SCA Timber Invest In New Cursal Optimising Cross Cut Line

SCA Timber Supply UK, supplier of timber and associated products to the UK’s building materials sectors, recently partnered with JJ Smith, to install a new Cross Cut Line at their state of the art production facility in Melton, Humberside. SCA has a strong philosophy of investing in the latest, most advanced machines and production methods which is highlighted by their recent purchase of a new Cursal optimising cross cut saw supplied by UK agent JJ Smith.

Earlier this year Peter Radford, Operations Manager at Melton, contacted JJ Smith with requirements for a new cross cut saw to keep up with the growing demand for their cut to size door linings and casings. Following detailed discussions regarding current and projected requirements, Kevin McGlone, cross cut product manager at JJ Smith, proposed a Cursal TRSI automatic optimising cross cut saw with infeed and outfeed handling systems - which Cursal specialise in.

On Site Visit
Following an on site visit to see a Cursal cross cutting line in operation, a final machine specification was agreed. Peter Radford comments ‘We were very impressed with the on site demonstration and also encouraged by positive comments from the saws operatives about its operation and reliability. It was clear to see that the Cursal equipment was extremely well built and designed for volume cutting. We found Kevin from JJ Smith to be very knowledgeable of automatic cross cutting systems and the help and advice we were given was invaluable.’

The line supplied consisted of the TRSI saw unit with a 6.2m loading capacity and high speed programmable pusher. This was linked to infeed loading chains with a board separating system which allows the operator to select how many boards are actually pushed through the saw and cut. The saw unit has a 500mm blade, giving a maximum cutting range of up to 120mm high and 300mm wide, is also equipped with a pneumatic side pressure to help ensure an accurate square cut plus a top adjustable clutch pressure roller that stops any over running of the timber and thus guaranteeing a cutting accuracy of +/- 0.2mm / m with a pusher speed of 200m/min. The machine is also equipped with a 5m outfeed conveyor with pneumatic sorting kickers to eject the cut timber to the required ‘bins’. Programming is via the onboard industrial Siax M8 control unit with 7” LCD TFT colour graphic display incorporating Cursal’s optimisation software. In addition the machine is pre-arranged to accept a Cursal front end automatic vacuum loading system giving SCA the option to fit in the future to further automate the line.

The machine was delivered and installed on time at the end of January and SCA were in full production in just two days. Pete Radford adds ‘Everything went very smoothly and the new cross cutting line has worked day in day out since then without missing a beat. The production output has fully met with our requirements as has the accuracy of cut, which is even better than we had hoped for’. Kevin McGlone comments ‘ We feel this is a real feather in our cap that a company with the standing of SCA Timber Supply UK had the confidence in JJ Smith to supply such a key item of machinery to their Melton production facility’.

Cursal is the latest addition to JJ Smith’s cross cutting portfolio which also includes Stromab and H&M programmable cross cut saws and the Graule range of radial arm cross cut saws. Kevin comments ‘While Stromab continue to be our key partner for standard push fed saws, linking up with Cursal was a natural progression for us as it gives us the facility to offer complete push fed or through feed cross cutting lines complete with automated handling solutions. With this range of equipment we feel we are now well placed to cover all market sectors’.