to DXF files and imported into Cabinet Vision.
Previously, American Wood Design would storyboard
projects by hand, a process that is lengthy and prone
Gilhool and his team also take advantage of
User Created Standards within Cabinet Vision.
UCSs can be applied where a certain method
or preference is used repeatedly. If a particular
type of material is always cut a certain way, a UCS
that specifies a particular cutting method can be
automatically applied when that material is used
to reduce programming time. UCSs also help with
standardizing procedures on and off the shop floor.
“The hard part is putting all the information in
before you start a job,” Gilhool says. “As long as it
goes out there right, we’re much more efficient that
we ever were in the shop. It really helps you to know
exactly what we need and then have it there before it
goes to the CNC.”
“Now, there is so much more work being done in
the office, which is where it should be done.
“We’re really putting standards into place now,”
Gilhool says. “Things change and we’re very custom,
but we’ve created a database that we can use. We have
a lot of different construction methods and a lot of
materials. We produce it exactly the way we see it
in the drawings, and we do it the way the customer
wants it done.
“Before we got Cabinet Vision, I would bid a job,
we’d close out that job and I’d get a report that would
say ‘We should have charged more for this job,’” Gilhool
says. “I still see the profitability once a job closes and it’s
definitely better than what we were doing before. We
were really breaking even or making a little money, and
now we’re making profits on our jobs.”
Those profits are a reflection of greater efficiency,
as well as a reduction in man hours and material
“The main goal was to get away from the hand
work of our labor force and put it into the hands of
the office to figure out the fine details,” Gilhool said.
“Leave the work to the machine and allow our labor
Jim Gilhool is project manager for the company, managing
commercial casework and millwork.
American Wood Design was only breaking even or making a little money before, and now they’re making profits on jobs.