TAKING TWO AT A TIME

Stairways Midlands Invest In Two Salvador Crosscut Saws from Daltons Wadkin

Founded in 1989, Stairways Midlands have built a strong reputation for excellent customer service and high-quality timber staircases and crafted doors. Working closely with architects, housebuilders, and contractors, Stairways offer both mass- produced and bespoke services from multiple locations within the UK. They are a value-driven, reputable firm who offer continuous support to their clients from specification through to guidance with installation and maintenance.

Walsall based Production Manager, Lyndon, was looking to reduce operating error and create a more efficient workflow for mass produced work, with a view to allowing more time to focus on their bespoke services. Health and safety was a huge factor for the team, as operatives often manually cut stock timber as small as 100mm, requiring high levels of operator skill and time. “Automatic saws reduce that human element of mistakes by cutting set lengths”, explains Lyndon.

Following a visit from Daltons Wadkin, the decision was made to invest in two Salvador automatic crosscut saws. Firstly, the Salvador SuperPush 250, offering high volume 90 degree crosscutting with an automatic chain infeed loading system. Secondly, the Salvador SuperAngle 600 providing flexibility for straight and angled crosscutting up to +/- 70 degrees. Both machines reduce operator skill level, reduce labour by over 50%, and provide a 100% safe working operation.

Thanks to the optimisation software and defecting facility, included as standard, yield is increased while minimising waste and require minimal operator input – the perfectchoice for Stairways Midlands first automatic crosscut.

How easy did the operatives adapt to the Salvador? Lyndon relayed initial concerns from his team over introducing the new technology, however since the February install feedback has been very positive, “They’ve all adapted well, it’s so easy to use. Before it would have been a normal radial arm crosscut saw, so measuring lengths of timber, cutting it, and depending on how many they would have to count them through. Now with the automated saws it’s all batched on the lengths, the machine will count so there’s no worrying how many has been cut – it will generate what we want, it’s much simpler”.

Stairways Midlands are no strangers to the evolution in woodworking technology, which undoubtedly has helped set them apart in the industry, having already owned multiple CNC machines. Although for some, the transition from manual and traditional wood sawing methods to automatic and semi-automatic machines such as the Salvador can be a daunting prospect. Lyndon explains that with the new Salvador saws, “It’s very very simple”. It is a one-man job to simply copy and paste the data from a spreadsheet and send it to the machine, whilst one or two operatives can load and unload the timber. For Stairways Midlands this has meant allocation of staff on higher priority projects, such as their bespoke range, “as a business we’re seeing a good return”.

Overall the benefits seem to have appeared almost immediately for Stairways Midlands, “it has deskilled the job, it’s five times
as fast, and there are no errors”. Lyndon went on to report that in one eight-hour day, the Salvador Superpush 250 could produce the same amount of work as multiple operators working over four days. Impressive statistics considering the machine is not yet running at full capacity. It will be exciting to see how Stairways Midlands develop and fulfil their goal of becoming the UK’s leading staircase and door manufacturer, as they step forward with not one, but two Salvador

automatic crosscut saws. Finally, would Stairways

Midlands recommend Daltons Wadkin for Salvador crosscut saws? Here’s Lyndon’s response, “Installation with Sam and Doug was fantastic – well communicated, they came in as a team and were efficient. Everything from the initial order processing, to installation, to the support after, they’ve been fantastic. Good machine, good customer service, and that’s what it’s all about”.

For more information on the Salvador range of automatic crosscut contact sole distributors for the UK and Ireland on 0115 9865201, email info@daltonswadkin.com or visit www.daltonswadkin.com