White Papers

JUSTIFYING A CNC ROUTER

Justifying a CNC Router for any shop is a careful consideration.  The higher the production volume, the easier the justification however the production threshold for acquiring a CNC is often much lower than you may expect. 

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OUTSIDE EDGE PROFILE ON BUSELLATO CNC (WHITE PAPER), AUGUST 2010

If you are using a single or double end tenoner for outside profiling of doors are you reaching your production potential? 

Delmac turns the machining process for cabinet doors upside down by milling and sanding doors on a CNC Router equipped with automatic pod and rail set-up.  Historically, 5 piece wood doors and solid drawer fronts were sized and profiled on a double or single side machine equipped with shape and sand.  Of course, this required 2 or 4 passes and a sizable investment in tooling.  By streamlining the front end information flow and perfecting the machine code, Delmac can size and sand a door in under a minute per door! 

Double-end (DET) and single-end tenoners (SET) have been the traditional solution for this application, due to their high-production capacities and ability to combine milling and sanding in a single pass.  But as customers demand shorter lead times and more choices of wood species and profiles, production lot sizes continually shrink and it becomes more difficult for these machines to realize their production potential.  And, the growing popularity of inset doors requires a level of dimensional accuracy and squareness that is difficult to achieve on the DET/SET.

LEAN MANUFACTURING SEMINAR, CABINET MAKERS ASSOCIATION (POWERPOINT), MAY 2010

By John Park, Delmac General Manager, OMAL Product Manager 

Delmac reviews the basic tenants of Lean Manufacturing including 5-S, Value Mapping and the Value Stream Analysis. We apply lean techniques in a common sense way for cabinet makers. Delmac also reviews modern equipment available for lean manufacturing utilizing nested base processing and dowel construction.  This is a great introductory article for a manuafctruer that wants to get lean, maximize value and ,minimize costs of manufacturing. 

LEAN FOR THE FURNITURE MANUFACTURER (POWERPOINT), NOVEMBER 2009

By Phil Mitchell, NCSU Extension Consultant 

Phil Mitchell from NCSU Extension Department presented an introductory seminar and executive review on lean manufacturing.  He specifically addressed lean for furniture manufacturing and showed some case studies on successful lean installations. 

RAPID CASE FOR CABINETS AND FURNITURE (POWERPOINT), NOVEMBER 2009

By John Park, Bill Blackmon 

An in depth look at the use of dowels and the engineering required for the proper use of dowels for the assembly and construction of commercial casegoods and furniture.  The presentation gives a graphical overview of common assembly joints and contrasts and compares dowels as the preferred assembly method for rapid case construction and hidden joints. 

LEAN CABINET MANUFACTURING (WHITE PAPER), NOVEMBER 2008    

By Delmac and Art Raymond, Industry Consultant 

Art Raymond, a well known industry expert, reviewed how to implement lean manufacturing by recognizing areas of waste and inefficient production methods.  The white paper recaps why setting up equipment in a way to eliminate bottlenecks and achieve a smooth work flow will increase production and reduce the amount of floor space required for manufacturing, giving the manufacturer the ability to provide a higher quality product at a lower cost. 

Highlights: 

  • How to implement Lean Manufacturing. 
  • Basics of Lean Manufacturing. 
  • Why go Lean? 
  • How to develop a Lean process. 
  • Investment in technology and generating profit go hand in hand.

RAPID CASE CONSTRUCTION (WHITE PAPER) NOVEMBER 2007

By Delmac and Gero Sassenburg, Industry Consultant 

Delmac presents a convincing case why companies are transitioning from screws, dados and KD fasteners to dowel based cabinet construction.  Delmac’s keynote speaker,  Mr. Gero Sassenburg, a well known industry consultant and expert in 32mm and dowel system of cabinet construction discussed how using traditional methods of dado or screw assembly, the average build time for a cabinet can take 5-7 minutes or more to build.  Plus quality is left in the hands of the assembler.  Employing the most current technology in CNC machinery and dowel construction, build time can be compressed to 2 minutes or less and quality is a function of engineering and equipment.  This equates to huge savings and throughput gains!