Big league shopfitter Timber Tailors has upgraded its Bulwell site with a low noise extraction system and a new CNC router.

The company, which counts John Lewis, Tesco and Waitrose among its customers, changed the layout of its factory to accommodate the machinery, aid efficiency and keep costs down.

Operations manager Simon McCormac said the old extraction facility was inefficient and incapable of upgrading to meet environmental standards and service new processing machinery due for installation in 2003.

A Nordfab NF 2000 3+1 drag chain filter plant, supplied by Dust Control Systems (DCS), was installed on steelwork above the mill offices because of the lack of yard space.

DCS developed a spreader device for Timber Tailors which evenly distributes the waste in the chip store and prevents pyramids forming, cutting down on waste contractor costs.

The extraction layout is designed to service only machines that are actually running, keeping overall capacity limited to 15,000cfm and reducing capital investment costs. A new Record 130 CNC router is one of the machines serviced by the system.

Investment in the router, extraction system, ducting and associated works cost £120,000-140,000.