AYes indeed, such claims are valid. They are valid because the computer and scanner work early on Monday morning as on Friday afternoon,
but they also work for 10 hours a day
without a break. Further, the computer
can make a bunch of imaginary cuts
and test solutions before arriving at the
best solution. Plus, we can teach the
computer that a 22-inch long cutting
is worth a lot more than two 12 inch
pieces—lower yield but longer cuttings
is worthwhile to some extent. Note
that these last two items are looking at
value and not just yield alone.
Where we really see an improvement
in both yield and value is when we have
a variety of lengths. You can probably
imagine that with just one length, the
yield decisions would be pretty easy and
a human could do about the same as a
computer. A lot of lengths and varying
values, the human would need lots of
luck to be competitive.
When we look at the cost of furniture or cabinets, we might find that 75
percent of the cost is the wood itself. So,
this means that managing the cut-up
costs (higher yield and more value with
a computer) will be a huge benefit.
The actual numbers or benefit will
vary from one operation to the next. I
would easily expect to see many operations looking at 5 percent improvement and some doing even more when
they fine tune the overall operation.
Another improvement will come
when instant yield or cost data is re-
lated back to the raw material sources
and back to lumber sawing, grading,
drying procedures. Some suppliers,
for good and bad reasons, will affect
yields and costs quite substantially, yet
subtly. With this instant yield info, you
can find out why and where you are
potentially losing money and do some-
thing about it. Just one example, you
can easily see the effect of proper end
coating of the lumber right after sawn,
boosting yields several percent, as well
as reducing rejects later in manufac-
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