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The Workshop - Investing in Technology

Based in central Dorset, TK Joinery (Blandford) was founded in 1996 by Chris Owen specialising in the manufacture of high quality bespoke joinery products including windows, doors, staircases, gates and conservatories. Since that time the company has built up excellent reputation for their craftsmanship and 'can do attitude' to even the most specialist projects. In order to maintain a high level of quality and flexibility Chris recognised that he would need to invest in some of the latest manufacturing technology to ensure the company maintained their position as one of the areas leading joinery manufacturers.

To this end Chris set out investigating the various different types of machines that are available from stand alone through to fully automatic window lines and CNC machining centres. After reviewing everything that was available, he concluded that the best solution to provide TK Joinery with the maximum flexibility and versatility would be to have individual quick setting programmable machines. After further research he identified three different machines that he felt would be key to his plans. After site demonstrations to see them in operation Chris was even more convinced this was the right route to follow and so he decided to go ahead and purchase all three machines.

The Centauro BETA mortiser is a horizontal oscillating swing chisel mortiser, equipped with an additional independent programmable hollow chisel head that can be used for small glazing bar mortises. It is fully programmable in 3 axis and is quickly and easily programmed through a graphic colour touch screen control unit. Advantages of this machine include fully automatic operation, high level of repeat machining accuracy and eliminating the need for manual marking out.

The Saomad Evolution is a heavy duty single end tenoner with a classical UK specification of cut off saw, top and bottom tenon head and vertical scribe shaft. All the main head settings are motorised and programmable through the Siemens Sematic touch pad control unit. Specific job programs can be created and memorised under a customer name or job number and by a press of a single button all machining heads move simultaneously to the pre-programmed positions, thus eliminating time consuming manual setting.

Last but by no means least the 'top of the range' Martin T27 'Flex' tilting spindle (+ / - 46 degrees) incorporates the latest graphic colour TFT touch screen control unit with intuitive software to aid quick and precise sets up along with memorisation of tool lists. This machine is also equipped with quick change HSK spindles, fully motorised fence / spindle positioning, set and memorised through the program, and also the comfort arm feeding system with motorised rise / fall with feed unit height again set through the program.

Chris comments "These machines really have transformed the workshop and all the lads enjoy using them. Previously all my machines were manual setting and while they did a good job they just weren't quick enough to set up, especially given the increasing amount of bespoke joinery work we're getting in. With the introduction of the new machines, which are so easy to set up and program, I can now change from making say a sash window to a storm casement in just a couple of minutes. In addition I am achieving an excellent level of quality and repeat machining that I was unable to achieve on my original manual machines".