New ma­chine of­fers more op­tions for busi­ness suc­cess

Australasian Timber - - NEWS -

Par­ing back costs in any busi­ness is para­mount for sur­vival and for Nan­nup Timber Pro­cess­ing one way to do that was out­lay money now for fu­ture gain. That, ba­si­cally, was the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion be­hind the pur­chase of a new fin­ger joint­ing ma­chine from MPB En­gi­neer­ing.

But first, let’s look at the lead-up to this pur­chase ...

The West Aus­tralian based busi­ness was es­tab­lished in 1926 as the Kauri Timber Com­pany and held by a num­ber of timber com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Bun­nings be­fore be­ing sold to M&B Sales Pty Ltd in 2001. It is op­er­ated by Nan­nup Timber Pro­cess­ing Pty Ltd, an as­so­ci­ated com­pany of M&B Sales.

One of the mill’s fea­tures was the ver­ti­cal log band­saw mill of Amer­i­can de­sign which was in place in 1926 when the mill was first built.

The mill has un­der­gone var­i­ous up­grades through­out its his­tory and new band­saws for cut­ting the huge Jar­rah trees was al­ways the fea­ture of the green mill.

As the mill has been through new own­er­ships and eras, it has moved from a self-suf­fi­cient op­er­a­tion cut­ting, kiln dry­ing and machining timber prod­ucts to the world mar­ket to sup­ply­ing just green timber to an­other pro­cess­ing site in the Bun­nings era and when sold to M&B Sales, back to a fully self­suf­fi­cient op­er­a­tion cut­ting, kiln dry­ing and machining timber prod­ucts of dif­fer­ent species to the world mar­ket.

It has changed again just re­cently and stopped cut­ting green timber and con­cen­trat­ing on kiln dry­ing and pro­cess­ing many dif­fer­ent timber prod­ucts.

And now to the mod­ern times and, ac­cord­ing to Paul Gar­ratt (NTP), the de­ci­sion to get the fin­ger join­ter was easy.

“NTP have been man­u­fac­tur­ing en­gi­neered timber prod­ucts for prob­a­bly the last 10 years over­seas,” he ex­plained.

“Fin­ger jointed prod­ucts have been gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity over that time and the cost to send this wood fi­bre over­seas was ever in­creas­ing.

“By in­stalling the fin­ger join­ter here al­lows us to man­u­fac­ture and de­liver lo­cally on time. There is no need to pre­pare and send timber over­seas, elim­i­nat­ing the guess­work from man­u­fac­tur­ing times through to de­liv­ery to the cus­tomer,” he said.

“I had been work­ing with Aaron at MPB for some time in re­gards to the fin­ger join­ter. We had been toss­ing de­signs around to get the best for­mat and struc­ture to suit our busi­ness.

“Our main specie, Jar­rah, is such a hard and heavy timber it was vi­tal that the ma­chine could han­dle the con­stant pound­ing from this prod­uct and it was also vi­tal that the shook length could be huge in vari­ance from 500mm up to 2m in one packet.

“Aaron had also been work­ing with PUR glue and ap­pli­ca­tors which I had pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in, which was also a re­quire­ment we had.

“Aaron and the guys at CKM had that ma­chine, the ap­pro­pri­ate glue ap­pli­ca­tor and the flex­i­bil­ity to change the de­sign, al­beit small changes to cater for our re­quire­ments. When it ar­rived, ev­ery­thing was in or­der and the guys at MPB and CKM in­stalled and com­mis­sioned very quickly.”

In fact, the time­line from de­ci­sion to com­mis­sion­ing was about 6 months, which in­cluded the Christ­mas pe­riod rush.

Paul went to Tai­wan to check the ma­chine when it was in the test­ing stage to gain some use­ful train­ing knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion be­fore de­liv­ery.

“I was im­pressed at the level of user friend­li­ness this ma­chine had. Ev­ery­thing was easy to un­der­stand and the touch screen in an ap­pro­pri­ate or­der. The man­ual pro­gram is easy and the ma­chine set up time is very quick.

“As the ma­chine is very user friendly, it wasn’t as daunt­ing to my em­ploy­ees as they had first thought and they found it very easy to pick up and use.

“There are many prod­ucts that this ma­chine will ul­ti­mately sup­ply the raw ma­te­rial for. Right now, we can sup­ply a bet­ter qual­ity prod­uct, at the right length, at the right price and the right amount to the cus­tomer.

“As we progress from sim­ple, straight line prod­ucts to more com­plex ar­range­ments, the ba­sis for th­ese is fin­ger joint­ing. This ma­chine gives us many more op­tions for the busi­ness mov­ing for­ward.”

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