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News Paradigm Favour Felder Work with EVA and PUR Glue Without Fuss New Homag Group Website Author R – Evolution: Revolutionising An Entire Product Line The Highly Anticipated dp-limitless Range Is Here Egger Launches 2017 KBB Collection Homag UK Provides Trade CNC A Helping Hand Kuper Moulder For A&W Cushion Tagg Furniture Invests In Kündig Ovvotech Launch Invisible Connection System Matthew Marsden’s Erro-Free and Speedy Process With Cabinet Vision AXYZ Demonstrates The Value OF Programmable CNC Routing DCS Steps Up To The Mark For Stairmaker

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NEWS SCM UK Welcomes Visitors to their Open House in Nottingham April 25-27, for information tel 0115 977 0044

Apprenticeship Training The NAS and BWF have launched a new Centre of Excellence (CoE) network of colleges and training providers to ensure the survival of quality apprenticeship training for the joinery and wood machine industry. The launch of the CoE network was marked with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by four Centres from across the UK: Building Crafts College (Stratford, London), Didac Limited (Bristol), Leeds College of Building (Leeds), and Neath Port Talbot College (South Wales). Each apprentice will be on a nationally recognised apprenticeship framework/standard and will have the option of adding extra modules needed for their training to meet employer needs. This will be packaged together as a NAS/BWF Apprenticeship, raising the bar on government requirements. To discuss the CoE network in more detail and how it can help your business, contact NAS Director, Robert Hudson at or call 01883 624961

Makita UK Marks 45 Years In UK With Power Tool Market Leadership 2017 will mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the UK sales, training and distribution centre for global power tool manufacturer Makita Corporation. An unbroken record of annual sales growth confirms that today the Makita brand is market leader in the UK’s competitive professional power tool league. Just two years ago Makita worldwide celebrated a century of growth since the Company’s foundation in 1915 at Anjo, Japan. Since 1972 Makita UK has delivered a consistently successful and ever expanding range of power tools for the professional tradesman. Today, there are more than 600 tools in the Makita UK range and unrivalled innovation has become the hallmark of the brand, constantly improving performance and capability to make many tasks in the construction world more productive, safer for operators, achieving faster, more efficient, completion. Today’s Makita range includes cordless

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machines which now rival some mains powered variants for impact power and torque. The popular 18v Lithium-Ion battery platform, introduced in 2005, has expanded to more than 110 different products and recently the Twin 18v (36v) machines, powered by two of the ever popular existing 18v batteries, along with a range of domestic and professional cordless garden tools that further expands the powerful cordless range. Pneumatic tools include nailers and staplers whilst there are ever more petrol engine machines for construction and outdoor equipment, and horticultural machines for grounds maintenance and landscape professionals. An equally broad inventory of high quality accessories, such as drill bits, blades, abrasives and diamond cutting wheels, further enhances the ultimate performance of Makita tools. For further information: Follow us on Twitter @MakitaUK

IDS Gateshead Branch Gets A Smart New Look Surface materials distribution specialist International Decorative Surfaces (IDS) has given its Gateshead branch a major refurbishment as part of the company’s nationwide programme. The showroom has been extended to create a 72 sqm space, undergoing a redesign and fit out to showcase the company’s extensive portfolio of worksurfaces, laminates, solid surface, flooring, panel products and bathroom paneling. The ground floor offices have been given a stylish open-plan makeover with more offices created on a new mezzanine at first floor that will also house meeting rooms and a training facility. Brand new exterior signage all-round the building provides clear visibility of the branch from the nearby A1 motorway. Says Hayley Fagan, Showroom Development Manager at IDS: “IDS has a constantly evolving portfolio so our policy is to keep all 13 of our showrooms up to date with products and to create the right customer experience. At Gateshead, it was timely to expand the showroom and office areas to accommodate our expansion in products, people and sales so that we can deliver the best possible service to our regional customers and local tradesmen.”

The Gateshead branch of International Decorative Surfaces has undergone a major refurbishment to service the company’s extensive portfolio of worksurfaces, laminates, solid surface, flooring, panel products and bathroom paneling.

The Gateshead branch is located on Team Valley Industrial Estate, just off the A1M, offering easy access to customers. The warehouse has an in-depth stockholding of the IDS portfolio ensuring product availability and service for over the counter sales and next day deliveries. For further information: Tel: 08457 298 298 Email:

FIRA Welcomes Peers From Across The Furniture Supply Chain

In February FIRA opened its doors to the furniture supply chain as part of its programme of 2017 Open Days, welcoming representatives from furniture manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to their UKASaccredited facilities in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Delegates had a busy agenda which included an introduction to the work of the Furniture Industry Research Association, and then FIRA International Ltd - which is the commercial service provider to the Research Association. Sessions then focused on the testing and certification solutions from FIRA, followed by an insight to the work of the ergonomics department. The Technical Services team then gave an overview of its work which primarily focuses on research, consultancy, due diligence schemes and business improvement. Following a networking lunch, tours were offered of the UKAS accredited testing lab and delegates had the chance to see an expert carrying out a furniture repair demonstration. FIRA’s next Open Day is scheduled for Thursday 18 May. Anyone interested in attending should email Chrissie Winsor ( or call 01438 777 755. Early booking is advised as the February Open Day was over-subscribed and a waiting list was in place.

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Paradigm Favours Felder Paradigm Woodworking Specialist was created 3 years ago by Andy Pears and Steve Redgrave to create complete turnkey solutions from product design to manufacturing, primarily within the retail and leisure industries whether it is a complete refurbishment or an entirely new store or restaurant. They aim to deliver the best service to their clients, making sure their ideas and visions are made into reality. They have a highly skilled team of craftsman whose expertise in their field make sure their customers get a fantastic result on time and on budget. With the business rapidly growing Paradigm recognised the need for faster, more robust machinery that could handle their ever increasing production requirements and at the start of 2015 they decided to purchase a Kappa Automatic beam saw and a Perfect 710 e-motion edgebander from the FORMAT-4 range as well as a K 540 s sliding table saw from the FELDER Range. Director Andy Pears said “whilst doing all the necessary research we came across the FELDER GROUP, whose website and product catalogues had all the information we needed to give us the

confidence that their machines were perfect to help us sustain our continued growth.” “Our beam saw is the perfect fit for our company and with the improved software compared to what we had, we have increased our productivity” commented Andy who went on to say “we also needed a solid edgebander that could handle solid

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lipping at the high volume we put through it and that is exactly what we got!” Since the installation of their Perfect 710 in March 2015, the edgebanding machine has completed over 118km of edging across 205,000 panels in only 1126 hours of run time.

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Duomelt From Cehisa Work with EVA and PUR glue without fuss The new DUOMELT glue pot system from CEHISA increases workshop productivity, provides flexibility and improves the overall quality of edged boards while ultimately saving time and money. As leading edgebander manufacturers, CEHISA are continually refining and developing their impressive range of hotmelt machines aimed at the small to medium sized panel processor. One of the most recent innovations is the development of the DUOMELT glue pot. The design of the pot is such that it allows existing residual glue to be quickly drained in just 5 minutes making cleaning and switching between different glue types or colours fast and efficient. Once emptied the new glue is up to temperature in less than 10 minutes. The quick drain system is particularly beneficial when alternating between EVA and PUR glue. The DUOMELT allows the EVA hotmelt adhesive to be quickly and easily removed from the tank before the PUR granules are added. After processing it

DUOMELT glue system for use with both EVA and PUR glue

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CEHISA ‘Compact’ – the most popular model in the range

is important to remove the PUR and purge the tank with cleaning granules to prevent the residual glue from fully reacting. Once cleaned, the remaining cleaner can be easily drained from the tank allowing EVA granules to be added. The hassle and time required for glue removal and cleaning is vastly reduced with the DUOMELT. EVA works at a higher temperature, around 190 C, compared to PUR at around 130-140 C. The DUOMELT system is controlled from the on-board touch screen control with intuitive, easy to use temperature mapping to precisely adjust the glue temperature for optimal application. An automatic thermostatic control monitors and adjusts the glue temperature and puts the unit into stand by when idle to prevent scorching of the glue and reducing energy consumption. Precision machined from a single piece of aluminium, the interior surface the of DUOMELT glue tank is smooth and even with no edges or shape angles to inhibit glue flow. The slope of the tank has been carefully considered to increase flow rate and ensure a consistent delivery while also minimising draining time when cleaning. Overall energy consumption has been reduced with improved thermodynamics through the use of efficient heat transmitting materials in construction. Improved sealing of the glue tank assembly minimises moisture absorption extending the lifespan of PUR glue. In addition, all

working parts in contact with the glue are Teflon coated to ensure smooth glue delivery and quick draining. CEHISA have also incorporated a new design and layout into the DUOMELT with improved performance of the glue transmission system. Glue is delivered to the panel from both the upper and lower points of the application roller that incorporates built in heating elements to maintain optimum working temperature right at the point of adhesion. Furniture and joinery manufacturers can benefit greatly from using PUR hotmelt adhesive. It provides unsurpassed water resistance, especially useful in kitchen and bathroom areas, is heat resistant up to 150 C, provides the highest bond strength and can leave a virtually invisible glue joint when used with CEHISA edgebanders. The DUOMELT system is available across the CEHISA range from the entry level Flexy through to the high performance Pro and Avant models. For more information or to arrange a working demonstration contact sole distributors for England, Scotland and Wales Daltons Wadkin:

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Combine the features you wantt without paying for the ones you u don’t Leading European manufacturers CEHISA offer a comprehensive range of through-feed d hot-melt edgebanders for the small to medium sized panel producer





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Edging capacity 0.4-3 mm Solid edge capacity 8 mm Panel height up to 60 mm Feed speed up to 14 m/min Laser Edge option Pre-miling option Corner rounding option 10” touch screen control

Edging g capacity 0.4-3 mm Solid edge e capacity 15 mm Panel height h up to 60 mm Feed speed up to 18 m/min Laser Edge E option Pre-miling option Cornerr rounding option 10” tou uch screen control

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Make A Date In Your Diary Ligna, the focal point and meeting hub for the international wood industry is just around the corner. The 2017 show runs from May 22nd to May 26th in Hanover, Germany and will feature more than 1,500 exhibitors from 45 nations and aim to attract trade visitors from about 90 countries. The show will occupy 10 exhibition halls plus the venue’s extensive open-air site. The shows organizers – Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery

Manufacturers’ Association have successfully implemented a new thematic layout in time for the 2017 season. The revamped layout includes a new ‘Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production display in Halls 11 to 15 and 27. Under the new layout the ‘Surface Technology’ area remains in Hall 17. The ‘Machine Component and Automation

Technology’ showcase will be in Hall 16. The Wood-Based Panel Production’ and ‘Energy from Wood’ displays in Hall 26 are already fully booked. The other big highlights at Ligna 2017 include an array of displays themed around ‘Integrated Manufacturing’ a series of training courses for joiners, cabinetmakers, assemblers and installers.

Combilift Will Be Putting On A Show At Ligna Outdoor Area M61 and Hall 13, Stand G28 Combilift is well known with Ligna visitors for putting on a show and exhibiting new models and technological advancements in its products, and this year is no exception. The Irish specialist manufacturer of customised handling solutions will occupy a large stand in the heart of the outdoor area as well as an indoor stand in Hall 13, which together will feature around 15 models, all designed to make handling and storage procedures safer, more cost effective and productive. Exhibits at this year’s show will include models from the original and still very popular multidirectional C-Series and multidirectional and two directional sideloaders. The narrow aisle capabilities of the AisleMaster articulated forklift will be demonstrated live within racking. There will be the opportunity to see the Combilift’s ever expanding range of pedestrian operated trucks in action. These now include the Combi-WR, its multidirectional counterpart the Combi-WR4 as well as the new Combi-CS counterbalance pedestrian stacker. And as always, there will be

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Guinness and other refreshments on tap, and the Combi-CB display team will be performing its popular forklift “dance” on a regular basis. The timber, furniture and panels sector was one of the first to recognise the benefits of Combilift’s tailor made approach to materials handling, and the range of products on offer is as varied as the differing requirements in the industry itself. Whether you handle extreme lengths of engineered timber, timber frames, palletised goods or a mix of products, there is a Combilift model that can deliver the goods. Combilift has now sold over 30,500 units in more than 75 countries since it was established in 1998 and has won numerous industry awards for its products and manufacturing processes. All Combilift products are renowned for their tough, long life operation indoors and out and in all weather conditions. The use of standard and readily available components ensures that they can easily and maintained wherever in the world they are in operation.

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Introduction Of New Saw Series – Opti-Kap 5100 System TM has always strived to provide the best in all respects. With the development of our new saw series, the Opti-Kap 5100, we are getting even closer to perfection. Proceeding from Opti-Kap 5000, perhaps the world’s best optimizing crosscut saw ever made, the new optimization cross-cut saw series, OptiKap 5100, has been designed in the following manner: more user-friendly in terms of operation and service, stronger in terms of construction and equipped with improved intelligent control software. Due to these improvements, the Opti-Kap 5100 is capable of achieving better performance. Thanks to new mechanical initiatives and intelligent management software, the intelligence of our saw has been enhanced to ensure minimal downtime and to automatically resolve errors caused by workpiece condition, operator

or machine error. System TM has more than 30 years of experience in the development, production and service of high-speed computer-controlled cross-cut saws of great durability and performance. The Opti-Kap 5100 series are developed based on extensive experience which has been built over the last 30 years, with high emphasis on performance, power and minimum maintenance needs. Ultimately, we seek to provide customers the highest return on their investment. The Opti-Kap 5100 saw series will be showcased in operation with Microtec scanners at Ligna 2017. A standard solution including a Microtec scanner, model Goldeneye GE302, will be operating in connection with one optimizing cross-cut saw, model OptiKap 5100. Another solution will be represented by a fully automatic OptiSolution line including an automated

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infeed system, model Opti-Feed 6000 Vack, a Microtec scanner, model Goldeneye GE502, two optimizing crosscut saws, model Opti-Kap 5100, an automated stacking system, model OptiStack 3000, and finally, automatic loading of items in vertical positions, ready to be fed into a vertical finger jointing machine.

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AKE Cutting 2.0 – A Real Success Story Cutting 2.0 technology has proven to be extremely successful since being introduced to the market in 2013. From its origins in the SuperSilent sliding table saw with manual feed, it has been consistently developed and expanded, starting with the cutter range and now moving on to panel saws with mechanical feed. In the meantime, significant practical experience has been collected which has caused users to take notice of these developments. The cutting 2.0 success story began four years ago when the SuperSilent saw blade was presented at LIGNA 2013. A revolutionary saw blade for sliding table saws with manual feed. The new technology has won innovation and design prizes by fundamentally reinventing a process which is as long-established as sawing. The advantages for users are nothing short of sensational. Just two years later, AKE took the unprecedented step of applying this concept to milling tools. The diamond-based 2.0 technology is impressive for grooving, joining and rebating tasks. Milling 2.0 means that chips are discharged behind the cutting edge. During machining, this considerably reduces the need to carry out repeated chip cutting and results in a noticeably longer tool life. This is supplemented by further advantages since, in contrast to conventional technology on the market, negative and positive milling cutters are no longer required. The AKE-Z3 can

cope with these tasks on its own. Last year, AKE presented the panel sizing saw blade 2.0 for machines with mechanical feed at the "Holzhandwerk" trade fair for woodworking. Customers' experiences with this new saw blade have been purely positive. In the field test performed in various industrial companies throughout Europe, tool life increases of up to 70% were achieved. The finished cutting quality was rated either "very good" or "good" by all testers. Noise emissions were reduced by 10 dB (A), which corresponds to a noise reduction of 50%. The same saw blade was able to cut through a mixture of materials, including chipboard, MDF, plywood and HPL, just as reliably and cleanly as it would cut any material in individual machining.

Due to the many positive experiences with cutting 2.0, AKE will take the opportunity at the upcoming LIGNA 2017 to conclusively demonstrate that the new technology is suitable for use in practical applications. Any user who is considering making their production process more efficient can see the advantages of cutting 2.0 for themselves at this year's LIGNA trade fair. Many customers and machine manufacturers, including Ikea Industry and fm büromöbel, are already placing their trust in the new technology 2.0 and are using this extremely successfully in their company or are working towards doing so, like BIESSE. Cutting 2.0 has also been used successfully by AKE's international partners. For instance, SalesTech (a new AKE representative in Australia) adopted the entire cutting 2.0 product range into its portfolio from the outset and found it successful from the very first day. We would like to invite all customers and anyone with an interest in our products to experience the performance of the new technology for themselves at AKE in hall 12, stand C70. In addition, interesting live interviews with notable representatives from the wood and furniture industry will be taking place every day at 2 p.m.

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PREVIEW Smooth Processes For The Furniture Industry 2020 Insight Presents New Features At this year's LIGNA, the Osnabrück software provider 2020 will present releases and new developments of its software solution 2020 Insight. The focus of the product presentations is on the comprehensive modular ERP solution 2020 Insight, which is specifically tailored to the needs of the furniture industry. It enables the automation of sales and production processes and offers the technological basis for a profitable and customized product, even in large quantities, by automating and optimizing order processing, preparation and production processes. "We have decided to forego new developments this year, which we have sold extensively to the market over the last few years, and to concentrate on further optimizing existing functions for the industry. We have collected the feedback from our many customers and integrated this into the product development plan. We are concentrating on optimizing in-terfaces, increasing performance and making processes even easier”, the company says. But, of course, LIGNA is not without new developments: for commercial processing, the software now offers some important innovations, such as the consolidated invoice creation, with which the customer can create invoices according to his needs, whether by delivery, by project or - on request - also monthly. This also includes functions for the creation of partial, interim or final invoices. In addition, 2020 Insight now also offers the possibility for a sales product to create differ-ent product version identities, which significantly facilitate handling. In this way, 2020 In-sight users can offer their customers a single product with different identities (for example EAN codes or customer-specific article numbers) without increasing the total quantity of product data to be maintained. This product data can, of course, be re-exported from the 2020 Insight for creating catalogs or price lists. 2020: "The goal is that our customers can use 2020 Insight straightforward and with the greatest possible benefit and

With the reporting app, sales and product numbers can be retrieved in diagram or table form.

optimize their processes so that cost savings with a simulta-neous increase of quality are possible." As a so-called case study, a reporting app was introduced at this year's furniture trade fair in Cologne to customers and prospects, with which sales and production figures can be accessed on a mobile device. "We are currently reviewing market feedback to improve the prototype and align it even

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more to the needs of customers. We are convinced that we will be able to offer a further development at the LIGNA”, the company says.

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BeA - Turn One Into Three BeA Skater now also for collated coil nails •

Time saving for timber frame and prefabricated housing construction • Precise and safe serial nail driving • One Skater base for three tools BeA extends the Skater range by the new BeA 800 DC Skater. This means wire collated coil nails can now also be driven using the Skater technology. The BeA Skater is ideal for fastening jobs in timber frame and prefabricated housing construction as well as wooden transport packaging. The BeA Skater is a cost effective alternative to the nailing bridge for sheathing in timber and timber frame construction in particular. Up to now, the BeA 180/65-835C Skater and the BeA 14/65-830C Skater have been used for construction staples. The same Skater base is being used for the new BeA 800 DC Skater as is for these tools. Users who already have a Skater in use can fit the coil nailer to the Skater base. This increases flexibility and reduces costs. The coil nailer is a top loader with path controlled contact actuation. Up to 300 nails per coil can be driven. The large magazine

volume reduces reloading time and increases working efficiency for serial fastening. As a system supplier, BeA supplies the coil nails BDC in diameters of 2.5 to 3.1 mm and lengths of 60 to 80 mm in five different materials, three different shaft types and four different head designs. The nails comply with the requirements of Eurocode 5. Skater technology reduces assembly time for serial fastening in particular. The tool is pulled over the working surface and triggered at the defined distances by the path control. The precise path control and location grooves allow fastening distances to be kept and pre drawn lines to be followed precisely while the Skater is guided along the side of the board by means of the adjustable rail. This rail makes precise nailing possible, so that the distance between the fastener and the edge is kept constant in line with Eurocode 5 and the manufacturers processing guidelines without time consuming marking of the fastening points being necessary. Manual actuation is also possible, allowing start, end and butt joints to be worked with the Skater

too. The Skater's gradual height adjustment and no mark wheels prevent undesirable running and pressure marks being left by the BeA Skater. The Skater technology makes serial fastening easier for the user. Rather than the worker being constantly bent over or kneeling during fastening, work can be done in an upright position using an extension handle. This both reduces physical strain and increases fastening quality. As standard, the Skater is equipped for two man operation with two handles, one of which can be extended telescopically, allowing elements up to 3 m wide to be processed. Compared with manual fastening, work with the BeA Skater is not only faster and more ergonomic, it is safer too. The handles are equipped with a release lock. The trigger lever can only be actuated after this has been released. For further information: Tel: 0049 410278 444

With the BeA 800 DC Skater wire-collated coil nails can now also be driven using the Skater technology.

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Biesse – Live The Experience At Ligna 2017 “Thinkforward is all about Biesse’s ability to innovate, to provide integrated solutions that are complex but easy to use, allowing us to produce more, better, at a lower cost. It encourages us to keep looking ahead, to get a better feel for how we need to act today” stated Raphaël Prati, marketing and communication director for Biesse Group. “Thinkforward was also the concept for our stand at Ligna, 5,000 square metres of innovation and technology where visitors will experience how the digital factory can change the way we perceive and produce things.” Over 40 fully functional solutions will be on display targeting all manufacturers, from large companies with significant production, to companies that need to produce thousands of unique products, each designed for the personalized needs of a given customer, to small companies, who often focus on artisanship. Thanks to Biesse’s 4.0 ready solutions these companies can become fully-fledged “smart factories”. Important innovations designed for the emerging wood construction sector will also be presented, part of our rich range of technological solutions and turn key projects for the production of doors, windows, beams and wall panels: on display in a dedicated stand at pavilion 13. Visitors will be able to come within reach of the technological solutions developed for Advanced Materials, a sector that is expanding significantly. Biesse employs its unparalleled experience with machining centres to provide the full precision and reliability needed by all who work with plastics and composite materials. The new Biesse Services will also be presented as well as the full Customer Care Experience, which further strengthens customer engagement. As part of the Thinkforward philosophy, a Biesse classic, bLab, will also be featured. bLab is a laboratory where the best software in the sector can be tested and machines and manufactured items can be rendered

digitally, allowing us to run tests even before production begins physically. The things visitors will see and feel at our stands are the fruit of the challenges Biesse has recently faced and overcome. “We decided to invest and believe in our abilities. This strategic decision brought great results: we’ve hired new people both in Italy and at our branch offices, incoming orders and our market share have increased, and our revenues are up by over 18%, outdoing the extraordinary 600Million Euros target, backed by 60% growth over the past three years. These numbers confirm our Groups position, we are the top Italian player in the sector and the second player globally in terms of revenue, with significantly higher growth rates than our key competitors,” says Federico Broccoli, Director of the Wood/Sales Division & Director of the Branches Division. “Our growth is certainly extraordinary, but it’s no coincidence. It’s the fruit of having invested in assets we consider strategic: Sales Intelligence, Distribution, Marketing and Communication, using growth plans and

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targeted tools, applying the company Thinkforward philosophy to increase our presence in the territory we serve and drawing nearer to Biesse’s true asset, our Customers.” And it’s in the forward-think spirit that Biesse will participate in the Hannover Messe 2017, the most important trade fair for innovation anywhere in the world. In collaboration with Accenture and Microsoft the company will present an icon for cutting edge Biesse technology, a Rover Machining Centre with it’s 5-axis electrospindle connected to the cloud. A solid example of Biesse’s ability to innovate. Biesse’s stand at Ligna 2017 will definitely be a must see for those who want to get wind of the innovation Biesse brings to every sector, our solid experience and the ability to determine how technology will shape the future of manufacturing. Biesse Hall 11, Live the Experience.

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CASE STUDY Plain English Shares 3 Revelations To Getting Product ‘Right First Time’ Martin Shaw, production manager from bespoke kitchen maker Plain English and Leitz Tooling sales manager Brian Maddox reveal 3 key steps to manufacturing profitability and success. 25 years ago Plain English started handcrafting the finest bespoke kitchens with an unparalleled dedication to quality, high luxury and immaculate attention to detail. Valued for its understated, early Georgian ‘below stairs’ elegance, design integrity and the quality of its handmade cupboards, today Plain English is one of the most highly regarded kitchen companies in the UK. The company continues to undergo impressive organic growth, but this means that tiny issues and obstacles add up to have a big impact on productivity. Martin Shaw explains, “Attention to detail defines a Plain English kitchen. Tailoring, refinement of materials and mechanical fluidity are critical, even when hidden from view.” Martin has been with the company for 7 years and early on there were fundamental issues with their kitchen door manufacturing; namely the poor tolerances of their existing tooling. “Leitz talked about datum tooling – the ability to make tiny adjustments in diameter and height – and they redesigned all the tools for us from scratch with precise repeatability,” said Martin. “Our set-up times went from hours to just 15 minutes from start to finish, and when you change profiles a lot, this is a revelation.”

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Plain English’s first revelation: Evaluate “With the improvements provided by Leitz’s tooling and support, we quickly discovered that they were saving us a fortune,” said Martin, but he wanted to quantify the data. To get a proper perspective, Plain English worked out that their downtime was costing them £15 per minute and Martin undertook a retrospective analysis of the money that had been wasted over the previous year. “This exercise was not about finding fault or blame. It was to understand exactly how much cheaper tooling was actually costing us in hold ups, rectification, down time and setting time. We saw in black and white the value of tooling which might initially cost more but with its higher quality and unparalleled precision, gave us a level of improvement in our process that meant per unit produced, the purchase price of the Leitz’s tooling was a fraction of other suppliers.” Sales manager for Leitz, Brian Maddox, couldn’t agree more: “It’s so important for companies to know exactly what their manufacturing is costing them per product. We work with international

production companies who couldn’t see past the amount on the tooling invoice, and we work with small joinery workshops that can account for every stage and minute in their production process. In both cases we provide whatever support is needed and work with them on process improvement. As a result, our customers tooling purchases create more efficient production.” Plain English has also implemented a Continuous Improvement Programme for their production. “Continuous Improvement does not mean continuous investment,” said Martin. “It means that all the production staff from apprentice to paint shop to sales and marketing regularly meet to discuss current issues. The key then is to actually do something about it.” Whenever a decision on tooling is needed, Plain English involve the operators, who have ownership of the problem and its solution and took them Leitz’s head office and service centre of excellence in Harlow where they could see the quality for themselves: “It gave them a better understanding of machine tools as crafted instruments, not pieces of metal to chew through wood. If you just look the cost of the tooling you will

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CASE STUDY one of these seminars, Plain English also gained a greater understanding about the importance of speed. Martin said, “Running production at the correct speed doesn’t just mean getting product through quicker. In many cases it actually increases the already impressive longevity of the tool both between sharpening services and its overall lifespan, and gives a much better finish quality.” make the wrong decision. You need to look at your applications and have a long term plan.”

Revelation 2: Use professional, reliable, expert support Manufacturers can buy machine tools off-the-shelf, but Martin believes that discussing your production and possible solutions with a specialist like Leitz is much better: “When a tooling company of the quality and integrity of Leitz is offering support British manufacturing of any scale, use them. Don’t try and work it out yourself.” Martin continues, “With new machines, I think it is a mistake when manufacturing companies buy a machine to do a job. Go to the tooling guys first and work out what you need and what you will be using day to day. This understanding puts you in a much better position to work with both the tooling and machine manufacturers to establish the best solution for you.” “Leitz’s customer seminars in Harlow can be a great discovery process,” says Brian. “Whether is it specifically for one organisation, or a group of like-minded companies, we discuss production issues which are relatable to their manufacturing and they develop your understanding of what could be standing in their way.” At

Finally, revelation 3: Apply across all production Martin shared examples of just some of the specific the benefits they have seen. “We have a Weinig Raimann rip saw and it’s a great machine, but we found the saw blades on it needed to be sharpened and cleaned every two weeks. Leitz’s solution was to provide us with saw blades with wiper teeth which reduced the resin buildup. This took us from sharpening every two weeks to every 10 weeks, so with a comparative 15 regrinds possible on each saw blade, they also last nearly 5 times longer. Even at a higher purchase price, and not including the massive reduction in disruption to production and setting times, that provides savings no company can ignore.”

Saw blade longevity & setting time saved Previous saw blades 2 weeks x 15 regrinds = 30 weeks (7 months) 30 minute setting time x 2 weeks over 1 year = 12 hours a year

Leitz saw blades 10 weeks x 15 regrinds =150 weeks (35 months, or 2.9 years) 30 minute setting time x 10 weeks over 1 year = 2.6 hours a year It is also important to Plain English that Leitz does not sub-contract its servicing. “Leitz’s in-house service centres in Harlow and around the country are all held to the same exacting standards. Our tools come back as good as new, retested and rebalanced which is very reassuring. Efficiency of their drills was next, followed by reducing sanding as much as possible; Leitz even supply a tool to take the arris off. “There is a difference between

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being economic with money and economic with your applications and tooling,” says Brian. “Tooling needs to be evaluated with its return on investment in mind.” Martin freely admits that Plain English now spends more on tooling. “Our investment has doubled,” he says, “but the savings we are making per product produced over the lifetime of any given tool make the question of price irrelevant. From working with other tooling suppliers, we know we are now spending the right money on the right products for the job with specialists that have fantastic experience and provide unheard of levels of support. With Leitz, we are more efficient and creating more high quality products ‘rightfirst-time’, and the revelations are ongoing.” Leitz is focused on increased productivity, reduced downtime, noise, scrap, and improved quality and safety in tested tooling design. All tooling from Leitz is manufactured and safety tested to BS EN847 standards helping to ensure the welfare of customer employees.

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New HOMAG Group Website — Simple, user-friendly and solution-focused An individual and personalised approach to customers and business partners around the world has always been key to the success of the HOMAG Group. The global corporation is now also applying this winning formula online. The new website provides the platform needed to achieve this: It is modern, user-friendly and well designed. It goes without saying that the new company website is also responsive and therefore available for use on any mobile device.

A focus on the user The site that went online in 1998 as one of the first websites in the industry has developed with the market — and it is now being re-launched with an updated, globally oriented design. During the development of the new HOMAG Group website, there was just one main focus: the user.

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dialog with customers, employees, job seekers, business partners, suppliers and journalists. The website provides every visitor with easy access to clear information on new product developments, future market trends and current trade fairs, as well as the opportunity to learn all about the practical experiences of our customers. The benefits at a glance: • Clear product information: All HOMAG

Group products are shown in a clearly laid out catalog, which is easy for users to navigate — whether they are looking for a specific technology or simply want to browse the product range. Clear descriptions, informative videos and brochures are provided. News and the latest technology highlights are also showcased. • “ProductFinder” — find the right product in just a few steps: By selecting specific

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criteria in just a few clicks, users can find the ideal solution to meet their needs. • Tailored solutions: The focus is on the extensive experience of customers who work with our machines. In reports and videos, companies from all industries let us in on the inside story. Even users looking for a complete solution for an end product (furniture, construction components, flooring, prefabricated house) will quickly find what they need. A full range of solutions is available — from small workshops to complex batch size 1 systems. • Career ladder for applicants: Future

employees can quickly and easily navigate through the new career area to find the perfect job, receive helpful application tips or find out more about the area around a potential new job location. • Share and like: It is now easy to share website content with friends, colleagues or business partners. Customers with a starring role in a reference report are also a big hit on social networks. For Alexander Prokisch (Director Marketing), the new online presence is a long awaited step forward: "Around 90% of prospective customers now look for

information online before purchasing a machine. But it is not just when an investment is imminent that the Internet plays an important role — the online world is becoming ever more important in the wood processing industry. For example, our customers implement projects with a focus on "Industry 4.0" and use fully networked production processes. They communicate with smartphones or tablets in their day-today business — whether in the furniture industry, manufacturers of prefabricated houses or interior fittings, or a two-man joinery business. Information on design, trade fairs, business partners or technology is all found online. For us, our new website is an additional sales organisation with a global showroom. It allows us to offer countless customer touchpoints 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What I like most is the fresh new design and the mobile capability — now all of our salespeople can use their smartphone to present information to customers at any time while they are on the road or at trade fairs. Try it yourself and send us your feedback!"

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PROFILE AuthoR-Evolution: Revolutionising an entire product line The Author M100 and M200 machining centres revolutionise the entire industry. These Morbidelli machining centres provide answers to all the problems associated with woodworking and with processing advanced materials. A solution that has been developed to provide a comprehensive answer to requests coming from the market. The new range features an "allin-one technology": a single machining centre can now provide a solution to the needs of companies and workshops that produce furniture, sound-absorbing panels and speakers, marine products and many more complex products. The benefits offered by the revolutionary M100 and M200 machining centres are plenty: -




spindle head. Ultra-compact and directdriven, the JQX (Just Quality eXtreme) spindle head stands out for excellence in its market sector. - Drastic reduction in tool-change times. Thanks to the patented Fast 14 system, tools can be changed between jobs in less than 15 seconds. A solution made possible thanks to a 14-position tool holder mounted directly on the rotating unit which, together with the other machine tool holders, can provide up to 60 additional tools for product manufacturing. - 60% savings in drilling cycles. An outstanding result that has been achieved thanks to a drilling head configuration designed to perform any kind of job on any type of furniture of any style. More free floor space in the The JQX 5-axis spindleheadll Reduced maintenance. plant. The absence of The Ro.Ax spindles operate perimetral protections offer a better use of maintenance-free for over 1,000 hours – production floor and operators can move another feature that demonstrates how 360 degrees around the machining unique the new machining centres are in centre. The "Pro Space" solution provides their category. big savings in terms of floor space and - No downtime for setup operations. optimises industrial logistics. Adding the TV Flexmatic worktable allows Freedom, flexibility, accessibility and automatic positioning of support bars and safety. The design of the new machining suction cups even while the machine is centres allows operators to load and running. The possibility of simply and unload large panels safely and freely. You easily adding all the required suction cups can load panels of up to 2,210 mm wide and removing those that are unnecessary and 250 mm thick. Operator access, and makes the worktable a solution that does consequent ergonomic benefits, is not compromise performance, thanks to ensured by the absence of pipes and its versatility and free configurability. obstacles on all sides of "Pro Space" - Easy and intuitive use of the machines, where even the vacuum pump machining centres. Operating the is mounted directly on the machine machine is extremely easy, using baseplate. an app from the Maestro Suite: Absolute flexibility thanks to a setting up the job and production configurable operator unit. Author M100 cycles has never been and M200 have no equal amongst other machining centres on the market because their operator units are the only ones that can accommodate up to four machining units, including a device for inserting dowels using pearl glue. The Morbidelli M200 AuthoR CNC machining centre Unmatched finishing thanks to a 5-axis

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easier. You can use a PC-Office console with a 17" LCD display or a remote TechPad control with which you can remotely operate the machine using its 7" touch-screen to speed up setup operations. - Extremely fast installation. Only one technician and one working day are required to get the Author M100 and M200 machining centres ready and operational. It is another advantage when it comes to maximising productivity and to making the winning machining centre choice. Thanks to its "affordable all-in-one technology", SCM has accepted and won the challenge of offering a product that has no match in the market and that can be configured according to the customer's needs and investment plan. Considering their technical characteristics, the Author M100 and M200 machining centres offer an excellent price– performance ratio and are the perfect solutions for processing wood, plastics, solid-wood beams, panels, kitchen cabinets, home and office furniture.

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The Highly Anticipated dplimitless Range Is Here After many months of planning, installation and trials, Decorative Panels Lamination are now proud to launch their highly anticipated dp-limitless range! A brand new flat sheet laminating line will produce the entire dp-limitless offer. Located within dp-lamination’s 140,000ft manufacturing facility in Elland, West Yorkshire, the laminator utilises a high bond strength PUR glue line which ensures a superb overall finish on sheet sizes up to 3660 x 1430mm, although 2440mm x 1220mm and 3050mm x 1220mm makes up the majority of the offer. Group Managing Director Guy Metcalfe takes up the story “…dplimitless is a logical extension of our offer and one that we have been researching for some time now. Decorative Panels Lamination has always been known as a business that offers a wide range of products on very quick lead times to a very wide market place. We have been innovators in terms of substrate as well as surface materials being the first people in the UK to offer a sheet light weight hollowcore board solution and surface finishes such as BioCote Quartz the first commercially available anti-microbial sheet material. We wanted to continue this innovative approach and address an area of the market that we had never been near before – that is the manufacture and supply of a range of specialised decorative and high performance products available without commitment to bulk quantities and deliverable from single sheets up to full load quantities – from stock. With such a wide range of innovative surface finishes the potential areas of use for dplimitless products are vast – from furniture applications to architectural and fit out solutions, the list is endless.” dp-limitless is a range that offers exactly what the brand says, a limitless number of surface finishes bonded to the substrate of choice, available in quantities as low as one sheet. The core range is

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DECORATIVE SURFACES & EDGINGS extensive and includes an array of materials and finishes. For part of their range, dp-lamination have partnered with two of the worlds most recognised producers of High Pressure Laminates to be able to offer an impressive range of over 500 designs. 300 decors, unicolours and fantasy designs are from the Abet Laminati collection, providing design solutions for the most demanding of products. The 2017- 2019 Egger Decorative Laminate Collection comprises over 250 laminates available across a spectrum of unicolour, woodgrain and material designs. The full range of Senoplast Acrylics have been included. These designs are distinguishable by excellent scratch, scour and high UV resistance and include the newly developed Acryl Glass; a coextruded material giving the appearance and depth of a real glass finish, which combined with its high gloss level delivers all the aesthetic advantages of real glass, with the processing and practical advantages of Senoplast. In addition to the ever popular high gloss acrylic finishes, more and more customers are demanding matt surfaces. The dplimitless offer includes a supermatt smooth surface from Senoplast which as well as having all the benefits of scratch and scour resistance provided by TopX, is also incredibly resistant to finger marking and sets a bench mark in the industry. The Technical range includes Renolit Armouren designs, a multi-layered decorative PVC film which offers excellent mechanical resistance and light fastness. With a highly durable anti-microbial surface finish and superior impact resistance, Armouren is the perfect product for use in areas such as healthcare, public buildings, schools, hotels, restaurants and retail outlets. Real Wood Veneer Laminates are available, protected by thermo setting resin meaning they require no further finishing. A genuine alternative to traditional Wood Veneer surfaces giving an engineered finished product surface solution. The dp-limitless offer also includes a selection of premium quality Faux Leather finishes conveying a feeling of comfort and elegance. Laminated Faux Leathers are an economical alternative to genuine hide, offering the advantage of a realistic grain structure

whilst able to withstand the rigours of daily use. For the first time ever dp-lamination can offer laminated Real Stone veneer, an innovative product made from a thin layer of stone, either quartzite or slate. Predominantly 2mm thick with a resin reverse and bonded with a high performance PUR adhesive to the substrate. As with all natural products, each sheet is unique and will display many different aspects of the stone structure. The surface is pre-sealed meaning no further surface protection is needed. A cost effective, lightweight and innovative solution that replaces the need for a solid stone product. As the dp-limitless name suggests just about anything that exists as a sheet veneer can be laminated onto any number of substrates. If you do not see it within the dp-limitless core range on The Decorative Panels Group website – just ask! We will be delighted to help locate and source a supply to satisfy your design needs, or indeed laminate your own supplied material. Why not arrange a visit to the Decorative Panels Group Marketing Suite to see the brand new dp-limitless display for more ideas and inspiration.

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Ostermann Already Able To Deliver The Matching Edgings Munich was the venue where Pfleiderer just recently presented its new “Design Collection 2017-2020”. “Inspirations close to you” was the motto for the launch. Through the special partnership between Ostermann and Pfleiderer, Ostermann is already able to deliver edgings to match the new collection. The new “OneCollection” from Pfleiderer was launched under the motto “Inspirations close to you”, and comprises 162 DSTXpress colours and patterns, all immediately available from Pfleiderer. With a further 138 DST patterns, the full DST range comprises 300 colours and patterns. Through the close partnership between the two, the Bocholt-based (Germany) edgings specialist was kept updated from the outset, so that as of right now, it is able to supply edgings for the new collection. “The matching of edgings for around 300 colours and patterns was no mean task even for Ostermann”, relates Philipp Mayrhauser, Head of Edgings Product Management at Ostermann. “You can imagine just how complex it is to create samples for a collection as extensive as this one. Thanks to the good working partnership between the teams at Pfleiderer, we succeeded in fully completing this task within a short period of time.”

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At Pfleiderer, they put great importance in having the new collection availably globally right across the entire Group. “With this new collection, we have created a range of patterns, structures and formats unparalleled in their breadth and depth”, says Rüdiger Jürke, Head of Product Management Melamine Faced Chipboards at Pfleiderer. “Despite being compatible for such a diversity of markets, the new collection is a fully coherent one.” The level internationality is an aspect shared by Pfleiderer and Ostermann. Ostermann is staffed by a strong team present in a large number of European countries. The edgings can also be ordered in the 10-language Online Shop to match the new Pfleiderer collection: Inspirations close to you – throughout Europe – with colour matching between edgings and boards.

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Available starting from 1 metre With its familiar fast delivery service for stock articles, Ostermann supplies edgings made from ABS, melamine, acrylate, aluminium and solid wood, in every length starting from 1 metre, and in every width starting from 100 mm. Europe's largest range of edgings comprises more than 12,000 edgings to match the board surfaces of more than 70 board manufacturers. Always available: matching edgings for contemporary furniture trends!

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NORDIC Cool by Kronodesign®

Kronodesign® Trends 16-17 Influenced by the beauty and simplicity of Nordic and Scandinavian design, this is a range of MF Boards featuring muted pastel tones, pale and bleached woodgrains, and a glimmering contrast of faced Brushed Metallics. The look is minimal, functional, cool and beautiful, with an emphasis on natural materials, clean and simple lines and occasional flashes of colour. The result is a relaxed, no-nonsense palette, modernist for sure but with just enough warmth to make it homely. To order your free samples, email: or visit: NORDIC Combinations: K029 Linen Block Wood + K012 Pearl Artisan Beech. K029 Linen Block Wood + 7180 Mint. K029 Linen Block Wood + K014 Truffle Artisan Beech. K013 Sand Artisan Beech + 7167 Viola. K029 Linen Block Wood + K021 Barley Blackwood. K013 Sand Artisan Beech + 8534 Rose Pink. K027 Formed Wood + K017 Blonde Liberty Elm. K029 Linen Block Wood + AL06 Brushed Bronze.


EGGER Launches 2017 KBB Collection EGGER – Europe’s largest manufacturer of wood-based decorative panels and laminates – has unveiled its biggest-ever portfolio of decors for the KBB industry. The 2017-2019 UK & Ireland Furniture Manufacturing Collection features 170 predominantly MFC decors. 114 of them with matching laminates available from stock. There are 44 new designs and two new textures. But right across the product range, unicolours are becoming a dominant force in the KBB and furniture sector. Neutral decors such as white and increasingly grey, in both cool or warmer tones, are widely represented – with new on-trend blue tones now available in a range of shades. A move to the ST9 texture across the standard unicolour range offers better matching with neutral combinations, while the use of new ST27 textured unicolours give a modern, timeless look in shades such as U201 Pebble Grey and U636 Fjord Green. Centrepiece of the new collection is an expanded range of 16 Feelwood decors with industry-leading deep textures and synchronised pore finishes. With premium Feelwood decors, the pattern perfectly matches the texture to produce incredibly lifelike woodgrain reproductions that are warm, tactile and visually indistinguishable from the real thing. This is clearly demonstrated in two new ST38 synchronised pore boards White Mountain Larch and Anthracite Mountain Larch – and a new bespoke three layer edging that can wrap around all four sides adds even more intrinsic value. One decor direction Elliott predicts as being particularly strong over the next few years is 'handcrafted' style oaks that continue EGGER’s quest to produce woodgrain reproductions that are warm, tactile and visually indistinguishable from the real thing. A new ST12 wood pore texture, meanwhile, enhances traditional

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Fjord Green

woodgrains and works well in mid-market applications. As well as updating the appeal of traditional woodgrains by bringing new life to classic species, EGGER has introduced both dark exotic woodgrains in new colours as well as Nordic-inspired light and whitewashed timbers. When used in combination with grey or blue unicolours these perfectly capture the popular Scandinavian vibe. There is also a nod to the growing monochrome trend, with ST38 in black and white giving the look and feel of a fashionable, modern and high-value painted ash. Another cool, trend-driven look is available with the expanded PerfectSense range of 23 matt and gloss boards, featuring a super smooth core of MDF and now with the same colour palette for both. These new premium finishes offer something a little different – from the silkiness of matt to the extreme opposite, yet equally luxurious, gloss.

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In line with EGGER’s ‘everything from a single source’ mantra, significant investment has been made in accessories such as edging. PerfectSense now comes with edging in 1mm ABS or 1.3mm PMMA, with MFC using 0.8 or 2mm. The company is promoting the use of contrast edging, with its new 13 ‘accent edges’ being used as a design feature – and a multiplex edge with a black core, giving a plywood effect, being one to watch. Edging is specifically matched in terms of design, texture and gloss level. In addition to being available in a variety of thicknesses and width from stock, a new cut-to-width edging service has been introduced along with a handy configurator on the website. Launching the new range at a special event in Hexham, EGGER’s head of décor development Elliott Fairlie comments: “Not only is this our most comprehensive range ever, the new collection brings together all of the latest trends in furniture design and manufacture to provide coordination and choice never before seen in the KBB sector. “We captured the latest design ideas from across Europe with woodgrain, unicolour, textile, metallic, concrete and ceramic décor effects – all designed to work individually or in combination. And

seen for the first time is a new F426 ST10 Grey Linen texture that we believe is a winner. “Through listening to our customers, we have refined our product range to make it even more user-friendly. We have moved from a five-year collection to three years, more products are available from stock and making half packs of our premium MFC available at no extra charge encourages creativity. “We have also completely rebuilt our website with a number of new features, launched an Egger Collection App for iOS and Android and are using channels such as Pinterest or our own Trendcast videos on the website and YouTube to help customers come up with innovative ways of using some of our extensive range of new decors.”

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David Clouting New Decofoil Stock Items David Clouting starts off 2017 by introducing five new Decofoil stock items. The new decors are a mixture of two solid concrete textured vinyls and three woods. Woods, solid colours and natural materials are being used across the different surfaces of kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, and the new vinyl foils enable style to be added to the MDF door. The combination of pressing foil to shaped MDF panels is a key stylistic differential to the flat look of many furniture ranges, and provides greater design options. Natural materials are being replicated in vinyl with new texture developments that progress in quality and authenticity. A new K9 Concrete texture has been created by LG Hausys, and has been manufactured in conjunction with a solid colour vinyl to produce an on-trend solid coloured concrete. Two colours have been developed with the new K9 Concrete texture – light grey (item reference KADR4-K9) and cashmere (item reference NCAB4-K9). Both colours are highly popular across door décor ranges, and combined with the new Concrete texture, will be commercial for consumers to design into their new kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Three new woods have been brought into the extensive stock range that David Clouting invests in and supplies from the UK. The trend for solid colours over recent years is still popular, but there is a move towards mixing some woods into product ranges to provide a wider variety of style. The combination of solid colour and wood within a kitchen is enabling designers to provide a

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contemporary and stylish traditional look, and break up the uniformity of a single coloured display. The three new woods have been developed in conjunction with Pfleiderer, who supply the matching MFC and MDF, using papers supplied by Schattdecor. Two of the woods have the same print and are contrasting colour tones called Light and Dark Springfield Oak. Light Springfield Oak (item reference Y2109-Q3) is a natural looking straight-grained oak, which will be easy to introduce and mix into the neutral tones currently being used. Dark Springfield Oak (item reference Y2110-Q3) is a lovely dark brown oak, which highlights the Mirain printing technique that LG Hausys uses, to enhance vinyl in replicating the look of wood veneer. Natural Chalet Oak (item reference Y1610-Q5) has some character to the print and is a natural mid tone, which lends itself to a traditional look, but as you’d expect from LG, with the style and quality that consumers and designers want from their surface materials. For samples and further information, please contact marketing at David Clouting Ltd.

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2017 Decors Making A Big Impact For Lathams James Latham, the UK’s biggest independent distributor of panel products and timber, has seen the popularity of Xylocleaf – its innovative and highly textured range of premium Thermo Structured Surface (TSS) decors – soar. And with 20 new additions to the range for 2017 – there are now 80 decors in total – Lathams are predicting that this trend is set to continue. Created and manufactured in Milan and unlike anything else on the UK market, XyloCleaf, which offers a variety of wood grains, linens and other unique materials, is a highly original and exclusive range of decors. They are produced using a unique process of thermal fusing in which decorative papers are treated with melamine resins, that under heat and pressure become part of the panel itself, hence the team Thermo Structured Surface. This process provides not only a stunning end result, but also a product that is strong, durable and highly scratch and chemical resistant. So as well as looking great, it will stand up to the toughest of challengers, meaning it is perfectly suited to premium domestic design schemes such as kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms as well as for wall paneling and furniture. The deep textures and intricate detail of XyloCleaf makes it difficult to distinguish from the real material it is designed to mimic and the portfolio of decors all come with ABS edging as standard. As well as domestic applications, the XyloCleaf collection fits perfectly within premium design schemes in the hospitality sector, plus it is also proving to be extremely popular with high-end retail, commercial and leisure specifications. Paul Morson, James Latham’s Group Product Champion for Melamine said, “XyloCleaf represents a new generation of panel product and one which offers extraordinary potential, delivering a complete solution of innovative products to suit all decorative tastes, trends and applications. “It has quickly become a real success story for Lathams, our customers really love working with it and the end result is outstanding. And with 20 new additions to the range this year, I can only see it going from strength to strength.” As well as being available through James Latham’s nationwide network of depots for collection or delivery, XyloCleaf can now be seen at Latham’s new Product Specification Showroom in London at Unit 301, The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH. The new facility, which opened in September, has been created to inspire architects and designers, provide expert advice and enable them to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in surface solutions and it is already proving to be a major hit, giving visitors the opportunity to see an even wider range of Latham’s massive portfolio of products all under one roof.

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CASE STUDY WEEKE ABD 260 Improves Productivity For Kingstown Furniture Hull based Kingstown Furniture, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, recently invested in a WEEKE ABD 260 drilling and dowel inserting machine from HOMAG UK. With a turnover of nearly £30 million, Kingstown is the leading UK manufacturer of ready assembled bedroom and lounge furniture for high street and online retailers. The company employs over 360 staff based on an 11 acre site, in the 2017 City of Culture, where it has the capacity to supply over 7,000 units per week. All products are made to order by its teams of skilled staff who use the latest in manufacturing technology to provide quality furniture at competitive prices. Richard Sharp, managing director of Kingstown Furniture takes up the story: “The cornerstones of our business are innovation, design, quality and value for money. We always look to invest in machinery that will help us improve not only our products, but also our productivity and

profitability. “Recent growth had led to a situation where we there was a potential production bottleneck building in the drilling and dowelling area. All our products have component parts which need to be drilled and dowelled, so it was vitally important that we addressed the situation, earlier rather than later. ” Looking for the right solution “There were a number of options on the market that would do the job. When we carried out our research, however, it became clear that the WEEKE ABD 260 was a technically advanced machine at an attractive price that offered the best value for money, hence our decision to purchase one for the business. “The team at HOMAG were very helpful throughout the sales process. Then, when it came to planning the installation of the WEEKE ABD 260 they excelled themselves. We had a very tight schedule and tasked them with installing the machine over a lunch break!

“I have to take my hat off to them; the installation went like clockwork, achieving our goal of a lunch time install. Later that day, our staff were trained on the machine by the installation engineer. “Our machinists find it a very easy piece of kit to operate. It does exactly what we wanted it to do, helping our production unit to further improve its productivity and provide flexibility for the production processes.” Improved service and consistency “Our goal is to be the brand of choice for our customers and part of achieving this is offering a reliable and timely service. HOMAG UK has similar values and the WEEKE ABD 260 has helped us in our continuous search to provide a first class service to our high street and online customers,” concludes Richard Sharp. Fast and efficient, the WEEKE ABD 260 can drill, inject glue and insert each dowel in approximately 1.5 seconds. Set up times between panel changes are negligible too, as the programs can be made parametrically using the woodWOP software. The ABD 260 can drill horizontally and vertically, and can be equipped with a barcode scanner for even more flexibility and speed of operation. If you would like more information or a demonstration of the WEEKE ABD 260 or any of the WEEKE range of machines, please contact Adele Hunt at HOMAG UK on 01332 856424.

Fast and efficient, the WEEKE ABD 260 drills, injects glues and inserts each dowel in 1.5 seconds

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CASE STUDY HOMAG UK provides Trade CNC a helping hand for increased production Established in 2008, Trade CNC prides itself in offering the complete package that any customer could want from a CNC routing business. Driven by its founding directors; its ever increasing reputation has been built on the solid foundations of quality, professionalism and innovation. “Our passion is to ensure we provide our customers with over and above what they expect,” explains Paul Dodd, managing director of Trade CNC. “We’re not just any manufacturer, we’re a design led manufacturer. When customers come to us, we’re able to utterly transform their timber work into great products. We design, fully assemble and arrange the complete logistics of their products – we offer the full package.”

Setting the stall for a productive future “2014 was a milestone year for us. After careful analysis by the company’s directors, it was clear that if we were to keep up with the demand and potential opportunities within the market, we needed to automate the most time-consuming processes within production. “Of course, when investing in new machinery we instinctively did our research to ensure we acquired the best in the industry. For us this wasn’t difficult. Renowned for its well engineered, flawless

WEEKE BHX 050 – fast and accurate automated drilling and routing

German-quality built machinery, the brand name of HOMAG alone sets them head and shoulders above the rest - it was an unquestionable decision. “Our initial investment saw the introduction of a BRANDT Ambition 1110F and WEEKE BHX 050. Right from the off they opened the doors to greater opportunities, Trade CNC began winning contracts that we never would have even considered nor been able to manage before. From using desktop edgebanders to having

flexible production at our finger tips, the transformation in the quality of edgebanding was priceless. “Prior to the BHX we had to drill certain items by hand; one contract alone required 16,000 holes to be produced, all of which were done manually. However, as soon as the BHX 050 was introduced to our production, it became a whole different ball game. The process become remarkably quicker and the accuracy of the results were second to none. “The time saved by automating both the edgebanding and drilling processes gave the business the expansion and business openings we could have only of dreamed of before.”

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BRANDT Ambition 1110F – flexible entry level edgebanding

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“The following year, we once again took to the drawing board to see how we could enhance the technologies at Trade CNC further. Having considered the cost implications to upgrade and improve our existing flatbed nesting machine, it was evident that not only was the machine outdated, but we simply could not justify an expenditure only in hope that it would keep up with the production levels we intend to achieve. Even though our original machine

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CASE STUDY is still in production, we decided to invest in a brand new CNC processing centre that had the capacity to fulfil our wildest expectations. “Our decision to stick with HOMAG for this investment was purely down to a number of key factors – one of the main driven reasons to continue our loyalty was based on the support we receive from both sales and service. “When we call, we can always speak to the hotline. Any problems, questions and queries we have, are always answered and solved efficiently. The importance of a seamless flow in production is vital when manufacturing, we need to know we’ve got someone to rely on. This is when HOMAG step in – they’re our lifeline. “We also wanted to remain consistent with our software programming and HOMAG provides just that – its woodWOP software application is so easy to use and as it is compatible with other HOMAG equipment, it meant we would be able to reap even more benefits within the manufacturing process and our existing machinery. “Investing in the WEEKE Vantage 100 instantly propelled Trade CNC into new dimensions. Straightaway we had the facility to machine 10ft sheets increasing our scale in production dramatically. The introduction of a 14-place tool changer and FLEX-5 axis took the flexibility of our production processes to new levels, achieving and creating intricate 3D work to a standard and detail we’ve been unable to

offer before. “We also opted for the automatic push off device for the Vantage 100. This conveyor belt removes all the machined parts from the matrix table allowing the operator to load another sheet ready for the next batch to be processed immediately. Overall, this facility has increased our production by 53%. Previously, the loading and offloading responsibility was down to our operators; we were experiencing at least 10 minutes loss in production due to manual handling whereas now the same process takes a matter of 30 seconds.”

Support when it’s needed most “HOMAG Finance makes it easy. Naturally for a small company like ours, purchasing new machinery is no small commitment. HOMAG Finance has been involved with all three of our purchases and having the support from a team who not only understand our business, but also our financial needs, is very reassuring. “The future for Trade CNC looks very positive and the decision to automate the key processes that the business relies on couldn’t have been more successful. With the helping hand of BRANDT and WEEKE, they’ve allowed us to outstrip certain costs and achieve results we could only have imagined. By the end of the year we aim to have achieved a complete return on the Vantage 100 investment and for a small company like us, that’s a fantastic achievement.

Seal of approval “We always invest heavily in products that we believe will be most beneficial to achieving above and beyond what our customers expect. Ensuring we have top end design software and manufacturing facilities, however, is one of our key priorities in ensuring this happens. “At Trade CNC, we offer our visitors the opportunity to see our factory where subsequently their products are made – it’s a regular occurrence that visitors will comment on our HOMAG Group machinery and its distinguished high quality results. This gives us great pride in knowing that we really did invest in the best,” concludes Paul. If you would like more information or a demonstration of any of the machines from the HOMAG Group, please contact Adele Hunt at HOMAG UK on 01332 856 424.

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Kuper Moulder For A & W Cushion Daltons Wadkin equip East Anglian Sawmill Old established timber merchants and sawmillers A & W Cushion who have mills in Norwich and Great Yarmouth have replaced their existing planer moulder with a new Kuper SWTXL6 machine from Daltons Wadkin. Long time customers of Daltons Wadkin, Cushions, who can boast five generations of family ownership, approached Daltons Wadkin Sales Director Andy Walsh in order to find a machine which would be heavy enough to suit their production requirements and at the same time provide technical innovations to improve performance and quality of the finished product. Directors Cedric and Dominic Copping visited the Daltons Wadkin showroom to see the latest Kuper machines and were impressed with the build quality and available specifications. After discussions with Andy a Kuper SWTXL6 six-head machine was chosen incorporating Siemens controls, an air cushioned table with chrome bed plates, 8000 rpm spindle speeds and linear chip breakers. The Kuper was subsequently delivered, installed and commissioned by Daltons Wadkin engineers and is now in daily

Kuper SWTXL6 moulder installed at A & W Cushion Ltd by Daltons Wadkin

production at Cushion’s Norwich mill. Dominic Copping said, “We are delighted with the new machine and the installation and back-up service provided by Daltons Wadkin. The new moulder suits our production requirements ideally and the advice and support from Daltons Wadkin has once again proved invaluable.” Andy Walsh added, “We were very pleased once again to have the opportunity

of supplying our friends at A & W Cushion with another quality product and are confident that the new planer moulder will give them excellent service in the years to com.”

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CASE STUDY HOMAG UK – Door Manufacturers’ First Choice For CNC Processors A significant challenge facing manufacturers of timber and alu-clad doors and windows is the move towards smaller batch sizes and greater variety of products. Forward-thinking producers are therefore looking for solutions that enable them to handle these smaller runs without having to interrupt the main production process. With over a century’s experience of timber door and window manufacturing, Glasgow based Russell Timber Technology was confronted with this very situation. “The foundations of the business were built around our insulated hardwood timber door sets which established the benchmark for timber door engineering in the UK,” explains John Russell, managing director for Russell Timber Technology. He continues, “In 1999 we expanded into timber and alu-clad windows and façades. This created a comprehensive product portfolio offering total supply and install solutions for large or small scale new build, refurbishment or regeneration schemes and city dwellings, eco-builds, and private and public housing projects. “Over the last few years, however, the demand for a wider variety of doors and windows in small batch sizes has meant we have had to re-think our methodology. This led us to look for a CNC solution that would give us the ability to slot in small batches of doors and windows without interrupting the main production workflow.”

critical. We had never bought any HOMAG machinery before but, after researching the market for a suitable solution, it was clear that the HOMAG BMB 812 offered the best all-round package. We needed a machine that would improve the quality of our production across a broad mix of products and which used software that was compatible with our existing systems and future requirements. It was also important to us to have a reliable UK support network on hand so that any issues could be sorted out quickly and cost effectively. “As part of the purchasing process, HOMAG UK invited us out to Germany to see the facilities and discuss our requirements. We also took the opportunity to visit two UK sites that were already running the HOMAG BMB 812. This process was invaluable in working through the specification of our machine and HOMAG were happy to involve the tool manufacturer in the conversations as well. “With the machine installed we now have so much more flexibility and can respond to individuals needs as required. The HOMAG BMB 812 enables us to offer a better, higher quality service to our customers and that is crucial to the longterm future of our business,” concludes John Russell

HOMAG BMB 812 provides versatility, software compatibility and UK support

David Smith St Ives Limited supplies and manufactures engineered timber products and associated fittings through four product divisions – commercial projects;

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David Smith St Ives invests in HOMAG BMG 512

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public sector projects; residential developers and self-build homes. Its range of timber solutions includes roof trusses, joists and staircases alongside its door and door sets product. Over the years, the company has established its own unique production process at its 165,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. “The way we manufacture door frame sets is slightly different to the rest of the trade,” explains Simon Wadsworth, a director at David Smith. He continues, “We machine multiple frame pieces at the same time and so we were looking for a machine that could do that and process the doors themselves.

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Unusual doors are easily produced on the HOMAG BMG512

“It was a very important investment decision for the business and so it wasn’t something we were about to rush. It’s not the type of machine you change very often, hence you’ve got to get the decision right first time, because it’s going to be a cornerstone machine in the factory for the next ten years. “Given the importance of the choice, we were prepared to invest six months in evaluating the options in the marketplace. It warranted the effort to find out what was out there and our initial research focused on six machines of which three, it turned out, fitted the bill.”

Technically sound, highly productive and easy to operate “Our final decision rested with the 5-axis HOMAG BMG 512 because it offered us the best long-term prospects for David Smith. As well as it being technically a good solution, we were able to specify it with the ‘speed pack,’ the twin tables and the 72 place tool changer plus a 73rd place for the large circular saw. “We were particularly impressed with the ‘speed pack’ which features a laser scanner that sits underneath the machine and detects if anybody or anything gets too close to it whilst in operation. In layman’s terms, it allows the machine to work faster if there’s nobody about. So, if the operator is loading one of the machine tables whilst the head is working on the other table, the operator can work comfortably without any safety fears whatsoever. “The laser will sense he is there and slow

the machine down to a ‘safer’ speed. Unlike other systems, however, it does not rely upon the operator to reset anything before it goes back up to full operating speed – this happens automatically when the scanner senses the operator is out of the way. “Most other systems rely on the operator to press a button to reset the machine before it will continue at full speed. That can be very time consuming; the ‘speed pack’ eliminates this and maximises productivity without compromising safety. “The 72 place tool changer is another time-saver; it means we don’t lose productivity changing tools. All the tools we need for door and frame sets processing are loaded in the tool changer permanently. The operator can therefore process doors and frame sets without having to compromise production changing tools around. “The HOMAG BMG is also faster because we can load more components on the tables at once; consequently, the machine hasn’t got to change tools as many times. This makes the whole process significantly faster, particularly if we’re using eight or nine tools in one program.”

512 that it was vitally important we liaised diligently with HOMAG’s team; after all, they are the ones with complete and extensive knowledge of all the options available. This cooperation enabled us to specify a machine that would do everything we wanted, in a format that would fit in with our production processes. “Since its introduction into our facility, it has pretty much done exactly what we expected because both HOMAG and our team put the effort in at the front end. It’s interesting working with HOMAG. They don’t just cross their fingers and say, “Yes, our machine will do that for you.” They want to understand why you want to do something. “Once they understand why you want to do it, they ask questions to make sure that it is the right way to do it – it’s the German way. Some manufacturers, on the other hand, will say “Yes” to everything and just hope that it can be achieved later – the Germans make sure it can be achieved before committing to delivering it.”

Maintained to consistently deliver powerful benefits “The HOMAG BMG 512 is crucial to our business and so it is vitally important to us to keep it running with minimal downtime. I’m a great believer that if you don’t maintain a machine, then don’t be surprised if it breaks when you can least afford it. “Ongoing maintenance is therefore essential and the best organisation to maintain it is the manufacturer. For this reason we took out a five year maintenance contract with HOMAG UK; this gives us the peace of mind that our 5-axis BMG 512 will run consistently, improving our productivity and flexibility day in, day out.” If you would like more information or a demonstration of any of the specialist HOMAG door manufacturing CNC machinery, please contact Adele Hunt at HOMAG UK on 01332 856424.

A long-term partnership “From specifying the machine, to installation and training we have worked closely with HOMAG’s sales and technical product specialist to ensure that we ended up with a solution to meet our precise and unique requirements. “There are so many options on the BMG

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TAGG Furniture Invests In Kündig TAGG Furniture was established in 1979 by Roland Tagg, who studied Furniture Design and Manufacture at the London College of Furniture. The business originated in an old barn in Hertfordshire and has evolved into a workshop with 20 staff using a combination of traditional skills and the latest technology to create bespoke furniture of the highest quality. To this end, in March last year managing director Roland Tagg and fellow director Bob Underwood invested in a Kündig Premium-2 1350 RE for sanding both solid wood and veneered boards, as well as a Uniq-S edge sander for the sanding of edges to MDF panels. TAGG furniture already had a wide belt sander which had served the company faithfully for many years, but it was reaching the end of its useful life. “Our old sander was too old to cope with sanding veneered panels, and we ended up manually sanding everything, which is very labour intensive and not as good or efficient as a machine,” Roland explained. And once the decision has been made to replace the wide-belt sander, it was natural for Roland to buy the edge sander at the same time. Kundig Ltd was approached because “After a lot of research and talking to friends and fellow furniture makers Kundig sanders came out top and they were very highly rated. That is a good advertisement” Roland remarked. He continues, “It is a very compact achine and we are very tight for space, so not having a lot of extra bits stuck on the side was very useful. The old machine had a 1,100 mm capacity: this one has a 1,350 mm capacity

with a smaller footprint. “The quality of the finish is really, really good. Before we didn't put veneered panels through the old machine in case it sanded through the veneer. “It gets used a lot as we are manufacturing different items all the time. We have lots different people using the machine on various projects and because of the simplicity of use any of our workforce can go up to it and use it after just 10 minutes of training without worrying about messing it up, and will get a good result.” Everything produced at TAGG furniture is bespoke, so flexibility is key. Everything, whether solid wood or veneer, goes through the same Kundig sander. Roland is pleased with the improved flexibility it has brought with its ability to switch between surfaces easily, and adds: “The workforce are very pleased we have invested in it and it has improved our productivity.” With the edge sander, Roland chose the automatic feed belt as an optional extra. He says, “The extra power feed makes the machine a lot more useful. It gives consistent feed speeds compared to hand feeding, so you are less likely to get ripples in the edge. It is all about perfection.” And on the same theme he says about the wide belt sander, “We do a lot of high gloss work where any imperfections in the manufacturing process stand out like a sore thumb. The sander gives you a good flat base to start out and allows you to achieve a gloss mirror finish.” The Uniq edge sanding range from Kundig

features a heavy cast iron working table on one side for solid wood sanding and another on the other side for edge sanding. The height adjustment and the tilting of the abrasive belt is motorised. The wide-belt Kundig Premium sander can be set up, depending on its specification, for calibrating of solid wood and panels; finishing of solid wood and veneers; and lacquer sanding. The eco* energy saving mode ensures that after a short interval, if no workpieces are being processed, the machine switches to an energy saving function, without affecting performance and reducing the power consumption. Kundig also takes particular pride in the manufacture of their sanders, with all relevant single parts being manufactured to a precision of 1/100 mm in the company's German facility. Asked if he would recommend the sanders, Roland replied: “I would, yes. Carl's outfit have been very helpful, and the machines have been carefully manufactured in Europe,” before adding “The wide-belt sander is terrific! I can't think of anything bad to say about it. It does exactly what it says on the tin: it sands really well.”

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The ultimate sanding machine Wide-Belt Sanders:  Standard working widths: 650 mm, 1,100 mm, 1,350 mm and 1,600 mm (1,900 mm and 2,200 mm available on request).  All machines have a fixed working height (it is the sanding group that adjusts from 3-200 mm with 400 mm available on request).  Enormatic ‘smartset’ standard on all machines for ease of setting and registering off the highest point across the full working width.  All machines now incorporate ‘Eco’ energy saving mode.  All machines have both colour touchscreen and manual control elements.  For solid wood, veneer and lacquer sanding.  Choice of cutterblock, combi unit, calibrating roller, standard pad, electronic segmental pads and cross belts for veneer or high gloss.

Premium: Traditional style straight line sanders with 1 to 3 sanding heads for solid wood and veneer sanding.

Brilliant: For the utmost in surface finish using oblique sanding technology where at least one of the sanding heads is placed to give a shear cut across the surface effectively cutting away surface fibres, eliminating oscillation marks whilst giving a flatter surface and suitable for solid wood, veneer and lacquer sanding. Available with single or multiple sanding heads.

Edge Sanders: The Uniq, Uniq-S and Flash offer  Heavy cast iron working table  Sand solid wood on one side and veneer on the other  Motorised height adjustment  Motorised tilting of the abrasive belt  Straight or bevelled, veneered or solid edges sanded with ease  Technology patented worldwide The Kündig edge sanding range offers exceptional construction quality, versatility, ease of use, and an extremely high quality of finish on both solid wood and veneered edges.

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Ovvotech Launch Invisible Connection System OVVO® launches smaller invisible V-0930 connectors to greatly extend range of applications for its award-winning Connection system OVVO®, creator of the innovative, awardwinning, INVISIBLE connection system, is excited to announce the launch of the “V” range, in direct response to customer requirements. The new connector incorporates a unique dovetail design to impart increased strength to the joint created and retains the revolutionary “Push<Click>Connect” concept that has been widely acclaimed within the woodworking industry globally. The new smaller connector greatly extends the range of materials, industries and applications in which OVVO® can be used, and will amplify the scale of efficiencies that manufacturers will achieve when OVVO® is incorporated into production/manufacturing processes. It is available to order now for March delivery. The new V-0930 connector has a smaller profile than the original connector, and significantly extends the range of substrates in which OVVO® can be used. It works best in high-grade board with thickness of 12 mm and above, and can also work in slightly thinner materials that are more dense, such as high pressure laminates, composite material and solid wood for certain applications. The innovative dovetail design delivers increased intrinsic tolerance which leads to

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enhanced shear and tensile strength of the joint created; the new design also features a solid central rib that confers increased joint rigidity. The new single piece housing also makes automatic insertion possible – a significant enhancement on the design of the original connector. The new smaller connector has been developed specifically in response to customer requirements. The team at OVVO® has worked tirelessly with industry partners to ensure the new connector is compatible with benchmark industry equipment - specifically with leading CNC equipment suppliers and software vendors to ensure ease of adoption leading to fully integrated manufacturing processes. Each connection set is used with its own bespoke OVVO cutter for CNC compatibility and all OVVO connection sets are designed to work in conjunction with the OVVO hand tool (AB181), developed with Virutex, and the OVVO End Milling Bench Machine (SOP1) developed with Vitap. OVVO® is now fully accessible to every level of the industry, from large scale, CNCequipped, manufacturer to DIY-enthusiast. Architects, interior designers and clients associated with prestige construction projects in both residential and commercial property sectors are increasingly seeking more flexibility in design, and OVVO® can inspire

a wider range of design possibilities. The range of applications that manufacturers are finding for OVVO® continues to increase, and the benefits and efficiencies that OVVO® brings to customers are continually being proven: this invisible, tool-free connection system not only saves customers time and money, driven by increased production efficiencies, reduced product assembly times and reduced shipping and transportation costs, but also provides customers with a differentiated product or service that allows them develop significant competitive advantage in their industry channels. OVVO® inventor Sean Phillips said “we are truly excited to bring to market our truly disruptive connection system in a new smaller size that widens the range of applications to which OVVO® can bring a unique set of design possibilities and production efficiencies”. The NEW OVVO® V-0930 connection system is available now. Orders are being taken for guaranteed delivery in March.

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WHAT’S NEW Makita Extends Increasingly Popular 10.8v Cxt Power Tool Range The Makita 10.8v CXT tool range is growing in popularity, driven by the very compact size and low weight advantages combined with outstanding performance and durability. For example, the new Makita TD111D impact driver with Brushless motor delivers an outstanding 135Nm of tightening torque yet weighs just 1.1kgs with an overall length of only 135mm from chuck to back of body. With performance like this the 10.8v CXT range is proving attractive to all property installation professionals. More new products in the CXT range include a stapler, an additional vacuum cleaner and two battery heated cold-weather coats. The new Makita TD111D impact driver with Brushless motor and CXT slide battery will deliver up to 3,900 impacts per minute in high-mode with capacity to drive home an M14 bolt. This compact 1.1kg machine features the latest A-mode impact operation, which drives the fixture slowly to begin with until the thread tightening reacts when the full power is switched on to drive the fastening home. This mode eliminates screw cam-out and cross threading which causes the fixing to fail. In addition, the TD111D has the variable speed trigger, electric brake, soft grip handle and LED job light. The TD111D is available with charger and two 2.0Ah batteries in a Makpac connector case, or as a body only machine for those operators with sufficient 10.8v batteries. The new Makita ST113DZ CXT stapler will carry 150 staples 10mm wide of either 7mm or 10mm length. This compact and lightweight stapler can be used in either sequential trigger mode or as a bump fire machine where the striker must hit the material for the staple to be ejected. The anti-dry-fire feature means that if no staples are in the machine it will not ‘fire’ which indicates to the operator that the stapling action has not taken place. The magazine is plastic to reduce weight and there is a window enabling a visual check on the number of staples remaining in the magazine as well as a trigger lock, LED job light and belt hook. It is only available as body only. The new CL106FD 10.8v CXT vacuum cleaner has been added to the range which has a maximum sealed suction of 3.1 kPa and maximum air flow of 1.3 m /min. This vac has the capsule type dust holder, overcoming the need for dust bags, and is emptied directly into the waste bin. Fitted with a 4.0Ah battery this vacuum will run constantly for 42 minutes, ample run time for clearing up after a domestic installation or repair job, and comes complete with trigger switch and LED job light.


The one-of-a-kind, multi-level machining of the Vgrind 160 uses two vertically arranged grinding spindles to provide the highest standard of efficiency for the production of solid carbide tools. Further highlights include its sophisticated wall design for optimum accessibility and clear viewing, flexible automation solutions and tried and tested operating software. Are you ready for precision at its best? For further information: Twitter @MakitaUK

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SOFTWARE Matthew Marsden’s Error-Free And Speedy Process With Cabinet Vision “Cabinet Vision speeds up our process and has completely eliminated errors from it.” Those are the words of Matthew Marsden, whose company, Matthew Marsden Furniture, only began using the software in 2016, and quickly became advanced users at a high level. Along with manufacturing quality kitchens, bedrooms and studies, they are also known for boot rooms, gun rooms and wine rooms, working directly with end-users, and one trade outlet. While they have supplied kitchens all over the world, including Moscow, Switzerland, Germany and Spain, most customers are close to their Lancashire

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base. Everything is designed in Cabinet Vision Solid Ultimate from Vero Software, and the NC code sent to an Andi Stratos CNC router with its Screen-To-Machine module. “We can be totally confident that what we design in Cabinet Vision will be faithfully reproduced when it’s cut. As long as we draw it correctly, the finished component is going to be perfect.” And he says they have never found anything that cannot be drawn up in the software. “For example, we’ve done complex circular butcher’s blocks with revolving shelves and curved doors with no difficulty. And it’s ideal for showing

customers exactly what their finished room will look like.” That latter point was the main reason he decided to invest in Cabinet Vision. “Previously we drew up our designs in another CAD system, which was only 2D and our customers struggled to picture how it would look in their homes. We often needed to go through several redraws with them, and even then it was still hard for them to visualise it from the 2D. “But now, with Cabinet Vision’s full colour 3D renders they can see realistically what it will look like in situ straight away, and saves us having to do numerous redraws.” As well as showing customers the

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SOFTWARE entire layout on a giant TV screen in the showroom, they also highlight specific cabinets and units. “We can pick out a large pantry cabinet, spin it round to show it from all angles, and adapt it there and then with the number of shelves and drawers the customer wants.” Any engraving that is required – including words on drawer fronts – is incorporated through another Vero product, Alphacam. Once Matthew and a colleague have created all the panels and completed the full design, the file is sent to Project Manager Steven Millington, who double checks all the drawings and then creates the cutting lists…which is another benefit of using Cabinet Vision. “Previously the cutting lists and nesting were done manually, which was time consuming and there was a lot of scope for error. With nesting, I’d draw an 8 x 4 sheet and individually import each panel. Then the completed panel would be imported into another CAM system for the toolpaths and drill holes to be added, and finally sent to the machine. “The whole process used to take days. Now, it’s just hours. I create the cutting lists and include any additional information that the shopfloor may need if it’s a particularly complex cabinet, and print off the

drawings, passing everything to the workshop. Then I send the NC code to the router. So it speeds up our workflow considerably, while eliminating errors.” As well as using the Cabinet Vision support portal occasionally, Steven finds the customer forums can normally answer any queries. In addition, he says YouTube videos are a good source of information showing various ways of achieving what he needs to do. Matthew Marsden says it is vital that their components are high precision so everything fits perfectly on site. “The cabinets, drawer boxes, doors, frames and

shelves are all cut at the same time, so we can’t afford any hiccups during final assembly. “Spending an additional fifteen minutes at the design stage making sure each cabinet is perfect may save an hour or more further down the process. We have total confidence that the Cabinet Vision designs will be accurately reproduced in the NC code and cut exactly as required. “It means that once we’ve finished designing a cabinet we can forget about it, knowing full details will be in the cutting list, and that the shopfloor drawings will show the workshop manager and machine operator everything they need to know.” The Marsden family have been running businesses, including a DIY store, on the site now housing the showroom, offices and workshop, in Leyland, Preston, since 1929. “My grandfather started as a builder, then my father took over, and I started working for him as a joiner,” explains Matthew. “I really enjoyed doing the kitchens and staircases, and when I was 21 I took a loan from my father to put some kitchen displays in the shop here, and my business grew from that, now employing 14 people.”

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AXYZ Demonstrates The Value Of Programmable CNC Routing With over 25 years of experience in the development of high-performance CNC routing, engraving and cutting solutions and with literally thousands of successful installations testifying to this achievement, AXYZ International has demonstrated unequivocally the value of programmable CNC routing. Nowhere is this more evident than in the industrial woodworking, furniture manufacturing, joinery and panel processing industries for which the company has provided a long-term, ultrareliable and highly specialised manufacturing capability. Since its inception, AXYZ International has changed the concept of speed, especially in relation to customised routing/cutting solutions that can safely claim the shortest lead times currently attainable. One of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest strengths is an ability to configure machines to suit virtually any manufacturing requirement, from specialist one-off to high-volume projects (currently, there are a staggering 366,918 different machine configurations from which customers can choose), made possible by the availability of proprietary machine controllers and a raft of production-enhancing machining options. These include, for example, customised automatic and manual tool-change systems, different cutting heads and knife tools and camera-assisted processing systems for optimum precise routing and cutting. Companies working with programmable CNC routing solutions, as opposed to timeconsuming and labour-intensive manual alternatives, can maximise production levels, the quality of output and ultimately the growth prospects and profitability of their businesses. Routing/cutting technology is intrinsically user-friendly, offering a highly cost-effective solution even for small companies where manpower levels can be an issue. With the cost of materials continually rising, CNC routing/cutting technology can also drastically reduce material wastage by making sure the routing/cutting process is correct during the first production cycle.

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Two of the AXYZ 6010 ATC CNC machining centres installed at the Manchester based Signs2Signs

Furthermore, routing/cutting simulations generated by the software provide a digital rendering of the routed/cut product to allow toolpath adjustments before any material is processed. These benefits have a huge direct impact on the bottom line, namely profit, while the ROI on a CNC router has proved to be as short as two years. As demonstrated by leading suppliers like AXYZ International, the quality and durability of a typical CNC programmable router has never been better and its usage by different industries correspondingly never higher. The more robust construction of the machine has also led to a minimal maintenance requirement over the predicted lifespan, coupled with greater flexibility in use and ultimately a far more cost-effective routing/cutting solution overall. For example, it is highly unlikely that the servomotors driving the motion of the router would need to be replaced during its predicted lifespan. In addition, the availability of a helical gear rack and pinion drive system enables a much smoother and more evenly distributed workload capability, resulting in greater routing/cutting accuracy, tighter tolerances

and a longer than normal machine life. By comparison with companies that hitherto may have spent inordinate amounts of money on outsourcing, the business growth prospects and increased profitability, volume of work undertaken and increased production speeds achieved by companies having invested in CNC programmable routing/cutting technology have increased dramatically following this upgrade by on average as short as four years. For less than the annual cost of one experienced employee, therefore, companies can invest in an ultra-reliable, user-friendly, higher productivity and faster turnaround single CNC programmable machining solution that will work tirelessly for many years to come. Profitability is a direct result of increased productivity, controlling manpower costs and minimising waste. A CNC programmable routing/cutting system achieves all of these requirements with a one-off investment.

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DCS Steps Up To The Mark For Stairmaker Founded almost 30 years ago by Glyn Ducker, South Yorkshire-based joinery manufacturer GD Woodworking has relocated to a new manufacturing facility at Canklow Meadows Industrial Estate, to the south of Rotherham town centre and just a couple of minutes from junction 33 on the M1. GD Woodworking specialises in the manufacture of timber staircases for many national house builders and commercial developers throughout the UK, and the company has gained a well-deserved reputation in the industry for high quality, large volume staircase production. Over the years, a consistently burgeoning order book has driven investment in new machinery, which in turn has often necessitated extensions to the company’s previous home. Continued growth finally precipitated the company’s decision to move to bigger premises in 2016 and, although the new factory was just a 5-mile trip down the A630, a production facility manned by a dedicated workforce of some 70 staff, along with over 30 woodworking machines, had to be relocated – with no perceptible interruption to production. As well as several CNC machines, the company’s armoury of production machinery includes planer moulders, plus a variety of saws and sanders, along with a host of other classical stairmaking equipment, a spray booth and drying enclosure. A vital factor in achieving continuous production would be the provision of effective dust extraction from day one at the new site, and Glyn Ducker had no hesitation in discussing the planned move with Dust Control Systems Ltd (DCS). “DCS have supplied and maintained the dust extraction plant at GD Woodworking for many years,” says Glyn, “and we were confident that they would provide us with the best solution to our extraction requirements at the new site.” Company Sales Manager for DCS, Andy

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DCS supplied and installed all extraction ductwork in advance of GD Woodworking’s relocation to the new factory.

Hives, first discussed the project with Glyn back in August and “from the outset Glyn explained that he was looking for a solution that would utilise as much of the existing extraction plant as possible, but that cessation of production was not going to be an option.” Less than 3 years ago, DCS had installed an Ecogate® energy-saving system and increased overall extraction capacity to around 60,000m3/hr with the addition of a new 22,000m3/hr modular filter unit, and Glyn was keen that these assets should be incorporated in the new system. With a blank canvas of over 30,000 sq ft of manufacturing space to work with, the engineering design team at DCS formulated a plan to transfer key plant and machinery over a 4-week period; allowing production to be undertaken concurrently at both sites. A final 5-day window, at the end of November, was set aside to install remaining machines and fully commission

the extraction system. “Before the transfer of any woodworking machines commenced, DCS installed a complete ductwork system at the new site,” explains Andy Hives. “Additionally, an extension for the existing filter unit was assembled and sited in readiness, and a transport loop system was installed which would transfer filtered waste to two bulk collection trailers.” The extraction volume requirement at the new factory would be 80,000m3/hr, supplied by a bank of five extraction fans, with each fan being independently controlled by an Ecogate® PowerMASTER variable speed drive with integral greenBOX 12+. This was a big step up from the 22,000m3/hr air capacity of the existing filter that was being relocated, but the modular construction of the unit allowed for a straightforward expansion of the system from 3 filter sections plus 1 inlet section, to 8 filter sections plus 2 inlet

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DUST EXTRACTION sections. To complete the line-up DCS supplied an additional Ecogate PowerMASTER unit and two new extraction fans – all four of the existing PowerMASTER units were utilised in the new system, along with three existing fans. The modular filter unit employs patented antistatic Superbag filter media, and features regeneration cleaning fans which travel across the top of the unit and blow reverse air down the internal area of the tubular filter bags – detaching dust from the filter media and allowing it to fall into the hopper below. Collected waste is delivered pressure-free, via a rotary valve, and transferred by a closed-loop waste transport system to the manually-selected collection trailer. As recommended by ATEX regulations, the system is also protected by the inclusion of back pressure explosion isolation flap valves which, in the event of an explosion, are designed to prevent the effect of a pressure wave and flames from travelling back along the ductwork in which it is mounted and into the factory. With all preparatory work at the new site completed, and a DCS MTFA Mk VI multibag filter unit in place to provide immediate temporary extraction, one CNC machine a week, for the next 4 weeks, was relocated and commissioned. However, the planned ‘Wednesday to Sunday window’ for final

The DCS modular filter, now extended from a 3+1 filter to an 8+2 filter configuration, provides GD Woodworking with an airflow capacity of 80,000m3/hr.

installation and commissioning effectively became 3 days, as production work at the old site overran, with some machines still running right up to the Friday. Glyn Ducker has nothing but praise for the DCS team who were available

throughout to connect woodworking machines to the extraction system as they arrived on-site, and complete final assembly and commissioning of the extended filter unit: “The planning and hard work enabled us to be fully operational again on the Monday – and it’s all credit to DCS that, whilst moving premises, we actually manufactured more staircases in November 2016 than in any month previous.” Andy Hives concludes: “At the new site, GD Woodworking has an additional 45,000 sq ft of space available which will allow the company to more than double its production capacity. With this potential in mind, the new extraction system DCS have installed is designed to accommodate further expansion.”

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DUST EXTRACTION Commitment To Best Practice Leads To Purchase Of Wood Waste Heater A leading engineering company in the North West has purchased a wood waste heater from Wood Waste Technology to save money on heating and waste disposal bills. Graham Engineering provides innovative and advanced engineering solutions to clients across a broad spectrum of sectors including nuclear, aerospace, medical and security industries from its 300,000 square foot site in Nelson, Lancashire. The business is committed to implementing best practice solutions, including utilising creative manufacturing methods and investing in technological advancements, so naturally the company directors had an interest in biomass technology, to reduce operational costs and increase the company’s environmental credentials. With plenty of waste wood available from the stores arm of its manufacturing operations, the team at Graham Engineering realised they could replace the expensive electric heaters in the warehouse areas with a wood waste heater, which would save the business a few thousand pounds each month on heating bills, whilst helping to keep some of their 160 employees warm in the colder months. The company was recommended to speak

to Wood Waste Technology by one of its business contacts, because of the high quality, wide range of wood waste heaters Wood Waste Technology manufactures at its UK head office. Following a site survey and review, the decision was made to purchase a WT15 heater, which was installed earlier this year by Wood Waste Technology’s experienced engineers. Debbie Salmon, QSHE Manager at Graham Engineering says: “We’re delighted with our wood waste heater so far and are looking forward to significantly reducing the cost of our utility bills in the future. Wood Waste Technology worked very well with Graham Engineering to answer questions relating to the wood burner and were thorough with the installation and commissioning. Graham Engineering will continue to work with Wood Waste Technology on future installations.” Wood Waste Technology’s years of expertise in wood waste solutions have helped many companies reduce their waste disposal and heating costs. As well as offering site survey, design, manufacture, installation and ongoing maintenance for new units, the company also services all types of wood waste heaters and supplies genuine spares up to 60% cheaper than other suppliers. In addition, Wood Waste Technology is the

UK’s official distributor for Gross Apparatebau GmbH, a German manufacturer of dependable, precision engineered shredders and briquetters. The company is also a distributor for Putzmaus boiler tube cleaning systems - a powerful but gentle routine maintenance solution that is quick and easy to use, and helps to increase boiler efficiency and lower operating costs. For further information: Tel: 01785 250400

The Complete Wood Waste Extraction Service The Woodwork Dust Control Company Ltd is a progressive company able to offer a comprehensive range of dust extraction equipment at the most competitive prices. Our units range from mobile single filter extractors to substantial external bagging and hopper units servicing large woodworking facilities, all complying with COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Health and Safety regulations. We also stock a complete range of ductwork, fittings, accessories, filters, flexible hose and everything else you will need. Our complete service includes design, manufacture, installation and maintenance. We can also undertake service work on other installations, including COSHH/LEV

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testing. All of our units and ductwork are manufactured by a skilled workforce in our own wellequipped factory at Brill in Buckinghamshire, conveniently located for nation-wide links via the motorway network. Our long list of satisfied customers covers all manner of industries including schools, hospitals, prisons as well as the more obvious joiners, furniture manufacturers, kitchen makers etc. We pride ourselves on our commitment to service and customer satisfaction. Manufacture, installation and servicing of a comprehensive range of sawdust and wood dust extractors and filter systems to the woodwork and timber industry.

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