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News Pressure On W14 Space Make It With Biesse – 3 Day Event Ney’s In-House Exhibition Review The Dula Group – Shopfitting On A Different Level New Vollmer QXD250 Produces Made To Measure Diamond Tools Leitz Razor-Cut Saw Blades Slash Production Costs Decorative Panels Lamination Cleans Up With BioCote Quartz Renolit Alkoren Thermo Blackened Oak Lawcris Succeed With Superan STAR Handi Andi at Parker Knoll 150 Years of Wood Processing Machines From Raimann Striebig Saw Stars At London Sign Company BB Trade Kitchens Install Morbidelli CNC Nesting Cell Weeke’s BHX Range CNC Drilling Centres – Simply The Best AXYZ Router Centre Stage At Leading Scene Maker ATA Engineering Have The “Technology Solution” High Class Finish From Chilfen

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NEWS PEOPLE BWF Announces New President and Council Woodworking and joinery manufacturing firms that are part of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) will receive increased benefits and opportunities to participate in industry development, as part of plans announced by David Pattenden, the new President of the BWF. David Pattenden is Managing Director of Specialist Joinery (South) Ltd which trades as Westgate Joinery and Hailsham Joinery. He set up the business 23 years ago, and has been an active and committed advocate for the industry throughout this time. Although his involvement with the BWF

first started in 1986, David has served on BWF’s Council since 2005, becoming a director and BWF officer in 2007 and holding the post of Senior Vice-President since 2011. At the BWF’s AGM, other Council members were elected including Gordon Nelson (MS, Eurojoinery & Doors) as Senior Vice-President, Cliff Thrumble (MD, Boyland Joinery Ltd) as Junior VicePresident and Paul Bailey (MD, European Door Sets Ltd) as Honorary Treasurer. Robin Baker (General Manager, Premdor) and Jon Gorf (MD, Parker & Highland Joinery Ltd) have also become new directors of the BWF.

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Sterling OSB Sales End In Gift Bonanza for Jewson Staff and Customers Norbord’s Talking Timber promotion, which was promoted across selected Jewson branches, has culminated in 25 mini iPads being presented to winning OSB customers. The picture shows Canterbury branch customers, Andy Batt and Liam McKeown. In addition, both the Cardiff and Glasgow branches won a night out for all

employees for exceeding set targets on OSB and added-value flooring products.

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Magi-Cut Software Announces New Sales & Marketing Manager Magi-Cut Software has the pleasure to announce the appointment of Karl Twyford as their Sales & Marketing Manager based out of their Bristol office. Building on a solid foundation of panel optimisation software development and expertise, Magi-Cut Software welcomes Karl to their team. Karl’s responsibilities include supporting customers in choosing the best system that will help them add efficiency to their production processes when working with sheet materials. Karl will advise them on all aspects of Magi-Cut’s cutting list software from initial trial to final setup. In addition to this, he will be committed to complete interaction with the industry on all marketing levels from social media to

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driving partner initiatives. “Our new range of Express software products requires bold marketing initiatives based around the web and industry publications, and Karl’s extensive knowledge in this area has already expanded our presence in the industry” adds Managing Director, Jim Wiltshire. Having worked for six years in the embedded software industry across Europe, Karl has acquired a deep understanding of how different each customer’s needs can be and that the right solution can be just as diverse. “I look forward to talking to people and

learning about the work that they do. I think that the industry continually presents many challenges and I look forward to offering something back that will make their lives just that little bit easier. Maximising output with shorter lead times and reduced waste is just an example of how we are doing this” says Karl about his new role.

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PEOPLE 25 Year Service Awards It is no empty claim by Weinig, that they give their customers a ‘five star’ after sales service. The Company recently celebrated 25 year service awards to, not just one, not even two, but a total of five awards to engineers in the Weinig UK service department, in Abingdon. The five engineers are: Steve Larkin, Eddy Lucas, Chris Gasson, Steve Prewitt, and Shaun Crump. The engineers, all well known in the woodworking industry, and respected in their roles within Weinig UK. Each of them has provided expert service to customers and collectively they have a depth

of knowledge that cannot easily be beaten. Says Malcolm Cuthbertson, MD, of Weinig UK: “They have my personal congratulations and I am sure this will be echoed by many people in the industry. Well done guys! “ To keep this achievement in perspective, Weinig UK have a total headcount of 26 people and has been established in the UK for 31 years. It says a lot about the company and its service philosophy that encourages employees to remain loyal to one business for such a long time. And there are more announcements to come in the next couple of years.

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HI-MACS® Team Hits Double Figures James Latham has bolstered its HIMACS® team even further with the arrival of two new faces. Joining from solid surface fabrication specialists, Clarendon Fabrications - where he was sales manager for 5 years - Mark Cox brings with him 15-years of experience gained from working within the solid surface sector. With the title of HI-MACS® product manager, Mark’s role is to secure specifications for HI-MACS® as well as work with existing fabricators to develop business. He looks after the South West area for James Latham. Tony Gooding, who has spent more than 20 years working in the ceramic tile sector, has also joined the HI-MACS® team. Tony

was previously a retail specification specialist, working with architects and designers in London and across the South East. Also a product manager, Tony has taken on responsibility for developing business from within the A&D sector across the South and South East as well as in London. Steve Robinson, James Latham’s UK Manager for LG HI-MACS® said, “Both Mark and Tony bring a wealth of experience with them to these roles. It means that Latham’s UK team for HIMACS®, which is now 10-strong, is in an

even better position to capitalise on its status as the LG Hausys exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland and we are able to place even greater focus on our ambition to double sales by 2016.”

Mark Cox, product manager for HI_MACS®

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T.M. Apprentice Jordan is Top of the Class T.M. Services’ apprentice Jordan Wills has been named Apprentice of the Year out of his class of 40 after completing the first year of a four year Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering at South Leicestershire College Jordan, 19, first went to T.M. Services on a week’s work experience after gaining a BTEC in Engineering. Following an interview he was taken on as an apprentice and returned to college full time. He is now working four days a week at the company as a service engineer, with one day a week back at college where he is

continuing with his studies. Said T.M. Machinery director Matt Pearce: “We are delighted that Jordan was selected as Apprentice of the Year in his first year of training. We aim to employ the very best service engineers in our service division and Jordan has already become a valuable addition to the team.”

Tel: 0116 271 7155 Email: T.M. Services’ top apprentice Jordan Wills.

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NEWS Biesse Spa Is Back To Acimall

A New President For Eumabois

The board of directors of Acimall, the Italian woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers association, unanimously accepted the request by Biesse Spa to rejoin the association. Giancarlo Selci, Managing Director of Biesse Spa, said: “Our return stems from the renovation process undertaken by Acimall, we are also positively considering possible participation in Xylexpo 2014 in Milan.”

Ambrogio Delachi president of Acimall has taken over as president of Eumabois from Franz-Joseph Buetfering. The position of vice president falls to Juergen Koeppel, a member of the Homag Group board, representing the German association VDMA.

Furniture Apprentice Wins Gold Medal George Callow, an apprentice cabinet maker from Chichester College, has won gold for Team UK at WorldSkills in Leipzig, Germany. George was also names ‘Best of Nation’ among the 33 apprentices who were part of Team UK. George, who works as a junior cabinet maker for Hampshire-based furniture manufacturer Cimitree, was head-hunted by his employers after the company saw his work at his college’s end of year show.

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Visitor Numbers Up At Timber Expo Left – Retiring President, Franz-Joseph Buetfering, with the new President, Ambrogio Delachi

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TFS Celebrates 15th Birthday With New Movac and Aristospray Product Launch Movac’s partnership with Aristospray has resulted in a 24 page brochure designed to give customers an overview of the products and services which are available. Aristospray are the fastest growing independent supplier of paint spraying equipment and consumables to the industrial and decorative trade deals in the UK and Ireland. For more information: Tel: 0844 561 0070

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products released to market will include Roofdek, a coated roofing panel designed to withstand the elements, SiteCoat, a filled and primed OSB hoarding panel and Buildboard a smooth faced OSB panel designed as a ‘plywood substitute’. Formed in 1998 as a start up by MD Jean Richardson, TFS is now a multi-million pound turnover business. Jean Richardson is understandably proud of the company and its achievements and said: “Trust, commitment and hard work have been the bedrock of our success. Without the trust of our customers, commitment of suppliers and sheer hard work shown by my loyal staff we would not be celebrating this milestone.”

Fittingly in the year they celebrate reaching ‘15 years in business’ milestone, Trade Fabrication Systems (TFS) has continued its highly successful collaboration with world leading manufacturer of wood-based panel products, Norbord by developing a brand new portfolio of high-tec timber products for the building market. TFS a processor of coated and laminated timber-based products has worked closely with Norbord since 1998. The new

Organisers of Timber Expo announced that the 2013 exhibition was the most successful in the in the event’s three year history. A total of 4,611 visitors attended – an increase of 9% on 2012. 58% of exhibitors signed contracts at the show for the 2014 exhibition which will be co-locating with W14 at the NEC – October 7 & 8th. The W14 Show will be on from October 5th – 8th. This move has been welcomed by the many visitors who will now be able to see both shows on a single visit. For further information: Timber-Expo 2014 W14 2014 Tel: 01629 530998

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Pressure On W14 Space Blum appears on the W14 floor plan alongside other industry leaders and Timber Expo draws alongside the show. Our industry’s 2014 exhibition is indeed preparing to meet the economic upswing. As a reader of Panel and Joinery production you will be at the NEC for W14 which is being staged in the autumn of 2014. The show ranks amongst the largest manufacturing events in the UK and has been established for 30 years as the focal point for our industries. You can’t move far along an aisle without meeting some industry character that you know! The organisers of any national show will be the first to recognise a need to keep the event up with the needs of the industry, always in touch with times. When that event only happens every 2 years as is the case with W14 then it’s even more essential. Thankfully, W14 organisers Huddlestone

have been well aware of this and the 2014 is refreshed in the light of more cheerful predictions for the industry. With house building now very much back on the agenda for post-recession UK it’s time to look to the construction sector for the long

awaited growth. Of course, we know that Timber will have a major part to play in any building programme, its sustainability and ‘green’ credentials are not dimmed in the slightest by the recession. It’s also a really fashionable and beautiful product.

W14 2014 preparing to meet the economic upswing

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W14 will be highlighting design in materials and components

Good news then that the timber building specifiers exhibition, Timber Expo, decided to re-locate from the provincial Ricoh site to the unarguably centre stage of NEC. Even better that the organisers of W14 and NEC have realised the importance of bringing their two exhibitions together in Birmingham. The resulting platform will provide a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors and visitors alike, combining furniture and construction production elements and showing the clear value which can be gained by visiting the NEC in early October 2014 for this massive event. The show underlines its growth by refreshing with a single new logo to reflect the wide W14 umbrella. At the same time,

its successful highlighting of design in materials and components is maintained with a series of initiatives and publicity which will enable visitors to see the best in ‘bought in design’ opportunities on the UK market. With exhibitors of the stature of Blum, REHAU and David Clouting on the W14 floor planning impressive showings it’s always going to be a ‘must-see’ event. Again, driven the by the industry and its diversity, W14 is encouraging exhibitors to style their displays without restriction, within only the bounds of practicality. This means that companies with special areas of co-operation, for example machinery and materials suppliers working together, will be able to appear on the floor together.

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Equally, for those materials and component suppliers looking for a little quiet from the machinery hub bub will be able to do so in designated areas around pure design features. This will be a show to celebrate breadth and fluidity so vital to competing on a world stage. Given the ability of visitors to flow freely between the shows it’s pretty certain that many new faces, with a lot of business influence, will be seen in the W14 aisles. Specifiers arriving as part of the expected 5,000 people visiting Timber Expo will naturally also be able to see the stunning things being done with boards and surfaces at W14. When people with shared interests get together at a national event with hands on chances to see products good business can only result. So, W14 and Timber Expo might be understood as two separate events, each with their focus, but that would be to underestimate the possibilities arising by creating such a central event to germinate ideas, conversation and business. W14 event director Angela McGowan sees the most significant sector exhibition in memory. “Enthusiasm for the co-location is already huge, and amazingly visitor registrations are pouring onto the web site with virtually a year to go before the doors open. With the presence of Timber Expo visitors boosting interest from the construction sector and the likes of Blum showing for the first time on the furniture side this really has raised the bar”. For exhibitors, less than 20% of the space remains and Angela expects a sell-out. “The rapidly improving economic climate, certainty of a larger show and early booking of key names suggests we are only going to be limited by hall space available “she says. The organisers have promised a complete concentration on the ability to do business at W14. The exhibition is already known for its ability to bring together suppliers and manufacturers who simply did not know of each other’s capabilities and the watchword for 2014 is to dramatically further that reputation. With a following wind now in the economy and the new prominence of W14, that timing should be perfect.

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EVENTS Weinig Profiling Theme Day Door To The Future Of Production Technology Opened Wide Around 100 customers from all over Europe accepted the invitation of the world market leader in machines and systems for solid wood processing to come to Tauberbischofsheim for a comprehensive update on trends and developments in planing and profiling. The primary focus of the event was on innovative solutions for large dimensions. In the Technology Park ExpoCenter, experts used presentations and demonstrations to illustrate how simply, efficiently and flexibly customers can use Weinig systems for the most diverse applications. Starting with the latest generation of moulders with CNC-controlled axes and high-performance PowerCom controls, presentations also included wood-saving technology as well as the latest version of the popular application of structured planing. The people at Tauberbischofsheim are particularly proud of the planing, free from "snipes" and "dips", which uses angled spindles and is becoming

increasingly popular on the market. Depending on capacity, the reduced chip removal can yield savings in the order of millions of euros, says Michael Mosner, Sales Director of the Weinig Product Unit Profiling. Another key topic of the Theme Day was organization of the machine environment. With MillVisionPro, Weinig has a true ace up its sleeve in this department. The production software optimizes processes, reduces throughput times and lowers production costs. A similar increase in efficiency is guaranteed by the new Moulder Master. The software covers all processes of work preparation from the idea to the creation of tools to the finished profile and forwards the data obtained to the PowerCom controls. Automation is another core area of process optimization that is gaining in importance. Weinig offers solutions for every requirement in this field. The Theme Day centered around high-performance PowerCom-controlled systems that are operated externally with no tools and

increase the productivity of a production line by an entire performance class. In construction timber production, Weinig has an ever-increasing portfolio. The Theme Day included presentations of solutions for four-sided planing with chamfer in a single pass, solutions for glulam beam carriers with hardwood coating as well as the latest developments in CLT production. Using gluing with preprofiling and depending on board thickness, up to 25 per cent wood savings can be achieved. Chief Sales Officer Stephan Weber believes Weinig is well positioned in the Product Unit Planing and Profiling. "A Weinig customer has the security of obtaining an entire portfolio from us and with absolute process reliability," he emphasized.

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Welcome by Chief Sales Officer Stephan Weber: Customers from all over Europe came to the Weinig Profiling Theme Day in Tauberbischofsheim

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A device for the application of laser edges through compressed air It uses the very simple principle of compressed hot air to perform the melting of the functional layer obtaining excellent results. The cost of this technology is far lower than laser gluing systems, but the quality of the parts processed with Airforce Systems is even slightly better than what is achieved with other systems says the manufacturers. Also its resistance to water and humidity give it unbeatable advantages. The system can be installed on small to

large range machines, making the top quality standard of the welded edge now accessible to everyone. The STREAM MDS which is Biesse’s largest edgebander is an ideal answer to flexibility required by the medium/large scale shops has been fitted with the system along with both the ROXYL and AKRON also available as either glue or hot air applications. Airforce System won the “Visionary Award” for product innovation at the AWFS 2013 exhibition in Las Vegas, USA.

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Below: STREAM B1 single edgebander

Above: Finished edge using compressed hot air edgebanding

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EVENTS Make It With Biesse S.p.a. welcomed 2,200 visitors to their Tech Centre 3 day event in Pesaro, Italy which was a resounding success with an increase of 35% on last years attendance. Biesse UK invited over 30 customers from the UK and Ireland to view their vast range of new and innovative machinery. PJP was there to represent the UK trade press on an exclusive visit. The ‘BiesseInside’ is an annual In-House event for all those working in the industry giving visitors a unique opportunity for a first

hand view of the innovative, technologically advanced solutions created by Biesse. Biesse exhibited various machines developed to provide solutions to customers needs, demonstrated in areas grouped by manufacturing processes covering a wide range of edgebanders, sizing, sanding, drilling and calibrating solutions with an area dedicated to CNC working centres for different applications including nesting, window and door solutions and 5-axis application. The ROVER AG FT is a perfect solution

for the production of cabinets, kitchens and furniture and in general for all panel-based applications. The application of NESTING produces various shapes from a single sheet, reducing material waste. Inserted in a cell with automatic labeling, loading and unloading operations, the ROVER AG FT is productive and flexible allowing the company to move towards ‘batch-one’ production rather than lots. The ROVER AGFT can be inserted in a cell or be used as a stand-alone working centre.

ROVER B The ROVER B 5-axis CNC machining centre combines the top performing skills of the mobile working table with the precision and stability guaranteed by the new gantry structure. Various configurations to meet all needs, innovative structure designed to enlarge the operational capabilities. The ROVER B 16XXG is a high performing machining centre for high finishing quality and reliability.


VIET The VIET Opera 5 sanding machine is designed to meet the needs of customers requiring versatility and high levels of technology. This machine is capable of carrying out calibrating and sanding operations on solid wood and super-finishing on veneer or painted panels thanks to the combination of devices such as, for example, the vacuum table and the scotch brite roller. High performance of pad units guarantee a high degree of finishing, working versatility and higher sanding belt output. With an 8” touch screen display board the machine can also be integrated into automatic production lines.


UniLine UniLine is the innovative multi-centre for the production of windows and doors components, standard and ‘specials’, suitable for small to medium industries, with a loading/unloading device NC controlled, the machine is very easy to use and very precise. In standard configuration the machine can work 16 elements unmanned. It’s possible to have multilevel pieces buffer that allows the machine to work unmanned for a whole shift. The VIET Opera 5

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EVENTS UniWin UniWin HP WMS is the multicentre for the production of windows and doors components suitable for small, medium and large industries. It produces standard and all kinds of special window components, including arch designs in a simple and fast way. The automatic loading/unloading devices makes the machine easy to use and allows the machine to work unmanned while the operator focuses on other tasks. The use of a multilevel magazine placed at the machine infeed and outfeed allows a continuous production (even for several hours) of any type of production mix without operator presence. UniLine – The multi-centre window line

bSolid The bSolid software – a simple, user-friendly solution, allowing any user to access sophisticated features guaranteeing simplified process management, improved performance and reduced machining times. Thanks to a fully integrated latest generation CAD, the user can utilize bSolid as a unique design system.

The UniWin HP WMS multicentre for the production of windows and doors

bSolid software improves performance and reduces machining times.

WNTR 650 The WNTR 650, a high performance single cutting line machine designed to satisfy the most demanding manufacturer was on display. The twin pusher on this model is one of many Biesse patents and is composed of an independently driven pusher and a single gripper which allows simultaneous management of different cutting phases, increasing the productivity up to 40%. A production line with the new automatic Winstore 3D K2 stack building machine was on show, loading a WNTR sizing machine with a high level of efficiency, this new product completes the range of flexible solutions dedicated to the management of low-production, batch-one and oversize materials.

WNTR sizing machine

The Winstore 3D K2 stack building machine

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EVENTS Ney’s In-House Exhibition Review On Wednesday 9th October, woodworking machinery and components supplier, Ney Ltd, opened the doors of its new 25,000ft showroom to mark the start of its highly anticipated in-house exhibition. The four-day event, which attracted more than 470 people and 180 companies, featured over 50 woodworking machines from Ney's extensive portfolio and a comprehensive collection of kitchen and bedroom components.

Vibo Family run for over 30 years, Italian kitchen and bedroom wirework specialist, Vibo, is Ney’s newest partner. Proud of its heritage, its two ranges – Eco and Elite– are fully sourced and manufactured in Italy, with its own chrome plating facilities in Montecchio Maggiore. A comprehensive range of Vibo larder units, swing out pantry designs, corner units and pull outs were displayed in a kitchen and bedroom lifestyle setting at the show. A selection of premium and low-cost options were presented in a range of sizes to show the brands flexibility and quality.

Dario Frazza Business Development Manager “As the newest member of the Ney family, this show has allowed us to showcase our Vibo products to a dedicated UK audience. The volume of visitors has been phenomenal and interest for our chrome plated and epoxy wire accessories has been high.”

Virutex Distributing its tools exclusively through Ney for over 25 years, Virutex is renowned for developing unique, portable hand tools for the smaller manufacture. Its stand displayed its range of portable edgebanders including the robust PEB250 hot melt Edgebander, which is designed with a 10 degree tiltable guide support for banding doors; its lock mortise FC116U which is the only portable solution on the market for mortising doors that have already been hung; and its FRE317S tiltable router, which was originally designed for DuPont™ Corian®, can quickly install and repair solid surfaces quickly. Plans to extend the range of hand held tool are also underway.

Sylvia Konefal Export Area Manager “A lot can happen in 25 years. Virutex has grown as a company and Ney has supported us every step of the way Gerd Ney has even helped us develop new products for the woodworking market. In return, Ney knows that we will always be a loyal and dependable partner.”

Alberti Making its UK debut at Ney’s inhouse exhibition, Albert’s T-Flight CNC certainly attracted visitor attention. Labeled as the most compact machine ever to come from the Alberti design team and taking five years to perfect, the brand new TFlight enables small to medium-sized manufacturers to get in on the batch one concept, whilst not being limited to working with smaller panels. As well as technical support, demonstrations were available throughout the show to prove to visitors just how versatile the T-Flight can be.

Marco Farina Sales Manager “I have been in the woodworking machinery market for a number of years and taken part in a lot of machinery exhibitions. Ney’s in-house exhibition was the best independent exhibition I’ve been too thanks to the company’s clear passion for the industry. There was a real buzz – it really was a great introduction to Ney.”

Customer Quotes: David Heller – One Call Furniture – MD “Congratulations are in order. Ney certainly knows how to put on a show. It was great to be able to talk to the technical staff about each product and get live demonstrations.”

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Martin Entwistle – First Choice Fitted Bedrooms – MD “It was great to be invited to Ney’s new showroom and to see its wide range of machinery and components on display. As bedroom manufacturers, the lifestyle stand was ideal for seeing Laguna, Samet, Vibo and Atim products all incorporated into one design.” See our website and interactive magazine


Duccio Montomoli

Having already sold several CNC’s since partnering with Ney only two months ago, Italian woodworking machinery specialist, Cosmec showcased two of its CNC machines – the Smart 30 and Conquest 715 - at the fourday exhibition. The newly established partnership means the smaller UK manufacturer can now take its first steps into the CNC world with Cosmec’s comprehensive range of high precision, entry-level machines.

Export Manager “Cosmec has been in the industry for over 50 years so, like Ney, it understands the importance of simple and effective machinery solutions. Every company is different, so we offer bespoke solutions that can be designed specially around your company’s needs. Our company moto is, ‘always say yes’ and we continue to stick by it.”

Samet No stranger to the limelight, Samet’s range of hinges, drawer systems and lifting door systems were displayed on Ney’s lifestyle stand. Keen to demonstrate the company’s workings in both the kitchen and bedroom, Samet’s recently launched Impro soft close hinge was used in both lifestyle settings, whilst its gradual opening Neolift system, self-closing Sambox and soft closing Smart boxes took centre stage in the kitchen. The bedroom drawers and side cabinets were designed using Samet’s Push Open hinge system and Smartslide.

Gamze Aslaner International Sales Manager “Ney’s lifestyle stand clearly showed the workings of a modern day kitchen and bedroom, showing just how simple it is to integrate Samet’s products into the home. The exhibition has been a great success and I am thrilled to see Ney on top form.”


Daniel Kiel

The EBM KDP 400 made its first public appearance since its launch at Ligna earlier this year. The hot melt edgebander, which also includes a pre-milling and gluing station, is the latest machine from the German company to be upgraded with a computer to simplify programming and ease use. The full range of edgebanders, which also includes the dynamic single sided, straight-line KDP102SLK and the fully automatic KDP117SLK-P, were being demonstrated at the event by the founders grandson, Daniel Kiel.

“EBM has been working exclusively with Ney for over 25 years and during this time we have become more like friends than work colleagues. Our longterm partnership means Ney’s technicians know absolutely everything about our machines and their knowledge and passion for EBM filters down to the customers. We’re extremely happy to see Ney bounce back stronger than ever after the fire.”

GG Machine

Tizano Gherardi

Now in its second generation, family-run GG Machine is a specialist in the packaging sector. The Giotto 1300, which is part of the Total Closing line, was being demonstrated to those looking for a complete closure packaging solution for furniture, kitchen tops and panels.

Paoloni Available exclusively in the UK and Ireland through Ney, Paoloni’s comprehensive range of planers, spindles, belt sanders and panel saws took centre stage at the exhibition. Keen to be the machine manufacturer of choice for both small and large companies, Paoloni’s stand was vast – showcasing its leading circular saw model P3200 SX, the neat and ergonomically designed KR32 beam saw (pictured) and P45 sliding table. The well-thought-out display demonstrated the machines flexible production capabilities and smaller batch size solutions.

General Manager “Compared to many of Ney’s suppliers, GG Machine is a relative newcomer. Long and prosperous relationships are important to us and as a family business, Ney’s strong relationships show an understanding for the way we work. Here’s to the future.”

Stefano Morselli Sales Manager “The in-house event was a great opportunity for us to demonstrate Paoloni’s impressive range of machines. We pride ourselves on creating machines that are needed in today’s market. Ney’s event not only gave visitors an opportunity to explore the range further but it also gave us an opportunity to gage customers opinions and views on the UK market.”

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The Dula Group – Shop Fitting on a Different Level What do BMW, Borussia Dortmund, Bugatti and Zara have in common? They all rely on the same interior design company, the Dula Group. In the field of integral shop design and exclusive interior decoration the Dula Group leads the field in Europe. With its headquarters in Dortmund and three production sites in Germany, Dula designs, develops and produces for brands around the world. Employing around 1000 people, the company has additional manufacturing facilities in Spain and Russia, and its global sales team has offices in London and Dubai. A broad cross-section of customers depends on the competence, know-how and enormous flexibility of the Dula Group. Companies such as BMW, Selfridges, H&M, C&A, Estée Lauder, Bugatti and Zara rely on the outstanding quality and cutting-edge shop design for which the Group has become known. In addition to this main area of activity, Dula is a growing force in the shipbuilding sector. The German dockyard Meyer-Werft has selected the Dula Group as its preferred partner for the interior decoration of ships built in its dockyards.

Adventure worlds for all senses When you appoint Dula to furnish your shop, you get a guarantee of quality and uniqueness. From the first project discussion through to rollout at the point of sale, the company’s attention to detail is legend. Dula’s complete process chain is handled in-house, starting with planning through development, production, logistics and assembly of the furniture. With this approach, Dula has stolen a march on other retail designers. “We are fast whilst maintaining a completely flexible approach to client demands. In terms of design and the atmosphere in

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The new PROFILINE SWT 755 wide belt sander from Bütfering in operation

shops, there is virtually nothing that we cannot achieve,” said Frank Kottbus, plant manager of the production site in Vreden. The company takes a totally holistic approach to design, encompassing the use of elements such as light, sound design and digital media. It even integrates Feng Shui concepts into its retail solutions. The results are unique design concepts tailored for each client.

Dula has a store of its own Dula managing director, HeinzHerbert Dustmann, had always dreamed of opening his own retail space containing high-end brands whose units featured interior decoration from his own company. Ten years ago, this dream became reality when the ‘DUSTMANN’ brand department store opened for business. Situated in the south of Dortmund, it accommodates boutiques, a perfumery shop with accessories and home furnishings and even a BVB fan-shop. The advantage for Dula is simple; it has direct contact with customers and gains

immediate feedback for its design concepts. New ideas, materials, forms, colours and fragrances are put into practice in a ‘real-life’ situation and the instant feedback enables Dula to rapidly improve their designs and solutions.

25% time saving in production To produce exclusive bespoke products, the Dula plants depend on innovative and reliable equipment. A quick glance at the Vreden production facility confirms Dula’s brand values so clearly seen in its shop fitting: innovation, attention to detail and quality. On closer inspection it becomes obvious that these values are equally adhered to when it comes to investment in its woodworking equipment. Dula’s is a totally integrated approach with nearly all machines featuring the’ blue wave’ of the HOMAG Group. In the 19,000m Vreden facility which employs 150 staff, the focus is on customised serial production. The factory has several CNC-machines from HOMAG and WEEKE, a store ‘n saw combination from BARGSTEDT and

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A view into the production in Vreden

HOLZMA, a HOMAG edgebander for batch size 1 production, robot technology from LIGMATECH and a new sanding machine from BÜTFERING. With this perfectly matched machinery, Dula is working far more efficiently today than in the past; it has gained a time saving in the production process of around 25%.

Sanding challenge finish sanding in just one pass The sanding process provided a real challenge. Dula not only wanted to save time in the production process, but it also needed to improve the surface quality finish. To achieve this, the decision was made to invest in a BÜTFERING ProfiLine SWT 755 widebelt sander. The machine, with a bespoke configuration for Dula, is equipped with five sanding heads, the magnetic pad system and special cleaning units for the sanding and transport belts. The head sequence combined with the head technology delivers two key benefits: firstly the efficient processing of

mineral materials with very fine sanding belt grit sizes and secondly, the processing of veneer surfaces, length and crosswise to the throughfeed direction. This set up allows a single pass where previously four passes would have been required to achieve a similar high quality finish. Amortisation in just a year As a rule of thumb, the average period for amortisation is three to four years; for Dula, however, the BÜTFERING machine was amortised after just one year. “We are very satisfied with the machine’s quality, performance and availability, and are happy to confirm that the decision to invest in a BÜTFERING sander was absolutely right for our business,” said Kottbus.

installation at site, this system guarantees absolute adherence to delivery dates for its international customers. With transport via land, sea and air, orders which typically took four to six weeks to complete are now delivered much faster. The Dula Group is a fascinating company that delivers products which stretch both retail and manufacturing boundaries. In everything it does, the company upholds its promise of designing individual concepts with innovative ideas, at a quality level second to none. The HOMAG Group is immensely proud that its machinery plays a major role in helping Dula to consistently deliver on its promise.

A reliable logistics network To ensure punctual delivery of customers’ orders, Dula has invested considerable time and energy into developing a sophisticated, global logistics system. From order to

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TOOLING & MAINTENANCE New Vollmer QXD 250 Produces Made-to-Measure Diamond Tools Vollmer, the global specialist for grinding and eroding machines, received an excellent response to its new eroding machine, the QXD 250 at the recent EMO exhibition. Launched in May at the Ligna International Trade Fair for Forestry and the Wood Industries, the metal processing industry proved as excited about this new machine as the wood cutting sector. Thanks to the new Vpulse EDM generator technology, the QXD 250 can produce PCD tipped (polycrystalline diamond) tools up to 30% faster than has been possible up to now. With targeted eroding impulses, the Vpulse EDM can increase the surface fineness by a factor of two or more. This gives the QXD 250 more flexibility in terms of tool production, which allows Vollmer to offer tailored-made solutions to the different demands of the marketplace. “PCD tipped tools have a significantly higher service life than any comparable hard metal tools when it comes to working on highly abrasive materials,” says Dr. Stefan Brand, Managing Director of the Vollmer Group. “With our QXD 250, we are making the production of made-to-measure

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The new Vollmer eroding machine QXD 250

diamond tools cheaper and faster when produced in large quantities while still maintaining the highest quality standards.” The Vollmer eroding machine QXD 250 makes it possible for tool manufacturers to process more than 30% more PCD cutters in the same amount of time as has been the case up to now. This milestone in production is made possible by the new generator technology Vpulse EDM, which sets the eroding beat at the heart of the QXD 250. Depending on the demands, the Vpulse EDM can increase the speed of the tool production or increase the surface fineness. The Vpulse EDM achieves these advances when processing PCD surfaces by using individually cycled eroding impulses. This corresponds to two-fold improvement and more in comparison to the eroding technology that is currently available from competitor machines. The QXD 250 gives greater flexibility and opens up a wide range of new possibilities for PCD tool manufacturers when processing PCD cutting tools, allowing manufacturers to react in a targeted way to the demands of their customers and markets. Apart from the newly developed eroding generator Vpulse EDM, the Vollmer universal machine also offers a simultaneous track interpolation in six

CNC controlled axes. As a result of the increased tool track distance and swivel range, PCD tools with diameters of 320mm and lengths of 250mm can be precisely processed. In one single clamping fixture, the QXD 250 measures, grinds, erodes and polishes diamond tools in just one combined process. The Vollmer automation technology allows 24-hour production without the need for an operator to be present, during which the loading and emptying of the workpiece reservoir can take place simultaneously by automatic operation. The integrated tool changer for up to six eroding, grinding or polishing discs makes the processing of different work piece variants possible. “The QXD 250 eroding machine makes it possible for our customers to completely process PCD tools. Diamond tools such as face milling, groove milling or slot milling cutters can be exactly sharpened and can now be tailor manufactured for an ever increasing number of industrial sectors,” concludes Dr. Stefan Brand.

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Vollmer UK Continues its Growth Grinding & Erosion specialist Vollmer UK has announced that its 2012 turnover was an exceptional 35% improvement upon what was previously a successful 2011. The increased turnover at Vollmer UK has seen the company employ three new members of staff and also undertake a complete office refurbishment project. Commenting upon the impressive growth figures, Vollmer UK's Managing Director, Mr Peter Allen comments: "Whilst sales of our TCT and HSS circular and band saw blade grinding machines have been performing well in the wood making industry; it's the remarkable increase in demand for PCD cutting tools in the metal cutting sector that has been the major contributor to our growth. As the number of machine shops machining difficult to cut titanium alloys and composite materials increases, the demand upon leading cutting tool manufacturers to provide the

specialised tooling increases. As the market leading supplier of erosion and polishing machines for processing PCD Tooling, more and more cutting tool manufacturers have turned to us for solutions." This uptake in high specification machine tools from Vollmer has seen sales for its QXD erosion machines quadruple over the last 12 months. As a company that has built its reputation upon its service and support solutions, Vollmer has employed two service engineers and an apprentice to support this growth. Furthermore, the company's Sandiacre headquarters is undergoing a complete refurbishment. The three month refurbishment project will increase the stock room size and consequently stock levels, create a larger boardroom, provide more workspace for the staff and also see the introduction of a dedicated mailing room. Discussing the office project, Mr Allen continues: "The opening up of our office space will increase

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TOOLING & MAINTENANCE Tooling Manufacturer Develops new Products & Growth with Vollmer When Prima Tooling recognised the expontentially increasing demand for PCD tooling, the company invested heavily in Vollmer machine tools to support cutting tool production. However, the Essex based cutting tool manufacturer that opened its doors for business in 1979, first noted the demand for PCD tooling back in 1985. Like other cutting tool manufacturers, Prima was limited throughout the 1990’s by the available technology for processing tools and in 1997 it bought its first Vollmer erosion centre, a QM75P with a 50-tool magazine. Despite being state-of-the-art at the time, the machine only had the capacity for one tool shank diameter, still limiting the company’s capabilities yet improving productivity and profitability tenfold. The company continued much of its PCD erosion on a series of ageing Agie EDM machines – until 2006. At this point, the Brentwood based cutting tool specialist made a paradigm shift and acquired a new Vollmer QWD750H erosion centre with a 12 tool carousel for cutting the profiles of its PCD tools. The purchase immediately scrapped four Agie EDM machines – and the new machine proved more productive than the four machines it replaced. Unlike its manually loaded predeccesors, the QWD750H is a fully automatic erosion machine that enables Prima Tooling to load the 12 tool carousel, allow automatic

production to take place and then unload completed tooling. This acquisition enabled Prima Tooling to improve the accuracy of its tool profiles, reduce cycle times by 60% on each tool whilst increasing the available floor-space by replacing four machines and enabling staff to be allocated to alternate tasks as opposed to continually loading the ageing machine tools. Where Prima once had four operators running its previous EDM machines, the company now has two men running the QWD750H and the remaining five Agie machines. Furthermore, with the level of automation afforded by the QWD, Prima could run the machine lights out to improve capacity and profitability. Since the company’s inception, the original partners have now stepped aside and converted the partnership to a Limited Company, allowing the two new directors, Mr Mark Cattle and Paul Wiggins to take the reins. As Mr Cattle comments: “We manufacture new cutting tools and also operate as a service centre. On the QWD, our new and service tools are finished 60% faster and all in one operation compared to the Agie machines. Previously tools would require two or more set-ups with inferior surface finishes and accuracy to that of the high quality tools made on the Vollmer.” Not only has the QWD improved productivity, capacity and customer leadtimes, it has also benefitted the end user with the supply of cutting tools to a far

superior quality. With the benefits of the QWD apparent, Prima Tooling invested in a Vollmer QXD200 grinding and erosion centre in June 2011. The new QXD200 was the first of its type to be supplied in the UK with a 64 tool conveyor for high levels of automation, as Company Director Mr Paul Wiggins says: “The QXD immediately improved cycle times by 50% and with its extensive Vollmer programming software, we have been able to extend our product range and target new industry sectors. The Vollmer software has improved productivity through its automated functions that reduce the need for manual input. For example, the production of secondary angles on cutting tools is fully automatic without any need for manual adjustment or setting for left or right handed tools. This is also the case for the calibration and dressing of the grinding/erosion wheels. Furthermore, with innovative features such as the new EX LEVEL software, we are able to process carbide and PCD drills and can now diversify into the supply of drilling and milling products.” A long way from the Vollmer machines of the 1980’s, the QXD200 with 6 linear axis and capacity for six erosion or grinding wheels, has the flexibility to process tools from 0.4 to 260mm diameter. This allows 9 employee Prima to manufacture anything from PCD routers and end mills, profile cutters, grooving, slat-wall, edge-banding and profile spindle tooling through to PCD

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saw blades, hoggers, hinge borers and drills for the wood and metal cutting sectors. The first QXD made such an impact at Prima, that within a matter of months, the company decided to invest in yet another machine. In May 2012, instead of returning to Vollmer UK’s headquarters after the MACH exhibition, the next QXD200 was delivered straight to Prima. In less than a year, the company had increased its business to such an extent that the first Vollmer QXD was at full capacity – running 24/7. The next machine was a natural progression for the market leading cutting tool company. Identical to the first machine, the second QXD200 had a 29 tool carousel as opposed to 64. Commenting on the arrival of the second machine, Mr Cattle continues: “The second QXD has sharpened up our through-flow of work considerably. We can now schedule simplistic PCD routers and end mills for programming throughout the week and we can do all our complex long duration tools over the weekends. For example, we manufacture and service PCD face mills

and hoggers that may be up to 250mm diameter. We can put up to 30 cutters of this type on the 64 carousel machine and it will run from Friday afternoon through to Monday morning unmanned. Whilst this lengthy process is in operation, we can run a batch of 29 less complex tools from a Friday night through to Saturday afternoon on the new QXD200. Once this batch is complete, we can check the machine over the weekend to unload and re-load tools and attend to our erosion & grinding wheels ready for the next batch to run from Saturday through to Monday. When the facility is manned through the week, we reverse the schedule and do long jobs on the 29 magazine QXD whilst the 64 tool carousel churns out less complex tools.” Concluding on the acquisition of the Vollmer QWD & QXD machine tools, Mr Wiggins says: “The Vollmer machines are a big investment and a potential risk to a business of our size. However, once the first machine comes in and starts paying dividends with regards to cost reductions through running less machines and staff whilst improving productivity and capacity

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and reducing lead-times; we knew we were going in the right direction. Our productivity and turnover has more than doubled since the first QWD installation in 2006 and our profitability, quality and capability has certainly improved. We can safely say that we wouldn’t be in the position we are without the Vollmer machines. This is largely credit to the capabilities and automation that allows us to run the three Vollmer’s 24/7.” “The Vollmer machines are allowing us to look into new market sectors and we are continually investing in things like CAM software for producing our own cutter bodies, the Vollmer drilling software, potentially a new machining centre and in the near future probably another Vollmer machine tool…”

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TOOLING & MAINTENANCE Leitz Razor-Cut saw blades slash production costs on beam saws at Grant Westfield With over 100 years in interior building design and an enviable history in the field of manufacturing for building interiors, Grant Westfield has a wealth of experience in the design of all aspects of their field. The ability to design and manufacture using specialist tools and processes means that they can meet the most stringent architectural requirements. Their multiPANEL product line produces 4,000 – 5,000 domestic shower panels per week in 9mm plywood, laminated both sides and PVA glue bonded. MultiPANEL is the leading product of its type in the UK. Cutting five stacked boards at a time, Grant Westfield’s previous saw blades needed to be changed every 300 to 400 boards, but a trial with Leitz Tooling, the UK’s leading supplier of tooling to British industry, had saw blades lasting up to a recorded 1,358 boards before a change was needed. Grant Westfield machine shop foreman Grant Finlay said, “About a year ago we took three sets of Leitz Razor-Cut saw blades on trial. They were talking numbers and performance which we didn’t think possible, so we gave it a try. Previously our old blades lasted between 300 and 400 boards which means we were changing blades two or three times each shift. With

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Leitz’s Razor-Cut saw blades, one blade will last for two shifts; the saving in down time alone is impressive.” Mr. Finlay continued, “It’s a no brainer, the new blades are far superior. Leitz saw blades might cost more but the savings far outweigh the price. We were spending much more on ‘cheaper’ saw blades before we made the switch. The difference between the old saw blades and Leitz is like night and day. We’re now on a further four

sets and have not looked back.” Brian Maddox, Leitz Tooling sales manager said, “We know our Razor-Cut saw blades outperform the competition every time, but tooling can easily slip down the list of manufacturers’ priorities. A trial with our saw blades can make such a difference in down time and setting time, duration and quality, and we want more manufacturers to talk to us about what Leitz can do to transform their production lines. The time and cost saving potential in downtime is huge, particularly when combined with our expert sharpening services.” Leitz Razor-Cut saw blades are designed for noise reduced sizing to finish cut quality. Special cutting geometry ensures perfect cut faces and tear-free cutting edges in timber products coated with foil or plastics and the tool body has vibrationdamping laser ornaments and irregular pitched teeth for noise reduction and smooth running.

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FINSA COMPACMEL: better than compact laminate FINSA says that their mission is to produce solutions in wood and arguably their high-tech COMPACMEL products is one of their best examples. All FINSA developments are aimed at providing products that offer users both additional application scope and excellent performance along with additional value. COMPACMEL is an extremely cost effective alternative to solid laminate used in so many public usage and contract situations. It is technically very high grade high density fibreboard (HDF) bonded with moisture resistant synthetic resins. FINSA UK Managing Director Rafael Willisch explains: “At the top end of the application scale for solid grade laminate, probably around 30%, there is no alternative (like specification that calls for specific chemical resistance), but for the remaining approximately 70% COMPACMEL is a fully viable alternative in all respects at between 35% and 40% less cost. This translates into significant savings on any project and will often be the crucial difference in winning a tender.” COMPACMEL presents excellent performance characteristics: It has a high density (more than 1000kg/m) as well as tensile strength, bending strength, elasticity and high impact resistance. It is well suited to environments of persistent high humidity. Therefore COMPACMEL covers a great variety of existing and future applications – educational furniture, public area toilet cubicles, locker room furniture, hospital and laboratory furniture, hotel and leisure area furniture and panelling, wall cladding and work surfaces…to name some. COMPACMEL comes in thicknesses of between 8 – 19 mm and a variety of colour tones and patterns. COMPACMEL can also be covered with different surfacing and edging materials. It machines as easily as other wood-based composites and has another advantage in that it is not nearly as abrasive as solid grade laminate so extends the tool life on fabricating machines. In the UK FINSA distribute all their board products nationally from their main base at Birkenhead on Merseyside and through

selected appointed distributors. A full range of technical literature and specification information is available from FINSA. For further information: Tel: 0151 651 2400 Email:

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Decorative Panels Lamination Cleans Up with dp-BioCote Quartz After many months of research and development at Decorative Panels Lamination, dp-BioCote Quartz is here and ready to clean up in the market place. Working as a partner company with BioCote®, Decorative Panels Lamination has launched the UK’s first range of commercially available sheet materials that offers exceptional abrasion and antibacterial properties. The manufacturing process of the surface material and the addition of the BioCote® additive results in the surface being highly abrasion resistant, in fact it far exceeds the abrasion resistance of a standard high pressure worktop. When tested against resistance to clinical cleaning products dp-BioCote Quartz sees excellent results in all areas. Testing the parameters with regards to wet and dry heat, as well as a number of liquid’s that commonly leave distinctive marks the product also passes with flying colours. But high abrasion resistance is not the full story…far from it…by working as a partner company with BioCote®, Decorative Panels Lamination has launched the UK’s first range of commercially available sheet materials that also offers exceptional antimicrobrial properties. By including the BioCote® additive into the surface of the product dp-BioCote Quartz is able to give up to a 99.9% germ free surface* by inhibiting the growth of bacteria, micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi and mould. This means that the product surface is protected against the

growth of staining and odour causing microbes which may prematurely degrade the material. Both in laboratory and real life conditions, BioCote® has been proven effective against a wide range of clinically significant bacteria including MRSA, MSSA, E.coli, Legionella pneumophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella typhimurium and enteritidis, Listeria monocytogenes, VRE, Campylobacter and Novovirus. Tests have shown that within just 15 minutes microbrial contamination has reduced by up to 80% and that after 2 hours reductions of up to 99.9% can be expected. In choosing to work alongside BioCote® Decorative Panels will be able to draw on the knowledge and support of a company that are recognised as being pioneers in the global provision of antimicrobial solutions. Very significantly the BioCote® additive not only acts in minutes, it also works continuously and lasts a lifetime – it does not degrade. In terms of product range dp-BioCote Quartz is launched as a range of six decors, three popular woodgrains and three unicolours available for lamination across the extensive range of substrate materials available from Decorative Panels

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Lamination. A sheet material with so much to offer – we believe the potential for this product extends over an array of market areas. Initial customer contact and presentations has proved very positive with a high degree of interest and enthusiasm being shown for the product. Market areas such as hospitals, health centres, schools, care homes, student accommodation, and of course office and contract furniture would, all benefit from product manufactured from a sheet material with high abrasion and antibacterial resistant properties.

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Renolit Special Effects Cobra and Kroko – Designs of Distinction RENOLIT Cramlington Ltd is pleased to announce the introduction of two distinctive abstract designs, Kroko and Cobra 2 SC, in to the RENOLIT 3D stock range. RENOLIT ALKOREN Kroko The new Kroko finish is a fantasy design inspired by the trend towards stylised imitation animal prints such as crocodile leather and snakeskin in the fashion world which is now becoming increasingly popular in home settings. Produced in a rich dark purple, this modern finish creates an exotic, extravagant atmosphere in the world of furnishings. It is suitable for combination with neutral and pale plain colours. The glossy transparent base in combination with the matt decorative print diffract the light, creates a twin matt-gloss effect. Together with a slight emboss the finished effect produces a very pleasant, delicate surface. RENOLIT COVAREN Cobra 2 SC The 3-colour print Cobra 2 SC is a fantasy design which picks up on the current trend towards irregular stripes and geometric patterns. An overall soft grey tone is combined with streaks of charcoal highlights and mid-grey undertones, completed with a soft coat surface emboss to create a finely polished finish. The design is modern and contrasting, yet creates a very homely and harmonious atmosphere. Different effects can be created by matching the design with any of the three colours printed within the design itself. RENOLIT is the market leader in 3D thermoforming films. Our surfacing products have been developed to meet the highest standards of design, quality and performance. The RENOLIT 3D Stock Range is presented as two individual brands, each with distinctive and appealing product characteristics. RENOLIT COVAREN contains the company’s premier 3D films. This stock collection is setting trends with new and sophisticated surface structures. Incredibly realistic woodgrain prints are almost indistinguishable from real wood. The range of solid colours contains metallic effects as well as matt finishes. Superb high gloss films are available in a variety of colours and brilliant decors. RENOLIT ALKOREN presents a classic collection of woodgrains and solid colours. All the major woodgrain species are available in a range of different shades and tones. Choose between oak, beech, maple, cherry, as well as exotic timbers, and fashionable fruitwoods. A wide range of solid colours covers the whole palette – from light to dark and vibrant to subtle. All the new designs can be seen in the 2013 edition A4 RENOLIT Highlights collection binder, which is available in addition to the handy A6 sized 3-part complete range set. We hope you like our new designs. To request samples or any further information please contact RENOLIT Cramlington Ltd: Tel: 01670 718222 Email:

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Renolit Alkoren Thermo Blackened Oak RENOLIT Cramlington Ltd is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Oak design, Thermo, into the RENOLIT ALKOREN 3D stock range. RENOLIT Cramlington Ltd is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Oak design, Thermo, into the RENOLIT ALKOREN 3D stock range. Thermo is a blackened oak with finely grained areas to give a charismatic and sophisticated design. It is produced using a refined ash emboss which gives a sleek grained texture, enhancing the overall well-finished look of the design. Two versions of Thermo are available. Thermo A is a black brown oak with red undertones to create a charismatic and sophisticated design. It is matched to Egger’s MFC reference H1199. Thermo B is a slightly browner colour effect tinged with a lighter golden hue. RENOLIT is the market leader in 3D thermoforming films. Our surfacing products have been developed to meet the highest standards of design, quality and performance. The RENOLIT 3D Stock Range is presented as two individual brands, each with distinctive and appealing product characteristics. RENOLIT COVAREN contains the company’s premier 3D films.

This stock collection is setting trends with new and sophisticated surface structures. Incredibly realistic woodgrain prints are almost indistinguishable from real wood. The range of solid colours contains metallic effects as well as matt finishes. Superb high gloss films are available in a variety of colours and brilliant decors. RENOLIT ALKOREN presents a classic collection of woodgrains and solid colours. All the major woodgrain species are available in a range of different shades and tones. Choose between oak, beech, maple, cherry, as well as exotic timbers, and fashionable fruitwoods. A wide range of solid colours covers the whole palette – from light to dark and vibrant to subtle. All the new designs can be seen in the 2013 edition A4 RENOLIT Highlights collection binder, which is available in addition to the handy A6 sized 3-part complete range set. We hope you like our new designs.

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Striking Surface Solutions from James Latham James Latham now offers one of the UK’s widest ranges of innovative surface solutions, available from one supplier at all nine of its nationwide panel distribution sites.

Allure Exclusive to James Latham in the UK, Allure is an exciting and contemporary range which, as well as six different types of truly unique, real stone laminate, includes an extensive palette of high-gloss bold and vibrant acrylic colours as well as a highgloss wood grain. There’s also a stylish mirror laminate as well as a choice of rough-cut and brushed oak, smoked and stained veneers. Plus, there’s a range of eco-friendly reconstituted veneers in patterns such as Rosewood and Ebony, with its unmistakable very dark heartwood and characteristic streaks, giving the veneer a distinctive and striking appearance.

Valchromat A totally original product, Valchromat is a coloured engineered fibreboard in which

the colour runs throughout the entire board. This is achieved by adding organic dyes and a specially formulated resin before pressing the panel. With eight vibrant colours in the range, Valchromat is certain to be popular within the UK shop fitting and furniture manufacturing sectors where bold and impactful colours are part of the specification. Plus, it has been approved by the British Standards Association as safe to use in the manufacture of children’s toys.

HIF-Finesse Delivering dimension, depth and texture to an otherwise flat surface, HIF Finesse 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. With a mixture of contemporary designs and patterns, inspired by the flowing, dynamic shapes of the natural elements, HIF-Finesse offers eleven embossed MDF panels which are supplied with their own

unique textured finish and are held in stock in the UK. HIF-Finesse is also available in curved panels, with a matching range of edging and in profiles and thicknesses from 1050 x 2450 x 18/21mm, 635 x 2450 x 21mm, 1270 x 3135 x 21mm, depending on the pattern. Chris Sutton, director of James Latham commented, “James Latham has a history and expertise in bringing new and innovative products to the UK market and these latest additions have already made a big impact within the A&D sector.” He added, “James Latham now offers one of the UK’s widest ranges of surface solutions, all available from one supplier, and directly from stock at all nine of our nationwide panel distribution sites.”

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PROFILE David Clouting Reinvents the Wheel Whilst woodgrain has become the most popular effect in many areas, this has also seen it become a commodity product with the danger of suppliers being forced into competing on price alone. By concentrating on delivering the highest quality products at highly competitive prices, David Clouting Ltd allows its customers to match the needs of the fashion-conscious interiors market while continuing to make profits and reinvest for the future. The company’s Rijeke Oak G3606-Z5 is the perfect example of this. The design was introduced as an MFC/MDF by Kronospan last year, with the David Clouting version providing an exact match in PVC. Rijeke Oak blends both print and texture to represent a light, straight-grained linear oak. The end result is a highly commercial effect with a fresh tone, creating a timeless and classic design, destined to become the next generation’s leading straight-grained oak. The use of the new Z5 embossing texture, created through considerable investment by LG Hausys, enhances both natural appearance and tactile effect. Versions of both horizontal and vertical texture are available to match

all requirements. Yet another example is provided by Sand Lyon Ash which, through its simplicity of design, provides a natural look that will sit comfortably in virtually all room settings. This high quality product combines subtle warmth and soft light colouring, resulting in a superb colour combination that will easily blend with a wide selection of interior designs. Further proof of David Versions of both horizontal and vertical texture are available to Clouting’s close collaboration match all requirements with LG can be seen in the example of Sand Lyon Ash UQ614-Z5 Sand Lyon Ash is matched to Egger MFC (Edging Melamine M84780, PVC Sand Lyon Ash and David Clouting Ltd is PR949LRV), resulting in the creation of a delighted that Pfleiderer has introduced contemporary texture that works perfectly Coimbra Ash R5028-RU - the original name in tandem with the linear nature of the of Sand Lyon Ash - into its 2013 range, which wood print. There is a third combination means that is also an exact print match. from which manufacturers can benefit, that Complementing this further, David Clouting of the flexibility of PVC and MDF to fit with Ltd also stocks matching edging tape. any shape and style of fully wrapped panels, providing limitless options to match For further information: customer requirements and offering a Tel: 01376 518037 wealth of opportunities for companies to Email: deliver value-added service.

Sterling OSB enjoys supporting role in Margate’s amazing sliding house When Thanet District Council gave artist, Alex Chinneck, permission to use an empty property in Margate, Kent to create a major new public artwork – “From the knees of my nose to the belly of toes” - little did they know quite how famous the project would become. Not only has the national media loved the work, key products have been highlighted as integral to the build; and none more than the ever-flexible Sterling OSB from Norbord. Norbord enjoys a close relationship with Alex and uses the company’s panel products in his work which typically combines art and architecture in different physically amazing projects. In Margate,

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he peeled the façade of a four-storey house away from the rest of the building. As the curving bricks, windows and doors slide into the front garden of the property, which has been vacant for eleven years, its upper floor is revealed to the public below. Alex chose the house from a number of properties owned by the council for its character and location. In the short-term, the artwork will attract people to rediscover this historic suburb of Margate (the UK's original seaside resort) with its growing creative buzz. Sterling OSB, the UK’s leading OSB brand, was used as the main panel product for walls, floors and hoarding in the unique building.

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BOARDS & PANELS Lawcris Succeed with Superpan STAR Since being appointed by FINSA as their preferred supplier of the groundbreaking lightweight Superpan STAR veneer board Lawcris Panel Products have experienced a tremendous reception and positive reaction from customers. Paul Holstead, Commercial Manager of Lawcris says: “Superpan STAR has given our veneered product portfolio a new dimension. The reduction in weight, superior face veneer, excellent machining performance and competitive pricing means that this product appeals to a wide range of customers.” Superpan STAR, has been created by using FINSA’s existing patented Superpan board technology and BASF’s Kaurit Light system. The result is a board product as strong and high performing as existing Superpan but up to 30% lighter. Superpan is produced in a continuous process by creating a chipboard core with surfaces of MDF-like fibres which gives the board higher resistance to bending over conventional chipboard. The Kaurit Light polymer is introduced into the core at this stage using a process called ‘foamation’. It also means that Superpan can be machined in all respects with conventional methods and offers excellent screw holding

Finsa’s Superpan STAR board

properties. The MDF-like faces mean that the board yields superb results when accepting a surface laminate or decorative coating. Paul Holstead adds: “Superpan STAR has multi appeal to our customers. Some like the weight reduction, others like the superior face veneer, and they all like the machining performance.” Leeds based Lawcris Panel Products employs more than 130 staff. Their fleet of distribution and delivery vehicles is approach 40. Paul Holstead adds: “Due to the successful launch, we have recently placed orders to increase our stock range from the

start of 2014. I have no doubt that our range will increase even further during next year.” Superpan STAR was launched in the UK at the W12 Working with Design exhibition where it received an award in the Design in Manufacturing Awards (DIMA). FINSA says that the introduction of Superpan STAR has had positive ramifications across a whole range of applications and industry sectors.

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Superpan can be machined in all respects with conventional methods and offers exceptional screw holding properties

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Handi Andi at Parker Knoll Those who remember the glory days of furniture manufacturing in High Wycombe will be no stranger to the names of E. Gomme Ltd. and Parker Knoll. The traditional upholstery of the latter goes back 150 years and the contemporary brand of Gommes has flown under the G-Plan banner since the ‘50s. Both are world-beaters, setting standards for style and design that meet the up market needs of all those who have ridden the post-war ‘boom’ to relax on after a busy day at the office. The manufacturing interests of both companies left the High Wycombe district some years ago, G-Plan for Melksham in Wiltshire and Parker Knoll for Riddings in the Derby Dales. RW Machines Ltd is a supplier to both businesses. CNC links with G-Plan began in 2010 when RW installed two big routers by Anderson at the Melksham factory, where precision standards were paramount for G-Plan in the optimisation of increasingly expensive raw materials as well as in underscoring the quality promise of the brand. Through experiences at G-Plan, R.W. Machines’ CNC man Brian Thomson was able to bring Parker Knoll’s production man Kieron Greatorex fully up to date on the poor finishing consequences of cutting sofa frame components on a bandsaw. “I

The vacuum table was made to the latest specification and with five positioning pins per table.

had already seen the downsides of bandsaws,” he says: “Irregular shapes and lots of handwork, screws and glue to make everything fit together properly. The Andi

Kieron Greatorex is confident that his new Anderson Exxact will be running at full production speeds by the end of 2013.

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routers at G-Plan easily made the key point for nesting: it doesn’t matter whether the upholstery style is contemporary or traditional, the bits in the middle need to fit together properly,” he adds. The sitting experience has been a focal point for Parker Knoll since founding father Frederick Parker established the business back in the mid 19th century. Today the team at Parker Knoll continues to work to the same core principles when introducing new designs to meet the needs of today’s consumer. Parker Knoll still leads the market for design, technology, fabric and materials in the production of beautifully crafted furniture for unparalleled comfort and timeless design. A new Anderson Exxact Industrial model 1626 PT has also now been installed at the factory of Parker knoll in support of the nesting ethos and cutting LDF (that’s light instead of medium density) panels 2 x deep for sofa frames

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A secondary Z axis on the spindle enables easy tool-changing and floating with any tool without need of individual floating attachments.

that fit together like jigsaw puzzles. This industrial scale CNC system was chosen for its ability to nest panels two deep - on occasions three - to a maximum of 60mm and at a processing speed of 20m/min. The machine was supplied, of course, by

Every tool in the toolchanger incorporates an individual tool offset for setting electronically and automatically within the floating ring.

R.W. Machines of Bicester; it was specified by Brian Thomson and bespoke-built by Anderson with twin 1600 x 2600mm tables and Fanuc servo drive motors. These ensure travel speeds of up to 80m/min in the X, Y and V axes and 24m/m in the Z axis for a stroke of 4500mm in the X, 3000mm in the Y and V axes and 250mm in the Z axis. “One of the big advantages of this machine is the chromium steel floating pressure foot, which exerts an adjustable downward pressure on the panels to prevent movement,” explains RW's Anderson specialist of 26 years, Brian Thomson: “The secondary Z axis enables very accurate and fast tool length setting and this is important because the tool must protrude the floating ring by the thickness of the panels to be routered plus 0.2mm to extend the life of the nested baseboard before it needs to be skimmed flush again.” Another advantage is that the roller holddown devices on Parker Knoll’s machine are fully automatic. They operate without need for manual adjustment - and that's regardless of whether the machine is routing to a single panel depth, or through multiple panels to its maximum depth.

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Holding workpieces down securely can be reliably achieved by the rollers and by clamping using the powerful vacuum system. The new Parker Knoll machine is a real heavyweight, weighing in at a little over

The tool must protrude the floating ring so the nested baseboard can be used many times before any need to skim arises.

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Parker Knoll’s new twin table Anderson Exxact 1626 PT Industrial.

20,000 kilos. “These Exxact CNC machining centres are designed to handle heavy work loads,” says Brian, “and they set new standards in high speed machining

precision.” The combination of a very rigid base, steel welded crossmembers inside the castings and a high output Fanuc servo system make this machine ideal for the

Fixed bridge and moving table configuration provides easy access to the machine.

Parker Knoll application. The webbed steel substructure remains rigid while cutting through all axes and the Anderson fixed bridge with moving tables format provides easy machine access for tool changing as well as for maintenance and cleaning.” A Fanuc CNC controller is teamed up with an ‘industrial-scale’ PC with a 40 gigabyte hard drive, which includes 4 x axis controls with helical interpolation. Key features include fast corner functionality with high precision speed controls, cutter and tool compensation, plus automatic acceleration and deceleration. The computer screen supports self-diagnostics with an automatic error code display and because the Exxact utilises industry standard G-code for function controls, easy interfacing is possible with all major CAD/CAM software and industry standard solid modelling packages. Anderson Exxact speed and precision has been working well for G-Plan over the past two years and the new machine is settling in well at Parker Knoll. Kieron Greatorex is confident that with R.W. Machines’ backing, Parker Knoll can expect great things from the newly commissioned router, which he expects to be working at full capacity before the end of 2013. For further information: Tel: 01869 244943 Email:

Anderson screens are easy to read and the software is easy to use.

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150 Years of Wood Processing Machines from Raimann For 150 years, wood processing machines have carried the Raimann name. What started as the pet project of a gifted inventor is now a company of the international Weinig Group with customers all around the globe. As part of the jubilee celebrations, Raimann presented its current range. Some 200 guests attended a jubilee event at Raimann that seamlessly combined the eventful history of the company with a performance demonstration of the modern supplier of rip optimizing machines and systems. Master mechanic Berthold Raimann commenced production of machines and repairs of all kinds in 1863. Specialising in wood processing machines would subsequently lead to rapid growth. Following the opening of a trading branch in Sao Paulo in 1925, Raimann expanded its international presence and Raimann products soon enjoyed a global reputation for high quality. New developments in the machine sector would later draw in additional customers from the furniture industry. However, the rapid expansion was halted by a sudden crash in the 1970s, as market conditions took a decisive turn for the worse. From the embers of the old company, two longstanding employees of B. Raimann GmbH, Rolf Heisterkamp and HansHeinrich Rottenberger, formed Interholz Raimann GmbH in 1977. After three years of trading, the successful company moved to a new production facility in FreiburgHochdorf, which remains its head office to this day. Additional milestones include the acquisition of the product range of Jrion Holzbearbeitungsmaschinen GmbH of Lörrach in 1998 and the creation of a sales office in the USA. Raimann circular saws would take the North American market by storm. At the beginning of 2001, Interholz Raimann GmbH joined the international Weinig Group in Tauberbischhofsheim, adopting the name "Raimann Holzoptimierung". Today, the company led by Michael Holtmann and Rüdiger Ruh employs some 80 personnel and trains its

Weinig’s CEO Wolfgang Pöschi gives praise to Raimann’s 150 years at the jubilee celebrations

own young talent via apprenticeships in all areas of the business. Raimann wood processing machines are in use in all areas of application of solid wood pre-cutting. Combined with state-ofthe-art Weinig scanner technology, Raimann rip saws offer increasing efficiency when it comes to cutting optimisation. The machines make a decisive contribution towards making the production of wood processing companies more profitable and make optimal use of the valuable, CO2-neutral raw material that is wood. 150 years on from its first incarnations, Raimann wood processing technology is more modern than ever. As part of its jubilee celebrations, the Weinig subsidiary presented its state-of-the-art pre-cutting solutions at its Freiburg factory. Besides the proven multi-blade and longitudinal circular saws, crosscut systems and scanners from the Weinig Group were also on display, arranged in individually assembled systems together with separating

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technology to form highly efficient units. Raimann also presented a brand new development in EnergyPlus. The central dust extraction system specially developed for Raimann multi-blade circular saws comprises a highly efficient extraction and filter unit as well as a briquette press. The inevitable sawdust, which previously had to be disposed of at significant expense, is processed into briquettes and can thus either act as energy storage or can simply be sold. EnergyPlus is quick and easy to install, is energy-saving and, with its additional value creation, has a very short payback period.

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New Generation Planer Moulders German manufacturers Kuper bring new designs and higher specifications to UK market World renowned woodworking machinery manufacturers and suppliers Heinrich Kuper GMBH situated in Reitberg have been investing in new technology and uprated specifications for their Planer Moulder range in order to meet higher expectations in the marketplace and the challenges of an ever more competitive business climate. The Kuper planing and moulding machines constitute an increasingly important sector of the output from the company’s extensive manufacturing and distribution centre in Reitberg. Kuper employs some 400 employees and exports equipment to almost every country in the world. Established 80 years ago the Kuper name has long been associated with machines for the manufacture of veneers but they also produce mechanical handling systems, enabling them to offer viable solutions for larger scale operations as well as a large business supplying and rebuilding woodworking equipment of all types. Daltons Wadkin are sole UK and Ireland distributors for the Kuper Planer Moulder range which enables them to market a high specification range with the added advantage of a German pedigree and a build quality to match or surpass most competitive machines. The ‘new generation’ includes an infinite variety of specifications and options to suit almost any requirement and ranges from a basic 4-

Siemens 15” advanced touch-screen control

head SWT/XS to machines with up to 10 heads and capacities up to 310 x 230 mm. Standard and optional features include touch-screen controls, long or short beds and outboard bearings, the many technical advances being the result of much recent research and development. Also available are linear guides for pneumatic pressure shoes and hard chromed bed plates. Other key items which aid the operator include quick set-up tooling (Prolock or HSK), Siemens Advanced 15” full colour touch-screen controls, auto positioning of the spindles (radial and axial) with electronic display and

large capacity axial adjustments. Daltons Wadkin Sales Director Andy Walsh says, “Kuper are a big company and they do not do things by halves. The manufacturing plant in Reitberg is awesome and together with their other additional offices in Freiburg, Breisgau, Korbuben, Thuringia and Berlin, supports worldwide supply and distribution. We are fortunate to be appointed UK and Ireland distributors as it gives Daltons Wadkin the ability to supply and promote Planing and Moulding Machines of the highest quality and specification. These new generation machines will more than match most of the competition and the recent advances Kuper have made, particularly with reference to electronics and control systems, have turned an already very good machine into something quite special.”

Further details of the Kuper Moulder range can be obtained from the Daltons Wadkin: Tel: 0115 986 5201 Kuper SWT XL8 with outboard bearings and glazing bead removal unit

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Croft Machinery New Premises Croft Machinery Ltd have invested in a new freehold building in which to show their comprehensive range of woodworking machinery. The new 3500 sq/ft building allows Croft Machinery to show and demonstrate machinery from their entire range of new and used machines. Situated just north of Cambridge with

easy access to the M11 and A14 visitors can find us easily “ This is the largest facility in the east of England and allows customer the chance to see what we do in real life rather than through a PC screen,” commented MD Ian Croft. “I realise this is a departure from the current norm of internet based trading companies but I strongly feel that when you

are investing large amounts of money it is more prudent to deal with a company of substance” Over the next few months over 30 machines will be delivered to the showroom. We of course have access to over 2500 machines from the KUPER warehouse in Germany as well as our partners elsewhere in the UK and Italy.

New Agency for Croft Machinery Croft Machinery Ltd have been appointed sole UK distributor of Italian hydraulic press manufacturer SORMEC. These machines are made in Italy using Italian components exclusively and represent high quality and great value for money. Included in the range are standard hot and cold presses and through feed lines

for larger production Each machine is built exactly to the customers’ specification and installed and serviced by Croft Machinery. Croft Machinery can offer a complete package of laminating machines including Glue spreaders, handling equipment and all veneering machinery. Look at our new website for more information.

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For further information: Croft Machinery Ltd Showroom C Broad Lane Cottenham Cambridge Tel: 01954 251216

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WHAT’S NEW William Hughes adds Strength and Versatility to its Wire Components with new Overmoulding Capability William Hughes, the specialist manufacturer of springs and wire components, continues to find new ways to meet its customer’s requirements for precision wire assemblies with the introduction of an overmoulding capability for wire parts. The new process dispenses with the need for metal retaining clips in assemblies such as car seats – providing an assembly that is both strong and fast to manufacture. The new process can be applied to a wide range of wire assemblies and requires the wire parts to be manufactured to a high accuracy. The components are brought together using special tooling designed by William Hughes and two vertical injection moulding machines perform the moulding process to complete the assembly. The overmoulding process allows for variations in the finished assembly – for example, in car seat assemblies retaining bars for the seat cloth can be included or where heated seats are required, connectors

and cabling can be incorporated so that heating elements can be simply plugged into the encapsulated boots. “Our expertise is in the design and manufacture of a wide range of bent wire components to high accuracy and this is critical for the manufacture of overmoulded assemblies, said Emma Burgon, Engineering Director, William Hughes. “This means that the overmoulding process can be applied to a wide range of assemblies across many industries, providing benefits to our customers in terms of strength, versatility and speed of manufacture.” Any 2D or 3D wire form that involves twists, turns, spirals, protrusions, indentations – or just plain bends – can be accommodated and the William Hughes team of application engineers can help customers solve their engineering problems by offering a rapid design and prototyping service. This is particularly suited to the high volume sectors such as automotive. William Hughes has over 200 years’ experience in producing bent wire

The William Hughes overmoulding capability demonstrated with this precision car seat assembly.

components and wire form assemblies. Today it is one of the most advanced producers in Europe, with high-tech manufacturing facilities in Dorset, UK and Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

For further information: Tel: 01963 363377 Fax: (01963) 363640 Email:

KBB Brings the Best of Bellissimo to your Screen KBB Replacement Doors has launched an on-line service supplying doors for fitted furniture from the established Bellissimo range. From home, on site, in the workshop or on the move, customers can simply select the style of fitted furniture for kitchens, bedrooms or bathrooms for the project in hand, order online and wait for the doors to be delivered. The Bellissimo brand has been established in the UK for five years, but represents a successful, highly reputed business which goes back a decade. Customers can choose from seven ranges, covering more than 50 styles, and more than 100 colours. If that isn’t enough, there is always KBB’s unique ColourMatch Service. KBB serves customers throughout the UK, Republic of Ireland, and beyond. Its industry experience means it can provide expert and professional advice, and

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exceptional customer care before, during and after sales. KBB is committed to provide industry-recognised, excellent professional care for trade customers through its unique KBB TradeZone Service. The fully personalised, individual TradeZone service plans come with a range of discount and rebate agreements. KBB general manager Andrew Johnston brings the experience of running the home shopping business for a major supermarket chain in Northern Ireland to his new role. “Bellissimo is just the right range of products to be marketing through KBB’s online service. Their range is unmatched, and their service, including made-tomeasure, has earned them a strong reputation. Customers buying doors, drawers and other elements through KBB

Bellissimo Argon Gloss White and Lime Green

can be assured of a great product, unbeatable choice and competitive prices, all backed by a well-established and respected brand. Ordering from KBB will be a great start to any project.”

For further information: Tel: 028 9048 3676

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INSTALLATION Striebig Saw Stars at London Sign Company Newman Displays, a leading sign and display company specialising in the theatre and cinema sector, is benefitting from cleaner cuts, less wastage and a reduction in dust after switching to a Striebig Standard vertical panel saw The London-based company, whose large creations can be seen outside theatres and cinemas in the West End, in other UK cities and internationally, makes and installs all types of signage. They could contain vinyl graphics, silk screen printing, neon, illuminated and non-illuminated signs or acrylic fabrications. Its Standard TRK1 4216 saw sizes a variety of sheet material including hardboard, Foamex, Perspex, aluminium board as well as some MDF. Printed vinyl is then mounted on to the sheets. With a cutting range of 3.3m x 2.1m and a maximum depth of cut of 80mm, it is one of nine models in the Standard TRK1 series. The Striebig replaced a 13-year-old saw that was coming to the end of its working life. Mechanics had to be called out almost every month to fix it, and as panel cutting is the first stage in the production process this was causing serious bottlenecks in the workshop. During an initial Google search to seek a replacement, production manager Gary Brooks was impressed with the specifications of the Swiss-built saws. He also received a favourable report from one of

his plastic sheet suppliers, a Striebig user. Mr Brooks then met a representative of the saw maker’s UK sales agent, T.M. Machinery, at a B&Q store to see a Striebig in action. “The cleanness of the cut is its biggest advantage,” he said. “We never cut that clean before, even on hardboard. It gives us a smooth cut every time, making it a quick and easy job to polish the edge. We often ended up before with ragged edges on some of the materials that took time to smooth out.” Material wastage has been reduced. This is because the bought-in boards measure 3m x 2m, but as they could only get a 3m x 1.9m sheet on their former saw the suppliers had to cut a strip off each one so it would fit. The Standard TRK comes with a strip cutter fitted as standard that’s ideal for making fast and accurate repeat cuts. Newman Displays finds it very useful for the small pieces that often needed to be sized, such as those featuring stars’ names. The company is also impressed with the Standard’s highly efficient integral extraction system, which delivers dust limit values considerably below 1mg/m3. Tried and tested over decades, the Standard is considered the workhorse of the vertical panel saw sector. Its flexibility and extensive options make it the ideal panel saw

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This Striebig Standard has greatly improved the sizing of sheet material at Newman Displays.

for company of all sizes. “We were happy to go with the Standard as we wanted a basic saw that would give us accurate and smooth cuts,” said Mr Brooks. “T.M. has given us great service, delivering the machine on time as promised and providing thorough on-site training. We are so impressed that they have been asked to service all of our machines in future.”

For further information: Tel: 0116 271 7155 Email: Below: A colourful example of West End theatre signage created and produced by Newman Displays.

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BB Trade Kitchens Install Morbidelli CNC Nesting Cell BB Trade Kitchens and Bedrooms are an expanding kitchen and bedroom manufacturer based in Wideopen, just off the A1 north of Newcastle. The business was started by Brian Burke 10 years ago and supplies kitchens and bedrooms to a wide customer base including the general public, councils and house builders in the North East and up to the Scottish Borders. BB Trade Kitchens and Bedrooms is, in the main, a manufacturer of kitchen and bedroom carcasses, buying in their doors from a number of suppliers, primarily from Browns 2000 in Cramlington just a few miles down the road, and they have a large showroom for potential customers to view their extensive range of products. In 2012, as sales were increasing, BB Trade Kitchens and Bedrooms needed to increase production by purchasing a second CNC machining centre for carcass production. Brian Burke comments "We already had an SCM Pratix 48NST CNC, but to machine boards using the Nesting process, we had to cut 300mm each time

Morbidelli Universal 3622 CNC machining centre installed at BB Trade Kitchens

off a full size sheet of MFC, a costly additional operation and a waste of material. A CNC was available with immediate delivery, so we ordered it through a dealer and it was delivered to our

factory extension." "However, this machine was a disaster and despite many promises it hardly ever worked on production over a 2 month period at a very busy time for our business. We also had major problems linking it to our existing Cabinet Vision CAD CAM system. After numerous visits from engineers and senior staff, we finally asked the dealer to remove the machine and give us our money back. Still desperately needing another machine, we contacted SCM Group's Area Manager, Ian McCarthy, who visited us without delay to discuss our exact requirements." As BB Trade Kitchens and Bedrooms required a machine to nest panels from a 2800 x 2070mm Jumbo sheet of MFC, Ian McCarthy proposed a Morbidelli Universal 3622 CNC Machining Centre Cell complete with infeed and outfeed handling equipment. As it happened, a machine that suited the customer's requirements was in SCM Group's Morbidelli showroom in Rimini, Italy. An order was immediately placed and collection and delivery arranged with installation and commissioning

Completed nested panels at outfeed of Morbidelli Universal 3622 at BB Trade Kitchens

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Suction caps picking up panel at infeed of Morbidelli CNC at BB Trade Kitchens

without delay. The Morbidelli Cell is essentially a one man operation. After a full load of boards is fork lifted on to the infeed loading platform, side aligners accurately position the panels, then 3 large diameter suction cups located on the rear of the main machine's gantry, grabs the top panel on to the slave board on the Universal 3621's solid aluminium multifunctional work table. Two - 250mc/h vacuum pumps ensures the MFC panel is securely fixed to the machine table. Tools are taken by the powerful 12HP routing head with variable 1500 - 24,000rpm spindle speeds from the rear 10-station tool changer. Nesting of the component panels takes place swiftly and at the end of the routing cycle, the F26 Drilling Unit (18 vertical and 8 horizontal spindles) drills all the required assembly holes. The nested component panels and rails are then automatically pushed off the

Universal's table by a pusher bar on the gantry and on to the outfeed table. The machine then processes the next full-size sheet from the infeed panel stack, as the operator manually removes and stacks the components from the outfeed table, with enough time to insert the Hafele assembly fittings into the vertically drilled holes. Panels are then taken to an SCM S1000 Single-Sided Edge Bander for edging where necessary with 0.4, 1 or 2mm PVC or Melamine tape. The Universal 3622 has an automatic panel thickness measuring device providing absolute precision when routing with the automatic measuring of the effective thickness of the panels being processed and the length of the tools. Factory Manager, Ian Findley, comments "We are very impressed with the new Morbidelli Universal 3622 Cell from SCM and with the SCM Group's installation

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process. Programming with Cabinet Vision in the office enables the operator to call down programs to the CNC by hard line. If we do have a problem, SCM engineers are on hand in the office to provide immediate solutions. We also have our 6 year old Pratix for any remedial work or for drilling panels to avoid disrupting production on the Morbidelli Cell. After our previous bad experience we are now satisfied we made the correct machine purchase from SCM."

For further information: BB Trade Kitchens and Bedrooms: Tel: 0191 2368902 SCM Group (UK) Ltd Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email:

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Weeke’s BHX Range CNC Drilling Centres – Simply The Best On October 1, 1945 Gustav WEEKE & Sohn founded a locksmith’s shop in Herzebrock in Westphalia, which focused on the demands of woodworking factories. The company developed the first lock insertion machine SEM-I, which carried out all working processes in only 5 seconds. This ‘revolutionary technology’ was followed by a machine which allowed multi-spindle drilling into work panels; this superseded the costly tongue and groove connecting method which had been used previously. From those early days, the throughfeeddrilling machine, as it was called from that time on, has developed into the high-tech WEEKE machinery of today. In 1986, WEEKE which had been family-owned up to then, was integrated into the HOMAG Group. Since then, the company has been tasked with the strategic responsibility of developing the specialist fields of drilling, routing and assembly technology.

WEEKE’s Ground-breaking BHX 050 and 055 Ultra-compact Drilling Centres Launched at Ligna in 2009, the WEEKE BHX 050 Optimat is an ultra-compact throughfeed drilling centre with an equally trim price tag from the HOMAG Group. It is the ideal drilling solution for all businesses whether small, medium or large. Simon Brooks, sales and marketing director of HOMAG UK comments, “Sales of the BHX 050 have been amazing. This year will probably see the

on five sides and is capable of grooving and routing at fast throughput rates whilst, at the same time, keeping energy bills down due to its low energy usage.”

Highly Flexible

The WEEKE BHX 050 Optimat ultra-compact drilling centre

2000th machine leaving the factory. Clearly, it’s proved to be a real winner and is an ideal CNC machining centre whether for kitchen, bedroom or office furniture producers. “The unique advantage to the BHX 050 is that it is packed with all the features of a conventional CNC but, in taking up less than 5m2, it’s small enough to fit comfortably in any production facility. What’s more, the icing on the cake is the price tag which is easily within reach of most manufacturers. “This reliable 3-axis processing centre is equipped for all drilling needs. It can drill

WEEKE BHX 500 Optimat Processing Centre

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The versatile BHX 050 is capable of processing panels as small as 200 x 70 x 12mm up to panels as big as 2500 x 850 x 60mm. There is also an option to increase this working length to 3050mm. Simon continues, “The BHX 050 can process any type of wood panel and is most commonly used for chipboard or MDF. We have had situations, however, where even demanding materials such as Trespa are being handled by this robust machine.”

A Real Time-Saver that Offers True Value “With smaller machines it’s generally expected that processing time will be extended,” Simon continues, “the WEEKE BHX 050, however, can match the rapid processing times of much larger machines. Customers that have seen the BHX 050 put through its paces, have been nothing but impressed by its capability. “Once the programming has been done, the set-up takes just seconds; it only requires the push of a pedal and press of a button to get it started. A really productive feature on the BHX 050 is the panel holding system. There are no vacuum pod or beam positions to worry about, the machine automatically positions the panel clamp correctly to suit each panel. All the operator has to do is load the parts – it’s simple and efficient. “Although it is classed as an entry level machine, no compromises have been made on build quality or safety. The BHX 050 has the features you’d expect from a WEEKE machine, all at a real value for money price.”

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WEEKE BHX 055 – More Capacity, More Spindles The success of the BHX 050 prompted WEEKE to develop a higher specified version, the BHX 055. This powerhouse has all the benefits of the original 050 but includes automatic adjustment of work piece thickness, a maximum working length up to 3050mm and 13 vertical spindles as standard.

WEEKE’s BHX 200 – Debuted at Ligna 2013 WEEKE unveiled its BHX 200 CNC processing centre, the next generation of small footprint vertical CNC technology, at Ligna 2013. This compact power pack requires less than 10m installation space and selectable features include a powerful 9 kW HSK routing spindle with a 4-fold tool changer as well as a tiltable grooving saw. It is the big brother to the BHX 050/055 series and utilises the same vertical machining style. The BHX 200, however, boasts considerably faster machining speeds whilst maintaining high levels of precision, despite its small size. The machine is equipped with two individually moveable high-speed drilling heads which activate a total of 34 highspeed drilling spindles enabling, for example, rows of holes to be processed considerably faster. As standard, the BHX 200 is equipped with two CNC-controlled no-vacuum clamping devices to precisely position and

fix the work pieces during operation, so no setting times are required.

WEEKE BHX 500 Optimat series CNC Gantry-Processing Centres For years, the BHX 500 series has impressed UK customers with its speed and precision in work piece handling and processing. Equipped with two machining heads (routing, drilling and grooving) mounted above and below the air cushioned worktables, the BHX500 can drill two panels at once, providing extremely short cycle times. One-off panels pose no problem for the BHX 500 as there are no vacuum pod positions to worry about. The incredibly versatile BHX 500 is available as a left or right handed machine or alternatively as a throughfeed system. WEEKE offers a wide choice of automation to further enhance the capability of the machine. These include infeed and outfeed stations as well as fully integrated robotic systems which can feed and de-stack from the machine without the need for an operator. With a travel speed of up to 130m/min it delivers rapid execution of jobs. Regardless of the speed, however, the two CNCcontrolled clamping devices ensure permanently firm and precise positioning of the work pieces. Even work pieces of up to 80mm (2 x 40mm) thickness are easy to handle. The patented spindle clamping gives a

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permanently exact drilling depth for all drilling operations and the SmoothPressure System© provides a protecting air cushion below the work piece which enables high-quality work piece handling.

Fast and Simple Controls with powerTouch The new powerTouch system unites design with functionality in a totally new user interface. Central to the new system is a large wide-screen multi-touch monitor which enables the operator to control the machine’s functions by simply touching the screen. The ultra-modern user interface offers an array of help and assistance functions designed to radically simplify the work experience. Standardised control elements and software modules ensure that all HOMAG Group machines can be operated with the same familiar look and feel using power powerTouch. This not only simplifies the operation of different machines, but also makes for greater efficiency by significantly reducing time for servicing and training.

To arrange a demonstration at HOMAG’s UK showroom in Castle Donington of any of the machines in the WEEKE BHX range, call Kimberly Jones at HOMAG UK: Tel: 01332 856500 Email:

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Willow Joinery Install SCM 5-Axis CNC Machining Centre Willow Joinery are a small but expanding joinery and furniture manufacturer located in Daventry, Northants, specialising in the production of all types of joinery, including stairs, doors, windows and bespoke kitchen and bedroom furniture and studies. Owner, Mike Pateman, started Willow Joinery 11 years ago, and has 20 years experience in carpentry and joinery. Finding and keeping experienced staff has always been a problem, and although he already has a well equipped workshop with traditional woodworking machinery, after visiting several machinery exhibitions, Mike decided earlier this year to start looking at CNC Machining Centres, to increase production levels, quality and profit margins and improve on times producing components, especially complex ones. Having looked at several manufacturer's machines and after visiting another joinery manufacturer nearby who has an SCM 3axis CNC machine, Mike Pateman contacted SCM UK's Area Manager, Roger Gabb, who visited Willow Joinery with Rod

5-axis Routing Head, Drilling Unit and Toolchangers

Tudhope and Graeme Hughes of local dealer Aztec Machinery. Mike Pateman comments "I knew I had to purchase a CNC to expand my business. As well as joinery products, I want to

Mike Pateman and Rob Tudhope programming the SCM TECH Z5 machine centre

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manufacture more bespoke kitchens and bedrooms as I have already supplied furniture to various schools and businesses through architects who I have previously supplied with joinery, especially one-off stairs. I calculated a CNC would improve production times, increase profit margins and enable me to manufacture more elaborate parts for stairs, kitchens and bedrooms now increasingly demanded by customers." Mike Pateman was already well versed in CAD design to assist in producing drawings to accompany quotations, so a CNC and programming the machine held no fears, so much so, Mike decided to purchase a 5-axis machine rather than a conventional 3-axis one. Visiting SCM's showroom for a demonstration, Mike was keen to proceed, so purchased the demonstration machine on the spot, an SCM model Tech Z5-31. Rod Tudhope and an SCM engineer installed the CNC at the beginning of August this year. The Tech Z5 machine table has 6 movable bars and pods with a machining area of 3050 x 1550mm, but with SCM's

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CNC MACHINING CENTRES unique cantilever structure, it allows the loading of components and panels along the 'Y' axis far wider than the working capacity of the table. The powerful 15HP 'Prisma 5' routing head can run up to 20,000rpm and is capable of heavy duty machining of all types of timber and panels by utilising cutters, saws, drills and aggregate heads for angled routing, sawing, grooving and drilling. The compact 5-axis routing head is capable of working in reduced spaces without the risk of collisions, and with this SCM patented solution, allows the keeping of the overall dimensions in each direction of travel to a minimum, resulting in operator convenience and maximum flexibility. A separate F18 drilling unit with 12 vertical and 6 horizontal spindles enables the drilling of all types of work. Tooling, including roughing and finishing cutters, cutters for nosing on stair components, saws and rebating and hogging heads are stored in either the Rapid 12 automatic tool changer, with 12 stations, or in the TR10 rack tool changer with 10 positions, to provide maximum flexibility. The table's vacuum pods have a powerful mechanical grip on the movable bars to enable heavy duty machining. SCM supplied Willow Joinery with their own 'Xilog Maestro' CAD/CAM software and programming package, which is very easy and simple to learn and use, with 3D graphic display and worktable set-up. Various options include modules such as

Machined component from the SCM TECH Z5

Maestro Cabinet for cabinet and furniture production and Maestro Nesting for panel components nested from a full-size sheet with reduced production times and tool paths. Mike Pateman states "I am already very impressed with the SCM Tech machine after only 5 weeks since installation. The first job I did was the machining of a heavy duty fire door, followed by a complex tray for the delivery of pistons. Then I made some bedroom doors with mortise and tenon joints. The vacuum to the pods is

powerful as I recently machined two 60mm wide wooden rails, side by side, on 120mm wide pods and they held firm throughout the machining process." Training was carried out by SCM and will continue on an on-going basis. Aztec's Rob Tudhope and Graeme Hughes are local and always on hand to assist Mike Pateman as and when necessary, plus SCM's own service division. Mike Pateman concludes "As I have only had the CNC running for a few weeks, I am already very pleased with my purchase, as when I press the start button, the machine does exactly what I've programmed it to do. All the components are "Spot-on", very accurate compared to traditional machining methods, so everything fits together first time without any remedial work necessary. This saves a lot of time, and time is money. The machine will soon pay for itself."

For further information: Willow Joinery: Tel: 01327 878419 SCM Group (UK) Ltd: Tel: 0115 9770044 Fax: 0115 9770946 Email: Willow Joinery’s SCM TECH Z5 5-axis CNC machining centre

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CNC MACHINING CENTRES AXYZ Router Centre Stage at Leading Scene Maker An AXYZ 6010 twin head router supplied by AXYZ International has provided Surrey-based Steel the Scene with a very cost-effective solution to its machining requirements by enabling the company to bring all of these inhouse where hitherto they had to be outsourced. Adding to this cost efficiency is the fact that the router is one of the many high-quality used machines that AXYZ International can now supply and maintain at extremely attractive prices, thus eliminating the need for investment in new machinery on the basis of budgetary or production requirement considerations. Formed in 1997, Steel the Scene is a leading manufacturer of stage and scenery settings used extensively in theatre, conference and TV studio locations as well as at numerous live events and corporate sites. Spearheaded by three working partners and supported by skilled freelance employees contingent upon the level of business, the company

has an impressive portfolio of highprofile clients that demand a high quality of finished product on frequently tight delivery times. Major contracts have been successfully completed on behalf of wellknown organisations such as Thames Diamond Jubilee Foundation, National Theatre of Scotland, English Touring Opera and Royal College of Music, in addition to leading corporate and retail brands like Samsung, BMW, B&Q, EDF, Kraft and Dairy Crest. At Steel the Scene the AXYZ 6010 router is employed for machining panel parts, invariably based on wood and aluminium or plastic components, used in scenic items as well as for signage and prototype products. Managing partner at the company, Barry Ashwick commented: “Prior to purchasing the router, we were outsourcing CNC machining at some expense and with the usual variables. As these requirements escalated to meet increased levels of business, it was decided to bring them in-house, enabling savings in production costs, a faster response capability and minimal

turnaround times to the obvious satisfaction of our customers.” The AXYZ 6010 router installed has a three by two-metre process bed and offers the ability to handle a wide variety of materials employed at Steel the Scene. These include solid woods, plywood, MDF, aluminium composite sheets, laminates and plastics. The router is one of the AXYZ 6000 series of machines renowned for their robust construction, speed of production and ultimate precision. They are supplied as standard with a host of machining enhancements that include the latest A2MC controller for optimum smooth machine motion, a high-precision helical rack and pinion system for exceptional machining accuracy, automatic machine squaring and direct-drive servomotors. Optional enhancements include a 21-station ATC (Automatic Tool Change) facility to accommodate multiple cutting tool requirements and AVS (AXYZ Vision System), compatible with all of the cutting tools used on AXYZ routers, for unparalleled material alignment and cutting. On the service provided by AXYZ International, Barry Ashwick concluded: “We were impressed by the all-round service provided, by the care demonstrated during installation and by the ongoing customer support. Collectively, these reassured us that we had chosen the right supplier for our CNC machining requirements.”

For further information on AXYZ routers, visit or telephone 01902 375600. For information on the services provided by Steel the Scene, visit or telephone 01342 893237. The AXYZ 6010 Twin Head Router Installed At Steel The Scene

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CNC MACHINING CENTRES ATA Engineering have the “Technology Solution” The CR Onsrud brand of CNC Routers has been developed to address the needs and problems that first time CNC users have regularly faced when implementing CNC technology. Many customers were led to believe that they were purchasing a “Technology Solution” that would revolutionise their business, but instead found that their expectations weren’t met because either the software training, support or machines reliability was insufficient, mismatched or lacking. A true “Technology Solution” must have the flexibility to be fully personalized, based on unique and specific needs and must include sufficient and thorough local

training to make its implementation successful. CR CNC’s have the necessary local training, installation and support already included as part of the standard package. By offering only proven options, upgrades and accessories, a CR CNC “Technology Solution” carefully coordinates the machine, software, support, tooling, vacuum and training into a complete package. CR Onsrud is a leading manufacturer of CNC routers. The Panel Mate, Panel Tech and Panel Pro are proven trustworthy and reliable production systems sold throughout the world. CR Onsrud are pleased to offer the FANUC 31i controller system on nearly all

3, 4 & 5-axis CNC vertical machinery centres. The controller system option is immediately available in addition to the simple to operate B&R Controller. A complete range of 3, 4 & 5 Axis CNC routers manufactured to the highest quality for performance and reliability are available. ATA Engineering Processes are the exclusive agent for CR Onsrud CNC Routers in the UK and Ireland. For further information: Tel: 01442 264411 Email:


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High Class Finish from Chilfen Dust Control Systems (DCS) recently partnered with Spray Finishing Systems specialist, Gallito Ltd, on a project to design, manufacture and install two custom-built spray booths and a drying room, for long standing customer Chilfen Joinery. Based in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, Chilfen employs around 70 people and operates from a modern 33,000 sq ft manufacturing facility. The company provides a bespoke joinery service to fit-out specialists, predominantly in the commercial and retail sectors. Commenting on the project, Michelle Dear, joint managing director of the family run concern, said: “Having reviewed our

operation over the last 18 months we identified the need to upgrade our spraying facility to enable us to satisfy increased demand for our sprayed products. We invited DCS to put forward their proposals for two replacement spray booths and a drying room. The drying room was seen as a very important addition in order to increase throughput without compromising the quality of our finished products.” DCS engineers, working closely with manufacturer Gallito, came up with a scheme which involved the fabrication of two new spray booths, providing a total spraying area of 540 sq ft, together with a 210 sq ft interconnecting drying room which enables finished product to remain

in an isolated, dust-free environment until completely dry. Mike Stephenson of Gallito explains: “Chilfen’s new spraying facility was designed specifically to suit their production requirements. It provides the necessary air flow to meet current legislation, and the control system ensures maximum life is achieved from the filter media and that emissions fully comply with current and future requirements. A balanced air extraction / input system, incorporating fan speed control and fan silencing, draws air into the drying enclosure and spray booths from high level in the factory where the air is warmest. This considerably aids the drying process and,

One of the two new Gallito spray booths installed by DCS Ltd.

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Sliding doors allow access from both spray booths to the interconnecting drying room.

because Chilfen generate heat for the factory by burning wood waste, warm air is

a plentiful commodity. Also, unlike the old system, the new facility is capable of

running for over 12 hours at a time.” Michelle Dear adds: “We now have a spraying and drying facility to be proud of, enabling us to finish products more quickly, and to a consistently high standard. Installation of the new plant also presented us with the opportunity to relocate the spraying facility to better suit production flow in the workshop and, as is always the case with DCS, the installation team worked around us with little or no disruption to production.” The old spray booths were removed and the new system was fully commissioned in just 10 days.

For further information: Tel: 0800 040 7116

Chilfen’s new spray finishing facility manufactured by Gallito Ltd has increased throughput and ensures consistently high quality finish

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GALITTO: Tel: 01937 844698

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WOODWASTE Exhibition Business Uses Wood Waste to Stand up to Astronomical Bills An exhibition contractor in the Midlands has purchased a wood waste heater from Wood Waste Technology to save money on waste disposal and heating bills. MD of Nu-Stand in Redditch, Simon Harris purchased the wood waste heater six months ago after hearing so many good things about the heaters and the company from a fellow business colleague who’d had a number of the heaters installed. At the time, Nu-Stand was paying astronomical bills of around £5,000 on heating and almost £14,000 on skip hire charges each year. Simon spoke to Kurt Cockroft at Wood Waste Technology, and visited the stand at the W12 Exhibition at the NEC before ordering a WT15 model. The heater was installed at the end of 2012, taking Wood Waste Technology’s experienced installation team less than half a day to set it up in the 8000 square feet factory – and everyone is delighted with it.

As Simon says: “I’d highly helped many companies recommend one of Wood reduce their waste disposal Waste Technology’s heaters to and heating costs. As well as any business that generates offering site survey, design, wood waste. It heats up the manufacture, installation and whole workshop, keeping our on-going maintenance for 10 employees warm and new units, the company also happy whilst saving the services all types of wood business lots of money. At the waste heaters and supplies same time as we had our genuine spares up to 60% The WT15 model installed cheaper than other suppliers. wood waste heater installed, at Nu-Stand the unit next door to us In addition, Wood Waste decided to install new gas heaters - I Technology is the UK official distributor for definitely wouldn’t swap our bills for theirs Gross Apparatebau GmbH, a German next winter!” manufacturer of dependable, precision MD of Wood Waste Technology, Kurt engineered shredders and briquetters, Cockroft says, “As exhibition companies available in various size and specifications produce a huge amount of bulky wood to suit all business applications. waste, they should definitely be Call Wood Waste Technology on 01785 investigating how much money a wood 250400 and start to recoup some value waste burner could save their business – so from the waste in your business, or visit they can benefit just like Nu-Stand.” or to find out more. Wood Waste Technology’s years of expertise in wood waste solutions have F O R A C L E A N E R E N V I R O N M E N TA L F U T U R E At Dust Pollution Systems, we have been busy systemizing spot extraction in the industrial working environments. Our systems cover all aspects and working methods from the small, mobile dust extractors to large turnkey stationary industrial installations.



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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.


To book your entry: Tel/Fax: 020 8366 3331 e-mail:

Brackets (Furniture Fittings)

Panel Handling


Dudley Tool Presswork & Engineering Co. Ltd

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)


CNC Machinery

SCM Group UK Ltd

Spray Finishing Equipment

SCM Group UK Ltd

Pocket Routers

Dust Control Systems

ATA Engineering Processes

Cades Ltd


WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd Workplace Safety Mechanical Services

Edgebanders Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood) SCM Group UK Ltd

Machining Centres (CNC) SCM Group Ltd

MFC Panel Products

Power Tools

Throughfeed Drills

CD (UK) Ltd

Routers (CNC) ATA Engineering Processes AXYZ International SCM Group UK Ltd

Routers (CNC - 5 Axis) ATA Engineering Processes

Panel Saws (Beam)

Router Cutters

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

ATA Engineering Processes

Sanders (Speed)

O’Meara, J&C Ltd

SCM Group UK Ltd

Veneer Cutting & Sanding Equipment CD (UK) Ltd

Veneering Equipment Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood)

Wide Belt Sanders, Polishers & Buffing Machines CD (UK) Ltd

Woodworking Machinery Biesse Group UK Weinig Group UK

Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

Woodworking Tooling & Machinery Ltd

Sanders (Wide Belt)

Woodworking Machinery (New & Used)

Boere Machinefabriek bv

Panel Saws (Sliding Table) SCM Group UK Ltd

ATA Engineering Process Tooltec Ltd

MAKA Machinery UK Ltd

Schelling UK Ltd


Allwood Machinery Ltd (inc Interwood)

VC Industries Ltd

SCM Group UK Ltd

ITW Industrial Finishing

Kundig Ltd SCM Group UK Ltd

Panel Saws (Vertical)

Solid Surface Processing Equipment


CD (UK) Ltd

Allwood Machinery Essex Ltd (inc Interwood) Daltons Wadkin J&C O’Meara

Wood Burning Equipment WoodWaste Control Engineering Ltd

Quality The glue line is invisible, the edge is welded to the panel. High resistance to heat and moisture.

Simplicity The system is simple and Zero impact on the machine. No need for glue and the cleaning agents


Cost/BeneďŹ t The system has an affordable cost and can be integrated in any Biesse edgebanding machine.

BIESSE UK Lamport Drive, Heartlands Business Park Daventry NN11 8YZ Northants T: 01327 300366

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