T.M. Services comes to joinery’s rescue

TM services and repairs at Powells Joinery

Stepping in where others had failed, T.M. Services & Spares successfully repaired a seriously damaged Italian four-headed planer/moulder at a Hampshire joinery.

The nine-year-old Griggio G23-4 is a vital part of the production process at shopfitting joinery specialists, Powells Joinery, part of the Powells Group of Andover and one of the top 20 shopfitting companies in the UK.

When the machine broke down after a shaft had become bent causing extensive internal damage, joinery foreman James Wright called in a local woodworking machinery engineer to get it fixed.

“After taking a look at the machine he said he couldn’t tell what was wrong with it, which was very disappointing,” said Mr Wright. “As the Griggio is one of our main machines it was a nightmare being without it.”

He then had an idea and rang up T.M. Machinery in Leicester, who had supplied and regularly serviced their Striebig vertical panel saw, and asked if they could help.

“They sent down an engineer from their service division the following day and after inspecting the Griggio faxed through a report of what was wrong and what parts were needed to get it going again,” said Mr Wright.

The new parts needed included a short and long shaft, two double pinions, a length of Duplex chain and five bearings.

After obtaining them from the Italian manufacturer T.M. Service’s engineer returned to the joinery to fit them and make sure that the machine was in perfect working order.

“I am 100 per cent satisfied with that T.M. did for us,” said Mr Wright. “Their engineer really knew what he was doing, and this kind of first class service is exactly what we need in the fast-moving environment we work in.

“I would certainly recommend them to anyone with a machine problem; in fact I already have.”

For nearly 30 years, T.M. Services & Spares has repaired and maintained a wide range of industrial woodworking machinery. Founded in 1984 by ex-Wadkin engineer Tony Morris, the company is focussed on offering a top class machinery maintenance service.

The company has grown to become one of the UK’s most respected woodworking machinery service specialists, providing nationwide coverage. It offers a rapid response to breakdowns as well as delivering regular service programmes.

Its highly trained field engineers, who are amongst the most experienced in the UK, can repair most types of woodworking machinery. T.M. Services prides itself in being able to source parts and technical assistance for even the oldest of woodworking machines.

Avoid downtime with efficient servicing from T.M. Machinery

With challenging economic conditions leading to woodworkers hanging on to existing machines for far longer than usual, it’s more important than ever to be able to call on a highly reputable service company

For nearly 30 years, T.M. Services & Spares has repaired and maintained a wide range of industrial woodworking machinery. Founded in 1984 by ex-Wadkin engineer Tony Morris, the company focussed on offering a top class machinery maintenance service, which remains at the heart of the business today.

Its highly trained field engineers, amongst the most experienced in the UK, can repair most types of machinery. These include panel saws, wide belt sanders, classical machinery, moulders and edgebanders. They pride themselves in being able to source parts and technical assistance for even the oldest of woodworking machines.

In addition, the back-up team at head office has decades of experience in resolving customers’ problems, providing prompt and cost effective solutions.

The company has grown to become one of the UK’s most respected woodworking machinery service specialists, providing nationwide coverage. It offers a rapid response to breakdowns as well as delivering regular service programmes.

While some companies struggle, maintaining wide belt sanders is a key area of expertise, and in this area that T.M. Services & Spares offer an unsurpassed service. Sanding machines are different to other woodworking machines and require specialist knowledge when it comes to servicing and making major repairs.

Regular servicing by experts allows saws and other woodworking machines to operate at maximum efficiency

Regular servicing by experts allows saws and other woodworking machines to operate at maximum efficiency

Its field engineers can repair and maintain most makes of machines used for general sanding, calibrating, veneering and finishing.

Fitting new feed mats, recovering and fitting contact rollers and converting oscillation systems are all highly complex jobs which T.M. engineers regularly carry out to extremely high standards.

As sole UK sales agent for Striebig vertical panel saws, sister company T. M. Machinery knows that a pre-planned saw maintenance programme helps guard against possible breakdowns and expensive downtime.

In addition, this will provide a safer, more productive working environment and fulfil statutory obligations under UK and European safety legislation.

The service division is geared to keeping Striebig saws operating at maximum efficiency at all times and increasing their life span.

All of its service engineers carry relevant spares to every service call, from huge UK stocks, reducing the likelihood of return visits. A next-day, spare parts delivery service is provided, with spares available for all Striebig machines built as far back as 1968.

TM Machinery workshop

Spending a relatively small amount each year on a service and maintenance contract, whatever the type of machine, is a valuable long-term term investment. It’s just like taking out a service contract on a car whose warranty has expired. It will save money, ensure you keep within the law, and reduce the danger of accidents.

With ever more stringent Health & Safety requirements it makes sense to have a preventive maintenance programme in place to minimise the potential for breakdowns, rather than having to react after trouble strikes.

Failure to adequately service and maintain production equipment might invalidate manufacturers’ warranties. It could also mean costly downtime and lengthy disruption to business, which is something no-one can afford in these difficult times.

Regular maintenance can cut saw time

“In today’s tough economic climate production equipment including vertical panel saws might not be replaced as frequently as usual. It therefore makes sense to have a pre-planned service programme so as to extend and maximise their working life and maintain their continued safe operation in the workshop, says Matt Pearce, sales director of T.M. Machinery Sales, UK agent for the Striebig range.

“In recent months there has been an increase in companies turning to us to provide preventive maintenance programmes for their Striebig vertical panel saws.

The Swiss-made Striebig range is suitable for sizing and cutting practically all sheet materials, such as wood-based panels, plaster board, plastics and aluminium panels, They all come with a two-year parts and labour warranty.

Despite the unrivalled quality of Striebig saws, regular maintenance is essential to maintain their best possible performance and reliability.

A pre-planned maintenance programme helps guard against possible breakdowns and expensive downtime, with the added benefit of extended working life.

It also provides a safer, more productive working environment, fulfils statutory obligations under UK and European legislation, and can help with the continued provision of manufacturers’ warranties.

At T.M. Machinery Sales our dedicated service division is geared to keeping Striebig saws operating at maximum efficiency at all times and increasing their life span.

With ever more stringent Health & Safety requirements it makes sense to have a preventive maintenance programme in place to minimise the potential for breakdowns, rather than having to react after trouble strikes.

Failure to adequately service and maintain saws might invalidate manufacturer warranties. It could also mean costly downtime and lengthy disruption to business.

a4Setting up a pre-planned maintenance programme is a cost-effective way of avoiding these problems and T.M. Machinery Sales can provide a service programme geared to a customer’s specific needs.

All of our service engineers carry relevant spares to every service call, from huge UK stocks, reducing the likelihood of return visits. They are all highly experienced and trained by Striebig in the maintenance of every model we supply.

As Striebig specialises only in the production of vertical panel saws, and it is the only model of saw we supply, we offer an outstanding level of back-up support not often found with other saw manufacturers and suppliers.

With our extensive experience and nationwide coverage we are able to meet the needs of companies with multiple sites, as well as smaller customers with a single saw. Our service and maintenance programmes are pre-planned and carried out seamlessly to fit in with customers’ operations with no disruption to their business.

The British Safety Council has warned that in the current economic downturn there is a danger that firms will cut back on health and safety planning and implementation. This is a short-sighted approach as it could lead to potential equipment failure, together with a possible increase in personal injuries at work.

The message I have is a clear one. Spending a relatively small amount each year on a service and maintenance contract is a valuable long-term term investment, just like taking out a service contract on a car whose warranty has expired. It will save you money, ensure you keep within the law, and reduce the danger of accidents.”


For further information contact Matt Pearce, Sales Director on 0116 271 7155 or email sales@tmservices.co.uk

Issued by Stephen Barry Publicity. Tel: 020 8341 6660. Email: stephenbarry@clara.co.uk