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    Mighton has answered the call from joiners and factory coaters with the creation of a quick-drying exterior paint with the potential to be touch-dry for recoating in as little as 30 minutes in ideal conditions.

    The water-based formulation, named Modifica Quick Dry – or Modifica QD – is suitable for all exterior wood types including Accoya, and offers the same no-compromise performance and finish as all other Mighton Ankerstuy coatings. It was designed in response to growing demand for a quick-drying finish, especially among factory finishers.

    Mighton Technical Coatings Director Graham Avery explained: “The move towards production line manufacture and factory finishing is still growing at a pace and more and more joiners told us they needed quicker drying paints to speed up their processes.

    “We worked very hard with our partners at Anker Stuy to develop a formulation that would live up to their demands without compromising on performance or finish. The result is a coating with a typical touch-dry time of as little as 30 minutes where the correct recommended drying conditions are implemented.

    “This not only means faster and more efficient throughput for anyone who is factory processing, but it’s also a great boost for any other joiner who is in a hurry; whether it’s to recoat, mask an edge for two toning or simply get a finished piece ready to take to site.”

    Modifica QD is available in all the same opaque colours that are offered with other the exterior paints in the Mighton Ankerstuy range.

    Its introduction comes shortly after the company launched its new and extended paints and stains range with three times the colour choices as well as the addition of Interior and Specialist coatings.

    Mighton Chairman Mike Derham said: “We are always ready to listen to what joiners and coaters want from a paint to help them do the best job they can, as cost-effectively as they can. This is the thinking that led to the creation of Modifica QD and we are sure it will give them exactly what they want.”

    Buy it here: https://www.mightonproducts.com/products/ankerstuy/choose-your-paint/modifica-qd-professional-exterior-paint


    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.


    As the Mighton Machinery range from Mighton Products continues to gain momentum following its 2016 launch, it has earned the company high praise from a number of skilled joinery firms across the country, with the latest review coming from Swift Joinery Manufacturers Ltd.

    The Castleford-based joinery specialist was quick to commend the speed and quality of Mighton’s X-Cut™ Glazing Bead Jointing Machine, as Steve Greenwood explains. “We purchased the machine 18 months ago due to high demand for plant-on Georgian Bars, and by far the most beneficial feature of the machine is its speed. It’s proven to be a tremendous time saver on production without compromising on accuracy; we cannot fault the quality of the manufacture on the joints.”

    Drawing on significant personal joinery experience, the Mighton Machinery range came about following months of research and development by Chairman Mike Derham and the Mighton team. The range of machines is designed to make joinery production quicker, easier and more efficient for both the small or large scale operator. The popular semi-automatic Mighton X-Cut™ machine produces perfect cross-joints on glazing beads, coming complete with tooling to suit the timber profile of the user’s choosing. Accurate and consistent, it allows for simple tool changes and no lengthy manuals mean it’s quick to set up and easy to operate, something Steve can vouch for: “We took advantage of a visit from the Mighton Mobile Demo Van which we found incredibly helpful. We were able to see first-hand just how straightforward the X-Cut™ machine was set up and operate.”

    With 16 years in the joinery industry, Steve and his team of 20 have been buying Sash Lift and Eyes, Angel Ventlock® Window Restrictors and Securefitch® Fasteners from Mighton for 10 years.

    Mighton’s Chairman Mike Derham adds: “With many years combined experience between the team, Swift Joinery has grown to become a true specialist in the manufacture of bespoke timber windows and doors. Manufacturing and building 95% of their products at their Castleford site, they are able to oversee every aspect of production, ensuring that their bespoke design and hand-crafted products are built to each customer’s exacting standards. We are pleased to hear that the X-Cut™ machine has contributed to the speed and accuracy of their production, as one of the foundations our machinery range was built on was saving our joinery customers both time and money by simplifying and speeding up the manufacturing process.

    “As the Mighton Machines range continues to pique interest, we are thrilled to announce that a dedicated catalogue has been introduced this year, packed with product info, case studies and information on the free demonstrations that we offer.”


    Since the addition of its Interior and Specialist coatings to the already-established Exterior paints range, the Mighton Ankerstuy collection continues to attract interest from new and existing customers, along with rave reviews.

    Fife-based, The Painted Kitchen Ltd started using Mighton’s primers and interior top coats in September 2017, after a local spray shop recommended the brand, and haven’t looked back since.

    Director Terry Turpie explains: “They couldn’t talk highly enough about the Mighton range. After such a glowing review we decided to get in touch with Mighton to try it out for ourselves and were certainly not disappointed. We specialise in bespoke and hand-painted kitchens where only the best materials will suffice, and this is where the Mighton range fits in perfectly.  We pride ourselves on the feedback we receive from customers, and to ensure we retain the highest standard of customer satisfaction, we source the best quality materials and dedicate many hours to hand crafting our offering.

    “On every kitchen job we use the Mighton primer, which we spray and de-nib between coats here in our own workshop booth. Once the kitchen is installed it is then followed up with two coats of the interior top coat which has a slight sheen to it and leaves our cabinets with a perfect finish. Even our customers comment on the finish; believing the cabinets have been completely finished on site – that’s how good the result really is! The topcoat colour-matching service from Mighton really is superb and Mighton Ankerstuy is the only paints and coatings range we will use on our bespoke kitchens now.”

    Along with The Painted Kitchen, Mighton has recently seen an upsurge in new customers following the company’s investment in its Mighton Ankerstuy range, including the launch of a new dedicated paint and stain catalogue showcasing the much-extended offering. With an added palette of exterior colours and the new addition of its Interior and Specialist coatings, Mighton has more than trebled the size of the Ankerstuy range. As well as colour charts of all product types and finish options the 48-page catalogue now includes far greater technical and usage information, plus more details on the key products in the range.

    Mighton’s Chairman Mike Derham comments: “With 35 years’ experience between them, Terry and his business partner Gavin Robertson have quickly grown The Painted Kitchen to become a leading provider of bespoke cabinets since the company was launched just 12 months ago. We are pleased have helped them achieve such high quality results for their customers through the use of our Mighton Ankerstuy range and colour matching service.”


    Mike Derham, Chairman of Angel Ventlock window restrictor manufacturer Mighton Products, has made a further call for the UK to follow the United States in intensifying legislation and educational efforts to prevent young children falling from windows.

    Mike highlighted National Window Safety Week, an initiative of the National Safety Council, which has linked with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to raise awareness about the dangers of children falling from windows in a campaign that took place during the first week of April. This is to further reduce the estimated 3,300 children ages five and younger, who are treated each year in U.S. hospital emergency departments. Sadly an average of eight deaths are also recorded annually. By comparison more than 4,000 such accidents a year happen in the UK.

    “In the United States there is far greater awareness of the dangers posed to young children of falling from windows than here in the UK,” said Mike. “Legislation is tougher but this is supplemented by public awareness initiatives including the National Safety Council, which even has a Window Safety Task Force that provides important information on how effective window safety practices and hardware can help significantly reduce the amount of window-fall related injuries.” Roto Frank of America, the US distributor of Mighton’s award winning window restrictor, has a representative on the Window Safety Task Force.

    “Despite the work of the Child Accident Prevention Trust and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) legislation in the UK is comparatively poor, with the result that injuries and deaths to children caused by falling from windows are significantly higher pro rata then in the US.

    “Legislation in the US imposes the ASTM [American Society for Testing and Materials] standard which helps prevent falls, educates parents and carers about window safety and defines standards for safety devices, especially those that prevent falls without interfering with emergency egress. ASTM standards are often used in the UK for other products so this is something that could so easily be remedied and without significant cost implications to anyone,” added Mike.

    For further information on the Angel Ventlock and relevant legislation in the UK call us on 01223 497097. Let us know your thoughts on twitter - https://twitter.com/mightonproducts/status/984808074379751424

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