From drawing to frame: excursion carpentry factory


As architects, our work has a major impact on the production process. The way we supply measurements, take into account margins and know how the process works, all ensure that the process runs smoothly. To better anticipate this, Kokon visited Adriaan van Erk Timmerfabriek.

The carpentry factory makes window frames from start to finish. From the block of wood to the window frame that meets the requirements. The production line is largely automated. The incoming timber enters an automatic machine setup under the supervision of 2 employees. This set-up ensures that all elements for the wooden window frame are cut to size and profile. Instructive to see what kind of elements the wooden window frames consist of and what influence a different effect might have. Steps in the process are precisely coordinated to achieve the best performance.

After this production line, the individual elements proceed to the first assembly. This part of the process is not automated, but no less interesting to watch. What happens if you use too much glue? How do the frames fit together? What are influences to watch out for in this part of the process. Not only frames for new buildings are made here, but also those for renovation projects. Parts of the window frame, in order to save product. Very interesting to see.

At the back of this hall, window frames hang ready for coating and painting. This process is very important because this is about preserving the window frame. How thick is the layer of paint, how long does the paint last and what are the requirements here are some of the questions that come along. All elements that are important. Conditions are also very important during painting, how is the temperature and air movement during painting? Special "climate" chambers provide the optimum conditions.

And finally, once the frames are coated and checked, they enter the final assembly. Fittings, turning parts are installed here and the frame comes to its final shape. Once the frames are ready, the next step is delivery. Pack up and go!

At the end of the tour, we came to the conclusion that we need to work well together to save time. If we understand what they want and they know what we can deliver, you anticipate each other. Mistakes are thereby minimised. A follow-up to see what we can do in this as the architect and draftsman seems logical. Working together to improve the process.