For joinery and interior fit-out specialist, Taylor Made Joinery Interiors (TMJ), quality and cutting edge technology are everything. With over 30 years of experience, the company produces specialist joinery for high profile and blue chip clients as well as prestigious private residential customers, all of whom expect perfection.
When TMJ was looking at modernising its CNC machinery it chose Homag for its reputation as worldwide market leader in quality, reliability and cutting edge technology. Pat Coll is the production director of TMJ. He explains, “As a company, we are always looking to move forward with the times; two of our CNC machining centres were in need of modernising and so we began to research the market.
“We already had Homag equipment in our works and have always enjoyed a more than satisfactory experience with the company. In my opinion, Homag is the best on the market and so, after careful consideration, we pressed ahead ordering two five-axis Homag BMG 611 CNC machines and one three-axis Weeke BHX 055 Optimat CNC from Homag UK.”
Smooth installation process
“When it came to the installation process of the machines, it went smoothly. We had already had two members of staff trained on the machines in Germany for a week prior to the installation. Then, once up and running, a Homag engineer came to our site to train four more operators.
“Understandably, our guys were a little nervous when they first used the machines, however, within the first couple of weeks everyone was very comfortable operating them. They’re far easier to use than their predecessors in terms of programming, the touch screen interface is extremely user friendly and the BMG 611 CNCs are much quicker.
“We were supplied with Homag’s own in house software to use with our new CNCs: woodMotion, collisionControl and woodWOP. Each program integrates into our system easily and enhances production. The woodWOP interface is much more user friendly than our previous software, yet it retains full compatibility with CAM systems for higher end works.”
Higher throughput, smoother processing and better quality of finish
“In terms of the benefits the CNCs have delivered, they have increased our product throughput because they are generally quicker, easier to set up and deliver a higher quality of finish straight off the machine. They have also achieved a significant cost saving.
“With the modern controls and increased processing power, the five-axis paths are faster and smoother than those we had before, with better geometry tracking at high feed speeds.
“Homag’s patented Sorb Tech composite bed construction has been a major plus for us due to its ability to absorb almost all vibrations into the machine frame. This along with our Tribos tooling system has resulted in a superior surface finish compared to that possible from conventional CNC machines. Improving product quality is something that we are always striving to achieve and through the modernisation of our equipment we have certainly met this goal.
“In addition to the production gains, our factory and employees have also enjoyed positive benefits from the new machines. The controllable dust extraction hood on the Homag is a much better process and has led to superb extraction flow. The general working environment is therefore a lot cleaner and tidier which has improved our overall health and safety.
High expectations for Homag
“When dealing with the worldwide market leader in woodworking machinery you automatically have high expectations and there is no doubt that Homag UK met those.
“Their machines are of an extremely high standard and the whole experience we’ve had with Homag has been great. We’ve maintained a relationship with them for quite a few years and they always provide a friendly service. If we ever have any issues, there’s always someone for us to speak to.
“We’ve been a very satisfied customer of Homag’s, everybody is very easy to get on with and we’d definitely recommend them to others. They provide a friendly, helpful service as well as exceptional quality machinery,” concludes Pat Coll.