How A&B Woodworking's CNC Kept It Afloat in Downturn
Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 11/26/2012 10:05AM
A&B Woodcraft, Decatur, GA At the brink of the 2008 housing collapse, A&B Woodworking, established in 1996, invested in a Busellato Jet Optima RT Nested Based CNC Router, a move that kept him afloat during the down economy.
Before this investment A&B Woodcraft was like many manufacturers and manufactured his commercial casework with manual production machines.
Using a sliding table saw, line borer and edgebander, A&B Woodcraft was processing around 30 sheets a day of melamine and MDF, however the high labor costs were causing a decrease in profit so something had to change.
“I had to ask myself: how can I be more competitive.” This was the question owner of A&B Woodcraft Inc., Adali Benitez asked himself in 2008. The answer changed his business forever.
Benitez called upon Marco Canducci and Busellato in his search for a CNC router solution. After researching four different CNC manufacturers Benitez decided to partner with Busellato as his CNC provider.
“The Busellato Genesis software was simple to learn and has many powerful features that make operating in a custom environment more efficient,” Benitez stated as one of the reasons he purchased the Busellato. The other reason: his dealer. Marco Canducci, of MCC Consulting in Douglasville, GA, and Benitez had formed a great relationship throughout the research process that made the decision much easier.
A&B Woodworking installed the Busellato Jet Optima in March 2008 and a few short months later, they saw the commercial casework sector collapse. A&B specializes in office and medical cabinetry and millwork primarily within a 100-mile radius of their Decatur, GA facility, and with fewer opportunities available to bid, A&B was glad they made the investment in the CNC when they did.
“The Busellato allowed us to be more competitive when bidding on projects and kept us going through out the down economy. We were able to reduce our waste with nesting, decrease our lead times, and were able to be more competitive with our bidding. We definitely won a few jobs because the Busellato helped us slash our labor costs,” stated Benitez .
A few years later in May 2012, the market became more stable, and business was steady. A&B was now processing around 50 sheets a day on the Busellato. Along with a powerful router spindle and large multi-spindle boring head, the panel evacuation device with dust collection improved production substantially.
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