Here at Perfect Panels we’re beyond pleased to see our name in print.
In the April edition of Woodworking News, Perfect Panels managing director, Neville Sykes, reveals how the idea for the business came about and how the concept differs from others of its kind.
Neville says: “We wanted a business that would give us a solid foundation and deliver consistent work flows. Research identified a gap in the market for a fast, high quality online service that could provide panel cutting, edging, CNC machining, and finishing under one roof.
“Our aim was to start small, covering south London, Kent and Sussex with our own delivery vans servicing customers.
“The project required building an ecommerce website to enable customers to input panel sizes, quantities and edge preferences for a quote.”
But, launching an efficient online service specifically for tradesmen, designers, developers and DIY enthusiasts looking for perfectly cut, chip-free, made-to-measure boards wasn’t always the plan.
In fact, before launching Perfect Panels in 2019, Neville was – and still is - the managing director of Installations Southern, a bespoke furniture manufacturer dating back to 1996 and specialising in retails showroom fitouts and reception desks.
But Brexit uncertainty caused work to drop off, so Neville started looking into new opportunities. And perfectpanels.online was conceived. Thanks to the insight and knowledge Neville has from his previous venture, when it came to finding the right tools of the trade nothing less than ‘perfect’ would do.
Neville said: “With regard to the woodworking machinery required, we already had an old edgebander, but that just wasn’t up to the job, so a replacement was needed.
“We also had a CNC machine which, with a few additions, would be fit for purpose.
“Previously, we used a panel saw to cut boards, but for the new venture we required a more accurate, reliable and faster beam saw. Past experience highlighted the importance of partnering with a company that was not only financially stable but also offered rapid, reliable service support.”
Which is why Neville chose Homag.
He said: “Not only was its service head and shoulders above the competition, but also its machine build quality and control software were clearly superior.
“The Homag solution worked from every angle. By adding a barcode reader to our existing five-axis Homag CNC we could automate the whole process using the excellent MagiCut and woodWOP software.
“Our new Edgeteq S-300 edgebander has the airTec system, which delivers zero-joint edges, giving us a quality advantage. It also delivers a much higher throughput than our old model.”
Neville added: “The accuracy, speed and finish quality are superb and, with the barcode label printer, it enables us to keep track of the cut panels easily as they progress through production.
“So, customers can enter their cutting list details on our website and get a quote back quickly. Then, if they’re happy with that, they place the order and as soon as we receive it, we simply push a button and the job is put into motion.”