Shop fitting and retail display is a fast-moving environment in which shop-fitters have to react quickly to the needs of their high visibility brand clients. Production Manager Luke Dakin says: “Design is also in the mix, of course, combining the best graphics with wood and panel based displays manufactured to high standards and to very tight schedule deadlines for big brand customers. We need a clean and functional shop floor to address that.”

Retail House Solutions work with many major clients brands including Yves St. Laurent, L’Oreal, Guerlain, Givenchy, Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior. Prime names like these demand manufacture and fit-out to tight production deadlines.

It’s exciting stuff, says Luke: “We have to make displays here, often overnight, and then pack, deliver and fit-out top quality wood panel-based displays overnight.

We are also breaking into new fields with clients like BareMinerals, where we are working with modern sheet materials like black glossed wood-based panels, printed acrylics and even painted glass or stainless steel sheet plus Corian patterns and colours.

Retail House now has a cohesive shop floor production layout featuring state-of-the-art CNC machines, edgebanding, overhead routing, vertical spindle moulding, planer thicknessing plus table saw sizing precision. “The plan is to extend manufacturing capacity to the many other organisations in the industrial midlands area with similar production needs to our own.

Dust extraction has become a very significant part of the manufacturing mix at Retail House Solutions in an environment that has to be as clean, tidy and efficient, and as creative as every other part of the shop floor.

Dustraction’s Dustrax No 27 modular filter has a cloth area of nearly 2,000 sq ft and gives a filtration velcocity of 5.2 fpm. Each section of the modular woodwaste filter carries multiple tubular cotton fabric filters with more than 100 of them in total, all powered by a 37kW TEFC-wound uni-directional electric motor.

Heavier waste particles are dropped by the system into a hopper while fine dust is collected by the fabric filters; two automatic shakers maintain the sock-type filters clear of wood dust and in perfect working order.

All wood dust and waste generated by Retail House leaves the factory via heavy-weight rotary valve and airseal with resilient rubber-tipped fan blades that prevent blockages, avoid fan damage and are also now low noise. The filter is fitted with explosion relief panels in full accordance with the latest ATEX requirements.

“All of our wood waste collection and disposal systems are fully COSHH compliant,” says Dustraction’s Steve Matuska. “We take our role in keeping production machinery clean and clear of working dust very seriously; everything we do is in full compliance with the latest regulations of the Health & Safety Executive whose working regulations we monitor at all times and to whose conditions we always react immediately.”