The Grain gets to grips with routing
Arguably the European market leader in the manufacture of three dimensional wooden sign systems, the Grain Sandblasted Sign Company produces signs that are both sensitive to the aesthetic of the businesses they represent, while also conveying a strong sense of environmental awareness.
Father and son team Peter and Sam Ratcliffe, who are co-directors within the company, are passionate about their sign sector heritage and this passion, coupled wth their craftmanship, ensures that they now service some of the best known names within the leisure, retail and entertainment sectors.
In fact the level of the Grain’s business is such that it recently invested in a new CNC router. Peter Ratcliffe explained: “We already had a CNC machine, but, asthe very nature of our business requires us to produce bespoke items very quickly using larger and thicker substates, we needed something more substantial with a larger bed size in order to transfer our creative designs into the finished products that our customers deserve.So when the guys at software company Delcam recommended the Biesse Klever, which we went to see in action at Biesse’s Daventry Technical Centre, it ‘ticked all the boxes’ as far as we were concerned.”
Peter added that this was certainly a case when size mattered. He said: “We had severe space constraints as the machine needed to be installed under a mezzanine floor with just 2.35m of headroom, but happily, the Klever was one of the few machines that could accommodate this with the required extraction”.
The visit to Daventry also reinforced Peter and Sam’s decision to buy Biesse. Peter confirmed: “We were impressed by Biesse’s investment and commitment to the UK market and it was also great to meet the spares and front line support teams, which really filled us with confidence”
He goes on to report: “In terms of performance the machine’s reliability is excellent and, on the one occasion when we experienced downtime (which was only a trip), we had an engineer on site the next morning – an impeccable level of service, especially when you consider that we are based in deepest, darkest Cornwall!”
The fact that the Grain can now achieve 3D milling has been a major advantage that has open up new markets for The Grain who can now 3D mill MDF and HDU, something that Peter feels has definitely helped the company to win new business.
He concludes: “The Klever has been well worth the investment and I’d even go as far as to say that it has already paid for itself in terms of reliability and speed – we couldn’t be more pleased!”
For further informaton on The Grain visit: www.thegrain.co.uk
For further information on Biesse and the Klever visit: www.biesse.co.uk