Located in Holmes County, OH, Keim Lumber manufactures millwork and moulding. The company also offers high-quality wood products including: doors and windows, kitchen and dining accessories, hardwood and laminate flooring, and fireplaces. Keim has more than 360 employees.
Before switching to Vero Software’s Alphacam CNC software for manufacturing, Keim would copy and drag parts onto the sheet, one at a time. Although originally selected to take full advantage of the 4-axis CMS routers, the Alphacam CAD/CAM software helps Keim across the board, with furniture parts, stair parts, 3D engraving and nesting.
Parts can be selected from the screen or a kit of parts, and their orientation fixed where grain direction needs to be maintained, or rotated to any angle. Nesting supports tool lead in/out, support tags for small parts and multiple depth parts where an “onion skin” is required.
“We [also] opted for Alphacam Ultimate to get the full benefit of the 4th axis, so we could do curves with it,” says Myron Miller, CNC programmer/router operator.
Mill Production Manager Joseph Troyer adds, “It’s allowed us to fully utilize the 4th axis and has given us additional capabilities, and saved time in many other ways. We are a custom shop — we also do a large amount of production runs, and bits of time saved here and there add up very quickly. And in production, saving time is real money.”
As well as manufacturing, Keim also supplies lumber, including more than 120 species to furniture and cabinetmakers, along with 400 manufacturers’ product lines and thousands of individual items.
Advertising Manager John Swaffer says business is well due to Keim’s reputation for quality goods and service. “People hear about us from various sources, including word-of-mouth.”
Owner Bill Keim notes using Alphacam helps ensure Keim Lumber remains at the cutting edge of its joinery and millwork operation. “We’re up to our customers’ needs, whatever the wood, whatever the design, whatever the size of the order.”
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