Safe Striebig boosts output at timber-frame specialist
A Striebig Compact vertical panel saw is bringing increased efficiency and improved safety to a South Wales joinery.
Seven Oaks Joinery, of Neath, West Glamorgan, specialises in making components for timber frames homes produced by sister company Hale Construction, as well as general joinery items including timber frame trusses and eco joists for external customers.
The two companies were formed in 1996 and now have 150 employees and an annual turnover of around £10 million.
Hale Construction has strict quality control procedures for the processing and manufacture of timber frame components. It holds TRADA certification under the Trussed Rafters Quality Assurance Scheme.
The Compact 4164, which has a maximum cutting size of 3100 x 1644mm and a cutting depth of 60mm, is used to size a range of sheet materials. It replaced a sliding table saw.
It was bought primarily to cut 9mm thick OSB sheet material used in the construction of the timber framed buildings. Four of the sheets are put on the saw’s bed at a time.
They are needed as external building panels to give structural integrity, meet fire regulations and to seal cavities.
The versatile and easy-to-use saw also sizes plywood and MDF sheets into smaller pieces as required for other joinery contracts. It has even been used to trim 45mm thick wooden doors.
Said joinery foreman Philip Rue: “We needed a faster and safer saw so I spoke to four manufacturers. I came across the Compact in a B&Q store, where it cuts customers’ wood, and after seeing another one at work at a local door manufacturer I decided it was the perfect saw for us.”
Its sliding table saw needed two men to load the panels and then hold them steady during sizing. It’s now a one-man job with the Compact, which has freed up a man for other work.
“It’s also a great time saver,” said Philip Rue. “I reckon it has cut down the time we spend sawing sheet materials by at least a quarter, making us a lot more efficient.
“Health & Safety is very much a major priority with us. The Striebig is a lot safer to use than a sliding table saw as the saw blade is totally enclosed, with no danger to the operator.”
The Compact is based on a single, fully welded sawing frame to give decades of reliable service whilst maintaining cutting precision.
Like other models in the Compact series, the 4164 has a re-designed control panel, saw head housing and saw head operating mechanism. Medium and small work piece supports extending along the full length of the machine make it is quick and easy to saw small pieces.
It also has a highly efficient integral dust and chips extraction system ensures that dust levels are kept well below permitted European limits.
It was supplied and installed by Striebig’s exclusive UK agent, T.M. Machinery Sales, of Leicester.
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