Video: Boosting output through automation at Four Winds Laminating


Before integrating automated technology, Four Woods Laminating utilized an arm saw and hand-sprayed components. Now, equipped with a Homag panel saw and Makor spray lines, they operate more efficiently and production numbers have increased significantly.

Family-owned and operated since 1985, the Indiana-based company specializes in cabinet doors for the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries. Meticulous craftsmanship meets modern technology with Stiles Machinery manufacturing solutions. Before incorporating Makor spray systems, six in total, it was a very manual labor-intensive process, and the finish did not apply or dry evenly. Employees no longer need to be in the booth inhaling fumes, and the finish dries quickly and evenly, said Maynard Yoder, owner of Four Winds. 

Four Winds Laminating was doing 20,000 to 25,000 pieces a week, and now with the new equipment have nearly doubled production to 40,000 to 45,000 pieces a week and that is all related to automation., Yoder said. 

To learn more about Four Woods' automation journey, watch the video below.



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