Nesterwood software places only the number of
parts on a plywood sheet that are needed while
drawing from multiple orders to best utilize the
actual sheets available in inventory.
not only eliminate the router program- the new software. “Our process is at
ming time, but allow us to do an even least five times faster than before.
better job of optimizing wood use.” We don’t have to manually move the
Nesterwood takes a different router heads or change drill bits any-
approach to utilizing plywood for more. Nesterwood saves us up to two
furniture frames. Rather than creat- hours per day in setup time and has
ing static programs designed improved our plywood yields by
to fit as many frame parts 15 to 25 percent in just a
as possible on a spe- few months.”
This is a strategic
cific size sheet, the Of special sig-software places only time savings because nificance to Ralph’s,
the exact number of the elimination of
parts needed while router program-
engineering and product
drawing from mul- ming has freed up
tiple orders to best considerable time
utilize the actual that is now being
sheets available in used to do AutoCAD
become essential to
inventory. part design and de-
“Nesterwood does velopment of more new
gaining new business.
a great job of utilizing products. For Ralph’s,
material because it is able this is a strategic time sav-
to mix and match orders right on ings because engineering and
the same sheet of plywood. It took all product development have become
the excess plywood off the floor, sav- essential to gaining new business.
ing us floor space and turning excess According to Rice, “With these
inventory into cash.” technology investments, we are much
Router department manager Philip more efficient and we can react a
Gibson concurs with the benefits of whole lot faster than in the old days
when we whittled frames out.” ●
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Rick Ludolph is president of Productive
Solutions LLC, an Atlanta-based
consulting firm specializing in business
processes and supporting technologies.