Quality and quantity don’t have to be mutually exclusive in manufacturing, as GL Joinery Ltd can attest.
The staircase specialist, based in Middlesbrough, UK, has increased its turnover by 30% in 12 months by modernising the way it creates staircases with Staircon by Elecosoft. GL Joinery can now turn around 15 staircase orders per week; a 275% increase on previous capacity.
Digitising design and automating the production process has enabled GL Joinery to turn around customer projects much quicker. At the same time, the company can now offer new, intricate design features to attract high value commissions.
Gary Lamming, CEO, shares: “The turnaround time is much quicker; before Staircon we were fitting around 3-4 staircases per week. Now we’re fitting 15. We can finally keep pace with demand!”
One key reason for GL Joinery’s increased capacity is the rate at which Gary and his team can design staircases. Rather than taking 3-5 hours to draw each staircase by hand, Staircon can plan designs in 2D or visualise them in 3D in just 20 minutes – providing an immediate, clear view of what the finished product will look like.
In addition to being much quicker, Staircon makes production more resourceful. The software generates technical drawings that give the team the exact quantity of wood needed to create the correct number of lengths and treads required for each staircase, limiting material waste.
“We utilise every bit of timber that we’ve got,” Gary explains. Every day we learn something new that Staircon can do to make our life easier. The software is so easy to use and has quickly become essential to our business.”
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