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7th September 2017, St Albans

Zünd UK conquers furniture design market

Zünd cutting equipment is already used in a wide variety of markets including sign-making and graphics, packaging, composites for aerospace and automotive applications, textiles, and architecture design. Now, Zünd UK is experiencing a wave of new furniture designs created with its digital cutting tables.

Girsberger, a designer and manufacturer of custom furniture solutions, dining and office seating located in Endingen, Germany, has overhauled its production workflow thanks to a Zünd G3 L-3200 cutting system. Suitable for woven mesh, leather and more, the machine has enabled the company to implement a streamlined, on-demand method.

Girsberger has overhauled its production workflow thanks to a Zünd G3 L-3200 cutting system. © Zünd UK

"In the past, all cut parts for a specific chair model were pre-cut for an entire week's worth of production," said Production Manager Philipp Frank. "Now we cut parts independent of the model in one run, which has led to dramatic reductions in processing times. With the Zünd cutter, we are now a lot more flexible in our cutting and can adjust much faster to any changes. Our entire production has become noticeably leaner and more fluid."

Office furniture

Also based in Germany, König+Neurath has been manufacturing office furniture since 1925. A trend for single runs means cutting-edge digital production tools and a highly efficient production workflow are required to keep costs low for customers. A new Zünd Cutter G3 L-3200 was installed last year, replacing a multi-layer fabric cutter. The Zünd machine is said to enable far more precise production and reduce material wastage, even on stretchy fabrics. Integrated material storage with digitised stock management also reduces set-up times, the manufacturer reports.

König+Neurath installed a new Zünd Cutter G3 L-3200 last year. © Zünd UK

"We have switched nearly all of our cutting tasks to the Zünd G3 cutter. The multi-layer cutter is now used only for the simplest of cuts which have no impact with regard to efficiency or waste," commented Thomas Selbach, Head of Production for Chairs at König+Neurath.

Seating and tables

A Zünd G3 2XL-3200 with MindCUT software has also paid dividends at Integra, located in southern Wisconsin, USA. "Prior to purchasing the Zünd cutter, we were manufacturing the old-fashioned way – manually – using hand-traced paper patterns and cutting stack materials with an 8" straight blade and a rotating hand cutter for single plies," explained Greg Scharnott, President of Integra.

“By switching to the Zünd G3 for a wide range of upholstery materials, including leathers, vinyls and fabrics – each with different backers and stretch properties – the company has seen throughput, material yield and cut quality significantly improved.” Integra, a designer and manufacturer of seating and tables for lounge and reception areas, now intends to make the Zünd a big part of its goal to double the size of its manufacturing facility over the next year.

Increasing speed and efficiency

"Zünd cutting tables are compatible with such an extensive range of materials that it's no surprise we're seeing more and more furniture manufacturers investing in the technology," comments Stuart Cole, Managing Director, Zünd UK Ltd. "On wood, MDF, honeycomb cardboard, leather and textiles, Zünd systems have been shown to significantly increase the speed and efficiency of design and manufacturing processes, and the precision and quality of output."

Zünd demonstrated its double-beamed D3 cutting system, fitted with a projection system and state-of-the-art nesting program, at Interzum 2017, a leading trade show for furniture production and interior design. Each Zünd cutting table is built in Switzerland in a modular configuration.

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