No work, and the client couldn’t be happier
Those that know us in the marketplace would be well aware of how strongly we believe in ‘nested based manufacturing’ and how efficiently this can run any cabinet making business.
Sometimes strange occurrences lend support to this argument. For instance, the employees of one of our customers in regional New South Wales found itself standing around twiddling thumbs immediately after implementing Cabnetware.
Rather than be alarmed, the owner of the business was ecstatic. Harrison’s Joinery in Wagga Wagga had been using a somewhat more traditional beam saw point-to-point method for quite some time before taking our advice and moving into CNC controlled
flatbed production and nested based manufacturing.
Within a fortnight, business partners Geoff Harrison and Charlie Westerman were trying to work out why the cabinet makers were looking for more work every afternoon.
“We would begin running the generated programs from Cabnetware on the Biesse Rover 24FT flatbed machine in the morning, and by that afternoon the cab shop had received it all, cut, bored, shaped and edged and had it assembled and sitting by the door ready to dispatch,” said Mr Harrison.
“We had to quickly sit down and review our time allocations to each job and worked out that we did not have enough work to keep them all running eight hours a day but were still able to fulfil all orders.”
It was calculated later that jobs were taking about 1/5 the time to produce compared to when manufactured with the old panel saw method. What was generated and run on the flatbed before lunch was fairly much finished by the end of the day, ready for dispatch.
“It takes us less than one day to draw & detail in Cabnetware, program, run on the flatbed, edge and assemble nearly every job we do, job after job,” said Mr Harrison.
“What really blew me away was when I just hired a new employee straight from school with no cabinet making experience and after 15 minutes of showing him how to use a drill and screwdriver he was assembling cabinets produced on the nesting machine - just about anyone straight off the street could assemble our cabinets now.”
Despite the diminishing hours required to manufacture the product, the
profits returned & out did figures from previous months quite significantly. There is no more sweating over a panel saw, covered in dust, running back and forth to the drill presses and saw trying to get a job finished.
People and companies become successful because they either do things differently to the majority or embrace change quicker than the majority.