What You See is What You Get

Fear of change is a basic human instinct. So every business owner has the right to think carefully before altering processes that have served them well over a long period of time.

Planit understands that making large changes can be daunting and that’s what sets us apart from our competitors. 

Cummins Joinery, based in Sydney, is a heartening example of how extensive interaction between ourselves and clients help us to ease the technical and financial
fears involved in moving from panel saw operated manufacturing plant into a fully
computer numerically controlled (CNC) environment. 

CNC offers a fantastic utilisation of software, reduces job times, increases occupational health and safety levels for employees and overall allows room for expansion. 

Cummins is beating all its clients’ time constraints by driving production with Cabinet Vision software supplied by us and its new MultiCam CNC cutting machine. 

The company produces kitchens, products for bathroom renovations, school maintenance items (lockers, etc), and other commercial and residential items and has placed great emphasis on Planit’s commitment to ongoing technical support. 

Managing Director of the company, Mr Geoffrey Cummins, said it is very clear that since Cabinet Vision was deployed to the company’s production processes, it has provided better yields, higher profits, faster job times, and has helped its staff to become upskilled in this dynamic part of the manufacturing industry. 

“Before we made the decision to completely run our production on Cabinet Vision and CNC machinery, we were a lot more hands-on in the factory and although effective in the way we ran our business, it was very labour-intensive with cutting being performed on panel saws,” said Mr Cummins. 

“We looked at buying new machinery such as the latest panel saws and associated equipment, but purchasing a new panel saw would have been exactly the same price as equipping ourselves with CNC technology driven by powerful manufacturing software. 

“It was at this point, we made our decision to upgrade technologies and Cabinet Vision has made a massive difference to our production rate and has now allowed us to think about more expansion.” 

Since putting Cabinet Vision throughout the business, Cummins has seen that its production operators can leave the CNC machine unattended (something that was not possible with saws) which allows them to take care of other tasks. 

“The new set-up has basically halved the amount of labour time on each job,” said Mr Cummins. 

“We get maximum yield out of all blank sheets, we get maximum dollar returns on all the material and we produce far less waste. “The irony is that we have had Cabinet Vision for quite some time, but we were only using it for point-of-sale purposes. “But Planit gave us all the technical support we needed. It was so clear just how much can be gained from moving into this software driven technology which allows us so much more scope to grow our business and gain new markets. “CNC machines are only going to run as well as the software that drives them, & Cabinet Vision is powerful and relatively easy to use so we gained excellent results from the word go". 

“Even though Cabinet Vision is slightly more expensive than other software on the market, it runs our production processes with high efficiency. “The software lends itself to all sorts of work and currently we have expanded into cutting of staircases and other difficult items. The system will auto select a tool etc, yet still allows manual override when required.”

For more information
Planit
Unit 9, 205 Port Hacking Rd,
Miranda NSW 2228
(02) 9544 8815
www.au.planit.com

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