Ever dreamed of having your finishing process keep pace with fabrication? Nathan Guffey, of Guffey Systems, says their PivotLine™ material handling system has made that dream a reality. In fact, shops that have switched to the PivotLine system have documented increases in finishing volume of two to three times more than they were able to achieve using traditional spray and stack methods.
The finishing process is the bottleneck in almost every cabinet shop and Guffey, a third-generation cabinetmaker from Seymour, Tenn., understands firsthand the frustration and expense that finishing slowdowns cause. Inspired to find a better way, he took his ideas to Aptus DesignWorks, an engineering firm with extensive experience taking products from concept to mass production. Together, they formed Guffey Systems and developed the PivotLine™ material handling system.
The PivotLine system rivals the speed and volume of automated equipment at a fraction of the cost and setup time. Utilizing the system allows cabinet shops, regardless of their size or budget to benfit from the efficiencies of automation without replacing the skill, art and craftsmanship of the finisher. PivotLine’s mobile rails allow for contactless handling, finishing and movement of parts while they increase handling efficiency – they can carry up to twenty components at a time. And the mobile rail couples directly to the fixed rail in the spray booth, where components hang on patented PivotLine rail cars. The cars pivot and lock at 90° increments, giving the finisher a stable platform to easily spray all sides of the material. PivotLine is an ergonomic solution allowing the finisher to spray vertically at eye level. That means the employee is in an upright position, rather than hunching over flat components.
The core benefit here is less handling. The system allows components to move through the entire finishing process from bare wood to ready-for-hardware with minimal handling or direct contact, and that significantly reduces mishaps. Plus, there are hangers to securely hold any component that is typically finished in a cabinet shop and all of them are designed to attach so that no holes or marks are visible after the components are installed. Built and assembled in the USA with the highest quality durable materials, the system has been designed as industrial-quality equipment that’s ready for years of trouble-free service.
PivotLine can be sized to virtually any shop and typically goes from set up to operational in a week or less, sometimes within 24 hours, depending on system size. Several configurations of Stationary Rail are possible with the company’s assortment of rail lengths, corners, couplers, and optional floor stands. With the fixed rail in place, a woodshop can choose how many mobile rails, PivotLine cars and hangers will be needed to handle its production whether the shop operates with batches or continuous flow. PivotLine was designed primarily for cabinetmakers and furniture builders, and it offers the flexibility for expansion. As a shop’s volume increases, the system can grow without sacrificing any of the hardware that has already been purchased. Financing options are available through the Guffey Systems website and orders are typically shipped within 48 hours.
Every woodworker knows how much time is spent in the spray booth. PivotLine can double or triple the volume of work being coated while shrinking those minutes, and hours. Users of Guffey Systems’ PivotLine have observed a 50% to70% reduction in the time required to complete their finishing projects. If you don’t have time to waste, stop by the website for more details.