MCM (Millworks custom manufacturing)

Biesse Technology Pulls Double-Duty at MCM

One of the secrets to cost-justifying an investment in flexible, labor-saving technology is finding ways to keep it busy.

Customer: MCM (Millworks custom manufacturing)
City: Toronto
Country: Canada

MCM Inc. of Toronto has mastered that trick of the trade. To maximize the return on investment for some of its plethora of CNC machinery, the company has purchased equipment that can be used both to fabricate parts for its custom office and retail environment projects and to manufacture acoustical ceiling panels it produces for another company. Many of the machines pulling double duty on MCM’s shop floor sport the Biesse logo. “For our company, this is a great combination because the CNC machining for the acoustical product is fairly simple; it’s just a lot of holes,” said Gregory Rybak, who founded MCM, short for Millworks Custom Manufacturing, in 2001. “But having this technology greatly helps us with all of the custom work, especially for very intricate shapes and profiles. The acoustical ceiling panels are helping fill up our capacity, which is why we can afford to have all of these machines. If it were just for custom work, we would never be able to buy all of them.” MCM has so many Biesse machines that Rybak said even he loses count. He then proceeded to rattle them off resulting in the following list of 11 Biesse machines: Rover C9 5-axis CNC machining center with a combination table; Rover A 5-axis CNC machining center with a combination table; Two Rover B7 flat table CNC nesting routers; Rover G5 flat table machining center; Rover S CNC machining center with a 4x8 flat table; Rover A 1536G CNC nested-base workcell; Skipper 100 drilling machine, winner of an IWF 2006 Challengers Award; Two Selco beam saws Stream edgebander.

Rybak prides MCM’s ability to tackle custom retail and office projects most of its competitors can’t. In addition to its wealth of woodworking technology, MCM has custom veneer layup capabilities, a 40,000-square-foot metal fabrication shop and a 140-foot-long flat line finishing system.
We truly are a one-stop shop,” Rybak said. “We have a lot of processes within our company that most of our competitors do not. We have a full woodshop and a full flat line painting line where we can paint a lot of paneling. Our metal shop is thoroughly sophisticated with CNC lasers, bending machines, and all sorts of welding machines. We also have our own installation crews. When a designer has an idea for a structure that is built in steel, aluminum, solid wood, decorative panels or a combination, we can do it and meet their deadlines.
MCM’s one-stop-shop approach to servicing customers has served the company well. Over the first 15 years of its existence, MCM has expanded several times and now occupies three buildings totaling 240,000 square feet and employs 250 people. Even working almost around the clock six days a week is not enough to eliminate the need for more space. “We are out the door in our current location,” Rybak said. “We are planning on buying another building and having more warehouse space because a lot of our production has to be stored.”
MCM’s newest Biesse machine is a Rover S CNC flat table machining center. It is mainly used in tandem with the Skipper to manufacture acoustical ceiling panels, but also gets pressed into service from time to time to fabricate parts for commercial and office projects.
Making acoustical panels is a very simple process,” Rybak said. “The Skipper has 62 boring heads to drill many holes at a time in the veneered MDF panels for sound absorption. While the Skipper is drilling a panel, the same operator is using the Rover S to drill holes from the other side of the board. This makes the operation very fluent and more productive.”

MCM (Millworks custom manufacturing): Photo 1
The Rover S, which is also used to fabricate parts from plastic and non-ferrous metals, replaced the job performed by one of MCM’s two Rover B CNC nesting routers. Both Rover B machines are now dedicated to custom products. The Rover C9, a five-axis router with a flat table, is another example of a machine doing production and custom work. “The C9 is a combination machine that we use for the acoustical product but get used more for three-dimensional parts. We recently used the C9 to cut a railing that went through three floors of an office". The railing was actually glued-up solid oak about 2-3/8 inch. The top of the railing for each landing had a fairly intricate spiral design. “The five-axis machines have the most downtime; we may only use them 20 percent of the time,” Rybak said. “But without the five-axis capacity we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the parts, like the railings. While you pay a premium for it, for us it’s worth it.” Source: Rich Christianson March 2017
It's been a good marriage. Biesse is a world-class supplier and has been a good company for us over the years in terms of service and support.
Gregory Rybak MCM Founder
MCM (Millworks custom manufacturing): Photo 2
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