Technology is constantly evolving, and for our bespoke joinery services, this ensures that each job is done right the first time and to the highest quality possible, without taking away from the traditional ways of the industry.
We combine the traditions and craft of our bench joiners and cabinet makers with 21st-century technology to produce intricate, precise machining for our bespoke joinery services.
‘Then’ and ‘Now’
When it comes to choosing between old-school, traditional and more modern, technology-led techniques for our craft, we truly believe a combination of the two creates the best results.
The more conventional methods that date back hundreds of years are obviously proven and tested to be effective. They take precision, care, and time to execute and produce some incredible work. All whilst allowing you to put a personal touch on your products – which really is something special.
However, as times change and as technology advances, why would we not take advantage of this? It doesn’t mean getting rid of the old methods and replacing them with big, scary machines that churn out carbon copies, it means utilising the new mechanics to allow you full control of what you’re producing, with 100% accuracy, in a fraction of the time – all whilst allowing the designs to be as intricate as the clients desire.
You can read more about our bespoke joinery services here.
Technology at WJL
Unlike many other joinery contracting companies, we do all our manufacturing in-house using our facility. Our joiners, cabinet makers, and machinists, some of whom have been with us from the very beginning, are what provide total control over our manufactured quality.
Even when outsourcing manufacturing, such as planning our fire door packages, we maintain in house control, working closely with architects and design teams to ensure door schedules and fire strategies produced are accurate and correct for each individual building.
Our team is immersed in the whole process from start to finish to ensure 100% accuracy, providing detailed handover schedules to allow 6-month checks to be seamlessly picked up by the building user. This technology-based process, called Needle, collates all the necessary data from manufacturing through to installation and facilitates regular checks and maintenance by the building owner. It acts as a digital lifetime log which ensures peace of mind for all stakeholders.
Another method of technology that we use here at WJL is our CNC machine, a prime example of how technology supports and advances our ability to create complex detail in projects.
What is a CNC Machine?
CNC stands for Computerised Numerical Control. This machine contains a rotating, cylindrical cutter that moves through several axes to create the detailing in almost any material.
Software is used to create the design, either in 2 or 3 dimensions depending on the scale and the complexity of the work. It can provide production drawings for the shop floor, or highly complex isometric representations to help designers to visualise their ideas.
Why should we embrace technology?
Technology advancements are not something to be scared of or shy away from, they should be embraced and brought into your already brilliant team of experts to improve your services, and subsequently, improve your customer satisfaction. A blended workforce of traditional and modern techniques ensures the highest levels of product and service quality.
This technology makes it possible to form almost any shape with almost any material, in our case wood! It is fast and it’s very, very accurate. That said, it could never replace the need for highly skilled joiners and cabinet makers to work alongside. It fully complements the more traditional skills allowing us to combine the two and get the best from both worlds.
If you’re looking for bespoke joinery or fire door installation services or would like to find out more information about our WJL Needle App, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team.