put it and which cabinet it was designed
for, but it can do so much more than
that,” said Swinson. “We needed a way to
manage that stack of parts, which might
have the parts for 50 cabinets, times 10
parts a piece. There could be 500 parts to
dig through but the software allows you
to scan every single part, one a time, and
it tells you what slot to put it in, which
means you are only touching each part
one time. That is a major improvement over
the old way.”
A 300 percent increase in production
throughput and efficiency, in fact.
Eight people work in the office and 13 in
the shop at Timberline’s 20,000-square-
foot facility. “We are able to put three
times more volume through that same
department, using the same amount
of square footage, the same amount of
equipment and essentially with one-half of
a person more,” Swinson added.
The software also has a built-in function
that enables scanning of products, kits and
pallets at shipping to ensure 100 percent
accurate shipments, 100 percent of the time.
“There is a whole host of benefits that
we have received from the software besides the part alerts, sorting and tracking,”
he added. Production Coach also provides
information on a weekly and monthly
basis on how many remakes were needed
and why. “This information is provided at
each one of the workstations so that everyone in the plant knows without leaving
their area,” said Swinson.
Modular in nature, Production Coach
allows users to tailor the software to their
specific needs, with as many stations in
the shop and office as desired, with the
ability to pick the features for each particular station. “Parts sorting is only the tip
of the iceberg of what most people will use
it for,” Swinson said. “We continue to find
new uses for it.”
Find more online
For information on Timberline Cabinetry
& Millwork visit TimberlineUSA.net .
For information on RSA Solutions and its
Production Coach manufacturing execution software visit RSASolutions.us .