When Tony Sahyoun, proprietor of Mathews Kitchens, chose a CNC machine to automate his cutting, he understood the crucial importance of installing a compatible software package to complement it. According to Sahyoun, the CNC machine and Cabinet Builder software have together boosted productivity at Mathews Kitchens by 60% to 70%.
The western Sydney custom manufacturing business does a range of work including kitchens, shop fittings, home theatre, wardrobe and laundry fit-outs. As is typical in the business, the cabinetry is all made-to-measure. When Sahyoun started shopping for software, Sahyoun had already decided to purchase a Weeke CNC machine from the German Homag group.
Mathews Kitchens had previously used a design programme that allowed customers to view their cabinetry in three dimensions, but was not integrated with the workshop’s cutting operations. Sahyoun did his homework before purchasing Cabinet Builder from Planit .
Sahyoun went to Planit for a week’s training in the use of the software and then a trainer came to his premises in Granville further for a week. Engineered wholly and solely for the woodworking industry, Planit software is a screen-to-machine software. For 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 that 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 of the Cabinet Builder software 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