Why did Kingstown Furniture purchase a Biesse Rover C Edge? “We already had an ageing point to point with edge banding which we bought to do curved work” explained Kingstown’s Production Director, Dave Busby. “It was a second hand machine which had reached the end of its useful life so we needed to look for a new one. Our requirements were fairly simple in that the machine needed to be able to handle the processing of multiple thin panels so Biesse increased the vacuum system and provided additional clamps which fulfilled our needs. We also required the machine to edge an internal radius of 50mm, which of course it does”.
We saw the machine at the BiesseInside events in Italy and it appeared to ‘fit the bill’ in terms of operational requirements and quality.
Other buying criteria from Kingstown were that the machine should be faster to increase productivity, more user friendly and produce a quality finish. “In my opinion, Biesse have always made good quality machines” Dave continued “and the Rover CNCs in particular have a good reputation as a sound investment. We saw the machine at the BiesseInside events in Italy and it appeared to ‘fit the bill’ in terms of operational requirements and quality”.
Dave explained that they always look beyond the machine and its prime elements as part of their decision making process. “We always consider the ease of use of the programming, cost of replacement tools and cutters and back-up from an engineering perspective. Reliability is also of paramount importance as we would incur significant downtime costs due to the volume of items we produce, which is on average, 170 pieces of furniture every hour”.
Now the Rover C Edge has been installed and working, how did it meet Dave’s expectations? “It’s a very versatile piece of kit. We run it on two shifts per day and as a direct comparison, our old machine used to take 56.6 hours per plan. The Rover C Edge completes the same work in 26.6 hours which is a significant saving and equates to one person. It’s difficult to quantify but we’ve also saved on edging tape by around 40mm per strip, due to the accuracy of the edge banding unit”.
When asked which were the most important reasons why Kingstown purchased the Rover C Edge, Dave concluded: “It has to be flexibility, ease of use, quality and value for money”.