Flexibility in the shop
Keystone has a Mayer panel saw with
Weima grinder and a several smaller
dust collectors rather than one large
system for the whole plant. Cut pieces
have a barcode label applied.
A Homag Vantech 512 CNC router,
Weeke ABD 050 Optimat dowel inserter, and Brandt edgebander, along
with a Thomas return conveyor, are
also in the Bryan operation.
A Weeke BHX 055 Optimat vertical
machining center provides flexibility
in the overall operation if other machines were busy or not available.
“The BHX is great little machine, it
helps flow quite a bit,” Kraus said. “It
gives us more capabilities, diversity and
options. It’s a perfect complement to
the nested-based router and the beam
saw. The three work together very well.
It’s a great combination of machines.”
In the assembly area is a J.C. Uhling
HP3000F case clamp. An older Busel-
lato Jet 4002 CNC router is used as a
backup for the shop.
The shop also has a custom fabrication area for solid wood and special
work, and a countertop fabrication
area. They are doing fewer laminate
tops, but added solid surface capability. They do most installation, especially
Henderson said that expanding
the shop helped them in two major
ways. They were able to order materials
earlier, and store them and organize
Keystone has used many differ-
ent kinds of software over the past 30
years. They are now using Microvellum
and Cabinet Vision for drawing, and
TradeSoft’s ProjectPAK and ShopPAK
for the management side of the busi-
Keystone does 90 percent of
machine maintenance themselves,
working with Texas A&M or hiring a
local technician rather than calling a
machine tech from out of town.
Finishing in the future
Finishing capability is planned for the
future. Keystone will start with an inflatable portable finishing booth. They
are planning no VOC finishes, and
using all water-based, which will save
on fire prevention equipment.
But Keystone will continue to send
out larger finishing jobs, such as 300
sheets to a flatline finisher, Widner
Product Finishing. Kraus wants do the
smaller number of pieces or one-of-a-kind finishing in house.
Over the past 30 years, Kraus said
the biggest change in manufacturing
has been in software, especially in the
office end of the business.
Kraus is also looking for a quantum
shift, maybe away from laminated
panels to plastic cabinets or injection
He is trying to anticipate what
might affect the business for the next
30 years. ✚
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The recent expansion gives the company
space for flexibility and staging work. The
Bryan, Texas, company provides custom
architectural millwork for commercial