Factory Tour

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Lee & Plumpton factory

Assembly Room 1 / Pedestal Area

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Assembly Room 2

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Bespoke

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Dust Extractor

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Fabrication

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Machine Room 1

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Machine Room 2

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Paint Plant

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Warehouse

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Warehouse / Goods In

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The Assembly Line takes our manufactured panels and assembled products, palletises and prepares for stocking in the warehouse ready for despatch upon receipt of a customer order. As part of our stringent quality checks an initial batch is run, assembled and inspected as a “first off” to ensure it meets our standards. After this has been approved, packing commences.

This photo shows the Vacuum lifts at the start and finish of the line that can then be swung across to the adjacent line. This enables quick, easy and safe handling of the furniture by Lee & Plumpton trained staff. Secure strapping is used in both directions for extra strength on the finished carton. All finished and packed products are individually labelled to meet the ISO9001: 2008 traceability requirements.

 

This area of Assembly is dedicated to the production of drawer boxes and pedestal carcasses. The drawer fronts are mounted and fitted onto each carcass, with individual alignment of the drawer fronts and subsequent packaging. All of this procedure is carried out by hand, giving the high degree of quality that both Lee & Plumpton and our customers expect from our furniture.



 

This photo shows the assembly of the pedestal drawer carcass. Great care is taken when assembling our product into its finished design. We also utilise all the fittings for strength and rigidity giving the complete, quality product that carries our 10-year guarantee.

 

The Assembly Line takes our manufactured panels and assembled products, palletises and prepares for stocking in the warehouse ready for despatch upon receipt of a customer order. As part of our stringent quality checks an initial batch is run, assembled and inspected as a “first off” to ensure it meets our standards. After this has been approved, packing commences.

This photo shows the Vacuum lifts at the start and finish of the line that can then be swung across to the adjacent line. This enables quick, easy and safe handling of the furniture by Lee & Plumpton trained staff. Secure strapping is used in both directions for extra strength on the finished carton. All finished and packed products are individually labelled to meet the ISO9001: 2008 traceability requirements.

 

This area of Assembly is dedicated to the production of drawer boxes and pedestal carcasses. The drawer fronts are mounted and fitted onto each carcass, with individual alignment of the drawer fronts and subsequent packaging. All of this procedure is carried out by hand, giving the high degree of quality that both Lee & Plumpton and our customers expect from our furniture.

 

This photo shows the assembly of the pedestal drawer carcass. Great care is taken when assembling our product into its finished design. We also utilise all the fittings for strength and rigidity giving the complete, quality product that carries our 10-year guarantee.

 

Our Tailored Solutions, or “Bespoke” area of the factory is an ever-growing business sector for us. Our ability to manufacture tailor made furniture is vital to enable us to offer a full range of options for our customers. This photo shows the area where final assembly and inspection of the product is carried out prior to packaging. All of this procedure is carried out by hand, giving the high degree of quality that both Lee & Plumpton and our customers expect from our furniture.

 

Prior to manufacture, all Bespoke furniture is designed by our team of CAD Designers, enabling the manufacturing team to follow the one off requirements of the customer. This photo shows a shaped desk together with a pedestal to be incorporated into a Bespoke design.

 

This Dust Extraction unit is one of a number of strategically placed extractors ensuring the machining areas are kept clean and dust free for both our employees and to aid our production quality. Transfer pipes take waste to purpose built containers that is then collected and sent onto an incinerator to be used as a renewable source of energy supply for power production. This is one of our many recycling initiatives to avoid our waste being sent to landfill.

 

Lee & Plumpton take great pride in its range of manufacturing facilities. The Metal Fabrication Plant deals with the production of all tubular steel parts of our products. This photograph shows our fully trained operatives welding parts on a rotating jig allowing access to both sides.

 


Located in the Fabrication Plant, the hand operated Flott P23 machine enables the creation of flow-drilled holes, which is forming of a drill hole by melting material rather than cutting away prior to tapping of thread. This process provides further strength and stability and a stronger thread in the steel providing a much better quality of product.

 


Within the Fabrication Plant we have a custom built, twin rotating table robotic welder for volume production of workstation frames. This machine enables us to produce large quantities of product whilst still maintaining a high quality of finished product. This machine incorporates Lincoln Welding equipment with Fanuc Robotics.

 

This Brandt Edgebanding machine was specially purchased for the production of Bespoke products. It utilises the same capabilities as our high volume production edgebanders but has a greater flexibility for low volume production, often required for our tailor made furniture designs.

 

Situated in our second Machine Room is our Holzma saw, photographed here. It has a unique configuration of equipment that enables the efficient handling of large or small cutting runs. It operates through automated loading and offloading of materials for a high throughput. Cutting instructions are generated within the Production Planning Office using specialist-optimising software before the electronic transfer direct to the machine.

  

The “Double 5 Edgebander” is a high volume machine with an automated in-feed and out-feed process. It enables the precise sizing of panels ahead of the application of edging. Used for the production of tops it enables Lee & Plumpton to achieve the highest possible quality standard for its products.

 

 

The Homag BAZ 722 is a highly automated machine allowing simultaneous shaping and edging of panels. The machine follows a precise computerised design pattern enabling a constant quality to be achieved. It has been photographed here edging after cutting two crescent shaped tops from a single panel.

 

 

This is another shot of the Homag BAZ 722 showing the Vacuum assisted offloading of a pair of crescent tops. This Vacuum lifting equipment enables the operator of the machine to safely manoeuvre both the uncut and edged board and also the finished top, into the correct position.

 

 

The Morbidelli is located in our second machine room. It is a highly automated machine using a through feed mechanism. It also incorporates a CNC Drill with totally automatic settings and follows a selection of drilling patterns set by the operator.

 

The “Weeke BP165”, situated in Machine Room 2 is a custom specified machine with twin tables for drilling and shaping of large panels. This machine gives us a much greater flexibility in being able to produce a range of larger sized products for stock. It has a vacuum assisted loading and off load facility with a pivoted head to enable us to carry out the inspection of both panel surfaces.

 

 

Here is another view of the Weeke BP165 machine for the drilling of pedestal sides and large panels. Multiple tables ensure the machine can be continuously fed with vacuum lifting assisting the operator with the larger panels.

 


We also produce all of the finished metalwork for our office furniture products required for stock. This photograph shows the spray booth with reciprocating spray heads for automated application of epoxy powder finishing.

 

Situated adjacent to the Metal Fabrication Area, the Paint Plant is ideally positioned to receive finished product ready for powder coating. The photograph shows the material moving on a continuous track having been epoxy powder coated and now heading for the curing oven.

 

This photo shows the initial batch of fabricated frames being loaded onto a continuous track. This will enter the pre-treatment washing plant before reaching the spray booths and the curing oven before offloading and checking by our Quality Department.

 

Our furniture ranges are all manufactured for stock and this photograph shows just a small proportion of the 50,000 items we hold. Stacked in product order, the packed product is conveniently located according to how often the product is required for despatch enabling an efficient and timely turnaround of product from warehouse to transport and on to customer.

 

Our furniture ranges are all manufactured for stock and this photograph shows just a small proportion of the 50,000 items we hold. Stacked in product order, the packed product is conveniently located according to how often the product is required for despatch enabling an efficient and timely turnaround of product from warehouse to transport and on to customer.