Production at Windsor Kitchens has become 50 per cent faster, with a near-doubling of overall efficiency, since installing new design and manufacturing software and a flatbed router from Planit .
The busy cabinet maker in Moolap, Geelong, was struggling to keep up with a heavy workload, but is now handling the work with ease without an increase in staff numbers.
“The new system has meant no end of improvement for us,” said proprietor Peter Hammond, whose company specialises in kitchen fit-outs for architecturally designed houses. It also undertakes kitchen renovations and supplies flatpacks.
Windsor Kitchens chose Solid Manufacturing software from Planit, connected to a Rhino flatbed router. Previously the company designed its kitchens on CabnetWare, cutting components on a panel saw and drilling with a point-to-point router.
“We chose a new system that we could grow into, instead of buying something that was right for us now but wouldn’t have done the job in the future,” Mr Hammond said. The new system has also eliminated wastage due to operator errors.
Engineered for the woodworking industry, Planit is a screen-to-machine software. For workshops automating their businesses with CNC equipment, Planit is fully integrated with the Planit CNC centre, therefore providing a complete screen-to-machine solution that confirms all parts and part operations before sending data to the factory.
Planit is simple to set-up for the building of cabinets using favourite joinery techniques. The software allows the creation of unlimited set-ups, mixes various settings per job, changes from one style to another instantly and allows saving of the construction methods for use over and over again.
Operators are able to customise cabinet sizes, shape, or any construction to suit the customer's needs. Colours and textures can be selected for the whole room or for individual cabinets and parts.
Users are able to configure openings and interior parts, placement of shelves, dividers, trays, and subassemblies and have control of door reveals, styles, guides and other options per opening.
Materials can be changed per job, per room, per cabinet, or per part for complete control and cabinet shapes can be edited in plan view, elevation view or side view. Prints are made for colour or detailed line drawings and instant change is facilitated between various construction settings. The parts in the part operations change instantly.