniture closing mechanisms. Push-to-open systems for drawers is flexible and ideally suited to modular furniture concepts. This is not only useful for double wall drawers, but also for various pull-out systems and wire baskets. The system, which is a one-for-all concept, ensures that a single mechanism fits

various drawer sizes and can be assembled thanks to its fast and intuitive place and fix mounting. It is important to mention that the push-to-open is highly tolerant, which ensures reliable performance even if not all drill holes and installation are perfectly aligned. As with most of Titus’ innovations, the push-to-open system is based on a modular approach, meaning that with minor modifications and a combination of standard components, specific requirements of various applications can be adapted. The compact design with soft-close and push-to-open in one unit offers multiple uses, from pantry units and other sliding systems where handles are not wanted for aesthetic reasons. Crucially, the push-to-open furniture fits in with a modern desire for calm, quiet and inviting environments. Minimum effort, quiet operation and seamless design are at the core of the latest range – one that Titus believes will revolutionise the way we look at our home environments.


More than just edgings New: configure and order custom furniture elements online

Less work – more time for customers: at Ostermann you can order customised furniture elements such as roller shutters, fronts or linoleum

At Ostermann, customers in the carpentry trade will not only find Europe’s largest range of edgings, but also many other products and ideas for furniture making. An important new service offers individually configurable furniture elements made to measure, such as furniture fronts and roller shutters or linoleum and handle profiles. In line with the motto “Service, diversity and speed”, Ostermann now offers numerous customised furniture elements. This provides relief during peak periods and frees up more time for individual customer consulting. Regardless of business hours, the furniture parts can be designed and ordered in the Configurators section at . Handy detailed images immediately show the selected design variant. Carpenters/cabinet makers can find all the related information they need under the search term “#Configurator” on the Ostermann website. The following furniture elements can be configured online: Fronts and Side Sections A wide range of surfaces on different substrates and in various panel thicknesses are available.

In addition to the trendy 3D recessed panel fronts in country style, you can also find, for example, high-quality veneer and premium lacquer surfaces and the super matt Fenix NTM and NTA surfaces from Arpa Industriale. Even different edging solutions and special dimensions for slopes can be conveniently configured online. Furniture roller shutters At Ostermann you can order ready-to-install roller shutters for office, kitchen or shopfitting. Different guide systems with mats made of plastic, aluminium, glass or fine veneer wood are available. All options are displayed in the dropdown menu, and 3D graphics or images show a preview of the selected design. Furniture linoleum made to measure At Ostermann, the trendy furniture linoleum is not only available by the metre, but also cut to size in length and width with millimetre precision. The delivered product can be pressed immediately without further processing. In the Ostermann Configurators section, you can select the colour and surface, enter the desired

dimensions and send the order immediately online. The corresponding material for the counter draw can be ordered at the same time, true to size. Handle profiles made to measure A wide variety of ready-made aluminium handles and handle profiles are available at Ostermann. While handleless systems from solid wood can be easily trimmed by a carpenter/cabinet maker, not every store has the time and/or tools to properly cut and machine profiles made from aluminium. That is why Ostermann delivers all handle profiles from a length of 200 mm made to measure upon request. Why online configuration is always a good idea The Configurators section is available to the carpenters/cabinet makers around the clock, seven days a week. This allows you to design furniture elements anytime, anywhere, and independently of Ostermann’s business hours. In addition, you can immediately see the prices and are able to place the order for production. 01905 793550

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Dust free cordless systems available from autumn 2022. Festool is expanding its 18-volt range with two cordless compact dust extractors: The CTC MINI, the CTC MIDI and the CTC SYS cordless extractors in the Systainer format for dust classes L and M. The compact extractors bring even more portability and freedom to the 18-volt system – and less dust.

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Striking metal effect edgebanding from Cantisa Cantisa is one of the leading European manufacturers of edgebanding. Highly committed to innovation, it has developed a full collection of decorative edgebandings, with an outstanding design quality, called Décor Programme. This collection is constantly renewed, responding to customer’s needs and driven by interior and furniture design trends.

Cantisa has been developing metal effect edgebanding for quite some time now, ever since this material started to appear in top interior design magazines. Using Cantisa’s PVC or ABS metallic edgebands is a desirable way of elevating a décor to new levels of sophistication. There are several versions available: you can either choose a metallic film or a real aluminium foil on the outside part, or you can choose Cantisa’s edgeband designs with metal pigments. All of them have the look of real aluminium, but the easy-to-apply advantages of any other edgeband. Make room for metal in your designs, from cold metals like silver and stainless steel, to warm metals, like gold, copper and bronze.

New avant-garde soft metal tones Cantisa’s latest range of avant-garde edgebands with metallic finish, soft touch and matt reflections is now available. These incorporate some of the most desirable tones in the design landscape – gold, titanium, copper and platinum. A very demanding technology is used to give these PVC edgebands the appearance of real metal. The result allows furniture manufacturers to include metals in the easiest and most convenient way possible.

Let your creativity shine Cantisa’s latest edgebanding designs offer a metallic lustre with a smooth gloss, blending perfectly with other matt designs. Cool metallic tones bring a modern look whilst warmer tones such gold and copper are more glamorous. A mixture of the two also offers a unique look – modern with a touch of glamour, or minimalistic with an inviting appeal. This range of metallic edgebands with special light behaviour is able to transmit elegance, harmony and vanguard. It is possible to try all of these creative combinations with the exclusive Cantisa’s 3D Customiser, where you can create pieces by choosing among hundreds of edgeband and board designs. Found on the company’s website, the 3D customiser features boards by the main manufacturers in the market.





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High-precision cross cuts with Festool’s new KSC 60 cordless sliding compound mitre saw The new KSC 60’s lightweight and compact design makes it completely portable

Whether for floor laying, exterior construction, timber construction or interior finishing, all trades need a compact saw that is precise, reliable and, most importantly, completely flexible. With its new KSC 60 cordless sliding compound mitre saw, Festool has removed the cable, making this handy all-rounder with Li-ion battery power and the latest generation brushless motors a real front runner. The latest generation of brushless EC-TEC motor, combined with the dual battery system, ensures maximum power that lasts the whole day.


Festool keeps on adding to its extensive range of cordless tools: the battery-operated Kapex KSC 60 is exceptionally strong, yet ultra-flexible in operation thanks to its mitre angles of up to 60 degrees on both sides and the bevel angle of up to 46 degrees (on the right-hand side) or 47 degrees (on the left-hand side). The twin-column guide with two bearings ensures the saw blade is guided smoothly and with precision. This makes every cut perfect, without wobbles or juddering. The LED spotlight transfers the shadow of the saw blade onto the material to act as a precise cutting line, while also providing optimum visibility of the scribe mark. The KSC 60 is supplied ex-works with a dust collection bag, making it ideal for portable use and smaller sawing jobs. A handy bevel is also included as standard. This makes the rapid measurement of interior and exterior angles and subsequent transfer to the saw simple and precise. A particularly clever detail is the additional feet, which allow the workbench on the KSC 60 to be raised to the exact height of the SYS 3 M 112 or SYS 1 Systainer in just a few steps. It can then be used as a workbench to support long workpieces safely and securely. Brushless motor power – battery power that lasts all day When it comes to power and performance, the Kapex KSC 60 does not fall short of its corded sister, the KS 60. This is down to the perfectly harmonious interplay between battery and motor. “The KSC 60 features the latest generation of brushless EC-TEC motors,” explains Boris Seyfried, product manager for saws at Festool. “It is characterised by its compact design, low weight and high efficiency.” This, together with the variable speed preselection, means the saw can adapt to suit

Thanks to its mitre angles of up to 60 degrees on both sides and the bevel angle of up to 46 degrees (on the right-hand side) or 47 degrees (on the left-hand side), the new KSC 60 is ultra-flexible in operation

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the material. Combined with the high-quality saw blades for wood materials, laminate or aluminium, the resultant precision is no coincidence. The intelligent dual battery system gives the saw more torque and range, meaning that the KSC 60 can be operated with one or two 18-volt battery packs from Festool and offers enough power for the entire working day. The compact design, incorporating flushmounted guide rods, ergonomically positioned carry handles and a convenient transport safety device, means there is no limit to the new KSC 60’s portability, making it ideal for use on construction sites. Typically Festool: clever as a system The whole package is neatly rounded off with system accessories perfectly matched to the KSC 60. These include saw blades for every application, which – when combined with the A convenient bevel is also included as standard, which makes the rapid measurement of interior and exterior angles and subsequent transfer to the saw simple and precise

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Hoffmann’s history and its key to success Internationally famous for its wood processing machines in concert with its dovetail key jointing systems, Hoffmann Machine Company, is respected around the world for its specialist knowledge and insight. In this article, we look at the history of Dr Walter Hoffmann’s company. The Hoffmann Machine Company was founded in 1990 by Dr Walter Hoffmann and his two sons, Thomas and Martin. Initially, the early days were very hand to mouth and they began designing and building machines in their father’s garage. Each sale allowed them to buy more parts to build the next machine. As demand grew and grew, they moved to some sheds in their grandma’s garden and eventually on to where we find the company today, its head office in Bruchsal, Germany.

Many of the original staff are still with the company. Today, they design and manufacture routing machines (MU range), double mitre saws (MS range), specialist tooling and custom-made machinery. These machines are built on-site in Bruchsal and delivered all around the world, in close cooperation with the customer to ensure optimal quality and performance. Modern technology and new manufacturing methods have raised the expectations of users of woodworking machinery. In a competitive market, they demand high performance from quality machines. This is why Hoffmann uses only the very best and state-of-the art components in all it does. “Our machines are built to the highest standards utilising leading edge technology

that is driven by the needs of our customers,” explains MD Thomas Hoffmann. “Customer satisfaction is our primary concern. We seek to provide the best in quality, delivery and after sale service.” A proven mechanical feature Shortly after founding the company, and after several years of development work by Thomas and Martin whilst working abroad in the US, an event took place with far-reaching implications: the idea that resulted in the Hoffmann-Schwalbe (the Hoffmann Key). Designs and tests were carried out on numerous, sometimes even extreme applications. The result is a moulded four dimensional key in a double dovetail shape with obliquely converging ribbed inner surfaces, which is able to draw

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“The Hoffmann Key changed the business activities of Hoffmann forever” together two work-pieces in a stable and permanent joint. The Hoffmann Key changed the business activities of Hoffmann forever. “The joining of work-pieces and components of all kinds, by our customers, has become a core part of the company. For this we offer a wide range of Hoffmann Keys and other related jointing systems with extensive processing techniques for both large and small scale operations. To an expert, the advantages of this unique joining system are obvious. Uncomplicated, durable, efficient and economical,” says Thomas. The hero product would be the MU dovetail router, now on the MU 3 version, Dovetail Keyways are routed into all mating parts and the frames are assembled by applying some glue and inserting Hoffmann Dovetail Keys. These Keys draw the parts together to form a tight, secure and permanent joint. No large clamping tables or bar clamps are required and the frames can be finished immediately upon assembly. All dovetail routing machines can process regular mitre joints and butt joints. This thoroughly revised machine has been reworked, updated and adapted to suit the current and future needs of the industry, with many new additional features. Ergonomic, user-friendly as well as up-to-date, the new MU-3 is available in four versions.

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Homag redefines CNC processing with the new Drillteq V-310 Homag is setting new standards with the launch of its Drillteq V-310 vertical CNC processing centre. Launched in April, the Drillteq V-310 has a range of technologically advanced features that Homag is proud to claim have never been seen before on this type of vertical CNC machine. The availability options such as a C axis, aggregates and/or dowel insertion make the Homag V-310 a fully versatile all-rounder. A unique space-saving vertical CNC processing centre Resources and space are often limited, especially in the craft woodworking sector. The ability to offer high-quality, individualised CNC processing within a limited area was the key driver behind Homag’s development of the space saving Drillteq V-310. With a footprint of just 11m², this vertical CNC processing centre delivers a comprehensive range of routing,

drilling and grooving solutions combined with additional features. Drillteq V-310 – delivering a wealth of technical features and benefits The unit has up to 45 drilling spindles, two swivelling grooving saws (one for grooving and one for Clamex), a dowel insertion unit and a C-axis with a unit interface. The unit can be easily combined with an eight-position tool changer and adapted to the application situation. Because of this, extensive sawing, routing, and drilling tasks can be performed for panel- and timber-based materials. Optimised handling and ergonomic processes Workpieces on the Drillteq V-310 are optimally held with two pneumatic vacuum-free clamps when they are drawn into the machine during production with no required set-up. The workpieces are ergonomically clamped via an

easily accessible foot switch. A large panoramic window offers a clear view of the interior of the machine. The tilting control panel, in combination with the heightadjustable monitor, enables efficient working. This means that changing operators is easy, as adjustments can be made swiftly depending on operator height or preference. Quick access to all functions characterises the Drillteq V-310 and is the basis for an efficiently thought-out production process. Visual LED support with intelliGuide A feature that increases efficiency and ensures process reliability is the Drillteq V-310’s toolchanging concept. On the software system side, tools can be transferred from the tool management system ’toolManager‘ to the picker simply with a tap of a finger. The intelliGuide system then indicates where the new tool should be placed in the tool changer.


To further support the machine operator, the loading area of the Drillteq V-310 is also equipped with an LED assistance system. Here, intelliGuide is linked to the control system and shows the workpiece sizes and the correct positioning for loading into the machine by illuminating the LED bars in the X and Y directions. Quick visual checks guide the operator to ensure the loading of the correct sized workpiece. The Drillteq V-310 also performs a plausibility check to measure the length and width of the workpiece. This makes sure that drill positions are accurate even if workpieces are presented slightly over or undersized. New safety feature with safeScan technology Homag has developed a new safety system for the machine to protect operators. Known as safeScan, this technology stops the machine if the lasers detect movement or entry into the

operating area. The program is not interrupted but merely paused. Safe production is resumed when the person leaves the confines of the operating area. Due to the automatically integrated auto-quit function, no confirmation or restarting of the machine is necessary. A state-of-the-art space-saving and featurepacked machine Homag has redefined CNC processing with the Drillteq V-310. Its wealth of technical features, time-saving devices, and resource-saving benefits add up to make it the company’s most efficient vertical CNC processing centre to date. With its small footprint of 11m² and leadingedge capabilities, the Drillteq V-310 is a unique machine that will deliver multiple benefits to wood processing businesses. For a demonstration or more information on Homag’s machinery or software, contact Adele Hunt at Homag UK on 01332 856424.


SmartBench PrecisionPro – the future of portable large-format CNC routers Yeti Tool, the home of CNC Multitool SmartBench, has showcased its best-seling SmartBench PrecisionPro model, which it believes represents the future of portable large-format routing machines. It’s the flagship product in terms of Smart CNC Routers, and is perfect for delivering a supreme level of accuracy and ongoing performance from a CNC Router. The SmartBench PrecisionPro has exclusive features added as the next level up from the SmartBench Precision model, including realtime spindle load display to access all cutting information, additional lead screw to improve rigidity in the Z Axis, and laser X/Y datum to set a job start point accurately and quickly. The SmartBench PrecisionPro comes with ShapeCutter, a new console-based cutting App providing a powerful tool at the user’s fingertips. There are also plans to develop more Apps on the console to help users complete more complicated cuts without needing a computer. SmartBench PrecisionPro is the latest development in the CNC Routing machine range, and provides users with the same reliable and repeatable performance as the Standard and Precision models. SmartBench PrecisionPro continues Yeti Tool’s ongoing mission of providing a CNC that produces finished parts time and time again.

Recent customer comments about the SmartBench have included: “I think its overall simplicity in operation has been the strongest point for me. For someone who came into the industry with no CNC experience, it has been really easy to pick up.” “SmartBench has allowed us to start doing things in-house that we would normally send out to do, meaning we can reduce our overall production costs.”

“SmartBench is exactly as marketed. My favourite feature of SmartBench is the ability to disassemble it quickly and store it away which comes in handy when space is limited.” “SmartBench has improved all aspects of my joinery and projects. It is fast, accurate and super easy to use. SmartBench is my go-to machine and the hub of my workshop.” Yeti Tool co-founder and co-director Andy McLaren says: “SmartBench is different to all the other machines because it offers full-sheet CNC cutting, but the patented mechanics pack down into a small size. “It’s very fast to deploy anywhere, and is opening up opportunities to bring CNC routing in-house for small and medium-sized businesses.” Yeti Tool also offers customers free access to its CNC Academy, where Smart Router users can utilise online resources and advice. Specifically created for those who are new to CNC and those who are looking to expand their working knowledge, the CNC Academy has a range of tutorial-style videos and articles covering everything from setting up a CNC Multitool Smart Router to creating projects. “SmartBench PrecisionPro offers a professional solution with a reasonable price. The user experience is easy-to-use, intuitive and powerful,” concludes Andy. “SmartBench is the world’s first portable largeformat CNC router, and we’re confident that the updates to our PrecisionPro model will make it hugely popular.” 01275 217060


Future-ready inspiration with Lathams’ Décors campaign The UK furniture sector is continually, and rapidly, evolving. With so much variety on the market, particularly when it comes to material options, it can be hard to stay ahead of the game. However, at James Latham Ltd, we’ve made it our mission to help you do just that, with our summer 2022 Décors Campaign. Celebrating our 1400-strong collection of decorative materials, over the coming months we’ll take you on a journey of discovery. We’ll be bringing our full catalogue of laminates, melamines, edgings, veneers and solid surfaces, directly to you and your team, helping foster creativity, spark imagination and inspire your next furniture range. Specifically, it will present the opportunity to showcase our expansive range of decorative products. From timelessly-stylish, industryleading brands including Egger, HIMACS, Kronospan and Abet Laminati, to European inspired, boutique brands, such as Transformad, Xylocleaf, Dekodor and Decospan, we have something to meet almost any brief, whether a unique commission or mass production.

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Speedy delivery across our entire range, as well as a substantial reserve of stock, means we can meet large-volume orders of multiple materials at short notice. Finally, we’ll show you how easy it is to find just what you’re looking for via our latest innovation; the new Digital Showroom. Whether a quick search or a deep dive through our myriad décor options, we’ll reveal our enhanced online capabilities which make that process as simple and engaging a possible. The showroom features a powerful selection tool enabling you to see our entire décors range, rendered in high-resolution 3D, order samples straight to your door, and book a video consultancy with one of our showroom staff to discuss chosen materials. It’s taking the selection experience to the next level, to help you make the most informed material choice. So there you have it, our Summer Décors campaign. it not only reveals the extensive design potential of our unique catalogue, but also highlights why we remain ready, willing and able to meet the needs and demands of the sector’s vibrant furniture and joinery community.


Makita UK marks 50 years Makita UK is celebrating 50 years of trading in the UK. With over 100 years of heritage and since entering the UK market in 1972, Makita UK has been at the forefront of innovation and delivered a wide range of high-quality, durable tools that tradespeople across the country can rely on to tackle any job. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Makita’s first UK office. For half a century, the company has forged a strong presence in the UK with a national

network of distributors and merchant partners, as well as investment into four purposebuilt Factory Service Centres and training facilities throughout the UK. Makita is recognised as a market leader in the power tool market having built a reputation for delivering best in class, quality products for professional (and personal) use, to cover a wide range of construction sector applications as well as garden maintenance, landscaping and grounds maintenance tasks. With over 100 years of experience, the company’s dedication to and investment in product development has resulted in a vast range of cordless machines that deliver the flexibility and safety needed for regular, professional use. Today, the company offers over 270 LXT and 50 XGT cordless models in its portfolio - a huge collection of

highly durable machines that can tackle any task. With long battery life and short charge times, the LXT and XGT ranges ensure faster and more efficient work. Kevin Brannigan, marketing manager at Makita said: “We are delighted to be marking our fiftieth year of trading in the UK. We are incredibly proud of what we have been able to achieve since 1972

– and the vast array of cordless products and new technologies that we can offer tradespeople to aid their productivity and efficiency on site.” To mark its 50th anniversary, Makita UK will be announcing a number of exciting promotions and product launches throughout the year.


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«Enormous time savings in assembly thanks to Cabineo» «Craftsmanship combined with tradition» is what carpentry company RAUM DESIGN KÖHLER GmbH relies on. It not only designs rooms and homes, but also offers a comprehensive range of services in the trades sector. The interior fitting of the «Good Life Vans» camper vans was a project close to the company's heart. The Cabineo cabinet connector from Lamello was used as a fitting and amazed the professional woodworkers with the reduced assembly time.

Carpentry company RAUM DESIGN KÖHLER GmbH has been producing customised living space solutions since 2006. Based in Biebergemünd Wirtheim, Germany, the company currently employs 21 people and has evolved from its initial assembly business to a carpentry company, which is now equipped with three CNC machines. In an interview, owner Marco Köhler explains his personal recipe for success to us: «Craftsmanship is at home here. We offer a variety of services so that customer only need one partner to implement a project.»


«Clamping force and flexibility were impressive» We would also like to find out from the carpentry company how the Cabineo 8 M6 cabinet connector came to be used in addition to the daily use of Lamello’s P-System. «For the project (Good Life Vans), where we machine various modules made of plywood sheets with a panel thickness of 16 millimetres, we took another close look at the modular and detachable connectors on the market. We knew about the Cabineo, but had not yet used it.» However, after a demonstration by Lamello’s sales team, it was soon clear that the Cabineo 8 M6 would be used. Marco Köhler commented: «The advantage of the Cabineo was that it only had to be machined on the surface. This allows us to mill it on the multipurpose cutter. The high clamping force was also impressive – without the need for wooden dowels.» The use of Lamello’s connector greatly simplifies the work, says the business owner. «After milling on the multipur-

pose cutter, the fitting is hammered in. Until the furniture is installed in the camper, the individual components can be flat packed with the pre-assembled connectors in a simple and space-saving manner. Assembly can be carried out without tools and with a minimum of personnel. Compared to previous solutions, we are 80 percent faster in assembly.» For Köhler, another advantage of the Cabineo is the cover caps, which are always used when the connector is visible from the outside. On the company’s website, it says: «Good craftsmanship is the sum of knowledge and experience. Special things happen where creativity and passion inspire us.» Yes, the enthusiasm for his work can be felt in each of Marco Köhler’s sentences and projects, whether it is kitchen manufacturing, his own bicycle shop or the interior fittings of the «Good Life Vans».


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The collaboration between CAD+T and Felder / Format4 has resulted in a complete, end-to-end production solution for customers. The F4Design Platium operator only needs to use a single click to select the desired Lamello P-System connector in the automatic fitting allocation. This then inserts the Lamello Clamex P, for example, into the carcass or into the workpiece according to predefined rules. The F4Design CAM then automatically generates the CNC machining from this. The user can change or adjust the rules if necessary. The F4Nest software detects the position of the Clamex P connection in the individual components. Using the specially integrated parameters, the connectors are placed automatically in the finished nest without restriction. With the F4Integrate software, Lamello connectors can be positioned quickly and easily. There are 90° butt-joint or 2 × 45°

A single solution for parametric 3D design, rendering, quotations, cost analysis (materials/times), cutting optimisation, CNC management (ISO and WOP) as well as production planning, warehouse management, managing supplier orders and tracking production progress. Parametric rules enable the design of carcass and cabinet units to be set up quickly and easily from scratch. Operation can be learned independently in a few hours following video courses. Paid support is also available if required. The P-System connectors and the Lamello Cabineo are integrated into the software. For the Cabineo, for example, there are installation options for lateral off-set on a dividing panel, or flush milling of the cover caps. The software has an ISO and a WOP interface for transferring machining data to the CNC machines. There is cooperation with Biesse, SCM, Vitap, HOLZ-HER, Homag, Masterwood and Cosmec. A test

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version is available for one month, including the data generation for CNC machines. The software is available in different languages.

The horizontal machining centre is compact and light and requires only 5 m² of space. Patented Vitap Bar Nesting System® technology enables the achining of 5 sides of the workpiece in just 4 minutes. The patented DDT system (Double Dynamic Transport® technology) is a double clamp technology that enables seamless panel movement and 4-sided milling. The working range in the Y-axis is 1250 mm. The Point K2 2.0 is equipped with a new automatic tool changer. The machine is available with the equipment option for the Lamello P-System, so that the Clamex P and the Tenso P can be milled. A Vitap angle aggregate with the P-System profile groove cutter is used for the profile grooves in the surface. The profile grooves in the edges are executed with an HSK collet chuck, a cutter arbor and the P-System profile groove cutter. The programming for

the profile grooves takes place in the Vitap software TPA, for which an additional sub program and instructions for implementation have been created.


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Divario P-18

Clamex P-14



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Lamello AG | Joining technology Hauptstrasse 149 | 4416 Bubendorf, Switzerland Phone +41 61 935 36 36 | Fax +41 61 935 36 06 |

Shaye Chatfield | Area Manager UK, Ireland Mobile +44 (0) 789 1025 646 |

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