Welcome to the May Newsletter,
In this months newsletter, Planit is excited to announce a new level of S2M Center has now been released. We hear from Creative Kitchens and Joinery (NSW) about how investing in Cabinet Vision has helped their business. We look at the exciting things coming out of our Services Team, which means greater customer service. And Steve Cugley provides some thoughts on what the End of Financial Year means for Cabinet-makers.
Planit now has a new level of its Screen-to-Machine Solution
Screen-to-Machine Essential now provides businesses with another integrated solution for entry-level manufacturing.
A Screen-to-machine solution will assist in automating your business and help you save more time. Solid Essential with S2M essential is the ideal launch platform for the small cabinet manufacturer wanting to streamline their business.
This level of Screen-to-Machine now gives businesses four complete design and manufacturing solutions, which allows your business to take the next step.
With Solid Essential as the drawing front end, you are able to produce high quality renderings with Photo Vision, design your own library of cabinets with wizard based set-up, easily and quickly create assemblies with the cabinet editor and translate important production information to the shop floor with shaping capabilities with counter tops and a part level.
Some of the key features with our new S2M Essential level include:
+ Begin automated manufacturing by connecting with your CNC machine. Combining everything into the one program helps reduce the need to be using multiple programs to complete the one job.
+ Basic tool path simulation helps ensure you are manufacturing efficiently and helps reduce wastage.
+ Intelligent part handling (with nesting) gives you greater control when producing small parts for your job.
+ Produce Integrated parts labels & reports. Be able to obtain the information you need from the job and have the functionality to clearly cut components ready for edging and assembly.
Creative Kitchens and Joinery (NSW) Pty Ltd
After running their own business in England for four years, Ian and Melissa Kirk decided to make the move to Australia. For the past six years, Ian and Melissa have been running Creative Kitchens & Joinery (NSW) Pty Ltd, located in the south western parts of Sydney. They currently provide a range of services including; manufacturing kitchens, laundries, vanities, bars and outdoor kitchens, entertainment units and other joinery work.
Creative Kitchen & Joinery had a team of four staff working in the business, and were producing 1-2 kitchens per week. They were using Solid Essential as a design tool, drawing the designs to help get clients to sign off. They were manually working out a cutting list, and cutting the board to size on their panel saw.
The long-term goal for Creative Kitchens & Joinery was to be able to grow the business and make it more sustainable and profitable. Ian and Melissa had the goal of growing their business to the stage that they had the increased capacity to be able to easily produce 3-4 kitchens a week. They also wanted to make their business more efficient, cut down on wastage and increase overall profits.
Achieving the Goal
So Ian and Melissa decided to invest in a CNC machine, which meant they also needed their software to help streamline the process. The obvious choice was to upgrade his current Cabinet Vision solution. Solid Standard with S2M is what they have implemented, which provides them with the ability to design the job for the customer, and send it straight to their CNC machine; all in the one program. Solid Standard helps the business cut more efficiently and gives greater flexibility to be able to do more detailed cabinetry within jobs.
Ian shared that they chose this particular growth path because "We didn't want to overload the business too quickly. We wanted to take the time and do it successfully." The business has begun to slowly increase its production capabilities, which allowed the growth Ian and Melissa were looking for.
Almost one year on since they made the investment; Creative Kitchens & Joinery have the capacity to easily produce 3-4 kitchens per week. On reflection, Melissa shares how "work flows more efficiently through the business, the company is saving money by having less wastage and we are able to take on more work."
The improvements to the operational processes at Creative Kitchens and Joinery have meant things are smoother for the business. Ian shares how "jobs go around the workshop differently now. There are fewer steps involved and the guys are able to complete jobs more efficiently means there is less labour required for each job, and jobs are spending less time in the factory.
With the increased investments into the business, Ian and Melissa are now looking at a new edgebander to keep up with the workflow, and have the opportunity to look for a new premise.
Planit was able to help Creative Kitchens and Joinery work through their business plan, and provide a solution to match. Ian and Melissa are pleased with the direction their business is taking, and found it very helpful that Planit were able to sit down with them, and discuss the future and provide a solution that best suited them.
A Planit representative can help you look at your business, and discover your goals and help you work out a plan to achieve them. Planit are here to provide solutions to your business, and help achieve your goals.
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Planit's investing in services
Planit are excited about some of their new initiatives that are coming out of our Services Team. Over the next couple of months, we will be sharing new training course, introducing new team members and new resources that are all part of our continual investment into servicing our customers better.
Firstly, we have developed a new Photo Vision course that showcases how to extract the best quality renderings out of your Photo Vision. The course has been specifically designed for customers who want to maximise their creativity and produce quality images of the designs they have created in Cabinet Vision. Attending the new Photo Vision course will give you an overview of the various aspects on the quality of their Photo Vision drawings and educate users on how to create exceptional renders with customised details for presentation. At the end of the course, take home a complete guide to help you continue creating photo realistic drawings.
Make sure you check out where we are holding our next lot of courses by clicking here.
Kristen Gill joins the Planit team as an integrator. Kristen has over 10 years of experience in using Cabinet Vision from start to finish, utilising her design skills with machining and using Bid Centre. Kristen also brings 5 years of management experience from within Cabinet making business, with a focus on improvements and changes. Living in Adelaide, Kristen will be another great resource and help us provide a greater service to all our customers. Her hobbies outside work include going to the beach, cooking and yoga.
Garry Thoroughgood rejoins the Planit team. After working in a company gaining great management skills, Garry returns as one of our skilled integrators. Garry has been involved in the industry since 1994, with plenty of onsite work installing as well as drafting and managing skills in cabinet-making businesses. Outside of work, Garry enjoys cars, jet skis and anything with a motor or gets the heart pumping.
End of Financial Year Considerations
The end of the 2012-2013 Financial year is coming close, and now is the best time to be speaking with your accountant to find out how you can best spend your money before June 30 to help reduce your tax. There are some great websites that give businesses some great tips to get the most out of the End of Financial Year. One of the helpful websites I have found is from dynamicbusiness.com.au, click here to view their top tips for business end of financial year tax returns. It's important to make sure you make the most of the opportunities available, and help maxmise your businesses profits.
Software and training are tax deductable items and if you have been thinking about adding extra functionality to your software, updating, connecting to your CNC machine or training new or existing staff on how to use one of the most important tools in your business and maximising your investment in your Planit solution; now is the time to do it. Ensure you leave plenty of time so you don't miss out, make sure you contact your local Planit representative for any assistance
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