WOOD 100 Strategies for Success 2013: Technology Integration
By Karen Koenig | Posted: 09/08/2013 7:18PM
Ro-Bois-Tic, Saint-Apollinaire, QC — It’s been lights-out manufacturing for the panel processor, which has the distinction of being North America’s first one-man, one-robot woodworking factory. Read more about Ro-Bois-Tic's light's out facility.
PIN, Irving, TX — A designer and manufacturer of store fixtures, displays, hospitality and healthcare furnishings, PIN’s sales rose 36.6% last year, due in part to its ability to process product faster and more efficiently, says Jeff Pray, CEO. Read more about PIN's technology integration.
Nucraft Furniture, Comstock Park, MI — The contract furniture maker’s green and lean efforts have gained notice from consumers and industry alike throughout North America. Just recently, it became the first North American office furniture company to be issued an Environmental Product Declaration. Read more about Nucraft Furniture.
More Tech Heads
Accent Woodworks, Canton, MI
The cabinet and countertop manufacturer grew slightly in 2012, and President Bill Albert projects 2013 sales to be even better. Productivity has been aided by the purchase of a new edgebander last year and a new sander in 2013.
Copperstate Cabinet Co., Phoenix, AZ
The custom cabinetry maker’s investment in CNC equipment and software helped improve productivity and enhance the company’s reputation for quality work and service, says Tim Dombrowski, owner and president. A new edgebander is in place for 2013.
Adams Group, North Port, FL
The architectural casework and millwork firm’s investments in technology have paid off, with 2012 sales growing 34.9%. The include: a Ligmatech case clamp, ABD 150 dowel drill/inserter, Brandt edgebander and Star V-groover, with 2013 plans for a Homag Advantage. With an eye to improving profit margins, Joe West, director of business development & marketing, says “Our plan is that we spend more time with our customers, designers and architects to work directly on their specific projects. This allows us to create a more advanced credibility of our services as well as encourage best products and practices to be incorporated in each project.”
Premier EuroCase, Denver, CO
In 2012 the firm added a Homag laserTec laser edgebander to produce seamless edges on its store fixtures and components. On the heels of that comes news PE, which also makes Roücke laminated panels, can now produce high gloss acrylic panels on its new Bürkle laminating line, says Owner Andy Wilzoch.
About the Author
Karen M. KoenigKaren M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Wood Products (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at email@example.com or Google+.