Cabinet Vision “Costs Money, But Saves A Lot More,” Says Bespoke Carcass Pioneer
Turin Components - Ireland
Donal Walshe saw an opening in the Irish furniture market for bespoke carcasses in 2008, and established Turin Components to begin manufacturing them. “At the time there were a lot of imported carcasses, but we were the first to manufacture curved units of any shape and size that the customer required.
And having seen how efficient nesting could be on a visit to a company in England, he decided to focus on nesting as the most cost effective way of cutting MFC and MDF carcasses for kitchens, bedrooms, offices, bathrooms and student accommodation. The company also produces hospital cabinets manufactured in the revolutionary waterproof and anti-bacterial material, Sealwise.
Today they have two Andi nesters programmed by Cabinet Vision’s Screen-To-Machine module, and are considering investing in a third next year. Padraig Mullin is Project Manager and programmer for the nesting process. “I input every job into Cabinet Vision, and finalise the design, and type and colour of material, along with drawers and hinges. I have a database of existing units in the Cabinet Vision library, and it’s so easy to manipulate one of those to come up with what the customer requires. If I move a shelf, Cabinet Vision automatically moves the shelf studs…if I change a door size it moves all the assolciated fixtures and fittings. For instance, if it’s a base unit I simply edit the size, depth and height, and then optimise it in Screen-To-Machine and send the NC code to whichever Andi has been assigned to the job.”
As an example of how easy Cabinet Vision handles Turin Components’ bespoke speciality, he cites a recent case where 18 cabinets for a customer’s showroom were all different off-standard sizes, and one of the display units required a full line of 2mm centred holes to fasten dividers in place. The former hands-on chippy says it was simple to edit a unit to provide the holes in their unique positioning.
Another Cabinet Vision benefit is optimising material usage. “The average nest has between 20 and 30 components, and once I’ve designed them all I nest them on to our standard 2800 x 2700 chipboard sheets, and it keeps waste to an absolute minimum.
Reducing waste is another important factor for Donal Walshe when it comes to their Prima EVO beam saw, and he says Cabinet Vision makes best use of the sheet by planning out cut patterns more efficiently than proprietary software, and is especially useful if there is a requirement for the grain to go a particular way. It also measures out and pre-plans the boring pattern, on their REM boring machine.
It’s Brendan Sheridan’s role to program both the beam saw and the REM. He says: “It’s so simple to set up both processes from information about each panel that’s in the Cabinet Vision program. Previously, we had to program everything at the machines themselves, which was a matter of breaking every cabinet down size by size and programming it individually, which was far more time consuming.”
Overall, Cabinet Vision’s optimisation and ability to reduce waste are major benefits for both Turin Components’ nesting and beam saw operations, along with speeding up the design process. Donal Walshe says: “If we had to manually work out all the cuts, turns, cams and hole positions, and pre-plan every gable, we’d never produce anything. The software does cost money – but it saves us an awful lot more.”
His design and programming team are mainly former kitchen retailers or fitters, so are readily able to solve any issues regarding customer requests for something that may be particularly difficult to achieve. “We have a first class reputation throughout Ireland for producing bespoke cabinets, and Cabinet Vision is a vital part of our service in giving people the exact kitchen they ask for.”
And it’s not just the actual CAD/CAM suite from Vero Software that he is impressed with. “You can have the best and most powerful software on the market, but if it doesn’t have the right support behind it, it’s no good to you. Cabinet Vision’s Business Manager, Marie Cassidy, is absolutely key to our success with it. She knows our business needs, and her personal connection with us ensures that we can use Cabinet Vision in just the right way to achieve what we need.” He likens the relationship to how they work with their own customers. “People know we make carcasses for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, but without our team sitting down with them and explaining that we can produce any curved or S-shaped unit and that they can have a different coloured edging, they wouldn’t know exactly what our capabilities are.
“It’s all about expressing the knowledge of the actual system to customers and providing a sound backup support service.”
Working exclusively for the trade, Turin Components shipped 32,000 assembled units last year – mostly kitchens – and have around 70 customers with high end showrooms in high end locations. With business developing constantly, they relocated from a 20,000 square foot site, into 72,000 square foot premises at Shrule in County Mayo, during Christmas 2015.