THE SINNEX PRODUCTION SITE

3,000m² of passion for our exclusively designed products

Welcome to our Griffen production facility in the heart of Austria. At our production site, covering a surface area of 3,000 sq. m, traditional craft skills are united with state-of-the-art technology. Our virtual tour will take you to every workstation. You can follow the products from the design room all the way to despatch and see just how much passion and precision are involved in every detail. Take a look at our image trailer.

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Plan Griffen

You can trace the route taken by the products right from the start or simply click directly on one of the stations. The floor plan will show you your current location in the virtual tour.

1. Design room

At Sinnex, theory and practice go hand in hand. Our project teams work closely with designers, procurement, production planning, production and shipping. The fact that the office and production facilities are located together and communicate very easily represents a key element of our work. As a result, we give our best in a direct and highly efficient way.

At the computer, 3D models simulate how the final design will look and enable us to calculate dimensions and proportions before the item goes into production.

Regular meetings between project managers and planners then ensure that schedules are met and that all involved parties are kept updated. By dividing each product into work packages, we are able to decide which components can be produced in house and at which points we’ll need to buy components from our partner network.

2. Plates and cutting

From the office straight to the warehouse: production planning data is transferred directly to the relevant colleagues’ robot. They can then concentrate on planning the stages of the production process. Components lists and plans are transferred, by the production management team to the next stage of the process. CNC programs are sent straight to the machines.

The robot sorts the required materials needed on the basis of a proprietary algorithm, thereby optimising the inventory requirements list. This saves both time and labour. The cutting process is also fully automated and relies on a nesting machine with an integrated panel stock. The system is controlled using programs from the production planning unit.

The entire process is automatic, from the labelling  right trough to the cut of components. In fact, the first manual intervention, takes place only when the fully cut and stamped pieces are removed from the machines. The components are then checked and made ready for the subsequent work processes.

3. Veneer workshop

The finishing of the veneers is one of the most sensitive stages of the production process, it determines the final appearance of the project design. Veneers are selected and treated on the basis of the customer’s requirements and the designer’s specifications. Only pristine materials are used.

After being selected, the veneers are finished using saws or veneer bundle guillotines. It is standard to glue the joints. Every finished veneer sheet receives a unique ID number.

In the next process, the cut substrate materials are press-fitted with the veneers or other surfaces from the veneer finishing unit using various glues or adhesives. The moulding department then moulds the cut patterns and substrates into the required shapes using vacuum presses. The veneers, which are sometimes laminated in advance, are applied to the components and, now moulded and veneered, these are added to the work package.

4. Machine shop

Man and machine in perfect harmony: precise cutting with the use of modern CNC technology. Our aim is to complete every stage of the production process only once and pass each work package, to the hand-finishing or surfacing teams complete with all required machining processes.

This is when a human touch is needed: the hand-finishing team takes charge of all of the tasks that can’t be completed by machine. Each and every part of the work package is checked, modified and prepared for the subsequent finishing process. The combination of modern precision tooling and specialist expertise results in extraordinary products.

As every work package passes through the production cycle, its current position within the process can be ascertained at any time. This enables the production planners to check the schedule and to provide our customers with regular reports when needed.

5. Craftmen's workshop

All finishes used by Sinnex are processed in-house by our employees and passed to the designer and customer for approval. These samples are used as the reference for all finishes used in the project. Virtually anything is possible, from rustic surfaces to high-gloss lacquers and artistically designed metallic finishes. In our in-house upholstery workshop, we produce all kinds of upholstery and leather seat covers using traditional craftmen's processes.

Unusual finishes are our passion. As well as wood surfaces, we machine and refine stone, glass, metals and carbon.

Needless to say, gold – a precious metal – also makes a regular appearance, as by applying gold plate we give our extraordinary products an even more exceptional finish.

6. Finishing

Sand, varnish, polish. Sand, varnish, polish. Repeat until ready... The stages of work carried out by our hand-finishers are repeated until the required quality of surface is achieved.

Dust extraction and air conditioning in the finishing room ensure that dirt particles and temperature fluctuations do not affect the quality of the surfaces.

We also carry out varnishing in our own workshop. By applying certified coatings over the course of a week-long process we create high-gloss finishes using as many layers as are required.

7. Shipping

In our workshops, all of the components from the production process come together. Humidifiers distributed throughout the workshops ensure that wooden surfaces are protected from cracks during the finishing process and help ensure a healthy working environment.

And as part of our standard tests, we assemble all of the parts produced.  These include all functional and visual fittings, lighting, upholstery and glass or mirrors. All components are tested in their assembled state for dimensional accuracy, fitness for purpose and quality.  Only then are preparations for shipment made.

And we take care right up to the very last stage, as every unpacked part is weighed and given a unique component ID number. The parts are then individually packed and despatched in the correct order in special pre-made shipping boxes.