It is hard to believe today, but in the 1960s a third of all Swedish homes had no bathroom. In the tiny village of Dalstorp in Västergötland province, bathroom company Svedbergs set the wheels in motion for a radical change in bathroom design when they came up with a wall cabinet with a mirror door, something nobody had thought of before. Over the years they have produced a continuous range of bathroom cabinets in both metal and wood and are now the leading supplier of bathroom products in the Nordics.
Svedbergs started out by manufacturing milk churns in their sheet metal workshop. The second generation of Svedberg saw new opportunities for their sheet metal business. Instead of milk churns they began making a new type of bathroom cabinet, an innovation that revolutionised Swedish bathroom design. Their first production line was soon up and running churning out the first bathroom furniture. Today, nigh on a century after being founded, the sheet metal workshop still has a key role to play. The ethos of craftsmanship lives on in the knowledge and skills that have been handed down through generations and adapted to modern manufacturing processes.
Per Gustafsson, Production Engineering Manager at Svedbergs:
“We have to comply with the regulations and standards laid down by the Swedish Work Environment Authority. Having Axelent as our machine guard supplier is our guarantee of doing just that. Another big advantage in working with Axelent is the help we get with smart production space-saving solutions. Vertical doors around edge banding machines is one good example. Doors that lift upwards instead of outwards save a lot of floor space that can be put to better use as production space.
Farewell to the flat pack
“Five to six years ago we decided to scrap the flat pack unassembled product concept. Svedbergs’ products are now fully assembled and we’ve gone over from pull flows to push flows. For our employees this means a much improved work environment with less stress and fewer strain injuries. Going forward, we will continue to automate, review our production and offer training schemes to give the whole company a skills and knowledge boost.”
Vertical doors, specially designed to save floor space. As well as around the edge banding machine pictured here, our X-Guard® machine guard is also installed around the rolling machine and robot cell at Svedbergs.