Cutting back-breaking labor with intelligent advanced cabinet manufacturing
September 24, 2017 | 5:56 pm CDT
Luke Elias, President, Muskoka Cabinet Co.

Luke Elias, president of Muskoka Cabinet Company, will talk about the continued evolution of robotics and automated manufacturing processes during the conference at WMS 2017. His session, Keys to Advanced Cabinet Manufacturing, will cover the implementation of AGVs - Automated Guided Vehicles - as well as Automated Part Processing, sorting and tracking using Robotics,  RFID and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems.
Muskoka Cabinet is regarded as a highly innovative cabinet manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom cabinets, closet organizers and Murphy beds. In addition to making cabinets, they also develop and implement new high technology processes and procedures that benefit the entire cabinet industry by showing the way to improve manufacturing productivity - so much so Canada's governmental agencies have invested in their innovation efforts.
With 75 employees, Muskoka Cabinets operates a 100 percent UV water-based finishing line, integrates R.F.I.D. (radio frequency ID) into parts to  track workpieces through the plant, and has recently expanded its robotics and fully integrated ERP computer management system.
Last year, a robotic automated lean panel processing center was demonstrated  at Muskoka Cabinet Co. A robotic system integrated by AutomaTech Robotik that could process 80 to 100 cabinets per shift with no programming and only one operator required was shown operating.
AutomaTech Robotik wanted to demonstrate the efficiency of the robotic Ernest cell that has been integrated at Muskoka linked to a Smart tracking RFID system and the SMART Cart (AGV cart). 
Elias's presentation is at 1:20 on Thursday, November 2. Register for WMS conference sessions and tracks here>>

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Profile picture for user billesler
About the author
Bill Esler | ConfSenior Editor

Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.