EnVIsion, a plant-wide software that integrates manufacturing data flow through both panel and solid wood machinery, has been developed by Weinig.
Aimed at both the solid wood and panel processing industries, Weinig calls it "a new vision for manufacturing, which creates and enables entire manufacturing process and flow of data throughout the plant." The software is expected to enable mass-customization or "batch-one" production.
The inability to integrate panel and solid wood machining factory data systems drives many cabinet manufacturers to outside suppliers for doors, drawers, moulding and faceframe parts, Weinig says. Other cabinetry firms manufacture these components internally, but are forced to use a series of dedicated, small, classical machines, often producing slowly and highly operator-dependent.
"The traditional system is typically made up of multiple, task dedicated machines, requiring one to work at the convenience of the machine, which creates expensive staging of product, and generates paperwork at numerous levels," Weinig says.
EnVision, combined with Weinig's MillVision, offers the ability to produce solid wood joinery (mortise & tenon, French miter etc) without the need for the traditional dedicated machinery and personnel, the company said in announcing the development. "Joinery is now as easy as optimizing and machining sheet goods."
Weinig says EnVision software creates a bill of material dynamically, generates G-code automatically, and sends the data for sheet goods directly to the Holz-Her beam and P-T-P machine; and for solid wood combined with MillVision directly to Weinig equipment
It can also maintain a job order database and allow tracking of individual orders.
"With EnVision, our customers gain the advanced productivity solution provided by Weinig and break the traditional methods and constraints by providing a highly flexible and accurate system to produce cabinets, cabinet doors, raised panels, drawer fronts, drawer boxes and much more on demand -- that is free of paperwork and the need for staging material."
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