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RSA Solutions Announces Roger D. Shaw’s Retirement

Lamar, MO. (August 16, 2021) – RSA Solutions, Inc. announces the retirement of industry icon, Roger D. Shaw. “Roger has served this industry these last three decades and his fingerprints remain on many current software solutions”, said current CEO and owner of RSA Solutions Shawn Maberry.

Shawn Maberry went on to say, “Roger’s efforts along with others helped move the woodworking industry forward from a software automation perspective. In addition, he has been a 20-year friend and mentor to me, of which I count as a blessing and believe it will enable me to guide RSA Solutions, Inc. forward with a strong commitment to customer success.”

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

RSA Solutions is now representing Allmoxy

Allmoxy Logo ECommerce Solution

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!
  • On-Screen Takeoff (OST) – Estimating Takeoff Solution

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

homestead finished kitchen

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.

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.”

Example Lutz Woodworks Before Production Coach Projects Stacks
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.

Parts Stacked From Production
Lutz Before Production Coach Sharpie Method
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.

Lutz after Production Coach Shipping
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

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.

Production Coach – A Manufacturing Execution System (MES)


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Watch this very informative educational webcast featuring Production Coach. Production Coach is an MES system which keeps track of all manufacturing information in real time, receiving up-to-the-minute data from robots, machine monitors and employees.

Production Coach is a 360 degree view of your factory’s operations. Production Coach increases communications, reduces paperwork, and improves production efficiency.

Production Coach ~ Introductory Webcast


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Watch this very informative introduction of Production Coach the newest benchmark in woodworking production management software.

Production Coach uses project data information from outside design software, woodCAD|CAM, Cabinet Vision, Microvellum or spreadsheets. To enable you to track production status through your entire factory.

Instantly see detailed information about the product to be assembled such as parts and their position in the assembly as well as the hardware required to complete assembly.

Enable shop personnel to report damaged parts immediately and auto-generate alerts to decision makers. Production Coach gives the ability to generate kits of hardware or loose items on the fly and generate a shipping sticker to ensure that everything is prepared for shipment.

To find out more about Production Coach

Takeoff and Bid Estimating

Dovetailing Takeoff and Profitability on center software and RSA Solutions join forces to give the woodworking industry comprehensive solutions for quantity takeoff and bid estimating

According to Shawn Maberry, CEO, RSA Solutions (Lamar, Missouri), software solutions that ‘think’ like the woodworking industry are essential to custom work prevalent in this trade. Custom woodworking automation often drives the entire manufacturing process including estimation, design, engineering, manufacturing, and CNC machine tools right through scheduling and tracking. This is why the integration between On-Screen Takeoff® and engineering & design software provides such value

Automation for Woodworking

The construction industry is well populated by software that meets only a portion of the user’s workflow needs. This couldn’t be more true than in the woodworking industry. RSA Solutions prides itself on the strong relationships it has established within the woodworking industry. RSA Solutions extended that commitment by seeking out automation solutions specific for the woodworking trade. These solutions address the unique aspects of woodworking software including cabinet, cabinetry, kitchen, cutlisting, design, CNC, carving, engraving,nesting, g-code, field verification, and fi eld dimensions. Additionally, RSA Solutions carried that commitment over into the automation of business management, takeoff, and estimating. “We recognized early that RSA Solutions needed to provide solutions that helped our customers win projects and that meant finding the best quantity takeoff solution for woodworking available,” says Maberry. Woodworking software must focus on a contractor’s specific business needs and not the latest technological buzz. The workflow of automation must square nicely with the workflow of woodworking professionals. Takeoff automation must be intuitive to the user’s day-to-day processes. While most solutions only meet about 70-80% of the trades’ workflow needs, On-Screen Takeoff allows companies to leverage the last 20-30% of their investment because it is a solution that thinks like a contractor.

The ability to accurately and rapidly perform takeoffs for custom work saves time, improves accuracy, and reduces the risks of exceeding budget. The woodworking estimator becomes more efficient and effective when the integration is taken to the next level by incorporating digital takeoff and addendum updates into the estimating process. The ability to recognize last minute change requests and prepare additions and deletions on the plans for inclusion into the estimating process ensures a bid proposal that will be profitable for the woodworking company and generate satisfied customers.

Profitability for Woodworking

The integration of On-Screen Takeoff with other solutions from RSA Solutions has been generally available since 2009. Maberry characterizes customer feedback as extremely positive. It is often noted by customers that a solution provider whose focus is on the woodworking industry makes them feel confident in their step toward automation. In fact, some have said that with On-Screen Takeoff from RSA Solutions, they went from the stone-age to the technology-age literally saving them thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of work—giving estimators back over 50% of their time to process net
new projects.

Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork, www.timberlineusa.net (Manhattan,Kansas), is a custom woodworking company. Kent Swinson, Co-Owner, likes the following about the programs:

  • The ability to submit a bid given either a rough scope of work or one that is detailed out
  • The ease of mapping woodworking condition quantities to the correct estimate items
  • The overlay capability to identify changes before construction begins
  • The ability to share information across the complete offering from RSA Solutions

The integration between On-Screen Takeoff and other RSA solutions allows users to see the changes and update the estimate with those changes. For estimators, this means submitting an
accurate and up-to-date estimate every time.

EAngelo Castelli, Vice-President at On Center Software (The Woodlands, Texas), notes that the changing nature of today’s construction market has placed enormous pressure on contractors and
the typical business model. Forced to dig deeper and work harder to find the right jobs to bid, the last thing a contractor should worry about is how well their automation solutions match their
trade specific needs throughout the process.

Dovetailing Takeoff and Profitability

Partnership

As a technology provider, On Center Software has a responsibility to the contractor to ensure technology is not simply another business tool, but rather a differentiator in the new world of construction. In many ways, this responsibility goes well beyond simply providing a core set of products and top-notch service and support. It also encompasses the way in which such products interact with other disciplines within a company.

“We take pride in our ability to partner with a leading woodworking automation provider, RSA Solutions. Working together we deliver seamless integration,” indicates Castelli. On Center Software and RSA Solutions are committed to quality that encompasses the integration of solutions, customer support, and training into a customer’s full lifecycle experience. The success of our customers is the very business of On Center Software and its partners.

Customer Enablement

On Center Software believes training directly impacts the bottom line of customers and as a result has worked with partners to develop a matrix approach to training. It is essential that when customers invest in solutions there is a way to immediately make each and every employee productive. On Center Software and RSA Solutions provide multiple delivery models for easy learning of the curriculum.

  • Stage 1 is Self-Guided videos and self-help guides completed at the trainees own pace
  • Stage 2 is Instructor-Led group webinars with attendees from multiple companies covering focused topics
  • Stage 3 is One-on-One webinar sessions covering content specific to the trainees needs
  • Stage 4 is Instructor-Led In-Person training with attendees from multiple companies covering in-depth preset agenda
  • Stage 5 is Customized content where one or more persons from the same company receive software training unique to their job or trade specific needs

Customers typically leverage only 30-40% of software’s performance abilities. Training eliminates the hidden waste by getting more from takeoff and estimating solutions. On Center Software and RSA Solutions work alongside customers to turn accurate quantity takeoffs into winning bids and profitable
projects.

Case Study – Timberline Millwork & OnScreen Takeoff For Woodworking

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Founded 13 years ago by Kent Swinson and Tim White, Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork (TCM) sought to be the number one provider of custom woodworking in the greater Manhattan, Kansas area. While the company first opened their doors in an old Greyhound bus terminal, they have steadily grown the business. A major factor in advancing the company was identifying a way to perform the highest quality work at a fair market value. Automating elements of the woodworking process such as quantity takeoff and estimating allows TCM to accurately and timely manage the ongoing change requests that typically accompany projects such as high-end residential and commercial health care facility. With a client base that provides 75% repeat business,trust and quality are essential DNA components for Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork.

Medical Projects

In woodworking, Healthcare projects tend to be those that have very precise expectations and scopes of work. With the Tindall Orthodontics project, TCM was contacted by the owner to provide a bid based upon a rough set of plans that were being prepared. The Tindall’s owner wanted to find a partner for the construction process. He knew what he wanted, at least in his minds-eye, but needed a woodworking fi rm that he could trust to deliver within budget and on time. TCM reviewed the plans and recognized that the project was exactly the type in which TCM would excel. The project was ornate to say the least for a doctor’s office—in fact, it could be said that this is the most exquisite ‘home’ TCM has done to date.

Bypassing Challenges

There were woodworking challenges throughout the project—angles and curves were found on almost every piece of custom work. Tindall Orthodontics was intimately involved in the project every step of the way. Because of the automation components used across the project, TCM was able to provide exactly what the customer wanted. During the design phase, TCM was able to provide costing scenarios as each suggestion or change order was presented. This could not have been done without takeoff and estimating technology. The resulting time savings allowed TCM to leverage other automation engineering & design software for the design and production and the laser templates from RSA Solutions and CNC automation.
TCM’s unique value proposition is its ability to sit with customers to understand their desire, draft out the detail, create a plan, budget and timeframe that meets all of the clients’ expectations. Keys to the success of TCM’s projects include continual communication, ability to respond to changes on the fly, and high quality work.

Technology Success

The solutions provided by On Center Software and RSA Solutions have enabled TCM to quadruple the amount of work they are able to deliver without sacrificing quality. Just as TCM partners with its customers to drive success and meet their needs, On Center Software and RSA Solutions partners with TCM to deliver quality solutions and comprehensive support and training for their solutions.

On Center Software, Inc., is a privately held company providing software and training to construction industry professionals for over 24 years. Located in The Woodlands, Texas, the company’s mission is to transform the estimating, takeoff, and labor-tracking experience with comprehensive software solutions that turn winning bids into profitable projects. On Center Software solutions include OnScreen Takeoff ®, Quick Bid, and Digital Production Control™. Customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, and 60 other countries around the world leverage On Center Software’s internationally recognized solutions.

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Customer Profile

Project Profile

Company:
Timberline Cabinetry & Millwork
Project:
Tindall Orthodontics
Industry:
Woodworking
Project Location:
Manhattan, Kansas
Corporate Headquarters:
Manhattan, Kansas
Length of Project:
2 Months
Website:
www.timberlineusa.net
Project Value:
$200,000
Country:
United States
On Center Software Solution:
On-Screen Takeoff ®
   

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


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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

Company:
OGB Architectural Millwork
Project:
Del Norte Baptist Church
Industry:
Woodworking
Project Location:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Corporate Headquarters:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Length of Project & Value:
8 months, $110,000
Website:
www.ogb-am.com
Project Scope:
Remodeling of Church Sanctuary
Country:
United States
On Center Software Solution:
On-Screen Takeoff ®
Number of Employees:
78
 

Webinar: New Feature Release OnScreen Takeoff & Quick Bid


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In this informative session, you will see a live demonstration of how On Screen Take Off can save you thousands of dollars in plan related expenses and tremendously improve the speed of your takeoff and estimating process. Plus you will see new release features available now in OnScreen Takeoff and QuickBid.

New Release features in On Screen Take Off and Quick Bid Software

  1. Both are Windows 10 Compatible
  2. On Screen Takeoff allows you to Copy / Paste the zones & back outs
  3. Quick Bid ~ E-Quote added functionality
    • Multi Select certain individual items to cheery pick items the ones for your price
    • Over ride the prices manually if you need to vs what you receive from the supplier and track them in your quote.
  4. Digital Production Controls
    • Select multiple costs & percent them all at the same time, which helps increases effectiveness in the field.
  5. Material E-Quotes ~ More Control

RSA Exhibiting at the 2015 Cabinet & Closets EXPO

Roger Shaw and Associates Exhibiting at the 2015 Cabinet & Closet’s EXPO
Lamar, Missouri, January 16, 2015 ~ Roger Shaw & Associates, Inc. are very excited to announce that they will be exhibiting in booth #423 at the 2015 Cabinet & Closets Expo. This year the event will be held at the Renaissance Convention Center, Schaumburg, Illinois. Roger Shaw & Associates latest technology suite of products will be demonstrated. Our experts will be available to advise your company to your “next-level” of cost savings and success!

About the Cabinets & Closets EXPO: Cabinet Closet 2015 Expo Logo
After a very successful show in New Jersey, last spring the Cabinets & Closets EXPO expect a “packed house” as the show moves to the Chicagoland area in 2015. The three-day event has a full day of educational conferences schedule for the attendees on Tuesday, followed by exhibits being on Wednesday & Thursday.

April 14th Conference ScheduleApril 15th & 16th EXPO Schedule

OnScreen Takeoff – Estimating and Bidding Software


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This recorded webcast featuring OnScreen Takeoff by OnCenter Software. OnScreen Takeoff estimating and bidding software allows you to move from manual printed plans, scales and markers and moves to the digital era were we can, onscreen and on your computer, work electronically. To be able to mark up, count and calculate all the conditions that might be in a project.

One of the great features of OnScreen Takeoff that our customers tell once they get use to the technology, they are able to bid about 3 times the amount of work than they did previously. That is a important feature, its very common to be many bids for each job thats awarded. So when we are spending 90% of our time working on projects we are not going to get, we want to make sure we are as efficient as possible.

OnScreen also has a great feature in allowing you to view very precisely what it is you have taken-off. This is not only great for being able to share downstream with engineering of the job if awarded it makes it very plan and visible to the person doing takeoff if indeed they’ve counted correctly all of the items they need to for a project.

Another great feature of OnScreen Takeoff is the ability to communicate the output to other systems. In today’s webcast will take a look at couple of methods of taking condition count calculations and being able to push those into some form of any estimation tool, whether those are spread-sheets, or programs OnScreen makes it very easy to being able to communicate.

OnScreen Takeoff can be utilized across a vast number of construction related industries. Find out more about OnScreen Takeoff