Author: RSA Solutions

RSA Solutions is now representing Allmoxy

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Solution for ramping up website commerce to address the challenges of social distancing

Lamar, MO. (March 18, 2020) – RSA Solutions is now representing Allmoxy, a fully customizable, cloud-based, e-commerce and e-manufacturing solution for manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and cabinet shops. Allmoxy subscribers can sell and manage their entire business online, using Allmoxy’s cloud-based 3D Web Designer, which is loaded with a subscriber company’s products and other buyout products. RSA states that Allmoxy is a contemporary MRP that includes supply chain optimization. It’s a low-cost ($250.00/month), alternative that allows unlimited users and is trigger-enabled. Allmoxy also includes CRM.

“With the new, ‘stay-at-home’ world we’re all being asked to consider, the need for being able to conduct business online has now become an urgent matter,” says Roger Shaw, RSA Solutions founder and CEO. “With Allmoxy, ‘Design to Sale’ is a reality with customers ‘self-completing’ transactions, just like they do at home with Amazon-type web sites.”

Shaw continues with, “All needed tasks, activities, materials, labor, accounting entries, and shipping instructions are completed, 100% online, with no actual personnel interface, helping companies avoid interruptions in doing business during these challenging times.”

“Our strength at Allmoxy is solving woodworking companies’ problems with a truly dynamic, cloud-based solution,” says Brady Lewis, Allmoxy founder. “Allmoxy lets you take orders, fulfill those orders and manage all of the steps in between online. With RSA’s excellent sales consultants and management team, we’ll now be able to better communicate all that we do to the market.”

RSA Solutions product range currently includes:

  • Allmoxy – a comprehensive, subscription-based e-commerce and e-manufacturing solution that’s fully customizable. Subscribers can start selling, manufacturing and distributing online now.
  • Production Coach – award winning software – the only solution that manages parts, assemblies, broken parts, shipping errors, provides user friendly assembly instructions. Extremely fast integrations – within days, not weeks or months!
  • Epicor ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software specifically designed for the woodworking industry
  • woodCAD|CAM – a world class, AutoCAD-based woodworking engineering and manufacturing software that allows users to engineer everything on one platform, including one-offs
  • Cut Rite – Panel Cutting Optimization
  • On-Screen Takeoff (OST) – Estimating Takeoff Solution
  • Alliance Millsoft – estimating process as “engineering for profit”

About RSA Solutions

RSA Solutions, Inc. is based in Lamar, MO, and has consultants located throughout North America who specialize in solving manufacturing problems with innovative software solutions that are based on each customer’s unique needs and process-specific challenges. RSA consultative services quickly help companies get on the path to more efficient and profitable manufacturing processes regardless of what they’re currently using for software and machinery. For more information go to www.rsasolutions.com or call 1-866-930-0772

Homestead Cabinet & Furniture Custom, Discovers how to reduce material and labor costs

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Homestead Cabinet & Furniture

Custom, High-end Cabinet Manufacturer discovers how to reduce material and labor costs using existing design/engineering software and equipment.

Homestead Cabinet & Furniture is a high-end custom cabinet shop located in Hyrum, Utah. Almost everything Homestead sells goes to prestigious interior designers. Homestead jobs are custom and almost every cabinet is different – they don’t produce the same cabinet over and over and over again

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Until last year, Homestead had ongoing challenges keeping everything organized on the production floor along with delivering orders to their dealers without any missing parts.

Homestead uses Microvellum software for cabinet design their manufacturing process uses CNC-based, nested CNC routers to cut out all of a specific job’s parts, nesting them in such a way that it kept all of the parts for a given cabinet near one another

Homestead’s cutout guys would spend a lot of time making sure the parts were organized cabinet by cabinet, and the edge banding guys would do the same thing, trying to keep them organized before passing them on to the assembly guys.

Because Homestead was using nesting for part and job organization vs for material optimization, they were using a lot more material than they actually needed to use. Homestead cutout and edge-banding guys were also spending a lot of extra time just keeping track of parts.

Despite all of their best attempts at staying organized during production, Homestead found that assembly staff still spent anywhere between 40 and 60% of their time just looking for stuff that was missing. They also had a lot of difficulty making sure that all of the products made it onto the right trailer. This caused issues with dealers regarding shipping.

In late 2018, early 2019, Homestead decided to add RSA Solution’s Production Coach software to see if it could improve their production and delivery processes. Here is what Homestead experienced, as told by Caleb Carpenter, a Homestead Cabinet & Furniture manager.

“I’m one of the managers at Homestead Cabinet & Furniture in Hyrum, Utah. My particular role in the company is that I focus on process and facility improvement, which is part of why Production Coach caught my eye in the first place. I first ran into it at a technology conference two years ago.

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We installed Production Coach a little under a year ago and one of the first things we did, is we added a sorting area into our process just ahead of assembly. Now, our cutout and edge-banding guys don’t care at all what order they do the parts, because it actually allows them to organize parts by type instead of by cabinet.

It also means that we can nest parts for material efficiency instead of for job organization and that’s actually saved us on an average job, somewhere between one and two sheets of material which adds up very fast.

The sorting area makes organizing and sorting all the parts really quick and easy. We now make sure that we never start building a cabinet until all the parts are accounted for, and on the rare occasion that parts are missing, it makes it much easier tracking them down because parts are tracked from station to station.

So, it’s easy to look up where a part was last and figure out where it is now. The time our guys spend looking for parts has dropped by over half.

Also, the use of packing lists in our shipping area has made our shipping much more reliable. All those conversations with dealers about things that hadn’t been shipped basically don’t happen anymore because we always have the paperwork, too. We have the system and we have the record of the part being scanned and loaded onto the truck. And, between these two things, particularly the sorting area before assembly and the use of packing lists and shipping, have made a huge difference for Homestead.

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Because we’re as complex as we are, we’ve ended up having to ask for a number of development requests from RSA Solutions and in particular, right off the bat, this was because of a particular quirk in how we use Microvellum.

RSA Solutions developed an entirely new feature within Production Coach to allow us to continue using Microvellum the way we always had been which fits the way we work.

Since we installed Production Coach, Homestead has had record-setting months of profitability.

Production Coach - 360 view of facrtory operation

Franklin Building Supply – Keeping Track of Parts

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Production Coach Case Study:
Franklin Building Supply Keeping Track of Parts

when some of them are outsourced and need 3rd party processing

Franklin Building Supply was founded in 1976 in Boise, ID and has 17 locations throughout Idaho and Nevada. Franklin is a vertically oriented company, supplying building materials as well as owning and operating two truss plants, a custom door plant along with several design centers, where it designs and manufactures cabinets and offers a number of residential, interior finish products. Franklin processes about 70,000 wood parts per day.

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Franklin Building Supply was looking for something that would help them keep track of parts, not from a sorting perspective, but rather from a finished part perspective. Franklin’s design business does a lot of panel processing and has a third party do all of the finishing of those parts in addition to doing the finishing on parts that they outsource.

Bryant Jones, General Manager of Franklin’s Cabinet Divisions says, “We move lots of custom parts. We send them out of our facility into another facility, getting them finished and then having them brought back to us, while some outsourced parts are shipped to that same finisher and then brought back to us at the same time so that we can assemble and ship.”

“We were struggling with getting all the parts that needed to be finished, along with the outsourced products that also needed to be finished, to our finishing vendor at the same time and then getting everything back here in time to go through final assembly. That struggle caused problems in our assembly process as well as out into our shipping process, where we prioritize an ‘OTIF’ (On time in Full Delivery) so that installation goes smoothly and customers are happy.”

Franklin found that installers were extremely frustrated because they didn’t have the completed products they needed to do their job and that missing parts was a problem that was creating chaos in their entire organization. They kept hiring extra people, trying – and failing – to manage the chaos, and so Jones and other managers were looking for something to help them. They were looking for a solution that would keep track of all the parts no matter where they originated or happened to be in the manufacturing process. Jones says they were looking for something that would tell them:

  • Did everything make it to our finishing vendor?
  • Did everything make it back, including outsourced parts like crown moulding and cabinet doors?
  • Was assembly completed?
  • Did everything make it on the truck?”

“No matter how many people we had working on this, we couldn’t seem to get it right. This was extremely challenging, especially considering that we were growing really fast as a company.”

Jones and Franklin Building Supply first heard about Production Coach at IWF Atlanta in 2016. They decided to try it out and so moved forward with integration in early 2017.

“Our focus on the initial install was that we just wanted to be able to have a list, scanning when we’re shipping parts out and receiving parts in, and then for loading the truck and making sure that everything shipped when it was supposed to. Within a couple days, it was actually quite impressive.”

Franklin was able to use its Cabinet Vision program to create the list and then use that same list in Production Coach on the front end. Jones says that, “It’s had a huge effect on our ability to really manage all of our parts, all the way down to fast caps and shelf pins – and every item you can imagine – we have figured out how to get all of the parts we use on that list and itemize them as well. It’s had a huge impact on our financial success and our team environment – now everyone knows what to do, when to do it and how to do it. Today, when you look at our system, it’s a rarity that we don’t ship a cabinet job in full.”

Franklin has also seen a tremendous improvement in lead times. Before Production Coach was integrated, Jones says that, “We were running lead times that were eight ten twelve weeks out and then still struggling to have them complete.” After Production Coach was installed, and Franklin experienced such great part-tracking success, they decided to onboard the Calendar feature in Production Coach. “We’ve been able to define capacity and say, here’s the process and this is what everybody should be doing. Today, we’ve got three-week lead times that we can hit with no problem, even at a much higher production volume than when we first started with this software.”

Jones says that Production Coach has not only improved OTIF and shortened lead times, but it’s also allowed Franklin to downsize their production staff while increasing productivity by about 20%. “We were running up to two shifts and 16 hours a day,” says Jones. “In the last 12 months, we’ve been able to shrink that down to eight hours a day and with 20 less people than we had before. And, we’ve done that while growing our business by over 20%.”

Jones ends with, “The effects that integrating Production Coach have had on our organization, on lead times and on the overall picture… there’s no way we could have done that without it. I mean it, Production Coach has had a really huge effect on our business.”

Production Coach - 360 view of facrtory operation

Tax Rule 179

Also, it my be the last thing you would want to think about, especially this year. But now is the time to take advantage of year-end tax strategies. Purchasing new software/equipment for your business, or adding new licenses, could be a smart, year-end tax move.

Taking the advantage now, could benefit your company in the coming years.

For 2020

Deduction Limit = $1,040,000.00

This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. To take the deduction for tax year 2020, the equipment must be financed or purchased and put into service between January 1, 2020 and the end of the day on December 31, 2020.

Spending Cap on equipment purchase = $2,590,000.00

This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar for dollar basis. This spending cap makes Section 179 a true “small business tax incentive” (because larger businesses that spend more than $3,630,000 on equipment won’t get the deduction.)

Bonus Depreciation: 100% for 2020

Bonus Depreciation is generally taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. The Bonus Depreciation is available for both new and used equipment.

For more information about Tax Rule 179. Always consult your tax accountant for your individual business needs.

Epicor = Complete Business Oversight


Webcast Featuring Alliance Millsoft and Epicor


During our lasted educational webcast you will learn: once a bid is won and the data is generated from the estimate (Alliance Millsoft) is accessed by Epicor. The data is shown coming out of Alliance Millsoft and you will see how much the data can be leveraged by Epicor (you will see, scheduling, materials management, CRM, and accounting.)

Production Coach Streamlines Lutz Woodworks’ Workflow

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Production Coach Streamlines Lutz Woodworks’ Workflow

Implementing software with a Smart labeling system helps architectural woodworker sort out parts jumble.

Lutz Woodworks of Wylie, TX, is reaping multiple rewards from its investment in Production Coach, an IWF 2018 Challengers Award-winning production management software from RSA Solutions.

Within the first couple of weeks of implementing Production Coach and using its Smart labeling system, Greg Lutz, president of Lutz Woodworks, says he saw noticeable gains in operational efficiency from component manufacturing and assembly through shipping and job-site installation. Those improvements became even more pronounced in the weeks and months that followed.

“I’d say products are moving 30 percent quicker through the shop because of Production Coach’s ability to organize our part production,” Lutz says. “We actually have one less employee in the shop than when we implemented Production Coach. After he left, we did not replace him and we’re still building quicker.”

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Lutz Woodworks’ focus is manufacturing laminate case goods primarily for schools, healthcare facilities and other institutional clients. The company employs about 30 people including product designers, shop personnel and installers. Sales surpassed $3 million in 2018.

Lutz is an active member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI). In addition to being the reigning president of the Texas Chapter of AWI, he served several years on the national AWI Board of Directors, including as president in 2016.

During a Texas Chapter meeting dinner last year, Lutz broke bread and talked shop with Roger Shaw of RSA. Asked by Shaw to identify his biggest production pain, Lutz pointed to the tedious and time-consuming task of sifting through stacks of parts to locate all of the ones needed to assemble a cabinet

“Roger told me about Production Coach and how it could solve our sorting problems and improve our flow,” Lutz recalls. “We met again later to discuss Production Coach in more detail. He showed me how one software that’s very user friendly can manage all of our product operations with the software we’re already using.”

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Example Lutz Woodworks Before Production Coach Parts Stacks
Example Lutz Woodworks Before Production Coach Parts Items Stacked
Example Lutz Woodworks Before Production Coach

Before Production Coach parts were flat stacked mostly by part function. Then these parts would be sorted via reading the labels which tells what box they belong to. However my team knew what part they were looking for so they would select any part that matched what they needed. Hencee the integrity of the labels per part became flawed. Often parts from for two articles would be used in obe article. Hence when it came to labeling and shipping the accuacy would depend on what label was selected to ID the box.

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Lutz Before Production Coach Cabinet Parts Stacked

Even with good labeling we deployed the marker method to reflect what the label stated on the part on the edge. This enabled us to sort with less movement of parts.

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Parts Flat Stacked Before Production Coach

Stacking and sorting into mini stacks leaning up against things was typical before Production Coach

The amount of time and space to manage the parts was taking many movements of the parts and was error prone because you could short cut the system by saving “Search Time” simply by selectig a part that was not assigned to the box/elevation but assembled fine.

PRODUCTION COACH AT WORK

Lutz Woodworks’ engineering department uses Microvellum software to design projects and generate machine code for parts production.

“The hand off of data from Microvellum to Production Coach is extremely easy and seamless,” Lutz says. “We might have seven parts for one cabinet and the next cabinet has nine parts. Production Coach knows how many upper and lower cabinets are in each job and which parts are required for each cabinet because its in-synch with our CAD/CAM software on the front end. From the data dump, Production Coach knows exactly the dimensions of each cabinet part, which edges get banded and with what color, and where holes need to be drilled and dowels inserted.”

Production Coach captures that and other pertinent production information in a Smart bar code label that is printed and affixed to each part after it is either cut-to-size on an SCM panel saw or nested on a Komo CNC router.

“The labeled parts are laid flat and stacked like a ream of paper on a cart,” Lutz says. “Then the cart is rolled over to our Biesse edgebander. The operator scans the label and a schematic of the part is displayed on a 42-inch monitor (one of eight positioned throughout the plant). He can see which edges need to be banded and what color of edgebanding is required for that part.”

Next, the stacks of edgebanded parts are moved to a Biesse drill and dowel insertion machine. The operator scans a part’s bar code, which automatically configures the required drill pattern, including placement of dowels. Once again, each part is stacked one on top of the other.

Up to this stage, Lutz says it doesn’t matter which part belongs to which cabinet. But that soon becomes a critical factor when the stacks of fully machined parts are carted to the assembly department. This is where Production Coach, in conjunction with double-decked carts built by Lutz Woodworks, creates order from chaos. The carts have two rows of eight vertical bins, each designated to hold all of the wood components required to construct a specific cabinet.

“Before we implemented Production Coach, our guys had to sort through all of the left sides, right sides, bottoms and tops that were all stacked like a shuffled deck of cards.” Lutz says. “It would take someone a long time to go through the stacks and find all of the parts needed to assemble a cabinet.

After Production Coach Parts Sorted for easy assembly
Lutz after production coach sorting carts for assembly

Using Production Coach we reduced the sorting labor requiremeents by over 70%. No markers. No miss used parts. And our team set up a quality control system that captures damaged parts and gets them fixed before any article is started in assembly. Each part is scanned and the monitor shows what slot the part is assigned to. We can dazzy chain the rolling slot fixtures and Production Coach manages where every fixture and slot is in the production process.

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Lutz after production coach label on item ready to ship

Shipping correctly with no leave behinds was a challenge. We now have 100% accuacy and Production Coach generats shipping reports as well as delivery reports that are time stamped. We no longer have lengthy discussions at the job site focused on what we said was delivered and what they say was delivered. We no longer build (FREE) boxes that simply get lost at the contruction site. We have proof of when the products were deliverd and we can track installation. We are taking advantage of GPS system that enable us to be aware of the location of our trucks. This data is archved

We double label our articles. One on the box back and one on the shrink wrap. This way we do not need to scan through the wrap and the article does not loose its identity of where its final resting point will be.

The system will not let you place a box that is not supposed to be included in a loading work order. Also it tacks exactly what is on the trailer and what is needed to complete the WO or back ordered. This data can be linked to accounting systems to expedite the accounts recievable process.

ROI: I do not know exactly when the system paid for itself but I know that after 7 months I got my full investment back and am looking for more technology to deploy with Production Coach. Our next process will be the google calendar scheduling system that automatically loads my work cells.

We also have graphical presentations of one offs where the craftsmen can scan the part and see exactly where that part is to be used in the assembly. The same screen shows all of the parts list and hardware requirements. Those costly trips from the production floor to engineering have been reduced to almost zero and my shop is very close to paperless.

“Now we go through a cart of stacked parts as fast as we can scan and transfer them to the vertical bins. The first part he scans might be for cart 1, bin 7, followed by cart 1, bin 9 and so on. If the cart isn’t big enough to hold all of the cabinets for the job, Production Coach knows we need more carts and tells us which carts are empty and available. When all of the pieces for a cabinet have been put in their slot, that bin turns green on the monitor. When all of the bins turn green, we know we have all of the parts for the job.”

An assembler removes all of the parts from a bin, constructs the cabinet and places it in a case clamp. “When it comes out of the case clamp, he scans any label on that box and it does two things. First, it clears that bin in the cart because it knows those parts have been assembled. When all of the slots have been cleared, Production Coach knows that cart is empty and ready to be used again. Second, it prints a new label for the assembled cabinet that has the job name and number.

“Even before a cabinet is assembled, the same flow is going on for doors and drawers,” Lutz continues. Production Coach let’s the assembler know that the doors and drawers are ready so that we don’t have a bunch of assembled cabinet boxes sitting around unfinished. Once a cabinet is completely assembled, we protect it in shrink wrap and attach a new bar code on the outside.

Before implementing Production Coach, an employee would have to physically check off each cabinet on a notepad that typically numbered multiple pages before it was loaded onto a truck for delivery to the jobsite. “We might have five different runs of cabinets being loaded into a semi-trailer. Instead of a guy with a checklist, we now have a guy with a scanner. As a cabinet is rolled to the truck, he scans the bar code and Production Coach knows that particular cabinet was loaded on this truck on this day and time. It’s not only a tremendous time-saver, but it also is very accurate and eliminates the chance for human error.”

When the cabinets reach the jobsite, the bar codes are scanned to verify their arrival.

‘SUPER PROUD’PRODUCTION COACH USER

At the International Woodworking in Atlanta last August, RSA Solutions won a Challengers Award for Production Coach. The award recognized the software as an innovative technology that will advance the industry.

“I bought the software right before IWF last year. When I heard that RSA won the Challengers Award, it made me very excited and confirmed why I bought Production Coach. I was super proud to know that my gut was right.”

“Roger Shaw and his group made it easy to be a customer,” Lutz adds. “From the initial low-pressure dinner where we discussed Production Coach through our on-location training. He let us kind of set the bar on the pace we wanted to move at, but they were there. At the end of the day, I would have to say that Production Coach was probably the quickest and easiest software that I have ever attempted to implement.”

Production Coach gets its data dump from Microvellum. “The process from Microvellum to Production Coach is extremely easy. As we move to the beam saw and the nested router to start our cutting process, we do real-time label printing as the parts are cut. We use the bar code label so we know how to edgeband the part, how the bores are done, etc.”

Production Coach manages that. When we scan a part it tells us what cabinet it is for, what run of cabinets it is for because jobs have multiple cabinet runs. Run 1 might be 20 cabinets and run 2 might be another 30 cabinets and run be another 30 cabinets. Production Coach knows where each part goes in a specific slot.

Greg Lutz incorporated Lutz Woodworks of Wylie, TX, in 1994


Lutz’s Production Coach Factory Tour


Lutz Woodworks Production Coach Factory Video

Epicor ERP is now available

RSA Solutions Partners with Cre8tive Technology &
Design for a Woodworking ERP Solution

Lamar, MO. (Apr. 2, 2019) – RSA Solutions is now offering Epicor ERP as the result of its new partnership with Cre8tive Technology & Design, a Platinum Epicor technology solution provider. Epicor ERP is specifically designed for the woodworking manufacturing industry, for connecting and utilizing the fundamental digital technologies deployed to nest, optimize, and label.

“We are really excited about our partnership with Cre8tive,” says Roger Shaw, RSA Solutions chairman and founder. “Through them, we’re now able to offer Epicor ERP, an ERP solution that’s specifically designed for the woodworking industry.” Shaw adds, “There is nothing else out there for our industry which can do what this can: with Epicor ERP, data from Cabinet Vision, Microvellum, woodCAD|CAM, Inventor, and Solid Works is used versus being replicated.”

RSA will preview Epicor ERP, at its April 4 webinar, “Estimating: Develop data for Pricing and Leverage the data into MRP, ERP, Engineering.” Contact RSA to register for this free event.

About Cre8tive Technology & Design

For over 10 years, Cre8tive Technology & Design has partnered with manufacturing companies to help streamline their operations and meet strict operational and industry compliance requirements. Cre8tive is a Platinum Epicor technology solution provider with industry-specific, manufacturing ERP software that assists companies to become more flexible and lean.


About RSA Solutions

RSA Solutions, Inc. is based in Lamar, MO, and has consultants located throughout North America who specialize in solving manufacturing problems with innovative software solutions that are based on each customer’s unique needs and process-specific challenges. RSA consultative services quickly help companies get on the path to more efficient and profitable manufacturing processes regardless of what they’re currently using for software and machinery. For more information go to www.rsasolutions.com or call 1-866-930-0772.

How Better Software Helped Custom Woodworker Reduce Turn-Around Times

How Better Software Helped Custom Woodworker Reduce Turn-Around Times

OGB Architectural Millwork Inc. (OGB) is a progressive, full-service custom manufacturer based in Albuquerque, NM. Backed by 80 employees and an impressive array of automated woodworking equipment, OGB is big enough to successfully complete multi-million-dollar projects while also being sufficiently nimble to take on smaller, fast-track jobs.

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OGB’s long and diverse resume includes bank lobbies, corporate conference tables, architectural ceilings, casework for hospitals and medical offices, retail store fixtures, museum displays and high-end residential installs. Much of OGB’s handiwork involves producing curvilinear parts and architectural details. Projects mix and match solid wood, veneers, thermally-fused laminate, high-pressure laminate, acrylic, and solid surface materials.

Keeping such a wide and diverse assortment of projects on schedule is a constant challenge for OGB’s project management and production teams. OGB not only met this challenge but significantly improved its entire design-to-manufacturing process by investing in new software.

Up until two years ago, OGB was a Microvellum Software customer. Oscar Olivas, Lead Programming Engineer for OGB, said the company began actively looking to upgrade from Microvellum version 6/7 to version 7. “Then we started to hear good things about iX 2019.”

Since then, iX 2019 has become OGB’s secret weapon. It’s a robust, all-encompassing software that not only speeds and enhances the process of project and product design, but also makes it a breeze to edit on the fly. iX 2019 then instantly translates final designs into machine code to facilitate seamless production of parts.

Olivas stated, “We researched both programs and the more we looked, the more intrigued we were by the way iX 2019 operates. Microvellum requires using a lot of formulas; iX 2019 does not. We saw that as a huge advantage.”

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Scott Devizio, who also works in OGB’s design and engineering department, elaborated on Olivas’ comments about what made iX 2019worth a closer look. “For example, to insert a lock in a door using Microvevllum we needed to write a formula to place the hole. With iX 2019, we simply draw a hole where we want it. It does the calculations in the background without the programmer having to think about it.”

Even with this and other potential advantages of iX 2019 in mind, Olivas and Devizio each said that upgrading to the next generation of Mircrovellum would probably have made more sense in the short run because of their working familiarity with the software. But, in the long term, based on past experience, they also realized that teaching new members of their growing department to use Microvellum would not be easy.

Ultimately, OGB decided to bank its future fortunes on iX 2019 and the pledge of personalized support from RSA Solutions.

“Once we got used to it, it’s actually pretty easy,” Olivas said. “The learning curve was just understanding how iX 2019 does things differently than Microvellum.”

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Devizio said it quickly became apparent that the decision to switch software programs was a good one. “iX 2019allows us greater freedom for customization and it’s a lot easier to edit designs,” Devizio said. “You can draw an entire room with six or seven cabinets in it. If you want to make changes to the color, shelving or hardware placement of one cabinet, it’s much easier to do with iX 2019. Microvellum did not allow us to easily isolate a single box in a run of cabinets, whereas iX 2019 lets us change any box property in any run, giving us a lot more control of the release of a product’s part requirements to the shop floor.”

Devizio added that iX 2019 has also proven to be a superior solution for radius walls and other more complex geometries. “I would say that it is easily at least twice as fast to design these products using iX 2019,” Devizio said. “Some of the work we do is so custom that I don’t even know how I would have done them with Microvellum.”

To illustrate his point, Devizio pointed to the buffet line and other casework that OGB designed, manufactured and installed for the La Posada student dining hall at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. “iX 2019 was able to handle the complex shapes of the walls,” he said. “This project took me a month to design. I would not have been able to design this in Microvellum. I would have had to draw in AutoCAD lines and extrude the parts and manually nest the parts.”


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Additionally, OGB has found that it is easier to train new hires to become productive members of the programming team. “iX 2019 is a lot more user-friendly as you do not need to know how the background formulas work,” Olivas said. “Once the products and variables are set up, it does not take long for a new employee to learn how to insert items and manipulate the product designs.”

“We have one new hire who didn’t even know AutoCAD when he started here,” Devizio said. “After six months of using iX 2019, we felt comfortable to give him a simple room to design for release to production. If we were still using Microvellum, I don’t think he would be as far along as he is.”

In the final analysis, Olivas and Devizio said switching to iX 2019 has helped OGB maximize its CNC production capabilities, including several new CNC machines from Stiles Machinery. The powerful combination of time-saving, intelligent software and more productive advanced technology has helped OGB achieve back-to-back years of high-double-digit sales growth without having to expand the manufacturing footprint within its 28,000-square-foot facility.

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In a nutshell, Devizio said, “The biggest advantage of iX 2019> is much quicker turn-around. And, as far as our ability to produce one-off products, it’s like night and day between Microvellum and iX 2019.”

2018 FOREFRONT Conference for woodCAD|CAM, Cut Rite, Wood Wop

2nd annual event on the future of woodworking software – Atlanta, Oct. 15-18, 2018

Lamar, MO. (Sept. 6, 2018) – Registration is now open for FOREFRONT, RSA Solutions’ 2nd Annual woodCAD|CAM, Cut Rite and Wood Wop users conference which will be held in Atlanta, GA, October 15 through 18, 2018. The 2018 conference has a longer, more interactive, three-day schedule which includes additional time for networking, workshop classes, panel discussions and breakout sessions. Featured software this year includes woodCAD|CAM, Cut Rite and Wood Wop.

“The Forefront Users Conference is a great opportunity to learn from, and interact with, the developers and owners of the leading woodworking production software in the industry,” says Roger Shaw, RSA Solutions chairman and founder. “Now is the time to take inventory of digital efficiencies and build a successful strategy using new and emerging technology.”

FOREFRONT 2018 will be held at the Hilton Atlanta, 255 Cortland Street, Atlanta, GA from October 15-18, 2018. Networking events include lunches and offsite dinners at Polaris, an iconic rotating restaurant; Almafi Ristorante & Red Phone Booth Speakeasy; and a visit to the College Football Hall of Fame Museum. Registration is now open.


About RSA Solutions

RSA Solutions, Inc. is based in Lamar, MO, and has consultants located throughout North America who specialize in solving manufacturing problems with innovative software solutions that are based on each customer’s unique needs and process-specific challenges. RSA consultative services quickly help companies get on the path to more efficient and profitable manufacturing processes regardless of what they’re currently using for software and machinery. For more information go to www.rsasolutions.com or call 1-866-930-0772.

Production Coach Manufacturing
Software Wins Major Award

2018 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® for Most Innovative Software

Lamar, MO. (Aug. 29, 2018) – RSA Solutions’ Production Coach manufacturing software has just won the 2018 Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® for Most Innovative Software at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, GA. Production Coach provides a wholistic, 360-degree view of a manufacturing factory, from CAD/CAM importing, through planning, sorting, tracking, automated machine feedback, part alerts, visualization, kitting and shipping – all in real time and without the need for physical files. RSA Solutions says that successful deployment can be accomplished in days, versus much more common manufacturing software deployment times of several weeks or months. An animated video demonstration of Production Coach can be seen here.


Production Coach Manufacturing Software Wins Major Award


“A great win for us and Production Coach, especially because there was record-setting attendance at the show,” says Roger Shaw, RSA Solutions chairman and founder. “Production Coach allows manufacturers to make better decisions with their data. And, because it’s modular in nature, you can do as little or as much as you want with it.” Shaw ends with, “What makes this award so exciting is that now manufacturers will be more aware of a software solution that connects both office and factory to real-time data, making their entire manufacturing process interconnected and highly efficient.”

The IWF Challengers Distinguished Achievement Award® has become known throughout the world for recognizing outstanding companies who have distinguished themselves by developing innovative technology in products, services, or manufacturing techniques.


About RSA Solutions

RSA Solutions, Inc. is based in Lamar, MO, and has consultants located throughout North America who specialize in solving manufacturing problems with innovative software solutions that are based on each customer’s unique needs and process-specific challenges. RSA consultative services quickly help companies get on the path to more efficient and profitable manufacturing processes regardless of what they’re currently using for software and machinery. For more information go to www.rsasolutions.com or call 1-866-930-0772.

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Production Coach Challenger’s Award Finalist (Sneak Peek)


Production Coach Webcast - Production Management Software


Production Coach will help you streamline your manufacturing process. Get a jump on your competition and see this 2018 IWF Challenger Award finalist – before the show – at our one hour online presentation!

Using Production Coach will provide you with:

  • 100% accurate shipments.
  • Reduced part handling.
  • Increased throughput.
  • Paperless manufacturing via DropBox integration.
  • Real-time business intelligence dashboard.
  • Finite planning/scheduling via Google Calendar.
  • Track work orders through production and in the field.
  • Damaged part management.
  • 3D assembly visualization and instructions.