Cabinet Vision Saves Time And Labour For Langstaff-EllisA high-end interior design and furniture company says Cabinet Vision software plays a vital role in their recently introduced automated manufacturing process, contributing to their growth.
“Cabinet Vision now produces all our technical drawings in half the time, and as the sales team also use it, our technical design costs have reduced significantly.”
Ed Birks, Managing Director
Langstaff-Ellis describes itself as a “full design and manufacture house,” splitting its work around 50:50 between end-user clients, and a range of designers, architects and developers, handling concept and design through to the installation of bespoke carpentry for a full home interior.
Managing Director Ed Birks says they work in a substantial number of high end residential and commercial properties, creating everything from kitchens, wine rooms, libraries, and dressing rooms, catering for a range of styles including ultra-modern minimalistic, and a more ornate look.
The company, which has been in business around eight years, began investing in CNC machinery and software in 2016. “We felt there was a huge amount of ground to be gained by automating the processes. Our Homag beam saw and drilling and routing centre came first, but we found that programming each individual pattern was taking several days for a large project, so we brought Cabinet Vision in to overcome that.”
The original 3D models are designed in SketchUp. Once the files are imported into Cabinet Vision, the specialist woodworking software then produces the component list for everything that needs to be manufactured. “Cabinet Vision creates all the CNC files for our flat panel material and carcases, internal components and drawer boxes, along with worktops where necessary, and cutlists for all the solid wood components.”
He says their biggest challenge in the past has been the amount of time and labour required to produce technical drawings and CNC files, and the associated risk of human error. “Cabinet Vision now produces all our technical drawings in half the time, and as the sales team also use it, our technical design costs have reduced significantly.”
The Cabinet Vision journey for each project begins after the quotation and specification. “By that time we already have the agreed materials and style, so the technical design department inputs the material data and hardware schedules…essentially setting up a jobfile, ensuring every element for the next stage has been imported.”
The sales designers then produce a complete set of designs, which Ed Birks says are all fully technical, including hardware. “This means that only marginal tweaks are ever required when they go back to the technical design team, ahead of a final check before going into production. From the point of sign-off, layouts and technical drawings are produced for the workshop, and Cabinet Vision’s Screen-To-Machine module is used to transfer the NC code to the machine tools.”
Langstaff-Ellis works closely with a company called Cutlist, which is located in the same building at Chinnor in Oxfordshire, and whose Managing Director is Ed Birks’s business partner, Alex Langstaff-Ellis.
Cutlist provides a cutting and edging service, supplying cut-to-size panels and edge banding for the woodworking, interior and furniture industries shipping throughout the UK. “The partnership began when Langstaff-Ellis had expanded to the point that it needed to increased output without larger premises or additional staff,” says Ed Birks.
“Cutlist was created to serve this demand, and is now a thriving business in its own right, working with carpenters, joiners, cabinet makers, interior designers, builders and developers.”
Langstaff-Ellis optimise all their projects in Cabinet Vision and send the cut file through to Cutlist, which then reoptimises the file before forwarding it to the Homag beam saw.
“Langstaff-Ellis are currently developing a CNC flat pack service whereby their clients can submit a design of their own, and we’ll will input this data into Cabinet Vision, finalise the technical design, and then machine the panel components for the project using their CNC router. This means the client can receive a bespoke flat-pack kit for their project.”
In conclusion, Ed Birks says: “Cabinet Vision brings all aspects of our operation together, and means we can produce our CNC files quickly and accurately.”
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Business: Full design and manufacture house
- Overcame the fact that individual patterns were taking several days for a large project.
- Creates all the CNC files for flat panel material and carcases, internal components and drawer boxes.
- Produce all technical drawings in half the time.
- Reduced costs of technical design significantly.
“Cabinet Vision brings all aspects of our operation together, and means we can produce our CNC files quickly and accurately.”
Ed Birks, Managing Director