Month: March 2016

RSA Solutions – Joins Woodwork Institute

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Lamar, Missouri, February 24, 2016 ~ RSA Solutions, proudly announces their new membership with the Woodwork Institute (WI), located in West Sacramento California as one of their Millwork Industry Partners. RSA Solutions shares many of the core values of WI and their passion for bringing the best to the industry. Terry Gregory, RSA’s Manufacturing Process Specialist for Southern California, explains. “Having been taught the trade by my father many years ago, and having a love of woodworking, joining the WI is a very exciting event for me personally. I look for getting to know & share with WI members in the near future.” RSA Solutions is looking forward to being a part of & positively contributing to this organization for years to come.

About Woodwork Institute (WI): Established in 1951 as a not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to the preservation of the use of wood as a building material, Woodwork Institute has grown into a national organization whose primary purpose is to ensure excellence and craftsmanship in woodwork.

About RSA Solutions: Founded in 1999, RSA Solutions, formerly known as Roger Shaw & Associates, has built a solid reputation for being the largest independent sales and marketing company in the woodworking industry. RSA Solutions has assembled world-class suppliers that are focused on their specific area of expertise. We take the “Big Picture Approach” as we assemble focused technology from all over the world to achieve the most efficient process known in the woodworking community. Not a single source of incomplete solutions, but a single source of top-shelf, well thought out solutions that are task specific.

Video: Industry 4.0 & Production Coach Software

webcast mes manufacturing execution systems featuring industry 4.0

Today’s webcast we are going to spend a few minutes talking about the 4th Industrial Revolution that we are now part of, and where technology has gone. We are going to focus more deeply on Production Coach.

Industrial Revolutions: a few items to point out, we all understand that we are in an interesting day and time, technology is moving quickly, the internet has changed the way we work, act and think. Roughly towards the end of the 18th century, we termed it to be the 1st industrial revolution, in 1784 was the first mechanical weaving loom, which was a huge advancement of industry to be moving from a manual process to a mechanical processes. It wasn’t for about another 100 years that we saw the second industrial revolution, that started in Cincinnati around 1870 in a packing house, with production lines.

In a much shorter amount of time in around 70 years we started to see the first programmable logic controller or PLC, that allowed us to begin to have computers talking to computers. In even a shorter amount of time we have our 4th industrial revolution, and we are going to focus on it today.

If you see the trend in timing a 100 years between the first and second, 70 years between the second and third and only 40 years between the third and fourth. Certainly, technology is moving faster and time between each is shrinking and it is shrinking at the pace at the technical advancement.

That puts us in a unique position, that we need to fully understand what Industry 4.0 is and how that can have an effect on us.

When we think about Industry 4.0 we have to understand that it is impacted by the Internet of Things and the Internet of Services. It is the communication between bots, employees, machines and all of the devices we are using

There are six design principles that have to do with Industry 4.0:

  • Interoperability – its all things working together, communication between all things.
  • Virtualization – We might think about that as virtual imagining, virtual servers, clouds or even operating systems.
  • Decentralization – Is were local decision are made real time instead of being centralized.
  • Real Time Capabilities – or automated feed back to gain information from the office, the shop floor and all aspects of manufacturing.
  • Service Orientation – Is were everything is focused around the customer experience.
  • Modularity – Were not one-size-fits all, where it is possible to integrate new Industry 4.0 thinking into even existing factories and operations.

The internet of things has been a great change, example if you give a young person an electronic device, a computer they have the ability to pickup and utilize in ways that are not common for us that a little bit older.

Yesterday is behind us and were we thought the great revolution was a computer talking to a computer. Tomorrow is were we need to head, but what is Industry 4.0 and how can we make that applicable for today?

Most of us can’t build all new factories and equip them with the latest equipment and controllers but we can use the influence and understanding and principles of Industry 4.0 in our future decisions.

Here are few examples of Industry 4.0 technologies:

  • POS – Point of Sale it is web commerce, highly configurable, fully parametric and were sales order can come instance production orders with out manual entry.
  • CAD|CAM is real engineer to order cad-cam, that can manage all aspects of production and engineering and not just simple boxes.
  • Optimization/Nesting – One database driving one or both nesting and optimization as well as managing the creation and use of usable scrap.

I want most of our focus today to be around what is Production Coach Software, it is a control system for managing and monitoring work-in-process on a factory floor. An Production Caoch keeps track of all manufacturing information in real time, receiving up-to-the minute data from robots, machine monitors and employees.

How much does it cost, not the software but how much does it cost when assembly starts but can’t finish because a part is missing or damage? What does it cost each time that production has to come to the office for information? What does it cost for manually finding out where something is in production? What does it cost for all of the shop paperwork? And what does it cost to expedite part shipment because there wasn’t damage part alerts allowing for quick decisions?

I know in talking with customers that all of these are very costly to businesses sometime its difficult to know how to put a dollar value on these, these but they are certainly expensive.

Industry 4.0 and Production Coach is giving you the ability to get a real-time, 360 degree view of your factory’s operations, control and view your entire production, eliminating physical files and follow your projects’ progress in real-time. With Production Coach many things can be achieved.

One of the design principles of Industry 4.0 is of course Modularity, you don’t have to be interested in doing all aspects of Production Coach to gain benefit from it. You will be able to import from CAD|CAM so that would mean so instead of having to replace your current design, engineering and outputting manufacturing or g-code data you can utilize existing engineering software i.e. woodCAD|CAM, cabinetVision or Microvellum. – That is all things working together, the very first design principle or Industry 4.0.

Being able to help with the planning and organization of what will occur on the shop floor, how are we going to release to manufacturing. Being able to enhance data to create automated sorting and routing information back to the part labels. Being able to track the progress of work orders on the shop floor, or with automated machine feedback. To use the design principle for Decentralization to allow people on the shop floor to create automated Part Alerts, so quick decisions can be made from management. Visualization and the ability, the design principle was related to cyber being able to visualize what can happen on the fly. Kitting the ability to organize items for shipment that might not be part of the assembly, i.e. lose hardware, molding. Then be able to track the items make it on to the truck to verify nothing is missing.

Data Enrichment – is the ability to not only receive data from your existing CAD/CAM but be able to push information organized back to it so that part labels coming from it can have things for sorting.

Automated Feedback – with technologies like HOMAG PowerTouch control with automated feedback it is possible for Production Coach Software to be receiving feedback as to the progress production with out human intervention.

Next Jonathan Saucier with Web-Cab smart solutions is going to take a few minutes to talk about his company, their vision and to show you demo of their software.

Who is Web-Cab – we are a team specialized in developing and implementing smart solutions for the woodworking industry. We have more than 2700 optimized users. Our main goals are innovation, customers service, loyalty, cooperation and unity. Our mission is to bring your productivity to the next level by optimizing your day to day processes with proven simple and reliable solutions.

Next will be a demonstration of Web-Cab and then question and answer session.

Case Study – OGB Architectural Millwork & OnScreen Takeoff For Woodworking

OGB Millwork and OnScreen Takeoff Software

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(OGB) was purchased in 2000 by Rick Thaler. He began his career in construction as a house framer and quickly determined that indoor construction was a more preferable trade for upstate New York (particularly in the winter). After relocation to New Mexico, Rick worked in Trim Carpentry and soon started his own business with a focus on cabinetry and one-of-a-kind furniture. Moves within the industry eventually landed him in the role of estimator,project manager, general manager, and finally owner (of OGB).

Automation Success

OGB has been an early adopter of automation. From the adoption in the ‘70s of an automatic edge-bander and an industrial wide-belt sander to casework equipment and panel saws, automation was a focus. Under Rick’s leadership, the last decade has set the stage for differentiating OGB in its market place. CAD|CAM and other solutions were brought in to automate the shop floor. The project side of the business was automated using On Center Software’s On-Screen Takeoff®. A major factor in advancing the company was the identification of a way to perform the highest quality work at a fair market value. The burden of printing plans shifted from the architect to the contractors and costs in excess of $1,000 per month fell to OGB. Automating to digital plans and online quantity measurements allowed OGB to dramatically improve the accuracy, costs, and time associated with takeoff—delivering a quick and tangible return on investment. Automation improved the accuracy in takeoffs and managing the ongoing change requests that typically accompany financial, non-profit, corporate, government, healthcare, and retail projects. With a client base that provides greater than 50% repeat business, trust and quality are essential DNA components for OGB Architectural Millwork.

Detailed Church Project

In woodworking, there is a prominent element of art and creative expression. Construction opportunities that have these unique demands are where OGB excels and that is exhibited best in projects such as places of worship, museums, and cultural centers. At times, architectural designs present a construction challenge. It is often left to the contractor to figure a way to make it all happen within the constraints of a budget. OGB is known for its creative ways to sustain the intentions of the design. A good example of this is the Del Norte Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The ability to digitally build the concepts and designs that were in the head of the artisan is a very powerful way to deliver the most difficult projects on time and within budget. With the initial ideas and needs of the church being conceptual, OGB was able to confidently illustrate to the building committee their custom plan and the related cost (materials and labor) to arrive at the best outcome for everyone. From custom made floating clouds to linear paneling, the remodel was built in phases to allow rapid installation for minimal worship interruptions. Del Norte is a wonderful architectural and woodworking project.

Building Partnerships

While other contractors shy away from challenging projects, OGB is not afraid to tackle the most demanding requests. They have a track record of doing complex projects on-time and with the highest quality. OGB won the 2011 national AWI (Architectural Woodwork Institute) Award of Excellence for its work on the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum. The solutions provided by On Center Software and RSA Solutions have enabled OGB to know exactly where both the project and profitability stand. Just as OGB partners with customers to drive success and meet their needs, On Center Software and RSA Solutions partner with OGB to deliver quality solutions and comprehensive support and training for their employees.

OGB Project

Customer Profile

Project Profile

OGB Architectural Millwork
Del Norte Baptist Church
Project Location:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Corporate Headquarters:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Length of Project & Value:
8 months, $110,000
Project Scope:
Remodeling of Church Sanctuary
United States
On Center Software Solution:
On-Screen Takeoff ®
Number of Employees: