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What is the best way, when producing cultists for cabinet doors, to identify the door on the cultist?
Assume for example you have a kitchen with 25 doors and cabinet # 7 has two doors. Would you prefer to identify the parts for these doors as 7L & 7R or would you rather have the doors identified simply as doors 1 thru 25 then associate them with the cabinet box after they are produced?
Assume that the doors are spray finished in large batches but are hung one cabinet at a time. How do you store and/or identify each door so you can find the one you need?
I write the name of the cabinet in the 35mm cup hole. I always put the name of the cabinet in the top hole so I know which way is up.
If you don't drill the holes first then maybe someone else will have a suggestion.
I use CabinetVision and have it set up to do cabinets by number, with that I have an assembly rack that get all parts for that cabinets worth of doors. Most times its not a big deal for a normal cabinet with the most doors or 5 pc drawer fronts being 4. When we do large multi opening vanitys things get a little interesting. That's when you lay out all parts for that cabinet and sort out the doors per the door list and assemble from there.
If you are producing cultists (as you state) the FBI will probably identify them and save you the hassle. I don't know what a "door" on a cultist is -- is that the mechanism by which you get them to do creepy cultist things? ;8>)
Were you able to decipher the coded message?
Well, I know it's about cultists and The Doors. Maybe I should listen to "Riders On The Storm" again. ;8>)
I think you need to delve a bit deeper into your operational setup to work this out.
The key is you wan't a system that minimises confusion, minimises effort, but ensures that the chance of a mistake is minimal. Also this about the "handover" of the door and make it easy for the next person who handles the door to understand what is is and what needs to happen to it.
How many staff? Who cuts the doors? How big are the jobs you are making?
I also have cabinet vision number the cabinets but found that when we do a large job and the cabinet and door is called #7 it all becomes number jumbles and no one can remember what cabinet #7 is or where it goes in the kitchen.
If you can set up a labelling system where the cabinet is called for instance B.800.DD (Base.800mm wide.Double Door) instead of #number then the doors can be labelled B.800.D (Base.800.Door) that way if you have 5x same cabinet that door can suit any of those cabinets and isn't locked into being for a single cabinet. Also having the cabinet width in the label gives the assembler a reference for Q.C'ing the parts to make sure the cut size is correct for an 800mm cabinet.
I have found it better to label key cabinets like Sink, Oven, Cutlery Drawers ect just that way so when someone picks up a part for that they don't need to reference the plan to see what cabinet that is, Then the special requirements of that cabinet can be dealt with automatically. i.e a sink cabinet often has a seen end for a dishwasher opening. If that cabinet was just another base cabinet called #10 someone on auto pilot just makes the cabinet the standard way.
Now onto Doors!
As far as the physical labelling. Really depends on the material. Trying to avoid marking something on a surface that would need to be cleaned later is a worthy thought. Also trying to mark the door so it is labelled once through its manufacturing process is time saving. Sometimes it's hard to avoid labelling the door so it needs to be cleaned later. For example a laminate door that is edged all around can't be labelled on the side of the board because it will be covered later. It can't be labelled in the cup hole at this stage because it needs to go through the bander first. In this case we would label the door with some masking tape on the front so it can be peeled and wiped later, minimal fuss, Pencil on parts takes more cleaning work and often leaves a grey smear for someone to clean AGAIN later. I have toyed with printed stickers in the past but found too much mucking around when working off a sliding panel saw, and just another job for me to do. Different story with CNC
This is a relatively new system for us and it's working well in a 4 man shop where at the moment everywhere jumps around from cutting to edging to assembly.
We've been setting up infrastructure to run the shop longer hours. We now have two crews and staff a seven day work week. The work day now runs from noon to noon rather than 8-5. This approach requires that you spend some time today paying attention to what you will need tomorrow.
This kind of staffing arrangement gives us a lot more flexibility to take on different size projects and different levels of volume. It does, however, create different requirements for how you stage things and communicate status. You need to have very robust systems for establishing priority and monitoring status.
The numbering system for cabinet parts supports of the fifth plank of of 5S program. In combination with storage & retrieval systems it smooths out production in a semi-self managing way.
Historically we have labeled door parts according to the cabinet they live in. If cabinet 7 had two doors they would show up on the spreadsheet as 7L & 7R. The weak spot in this approach was where the parts lived. Sometimes cabinet 7 only had one door or cabinet 7 was a drawer bank. This required a lot of "where's waldo" type research to figure out if indeed the part had been produced and, if so, where it was in the building.
Our current cutlisting approach takes advantage of a concept called concatenation. This is the joining of character strings in a computer program. Mr. John Smith is the concatenation of the fields: gender - first name - last name. (not sure how this is going to work out with transgender but I am sure we will cross that bridge eventually). You can concatenate easily with Microsoft Excel by using the ampersand in your equations. (The ampersand key is the squiggly character above the 7 key on your keyboard.)
The formula: (=7&-&115) returns the value "7-15".
This management logic is admittedly overkill for a company my current size but last Friday alone we had seven new kitchens offered to us and another seven since then.
-Just some thoughts, I hope that help.