TK Joinery (Blandford) Ltd a leading joinery manufacturer in Dorset with exacting standards which has recently taken delivery of a Soukup UK Series CNC Window Centre Model Crafter and Soukup Hydraulic Frame & Sash Cramp Model FP32.21 to increase productivity and efficiency to meet increased demand for its quality timber windows and doors.
Chris Owen, owner of TK Joinery researched the market for several years for a CNC window machinery supplier which could supply the correct CNC window machine complete with tooling and window software providing a total package from one supplier – rather than from suppliers which could only supply a CNC machine without tooling advice or any dedicated window software.
Chris Owen (left) of TK Joinery during commissioning and training
Until Chris contacted International Woodworking Machinery (IWM), the exclusive supplier of the award-winning, specialist, dedicated, window and door machinery manufacturer Soukup Machinery.
In recent years, Soukup Machinery has gained an impressive reputation in the UK joinery industry for manufacturing unique CNC window machinery – dedicated to the UK window and doors joinery market complete with Soukup-designed window tooling to BS 6375-1:2015 and PAS 24:2016 certification plus its impressive Soukup Wincreator window software.
The impressive Soukup package provides users with a comprehensive three-in-one package for UK window styles of casements and doors, sliding sash windows with pulley and weights and balance springs including creating the horns, trenching the cill and head, producing the boxes, cills and beading.
Works manager Dylan operating the Soukup Crafter after initial training
Chris Owen and his works manager, Dylan, naturally wanted to view a machine in action, and as such arrangements were made to visit one of the 25 Soukup CNC Crafter installations in the London area alone – all within the M25.
One such Soukup Crafter customer is Todi & Boys Ltd in Chessington which installed in 2017 a Soukup Crafter, Coukup Hydraulic cramp FP32:21, Soukup CNC milling and drilling Versa, Soukup automatic crosscut crossline 500 plus a Soukup five-head planer/moulder.
Soukup Crafter interactive touchscreen with Wincreator software programme
Following their visit, Chris and Dylan were suitably impressed with the Crafter and its capability to manufacture at least 10/15 complete sliding sash including boxes, cills, horns, trenching the cills, heads, beading per day – plus at least 15-20 casements and doors and other joinery components all achieved with just one operator. In view of this outstanding performance, Chris was minded to confirm his order for a Soukup UK series Crafter CNC Window Centre and a Soukup Hydraulic Frame and Sash Cramp.
The machinery was delivered, installed and commissioned, immediately after the Easter holidays and everthing went seamlessly – complete with training provided to Chris and Dylan with the full knowledge on how to produce knock-down finished window components saving more than 40% of production time over normal tradition joinery production methods.
Following the installation, works manager Dylan commented: “The Soukup is brilliant, it makes makes fantastic windows, but the only thing wrong is it doesn’t make the coffee!”