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Does anyone have success assembling frameless joinery on benches and putting it straight to dispatch in cabinet modules? i.e not set up the job?
We currently make the job, setup in the factory and once it's all checked and ticked off pack up and stack away or load straight into the truck. It's a very common method around my parts.
I feel like it's a huge waste of time and would like to eliminate the whole "setup" phase, we have cnc now and I feel like in about a years time once we iron out all the kinks this should be our focus.
Just the mention of it brings a panicked look to my guys!!
So if your doing it, how did you get there? what was the buy in, what were the hurdles?
Hello from Canada, we used to do this years ago. I think that this practice for us was mostly due to lack of confidence in our sizing etc. If you are moving to CNC you are probably past that in reality. We now cut, process, finish, assemble, clean,hang fronts, wrap and ship. We have 11 guys on the floor including 4 in finishing. We build between 4 and 5 kitchens per 4.5 day week. Using a series of cells our labour is divided accordingly. 2 in cutting and processing, 4 in Finishing, 1 in a separate custom shop, 1 in assembly, 2 in hanging fronts cleaning and packing and one skilled floater who can do most things. We do set up elaborate islands in order to fit detailed mouldings and trim bits.. We check sizes at assembly and confirm. Also we dowel and assemble with a case clamp so assembly is quick and square.I think you should try. Talk it through with your guys and determine the reasons for their reluctance and deal with them one at a time. Change is hard but worth the effort.
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