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CONTENTS News Cost Conscious Buyers Switch to Sterling OSB Better Buy BiesseArtech Elcon Quadra Concept Striebig Top of the Class at Historic School CMF Invest in a Genisis SCM Patents The Navigator UltraCut Software A Superior Finish for Hillside Veneers Hoffmann Perfection at AMC Hi-Tec Join Forces in Blades Factory Expansion

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SPECIAL FEATURES Saws Software Woodwaste Processing Components Finishing Website Directory

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++news++news++news++ Chemique Acquires Protak Chemique Adhesives and Sealants Limited, today announced it has purchased, outright, Protak (GB) Limited - suppliers of adhesives into the furniture and woodworking industry. Protak will be incorporated into Chemique as an additional product division which will sit comfortable alongside their other marketleading brands: Solfre, Polyped, Aquabond and Axil. The acquisition will give scope to Chemique to offer a full industrial adhesive package into both their existing and new market sectors.

Combilift’s New Man for North of the Borders

Anthony Rooney appointed new product manager responsible for Scotland and Northern Ireland

Combilift Ltd, the leading global manufacturer in the long-load handling sector has appointed a new Product Manager responsible for Scotland and Northern Ireland. Anthony Rooney will be adding support to current Combilift dealerships in these areas, where demand for the Combilift range of 4way handling solutions continues to defy the current market situation. Anthony has been with Combilift for almost eight years now. He moved from an initial role in the production of the trucks to a four year stint opening up new markets in the USA, before moving back closer to home to take on his current position. “Sales in Scotland grew by over 100% last year, and I expect this to continue throughout 2009,” says Anthony. “The oil industry is a buoyant sector, and our larger trucks with up to 14 tonne capacities are particularly suited for offshore applications. In Northern Ireland I have identified increasing requirements for the Combilift range in manufacturing and engineering sectors. In general, customers appreciate the cost effectiveness of the 3machines-in-1 Combilift system rather than operating a fleet of multiple types of forklifts.” Anthony has also made some initial sales of the recently introduced Combi-CB, and believes that this will prove to be a very popular model in future: “The Combi-CB has been specifically designed for handling a mixture of long and palletised loads, so if you thought that the Combilift range was not for your

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operation, you may need to think again and get in touch!” Anthony can be contacted on 0779 439 7546. Tel: 00353 47 80500 Email: info@combilift.com www.combilift.com

Veneer Manufacturer Extends Range of Innovative Wooden Surfaces Danzer Group, the world’s largest producer of hardwood veneers, has acquired Reholz GmbH, Kesselsdorf, near Dresden, Germany. The company will be integrated into Danzer Group under its current management. Reholz has developed an internationally unique, patented process for moulding veneers three-dimensionally without cracking. With 3D veneers, it is possible to achieve stable moulds – for example for the furniture and automotive industries – that are resistant to breakage or bending. Both the structure of the wood and texture of the veneer are unchanged in the process. By acquiring Reholz GmbH, Danzer Group will be able to offer its customers veneers in 3D versions for moulded parts and coatings. Customers can use the innovative wooden surfaces to produce high-grade and unique quality products that stand out significantly from the competition. International demand for 3D veneers is increasing – especially from the furniture industry for chairs and rounded furniture fronts and from the automotive industry for use in interiors. For more information: Tel: +49 (0)69 24286143 E-mail: juergen.wiedemann@pleon.com

The Wood Awards 2008 The award winners were revealed at a party hosted by the Carpenters Company in the City of London recently. The winners of the new ‘Best Use of Panel Products’ award was the Taylor Library of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge which showcased fine examples of European oak veneers bonded into a variety of wood-based panel substrates. The award was in recognition of the increasing importance of materials such as MDF, OSB, plywood and particle board. Geoff Rhodes, specialist in the wood panel product sector, former president of the TTF and marketing and business development director of Coillte Panel Products (manufacturers of Medite and SmartPly) who are commercial sponsors of The Wood Awards, added: "This special recognition is a great way to improve the understanding of wood panels products and to showcase their adaptability and quality, particularly as nearly a quarter of this year’s Wood Award entries used panel products:

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Combat the Recession with Budget PR Service Long-standing specialist PR and advertising agency, Wellesley Publicity Services, headed up by John ‘JB’ Burrows, is currently operating a low-cost Budget PR Service for businesses involved in the manufacture, sales and installation of woodworking machinery, panel processing systems, tooling, waste extraction equipment, finishing systems, furniture fittings, materials and components. “I’ve been working in this industry since 1972 and have witnessed at first-hand the devastating results of two previous recessions,” said John Burrows. “However, I do feel that during this present economic downturn, when new business is even harder to come by, it is vitally important that companies keep their customers fully informed of the products, machinery and cost-effective services that are currently available to them and which could enhance production techniques and lead to increased sales.” He continued: “This ideal of keeping their name in the forefront of the industry can be effectively achieved by maintaining a regular editorial presence in the trade press.” In this light and in order to assist companies in their endeavours, Wellesley Publicity Services is now offering a Budget PR and advertising service at special recessionary rates. This covers the preparation and distribution of new product press releases, installation articles and other newsworthy stories, on a one-off basis, at flexible low-cost fees, throughout the duration of this recession. For more information: Tel: 02392 259320 Email: jbwpub@ntlworld.com.

ON THE MOVE SCM Group (UK) Ltd Blenheim House Camberley Road Bulwell Nottingham NG6 8UW Tel: 0115 9770044 Email: scmgroupuk@scmgroup.com www.scmgb.co.uk SCM Hi-Tech Division Tel: 0115 9777818 Email: hitechuk@scmgroup.com

DIARY DATES ZOW 2009 Bad Salzuflin, Germany February 9th – 12th 2009 www.zow.de Technodomus 2009 The new expo for woodworking technology and building components Rimini Fiera, Italy March 11th – 14th 2009 Tel: 0039 0541 744304 www.technodomus.it

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n a bid to minimise the effects of the economic crisis, for sentimental or historic reasons when a more reliable and more materials buyers are switching from imported cost-effective alternative is right at hand. plywood to domestically-produced OSB, according to “Eight months ago, there were two dollars to the pound” Dave McElroy, Deputy Managing Director Commercial of UK commented Mr McElroy. “Now it’s hovering around $1.50. The engineered wood-based panel manufacturer, Norbord. same has happened with the Euro, which has appreciated from According to Mr McElroy, the credit squeeze and rapid about €1.40 to the pound to about €1.20. When you factor currency fluctuations have combined to make imported products in shipping and road transport costs, even imported OSB is no much less competitive when compared to Norbord’s Sterling OSB longer competitive with our Sterling board. These currency which is made in Scotland from native timber. issues are proving to be the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle in “Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is a direct rival to softwood encouraging a switch to domestically-produced OSB.” plywood in many applications and has comparable, if not superior, Made at Norbord’s Inverness factory from thinnings strength and durability. And, of course, Sterling OSB has a much harvested during the sustainable management of local forests, better environmental profile than plywood, is locally produced Sterling OSB has a very attractive environmental profile. This Dave McElroy, Deputy MD Commercial of and is always available - unlike imported plywoods which are is well recognised, as evidenced on the Greenpeace website. UK manufacturer Norbord subject to the vagaries of ocean transport, currency fluctuations “It is CE-marked, FSC-certified and carries BBA-certification,” and many other factors.” he said. “We can deliver in two or three days and our transport costs are very low Yet some buyers and users of structural panels have not yet switched to OSB compared with imported product. Although total demand for board products is down, from softwood plywood. Why? “Primarily for reasons of history, tradition and simple buyers are now very cost-conscious and there’s never been a better time to switch lack of understanding of all the advantages of OSB,” he explained. to Sterling OSB”. “The weakened pound has completely altered the price structure of all imported materials. Put in context with the reduction of construction activity and the compelling For further information: need for every business to reduce costs, we believe many buyers are realising that Tel: 01786 812 921 they can no longer afford the luxury of stocking and using structural softwood plywood www.norbord.com.

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Better Buy The Biesse Group are world renowned for delivering top quality products with a superb price/performance ratio on their Industrial

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Techno & Rover Series introduced more than 30 years ago. Over the last few years they have also been concentrating their efforts on building the same reputation with their BiesseArtech brand. The range brings the larger machine technology and quality to smaller companies who thought that they could never afford it, but still need all the same capabilities as their larger competitors. The BiesseArtech range really does fit this requirement giving an excellent price / performance ratio and therefore small companies the real chance to compete.

he BIesseArtech philosophy and success is attributed to producing the highest quality products affordable to everyone who appreciates the importance of buying the best that you can afford. Following the processes in a factory, the line up consists of a beam saw, through-feed edge-banding range for straight edge work, another series for shaped and awkward panel work. The drilling range is made up of the versatile multi spindle boring machines, including dowel insertion and for the CNC machining centres there is the Skill series both in flat-table and pod table formats. Sanding is covered with two ranges depending on the number

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of belts required. For the clamping of rigid carcasses we have the Cosmo clamp. This portfolio is a complete and comprehensive offering for the smaller factory. We must stress, that these machines are all manufactured in Biesse’s production plants in and around Pesaro. Being a global organisation The Biesse Group consists of more than 10 manufacturing companies involved with wood, plastic, metal, stone and glass sectors. The total employed workforce, throughout the world exceeds 2000. The UK operation, Biesse Group UK Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Biesse Spa, was formed in 1992 to service and support this vital market for Biesse. From a purpose built 45,500 sq ft premises based in Daventry, Northants we operate a sales, service and spare parts organisation numbering more than 40 people. The building houses an excellent fully functioning showroom with training facilities for customers and employees alike. Our free telephone help desk, available to all customers, uses the most advanced HDA (Help Desk Application) software, enabling us to record all breakdowns, ensuring the shortest possible down time, and keep a history of the resolution applied. Whilst the machines are incredibly reliable inevitably spare parts are required. From our UK spare parts department we ship nearly 90% of all requested parts on the same day from our £2,000,000.00 (£2 Million) stockholding. Biesse UK put a lot of effort during 2008 into setting up a relationship with Wadkin who were appointed our sole distributor for the BiesseArtech range for the UK in June 2008. In the same period Paul Ambrose joined Biesse UK as the BiesseArtech Brand Manager. In the following months we decided to finish our relationship with Wadkin following their recent restructuring. Unfortunately their new business model no longer suited our requirements. What has not changed is our commitment to the market. We know the product

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is right and we know without question Paul’s knowledge and experience, made him the right man for the job. Most people in the industry know Paul brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area of the market, having been in the panel machinery trade for over 32 years, during which time he has worked for both German and Italian machinery manufacturers. When asked of his new

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appointment Paul commented “I am delighted to be working for The Biesse Group. I find them both very professional and highly efficient in the manufacture of high quality production machinery. I can see the benefits of the Kaizen production methodology that has been implemented by the involvement of Porsche Consulting over the past two years” says Paul. “This is giving us a big advantage during this difficult economic climate.“ Quality is one of the things I looked at before joining Biesse and am very happy to be introducing the BiesseArtech range to the UK market. Another vital point for me was after sales support and I had underestimated how much Biesse had invested in making this their number one priority knowing how important this is to the customer and a key factor to consider when purchasing this type of machinery. I was always astounded at the products that the Biesse group brought to the market which in many cases were way ahead of the competition in terms of innovation and build quality. Now seeing things from the inside, I understand why.” “Being made by BiesseArtech, you get a better buy.” So, if you are looking for a quality machine, well built and fully equipped at a sensible price, contact Paul directly: Mobile: 07852-774297 Tel: 01327-300366 Email: paul.ambrose@biesse.co.uk

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specially designed for small and feature that consists of a bar which medium-sized furniture and automatically reads the height of the pack and panel processing companies, calibrates the height of the saw blade the new ‘SCM’ SIGMA IMPACT 107 accordingly. The saw can be also be Panel Beam Saw can machine incorporated in ‘Netline’ production cells. chipboard, laminates, MDF, wood and The SIGMA IMPACT 107 panel saw has wood-based panels and plastics in maximum a new design and a robust structure. And its working dimensions of up to 4500mm long and shape and framework have been carefully The SIGMA IMPACT especially designed for the designed to ensure any vibrations are 4300mm wide. small and medium-sized companies SCM’s vast experience in beam saws guarantees absorbed by the ground on which the rapid and precise axis movement of up to 135metres/min on the machine sits, thus further improving the cutting quality of the machine. saw blade carriage and up to 75metres/min on the rear panel pusher. The ‘WINCUT’ operator interface, which is part of the standard Ideal ergonomics for the operator are provided by the remote control SIGMA IMPACT 107 supply kit has completely new graphics. The panel. The machines cyclical speed is ensured by empowered new version of ‘WINCUT’ that can be opened by simply clicking on automatic detection standards featuring panel length, width and its user-friendly icon, is indispensable for efficient machine operation, thickness photocells. as it makes the panel saw commands simple and easy-to-understand The machine is also fitted with an immediate saw blade even for less experienced operators. changeover system with a pneumatic selector that enables the blade For more information: to be changed quickly and without using keys, spanners or having Tel: 01159 770044 to unscrew tools. The saw blade also has a self-learning upstroke Email: scmgroupuk@scmgroup.com

Elcon Quadra Concept Dutch manufacturers take Vertical Panel Saws to a new level lways at the forefront of technical development when it taken up can be very considerable. comes to the manufacture of Vertical Panel Saws, Dutch The machine has a maximum capacity of 2150 by 5300 mm and manufacturer Elcon introduced at the W8 exhibition their the machine is currently on show and available for demonstration in new Quadra machine which offers a capability hitherto unknown Daltons’ Nottingham showroom. A DVD showing the capabilities of with this type of machine. the machine in operation can also be supplied by Daltons or viewed Sole UK agents Daltons, who exhibited the machine on their stand in their showroom. at W8, point out that although looking like a conventional Vertical Panel Daltons, who are widely experienced in the supply and Saw the machine performs like a Vertical Beam maintenance of Elcon Vertical Saws to timber and builders Saw, having fully automatic and programmable merchants and other timber using customers throughout cycles to both horizontal and vertical cutting. Elcon the UK and Ireland, are delighted to be able MD Pieter Meijer was on hand at W8 to emphasise to add this unique machine to its portfolio. the big step in design and technology incorporated Sales Director Andy Walsh said “We are used in the machine and visitors had the opportunity of to handling all that is best in Vertical Panel watching the saw producing panels of any size Saws including much innovative technology within the machine’s capacity produced introduced by Elcon from time to time but automatically to a programmed size. this is something special, a Vertical Saw The machine has the advantage of the Advance where the operator can put the work pieces The all new Elcon Quadra Panel Saw marketed by System which much reduces the manual handling of on the machine, set the programme and then UK and Ireland distributors Daltons the panels, lifting and clamping them as it does in the stand and watch while it produces complete correct position on the machine and also accepting panels in multiple. squared panels of any size is really unique. There will be many users The saw unit is programmed to turn on its axis to make cuts in both who have need for an Automatic Panel Cutting Machine like this who horizontal and vertical planes without the necessity of moving the simply do not have the room for a conventional Beam Saw.” work piece, again eliminating handling by the operator. For further details of the Quadra: This factor together with the obviously minimum space occupied Tel: 0115 986 5201 by the machine provide as Pieter Meijer pointed out, a distinct Email: sales@daltonsmachines.com www.daltonsmachines.com advantage over conventional horizontal Beam Saws where work pieces have to be manually handled and of course the floor space

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ABBIANI, a member of the SCM Group, presents its new use on three working shifts. range of single beam panel saws featuring the very The pusher and pressure units have also been redesigned to latest advances in technology. ensure smooth movements, precision positioning and optimised This is GABBIANI’s high-end range aimed at specialist, industrial sawdust extraction. woodworkers and panel processors who specify perfect quality The PC–PLC control system and control interface have been panel sizing on both single panels and panel packs. Fast designed to make life easier for the operator. No cycle times ensure high throughput rates and special expertise is required. The WINCUT a very high level of customisation enables interface is extremely user-friendly. The interactive the same machine model can be tailored to diagnostic pages make troubleshooting simple and a wide variety of requirements. A strong ensures a rapid return to service. The new version machine base and reliable components of the OTTIMO optimisation program has a new ensure a long, productive life cycle for the graphic interface, a new algorithm and new GALAXY 3. parameters with bitmap association. All features GABBIANI has also redesigned the designed to make the system quick and easy to use. major components at the heart of this The Gabbiani Galaxy 3 new series single beam saw The design of the new GALAXY range also for the larger woodworking and panel industries panel saw. The saw carriage, for incorporates technical developments suggested by example, now ensures even greater cutting precision. Carriage their customers and it goes without saying that the GALAXY 3 is movements are even faster thanks to the drive units and the smooth- backed by GABBIANI’s expertise acquired over fifty years at the running recirculating ball screws. forefront of technological innovation. The machine bed has a single upright fitted with the THK slideways For more information: for the blade carriage. This feature is a characteristic of all GABBIANI Tel: 01159 777818 machines and has been redesigned to support intensive, heavy duty Email: hitechuk@scmgroup.com

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Striebig top of the class at historic school Striebig vertical panel saw has won “It’s a very versatile saw that always gives full marks for efficiency after being a perfectly smooth and accurate cut, and we bought for use at one of the UK’s even use it to cut out apertures in the middle top private schools. of a sheet of material,” said foreman carpenter The Compact 4164, supplied with an Lee Palmer. “It has also improved our Health optional scoring saw and a specialist grooving & Safety as it has halved the amount of manual tool, has replaced a panel table saw in the handling needed while its extraction keeps the carpentry shop at Oundle School. surrounding dust down to a minimum.” Oundle is an historic independent coThe purchase was part of £50,000 education boarding and day school whose investment in new machines made following The Striebig Compact vertical panel saw and Al-Ko the carpentry shop’s move into a new building. origins date back to 1556. It has 800 boarders, mobile dust extraction unit (right) in the Building 300 day pupils, with another 250 in its junior This has also included a mortiser, cross cut department at Oundle School. school Martin Crump, Building & Maintenance saw, pillar drill and an extraction system. Officer, said: “We were struggling with the table saw as it was not After reading about the popularity of the Swiss-made saws in the really adequate for our needs. It needed two men to cut up large trade press, what clinched the decision to buy the Compact was panels and took up too much space in the workshop. the strong recommendation of a salesperson from another “The Striebig saves us a great deal of time and effort as it’s now woodworking equipment supplier who said they could not get a a one-man job to cut sheets, and although it’s twice as big as the better vertical panel saw than a Striebig. panel saw it takes up far less floor space.” “We now have a ruggedly-built and easy-to-use industrial saw Used daily to size a variety of sheet materials including plywood, that’s totally suitable for the type and extent of the work we are asked MDF and block board, the scoring saw is used on veneered-faced to do,” said Mr Crump. material and Formica sheets. The saw, and an Al-Ko single bag extraction unit, was supplied The trenching attachment is used when working on items such and installed by long-time Striebig agent, T.M. Machinery Sales. as cupboard carcassing and wooden pigeon holes. This was previously For more information: done by hand on the workbench, using a router and a jig. Tel: 0116 271 7155 The Compact is the entry-level model within the Striebig range with Fax: 0116 271 5862 Email: sales@tmservices.co.uk a cutting range of 3100mm x 1644mm and a cutting depth of 60mm. www.tmpartnership.co.uk An automated cut cycle version, the Compact AV, is also available.

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Macmerry Woodworker Happy With Striebig Saw bbotsford Building Company Ltd AV, is also available. is one of the latest Scottish As well as a standard blade the saw came woodworking companies to take with an optional scoring blade for use with advantage of the benefits of using a veneered MDF panels. Striebig vertical panel saw. It was supplied and installed by Deral Ltd, Its new easy-to-use Striebig Compact has of Airdrie, who represent T.M. Machinery greatly improved the cutting of sheet material Sales, the UK distributor of Striebig saws, in including MDF panels, plywood and chip board. Scotland. The Macmerry, East Lothian, small There are three other Striebig models business manufactures doors, windows available: the highly popular Standard; the The Striebig Compact in use at Abbotsford Building and other joinery items as well as running a semi-automatic Evolution; and the fullyCompany. building operation that’s involved in house automatic Control. building and refurbishment work. They all combine different frame types, sizes and motor powers, Abbotsford’s owner Charlie Johnston said: “The Striebig is a plus a wide range of accessories for added productivity, with fantastic piece of kit and gives us far better results than we are models to suit every requirement and all sizes of businesses. able to get with our table saw. Cutting panels can now done by To remove dust from the saws and other production machines, one man and the quality we achieve is excellent, with a 100% T.M. supplies the German-made Al-Ko mobile extraction units, square cut every time. It’s saving us a lot of time and has made which have been developed in association with highly experienced us much more efficient.” panel processors. For more information: The Compact is the entry-level model within the Striebig range. Tel: 0116 271 7155 The 4164 version chosen by Abbotsford is the smallest saw in Fax: 0116 271 5862 the series with a cutting range of 3100mm x 1644mm and a cutting Email: sales@tmservices.co.uk www.tmpartnership.co.uk depth of 60mm. An automated cut cycle version, the Compact

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CMF Invest in a Genisis arl Mark Odgers founded CMF (Carl Mark Furniture) in The self contained over head safety guard not only allows the February 2006 and are based in Banks, just on the possibility of sliding over the top of the blade when cutting a groove, outskirts of Southport. but also permits a maximum blade size of 450mm diameter giving a The motto of the company is ‘Everything, Every Place and Everyone maximum cutting depth of 150mm. is unique’ and this is the very basic understanding that is shown in When using different diameter saw blades, to change the speed the furniture produced by CMF which is designed and crafted to of the blade is an easy process with the 4 speed pulley being mounted individual requirements. to the rear of the machine with the drive belt tension on a quick release Says Carl ‘In today’s competitive working environment, where mechanism, so access is readily available once opening the a lot of manufacturers are just looking at production, we safety interlocked rear door. concentrate on individualism. Everything The machine comes with a heavy duty telescopic we produce is designed for the cross cut fence as standard complete with 2 heavy individual and is therefore truly unique’. duty flip stops with the pivoting being via self In such a relatively short period of lubricating bushes to ensure maintained accuracy. time CMF has grown rapidly, doubling both The machine supplied to CMF had the optional their workspace and also their workforce. The Genisis X3 panel saw similar to cross cut fence with 2 digital displays, thus giving an the one installed at CMF Central to CMF’s manufacturing accuracy of 0.1mm whether using the rip fence or the cross cut fence. capabilities is the Genisis X3 Plus panel sizing machine which has a Having digital displays on both sides of the blade also allows CMF to touch screen 3 axis control giving digital accuracy and rapid setting maximise the features of the machines computer which will calculate to the 1500mm rip fence. This touch screen is mounted in an overhead the maximum and minimum (or internal and external) dimensions when control panel and also offers easy access for the motorised cutting with the blade set at an angle. movements of the saw rise, fall and tilt all with numeric displays along With a memory capability to store some 300 programs, quick with the motorised movements of the scorer, again having numeric release cross cut fence and separate mitre fence, the Genisis range display for ease of setting. of sliding table panel saws also come complete with a 2 years warranty. The heavy duty sliding table with multi chamber construction runs For more information: on high tensile chromed steel runners ensuring the smoothest and Tel: 01704 893109 accurate travel whether cutting large and heavy sheets of material or Email: sales@jcomeara.co.uk www.ukwoodworkingmachinery.co.uk being used to straight line waney edged timber.

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pace 3D cabinet software is available at It also provides high quality rendering, showing five different levels, so users need only buy all of the items that make up the room in virtual what they actually need. The well proven reality. 3D and parametric software speeds up and Level 4, as well as containing all the features simplifies cabinet design and production. It is for found in Level 3, can estimate the materials used use with any make of CNC machining centre and in one or more projects, produce orders for provides significant efficiency savings. materials suppliers and a bill of materials, and Level 1 contains features usually found only in manage standard or structured codification. It more expensive cabinet software packages, creates incorporates panel optimisation facilities. straight cabinets in a few minutes using simple Top-of-the-range Level 5 contains all the Level commands to produce a cutting list. 4 features plus the ability to manage edge The Level 2 module incorporates the same A kitchen design utilising Space 3D cabinet software applications and provide production costs and features but also has a built-in library of 10,000 reports together with warehouse management data. components and 70 door models. This allows around 1,000,000 different design ‘Face Framing' is available with all levels. combinations. To make the cabinet software even more productive, Level 1 can be supplied Designs can be changed by inserting or substituting different doors, handles, with full CAM capabilities plus the facility to produce barcode labels, as can Levels legs, hinges, drawer fronts and drawer guides. It also creates cabinet tops, shelves, 2-5, which can also produce cutting lists. skirting boards and frames, moulds the edges of panel tops and shelves and gives them a smooth finish. For full details, or to arrange an online demonstration: Level 3 incorporates all the features found in Levels 1 and 2, as well as being Tel: 01436 675 551 Email: market.corlett@space3d.com able to deal with straight or curved furniture or curved rooms. It can develop complex cabinet designs, such as curved cabinets and those incorporating mosaics or marquetry.

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CJS Software Does It All ew Classic Joinery Software offers a totally integrated package combining office and production functions. Until now, users of CNC machinery centres have had to buy separate management and production software packages from different suppliers. CJS is the only company to offer a total CAD/CAM software solution for all makes of CNC machining centre in the joinery and cabinet industries. Its easy-to-use software has been developed in-house, with no reliance on third parties. The software includes an office management system that allows users to generate and print quotations, summarise material requirements and generate invoices. When used in conjunction with the company’s CAD/CAM software, it automatically generates production programmes. The suite of CJS software includes: Classic Office Suite A package that saves on paperwork and time by bringing together all administrative and production functions for manufacturers of windows – both casement and sliding sash versions – and doors. Classic Window Software for the design and machining of various types of windows and frames including round arch, longitudinal arch, irregular arch, Gothic arch, three centred arch, sun light circular port hole and elliptical port hole. Classic Sliding Sash A package for the design and production of double hung wooden sliding sash windows, including box, spiral and tilting types. It designs the three different types in either rectangular, half-round or segmented arch shapes and caters for combinations of different types of sashes within the same window. Classic Cabinet For the design and manufacture of cabinets for kitchen and bedroom manufacturers as well as for shop fitting, with full nesting capabilities.

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Classic Stair Software for the design and machining of stair components. It provides for three dimensional graphic models; drawing of staircases in real environment by using 1,600 three-dimensional symbols; has the ability to integrate automatic functions with manual drawing and the colour printing of the three dimensional model by ink jet printer. Classic Door/Classic Doorset A package for the design and machining of solid and panel doors and frames, it provides a graphic visualisation of the programme. CJS has a UK-based helpline accessible by phone or email, with fully-trained CNC field technicians available throughout the UK and Ireland. For more information: Tel: 01436 675 551 Email: info@cjsoftware.co.uk

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Jobsite Companion Speeds the Design-to-Manufacture Process obsite Companion, from Cabinet Vision, is an ingenious software tool that operates on a PDA device and enables the cabinet or casework maker to collect and store on-site data quickly, accurately and easily. Running on a hand-held personal digital assistant (PDA) Jobsite Companion enables the user to input room and furniture dimensions, take notes, mark service locations such as electric power points and light switches, as well as attaching digital photographs for enhanced detail. This information can be downloaded directly into Cabinet Vision design and CNC manufacturing programs. This easy-to-use software tool speeds up the design to manufacture process, allowing Using a PDA and Cabinet vision’s Jobsite information to be gathered at source by Companion, woodworkers can significantly professional organisations, using a single point reduce the time spent capturing data on site of entry for data and eliminating costly translations errors. With the accurate site data downloaded into Cabinet Vision, detailed designs and photo-realistic renders can be

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produced to show how the finished room will look for customer approval prior to manufacture. Cabinet Vision’s sales director, Martin Measures, says: “Jobsite Companion significantly decreases the amount of time spent on site as it allows the data to be captured quickly and accurately. The detailed design can then be undertaken away from the site with the security that all the vital information has been acquired. The development of Jobsite Companion underlines Cabinet Vision’s commitment to supplying technology that supports the woodworking industry in providing the detailed data required to accurately bid on projects. With the speed and accuracy available cabinet makers can improve business efficiency and cut costs in a competitive marketplace.” For more information: Tel: 024 7671 3434 Email: trevorglue@planit.com www.planit.com

20-20 Technologies Delivers Accurate, Reliable Design to Manufacture Furniture Software 0-20 Technologies announced the recent 20-20 Technologies Limited. "As the founder of rebranding, under the 20-20 trade name, Linkwood, Bob Hockey further brings a wealth of of its range of powerful, reliable and industry knowledge and experience in the furniture accurate software solutions for the furniture production, manufacturing and woodworking sectors manufacturing industry. to our company." Recent acquisitions provided 20-20 "The powerful combination of the Linkwood Technologies, the world leader in CAD/CAM trademarks with the 20-20 support and investment software for the interior design industry, with a has proven to be instrumental in driving our products platform to extend the reach of existing product forward and also allows us to offer flexible, affordable offerings and expand into the UK furniture and modular software solutions for all types of manufacturing and woodworking markets, applications in the areas of furniture manufacturing encompassing kitchen, bedroom, office, laboratory, to our clients, large or small” said Bob Hockey. shop fitting, health and educational furniture. The 20-20 Linkwood modules include: Product Bob Hockey founder of Linkwood Planner, parametric bill of materials and part listing; Combining forces with Linkwood, the leading UK brings a wealth of industry knowledge modular manufacturing software tool suites and experience in the furniture Cut Planner, panel optimisation for part cutting production and manufacturing patterns with links to Saws; Drill Mate, parametric provider, united the proven data accuracy and woodworking sectors template drilling and routing program for standard and reliability for which the Linkwood products are known and recognised with the wide ranging capabilities of the custom sized parts / products; and Quik-Trak, automatic parts and established 20-20 brand. Creating a seamless Design to products bar code labelling. Manufacturing furniture process flow across all areas of the supply Together, these modules constitute part of our ‘end–to-end’, chain. 20-20 Technologies presents many opportunities for the integrated design to manufacturing solution, backed by a expansion of the Linkwood manufacturing software solutions, in comprehensive training scheme, unparalleled customer support and harnessing Linkwood's market knowledge and expertise in the is further complemented by 20-20’s other industry leading software development of innovative, feature-rich software - all backed by the solutions, ensuring that our customers receive the latest product 20-20 extensive customer care and support network. updates and programme support. "The 20-20 Linkwood solutions increases our cross selling For more information: opportunities with our core CAD interior design technology to provide Tel: 01276 684343 customers with a one-stop-shop from design through to Email: robert.hockey@2020.net www.2020technologies.com manufacturing software," said Craig Rothwell, managing director of

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ULTRACUT’ is a software which revolutionises the way work is done on classic machines because it is the first and only one on the market which uses graphics that are updated in real time to guide the operator step by step during each cut. Once the cutting patterns have been created and can be put on a USB key, the operator can perform the entire sequence of cuts without errors and without wasting time repeatedly turning the panels on the worktable or trimming an edge more than once. For each cut, ‘ULTRACUT’ indicates how the panel must be positioned and the reference dimensions for the cuts or it suggests controlled movement of the programmed parallel fence. The operator can modify the logic with which ‘ULTRACUT’ proposes cuts by acting on the general parameters or using a button which shows the various possibilities for the cut displayed, the parallel fence or squaring fence stops. ‘ULTRACUT’ is easily retrieved with the Vanguard control and allows the management of materials magazine, various cutting lists and optimisation parameters, like on ‘Ottimo Perfect Cut’, the system used by SCM’s Sigma range of automatic panel beam saws. ‘ULTRACUT’, exclusively on L’Invincibile models SI6500 and SI6000 circular panel saws, overcomes all problems relating to the preparation of cutting lists, minimising rejects and operator errors. ‘ULTRACUT’ doesn’t replace the operator, but like a ‘Sat Nav’ device for drivers, it is a useful aid when working on long cutting lists. ‘ULTRACUT’ is just one of the latest SCM patents, the result of research and continuous development by a company which is a leader on the market in terms of innovation and its exclusive solutions.

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SCM Patents The Navigator Ultracut Software

‘Ultracut’ doesn’t replace the operator, but like a ‘Sat Nav’ device for drivers, it is a useful aid when working on long cutting lists

For more information: Tel: 01159 770044 Email: scmgroupuk@scmgroup.com

‘Ultracut’ is the first and only one on the market which uses graphics that are updated in real time

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A Superior Finish For Hillside Veneers Based in Bolton, Lancashire, Hillside Veneers is owned by Ken Armstrong and is a company that specialises in the manufacture of bespoke veneered panels servicing the cabinetry and shopfitting companies along with the furniture makers and office designers.

n order to move his business forward Ken realised that he had to look at the possible investment in new plant and equipment which would both compliment the quality of work for which Hillside had already become recognised and also to increase their manufacturing potential. One key area which needed addressing was the secondary and final finishing of the panels which had been veneered using the company’s heated press. After being pressed, all panels were pre sanded manually before being lacquered and then after lacquering were again manually de-nibbed prior to the application of the final coat. This time consuming process based on existing work in progress took 2 of Hillside’s employees around 30 hours per week to complete, hence leaving very little scope for future growth. Upon looking at the justification of investing in a wide belt sanding machine, one of the companies Ken contacted was J & C O’Meara Ltd, area distributors for the Kundig range of wide belt and edge sanding machinery.

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’We need a machine to be able to cope with the complexity of sanding and finishing a top with quartered cut walnut, an inlay and a book matched burr walnut centre to give the quality demanded of a boardroom table destined for a very prestigious client.’

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An appointment was made for a site visit by Mr Carl O’Meara to view the work in progress and also to discuss both current and future requirements that would allow Hillside to progress and look to the future. Says Carl O’Meara ‘As with all specialist machinery manufacturers, there are always a number of options available, this being dependent upon the processes for which the machine is to be used and also the required levels of productivity’. Based on the findings upon this site visit, it was concluded that a machine would have 3 main functions, firstly to calibrate the raw MDF prior to veneering, secondly to pre-sand the veneered board prior to lacquering and thirdly to de-nib after lacquering. Kundig AG, based in Switzerland produce a comprehensive range of wide belt sanding machines from a single belt machine to multi head top and bottom sanding lines. From this broad range of sanding machinery, it was suggested that minimum consideration be given to one of the Kundig Premium machines, with 1st calibration roller then second segmental pad to cater for the veneers but also to have the lacquer sanding options which included variable speed to the abrasive, vacuum bed and action controlled belt blower to clean the finer grit abrasives. The alternative to the Kundig Premium range of machines with traditionally mounted sanding heads is the award winning Kundig Brilliant series of sanding machines where at least one of the sanding heads is mounted at 10 degrees to the travel of the work piece, hence sanding in the ‘shear plain’. Without prejudice or expectation, it was arranged that Ken and 2 of his employees made a site visit to Kundig AG’s Wetzikon headquarters where a batch of samples had been sent and could be sanded on the 2 different machines which were amongst those on permanent demonstration in Kundig’s dedicated showrooms. These samples included various veneered panels, some with

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inlays and some with veneer tape and also a number of lacquered panels. Says Ken ‘Common to both machines which was very apparent, was that the handling of the work pieces was going to be a lot easier on the operators due to the Kundig machines having a fixed bed, where the sanding head increases or decreases in height to the desired working thickness. Also, from an operator’s point of view, having such features as the ‘Enormatic’ setting device meant that once actuated, the machine would set itself without the need for the operator to return to the control panel, even starting up the conveyor once set, ideal for when we are sanding full sized sheets’. During these rigorous tests, it was found that the Kundig Brilliant with the oblique sanding head was not only found to be a lot more effective in removing the tape from the veneered samples due to the overlap of grit in contact with the work piece during the sanding process but also having a shear cutting action offered a totally clean surface free from fibres. When tested on the lacquered panels, again the Oblique sanding head showed a far superior finish due to the nature of the shear cutting action and even when a purposely damaged sanding belt was used, the defect was not transmitted to the surface of the lacquered panel, as it would have been on a

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Ken Armstrong of Hillside Veneers with the Kundig Brilliant-2 1350 REd sander installed by J & C O’Meara Ltd

traditional style sanding head. Says Ken’ The visit to Kundig in Switzerland was of massive benefit to us. As with all small to medium sized companies, this level of investment has to be right and to be able to see the different configurations of machine, to run tests and see the results was fantastic. We also had the opportunity to see the machines in build and how they are constructed. Equally important to us was meeting the people behind the product and one of the company owners, Mr Stephan Kundig spent the whole day with us’. Say’s Carl ‘ So impressed was Ken with what he had seen, that on the way back, before the plane had even landed an order was placed for a new Kundig Brilliant-2 1350 REd with lacquer sanding equipment’. Since the delivery and commissioning of the new machine, the work that would ordinarily have taken 2 operatives 30 hours is now processed in less than 6! This obvious advantage along with the improved quality and consistency of the results achieved from the machine has allowed Hillside’s manufacturing to be more productive whilst giving the flexibility to take on more work and improve delivery schedules.

For more information: Tel: 0845 833 0565 Email: sales@kundig.co.uk www.kundig.co.uk

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SCM Appoint Tewkesbury Saw As New Distributor CM Group UK is pleased to announce the appointment of Tewkesbury Saw Company as their new Area Distributor for Hereford and Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and South Wales. Tewkesbury Saw, established in 1972, will promote and sell the full range of SCM, Mini Max and Tecnomax machines from their premises in Tewkesbury that includes a large, well stocked showroom plus service, spare parts and tooling divisions. Tewkesbury Saw’s Managing Director and Chairman of Tewkesbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bruce Keen, commented “We are very excited in becoming an SCM Distributor and being associated with the number one supplier of joinery, panel SCM Group UK’s Managing Director, Gabriele De Col processing and CNC machines in the UK. As (right) congratulates Bruce Keen Managing Director of Tewksbury Saw Company well as selling the machines, we can provide tooling and sharpening services, plus after sales back-up including servicing, spare parts and specialist safety training.”

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SCM Group UK’s Managing Director, Gabriele De Col states “I have a long term relationship with Bruce Keen and Tewkesbury Saw, and I know they will promote SCM machines very well in their area. With their full range of services, and our machinery they surely offer the best one-stop shop in this part of the country.” Employing 15 personnel, Tewkesbury Saw have sales staff with many years experience and knowledge of woodworking machines, in particular classical machinery, yet the full range of SCM’s solid wood, panel processing and CNC machines can be accessed from Tewkesbury Saw with the assistance of SCM UK’s specialist Area Sales Managers. For more information: SCM Tel: 0115 977 0044 Tewkesbury Saw Tel: 01684 293092

Combilift is Overall Irish Exporter of the Year 2008 ombilift Ltd, the leading to add a further €10 million to an global supplier in the long already impressive €90 million annual load handling market, has turnover. scooped the Irish Exporters Martin Mc Vicar, Combilift MD Association’s Exporter of the Year accepted the award and commented: Award 2008. The company had ‘’Since our inception in 1998 we have been presented with the offered a customised range to suit Manufacturing Exporter Award 2008 various individual requirements across by guest speaker An Taoiseach industry sectors. This customer-led Brian Cowen earlier in the approach has been a strong proceedings, and subsequently component of our success, setting us From L-R – Robert Moffett Technical Director of Combilift, AT Brian apart from mainstream manufacturers. beat 11 other sector winners to Cowen, Martin McVicar Combilift MD and Liam Shanahan carry off the top prize. IEA President On behalf of the management and staff The Manufacturing Exporter Award, of Combilift who have worked hard sponsored by Enterprise Ireland, is presented in recognition of export towards the company’s success, I wish to thank the Irish Exporters achievements and the securing and building of new markets, Association for this Award. ‘’ particularly in light of the prevailing difficult market conditions. Combilift Other sector categories included Emerging Exporter, Software was awarded the overall award due to the company’s impressive Exporter, Irish Food and Drink Exporter, and Logistics Company of performance in developing and exporting the world’s first engine the Year. This is the fourth major award that Combilift has won. powered multi-directional forklift. Since starting with a handful of staff in 1998, Combilift now employs some 200 people at its For more information: Monaghan plant and is on course to produce over 2000 units this Tel UK: 07815 314 990 Email: info@combilift.com year. With a wide range of models currently exported to over 50 www.combilift.com countries, a recently introduced model, the Combi-CB, is expected

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fter several years successfully being the UK’s number one supplier of Woodworking, Panel Processing and CNC machinery, SCM Group (UK) Limited have moved on January 12th, 2009, to new premises within the same locality, where all departments, including sales, service, spares, accounts, logistics and warehousing will be located within one building.

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With an area of 37,000 square feet and a large outside space for any future development, the move will enable SCM Group UK to have an extended showroom and demonstration area, plus additional training facilities for their existing and future customers. The new address details are as follows:SCM Group (UK) Limited Blenheim House Camberley Road Bulwell Nottingham NG6 8UW The Telephone – 0115 9770044 Fax – 0115 9770946 Website – www.scmgb.co.uk Email – scmgroupuk@scmgroup.com all remain the same as before. The Telephone numbers for Service (0115 9777814) and Spares (0115 9777812) remain the same. SCM Hi-Tech Division – Tel: 01159 777818 Email – hitechuk@scmgroup.com The official opening of the new building will take place during SCM Group UK’s Spring In-House Exhibition, running from April 22nd to 24th 2009. Further details and invitations will be forwarded in due course.

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Combilift Opens Doors for Brooks Bros ombilift Ltd, the Irish specialist to the packs to allow the driver exit and access.” manufacturer of the Combilift 4-way Collaboration between Brooks Bros, Combilift’s forklift range, demonstrated its talent Rod Mattock and engineers at the company HQ for problem solving and creative thinking in Ireland resulted in a cab designed with an extra when it redesigned the cabs on a sideloader door at the front of the cab which the driver can model to accommodate an extra door, use when in the aisles. suiting the specific requirements of leading The LPG powered Combilifts are on the go timber supplier Brooks Bros UK Ltd’s all the time according to Darren, and work a 7am Northern branch. to 7pm shift. They handle all products around Brooks Bros UK Ltd operates four sites the site, as well as offloading and reloading The Combilift at Brooks Bros handles all products delivery vehicles. The 5t capacity copes easily across the country, and this 4.5 acre Northern around the site as well as off-loading and re-loading outlet specialises in hardwoods and softwoods delivery vehicles with the 3 or 4 metre long packs of timber which and also has a department dedicated to can weigh 2 or 3 tonnes apiece. In all, the bespoke timber machining. The offloading and handling of these materials Combilifts have made a valuable contribution to improved handling and used to be the job of four conventional, 4-wheel sideloaders, but General storage. Having been initially asked to evaluate the performance of the Manager Darren McCarthy could see room for improvement: “They were trucks, Darren will be recommending that other Brooks Bros sites adopt particularly greedy on space, and needed large areas in which to this system. manoeuvre. As space is money, we were keen to find a more economical All Combilifts are manufactured by Combilift Ltd in Monaghan Ireland. solution.” The current range now encompasses fifteen base models with By replacing the old trucks with three 4-way Combilift C5000SL’s, the capacities ranging from 2.5 – 14 tonnes, with LPG, diesel or electric power Northern site has increased storage capacity by 25%. In order to keep available. The trucks are designed to work both inside and out, on semiaisle widths to a minimum, a Combilift guided aisle system was also rough terrain and in all weather conditions. A team of design engineers installed, and this was so effective in improving efficiency and safe at the Monaghan factory in Ireland will also draw up warehouse layouts, operations that guide rails have been fitted not only in the storage areas free of charge, to illustrate the best possible use of available storage space but also around doorways and into the machining facility. using the Combilift system. Brooks Bros use a free stacking method for timber packs rather than For more information: racking, which presented quite a challenge for Combilift’s design engineers, Tel UK: 07815 314 990 as Darren explains: “Drivers need to be able to get in and out of the cab Email: info@combilift.com www.combilift.com on a regular basis when working in the narrow aisles to place wooden bearers on the packs. The standard sliding SL side door is then too close

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Daltons Transport Goes Up A Gear enowned for their ability to deliver point out that he now has the benefit of two and remove woodworking bunks, refrigerator, microwave, rear view machinery to or from all parts of camera, coffee percolator, TV and sun roof! the UK and Ireland by their own transport, Nigel Dalton, who has been planning the specialist woodworking machinery expansion of the company’s transport suppliers Daltons have ‘upped the ante’ facility for many months, is delighted with even further by investing in a brand new the new vehicle and trailer which provides state of the art Scania Top Line 26 Ton a roving advert for the company and its Truck equipped with larger crane activities throughout the length of Great incorporating longer reach and the Britain and Ireland as well as providing additional load carrying capability Daltons new Scania Top Line crane vehicle with trailer additional benefit to Daltons’ customers providing a total load capacity of 40 tons due to the increased carrying capacity. provided by a trailer giving a total capacity of 40 tons. “The heavier and more versatile lifting The new ensemble in new dark blue and white livery with new equipment speeds up removal and installation jobs on site as well logos is already pounding the motorways in the capable hands of as enabling larger and heavier machines to be handled” said Nigel. experienced driver Steve Bath who was as delighted as anyone to He added “These vehicles more than match anything offered by take delivery of the new vehicle and is enthusiastic about the additional our competitors and enable us to provide a delivery and removal capacity and versatility which the new vehicle provides. Added to service second to none”. that the spacious driver’s cab provides almost a second home for For more information: Steve who spends most of his working hours travelling up and down Tel: 0115 986 5201 the country making deliveries and collections. Steve was quick to Email: info@daltonsmachines.com

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Hoffmann Perfection at AMC MC Carpentry & Joinery is a actually pulls the two jointed surfaces manufacturer of high quality together in an accurate, secure and joinery based in Kidderminster. permanent joint. Using the Hoffmann Owner Adrian Cartwright is a big fan process saves significant time – no of the Hoffmann system for creating pinning, stapling, nailing or long permanent secure and accurate joints. clamping times. It de-skills the jointing The company produces bespoke process and eliminated inaccuracies products such as oak windows and and inferior results or rejects. doors, kitchens, staircases, and all Adrian uses two different aspects of internal carpentry for both Hoffmann keyway routers, and a commercial and private customers, as Hoffmann-supplied Morsø guillotine well as cabinet furniture and high class to cut out haunch and other angled stand–alone units. The designs are Adrian uses two different Hoffmann keyway routers and a Hoffmann- joints. He uses this to create the supplied Morsø guillotine elements of face frames for in-frame often complex and intricate and Adrian equips his craftsmen with the best possible machinery and tools cabinet designs. He has also applied to complete their work. the Hoffmann system to various joinery applications and finds it Adrian first read about the Hoffmann system in trade magazines invaluable in the production of circular windows and curved doors and then saw them in operation at an exhibition. He was immediately and frames. “It’s absolutely brilliant” he comments, “the more we use impressed by the simplicity of the concept and realised that he could it the more use we find for it.” find multiple applications for it in his work. For more information: The Hoffmann system is able to join most known joints by securing Tel: 01524 841500 the two components to be joined via a unique, serrated dovetail key Email: info@hoffmann-uk.com www.hoffmann-uk.com (available in various sizes depending on application). The actual keyway slot is routed on a variety of Hoffmann machines – once more depending on application and joint type. The Hoffmann dovetail key

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eading dust extraction specialist Wood hand-loaded offcuts. Waste Control (Engineering) Ltd has High-quality clipped ducting, manufactured launched an interactive CD-ROM from galvanised mild steel, is also available for brochure to promote its comprehensive waste all applications. The ducting system utilises a extraction and processing equipment range. strong clamping system to give exceptionally The easy-to-use disc displays details and clear extraction routes without internal photos of Wood Waste Control’s entire product obstacles. portfolio, including its complete range of dust Wood Waste Control also stocks and extraction and heating equipment and modular supplies a range of used dust extraction ducting equipment. machinery which can provide excellent service Its modular silo and chain filters meet a wide at budget prices. range of extraction requirements and from Wood Waste Control is based in Bourne simple stand-alone bagging units through to End near High Wycombe and has hundreds of complex integrated systems, the company successful installations across the UK, in provides a comprehensive service. The Europe, Russia and Africa. As one of the Wood Waste Control provides a complete dust country’s leading dust extraction specialists all products include the Whisper range of silenced extraction service fans and fine dust filter units. Wood Waste Control equipment is built to meet The company also provides the well-proven Reinbold series of COSHH legislation requirements and can stand alone or be used in chippers and briquetting machines, and full details are shown on the conjunction with total-extraction return air heating systems. CD-ROM presentation. Also shown are Wood Waste Control’s range of manual and For more information: automatic warm air models in its WWT range, which are capable of Tel: 01628 525290 Fax: 01628 810218 burning a wide range of wood fuels automatically, as well as accepting

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Vecoplan Welcomes a Winning Team ecoplan Limited, the wholly infra-structure and innovation-driven ethos”. owned subsidiary of Vecoplan Vecoplan aim to provide future-proof AG one of the global leaders in technological solutions to meet the advanced industrial waste shredding demanding requirements of the wood and and grinding technologies, is proud to timber based industries by manufacturing announce the addition of Kersten Beib, state-of-the-art chipping and shredding Werner Schweinsberg and Bill machines for processing wood and other Chamberlain to its growing team of rewaste products into re-useable recycled cycling and waste shredding specialists. products including Bio-Mass, Fuel Pellets Kersten, Werner and Bill, who are all well and Briquettes, as well as Animal Bedding, established within the industry, have been A typical installation of Vecoplan machinery MDF, Chipboard and other timber related brought onboard in order to further develop products. Vecoplan’s timber processing and wood recycling markets in the UK. The Managing Director of Vecoplan Limited, Jerry Quickenden said, With a combined experience of over 50 years the trio has worked “We are delighted to have acquired Kersten, Werner and Bill’s services. very successfully as a team in the past and are looking forward to They have a proven track record as individuals and as a team. Their the challenges ahead. experience will bring great benefits to our clients and ultimately to Bill Chamberlain who has been working in the timber industry since Vecoplan.” 1983 and specifically in recycling since 1992 commented, “Vecoplan For more information: is well established as a global leader in industrial shredding. We aim Tel: 0121 222 5495 to utilise our experience as a team to advance Vecoplan’s position Email: billchamberlain@vecoplan.co.uk within our own area of expertise, the timber processing and wood recycling markets”. He continued, “Clients will benefit from our in depth understanding of their requirements and Vecoplan’s unrivalled

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Inventair Heat for Express Timber aisley-based Express Timber Products – among other things – disposing of the off-cuts has installed an Inventair Clean Air in an environmentally controlled way which involved Systems (CAS600) warm air heater some element of re-cycling. The solution was system in their 12,000 square feet factory. The provided by Deral who are Scottish agents for system was ordered from Scotland’s premier Inventair by providing a wood burning system to machinery supplier Deral. The CAS 600 warm provide clean heat for the factory. air heater produces a heat output of 600,000 The Inventair system is working perfectly at ETP. BTU (175kW) and is capable of burning up t “Not only does it provide an excellent heat source 45 kg/hour of hard or softwoods. but it has saved the cost of waste disposal and the Express Timber Products (ETP) was formed in gas-fuelled heating alternative” explains ETP 1992 with the aim of producing machined Managing Director Eric Ainsworth. ETP estimate a sections of hardwoods and softwoods for the payback of less than 4 years on the investment for joinery and construction trades. The factory is a piece of equipment which is essentially equipped with high tech throughfeed moulders, maintenance-free and will offer many years of cross-cut saws and all the associated equipment reliable service. required to produce square dressed, rebated and While there is the option to fit the system with The Clean Air Systems (CAS600) warm air moulded sections. These sections include facing, a device to vent heated air to the outside in summer systems ordered from Deral Ltd skirting, dado rails, cornices, panel moulds, glazing months, ETP has decided to switch it off when heat beads and much more. is not needed and store up off-cut fuel for the winter period. The manufacturing process at ETP naturally produces a significant Tel: 01236 755350 volume of off-cuts which are classified as waste. Until now ETP had Email: deralltd@aol.com been disposing of this waste in skips and subsequently in landfill – INVENTAIR Tel: 01262 400919 a costly process. Email: info@inventair.co.uk ETP investigated a grant from The Carbon Trust which involved

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Wood Waste Technology Ltd Provides a Solution to Renatus Waste Problem enatus Ltd, a leading manufacturer in the design, fabrication and refurbishment of church organs has chosen Wood Waste Technology Ltd. to supply and install a wood waste heater for their production facility. The WT10 wood waste heater, which suited Renatus’ application, produces around 90kw/hr (300,000btu/hr) of heat into the workshop, and will dispose of a large skip of off cuts per week, saving approximately £6000 per annum in skip charges and a further £3000- £4000 on gas bills making the payback period around 12 months. Customers can then look forward to savings somewhere in the region of £50,000 over the next five years. Managing Director Colin Peacock looked at a few different options and suppliers but chose Wood Waste Technology due to their excellent reputation and well known outstanding after sales service. Mr Peacock explained “Many people do not realise exactly how much money is spent on skip and heating costs and the figure is quite frightening when worked out over a 12 month period, I was paying £400 in the summer and around £800 per month in the winter, I financed the unit for a couple of years and my outgoings are now £250 a month, a saving from day one! I have been looking for a reliable wood waste heater and supplier for some time and after viewing many different models actually working on site chose Wood Waste Technology, mainly due to

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glowing reports from their customers, and also the well built and heavy duty design of the unit. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that as manufacturers of their own equipment they were the most competitively priced units in the marketplace. The installation was quite complicated and a tight squeeze, but the engineers who fitted the unit where excellent and the whole operation went like clockwork. ” Managing Director of Wood Waste Technology, Kurt Cockroft comments,” we believe in providing very affordable solutions to ever increasing waste and heating charges and keeping payback periods to a minimum, which will be reduced even more with current hikes of between 15 – 35% on gas & oil price. We also pride ourselves on our outstanding after sales and service departments, which we believe has made us the U.K No.1 manufacturer in our field, this has been highlighted by our continuous growth and purchase of a new production facility. The majority of our business comes from recommendations and we are always more than happy to supply names and addresses of any of our clients for new customers to contact, being a great believer in customers listening to first hand experience of people who have dealt with us rather than sales talk.” The WT range are fully certified to be installed in clean air zones without the use of an afterburner, this will save approximately a further £2500 on the initial cost and £2000 per annum in running costs compared to competitors units, making the payback period the quickest in the market place today. Wood Waste Technology manufactures a wide range of heaters from small hand fired units to fully automatic systems to suit virtually all sizes of companies. We also service other makes of wood waste heaters, supplying genuine spares at up to 60% cheaper than our competitors.

For more information on the range of heaters we manufacture or interest free loans which may be available: Tel: 01785 250400 Email: info@woodwastetechnology.com

The WT10 wood waste heater installed at Renatus Ltd

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ue to the unprecedented success of flushed through by solvent at the simple flick of last year’s “Spray Day” events, a lever. surface coatings specialist, Hi-Tec As well as enabling a quick product Spray Ltd (HSL) will be doing it all again during changeover from coat-to-coat, without catalyst 2009, in conjunction with West Midlands loss, the technology even allows the user to take based Intercoat Industrial Paints Ltd. who a lunch break as it takes less than 2 minutes to manufacture and distribute polyurethane flush and less than 2 minutes to prime! coatings and catalyst hardeners in the UK. The pump also employs the more The Maidstone Depot has already hosted the sophisticated Air Mix technology rather than air first of the new series of “Spray Days” and will be spray which gives greater transfer efficiency with followed by the Stowmarket Depot (28-29 Jan ) less waste, outstanding finish and a quick payHi-Tec Spray’s Polyurethane Spray System then the Southampton Depot (25- 26 Feb). It is working in conjunction with UK manufacturer back cycle. Intercoat’s polyurethane media. anticipated that “Spray days” will be held throughout Hi-Tec Spray Ltd. supply more than application the year at various depots around the UK where equipment and plant in isolation. They also HSL’s 2-pack polyurethane spray system technology will be develop a partnership with their clients to design and develop turnkey demonstrated to the medium to high volume users in the furniture and systems, where, on the one hand – individual components work well joinery industry. independently, and on the other – collectively fit together like a glove. HSL’s pump has the advanced feature of mixing clear, top and They are one of few companies able to pull both sides of the industry base coats or full pigments automatically with the catalyst hardener together to deliver that total, professional solution at a consistent ratio of 2:1, delivering a quality mix every time and For more information: only on demand. As the mix occurs outside the main supply source, Tel: 01622 356590 product only in transit to the gun (barely 200ml) is discarded when Email: alison@hitecspray

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“Spray Day Events” from Hi-Tec Spray Ltd.

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Fittings and components are the key to kitchen use ost kitchen buyers probably already have a good idea of the look they want their kitchen to have before they walk into the showroom. What they haven’t been able to visualise is how it will work and perform for them after being installed. Kitchens have become highly sophisticated when it comes to interior cabinet planning, access and motion. Storage has become a major consumer priority and selling point so the better fitted the kitchen the better it will perform. These are few of the “musts” of today’s modern kitchen: All drawers and pullouts must move on effortless runners that offer full extension to the user for total access to the back of the component. More and more customers are insisting on soft close and this should be integrated into the runner. As people appreciate the benefits of storage, so deeper and wider drawers are called for. Therefore runners need lateral stability and load bearing capacities of 50kg plus. Internally, drawers need to be organised with flexible dividers and gallery systems. Special units require special applications like larders and corner units. On the walls, cabinets with doors must have hinges with the correct opening angles and these too should be fitted with integral

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Blum CLIP hinge with integrated BLUMOTION soft close

soft close mechanisms. There is a growing demand for lift up doors in various configurations. The fittings for these units need to be specially engineered so that the weight of the door panel (or door panels if bi-fold) do not pose any effort for the user. Soft close on these systems is, once again, essential. These are just the basics that the buyer of new kitchen should be looking out for.

Modern kitchen components – Blum tick all the boxes

Blum’s problem solving SPACE CORNER solution

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The fittings and components aspects of a modern kitchen are exemplified by the entire range of products and systems from Blum that have been developed in accordance with co-ordinated product planning. The Austrian fittings manufacturer have set and led trends for many years now – from the first CLIP hinge for tool-free mounting through to the establishment of the modern kitchen planning concept of Dynamic Space® which encapsulates all the benefits of Blum’s superb storage components and fittings. Blum have always sought to make using the kitchen a practical, pleasurable experience. This has come about by developing products according to their philosophy of ‘Global Customer Benefits’ which aims at giving advantage to all involved in the chain – manufacturers, retailers, fitters and users. So now when we examine the dynamics of the modern kitchen most of the accepted ideas have come from Blum designers. In base units their storage ethic calls for all fixed shelves to be eradicated and replaced with full extension TANDEMBOX drawer and pull-out

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For more information: Tel: 01908 285700 Email: info.uk@blum.com www.blum.com

Full extension and organization are essential systems with integrated BLUMOTION soft close. Internally Blum have developed ORGA-LINE as a sophisticated and flexible system for personal organisation. Now, moving still forwards, Blum offer SERVODRIVE to automatically open drawers at the touch of a hand, knee or foot.

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Difficult areas have not escaped the ingenious attention of Blum designers and the aim is to use al available space and volume in the most accessible way. The SPACE CORNER is a unique and innovative use of the problematic corner areas. Under-sink and in-plinth drawers make use of normally wasted space. In larder units, full extension pull-outs are able to use the full cabinet width due to special Blum zero-protrusion hinges. On the kitchen walls Blum latest AVENTOS lift systems make opening heavy doors totally effortless and the integrated BLUMOTION soft close make closing simple and safe. AVENTOS is available in 4 different configurations and soon to be equipped with an automatic opening system. Intelligently placed in the correct positions brings Blum’s storage units into the synergetic advantage of Dynamic Space® with around 55% additional storage achieved over a conventionally designed kitchen.

The mechanism for Blum’s AVENTOS overhead lift systems with integrated BLUMOTION soft close

Automatic opening with Blum’s SERVO-DRIVE

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Opportunities For The Door Gallery and Hi-Tec Spray Ltd he Door Gallery is famed for its gaining considerable storage “air space”, and extraordinary portfolio of doors manually conveyed from the spray area to dry. encompassing contemporary, The dry filter extraction unit measures traditional, period, flush and countless 3000mm wide x 3000mm high x 1000mm others. The quality has pushed the deep and is equipped with a quiet, high Company to continued growth since 1990 efficiency, extraction fan and filter media that and has enabled them to address the meet HSE and HSG178 standards. benefit of state-of-the-art production Phases 2 and 3 will isolate the spray area plant- not least, the spray facility. at the same time as creating a preparation area In phase 1, of a major 3-phase upgrade and drying room. to their paint plant, surface coatings specialist Hi-Tec Spray Ltd. supply more than Hi-Tec Spray Ltd., (HSL) have designed and application equipment and plant in isolation. installed a Dry Filter Extraction Unit Spray They also develop a partnership with their Booth equipped with a heavy duty, floor clients to design and develop turnkey systems, mounted, push-travel conveyor system at where, on the one hand – individual an estimated cost of £13k. components work well independently, and on The conveyor addresses the physical the other – collectively fit together like a glove. Hi-Tec Spray’s high efficiency spray booth with handling of doors that can weigh up to 100kgs heavy duty, manual conveyor track in operation at They are one of few companies able to pull both The Door Gallery. sides of the industry together to deliver that total each. Instead of constant manhandling of doors during transfer to and from the spray area and during spray professional solution. time, up to 50 doors can now be located on separate cradles on For more information: the conveyor that spin through 360o degrees. This enables easy Tel: 01622 356590 and safe movement to the spray area and fast and efficient spraying Email: Elaine@hitecspray.co.uk of both sides. On completion, the doors are spun through 90o,

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Hi-Tec Spray Join Forces in Blades Factory Expansion lades Joinery is a long established meets HSE and HSG178 standards. partnership employing some 16 Gaining as much working width as operatives specialising in high possible in each booth brought its own quality furniture and fittings for a very obstacles as the outer limits were impeded impressive corporate and private client by the roof pitch in the single story building. portfolio. From quality office fittings for The extractor/inlet fans were to be located prestigious London companies to fit or above each booth on a mezzanine floor re-fit new or refurbished multi-million and the ducting was designed to pound residential dwellings, their service accommodate the limitation. in providing the finished product is as For future flexibility, alongside the air “top draw” as you can get. ducting, burner chambers to each room Their success has brought growth. A and a control panel were designed-in to Hi-Tec Spray’s 3-Spraybooth system in Blades’ new planned re-location and expansion provided 13000 sq. ft. facility in Kent. facilitate a burner to be retrofitted at a later the opportunity to re-fit their own sprayshop date. with three new spray booths (to replace the original two) and they Hi-Tec Spray Ltd. supply more than application equipment and were to turn to surface coating specialists, Hi-Tec Spray Ltd., (HSL) plant in isolation. They also develop a partnership with their clients to deliver the £35k project. to design and develop turnkey systems, where, on the one hand – Each of the three spray booths measured 3500mm deep x 4000mm individual components work well independently, and on the other – wide x 3000mm high with a dry filter extract on one side and inlet filters collectively fit together like a glove. They are one of few companies to the other and were made of single skin, galvanised panels with glass able to pull both sides of the industry together to deliver that total panelled, double doors to the front. The performance of the specially professional solution designed, high powered fans delivered a superior capture rate of For more information: overspray than the previous system, improving the air quality within Tel: 01622 356590 the booth and making the system more environmentally friendly as it Email: Elaine@hitecspray.co.uk

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Adhesives

Packaging Lines

Sanders (Speed)

Chemique Adhesives & Sealants Ltd www.chemique.co.uk

Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk

Allwood Machinery Ltd

Brackets (Furniture Fittings)

Panel Saws

www.interwood.co.uk

Dudley Tool Presswork & Engineering Co Ltd www.dudley-tool.co.uk

Carcass Assembly Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk

CNC Machinery Masterwood (UK) Ltd www.masterwood.co.uk SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk

Double End Tenoners Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk

Dust Control Systems Dantherm Filtration Ltd www.danthermfiltration.co.uk The Woodwork Dust Control Company Ltd www.woodworkdustcontrol.co.uk Woodwaste Control Engineering Ltd www.w-w-c.co.uk

Edgebanders Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood) www.interwood.co.uk Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk Trimbridge Ltd www.trimbridge.com

Flexible Ducting Masterflex Technical Hoses Ltd www.masterflex-uk.com

Machining Centres (CNC) SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk

Manufacturing Software Linkwood www.linkwood.com

Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood) www.interwood.co.uk SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk

(inc Interwood)

Sanders (Wide Belt)

Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk

Boere Machineenfabriek B.V. www.boere.com Homag UK Ltd (Butfering) www.homag-uk.co.uk Kundig Ltd www.kundig.co.uk SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk

Panel Saws (Sliding Table)

Tooling

Felder UK www.format-4.co.uk Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk UK Panel Saws www.ukpanelsaws.co.uk

ATA Engineering Processes Ltd www.ataeng.com Allied Tooling Ltd www.alliedtooling.com

Panel Saws (Beam)

Panel Handling Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk

Panel Producer Egger UK Ltd www.egger.co.uk

Postforming Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk

Presses Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood) www.interwood.co.uk Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk

Profile Wrapping Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk

Routers (CNC) ATA Engineering Processes www.ataeng.com SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk

Throughfeed Drills Homag UK Ltd www.homag-uk.co.uk SCM Group UK Ltd www.scmgb.co.uk

Veneering Equipment Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood) www.interwood.co.uk

Wood Burning Equipment Talbotts Biomass Energy Ltd www.talbotts.co.uk Woodwaste Control Engineering co Ltd www.w-w-c.co.uk Woodwaste Technology Ltd www.woodwastetechnology.com

Woodworking Machinery (New & Used) Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood) www.interwood.co.uk CAM-CO Machinery Ltd www.cam-co.co.uk

Wood Waste Control Woodwaste Control Engineering Co Ltd www.w-w-c.co.uk


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MORBIDELLI, PLANET MX CNC Machining Centre for Shaping and Edgebanding

SCM, PRATIX N15 CNC Machining Centre for Nesting Production

STEFANI, SOLUTION SERIES Customised Heavy Duty Edge Banders

SCM, K1000 Automatic Edge Bander

GABBIANI, FLEXIMA Highly Flexible Compact Angle Plant

SCM, IMPACT 107C Automatic Panel Beam Saw

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