by Rich Christianson
firstname.lastname@example.org WMS PREVIEW
WMS keynote views ERP as “backbone” of
Luke Elias shares passion for efficiency and automation.
Luke Elias, owner of Muskoka Cabinet Co. Ottawa, On- tario, will share his first-hand knowledge and passion of
plant automation during a luncheon presentation scheduled for noon Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo. Elias’
presentation is titled, “Muskoka’s journey
to automation.” WMS 2019 runs October
31 to November 2 and has a full slate of
Since taking ownership in 1989, Elias
has transformed Muskoka Cabinet into
one of North America’s most technologically advanced woodworking factories. Under Elias’ leadership, Muskoka Cabinet was
an early adopter of nested-based manufacturing in 2000, implemented ERP software
in 2004, fully converted to automated
water-based finishing in 2005, became a
paperless shop floor in 2009, began using
RFID product tracking in 2012, installed
robots in 2015, and automated part tracking and movement in 2017.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Elias
and his team are in the process of leverag-
ing the company’s arsenal of technologies
to launch SMARTSonic early next year,
which he said will be “the most automated
fastest panel processing cell in the world.”
“With SMARTSonic we are taking all
of our technologies and combining them
into a high-output cell. A lot of periph-
erals have to be designed around this
processing cell because it’s going to be
putting out so many parts per hour that
we have to deal with a lot of elements
including automated waste extraction.”
At the core of SMARTSonic and all of
the other automation used by Muskoka
Cabinet is enterprise resource planning
or ERP system for short.
“I can’t help but stress the importance
of the basics of having an ERP system,”
Elias said. “That sounds simple, but a lot
of companies in our industry either don’t
have one or tried to have one and failed.
The basis for an ERP system is to collect
Self-driving parts carts maneuver autonomously through the Muskoka Cabinet Co. plant,
reducing the need for humans to push parts around.
Luke Elias, owner of Muskoka Cabinet Co. Ottawa, Ontario, is an enthusiastic adopter and
developer of new technology to automate cabinet manufacturing production.