New machine offers more options for business success
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.”