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  • WITH JOINERY MACHINERY, SIZE CERTAINLY ISN’T EVERYTHING…

    The technology behind modern CNC machines is extraordinary says Mighton’s Mike Derham. But, he says, sometimes ‘small and specific’ works too…

    Unless your joinery business is dedicated to producing every piece by hand you will be reliant to one degree or another on machinery during the production process. These days with the cost of complex CNC equipment coming within the budgets of small producers, the efficiency that such equipment can bring to a business cannot be ignored. And as skilled staff become increasingly difficult to recruit, a balance between the craft skills that we promise our customers, combined with the efficiency of a workshop equipped with high technology is essential to run a viable modern joinery business.

    Having made that point the use of any type of machine should not be a substitute for skills and training. To get the best out of any production process those involved should have a deep understanding of what they are doing and fundamentally why they are doing it in addition to the skills required to carry out their tasks. As timber frames are making a resurgence it is crucial that no compromise is made in the quality of timber frames and related products.

    CNC machines allow the handling of more machining operations in one setup than is commonly possible on conventional, specific-use machines. CNC machines make it possible to perform machining operations on a lathe that are commonly done on a mill, rotary tables and indexers on machining centers designed to rotate the workpiece to expose multiple sides of the part to the spindle for machining, and spindle probes on machining centers that make it possible to accurately (and automatically) locate key location surfaces. In other words, a single CNC will perform many of the most commonly repeated operations that are part of an operation in which larger numbers of relatively standard products are produced.

    However, many smaller operations will be required to produce one-offs, either totally bespoke windows or doors for example, or perhaps more commonly, derivations of standard products. And it is typically these circumstances in which the use of CNC machines can become a hindrance. Quite simply it is not, in broad terms, the best use of such technology and why the market for small, relatively inexpensive single-function machines is growing.

    Just as technology has driven the cost of CNC machinery down and their complexity up then so to have clever electronics and digital controls and programming allowed the development of small, inexpensive semi-automated machines that can be used for small unit runs that allow the CNC to do what it does best, without interruption. I must emphasise that I am not suggesting that small, dedicated machines can do anything better than a CNC, just that CNC’s are better utilised for larger runs of relatively standard products. Dedicated machines simply allow a number of basic functions to be carried out without interrupting the flow of the CNCs, which should be too busy making money for the workshop.

    Of course, many smaller workshops will not have CNC machines, either due to the decision to remain dedicated to craft methods or simply because the company has not taken the financial leap even into the lower end of CNCs. In such circumstances dedicated, semi automatic machinery should be considered for carrying out repeat tasks that craft skills are wasted on and which may justifiably allow greater efficiency and lower cost per unit without sacrificing a commitment to craft, hand-made quality.

    Identifying the need for high-quality, low cost machinery for performing a range of dedicated tasks in joinery production, Mighton Products offers a growing range of high quality woodworking machines. Its most popular products are the X-Cut™ Glazing Bead Jointing Machine and the Scribe-It™ End Scribing Machine, a semi-automatic end-scribing machine for scribing the end of timber profiles quickly and efficiently. Demonstrations are available onsite nationwide through the company’s purpose-built mobile vans and specialist advisors.

  • OLD WOODEN WINDOWS MAKES IT BETTER WITH MIGHTON

    When Original Wooden Windows Ltd set out to make its frame production quicker and more efficient with new machinery, Director Gus Brazier said the name of Mighton Products needed no introduction. Even though the hardware specialist launched its machinery range less than a year ago, the Slough-based joinery firm knew Mighton from 12 years of using its sash weights and other ironmongery.

    Mighton did not expect OWW to make the choice on reputation alone, but was able to give Gus and the team hands-on experience of its Scribe-It™ end-scribing machine without leaving the factory, thanks to the Mighton Mobile Demonstration Vehicle.

    “The rep gave us a full demo of the end-scribing machine so we were able to see for ourselves exactly what it can do,” he said.

    “Installation was simple and didn’t cause any interruptions. Just from using the machine in the first couple of weeks the benefits have been clear to see. It has not only sped up production significantly but also gives exactly the same profile with every cut.”

    Scribe-It™ increases throughput by scribing the ends of timber profiles quickly, efficiently and consistently. It can complete a full cutting cycle in just 15 seconds and is compatible with any profile up to 45mm wide and 35mm deep. Using two cutters, Scribe-It™ allows for the shaping of the bead to be carried out in two halves, therefore safeguarding against issues such as the beads splitting or spelching at the ends.

    Chairman Mike Derham said OWW’s experience was the ideal example of the difference one machine could make:

    He explains: “The end scribing is only one small part of OWW‘s overall manufacturing process but when you have a bottleneck in a factory, it can have a knock-on effect on every other part.

    “Now, with the the right machinery in place, the whole factory can operate more smoothly and of course more efficiently and cost-effectively.”

    He adds: “We are always pleased to be able to support craftmen such as Original Wooden Windows, a family owned and run business which has been trading for over 40 years. All of their experienced staff specialise in the bespoke design and manufacture of timber windows and doors, with every item designed and produced to match exacting customer requirements. They also pride themselves on working sucessfully with heritage and conservation authorities.”

    To learn more about the range of Mighton Products machinery, and the flexible finance options available, or to order a new catalogue visit www.mightonproducts.com or call 01223 497097.

  • MORE PRODUCTS, MORE INFO AND QUICKER NAVIGATION WITH NEW MIGHTON HARDWARE AND MACHINERY CATALOGUES

    Choosing and using Mighton products has been made easier than ever with two new, product-dedicated catalogues with extended ranges and quick-navigation format.

    For 2018 the company has launched separate catalogues for its core ranges, making each more focussed on each customer’s needs, as well as adding new product ranges and much more technical and how-to information.

    The main hardware catalogue has 132 pages packed with all the best in window and door hardware, including Mighton’s new Armourer range of security products as well as the acclaimed Angel Ventlock sash window restrictors.

    Mighton’s patented machinery range for professional joiners now has its own dedicated catalogue to reflect the growing popularity of machines such as the X-Cut cross-jointing and Scribe-It end-scribing machines. The 12-page Mighty Machines catalogue also tells everything about Mighton’s Mobile Demo service, offering free demonstrations for real hands-on experience of any of the machines anywhere in the UK.

    Mighton has also moved its massively expanded range of Mighton Ankerstuy paints and stains into their own dedicated catalogue.

    As well as being more product-specific, the catalogues now have colour-coded icons to help navigate quickly and easily to any of the product sections, all presented with a clear and stylish new design.

    Chairman Mike Derham said: “We are proud of our comprehensive product ranges, with the best of everything that the professional could ask for. Now, with these new catalogues, we have not only packed in more of everything, we have also made them quicker and easier to choose the products – and to learn how to make the very most of them.”

    To learn more about Mighton Products or to order a new catalogue visit www.mightonproducts.com or call 01223 497097.

  • BAILEY-HAGUE PRAISES MIGHTON’S X-CUT™ CROSS JOINTER

    Bailey HagueHaving recently launched its own brand range of machinery earlier this year, Mighton Products gave some of its customers the opportunity to provide honest reviews of the machines they have purchased. Timber window and door specialists Bailey-Hague Joinery recently purchased one of the latest additions to the range, the Mighton X-Cut™ machine which produces perfect cross-joints on glazing beads, and praised its speed and accuracy.

    “We choose the X-Cut machine because we were hoping the promise of simple set-up and ease of use would make life easier for our employees and improve joint accuracy.” explained Robert Bailey-Hague of the Leeds-based company.

    “Six months on and we wouldn’t change a thing. The machine is quick and easy to set up and has increased not only the speed of our production but also the accuracy. Our Mighton representative set the machine up for us and gave us full training on how to use it. The Mighton demo van visit we booked was really beneficial, and gave us a lot more confidence in our purchase, having seen how the machine worked first.“

    Bailey-Hague Joinery has been a customer of Mighton Products for several years, buying beading and paint and making use of its colour matching service. Set up by Robert 15 years ago after being inspired by his late grandfather to become a skilled carpenter, Bailey-Hague now employs seven people and has become a specialist in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber windows, doors and kitchens.

    The Mighton machinery range came about after the company saw an opening to devise its own brand range of low-cost machinery, designed to make joinery production quicker, easier and more efficient, as Chairman Mike Derham explains:

    “Our mission when we set about developing these machines was to partner with skilled Craftsmen like Bailey Hague and provide them with products that speed up manufacturing and deliver long lasting end results."

    The semi-automatic X-Cut™ joint cutting machine produces perfect cross-joints on glazing beads and comes complete with tooling to suit the timber profile of the user’s choosing. Accurate and consistent, it allows for simple tool change and no lengthy manuals mean it is simple to set up and easy to operate. The machine is adjustable to accept bead profiles measuring from 9mm to 19mm in height and 12mm to 38mm in width and any lengths over 500mm can be used with the option to add extending arms.

    Demonstrations of any machine in the range are available through the new Mighton Mobile Demonstration Vehicles. The demonstrations give customers the opportunity for a live demo with a Mighton expert, and see first-hand how to get the most out of a potential purchase. There is also a choice of flexible finance options, making the machines easily attainable for small to medium joinery companies.

    To learn more about the range of Mighton Products machinery or to order a new catalogue visit www.mightonproducts.com or call 01223 497097.

  • HIGH PRAISE FOR MIGHTON MACHINERY FROM CLAREMONT JOINERY

    PR5369As part of its ongoing quest to make joinery production quicker, easier and more efficient for both the small or large-scale operator, Mighton Products recently launched its own brand range of machinery and has reached out to its customers for their reviews on the range.

    Gateshead-based joinery specialist Claremont Joinery purchased both the Mighton X-Cut™ and Scribe-It™ machines and was quick to praise the speed and accuracy of cut the machines gave. “We purchased the machines three months ago as we wanted to improve the ease and speed of production without compromising on accuracy, and I’m pleased to say there isn’t any aspect of the machinery we would change.

    “Production times have improved and there are no bottleneck issues with producing the windows due to waiting for beads to be cut. The machines were incredibly easy to set up and operate following a helpful demonstration from Mighton’s Dale Cook.”

    The semi-automatic Scribe-It™ machine is designed to scribe the end of timber profiles quickly and efficiently, increasing throughput and efficiency. The machine can complete a full cutting cycle in just 15 seconds and is compatible with any profile up to 45mm wide and 35mm deep. Using two cutters the machine allows for the shaping of the bead to be done in two halves and this method safeguards against issues such as the bead splitting or spelching at the end.

    Producing perfect cross-joints on glazing beads, the semi-automatic X-Cut™ joint cutting machine comes complete with tooling to suit the timber profile of the user’s choosing. Accurate and consistent, it allows for simple tool change and no lengthy manuals mean it is simple to set up and easy to operate. The machine is adjustable to accept bead profiles measuring from 9mm to 19mm in height and 12mm to 38mm in width and any lengths over 500mm can be used with the option to add extending arms.

    Taking advantage of a visit from the Mighton Mobile Demonstration Vehicle, Claremont was able to see the machines working before purchasing. The demonstrations give customers the prime opportunity for a live demo with a Mighton expert, seeing first-hand how to get the most out of a potential purchase and ask any questions they may have. There is also a choice of flexible finance options available, making both machines easily attainable for small to medium joinery companies.

    Chairman Mike Derham said: “We consistently look at ways to develop and improve our product range in order to make it easier for master joiners to produce the highest quality end results in the most efficient way possible. Developing these machines that speed up the manufacturing process and enable us to partner with skilled craftsmen such as Claremont Joinery was always the outcome we were aiming for.”

    With 35 years’ experience in the industry, Claremont Joinery is a family business that has grown into one of the North East’s leading providers of joinery services, earning itself a reputation for quality, bespoke craftsmanship. The company works on both domestic projects and contract work, and has an experienced team to cover all aspects of joinery work.

    Claremont has been purchasing hardware and machines from Mighton for over a decade, and is now looking to using the company’s range of paints and coatings in the near future.

    To learn more about the range of Mighton Products machinery or to order a new catalogue visit www.mightonproducts.com or call 01223 497097.

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