Cabinet Vision’s Parametric Function And Labelling For The Deluxe Group
Parametric capability was the main reason a company focusing on high end bespoke joinery invested in Cabinet Vision…and quickly realised its customised labelling system also made life easier on the shop floor.
The Deluxe Group manufacture and install bespoke joinery and provide interior fit-out services to the luxury hospitality, high end residential, education, healthcare and workplace markets all over Britain and Ireland. The company also have a theme set build division that provide themed “wow” features for visitor attractions internationally, namely at Motiongate Dubai, Euro Disney in Paris, and recently Tayto Park in Ireland (www.thedeluxegroup.com).
“Once the initial cabinet has been set up, the parametric function makes it so quick and easy to produce different sized cabinets for the whole room.”The company headquarters, in Portadown, Northern Ireland, runs Cabinet Vision’s flagship system, Solid Ultimate, which can design and detail all jobs using advanced solid modeling technology. It automatically generates shop drawings, 3D customer renderings, cutting lists, material requirements and estimating. And the job can be graphically laid out, or the built-in Order Entry function quickly creates cutting lists.
Richard Dawson, Scheduler
Production Manager Jeff Love says all box and cabinetry-based components go through Cabinet Vision. “We were getting high volume repetitive work where we just needed to make tweaks to sizes. But it meant having to draw each wardrobe or cabinet in a CAD system and then manually create cutting lists which was not ideal.
“But now, for instance, I can draw a wardrobe a metre wide and two metres high in Cabinet Vision, and for new jobs where the height and width need to change, I can use that existing cabinet and simply amend the details. Everything changes parametrically, including ironmongery and all drill and hinge holes, along with the positioning of cams and dowels. And the automatic cutting lists ensure everything is ready for accurate machining. The NC code is sent to our CNC machines using Cabinet Vision’s powerful Screen To Machine module.”
He says the parametric function is particularly important for hotel bedrooms which vary in size. “We may have one style of unit, but 20 different types with changes to the width, depth and height. We simply adjust those figures and the rest follows automatically. Cabinet Vision puts them all into the one job, so we could be putting 300 sheets of material through the CNC nester, and know that even though the panels are different sizes everything will be cut exactly as shown on the design.”
Having started with one Cabinet Vision license and one Screen To Machine License for generating the NC code and sending it to the shop floor in 2014, due to the demand for the company’s services they have since added a further two design licenses, and three schedulers currently use Cabinet Vision regularly, with a further four trained on it. It drives three Biesse CNC machine tools – a flatbed 3-axis nester, a Skipper boring machine, and a recently commissioned Selco beam saw.
Shop floor operatives find that the Label I.T. system reduces the chances of misdirecting panels, and ensures a quick and smooth process through the workshop. Parts are selected by simply touching the screen and the labels are then printed instantly. The screen is updated automatically to show exactly which parts and panels have been completed. The user has complete control over what data is presented on the label.
Scheduler Richard Dawson says the labels clearly show which job every panel belongs to, what has to be done to it next, and if it needs to go to another machine. As one of the team using the software on a daily basis he turns drawings into cutting lists and programs for the CNC nester, beam saw and boring machine.
“I set up the material schedule for the board we’re using, and create the units, import cams, dowels and ironmongery from Cabinet Vision’s library, and line everything up, including pre-bore holes, shelf pins, sockets, hanging rails and hinge holes. Once that’s all set up we make a sample unit for approval, and then edit if necessary, which is such a simple process.
“Once the initial cabinet has been set up, the parametric function makes it so quick and easy to produce different-sized cabinets for the whole room.”
The company recently made a huge investment and expanded by building a new state of the art facility on a neighboring site, which has increased manufacturing floor space from 1,000 square metres to 5,000 square metres.
About the Company
Name: The Deluxe Group
Business: Manufacture and install bespoke joinery
- Automatically generates shop drawings, 3D customer renderings, cutting lists, material requirements and estimating.
- Can use existing cabinet, simply amend the details and everything changes parametrically.
- Turns drawings into cutting lists and programs for the CNC nester, beam saw and boring machine.
“Everything changes parametrically, including ironmongery and all drill and hinge holes, along with the positioning of cams and dowels. And the automatic cutting lists ensure everything is ready for accurate machining.”
Jeff Love, Production Manager