Last week Phoenix Haus, took delivery of four, 9 meter wall framing tables from Randek. The tables are the BS20 “workhorse” that is found throughout Scandinavia providing an ergonomic solution to support panelized wall panel production in a small shop setting. The tables are not motorized, nor are they equipped with any automation, but they clamp, square and turn the walls hydraulically.
PhoenixHaus is focused on producing homes to the “passivhaus” standard – and is located in the center of Detroit, a city that is famous for a lot of things but most recently for having vast areas to rebuild and at least some of these houses will be built to the highest level of building performance, the “passive” standard.
The “butterfly table”, or Vändbord in Swedish, was invented by Randek in 1963, and was designed to allow the wall to be turned or flipped so that work can be done on both sides. Its an ingenious, typically Swedish bit of design that has been copied many times and is standard in European house factories.
Butterfly tables are not used in the US or Canada because producers here do not “turn” their walls during production.
Phoenix, has a closed panel product that will take advantage of the Randek table’s turning function.