A Yorkshire bedroom and bathroom furniture manufacturer has invested in a REM CNC production line for its new factory.

Daval Furniture’s REM line, purchased via Bicester-based RW Woodmachines Ltd, spearheads rigid cabinet activities at the 97,000ft2 Slaithwaite factory.

The company made the four-mile move from two older factories in Huddersfield, combining production and sales activities under one roof.

Benefits cited by Daval since the REM’s installation include reduced delivery times, “dramatic” increases in production and reduced costs.

The line consists of a multi-station automatic feeder, an REM 25/11 machining centre equipped with two 10-position tool revolvers, an outfeed conveyor and a 5m powered roller conveyor/buffer.

&#8220Speed, accuracy and flexibility are the key factors in the system ”

Daval Furniture manufacturing director Tony Bodsworth

It is designed to do all face and end boring, routing, grooving, dowelling and glueing, and insertion of fittings in a single pass on different panels in any sequence. It works in a cabinet-by-cabinet order, ensuring cabinets are ready for assembly as soon as the required sets of panels roll off the production line.

The use of glue pellets instead of wet glue removes the need to complete assembly operations within four minutes, eradicating the problem of curing during breaks.

Daval manufacturing director Tony Bodsworth says speed, accuracy and flexibility are the key factors in the system.

Throughput speeds have increased to 96m/min, achieved largely by a mixture of accelerating the movement of machining heads to 40m/min, raising spindle speeds close to 20,000rpm and upping the number of tooling position on each revolver from eight to 10.