Impala Kitchens claims software from Planit as a key factor in its ongoing success.
Impala Kitchens employs a team of designers to create unique kitchens for private domestic clients.
All the company's kitchens are custom built and crafted without modular or standard size cabinets. Using Planit and CNC technology at its factory, Impala Kitchens has garnered a reputation, in its 30 years of business, for accuracy and premium quality workmanship.
Brad Skerke, Senior Technical Detailer at Impala Kitchens’ Bayswater (Melbourne) studio, said Planit software had been the company's "major tool" for designing and manufacturing kitchen fittings for the last seven years.
The Planit software's user-friendly interface made it an ideal marketing tool for Impala Kitchens’ clients, he added.
"We use Planit to produce plans for our customers' perusal and our designers find it very effective as a marketing tool. Once we've created those initial plans we pass them to the customers for approval, then we use Planit to create working plans. The software is also very effective for creating CNC data for the purposes of optimisation."
Furthermore, Planit software's strengths and features included its ability to integrate all processes from initial design to cut, as well as its flexibility and versatility.
"The software is sufficiently sophisticated to allow us to mould it to our particular requirements. It's also great in terms of getting the most out of the materials."
"I would say Planit has been a major factor in Impala's success. Seven years ago we were able to produce eight to 10 kitchens a week. Now, using Planit, we are turning out around 16 to 20 kitchens a week; and these are not just "cookie-cut" kitchens that are all the same, they're individual, custom-designed and manufactured products."
Another good feature of Planit's offer was its quick response service, he said.
"I've always found the guys at Planit pretty easy to get on with. Sometimes they are extremely busy, but they usually respond to our queries within a short time frame and the results are always positive."
Engineered wholly and solely for the woodworking industry, Planit software is a screen-to-machine software fr those workshops automating their businesses with CNC equipment.
Planit software is fully integrated with the Planit CNC centre, therefore providing a complete screen-to-machine solution and confirms all parts and part operations before sending data to the factory.
Planit software is easy to set-up for the building of cabinets using favourite joinery techniques. Based on a simple wizard, it allows the creation of unlimited set-ups, mixes various settings per job and changes from one style to another instantly and allows saving of the construction methods for use over and over again.
An operator can 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. Lighting and reflections can be controlled to bring these designs to life well before any manufacturing has begun.
Unlimited detailing includes the following:
- Users can configure openings and interior parts
- Placement of shelves, dividers, trays, and subassemblies
- 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
- Cabinet shapes can be edited in plan view, elevation view or side view
- Prints are made for colour or detailed line drawings
- Instant change is facilitated between various construction settings
- Parts in part operations change instantly