Dustraction has installed an extraction layout for AVC (Classic Woodworkers) at a new 75,000ft factory in Stoke-on Trent dedicated to servicing the growing numbers of online customers.

‘A move to a new factory is always stressful, but the installation of the extraction layout, complete with all ducting throughout the factory and disposal to an external skip from Dustraction never gave us a moment’s hassle. It does everything it says on the tin,’ says production director, Andrew Hancock.

The new layout will service the needs of more than three dozen existing machines, including everything from traditional spindle moulders to 10 big CNC router/moulders. Dustraction also designed the new installation to meet the needs of an SCM window line envisaged for installation in October this year.

The Dustrax 9X cyclo filter represents technology which is new to AVC and generate 100,0003 air capacity to service a joinery shop floor that has evolved to meet the needs of an online customer base. These are people who already know what windows, doors and stairs look like and don’t need to touch them to plan for their own future needs.

In the Internet shopping environment buyers go first to the sophisticated AVC website to measure and plan, using software that avoids the need to get the car out to drive to an old-fashioned out-of-town retail warehouse. Those prepared to make buying decisions online join a rapidly growing customer base at AVC, one of the fastest growing joinery suppliers in the online environment.

Now onliners can enjoy researching architectural joinery, hardware and fittings from the comfort of a computer chair from which they can find out what an ogee moulding looks like, or what they can expect from chamfered profiles and they can use the Internet to plan major time savings into their projects. Dustraction’s new cyclo filter is designed to run on a 24-hour daily cycle and is guaranteed for 6000 working hours, or three years extracting chipboard, MDF and joinery waste and returning clean air back into the factory.

All the equipment falls fully in line with Health & Safety Executive and COSHH legislation and also fulfils ATEX explosion regulations. StairBox is part of the architectural package at AVC, delivering quality wooden stair systems at reasonable cost using customers’ own designs and measurements for online planning; AVC also has an extensive range of wooden stair parts, including hand-rails, balusters and fittings.

Customers really do now find themselves in charge of the whole do-it yourself manufacturing package at AVC – where they can access everything an imaginative pair of hands needs. Andrew Hancock says that cyclone technology from Dustraction will help AVC maintain a clean, dust-free atmosphere and will help to maximise his customers’ budgets.

‘We understand how difficult it sometimes is to get a staircase built that exactly fits the space and architecture a customer has available and which also looks the way they planned in their imagination,’ says Andrew. ‘Our software talks customers through the process in their comfortable, though remote, home environment and Dustraction now helps us to maintain a clean and tidy working atmosphere here in the factory that we can all be proud of!’ concludes Andrew.