Homag BMG 512

Installation of Homag BMG 512 5 Axis CNC

Starbank IT New Technology & Machines

Starbank have taken possession of a Homag BMG 512 5 axis CNC machine. The dedicated matrix bed is the largest Homag has produced for the UK market. This sophisticated machine has laser guided panel nesting and positioning. The lasers map out the shapes and drill holes of each panel enabling operators to line the panels up accordingly. The CNC features …

Edge Profiling

Edge Profiling & Grooving

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We have offered edge profiling on chipboard, MDF and plywood for postforming purposes for many years now. With compact grade laminate also coming on in leaps and bounds from Polyrey, Formica and Trespa this area has become increasingly busy in recent years. To ensure Starbank could cope with the demand we approached Homag to manufacture a bespoke, one of kind machine configured …

Cubico Washrooms

Starbank Launches Washrooms

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Cubico: Washrooms & Cubicles With our washroom offer growing by the day, we decided that it needed it’s own brand to set it apart from the products we offer under Starbank. We have worked hard to design and develop the Cubico brand and we are very pleased to launch our dedicated toilet cubicle website: Cubico Washrooms. Our aim with Cubico is to simplify the specification …

Starlite

STARlite

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STARlite: The Light Hearted Future For Panel Products There is more and more of a requirement for thick and chunky panels. To meet the design trends, Starbank is launching in April it’s very own product range called STARlite. In the past thicker panels meant that the final product would become very heavy and unpractical. This was because the core was made …

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Chaotic Storage Retrieval System

Starbank IT New Technology & Machines

Starbank’s Storage Retrieval System Starbank’s latest investment is the FH6 Cut-To-Size Saw linked to the VS16 Board Storage Retrieval System. This investment has improved working practices and reduced the time involved in sorting and finding boards to cut. As boards can be stored in a ‘chaotic’ random order floor space has been optimised with the ability to store up to …

Nursery Washrooms

Nursery School Washroom Project

Starbank IT Case Studies

Nursery School Washroom Challenge To manufacture unisex nursery school washrooms, that are vibrant and create an impact. Solution With the launch of our Education washroom ranges via our Cubico Washroom brand, we were able to meet the brief by just showing the client our nursery school washrooms. The Bounce range with its dynamic shape was perfect for their project. With our long …

Starbank Employs

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Starbank has undergone a major recruitment drive, employing more people across all areas of the company. This is in response to the increasing growth of the business, and to cope with the rise in workload.  When recruiting, we commit to supporting the local area and always look to employ the right people from the surrounding regions, wherever possible. This current …

Improving Our Impact

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All the machinery in use at Starbank are fitted with an extraction system, which is used to remove the dust particles created during production. The new extraction system has three major benefits than the previous system. Firstly it collects all the waste product into one area, (where previously the system was split into two). The second major benefit to this …

“Lean” on Starbank

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At the beginning of the economic downturn Starbank invested heavily in training staff in the principles of Lean Manufacturing to ensure the business was in the best position possible to weather the tough conditions. The knowledge that was embedded in the staff during that training ensured that from 2009 onwards we have consistently improved our competitiveness of offer in the …

Weeke BHX 055

Weeke BHX 055

Starbank IT New Technology & Machines

Following an assessment of the production profile for the peak months of 2011, the decision was taken to invest in a Weeke BHX 055 CNC. This compact machine has been specifically designed for low or single batch component manufacture which forms part of Starbank’s product profile. The installation of the Weeke BHX 055 will enable Starbank to offer it’s customers …

vacuum system

Vacuum System

Starbank IT New Technology & Machines

As the number of CNC machines increased then so did the requirement for an air vacuum system, meaning that the industry standard approach to vacuum air production was no longer efficient. Starbank has lead the way in the UK by installing the first Centralised Vacuum System within the wood panel industry. The system is super efficient due to the high …

Homag KAL 526

Homag KAL 526

Starbank IT New Technology & Machines

Installed in December 2011 and commissioned in January 2012, the Homag KAL 526 double sided edge banding line represents Starbank’s largest single investment in technology. The company is committed to incorporating the latest equipment into its production process in order to better serve its customers and build on its position as a lean manufacturing pioneer. The machine comes fully equipped …

Invest in Energy Efficiency

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More and more emphasis is being placed on how businesses reduce their impact on the environment by reducing the amount of energy they use and therefore carbon emissions their processes generate. Following considerable research several investments have been made to reduce energy consumption cutting costs and significantly reducing carbon emissions. 1. Lighting project – utilising some of the most energy efficient …

Pursuit of Excellence in Customer Service

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Our customer’s experience with Starbank is very important to us and we are continually striving to improve this in every way we can. This is why we have chosen to invest further in the skills of our sales team by providing them with further training and development to enable them to effectively recognise the needs of our customers and deal …

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Achieving the “Gold” Standard

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Towards the end of 2011 many of the staff at Starbank were interviewed as part of our Investors in People assessment that takes place every 3 years. At our last assessment in 2008 we were able to take our accreditation to Silver level which at that time for a manufacturing company like ours was excellent. Whilst preparing for our 2011 …

University Washrooms

Staffordshire University

Starbank IT Case Studies

    Challenge The Flaxman Building at Staffordshire University was built in 1970 and spans more than 5000 square metres across seven floors. The project required the refurbishment of 12 different washroom areas spread over six of the seven floors of the Flaxman Building. Key drivers were mainly geared around a need to modernise the look and feel of the washroom areas and to bring them up to date …

Equipping Starbank For The Future

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Rapid growth over recent years has brought about the realisation that the company needed management and leadership structures in place as well as development programmes to underpin the organisation providing firm foundations for future growth. As is often the case with SME firms, and especially family firms, people grow and develop with the business often starting in junior roles and rising …

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Upturn of Downturn – Reduced Lead Times!

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Since undertaking a major relocation project to Newton-le-willows in April 1991 Starbank Panel Products Ltd has seen a period of intensive growth in excess of 20% year on year. However with the onset of the economic downturn the company has taken the opportunity to refocus its efforts on reducing product lead times and maximising efficiencies for its customers. The focus …

hospital fire doors

Manchester Royal Infirmary

Starbank IT Case Studies

Challenge As part of the major multimillion pound refurbishment of Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), our client was contracted to undertake the refurbishment of 10 different wards, ancillary offices and corridors. The requirements were for the installation of a wide range of bespoke door sets and panelling, including fire rated doors, IPS panels, shelving and worktops. This represented a small part …

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Schelling FT-H Evolution 430 Saw

Starbank IT New Technology & Machines

The Schelling Saw is our latest acquisition in the search for the best machine technology available. This piece of equipment is, in our opinion, a more powerful and efficient machine than our existing Holzma Saw, incorporating the latest innovative technology to give us the highest precision possible along with increased productivity. With a Saw blade projection of 185mm our cutting book …