Strategies for Success Technology Innovations Continued....
EncoreGarage, East Dundee, IL
President Tony Scaletta credits investments in
technology, including an SCM Pratix CNC
router, SCM K600 edgebander and
Nederman dust collector, with improving
productivity of the custom garage cabinets
and spurring 15.0% sales growth in 2016.
The garage enhancement firm has affiliates
in six locations around the country.
Prestige Mouldings &
Construction Inc., Irvine, CA
Marni Mathews, office manager,
credits “Incorporating new technology/
equipment to increase our
productivity,” along with the cabinetry
and millwork producer’s attention to detail,
with helping spur a 2016 sales growth of
8.1%. Among the purchases last year were
a CNC machining center and Cabinet
Vision software. “Currently all our business
is by word of mouth,” Matthews added.
Crystal Cabinet Works Inc.,
State-of-the-art dust collection helped earn
more capacity and is significantly
the cabinet manufacturer a 2017 WMIA
Wooden Globe Award for Innovator
of the Year. Crystal Cabinet completely
revamped its inefficient dust collection system
and replaced it with technology from Hocker
North America. The Hocker system provides
more energy efficient, saving the
company more than 1 million k Wh per year.
Laminate Works, Kansas City, KS
The laminated panels and components
maker ramped up production with the
addition of a large-scale IMA Schelling
Novimat contour edgebander –
installed in just one day.
Inter Ocean Cabinet, Elmhurst, IL
The architectural millwork firm increased
capacity with the purchase of a Weeke
nested CNC router, which President Chris
Farrell said runs non-stop. Autodesk
Inventor applications provide project
renderings and Global Shop Solutions ERP
software tracks job status continuously.
Grafton Furniture, Miami, FL
Following advice from The Profit’s Marcus
Lemonis, the upholstered furniture maker
ramped up production and installed an
inventory management system and
Morbidelli CNC router, said Steve Grafton.
Tech Heads REDUCING LABOR and
time are key benefits of new
WB Mfg. Thorp, WI — Productivity
continues to grow at the cabinet and caseworks company, which recently invested
$1.6 million to improve production at the
The setup is on target with Industry 4.0,
where production is networked with little to
no operator interface, said Kent Barby, Case-
work production manager and engineer.
Installed last year, the lean workcell
includes a Winstore material inventory
system which, using 2020 Insight manufacturing operations management software,
“looks ahead” to WB’s needs and selects
and transports the correct panel to a pair
of two-axis labelers. The labelers feed into
a Rover CNC router and a Weeke CNC
router. Working in conjunction with 2020
Insight, Eurosoft nesting software optimizes the production at the machines.