the process. “We get the designs either
through email or DropBox, proof
them, and then it is literally screen to
CNC,” he said. “The KCD Software
turns the designs into nested-based
G-code to run the equipment. I see it
every day, but when you stop and look
at what we’ve built, it’s pretty cool.”
Parts are prepped with Timesavers
orbital sanders before going to the
company’s latest investment, a Superfi-
ci automated flat-line finishing system.
Installed in 2017, the automated finishing system increases SWI Interior’s
capacity, allowing the company to
maintain its competitive speed-to-mar-ket while keeping pace with growth.
“One thing I can tell you about SWI’s
success,” said Pachel, “is without my
employees, customers and vendor relationships, I’m nothing.” Two examples
illustrate the point.
Finishing: Getting the automated
finishing line up and running took
some effort. The system is designed
to run a two-part conversion varnish.
Mixing is a delicate process, and in
Minnesota’s climate with extremes of
temperature and humidity, the formula requires constant adjustment. “We
partner with Axalta for our coatings.
Used to be Valspar wood-finishing, but
nothing has changed with the prod-
uct,” said Pachel. “They were here a lot
when we added our flat-line, helping to
get everything working right.”
Software: Pachel said his company
has a longstanding relationship with
their software vendor. “KCD was
new when I started with them. We’ve
watched them grow as we’ve grown,” he
said. “They’re great technology part-
ners because they offer a lot of support
and they’re also cabinetmakers. KCD
gets it.” He said over the years they’ve
asked KCD for special programs for
different scenarios. “Often when a new
version comes out, the solutions they
figured out for us are built-in to make
the software better,” he said.
On target for growth
Whether it is adding custom-finishing
capabilities to open up new revenue
streams, or streamlining the design
and production processes to open up
new markets, SWI Interiors’ invests in
innovations to help provide turnkey
custom cabinets and build mutually-beneficial relationships.
“Our vision is to continue to ex-
pand as a hybrid custom cabinet manu-
facturer,” he said. “So no matter where
our product ends up, we still do the de-
sign, production, final measurements,
installation, walk through and touch
ups after every single job. There’s a lot
of value in that to the trade.”
Still, Pachel is not standing pat,
either with new technology or oppor-
tunities to expand the business even
more. “We have a lot to learn yet, and
lots of potential to grow.” ✚
SWI Interiors’ assembly area keeps busy as the company has steadily increased its capacity.
SWI uses two Anderson CNC routers.
Precision work makes for a clean kitchen.