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CONTENTS 2 3 6-7 10-11 12-13 16 17 18-19 24-25 33 34-35 36 37 46-47

News FIRA Report Lathams Add A Little HIF-Finess To Their Veneer Offering CCG Install First Homag BMB Window Power Profiler in the UK Weinig Conturex Working Well at Hall & Tause Joinery PACs Install SCM Pratix CNC Machining Centre Welsh Connection for Daltons Wadkin 8-9 P&R Shopfitting Ltd Gain Fast Efficient Nesting with 10-13 WEEKE Vantage 38L 20-23 Companies Are Making Serious Plans for W12 24-25 Striebig Smooths The Way For Up-Market Furniture Maker 30-32 WJ White Install Many SCM Group Machines 37 Elkom Heating Platens Restore Nuttall’s Press 38-39 Finsa Specialise In Thick Lightweight Veneered Boards 40-44 Decorative Panels Introduce ‘Hardcoat’


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NEWS Latest 100% Design – A New Start for London’s Largest and Most Prestigious Design Event in the UK Earls Court 19-22 September 2012 100% Design is the UK’s most visited contemporary design event. Entering its 18th year in 2012 it is set to reinforce its position of influence by delivering the most successful edition of the show staged to date. Last year’s event attracted over 18,000 visitors. This year, with former Deputy Director of the London Design Festival William Knight at the helm, a new layout and a broad spectrum of new talent, fresh ideas and innovative design, 100% Design 2012 will again be the essential event for the industry diary. For further information: Tel: 020 3225 5200

Orangebox wins Furniture Makers’ Sustainability Award 2012

The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers is delighted to announce that the Sustainability Award for 2012 (a new award this year) has been won by the office furniture manufacturer Orangebox. Open to all full members of the Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP), the award recognises the best contribution to sustainable furniture manufacturing in Britain. Orangebox’s commitment to improving sustainable manufacturing standards was felt to provide a truly inspirational example. Environmental issues are taken into consideration right from the start of the product development process. Raw material usage is minimised by design analysis. End of ‘first life’ considerations are built in from the start when selecting

materials and allowing easy disassembly. For further information: Tel: 020 7256 5558 Email:

W12 Is Your Key To 2012 Sales W12 is the UK national exhibition of machinery, materials and components for the joinery and furniture manufacturing industries. Two exhibitions co-locate at W12. Working With Wood shows technology whilst Working With Design showcases materials and components. See page 24 for further information

Diary Dates 2012 DON’T MISS IT!

Combilift Triumphs at the FLTA Awards Unique Gold Archie Award for “Best of the Best” Double Winner It was a night to remember for Combilift at this year’s UK FLTA Awards for Excellence. Not only did the company win the Innovation Category for the second time, for its new Rough Terrain RT forklift, but its Combi-CB model also scooped the first and only “Victor Ludorum“ prize, billed by the FLTA as the ultimate winner of winners in the awards’ 18-year history. The Victor Ludorum was a special one-off award chosen from every winning entry in all previous awards in the Environment, Ergonomics, Safety and Innovation categories. The final votes were cast by attendees at the event, and as befits an accolade of this nature, the winner’s trophy was in a class of its own. The gold plated “Archie” awarded to Combilift is unique and was created to mark the Association’s 40th year. “This very special trophy will naturally have pride of place in our awards cabinet,”

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said Combilift MD Martin McVicar. The FLTA’s verdict on the Combi-CB when it won the Innovation category in 2009 was that “the Combi-CB compact multidirectional counterbalance transfers the 4way principle into a small counterbalance truck for the first time.” This groundbreaking development, designed for operations handling a mix of both palletised and long loads, has since become one of Combilift’s best selling models. Sam Moffett of Combilift accepted both awards from Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell on behalf of the company. Martin McVicar comments: “Innovation and substantial investment in R&D have been our bywords since we established Combilift and we are delighted that this has once again been recognised. To have the Combi-CB acknowledged by our peers in the materials handling sector as having made ‘the most outstanding contribution to the industry

Sam Moffett of Combilift accepted both awards from Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell

since the awards began’ is the ultimate tribute. We extend our thanks to the FLTA and everyone who voted for us.”

For further information: Tel: 00353 47 80500 UK Tel: 07870 976 758 Email:

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REPORT Woody Biomass Subsidy – words from Stephen McPartland MP “As the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Group (APPFG) and MP for Stevenage, home of The Furniture Ombudsman and the Furniture Industry Research Association, I have needed to rapidly understand the issues and pressures that are facing the British Furniture Industry. Fortunately the British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has been very helpful in highlighting major concerns and working with me and the other members of the APPFG on how to address them. Perhaps the most significant threat to the industry at the moment is the Government’s support to energy suppliers in the form of subsidies. These subsidies cost the taxpayer over £100M in 2009/10 and the figure is rising all the time. They encourage the construction of new power stations designed specifically to burn huge quantities of biomass. Unfortunately, biomass is a euphemism which actually means trees and wood. Done on a small scale and Combining Heat and Power (CHP) Biomass plants are an excellent idea: they help provide economic and environmentally efficient solutions at a local level. Sadly, the subsidies are being harnessed by big business and on an industrial scale; this is neither sustainable nor environmentally sound. Notwithstanding this dilemma, the threat to our industry is simply a by-product of this flawed policy: the increased demand is steadily pushing up the price of timber and board. Currently this is just causing discomfort and concern and manufacturers are absorbing the additional costs, but as more and more planned power stations are built the demand for timber will increase and the price will continue to rise. We are rapidly reaching the point where manufacturers will be forced to try to pass on these costs to consumers, or cease trading. Retailers, who themselves are already under huge consumer price pressure will simply turn to the Far East for cheaper, lower cost imports to fill the void. While it can be argued by

free marketers that this is just the ongoing price for globalization, they would be forgetting that this subsidy is distorting the market in the first place and placing a key British manufacturing industry at a competitive disadvantage. This is not good enough, especially when we are trying to promote British manufacturing and exporting to help us grow our way out of current economic situation. I will be fighting the industry’s corner on this issue. I urge everyone in the industry to take a few seconds to register their concerns at This will help provide the ‘ammunition’ needed to persuade Ministers of the strength of feeling and prove that our case has

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widespread support across the industry. I plan to deliver the petition in person to 10 Downing Street to emphasise directly to the Prime Minister how important this issue is to us all. So please, get petitioning now to ensure our furniture industry remains competitive and world class.” Stephen McPartland (left) Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Furniture Group (APPFG) and MP for Stevenage For further information: Tel: 01438 777 700 Email:

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NEWS PEOPLE Chris Gasson 25 Years With Weinig UK Chris Gasson has now served 25 years at Weinig UK. He joined Weinig in the early days when they first set up in the UK and had moved from Watlington to Abingdon. Then, there were only 5 engineers and 2 office staff for providing after sales service. Chris came with over 20 years experience as an industrial engineer and the timber industry was a complete change of career direction for him. He soon settled into his new role and enjoyed his work and relationships within Weinig and with customers. His dedication and noticeable enthusiasm for everything he did, led to extra responsibility as the company expanded with Waco, Dimter, Grecon, and Raimann. Today he holds a senior position at Weinig UK as Tooling Co-ordinator.

RJ Woodworking Machinery Increase Sales Staff SCM Group UK's Distributor in the North West of England and North Wales, RJ Woodworking Machinery, have recently increased their sales staff with the appointment of Jon Lawman who lives in Chorley, Lancashire. Jon, 28 years old, has experience of the woodworking and panel processing industries having worked previously for SCM as a field service engineer. He has also worked at Veka on SCM CNC Machining Centres and Edge Banders, and Oakenclough Buildings on the sales and design of log cabins and timber frame buildings. RJ Woodworking Machinery's Managing Director, Richard Haydock, comments "Since the beginning of the year we have experienced an increase in business and enquiries, so anticipating a further upturn in the economy, I've decided to invest further in our sales operation to promote our full range of machinery including the SCM Classical, Premium and Industrial ranges. Jon has great knowledge of the trade and has already brought us significant sales of machinery." For further information: RJ Woodworking Machinery: Tel: 0845 274 3600 SCM Group (UK) Ltd Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email:

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TRADE NEWS IDS Extends Webstore On-Line Shopping Solution To Laminates Surface materials distributor IDS has extended its popular Webstore on-line shopping solution to now include laminates, with the site going live at the end of March. Trade customers are now just a click away from accessing the entire product portfolios from the major laminate brands of Polyrey, Formica and Resopal. Further collections from Arpa and Abet are planned to follow shortly. The three brands now available collectively offer an expansive choice of 1,622 different decors encompassing plain colours, designs, woodgrains and metallics, 23 sheet sizes and 46 textures, amounting to the industry’s first and largest laminate collection available to purchase on-line. Webstore also allows customers the ability to check and manage the status of their account and delivery tracking. Webstore, which can be accessed by logging onto, was launched in 2010, giving customers the flexibility to purchase flooring, worktops

and showerwall panelling 24/7 on-line from its extensive brand line-up including including Tuscan solid and engineered wood flooring; Quickstep and KronoOriginal laminate flooring; Tuscan solid wood worktops, as well as a host of laminate worktop brands from Bushboard, Formica and Duropal. The site has gone from strength to strength, with more than a £1m worth of sales using this through this purchasing channel. Says Rebecca Slinn, marketing & ecommerce manager at IDS: “Webstore is establishing itself as a popular tool with trade customers because they like the flexibility and speed it offers and in response to their positive feedback, we’re giving them a greater range of benefits which can make their day to day business easier. Easy to navigate, fast to use and visually engaging, the site is rich with information allowing customers multiple ways to search for and select products by browsing a product category, a particular brand or by

putting a product code straight into the new search box. Customers can download everything from general product information to technical specifications sheets, fitting instructions and warranties.

For more information: Tel: 08457 298 298, Email: or

FINSA Superpan For Fire Tested Door Blanks FINSA UK have reached an exclusive agreement with Falcon Panel Products Ltd to supply their specialist board product Superpan in 44mm thickness for the branded Falcon Panel Products product Strebord Superpan. The new Strebord Superpan panels have been submitted for testing by Falcon Panels to Chiltern International Fire Ltd and have now achieved FD30 Fire Certification. Superpan will be included within the standard Streboard 44mm Chipboard V8 Technical manual, to include full coverage for Fire/Mechanical & Acoustic ratings. Details can be found at – They are now available ex stock from Falcon Panel Products to be used for commercial fire rated door cores. The 44mm Superpan supplied by FINSA – one of the world’s largest wood-based

panel manufacturers – is a panel made of wood chips in the inside and fibres similar to MDF on the faces. Superpan is manufactured in a patented continuous process. Among the technical features highlighted by Falcon Panels for Strebord Superpan are better screw holding, excellent performance for decorative applications, low surface chipping, excellent machining characteristics including edging and postforming without a barrier paper. As a high performance board product Superpan is now finding a large number of new market applications from furniture to structural – technical details are available from FINSA UK.

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Lathams Add A Little HIF-Finesse To Their Veneer Offering Leading value-added panel and timber distributor James Latham is now offering Holz in Form (HIF) Finesse, a revolution in conventional timber veneer panelling which gives dimension, depth and texture to an otherwise flat surface.

With a mixture of contemporary designs and patterns inspired by the flowing, dynamic shapes of moving water ‘HIFFinesse’ offers eleven embossed MDF panels which are supplied with their own unique textured finish. Faces range from Italian Alpi engineered-veneer in colours

including Ebony, Walnut and Light Oak, through to Oak and Walnut realwoodveneers and a paintable foil finish. Panels are held in stock in the UK. Manufactured in Germany, HIF-Finesse profiles are created by applying 100,000 tonnes of pressure per square metre in a

HIF-Finess embossed MDF Panels in an office setting

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HIF-Finess embossed MDF textured panels have countless applications

specialist press with exclusively designed plates. This process creates the unique appearance of HIF-Finesse which would have an otherwise flat surface. HIF-Finesse is also available in curved panels, with a matching range of edging. Steve Frommont, James Latham’s Product Champion for Veneer Panels commented, “Designers are constantly striving to create unique textures that

transform the cold, smooth shape and structure of interior surfaces and HIFFinesse achieves this. This product offers interior designers and architects in the shop fitting and commercial sectors an option which they have not had before, allowing them to capitalise on new trends and create a distinctive and elegant appearance which delivers real impact.” HIF Finesse is available in profiles and

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thicknesses from 1050 x 2450 x 18/21mm, 635 x 2450 x 21mm, 1270 x 3135 x 21mm, depending on the pattern.

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Giben Edge talian panel saw makers Giben of Bologna are expanding their panel finishing scope with a strategic alliance alongside Italian edgebander specialist Elwood. Newly established Giben Edge will bring two high performance ranges of edge finishing technology to the UK marketplace though UK distributor RW Machines in Bicester. Says RW’s David Thompson Rowland: “these new edgebanders from Giben Edge are solidly built, fast and highly adaptable - key strengths for the UK marketplace.” The KS and KG series from RW are to ‘Industrial’ build standards - automatic edgebanders for high speed application of a wide range of edging materials in roll and strip form. Robotics play a major role, for example in perfectly finishing four corners at once with robotic scrapers engaging according to the corner radii.


MANUFACTURER: GIBEN INTERNATIONAL S.p.A UK Agent: RW Machines Rowood House Murdock Road Bicester Oxon OX26 4PP

Tel: 01869 244943 Fax: 01869 253498 Email:

Holz-Her Sales & Service Exclusively From Weinig UK olz-Herʼs range of products include: CNC machining centres, pressure beam saws, edge-banding machines and vertical panel saws. The top of the range “double shift” CONTRIGA edge-bander is popular for its high production gluing and edging. It is ideal for handling heavy, large panels, at high feed rates. With a capacity of 30 mm for solid lippings and an infinitely variable feed rate that can drive the track to 30 m/min. It is no wonder it was the winner of the red dot design award, for its highly innovative features that deliver high productivity with impressive precision.


MANUFACTURER – MICHAEL WEINIG AG Michael Weinig UK Ltd 5 Blacklands Way Abingdon Business Park Abingdon Oxon OX14 1DY

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JMJ Woodworking Machinery MJ Woodworking Machinery distributes the Casadei Industria edgebanders throughout the UK. The beauty of the Casadei range is that they are uncomplicated and simple to use and at the same time provide an excellent finished. The range covers both pre glued tape and glue pot machines. From the V320 a pre glued tape machine, which is idea for small kitchen & furniture manufacturers, up to the larger K60PM a pre milling glue pot machine. The most popular being the K330 a small glue pot machine which is capable of doing 3mm tape and has an end saw and the KC40PM a heavy duty machine with pre milling, chain feed, glue scraping & buffing facilities.


MANUFACTURER: CASADEI INDUSTRIA Agent: JMJ Woodworking Machinery Main Street Skidby East Yorkshire HU16 5TX

Tel: 01482 840103 Email:

SCM Model Olimpic K260 EVO he new compact Olimpic K260 Evo is the starting point for anyone requiring professional quality edge banding as it is fitted with a patented panel conveyor system equipped with a continuous belt that guarantees a smooth advancement of the panel, avoiding any jerking, for an improved finish quality. Versatile, it can apply glue for various types of edges (PVC, ABS, wood, etc.) with a thickness range of 0.4 - 6mm, on panels 8 - 60mm in height. Productive, thanks to the fast and simple set up of the machining heads when changing from thin edges, thick edges with a radius, laminate and solid wood strip machining. Two melting temperatures and an easy to remove glue tank allow the user to edge band with two or more types of glue or colours. Various options available such as the rotating “nesting� tracers with two-support points to edge band panels with holes on the upper side and the new glue scraper unit with double rotating tracer.


MANUFACTURER: SCM GROUP Spa SCM Group (UK) Ltd Blenheim House Camberley Road Bulwell Nottingham NG6 8UW

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SCM Stefani Model Laser Line he new Stefani laser edge banding technology resulting from in-depth scientific studies to create a very high quality finish on panel edges for companies in the furniture manufacturing industry who have made quality finishing a cornerstone of their philosophy. LASER LINE uses edges designed with an active internal layer which melts when coming into contact with the laser beam thus forming a perfect and permanent bond with the panel. LASER LINE eliminates visible glue lines and can be used to process edges with different heights and thicknesses for application on chipboard and MDF panels. Integrated in the edge bander's cabin, the LASER LINE technology uses a diode laser source, reducing costs considerably when compared with CO2 lasers, the latter having very low performance levels compared to the installed power with very high energy consumption.

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MANUFACTURER: SCM GROUP Spa SCM Group (UK) Ltd Blenheim House Camberley Road Bulwell Nottingham NG6 8UW

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CCG Install First HOMAG BMB Window powerProfiler in the UK One of the most forward thinking Scottish building companies is the first in the UK to install the top of the range HOMAG BMB 900 powerProfiler - a new generation of window manufacturing machinery.

The machine, coupled with Oertli high performance tooling and Klaes software, manufactures the wide variety of different styles of windows required for CCG Customers. Scottish agents for HOMAG UK, Deral,

first initiated the enquiry when John Mackay suggested that CCG visit the HOMAG factory in Schopfloch to see this ground breaking machinery. John realised that once CCG had seen the machine in operation it would clarify the benefits and

Just one step takes planed timber to the finished single part ready for surface coating

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Homag powerProfiler BMB 900

highlight the advantages of the HOMAG machine over the competition. CCG’s general manager, John Paton, along with workshop manager Robert Mair, visited the HOMAG factory in Germany and also combined a site visit to a local window manufacturer. They were very impressed with what they saw, “Seeing it in a ‘real’ working environment opened our eyes as to the potential of the machine in our own business,” explains Robert Mair. He continues, “HOMAG is the world leader in woodworking machinery and its vast knowledge and expertise in CNC design and build gave us the confidence to invest in this equipment. “The versatility and speed of the powerProfiler set our minds racing as to the improvements it could make to our own manufacturing processes. This, coupled with HOMAG’s reputation and the after sales service we receive locally from Deral, convinced us that this was the right machine for our business. “The professionalism of the partnership between Deral and HOMAG, from preorder right through to the delivery, installation and commissioning has been very impressive,” enthuses Robert.

The powerProfiler is basically three CNC machines in one; it cuts the panels or timber, drills and routs to create almost any window style required. Just one step takes you from planed timber to the finished single part ready for surface coating. It has the facility to machine single components down to 150mm lengths. The machine can handle multiple bespoke window components in continuous production thanks to its very flexible clamping and highly intelligent software systems. The loading zone is capable of holding up to one hour’s worth of production, meaning the powerProfiler can be left to run whilst the machine minder performs other tasks. If required the BMB 900 can also process a door for locks, hinges and other door furniture. The unique machine design with independent clamping systems and processing units forms the basis for high performance and flexibility. Different processing operations such as sawing, drilling, routing, component measurement and 3D machining can all be combined (simultaneously) to yield a high output flexible processing centre. Whether wood, wood composite

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materials, plastics or aluminium – the HOMAG BMB 900 is equipped to deal with the material mix of the future. In terms of joints, it manufactures everything from mortise and tenon to counter, dowel or mechanical corner connections. HOMAG offers a wide variety of CNC machines for the joinery market. Suitable for small and mid-sized companies, right up to high volume industrial size operations there are machines designed for every purpose.

For more details or to arrange a demonstration call HOMAG UK on 01332 856410.

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Weinig Conturex Working Well at Hall & Tawse Joinery WEINIG




Hall & Tawse timber Joinery, as part of the Scottish division of Mansell Construction Services Ltd, has certainly grown considerably from its humble beginnings, having originated in a cottage, on Royal Deeside in 1800. The business’s reputation for quality is well known and its products are specified by architects and designers over the length and breadth of Great Britain. Its range includes windows and external door sets for both private and public sectors; internal fire check doors and fire screen assemblies for education and health sectors; specialist bespoke joinery for education and health sectors; special bespoke joinery and heritage work, including sash and case windows made to measure and match originals in every detail. In the ever-changing needs of a highly competitive marketplace, Hall & Tawse Joinery continues to invest in the latest

technology to increase productivity without compromising on quality. The most recent important investment being a new Weinig Conturex, automated window line installed just over a year ago. Says Alan McGillivray, Joinery Director: “The Weinig Conturex gives us the flexibility in production that is essential to our needs for fast, versatile bespoke production, without compromise on component quality and precision. We are pleased with the prompt backup service we get from Weinig and with the overall efficiency and performance of the production line�. The Conturex is a fully automatic line for making bespoke windows, and door components complete with hardware provisions in a single pass, one at a time, in any order and quantity. Only one operator is required to attend the machine – but only needs to be in attendance for around 25% of his time. This allows him to

The Weinig Conturex installed at Hall & Tawse with (left to right): Les McDermott, Cad-Cam Manager, Kenny Forbes, Conturex Operator and Allan McGillivray, Director

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The fully co-ordinated CAD / CAM system ensures simple rapid handling and smooth running production

also undertake other factory duties that may be required. Hall & Tawse Joinery line comprises of a portal frame with two vertical machining heads and a universal spindle for utmost flexibility. At the automated infeed is a traverse buffer which will hold approximately 20 to 30 mins worth of components and, at the out feed, there is a buffer conveyor for accommodating all the finished components prior to assembly. The maximum component length is 4500 mm and a typical average cycle time for one fully machined component is 2 – 5 minutes (depending on complexity) - this includes positioning and all machining operations including length profiling, end machining, and all the other ancillary operations – mortise holes, dowel holes for mullions/transoms, hinge recesses, vent slots or whatever else may be needed. Typical innovative mechanical features include a 5 axis head for drilling and sawing; patented clamping technology, ‘PowerGrip’; the best controlled dust extraction seen on any type of CNC machine; safety through unprocessed part measurement and collision management; tool storage racks for up to 390 tools; full automation; tool recognition by barcode label and many more features.

Work instructions for the Conturex come from an office based software program. The software identifies exactly what has to be done on each component, so the man on the machine is only responsible for loading the correct timber. Even the loading of the machine is monitored by the Conturex to check that the timber section is not overwidth, over-height, under-height or incorrect length, before machining. The Conturex is designed, in fact, to take virtually everything into account for machining windows and doors, to any bespoke requirement, with minimal changeover time; to provide total flexibility; to ensure economic and efficient batch sizes down to one-offs; to complete all machining operations on one machine,

at minimum cost and using minimum floor space; to obtain top quality finish and accuracy by high precision engineering; and to avoid any additional finishing work after the components leave the out feed buffer. Technically, the Conturex provides a realistic 90% operational production capability in a working day, as opposed to the usual average of between 50 to 80 per cent. This is because of a buffer infeed unit holding between 20 to 30 minutes worth of production components, so if the operator is absent, the machine keeps producing – during tea breaks and lunch breaks for example. Also, with appropriate control systems covering extraction, pneumatics and lighting, the Conturex can be left in operation after the end of the working day with no extra associated employee costs. On average, an extra 100 minutes of production is available per working day. In addition to Hall & Tawse Joinery’s Conturex, Weinig offer a range of other models to suit different customer’s individual needs. The C114 model features one vertical machining head with a typical average output of 3 – 6 minutes per component (depending on complexity); and the faster C226 which features at least two vertical machining heads on two portals, with an option to add an independent horizontal and vertical drilling unit and a vertical or horizontal shaper spindle to each of the two portals – providing an impressive average output of 0.8 minutes per component. For further information: Tel: 012335 557600 Email:

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INSTALLATION Homag Venture 316 Opens Up a Whole New World of Possibilities for Design & Display West Yorkshire based Design & Display is at the forefront of innovative retail equipment manufacturing, turning over in excess of £7m. The company operates a 24-hour production cycle from a purpose built 120,000 square foot facility. It has invested in state of the art CNCs, beam saws, edgebanders, postformers and laminaters. This ongoing investment is supported by a work force dedicated to delivering the absolute highest standards of precision and craftsmanship. “Our reputation is created by the clients who work with us,” explains Matthew Lloyd, production director for Design &

Display. He continues, “Relationships with our customers grow and prosper with our commitment to providing exceptional levels of service. To deliver this service we need to invest in the latest equipment available and that equipment has to give us the confidence that we can consistently meet the standards demanded by our prestigious customers. “We’ve been fans of Homag equipment for some time now. The first items we bought from them were CNC machines, a BAZ 722 and a BAZ 322. Following this we bought a couple of KAL 310 edgebanders. All the Homag equipment has proved to be extremely reliable with very little downtime.

The Need for a New CNC Machine “In 2011 we were looking for a new 5-axis aggregate CNC machine centre and so visited a number of manufacturers to see what was available. At Homag the new Venture 316 machine had just been installed in its Castle Donington show room. When we saw it demonstrated we were hugely impressed by what a full-blown 5-axis machine could do over and above a standard aggregate CNC. “It soon became obvious that there were a host of production processes that we do on the Venture 316 that we could not do on a standard CNC machine. It was also clear that with the 316 we could carry out these

The Venture 316 allows for the use of a wide selection of tools via the automatic tool changer

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The compact and versatile Venture 316

processes on the one machine, whereas previously we would have had to move the work to two or three other machines to do the same work. “Whilst the Venture 316 was a bigger investment, we could immediately see the benefits it would bring to our business. Consequently, we felt that if we were going to invest in a new model it would be much better to stretch ourselves and order the machine that would take our business to a new level. Solid German Engineering “As an engineer, I really appreciate well made, efficient machinery and it is plain to see that all the Homag equipment is first class. From its design and construction through to the features and functionality, everything is carefully thought out and executed. “Having placed the order, we also knew from previous experience that Homag would deliver the machine exactly when

they promised and that there would be minimal disruption to our business. The machine was up and running within about a week and the Homag engineers carried out training of our staff on site. “Our operators love the machine. They find Homag’s woodWOP software easy to use and the graphics on screen give them a clear picture of what’s happening on the machine. It also makes life easier because we use the woodWOP software on the other Homag equipment in the business. “In terms of service and support John Shepherd, our main contact at Homag, has always been very helpful and knowledgeable, as are all the team in the UK and Germany. John is always on the end of a phone if we need advice and support, even over the weekend. That level of commitment and trust is vitally important to our business and is one we value very highly. “The Venture 316 does everything we expected it to do. The capabilities of the

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machine have also allowed us to re-evaluate and improve the way we build units for customers. As time goes by we are finding that we can do more and more on the one machine, so it really is bringing significant efficiencies to our manufacturing processes. “As for quality, it is way above what we could achieve with the old equipment. The Venture 316 delivers consistent results time after time and gives us the confidence to push the boundaries regarding the type of units we can build for customers. We’re doing more and more curved and 3D work and this machine gives us the capability to handle this easily. It also gives us great potential for the future,” concludes Matthew.

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INSTALLATION PACS Install SCM Pratix CNC Machining Centre PACS are a company specialising in the 180mm allows tall design and manufacture of polystyrene components to be and foam products, located in accepted and machined. A Leicester's main industrial area. powerful 7.5KW Previously a manufacturer of wooden Electrospindle running up packing cases, PACS now have over 20 to 24,000RPM is fed with years experience in their field, tools from a 10-station offering solutions to almost any rack-type tool changer, packaging requirement, from straight with an F12 Drilling Unit forward product transport solutions with independent vertical to point of sale items, tool control and and horizontal spindles protection. located adjacent to the PACS can offer a number of different products, including Moulds in complex 3D shapes for transport protection such as End Caps, Profiled Fitments, Corner Protections and Box Liners to provide high transport durability and manufactured to any shape or size for the highest quality of protection. Also, PACS will custom design and manufacture all tool Machining foam on SCM PRATIX CNC machining centre at PACS control products to make the working environment organised and routing head. functional. Pads made from Polystyrene and SCM's multi-functional work table enables hard and soft foams, display signs and point the location of jigs or vacuum modules for of sale products as well as plastic, timber and machining components or, using an MDF plywood cases for display and transport base board, the nesting of component parts purposes illustrate PACS wide range of from a full-size sheet of any material with products on offer. hold-down via a 250mc/hour vacuum pump. With experience gained on a small, 12 year Malcolm Robotham comments: "We are old CNC machine, PACS Managing Director, very pleased with the SCM Pratix Z2. Having Malcolm Robotham, decided at the to install a machine in a limited floor space beginning of 2011 to invest in a much larger area, we did not want mats or light beams, so CNC Machining Centre and approached with the provision of bumpers on the sides of SCM UK's local Distributor, Blyth Machinery the moving beam, we saved valuable space based near Leicester. Blyth's Mark Noon and therefore loading and loading is very discussed PACS' exact requirements and easy without worrying about stopping the soon afterwards demonstrations were machine accidentally, and the feed speed is organised, quickly followed by an order being perfect for our applications. We also like the placed for June delivery. remote control unit for monitoring The SCM Pratix Z2-A CNC Machining machining and altering the spindle and feed Centre was supplied with a 2750 x 1300mm speeds if necessary during machining." table size to accept 8 x 4ft sheets of various The Pratix is programmed by Todd Smith materials, and can easily be loaded and in the office using SCM's Genio Cad/Cam unloaded with tandem machining as and package that provides the entire machine when required. A generous 'Z'-axis of configuration with tooling files and

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Mark Noon of Blythe (left) with Malcolm Robotham and Todd Smith of PACS and SCM machining centre

integrated macros managed using excell files. Nesting mode management and 3D display with simulation of all programmed machining makes Genio easy to learn and use. PACS' customers usually supply them with DXF files for their machining requirements. Concluding, Malcolm Robotham states "We have been very pleased with both SCM and Blyth during the installation and commissioning of the Pratix machine. We use standard TCT tooling, the quality of the finish obtained is excellent and we are hoping to increase the level of business obtained as we can offer new and existing customers a fast and efficient service, whether machining a one-off or much larger quantities."

For further information: PACS: Tel: 0116 276 8555 Blyth Machinery: Tel: 0116 286 1617 SCM Group (UK) Ltd: Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email:

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JOINERY Welsh Connection For Daltons Wadkin New workshop for Bodnant Estate Picturesque Bodnant Estate, situated in the Conwy Valley in North Wales, is far from an every day destination for equipment produced by Daltons Wadkin. However in June 2011 Joinery Shop Manager Andy Cull and Malcolm Parry-Jones travelled to Nottingham with a view to acquiring woodworking machinery to fully equip a brand new joinery shop to replace an existing facility in an old mill which had been outgrown by the requirements of the estate. The Bodnant Estate has over 1000 acres of woodlands and intends with its management plan to use more of its own timber in the production of making products. The impressive new shop situated by the banks of a tidal creek from the River Conwy is entirely clad in hardwood grown on the estate and provides a spacious clean environment within which to work. It has been expanded in order that it can offer its services outside the estate to both the business and private sector for quality hand made bespoke items. The Estate Joinery has made bespoke items for the National Trust at neighboring Bodnant Gardens including trellis and pergola bridges, all made as per their original features. Joinery is also required for their own use which includes the production and fitting of a diverse range of products from hand rails to

Francis Dalton (left) discusses the merits of the new workshop with Malcolm Parry-Jones and Andy Cull.

foot bridges, signs and fencing, to say nothing of the maintenance of the many farms and holiday cottages which come within Bodnant’s responsibilities. The estate had a strict budget which Daltons Wadkin were able to meet by providing a selection of factory serviced equipment including Band Resaw, Sliding Table Panel Saw, Spindle Moulder, Chisel Mortiser, Crosscut Saw, Single End Tenoner

and Bandsaw and all of these were delivered and installed by Daltons Wadkin engineers in the new Bodnant joinery shop last October. Project Manager Stephen Dixon is delighted with the new equipment which has enabled Andy and Malcolm to produce joinery to the standard required and given them an opportunity to expand activities and the use of the prolific home grown timber. Francis Dalton commented “We were delighted and privileged to be chosen as suppliers to the Bodnant Estate and it was a pleasure to visit the new shop and see what is being achieved in this beautiful part of Wales.”

For further information: Tel: 0115 986 5201 The all new timber clad joinery shop at Bodnant Estate.

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P&R Shopfitting Ltd Gain Fast Efficient Nesting With WEEKE Vantage 38L P&R Shopfitting Ltd provides a complete carpentry and joinery service within the retail and construction industries. Working from its offices and workshop in Long Eaton, on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, it successfully services clients both nationwide and overseas. Often larger manufacturers call upon P&R’s support to produce joinery items for many high street stores and corporate customers. “We have a core belief in high quality workmanship and customer service,” explains P&R director, Paul Cannon. He

continues, “The Company’s fast-growing reputation is a reflection of our diligence and professionalism. Since we started the business in July 2000, we have always insisted on purchasing the best equipment available because this helps in our quest to provide first class quality products on a consistent basis – to be the best you need the best equipment to get the job done right, at the right price. “Our relationship with HOMAG began back in 2002 when Simon Brooks, then sales manager for HOMAG UK, sold us a BRANDT KD 56c edgebander. We were

very impressed by the KD 56c and so when it came to replacing it with a bigger machine a couple of years later, we naturally invested in a BRANDT KDN 650c edgebander. “In November 2004 we bought a WEEKE BHC 550 CNC machine for nesting. At the time it was the best in its class for matrix bed CNC machines. As our business expanded, however, our need for greater volume production grew rapidly and we looked to add another machine in order to keep up with the demand. WEEKE Vantage to the rescue

Weeke Vantage 38L CNC nesting machine

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“One of the biggest issues we faced with our current machine which only had a 10’ x 4’ bed was our use of jumbo boards. These boards had to be cut in half to fit onto the old nesting machine. When we spoke to HOMAG about it Simon recommended the WEEKE Vantage 38L with a 3.1 x 2.1 metre bed, big enough to accommodate jumbo boards without cutting them in half. “We saw the Vantage 38L in operation at W10 in the NEC which helped convince us that it was the right solution. Like all HOMAG Group products, the build quality stood out massively and that gave us great confidence. To ease cash flow, HOMAG finance put together a very attractive package for us to buy the machine and so it really was a no brainer. “To ensure we got the best out of the

Vantage from the off, we sent three of our guys to HOMAG UK to train on the woodWOP software and then they also had a day’s training on the machine when it was installed. To a man they were mightily impressed with both the machine and the software. They say it’s the easiest system they’ve ever used, a fact borne out by the impact the new WEEKE has had on our production capacity. “With the Vantage 38L we are easily coping with the increased new business. The machine deals effortlessly with a wide range of materials including plywood, MDF and chipboard. We have found that it is great for both volume production and oneoff bespoke work. The nesting is easier and more efficient and we expect the machine to have paid for itself within two years.

“It’s a pleasure dealing with HOMAG. With their showroom and offices only two miles down the road it is extremely convenient for spares and if we need an engineer. The real benefit, however, is the durability and build quality of all the HOMAG Group equipment and I would recommend anyone looking to invest in new woodworking machinery to talk to HOMAG first,” concludes Paul from P&R Shopfitting Ltd. ( For more details or to arrange a demonstration on any of the HOMAG Group machinery call HOMAG UK: Tel: 01332 856410 Email:

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TECHNODOMUS REVIEW Biesse Shines at Technodomus Biesse Group has always been at the forefront of innovative technology, for over 40 years the company has expanded and grown to now being the world’s largest manufacturer of CNC machines. At the recent Technodomus show for Wood Technology, which took place in Italy, Biesse proudly exhibited its vast product range, including machinery from Biesse’s full family of brands, Biesse, BiesseEdge, Selco, Bre.Ma, Comil, RBO and VIET as well as its full range of software. Biesse has more recently been focusing on its smaller entry-level machines and how it can incorporate the advanced technology developed for its high-end products into its range of smaller machines, this is something Biesse has achieved across its range. In the last two years Biesse has launched an incredibly strong line-up of small machines that offer big advancements in technology for the small – medium business. New products that were demonstrated at Technodomus were; The Biesse Selco 4 Series, which now offers the market a simple, reliable and high performing panel sizing centre with Twin Pusher that can offer up to 40% more production. This technology has been filtered down through

the Selco range and gives customers an excellent option and a highly competitive entry-level price. The BiesseEdge Akron 1300, automatic edgebander made its debut at the show, the 1300 range is Biesse’s smallest single sided automatic edgebander and offers simplicity in its design and flexibility in its composition with minimal footprint. Biesse UK have already reported that the 1300 has received great interest and sales in the UK and it is expected to continue. Biesse’s Skipper V31, was also on display and continues to receive great interest since its launch last year. The smallest of the range, is the compact and versatile Biesse numerical control drilling machine that combines flexibility and performance in a reduced floor space and also offers optional Skipper V31 nc drilling machine Akron 1320 edgebander

routing capabilities. It is easy to see the advancement in technology in the range of Biesse smaller machines that has filtered down from the high-end products, when this technology is paired with Biesse’s 5 Year Total Care warranty, it makes buying a new smaller machine an attractive choice for customers. Biesse UK’s sales manager, Chris Arend, said “Biesse’s 5 year total care warranty and service package makes it easier for our customers to afford a new Biesse machine, knowing that they have a fixed cost with servicing and the warranty included in the price of the machine. The fact that our new range of smaller machines come with the same Total Care package and advanced technology as our larger high-end machines make them an even more attractive option to our customers”.

For more information on Biesse products and service contact Biesse UK: 01327 300366 Selco 470 panel sizing centre with twin pusher

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SCM Group Show Many New Machines at Technodomus Technodomus 2012, the third International Exhibition of Wood and Panel Processing Technology for the Construction and Furniture Industries, recently took place from 20 to 24th April at the Rimini Exhibition Centre. On the large SCM Group stand at Technodomus, covering over 7,000 square metres, over 80 machines were exhibited and in excess of 5,000 visitors from 50 countries worldwide attended their stand, where there was plenty of space to affirm the strong bond that links the SCM Group with the "Made in Italy" design and technology. Technodomus 2012 was not only a place to find new technological solutions but also ideas, interactive tools and new ways of managing complex production processes with extreme simplicity and presentations that clearly highlight the SCM Group's leadership in designing and implementing industrial systems. With the motto “The leader in production processes”,

the SCM Group aimed to demonstrate its vocation as a supplier of complete, turnkey systems. With a series of interactive tools, 3D renderings, films and personal accounts, SCM presented their experiences and their most powerful and flexible technical solutions. A clear and explicit presentation of SCM Group's ability to create the “ideal factory” for any type of finished product, thanks to the ability to carry out research and pursue a continuous innovation process. For example, the innovative 6-axis interpolating technology in the brand new Routech 'OIKOS' CNC Machining Centre, which is the signature of the SCM Group's campaign for Technodomus, by adding an additional 6th axis to the usual 5 axes to obtain perfection in the production of wooden beams, a winning proposal for the timber building sector of the market. The success of these machines strongly depends on what you cannot see, that is to say, the effectiveness of the software that we decided to develop in-house. The 5-axis “Author M800” CNC

New SCM VERTICUT 60 vertical panel cutting saw

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Machining Centre from Morbidelli, is a powerful and flexible machine for the furniture industry, equipped with up to 70 tools and a drilling head with 57 independent spindles. It has a completely new gantry type structure, redesigned to totally eliminate vibration, guaranteeing an extremely high quality finish. Furthermore the newly designed mechanical structure allows the Author M800 to perform heavyduty machining, for extreme flexibility and quality of the finished product, in any situation. The Author M800 features high production efficiency achieved with 2 electro-spindles, one of which is moved by 5 controlled and interpolating axes, with maximum power electro-spindles of up to 18KW on the main head and 8.5KW on the second head, and a dedicated tool magazine that reduces fixturing times so the units are always ready to work. A wide range of worktables is available, with the latest technology manual, semi-automatic and automatic worktables to meet all possible production requirements, with a useful work area of 6360x1905 mm. “Xylog-Maestro” is the new programming software and is a fully functional software that is easy to use and quick to learn. It also allows drawings and geometries to be imported directly. The new Stefani 'Evolution S' DoubleSided Edge Banding machine with a panel squaring function is a step forward in edge banding technology. In fact, it's the first industrial model on the market to also provide the panel squaring function in reduced dimensions compared with the alternatives marketed by other manufacturers. Evolution S perfectly combines the technological wealth and productivity of edge banding machines designed for the medium to high sector of the market with the reduced dimensions and minimal investment that are essential

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TECHNODOMUS REVIEW Stefani EVOLUTION double-sided combination squaring and edgebander

in the small/medium companies, the target market. Evolution S offers not only a double shoulder for the simultaneous machining of the two panel sides, but also a panel squaring function that immediately resets the correct panel geometry and dimension when necessary and all this with an investment similar to that for an average single-sided edge banding machine. Working with an Evolution S is extremely simple. The operator can, in fact, use the same skills learnt on a traditional singlesided edge banding machine, without needing any further training. The new SCM 'Profiset' Automatic Planer Moulder was launched at Technodomus. The working space in a workshop is never enough to get through all of the orders and machining required, particularly in a highly flexible and varied market such as the current one. Profiset 40 is the new automatic planer moulder which has compactness and ergonomics as its strong points. The Profiset 40 comes as standard equipped with an idle roller in the outfeed table to guarantee effective feed and an improved finish, independent dust hoods, infeed table adjustment above the table and a new NC with feed speed control. The electronic version of the machine is even more dynamic due to a single push-button for sequential automatic starting of the motors, automatic management of the working sections and feed speed control. The Profiset 60 version is designed to be very sturdy. The new feed system, using Cardan joints and a gearbox with a 3KW motor, is the technological heart of this machine providing higher productivity and

producing even better finishes. Distinctive features include pneumatic pressure on the feed wheels and an inverter for continuous speed control 5 - 25metres/min. Available in four different configurations to meet all moulding requirements, with four or five spindles or the possibility of adding a universal shaft. SCM proudly presented the new 'VERTICUT 60', the vertical panel saw for dynamic, developed panel cutting requirements, for those seeking a versatile machine capable of operating in a limited floor space. The VERTICUT design, developed by SCM, was based on the desire to make the production process really simple and easy in any working condition. The designers were driven to focus on an “unusual” market sector, smartly combining

having working dimensions of 4300mm for horizontal width cutting and 2080mm height cutting. Both versions fully benefit from the 2200mm vertical cutting height with a working thickness of 60mm to meet the most diverse machining needs. New software, called "Professor Pappagallo", made its' debut in Rimini, giving a representation of what will be the new relationship which, according to the SCM Group, must exist between technology and the end user based upon maximum simplicity. This special software lets anyone execute a machining program, even without specific knowledge of CNC programming. Just follow the “Professor's” instructions to be at ease when machining a panel or diagnosing a problem, a competent work partner, supporting the operator 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Morbidelli AUTHOR M80 CNC machining centre

sturdiness and smoothness so that this superior machine now rivals other manufacturer's models. Sturdy and with the performance of much larger machines, this saw suits all cutting requirements. The VERTICUT 60 is available in two versions, one manual and one automatic with continuous action,

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Companies Are Making Serious Plans For W12 The early October dates for W12 Working with Wood and W12 Working with Design are tangibly drawing closer. The W12 team has been out into the main industry sectors to canvass opinions and comments. We started with the extensive visitor database from W10 and spoke to a random number of companies. We also continue to receive exciting information from signed up exhibitors on their plans including an international product launch at Working with Design! A wide variety of manufacturers are planning to visit both W12 events – many of them on the back of extremely rewarding experiences from previous exhibitions held under the “W” banner. Among these are Ben Gray of Allenday Kitchens who says: “We bought machines at W10 and will certainly visit W12 if, for nothing else, to keep abreast of the latest developments. The staging of the parallel show Working with Design will be of obvious interest to us.” “We will definitely be visiting W12 in October as a team” Philip Laight of Blackthorn Workshop in Worcestershire who manufactures specialist contract cabinet furniture for the security and control room sectors agrees: W10 was very beneficial to us and we’ll be back at W12 and very interested in the new Working with Design exhibition.” Door component product company Canopy Products are based in Lancashire are enthusiastic about the prospect of W12. MD Alan Scaife says: “It’s extremely important for us to keep up to date with developments in terms of machinery and materials – W12 is the ideal opportunity at which to do this.” Other niche manufacturers have their own reasons for attending. Cheryl Stubbs of carcase manufacturers Century Productions

Stoneham Kitchens rely on the benefits of both W12 exhibitions to create stunning designs

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Stoneham Kitchens Production Director, Mike Stoneham (right), says that they will visit W12 as a team

in Staines, Middlesex says that she and codirector Mark Green will definitely attend W12: “We will especially be targeting edgebanding machines and are really pleased that Working with Design with it’s big contingent of edging material manufacturers will be running alongside – a great opportunity!” Stoneham Plc are a fifth generation family-owned manufacturer of fine English kitchens and other cabinet furniture. The company holds The Royal warrant to HM The Queen and operates some of the most advanced workshops in the land. Mike Stoneham, Production Director, says that they will definitely be visiting W12 in October as a team: “It’s important to have a national exhibition of machinery and associated products as we can’t always spare the time to visit international shows. This year having the machinery show running alongside the exhibition for components and materials will be very important. We can assess new product introductions and, at the same time, see technical application techniques all under one roof. This allows us to understand the possibilities (and limitations) of ideas going forwards and

realize the feasibility of future planning and projects. It also means that we don’t have to spend more than a day out of the factory – very important.” “It’s extremely important for us to keep up to date with developments in terms of machinery and materials” All of these companies are in for a very interesting dual exhibition experience by all accounts. Feed back from signed-up exhibitors is starting to indicate significant levels of new technology or at least important upgrades. The W12 Working with Design show has many exhibitors excited with one major international firm indicating that they will use the occasion for a ground breaking new product launch. All of this will be of huge interest to Kevin Johnson, MD of Abbey Furniture in Selby, North Yorkshire. They manufacture quality bespoke cabinet furniture at the high end of the market and Kevin says that while both shows are of important interest, they will especially be focusing of Working with Design. Of course there are as many specialist joinery firms planning to visit as there are furniture companies. One of these is AD Canning Joinery located just outside of Londonderry in Northern Ireland. Feedback from Ryan Canning: We will definitely visit the shows. We find that the spacing is good as there’s always something new to see and it has been very worthwhile from us each time in the past. Although we are mainly involved in joinery production the Working with Design part will be very interesting and important for us to visit. Contract and fitted KBB manufacturers Intone Design of Lincolnshire made

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Weinig Cube for W12 Weinig - the world renowned innovators of PAR and throughfeed moulding technology will use the occasion of W12 Working with Wood to their unique Cube 4sided straightening planer for the first time at a UK show. The Cube is a fully automated PAR machine and offers benefits like an MPV planer preview system with precise laser

indication of the finished result before the timber is machined. It offers CNC setting of the head positions for calibration. The

exciting array of ideas for innovative stand displays not to mention new products. Among DESIGN IN MANUFACTURING these and a real boost AWARDS to the new flagship show for materials and components for the furniture sector is the news that one international exhibitor is planning the launch of a highly innovative new product that will not fail to amaze and intrigue visiting designers and manufacturers. More information about this will be available in the coming months! The entries keep coming in for the Design in Manufacturing Awards (DIMA) competition and these will undoubtedly test the knowledge of the high profile panel of judges. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to get your DIMA entries in sooner than later (final deadline is July 31). Details and entry forms can be found on the W12 website â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2012

purchasing decisions resulting from visiting W10 and MD Roger Parrish says theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be at both exhibitions. The same goes for producers of fitted furniture for the leisure industry The Classic Furniture Group based in Shropshire. So while this random survey may only serve as a snapshot, the very evident enthusiasm for the show date is there across the board and will incentivize exhibitors to even more ambitious plans.

The Weinig Cube will be a major draw card for visitors to W12.

extraction hood has been scientifically designed for 60% less airflow over conventional machines and a unique tooling system avoids the need for manual setting of knives.

W12 Working With Design Receives Major Boost The inaugural Working with Design exhibition has certainly caught the imagination of both exhibitors and visitors planning to get the most out of the event. A survey of exhibitor plans reveal an

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Kündig Provides Solution for Veneer on Luxury Cars JAGUAR Land Rover needs no introduction: as one of the UK’s premier car manufacturers specializing in the design and production of both luxury saloons and desirable sports cars, and off road vehicles. But, did you know that based at the Browns Lane plant in Coventry are the main veneering and lacquer workshops that not only produce the door cappings, centre consoles and dashboards for the Jaguar Land Rover range of vehicles, but also for Aston Martin. This site was purchased by Lawrence Automotive from Jaguar Land Rover in December 2010: Jaguar Land Rover is still its biggest customer, and many of the people working at the factory today formerly worked for Jaguar Land Rover. Needless to say, all equipment purchased at the Browns Lane plant has to meet the strictest demands in terms of quality and durability, to withstand production levels and meet performance, in terms of the productivity and quality required by this international marque of distinction. When looking at ways to increase production volume back in 2007, it was quite apparent that one of the areas proving very labour intensive was the preparation of veneers prior to and after lacquering. The technique employed involved a series of brush wheels prior to lacquer, followed by the component parts being placed on pad sanders. The operators previously had the arduous task of manually sanding back and denibbing each component using two different high grade sanding belts (400 and 600 grit) prior to the final product being delivered to the automatic polishing machines.

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Based on the timed production trials, it was found that to meet the proposed demand for 1,100 car sets per week, existing methods would take an excessive amount of hours. To resolve this very labour intensive and costly issue, an enquiry went out to a number of producers of sanding machinery to see what was available to assist in speeding up this operation. One of the companies to receive this enquiry was Kündig Ltd, who was presented with PDF drawings of the component parts. This was backed up by a single sample from which a small batch had been produced, then sent out to relevant manufacturers for assessment. Kündig was the only company to successfully return the sample back sanded! One of the problems faced when producing a certain type of door capping, was during the building up of the veneer, the actual aluminium substrate curved slightly, which, coupled with the fixing tags on the back of the substrate, meant the components would be difficult to feed through a traditional style sanding machine. The answer to this was to have a carrier board designed and manufactured so that a number of components could be easily clamped flat and sanded in a single cycle of the machine’s operation. Further trials ensued, which resulted in a visit by Jaguar Veneer Manufacturing Project Engineers to Kündig’s Wetzikon manufacturing facility in Switzerland, where a number of samples were sent to be sanded. The dedicated showroom in Wetzikon proved to be the ideal platform to try different specifications of the machine but ultimately the most beneficial solution was found to be a machine having two

oblique sanding heads with one mounted at +10° and the other mounted at –10°. This configuration is referred to as the Kündig V-Max and is ideally suited to those looking to achieve a high gloss finish which is accomplished by not only giving a shear cut across the surface, but the abrasives sand the surface from two different directions giving a flatter, mirror like surface which is also free from abrasive defects and raised fibres. An additional issue of occasional ‘pooling’ of lacquer which formed raised lumps on the surface was encountered. To resolve this a calibration roller also had to be offered as a first sanding head which would be set circa 0.1 mm above the component parts; this would simply strip away the surplus built up of lacquer prior to the components reaching the finer grades of abrasive mounted on the two oblique sanding heads. Trials using the sample components for this test were sanded both on the raw veneer pre-lacquer and also on a number of lacquered components which were sanded in readiness to go straight onto the automatic polishers. Stringent quality checks on the parts resulted in a high level of satisfaction that the process/machine could achieve the levels of finish expected. Another result which was quite startling was the actual productivity of the machine which, when compared to the previous manual manufacturing methods, the Kündig V-Max could process multiple components per cycle, completing the same amount of production in less hours, saving valuable production time, utility usage, consumables such as belts and in addition to all that was shown to pay back in a little over six months! Having proved that the Kündig machine

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INSTALLATION was more than capable of the task in hand, the final criteria for Jaguar was to have at least ten reference points where the Kündig machine had been installed. The feedback was exemplary, resulting in an order for the Kündig Brilliant-3 V-Max 1100 RCd-Cd+ some 12 months after the initial enquiry. The final specification of the machine included a reverse conveyor to bring the sanded components and carrier-board back to the operator for loading and off loading the components along with infeed and outfeed tables for additional support. Lawrence Automotive is very happy with the service the sander is giving more than three years down the line. Supervisor, Darren Goodyear, reported that the sander had given an immediate 20% increase in productivity, and that at one point the sander had been working on 1,200 sets/week, greater than the initial target capacity of 1,100 sets/week. Craig Murphy is one of two operators

working regularly on the Kündig sander. He is very impressed with it, saying that it is the fastest and the best sander that he has used … and he has used several! He also appreciates the fact that it takes the hard work out of the manual sanding process described above. Craig also reports that the machine is extremely reliable and really easy to maintain. The sander is programmed by Lawrence Automotive’s engineering department. Once the programme is set, the operator can make minor adjustments to suit individual pieces at the machine itself, but otherwise it is simply a question of allowing the programme to run: something else that Craig appreciates! Darren Goodyear reports that, while Jaguar Land Rover is still Lawrence Automotive’s biggest customer, work is now also coming in from other sources. For example, a new contract has recently been signed with a company specialising in limousine conversions and the manufacture

Craig Murray with a recently sanded luxury car component. Photo: Panel, Wood & Solid Surface magazine.

of hearses, both areas where only the best will do: the Kündig sander will be used in both of these projects, particularly for the production of the rear of the hearse, where the coffin sits. Another prestigious project that Lawrence Automotive has undertaken is the production of a captain’s table for HMS Diamond, featuring an inlaid emblem in the centre of the table: and again, the Kündig sander was a key part of the production process. Just as in the days when the plant was owned by Jaguar Land Rover, Lawrence Automotive has the highest standards when it comes to both the work it produces and the machinery it operates. The Kündig V-Max sander is a key part of this process. For further information: Tel: 0845 833 0565 Email:

The interior of the Kündig Brilliant-3 V-Max, photographed when the machine was commissioned in 2008 for Jaguar Land Rover.

Craig Murray prepares to send Jaguar components through the Kündig sander on the specially designed carrier board. Photo: Panel, Wood & Solid Surface magazine.

The captain’s table created for HMS Diamond with the aid of the Kündig sander. Photo: By kind permission of Coventry Telegraph

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INSTALLATION Walford Timber Install Wadkin High Speed Moulder Daltons Wadkin answer the call from Herefordshire sawmill Walford Timber Limited are essentially a family business originally established in 1945 by Herbert Smith on an ancient sawmill site close to Ross-on-Wye. During the early part of 2011 current MD George Smith, grandson of the founder, took the decision to replace an ageing Robinson Planing and Moulding Machine thereby providing their production facility with higher performance, updated technology, reductions in set up time, ease of operation and above all a heavy duty feed works which would cope with both wet and dry timber. All in all the requirement was for a strong and very capable machine which would meet the company’s requirements for years to come. This is where Daltons Wadkin came in. Sales Director Andy Walsh initially received the enquiry from George Smith and was able to source a

Wadkin 6-Head XE Through-Feed High Speed Moulder which fully met Walford Timber’s criteria. The machine which had been previously used was subsequently refurbished in the Daltons Wadkin engineering facility in Nottingham and after expert attention from their experienced engineering and electrical personnel was finally delivered, installed and commissioned by Daltons Wadkin at the Herefordshire site last November. Walford Timber Ltd provide numerous services to their customers throughout many parts of the UK which include the machining and manufacturing of a wide range of timber products. The company hold large stocks of timber sections, garden products and fencing materials and manufacture an extensive range of gates, decking, foot bridges, styles and many other bespoke timber products. George Smith commented “We are delighted with

the Wadkin machine which meets or even exceeds our specification and is already enabling us to speed up our production and provide an improved product. When the machine was delivered it was hardly recognizable from when we first saw it during its period of use, the attention to detail and overall service provided by Daltons Wadkin has been top class.” Francis Dalton said “We were very pleased to have the opportunity of meeting Walford Timber’s requirements. They are a family run company similar to our own and we like to think we can play a small part in their success.” Further information concerning the range of equipment and services offered by Daltons Wadkin can be found on their website or by contacting the Daltons Wadkin sales team on 0115 986 5201.

Wadkin XE high speed Moulder installed by Daltons Wadkin at Walford Timber

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PROFILE New AXYZ Drive System Has Real Bite Leading supplier of high-performance routing, engraving and cutting systems to the industrial woodworking, furniture production, joinery and panel processing industries, AXYZ International has introduced a new helical rack and pinion drive system as an optional production enhancement for all AXYZ Series machines. Installation of this powerful new tooling device will, it is claimed, greatly reduce wear by comparison with conventional rack and pinion drive systems, significantly increase feed rates and lead to smoother, quieter and more accurate cutting in the most demanding applications likely to be encountered.

Unlike conventional rack and pinion drive systems, the new AXYZ system operates through multiple gear teeth at all times. This greatly decreases wear on the system as a result of more even distribution of the load over several gear teeth and

significantly increases the working life of the system. When specified as an optional production feature on AXYZ Series machines, the helical pinions would normally be driven by a high-performance servomotor operating via a precision planetary gearbox to deliver a rigid and more powerful drive system with little or no backlash and to enable much higher feed rates and more precise cutting.

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WOODWASTE Energy Savings Add Up at Verco As the economic downturn continues, most manufacturers are on the lookout for efficient ways to reduce operating costs. Users of dust extraction equipment – in effect, all woodworking and furniture companies – can take encouragement from the experience of High Wycombe-based Verco Office Furniture Ltd. Established 100 years ago, Verco is one of Britain’s leading office furniture manufacturers with extensive ranges of ergonomic seating, desks, tables, storage and screens for all office or business environments. The family-run business has grown over the years on its original site and today employs 120 people within a modern 50,000 sq. metre facility. The sizeable woodworking machine shop at Verco has a large number of highperformance machines requiring high volumes of extraction to deal with the dust and chips generated. The dust extraction system, which has been installed for a number of years, employs four main extraction fans with a total power rating of 167kW. And, as is the case with most workshops, the fans were installed to run continuously at full load, all day long.

Verco’s DNA furniture system – winner of the prestigious 2011 FX Design Awards.

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Motorised gates, controlled by the Ecogate greenBOX controller, open and close automatically as machines come on-line or shut down.

Last year, Verco management decided that they would explore the potential for energy savings by taking advantage of the free ‘energy saving appraisal’ offered by Dust Control Systems Ltd (DCS). Mick Pitwell, who is responsible for machine shop maintenance at Verco explains: “DCS, who have maintained our dust extraction plant for many years, came in and were able to determine the extraction demand for every single machine in the shop. From this they identified how the individual systems could be adjusted for volume and duty cycle, with the aim of lowering the average total volume and, therefore, the power usage.” DCS presented their findings and put forward an energy-saving proposal which involved retro-fitting their innovative Ecogate computerised optimisation system. It was estimated that the system would result in savings of up to £14,000 per year. Verco commissioned DCS to install the system which comprises: four Ecogate greenBOX controllers; Ecogate motorised gates fitted to all machines; and variable speed drives for each of the four fans. The greenBOX controllers constantly monitor individual machines and determine the

optimum speed of the respective fan. The system also detects when all machines on any fan line are inactive, and will shut that particular fan down. At the time of going to press, the system at Verco had been operating for 30 weeks. Ian Rayner, technical sales engineer for DCS Ecogate, had just visited site and interrogated each controller. From the stored data he was able to determine that savings already amounted to more than £9,000 when measured against preinstallation figures. This means that savings are on track to far exceed initial estimates. Mr Pitwell added: “We are extremely pleased with the level of savings and with the all-round efficiency of the system – it virtually looks after itself. Also, we are enjoying a noticeably quieter life in the machine shop, much to the delight of the workforce and our visiting HSE inspector.”

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WOODWASTE Sawmillers Body Backs Campaign To Chop Tree Burning Subsidy The industry body that represents the UK sawmilling and wood processing industry has joined the Stop Burning Our Trees (SBOT) campaign, urging the government to cut subsidies for burning UK wood in power stations. David Sulman, Executive Director, UK Forest Products Association added his organisation’s voice to the growing number of parties demanding the government review a policy that has had significant knock-on effects for companies involved in the supply and manufacturing of wood and wood-based products. He questioned whether the subsidy for burning trees in biomass power stations was an effective use of the country’s natural resources from both an economic and environmental point of view. “Our trees and forests and the wood products derived from them provide us with

valuable economic, social and environmental benefits. We must ensure that we maximise the delivery of these. Burning wood that is suitable for product manufacture squanders that opportunity. The message is simple; stop burning our trees.” “Trees that would otherwise be used to make useful products for us to use are already being burnt in power stations in Great Britain, supported by generous Government subsidies; this is a scandalous situation and a complete waste of a valuable resource which should be put to better use,” he continued. “It seems that the Government has identified biomass, including wood, as a ‘quick fix’ to its problems of a short term lack of electricity generating capacity. “First the Government wanted to sell off our forests, now it is paying power stations to burn trees. Our trees, woods, forests and

wood products have a great story to tell; not least their carbon benefits and their role in mitigating the effects of climate change. For this reason we should focus on product manufacture first, then recycling and reuse and finally, at the end of its useful service life, we can use wood for heat and power purposes”. The UK Forest Products Association is the latest body to back the SBOT campaign, which is aiming to collect 100,000 signatures to enable a debate to be raised in the House of Commons. Members of the public wishing to support the campaign can sign the petition online at and follow its progress on Twitter!/Woody_SBOT and Facebook Trees

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WOODWASTE Use Wood Waste to Make or Save Money for your Business For years waste disposal charges have eaten into the profits of firms in the wood working industry. Taking time to review waste processes could help companies reduce or eliminate these costs and transform wood waste into a money saving or income generating business asset. Woodwaste Technology offers companies a number of alternatives to traditional wood waste disposal methods, with technology that can reduce the hundreds or thousands of pounds being spent by businesses each month on such as skip hire charges, and instead help transform their wood waste into a valuable commodity that can be sold for cash or used as fuel. Woodwaste Technology has developed an exceptional reputation in the industry for its UK manufactured wood waste burners that convert wood waste into heat. Last year the company added shredding and briquetting technology to its portfolio when it became

the UK distributor for Gross, providing additional reliable and cost-effective waste disposal solutions to wood working firms across the UK and Eire. Briquetting machines compress waste wood shavings and dust into a cylindrical form, making the waste easier to handle and ideal to use as fuel due to its high calorific value. All types of wood, including soft or hard woods, plywood, MDF or particleboard can be shredded to create briquettes, which are easy to use, transport and store. Businesses can use the briquettes in wood burning heaters or sell them to generate an additional revenue stream for the business. Kurt Cockcroft, MD of Woodwaste Technology explains, “In today’s manufacturing environment, every penny counts and there’s increased emphasis on environmental impact. By investing in shredding and briquetting technology, wood waste stops being a cost and starts

becoming an asset with value. Instead of a business paying to have its waste taken away, the business can use the waste to generate heat or sell as fuel – saving or making extra money for a business.” Gross shredding and briquetting machines have a reputation in the industry of being economical and highly dependable, and there’s a wide range of shredders and briquetting pressers available, for all needs and applications. Woodwaste Technology’s years of expertise in wood waste solutions have helped many companies reduce their waste disposal costs.

Call Woodwaste Technology on 01785 250400 and start to recoup some value from the waste in your business, or visit or to find out more.

Gross briquette press – strong reliable German technology

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Striebig Smooths the Way for Up-Market Furniture Maker A highly successful manufacturer of high-end bespoke commercial furniture has solved a bottleneck in its sizing operations with a Striebig Compact vertical panel saw. The saw has also delivered more accurate sizing and better use of workshop space. Manufacturing by Design creates handcrafted furniture for some of the UK’s leading design and building practices, commissioned for blue chip clients in the retailing, banking and hospitality sectors. Managing director Tony Juchau set up the business in1992. The company has expanded steadily since then, culminating last year in a move to 9,300 sq ft premises in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. It has 20 employees, including eight highly skilled cabinet makers. “Despite all the talk of gloom and doom in the media, business is buoyant at the moment and we have a good order book,” said Mr Juchau. Amongst recent prestige jobs have been retail installations for Diptyque, the French perfumers and makers of luxury scented candles, and the fitting out of Graff Diamonds’ new flagship store in Bond Street, London. The company has also been commissioned for installations in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. It was because of the steady increase in demand for its work that a second saw was needed in the workshop. “We have a panel saw which was not able to cope with the increasing amount of sizing we needed to do on it,” said Mr Juchau. “As most of our work starts off with panel sizing, this was causing major problems further down the line.” After deciding to invest in a second machine, Mr Juchau and workshop manager Chris Lawley agreed that a vertical panel saw would save on workshop space. “From reading the trade journals we soon realised that Striebig was considered the bench mark to aim at,” said Mr Juchau. “The two other manufacturers we looked at in addition to Striebig offered cheaper

Cabinet maker Felice Iannone with the Striebig Compact at Manufacturing by Design.

machines but they were far less well-built and not as robust,” said Mr Lawley. “They were also not as simple to set up, which is important as almost all of our work consists of one-offs.” They then talked to Striebig’s UK agent, T.M. Machinery Sales, about which model would be best for their needs. “T.M. suggested that a Compact would do the job well, so I went to look at one used at a local kitchen cabinet maker,” said Mr Lawley. “Seeing it working and listening to the positive views of the operators clinched our decision to buy. It’s amazingly accurate and cuts perfectly square every time, which is not the case with the panel saw which needs to be checked and reset from time to time.” Manufacturing by Design’s Compact 4164 sizes various sheet materials, mainly veneered boards and MDF, plus the occasional acrylic sheet, ranging in thickness from 19 to 38mm. The machine is the smallest in the ninestrong entry level series with a cutting range of 3100 x 1644mm (10 ft x 5 ft) and a

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maximum depth of cut of 60mm. Featuring automatic moving backing support and with a powerful 3.9kW motor, it has exceptionally efficient integral TRK dust extraction that surpasses current European health and safety legislation. Useful accessories chosen by Manufacturing by Design included a scoring saw for laminates and a 600mm strip cutter for repeat cuts. Felice Iannone, one of the company’s team of cabinet makers, said most of the panel sizing work is now being done on the Striebig. “As well as being simple to set up, we get a totally accurate cut every time and it’s far easier to load the biggest panels on to it than on to the panel saw. It has made panel sizing much, much easier.”

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INSTALLATION WJ White Install Many SCM Group Machines many limitations, surrounded by houses, working hours were restricted due to noise issues from the outside dust extraction system. Also, floor space was at a premium, which made incoming materials difficult to access the production area, movement of work around the factory inefficient, and assembly and despatch of finished Morbidelli Universal 3622 CNC machining centre at M.J. White goods problematical. Works Director, Gerry Donaldson, lippings to a chipboard or MDF core, to comments "With the move, we had the ensure a perfect, flat surface before opportunity to completely analyse our veneering on a hot platen press, boards are production systems, with an empty factory calibrated. A new DMC Automatic and floor space as a blank canvas. Calibrating Wide Belt Sander was installed, Machinery, finishing lines, spraying, a model Mastersand 1350 RR from the SCM assembly and despatch could be placed Group. exactly where we wanted them for The DMC has two 320mm diameter maximum efficiency, with power and dust calibrating rollers, the first a helicoidal extraction services put in place before the grooved steel roller, followed by an 85Sh machines were moved in to avoid roller with 18.5KW 2-speed motors to each disruption to our production as little as roller for maximum power and stock possible. We also allowed floor space for removal, with each roller automatically new machinery to complement existing selected as required. Floating pressure bars machines or to replace older machines with and double grooved rubber pressure rollers the very latest technology." ensure components are easily fed through SCM Group UK's Area Sales Manager, the sander. A cleaning unit with rotating Mike Lee, was called in by Gerry Donaldson blowers ensures the panels are perfectly to discuss the latest technology available clean as they exit the DMC sander. and specify machines to compliment Gerry Donaldson continues White's changing "Traditionally, WJ White have supplied only material and veneered furniture, but as the market has production changed, we were increasingly being asked processes, including for MFC furniture, not to replace the Sanders, Edge veneered furniture, but to compliment it Banders, Beam with different colours and shades. Our old Saws and CNC IDM Edge Bander was not capable of Machining Centres. applying and finishing 2/3mm edge The first machine banding from a roll, and certainly not replaced was a 10 capable of corner rounding, so we invested year old DMC Wide in a Stefani Solution HD Single-Sided Edge Belt Sander that had Bander from the SCM Group. given years of The Solution HD has a variable feed excellent service, speed of 12 - 25metres/min., with an infeed although it is still RT-E 4KW Pre-milling Unit with 2 planing running on various heads with diamond cutters to provide an jobs. As WJ White excellent edge to the panel before hot melt Stefani single-sided edgebander Model Solution HD apply solid wood glue is applied, with a rotating magazine

Established over 80 years ago, WJ White Limited, located in Swindon, Wiltshire, manufacture high quality workplace furniture with an excellent reputation for applying great skill and craftsmanship to everything they produce, with a heavy focus on customer satisfaction. Modern-day technology newly installed in WJ White's factory has brought with it all the benefits of method and efficiency, yet maintaining their craft skills which are at the heart of everything they do. As markets change and new working procedures are introduced, workplace furniture designs have evolved too, with White's Concept Drawing Team constantly developing new unique products enhanced by new materials and new finishes. WJ White have three clearly defined brands: Congress - which is a range of exceptional wood-veneer furniture, Crome developed to manage all power and data requirements, and Custom Build, which is bespoke designs to meet a client's specific requirements in both design and function. These three ranges enables WJ White to fulfil all meeting room, conference and boardroom furniture requirements, and open-plan and cellular offices, where only the finest veneers, substrates and finishes will do. Three years ago, Managing Director, Peter White, decided to move WJ White's complete operation to a modern 30,000sq. foot unit, as their existing factory had so

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INSTALLATION 3 -110A Saw was ordered and installed, with a 3200 x 3200mm capacity, as WJ White only use 8 x 4 and 10 x 4foot boards. Optimised blade and pressure beam strokes and electronic setting of the scoring saw, plus front air flotation tables, ensures the Galaxy 3 is very operator friendly, especially with the easy to use PC for programming. Example of M.J. Whites production Panel optimisation is for selecting different types and colours of included, but little used as Whites glues. Solid wood lippings up to 22mm production is generally in small batches wide can be applied. The top pressure and bespoke to the customer's needs. beam, with belts instead of wheels for Although WJ White already have two maximum traction, has electronic height Morbidelli Author 600k CNC Machining positioning. Centres, each with bar and pod tables, it End Trimming and Top and Bottom Edge was necessary with a recent very large Trimming Units are followed by a C1 + C2 contract obtained to sub-contract out much 4-motor Corner Rounding Unit to provide of the panel cutting work. But it was felt an excellent finish on the corners with that the investment in a flat table Morbidelli 2/3mm PVC applied. Quick release and CNC would enable the work to be carried changeover of tools is included with an 8out in-house, saving costs, and space was position revolver for tool storage. Glue not a problem. The Nesting of panels could Scraping and Oscillating Buffing Units now be carried out, not possible with the 2 follow with a Brightening Unit existing Morbidellis. guaranteeing a superb finish to all edged The new Morbidelli Universal 3622, with panels. SCM's aluminium multi-function work Another machine recently replaced was table, 3660 x 2080mm, and 2 - 250 mc/h an SCM Beam Saw that had been moved vacuum pumps, Nesting is now a simple several times, so the latest Gabbiani Galaxy task, with programs fed to the CNC from

SCM Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DMC Mastersand calibrating sander

the production office. A powerful 12HP Routing Head running up to 24,000rpm and a Drilling Unit with 12 vertical and 6 horizontal spindles, plus a saw unit for cutting and grooving, enables Whites to carry out all types of routing and drilling, whether Nesting or on individual panels received from the Gabbiani Beam Saw. Gerry Donaldson concludes "Following our move, we have invested in the factory on an on-going basis, and we are continuing this policy, having just installed the DCS Ecogate energy saving system on our dust extraction that has dramatically reduced our energy costs. New interior design software from IMOS will be installed soon in our design and production offices that in turn will program the Morbidellis through SCM's XILOG interface, and the Gabbiani Beam Saw, producing parts lists, cutting lists and management data." "Our continued success is due to our faith in the SCM Group and their range of quality industrial machinery they offer and install, with excellent back-up within the UK and local engineers to assist when required." For further information: WJ White: Tel: 01793 837599 SCM Group (UK) Ltd Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email:

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Elkom Heating Platens Restore Nuttall’s Press

Alan Nuttall Ltd return to quality pressing following installation of replacement platens from Elkom.

Alan Nuttall Ltd, one of the UK’s leading shop fitters, based in Dudley, West Midlands, has returned to consistent, quality pressing after recently installing Elkom replacement heating platens to its existing hydraulic press. The new platens were supplied through Elkom UK, part of CD(UK) Ltd. Eric Whorne, who manages the company’s Machinery Division, says: “Management at Alan Nuttall Ltd recognised that the press was no longer performing consistently enough to meet their required standards and they invited us to put forward a proposal to replace the existing platens with the latest Elkom platen system.” New top and bottom 3100 x 1250mm electrically-heated platens were custom

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made by Elkom, specifically for Nuttall’s press, and Elkom engineers were able to carry out installation of the replacement platens in just one day. The rejuvenated press now provides Nuttall’s with a flat smooth platen surface and a consistent temperature tolerance, which means they can confidently achieve quality pressing results on large or small work-pieces. Elkom, the market leading platen manufacturer, already supply platens to many of the world’s leading press manufacturers and can produce platens to a size and specification to suit any existing press. Electric, water or oil heated platens can be supplied, and their gold anodised surface makes them wear-resistant, scratchresistant and easy to clean. Mr Whorne adds: “Like Alan Nuttall Ltd,

a growing number of firms are benefiting from the cost effective solution of replacement platens. Apart from general wear and tear, many problems associated with substandard platen performance can be a result of uneven loading or, in some cases, forgotten tooling being left in the press during closure. Platens can become distorted, with depressions resulting in poor pressure distribution over the platen surface. Temperature variations and cold spots across the surface area of the platen can occur which can cause bubbling or delaminating of veneers and laminates.” For further information: Tel: 0113 201 2240 Email:

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BOARDS&PANELS FINSA Specialise In Thick Lightweight Veneered Boards Two areas of growth in the present climate are the hotel and leisure sector and the upper market contract and reproduction furniture. A strong trend among designers, architects and manufacturers is for quality veneered surfaces. Many of these require thicker surface profiles and it because of this that lightweight boards have come to the fore. There are a number of sources of lightweight boards but only one international manufacturer who can combine expertise in lightweight board construction with superb veneer sourcing and production. FINSA is a multi-national Spanish company with factories in many parts of the world but it is in north west Spain that they have a specialist veneer division. FINSA’s international footprint allows them to procure the highest quality stock for producing veneers from every corner of the globe. Once the logs are peeled the raw veneers is shipped to FINSA’s matching department where they’re selected, matched, stitched and then dispatched to be meticulously laminated to the selected substrate board. The breadth and scope of FINSA’s veneer sources allow them to offer a wholly

FINSA’s specialist veneer division

bespoke and customised service to customers requiring very specific surfaces and patterns for individual projects. The other invaluable aspect of the product that FINSA brings to the table is the ability to supply the lightweight core board product which, while being solid, is manufactured to 400kg/cubic metre density while having all the performance and machinability of a conventional board.

It also has excellent screw holding properties. This is FinLight which is available in thicknesses from 35mm through to 60mm. The Iberpan 300 core and thin MDF surface faces manufactured in a continuous process is the ideal support material for a superior final veneered board product. Another strong requirement for this type of product is coming from office furniture manufacturers as well as the burgeoning leisure interior sector for hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs. All of these now recognise the huge advantage of a beautiful and superior surface finish for large thick pieces with a significant decrease in weight. In the UK FINSA have sales and distribution headquarters at Birkenhead on Merseyside from where they service the UK market and hold stocks of FinLight veneered boards in both Walnut and Oak in thicknesses of 50mm. Contact FINSA UK for information about their full range of lightweight board products including their unique GreenPanel hollow core board and the Iberpan and Fibrapan low density MDF boards. For further information: Tel: 0151 651 2400 Fax: 0151 651 2405 Email:

Interior utilising FinLight Veneer

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DESIGN David Clouting Raises the Bar with Latest Wood Print Focused innovation is at the heart of all David Clouting Ltd's operations, with its latest wood print, Coimbra Ash, providing an ideal example of this. The latest in a long line of wood prints to be introduced into the company's UK Decofoil stock range, Coimbra Ash is matched to the Egger MFC Sand Lyon Ash and is an exact print and colour combination between PVC and MFC, providing consumers with the perfect product combination. The style of Coimbra Ash not only provides a natural look that sits comfortably in all room settings, it also embodies a lovely colour blend, delivering subtle warmth with an overall light soft tone, that will suit many interior decor colour combinations. Coimbra Ash has a contemporary texture which works in tandem with the linear nature of the wood print. The end result is a highly commercial product that is ideal for kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and commercial applications. The flexibility of PVC and MDF, to provide any shape and style of fully wrapped panels, gives designers limitless options to realise their customers' dreams in a unique and individual way. David Clouting, as a multi-interior product distributor, will stock the matching edging tape as well as the Coimbra Ash Decofoil, to provide a full product package to complement the Egger Sand Lyon MFC and MDF.

Please contact the office for samples and visit for an overview of the full product portfolio.

Coimbra Ash from the Decofoil stock range

Clerkenwell Design Week 2012 Celebrating London's hub of design showrooms Returning for its third year, Clerkenwell Design Week (22 - 24 May 2012) continues to build on its inspiring programme of product launches, talks, debates, exhibitions, installations, open studios, workshops and pop up storesâ&#x20AC;Ś A core component of this essential design date is that it takes place in London's unique enclave of showrooms, representing some of the world's leading furniture, lighting, flooring and surfaces brands. The showrooms set to take part in CDW will,

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once again, raise their game with a host of must-see activities and events. During the 1990s, architecture, design and other creative practices flocked to the comparatively cheap and central workshop premises of Clerkenwell, reviving the faded fortunes of the once thriving area of artisans and craftsmen. The neighbourhood's rich history and current renaissance makes it the perfect location for CDW, firmly establishing EC1 as the nexus of London's design industry.

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DESIGN Schattdecor Receives TOP DESIGN Award at Poznań's Arena Design Event The winners of the international TOP DESIGN contest were announced on 5 March at the Arena Design show, a forum held in Pozna , Poland, for presentation of design work in various branches and fields. Schattdecor was the sole decor branch company to receive one of the awards, namely for design and execution of the digital print decor 'Paint Splatter'. The motto of this year's Arena Design show was sustainable design, a highly topical theme that was intensely discussed at the event's lectures and workshops. Visitors were also able to experience it up close in an exhibition of products nominated for the competition finals. The jury, which was made up of an interdisciplinary team of noted design experts, was chaired by the French designer Francois Azambourg and the well-known Polish designer Janusz Kaniewski. As stated in the jury's notes, 'Paint Splatter' was primarily chosen for distinction "as it perfectly demonstrates that an industrial item can have the character of a unique product. Devised for

Claudia Küchen, Head of Design at Schattdecor alongside the design team accepts the TOP DESIGN award

use in flooring and taking its inspiration from an artist's studio, the decor interprets splatters and streaks of paint on a coarse paper surface, underscoring the used and artistic character of the material in consummate fashion". Claudia Küchen, Head of Design at Schattdecor, proudly accepted the trophy. As the second such award to be gained by

Schattdecor at this event, it underscores yet again the company's globally-leading design and trend expertise.

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Schattdecor’s ’paint splatter’ received TOP DESIGN award

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Decorative Panels Introduce ‘Hardcoat’ Decorative Panels Lamination (DPL) has introduced a new “Hardcoat” Senoplast acrylic to their dpreflections range. Senoplast have met demands from the market to offer highly scratch resistant, high gloss surfaces. The “Hardcoat” system, called TopX is so resilient it withstands scratching even when rubbed vigorously with wire wool. Production of the product is carried out under clean room conditions in order to assure the proven Senosan quality. Decorative Panels have had the product independently tested, the

results were a pass at FIRA 6250 severe use for both non horizontal surfaces (including kitchen liquids) and also for horizontal surfaces. Decorative Panels showcased this product alongside their vast range of senoplast acrylics at German components trade show ZOW. Stephen Cadwell, DPL Sales Director said “Since ZOW we have had increasing interest in this product and customers are already seeing great results on bedroom and bathroom horizontal surfaces”. Senoplast have also developed a new 0.5mm acrylic product which produces very

nearly the same gloss finish, but can be offered to the market as an economical alternative to the recognised thicker product. This product will soon be made available in a variety of solid colours. Boards of acrylic product can be bought in packs from Decorative Panel’s, or in smaller quantities through any of their distributors including Hills Panel Products Ltd, North East Sheets and Panels Ltd, Panelco Ltd, Deralam Ltd, James Lathams Ltd and Shore Distribution Ltd. Decorative Panels Lamination Ltd have added a range of ‘super matt’ vinyls to their every increasing Specialist Materials range.

Lounge set (photo courtesy of Senoplat)

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DECORATIVE SURFACES It is widely believed that these designs will grow to be as hugely popular as the high gloss ranges. Decorative Panels Lamination Ltd has incredibly flexible manufacturing systems, with the choice of four laminating lines, they can offer an unrivalled choice of product with extremely short lead times. For more information on any of these products, please contact Decorative Panels Lamination Ltd on the details below.

Decorative Panels Components Ltd is to officially open its new 175,000ft² factory in Elland on Friday 22nd June 2012. The new site represents an £8.5million investment by the company which had previously operated from two individual sites in Huddersfield. Charlotte Metcalfe, Group Marketing Manager, said “The factory opening is a culmination of 20 years of growth and continued investment. We are proud to be involved in planning the event and are excited for the grand opening.” For further information: Tel: 01484 658341 Email:

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Fresh Faces Give Designers The Edge The launch of the new Fresh range by Kronospan aims to give designers a market advantage with a collection of melamine faced panels inspired by the latest design influences and informed by sharp commercial sense. A respect for the past and reinvention of classic trends influence the decors contained within Fresh. The new collection takes four established trends – Bohemian Kitsch, Industrialism, Visionnaire and Sentiment – and frames them in modern terms to create a range that is reassuringly familiar and effortlessly on-trend. The new surfaces are given infinite scope to create stunning interiors when combined with Kronospan’s new Express Colour Collection, which features 55 colour surfaces from muted tones, exuberant primaries and every shade in between. Paul Duddle, product development and

marketing manager for Kronospan, says: “Our decors exist to give designers the commercial edge. They’re the result of global trend research, listening to the industry and attending the leading design shows. “Designers, manufacturers and customers – the people that matter - are then invited to join us at Kronospan’s annual Design Forum to define the most on-trend concepts for production. The result is Fresh.” The decors are influenced by honest and natural materials to give designers the freedom to refresh beloved traditional trends. For example, the contemporary mix of Fresh decors Trojan Oak (D6672) and Swiss Elm Dark (D6597) can update the eclectic romance of Bohemian Kitsch. The saw blade texture of Sonoma Oak (D8197) and Santana Oak (D6602) soften the raw contrasts of Industrialism.

A combination of Rijeka Oak (D5502) and the uni-colour Lemon Sorbet (U7123) draw dramatic lines through the low-key chic of Visionnaire. While the deep and timeless appeal of Sentiment is lovingly reinvigorated by the natural tones and grains of Swiss Elm Natural (D5500) and Wyoming Maple (D5504). There are boundless opportunities for introducing a modern twist on our current craving for goodtime nostalgia. What is more, each decor has harmonising NCS, RAL and Pantone matches. Simply visit for more information.

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Kronospan’s new Fresh decors in action within the Visionnaire trend.

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The decors are influenced by honest and natural materials to give designers the freedom to refresh beloved traditional trends

The eclectic Bohemian Kitsch trend with surface decors from Kronospanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Fresh range. See our website and interactive magazine

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Outstanding design flexibility and product availability comes as standard with the Formica Unilin collection, exclusively available from IDS IDS has strengthened its panel products offer for the trade with an exclusive distribution agreement for the Formica-Unilin collection, a comprehensive range of melamine, laminate, and edging tape which offers a raft of design and cost engineering benefits for kitchen, bedroom and office furniture manufacturing, specialist joinery and retail shopfitting sectors. The range marks itself out over comparative brands offering unrivalled product flexibility with a huge range of thicknesses including 8, 10, 12, 16, 18, 19, 22, 25 and 28mm in a choice of substrates, furniture, moisture resistant, and fire retardant grades are available in both chipboard and mdf. 18mm MFC, the industry’s preferred size, is held in stock in all 80 decors, while any other product can be ordered in any of the permutations on offer with a minimum order quantity of just two sheets and an assured lead time of four weeks. Says Andy Ransom, Purchasing Manager Panel Products “This range is totally in step with the way the industry works now, fast and flexible availability with the benefits of cost engineering and maximum order efficiency. The range extensively covers all the design bases with the option to specify matching MFC to Formica high pressure laminates too.” There is a choice of 80 designs with ample scope to satisfy traditional and contemporary design requirements. There are 43 woodgrains, 34 plain colours, and 3 metallics. Edging tape is available in 0.35mm melamine, 1m ABS and 2mm ABS

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Decor from the Formica-Unilin collection – exclusively available from IDS

colour-matched to all 80 designs for a professional finishing touch. With the expertise and knowledge of the Formica and Unilin brands behind the range’s development, users can be assured of the product’s design relevancy to today’s market, together with product quality. Says Ransom: “IDS has been distributing Unilin product to a wide customer base for many years and I have never had a single complaint about the quality. The FormicaUnilin partnership with this range and its immense flexibility offers manufacturers and shopfitters significant advantages over comparative brands, while remaining extremely competitive.” The Formica – Unilin MFC collection is

exclusively available from IDS’s 12 branches nationwide on a Just in Time delivery basis. Sample charts and printed literature are available.

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Panel & Joinery Production lists the major manufacturers and suppliers to the UK woodworking industry under easy-to-find product headings. If you think that your company should be included in this list, please contact us immediately.


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Brackets (Furniture Fittings)

Panel Handling

Spray Finishing Equipment

Dudley Tool Presswork & Engineering Co. Ltd

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

ITW Industrial Finishing

CNC Machinery

SCM Group UK Ltd

SCM Group UK Ltd

Dust Control Systems Cades Ltd


Pocket Routers

ATA Engineering Process

ATA Engineering Processes


Throughfeed Drills

WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd

Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

SCM Group UK Ltd

Workplace Safety Mechanical Services

Routers (CNC)

ATA Engineering Processes

Veneering Equipment

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

AXYZ International

SCM Group UK Ltd

SCM Group UK Ltd

Machining Centres (CNC)

Routers (CNC - 5 Axis)

SCM Group Ltd

ATA Engineering Processes


Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

Woodworking Machinery Biesse Group UK

Weinig Group UK

MFC Panel Products VC Industries Ltd

Panel Saws (Beam) Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

MAKA Machinery UK Ltd

Router Cutters

Woodworking Tooling & Machinery Ltd

ATA Engineering Processes

Woodworking Machinery

Sanders (Speed)

(New & Used)

SCM Group UK Ltd

Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd

Schelling UK Ltd

Sanders (Wide Belt)

Boere Machinefabriek bv

Panel Saws (Sliding Table)

(inc Interwood)

Daltons Wadkin

SCM Group UK Ltd

Kundig Ltd

O’Meara, J&C Ltd

SCM Group UK Ltd

Panel Saws (Vertical)




J&C O’Meara

Wood Burning Equipment WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd

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