Previously, one person had to
hammer dowels into machined parts.
With the Sprint, R. T. London was
saving half-an-hour of labor for every
pallet of 500 stretchers. “If you can be Jeff Meehan, right, with lead engineer Lynn Parsons, left, and machine operator
shooting the dowels at the same time Tinh Nguyen with the Koch Sprint . The machine is programmed in engineering.
you’re boring the holes, why wouldn’t
you?” Meehan asks. second Koch (the Grand Rapids operation A Holz-Her Unimaster 7226 CNC
Parsons says the Koch Sprint saves has two similar machines), possibly after machining center was another important
time primarily in setup. Engineering a new edgebander is purchased. “If the addition. Parsons says the technology
writes all the programs for the shop. right order came through, if someone on the machining center saves time in
It takes two or three minutes to write came in and needed 1,000 wardrobes programming, setup and machining.
the program for the machine. The quickly, we might go ahead,” he says. A Routech Record 130 CNC
machine operator retrieves programs “Jobs pay for equipment.” machining center is primarily used
with a touch screen interface, and has for nesting, and makes two-position
a paper instruction that identifies the Planned payback chairs, cutting eight chair sides from a
job and quantity. R. T. London intends to update one single sheet.
R. T. London plans to use barcode key piece of equipment a year, and it Other equipment includes an
scanning in the near future, so it would must have a return on investment of SCM Olimpic S212 edgebander with
be able to do machining outside of a 18 months or less. It typically achieves a Thomas return conveyor, SCM
batch. Meehan would also like to get a ROI in a forecasted 12 to 18 months. Compact 22 moulder, Whirlwind
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