Welcome to the June Newsletter,
In this months newsletter, with the recent release of S2M Essential, we hear from a South Australian customer who are already experiencing the benefits of having S2ME in their business. We continue on from our last newsletter at looking at the latest initiatives coming from the Services team and we hear how four of our staff have recently attended the Regional Vero Reseller conferences
Drawing and Manufacturing with the press of a button
Case Study: Benchmark Interior Joinery - Solid Essential with S2ME
Cost and Time Effective Manufacturing
Benchmark Interior Joinery operates in South Australia’s Holden Hill, and is a small family business run by brothers Steve and Andrew McGeorge. They cater for the Australian domestic market with their main avenues of work being in manufacturing flat pack and fully assembled kitchen’s along with making display stands for Tasman and Oliveri.
Benchmark interior Joinery needed to find a solution so that they could manufacture their kitchens in both a cost and time efficient manner.
Steve and Andrew McGeorge approached Planit’s South Australian Territory Manager Tony Vella to find a solution that would not only meet their budget but their design and manufacturing requirements.
Finding an Effective Solution
After listening to what the team at Benchmark Interior Joinery needed to improve their business, it was clear that it was not only the software that they needed, Planit also needed to play a crucial role in guiding and supporting Benchmark Interior Joinery as they integrated this software into their business.
Starting with Solid Essential with S2ME (Screen-to-Machine Essential) was a perfect fit to get their drawings to the machine without having to use another third party program. It provided all the drawing needs for Benchmark Interior Joinery as well as the detail for factory staff.
Solid Essential is an entry-level product however it still provided the customer with the plans, elevations and 3D Photo Vision Renderings that allowed them to integrate the solution into their design and detailing process.
For the manufacturing process, Cabinet Vision’s S2ME was able to shape parts, drill the holes required, optimise the job and provide labels for part information and identification. Planit was also able to customise the integration to suit the needs of Benchmark Interior Joinery, which was highly beneficial to the successful outcome.
Seeing the Results
Benchmark Interior Joinery was thrilled with the results of using Cabinet Vision Entry Level Manufacturing software.
Andrew McGeorge says, “It has been a dream to be able to draw a kitchen, push a button and the machine cuts it for you.”
He is now drawing kitchens with Solid Essential, and with S2ME, cutting and drilling jobs on his new Weeke Nesting Machine, eliminating the previous manual process of creating a cutting list for his panel saw and drilling individual parts on his point to point
Investing in Planit’s Entry Level Manufacturing software, along with a nesting machine was not only a big step forward for them, but also played a key part in allowing them to grow their business.
Planit Staff attend Reseller Conferences
Recently, four of the Planit team travelled to the Vero Reseller conferences held in America and Thailand. Graham Rutter and Kris Schofield travelled to Phoenix, Arizona, for the Cabinet Vision conference and Steve Cugley and Andrew Dobson travelled to the AlphaCAM Conference in Bangkok. The purpose of the conferences was for resellers to meet together and gain an insight into where the various products are heading in the future. During the conferences, our team attended product specific presentations to learn more about Cabinet Vision and Alphacam respectively.
Kris comments that, “It was great to meet up with the fellow CV Sales people, Technicians and Integrators from around the world, to discuss the software that we have all put so much effort into over the years and to see glimpses into the future”.>
Graham and Kris were treated to a demonstration of where developments are up to for Version 9 of Cabinet Vision, due for release later in the year. Steve and Andrew were given an in-depth look at the recently release AlphaCAM 2013 R2 and what is instore for the future. Both groups were able to sit down with the respective product managers to discuss enhancement requests suitable to the Australian market.
Both conferences were capped off by an awards dinner to celebrate the achievements right across the globe. Planit Cutting Edge Solutions were awarded the distinction of ‘Outstanding achievement by a Reseller’ for Cabinet Vision, which Graham Rutter was delighted to receive on behalf of the company.
During the conference, both groups were allowed some free time. Graham and Kris took the opportunity to do some sightseeing, visiting South Mountain Park in Phoenix for views of the city and surrounding desert and its millions of Cacti. Steve and Andrew had the opportunity to check out the cultural and local streets of Bangkok, which lead to a very interesting trip home.
Planit's investing in Services
As we shared in the May newsletter, Planit is excited about the new initiatives coming out of our Services Team. This month we continue the theme with our new Bid Centre Course and introducing another two new staff members.
Following on from our new Photo Vision course, we are in the final stages of preparing to run our new Bid Centre course. The course has been designed to help build customers skills in using Bid Centre, within Cabinet Vision to bring all your pricing details together to help generate quotes for clients and accurate job costings.
By attending the Bid Centre course, customers will gain a deeper understanding of the terminology and method involved in setting up your Bid Centre. This course has been specifically designed for customers who are already using Cabinet Vision for drawing their plans, however wish to move forward and incorporate material prices and labour times into their jobs to create an autonomous process from design to costing. Attendees will get a good overview of the areas in Cabinet Vision where values, costing and labour details can be added and also gain a new understanding on the various ways that the Bid Centre can be used to generate such important information your business.
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Matthew Bennett comes on board the services team as our Technical Operations Assistant. Matthew's recent job involved working with Apple as a Business Specialist. His Business-to-Business Customer Relationship Management skills and having worked in a sales environment will be a great addition as he helps develop our Help Desk and further refine and develop how we are supporting our customers. Outside of work, Matthew's time is taken up mainly with music, with a keen interest in producing music, as well as he enjoys Rugby Union after playing for a number of years.
Michael Stewart joins the Planit team as a new Integrator. Michael's previous job saw him using Alphacam creating unique pieces, and he is also looking forward to expanding his skills in Cabinet Vision over the next few months. Michael has over 6 years of managing a small-medium business manufacturing roadcases, and has been a part of setting up and operating a variety of CNC machines. Michael has a big passion for motorsport outside work, and enjoys participating in track days taking his car out onto the race track. He also enjoys computers, video gaming, scale model making, driving, going to the beach and relaxing at home with his wife. .
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