Plant of the Month: Rago Millwork & Supplies Co. Ltd

It’s long been understood that sophisticated panel processing equipment can be used to produce complex components used in varied end product environments. But there’s more to that fact of manufacturing life.

A Canadian architectural woodwork company has discovered that standard high tech CNC machinery can perform very specialized tasks in a streamlined production environment.

Rago Millwork & Supply Co. Ltd. Of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, recently added three pieces of CNC equipment from IMA Schelling Canada: a Schelling cut-to-size FMH panel size; an IMA Klessmann CNC Bima 300 combination machine; and an IMA Advantage Expert 5616 edgebander.

According the Rago Millwork’s owner, Carmen Rago, the machines perform multiple tasks in the company’s 41,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility.

“Our Schelling beam saw is our primary machine used for the cutting and sizing of our panels. Our IMA edgebander is utilized for the application of various job specific edge treatments/applications to our sized panel,” Rago explains. “Our (IMA) BIMA 300 is the machining center for our panels which prepares the panel for holes, rabbets, etc., necessary for assembly, hardware attachments and more.”

Rago Millwork & Supplies Co Ltd was incorporated in 1964. It is a family owned and operated business specializing in the supply and installation of architectural woodwork, educational and institutional casework and custom millwork.

Rago’s customer base consists primarily of general contractors. The company’s goods and services are also provided to many private residences and business establishments.

Rago says the reasons for purchasing the IMA and Schelling equipment were based on firm business principles.

“Our primary reason for purchasing the IMA/Schelling equipment was for the quality of the brand,” Rago says.  “IMA’s competitors all have their similar versions and functions to the IMA equipment that we purchased, but we viewed the IMA brand as the most structurally and technologically sound.”

All of the machinery purchases were made through IMA Schelling Canada directly. The equipment was designed and built essentially as standard machinery with a few added options.

“For the most part, the machinery, as supplied, performed all the necessary functions we required from it,” Rago says. “So a design-build specification was not required for our purposes; however it is my understanding that the build-to-spec option does remain available should a company require the same.”

The basic production scheme in the Rago plant is essentially based on panel processing manufacturing principles, despite the broad mix of products serving multiple sectors.

“As much as possible, all of our millwork items are processed through the use of the IMA brand CNC equipment including cutting, edgebanding and panel processing,” says Rago. “Our case good construction is modular in nature utilizing a screw type assembly.”

Rago says the equipment performs as promised.

“The IMA brand equipment that we have purchased has both satisfied our production need and we are very pleased with its performance,” Rago says. “Outside of regular maintenance/service schedules, we have had very little to no down time due to repair or trouble shooting issues.”

So how has the equipment improved quality and productivity?

“The equipment has performed with precision time and time again and the speed with which the work pieces are processed has created more production time opportunity within our plant,” Rago says.

He says the learning curve with the equipment was relatively seamless.

“The learning curve was not a difficult process for our group. IMA Schelling provided the necessary in office and on the floor training for our operators to quickly and properly learn the processes,” Rago explains. “The equipment performed as promised. I don’t feel let down by any of the IMA Schelling purchases our company has made thus far.”

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