to produce our product much quicker.”
American Wood Design works with primarily
melamine interiors and plastic laminates, with the
occasional wood veneer or solid wood project. They
do solid surface fabrication, but stone and granite
countertop work is outsourced. Most finishing is
In the shop, workflow starts with material
stacking. Panels are brought onto the CNC machine,
cut out, labeled, and stacked. Right now they use an
Omnitech Spectra 510. Once they move to Chester
they have plans in place for a new Weeke Vantech 510
with push off and conveyor table.
Gilhool said that the company got its feet wet
as far as CNC is concerned with the Omnitech. A
Homag Espana beam saw, and SawStop table saw, and
TigerStop SawGear are also in the Claymont shop.
Cut pieces go to the Brandt Ambition 1100
edgebander (most edges are .018 tape). This
edgebander is fast and works in a small footprint, a
big plus for the shop. Then in assembly, cabinets are
stapled and screwed together. Cabinet Vision software
provides for predrilling the holes and dadoing the
parts together. Finished sides are post laminated,
cabinets are cleaned and wrapped for shipment. The
company installs most of what they make.
One major area of improvement has been in
shifting a lot of the operations into the office,
but Gilhool points out that was really driven by
Cabinet Vision. They plan to continue to become
more efficient in their new building. American
Wood Design also put in a new time mechanism
that measures employee time and the type of work
performed. This replaced a traditional time clock.
For the future, the new Weeke Vantech 510
CNC will almost double the capacity of the current
machine. New space will increase efficiency and allow
for volume growth and expansion.
The next machine the company is looking for is
a dowel insertion machine to create faster assembly
time and greater ease of assembly. The goal is to
effectively increase revenue and put better processes
in place. ;
; Vero Software, Cabinet Vision software
; Omnitech, CNC router
; SawStop, Table saw
; Stiles Machinery Inc., Panel saw, edgebander
; TigerStop, SawGear
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Work also includes custom cabinetry, fish tank cabinetry,
custom displays, custom wood paneling and store fixtures.
New time mechanism measures employee time and the type
of work performed. This replaced a traditional time clock.