I Like Sheds specialises in manufacturing high-quality garden buildings including bespoke summer houses, workshops, log cabins and, of course, a wide range of sheds. As business continued to soar, it was time to find a future-proof crosscutting solution for speeding up productivity, saving waste and ensuring quality.
Daltons Wadkin visited the company’s Bedford facility to see how company director, Russell Smith, and manufacturing manager, Simon Pask, were coping with increasing demand six months on from the installation of their new Salvador SuperPush S200 automatic crosscut saw.
“To speed the process up, we were looking for something that could crosscut at volume – it’s alright for an individual to be able to cut five pieces of wood at a time, but when you’ve got something that could cut between 10- 0 pieces of wood, then that is just going to increase the supply of timber that we can build sheds with,” explains Simon.
Russell and Simon attended a demonstration at Daltons Wadkin in Nottingham to see the Salvador SuperPush S200 automatic crosscut saw in action. “I turned to Russell and said ‘that’s amazing’ – it was just a game-changer,” says Simon.
The potential of the Salvador was immediately clear to Russell and Simon. Multiple cutting lists are easily imported from the office via network connection, or manually inputted at the machine. Featuring a high-speed pusher, intelligent clamping system, optimisation and defecting software as standard, this heavy-duty saw can deliver accurate and efficient production.
“Using the Salvador, now we can cut for 14 sheds in a shift, no problem,” enthuses Simon. “It’s doubled productivity.” Simon also reports that operators feel confident using the crosscut saw. Daltons Wadkin’s specialist installation team carried out training on the Salvador immediately after installation. Swift backup and support is guaranteed, with remote machine monitoring and assistance as standard.
Another huge impact on production has been in the saving of waste, as the SuperPush S200 automatically works out the best cut, optimising the yield from each length of timber.
“We’re wasting next to nothing now … it saves us a lot of money,” says Simon. “It’s the speed it cuts the wood. We had someone do 20 pieces of 3m-long framing on there, and literally whizzed it down in a couple of minutes.”
Simon explains that the key benefit of the automatic crosscut has been the time saved by its ability to cut bulk wood. Going forward, I Like Sheds is looking to expand its facility and continue to invest in the future with automated machinery – in fact, within the same year, Russell also invested in an Elcon vertical panel saw from Daltons Wadkin, again increasing efficiency for his entire production line.
For further information on automatic machinery, including the Salvador range, visit the company’s website.