The nesting capabilities of Planit software are saving both time and materials for cabinet making company Associated Designcraft and metal fabrication company Associated Projects, who share premises in Dandenong South, Victoria.
Associated Designcraft was using a different CAD program before upgrading to Cabinet Vision a year ago – three years after purchasing a CNC router. “It has made our work a lot easier,” said director Robert Barke.
The program’s nesting capability, which allows cutting and routing and boring of parts to be done in a single operation, has improved materials utilisation and has reduced wastage by 50 per cent.
“Cabinet Vision has also made a big difference to our turnaround time. We’re about a third more productive now. As a result we can take on more work. As well, fewer mistakes are being made, since the more time a job spends with an operator, the greater the opportunity for errors,” he said.
Working from the same large, modern building as Associated Designcraft is Associated Projects, which complements the cabinet making capabilities with a metal fabrication operation.
Michael Vasilik, Manufacturing Manager of Associated Projects said “The biggest benefit for us has been in laser cutting. It’s really good. We can cut multiple parts from sheets and also utilise our discards, cutting other parts from the previously wasted sheet metal. This is something that’s very important to us.”
Associated Projects focuses on custom retail and commercial fit outs. It uses four turret punch presses, with three of these and a laser cutter directed by Radan software.
“Radan was a major improvement, making a dramatic difference to both our speed and efficiency.”
The company is still using legacy software for some of its designing, but will soon transfer all the design work to Radan.
Engineered for the woodworking and metalworking industries, Planit’s software is a screen-to-machine software system for businesses utilising CNC machinery. Planit’s Radan and Cabinet Vision can assist workplace productivity and increase material utilisation and reduce inventory.