Simplicity..it all comes don to CabinetVision.
Living in a society that demands customisation puts pressure on fabricators of all types of products to find ways to best facilitate this. Out of all the industrial disciplines, it is arguably kitchen manufacturers who have faced this market demand for longer than most.
Greater manufacturing accuracy and increased efficiency are also sought at the
same time. But it’s exactly these benefits that have been gained in the manufacturing plant of Brindabella Kitchens since switching to Cabinet Vision cabinet making software from Planit.
The company is a cabinet manufacturer serving home owners, owner builders, builders, architects and interior designers in the Greater Sydney area. “Accuracy is the most important factor in our manufacturing processes and Cabinet Vision has helped us achieve this,” says Brindabella’s IT manager Eric Vanderlem, who has had 20 years experience in the kitchen fabrication industry.
“Ease of use by our operators is important too. Brindabella Kitchens previously found it very hard to handle all the custom variations to cabinet designs using another software program. “It wasn’t sophisticated enough. We moved to Cabinet Vision, which we’ve discovered is a better program to give us the results we need.”
The company is presently using the program for customised manufacturing, but its design capability will soon be employed as well. “Our three skilled operators are first
and foremost cabinet makers who have learned the software program as they go. They have easily and quickly adapted to Cabinet Vision. It hasn’t been a steep learning curve at all.”
“Custom shaped cabinets are easily designed in Cabinet Vision Solid; these cabinet parts are then made by our Biesse Rover CNC flat bed router. “I have spent a lot of time automating procedures for our operators. For instance, if the cabinet required holes and grooves for halogen lights or a range hood cabinet required a cut out for ducting, a few clicks of the mouse is all that’s required for all the parts to be modified
“All our drawer components look like real
Metabox or Tandem drawer sides; this
helps the operator to select the correct
runner or drawer.
“Inner drawers can even have spacers
to clear doors. I have just finished
setting up Blum Corner Drawers which
are fully adjustable and parametric.”
Mr Vanderlem said the software has endless possibilities and definitely improved productivity at Brindabella Kitchens, although this was hard to quantify at this stage.
“Efficiency has increased, that’s for sure. Our operators keep commenting that for the first time they have complete control over how a kitchen cabinet is customised and manufactured. Wastage due to human error is reduced to a minimum.
“I’m also very happy with the technical support from Planit, which we receive through a yearly subscription. I would definitely recommend Cabinet Vision to other cabinet making companies,” he said.
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