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Cotswold Doors Invest In The Latest Crosscutting / Trenching Technology

Cotswold Doors Ltd, based in Gloucestershire have a wealth of experience in the supply of high quality doors, door sets, door kits and internal glazed screens. Due to a considerable growth in their customer base and increased demand for high quality pre hung door sets for the residential apartments and student accommodation sectors, Cotswold Doors have added an additional manufacturing facility for door set machining and assembly along with new ironmongery packaging facilities.





One of the main decisions company director Jamie Wilkinson and newly appointed production manager Mark Nash had to make was to identify the key machines they would need to install to start production, which included an automatic crosscut saw. Through contacts in the trade Jamie was aware that JJ Smith are regarded as the UK’s leading supplier of cross cutting solutions, and after an initial telephone conversation with sales manager Kevin McGlone he made an appointment to visit Smith’s Liverpool showroom. Here he was able to see demonstrations on 4 different models of automatic cross cut saws, thus enabling him to review the features and benefits of each machine. As Cotswold Doors wanted to invest in a machine that would give them a high level of versatility, they were particularly interested in the Stromab CT600/F machine, which not only can be used for cutting straight parts, it can also automatically cut angles up to +/- 70 degrees. In addition it is equipped with an in built automatic trenching head meaning the CT600/F can be programmed to cut to length / trench in one operation for the door frame headers. Other standard features include a 6m infeed capacity, precision rack and pinion movement of the pusher arm and latest generation of Beckhof industrial level touch screen controller, with the software offering full optimisation and integration with external software to allow import of cutting lists in a number of different formats.

After spending several hours seeing the machine in operation and carefully going through the specification / pricing, Jamie and Mark decided to place an order there and then. The CT600F was delivered and installed ‘bang on time’ and was fully operational within a couple of days. Mark comments “Steve the JJ Smith technician did a fantastic job, he was very professional and took the time to make sure we were happy with all aspects of the operation and programming”. The machine has now been installed for over 3 months and Jamie Wilkinson adds “Everything went extremely smoothly from point of order to installation and we are extremely happy with the machines performance. Also I would not hesitate to recommend JJ Smith who have looked after us very well and are a pleasure to deal with”.

JJ Smith continue to have a permanent demonstration of cross cut saws set up in their Liverpool showroom. They include manual Graule radial arm saws, Stromab Matrix and CT600 programmable ranges (4 different models) and also a Cursal TRSI with automatic cross chain feeding and outfeed automatic sorting system.