Raft Table production visit highlights from November 2011.
Design: Norm Architects
Year of prodution: 2012 – present
- Part of the Produkt Development team
- Quality Control
- Packaging Design
- Tolerance definition
- Factory inspection
- Documenting the production process
Here I was checking that the finished welded trestle construction.
As project coordinator at &Tradition I had many roles and also backed-up the product development manager. I was involved in the pre-production development of the Raft Table by Norm Architects by visiting the production in Slovenia. I had to oversee the complete production process so that quality expectations were being met on the first production. The production combined steel welding, wood turning, wood veneer surfaces, powder coating and lacquering. During my factory visit I talked with the suppliers about the solutions that they could implement and suggested ideas that I had discussed before the trip with the product manager.
The steel tube frame for the table trestles were first cut and bent to follow a precise template before being welded together.
There were some initial challenges with the first batch of powder-coated components mainly caused by lack of thorough cleaning of the system and inconsistent use of the same paint supplier.
Following about four sets of table cross-beams passing through the powder coat booth, faults in the surface were removed. The first four set of components were recoated.
The powdercoat track was compact and in a relatively small space so it was a challenge to ensure that the supplier did not get any contaminating dust or other colors on the components. This was solved with ensuring extra cleaning of the system between each paint job.
One of the biggest challenges on the Raft Table was achieving the eroded, open grain surface on the oak legs. Sandblasting had proven effective but it left behind too much unwanted residue. My solution was to make a test using a rotating sanding brush which worked.
The white laminate version of the table required a very precise and even black edge, something that had to be really watched and controlled on my visit.
The carpenter involved in the production was also responsible for the final packing and assembly of the table so this is where we made test assemblies before final painting and production delivery.
As I did all the packaging design and production for &Tradition I also had to provide packing labels for the factory and help them work out the best method for packing.