Zünd (St. Albans, UK) is experiencing a wave of new furniture designs created with its digital cutting tables. Zünd cutting equipment is used in a wide variety of markets including sign-making and graphics, packaging, composites for aerospace and automotive applications, leather, textiles, and architecture design – and now recent testimonials from furniture designers and manufacturers are demonstrating its effectiveness within this particular field. For example, Girsberger, a designer and manufacturer of custom furniture, dining and office seating located in Endingen, Germany, has overhauled its production workflow via a Zünd G3 L-3200 Cutting System. Suitable for woven mesh, leather and more, the machine has enabled Girsberger to implement a new streamlined, on-demand method. “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’re 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.”
A Zünd G3 2XL-3200 with MindCUT software was also installed at U.S.-based Integra, located in southern Wisconsin. “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 intends to make the Zünd a big part of its goal to double the size of its manufacturing facility over the next year.
“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,” said Stuart Cole, Managing Director at Zünd UK. “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.” The OEM recently demonstrated its double-beamed D3 cutting system, fitted with a projection system and state-of-the-art nesting program, at Interzum 2017 – the world’s leading tradeshow for furniture production and interior design. Presentations of the Zünd D3 machine and new cradle feeder demonstrated its high levels of automation, speed and safety, as well as its efficient material-handling systems and range of tools. Each Zünd cutting table is built in Switzerland in a modular configuration to enable users to invest in their ideal set-up from day one, as well as to make changes as their businesses evolve.