Ralph's Frame Works (High Point, NC) reports
significant savings and productivity gains after
implementing Plataine's NESTERwood software.
According to Tom Rice, Owner and President of
Ralph's Frame Works, the company has seen
consistent material savings of up to 20% since
it started using the NESTERwood software less
than two months ago. "We are extremely impressed
with how quickly we have been able to put
NESTERwood to work," says Rice. "We started
realizing the benefits in a matter of weeks. At
this rate, it will take only a few months for
the software to pay for itself."
NESTERwood enables upholstery manufacturers
to respond to market dynamics and remain viable
in an increasingly competitive global
environment, facing customer demands for
made-to-order products at competitive prices and
with shorter delivery times. NESTERwood's
Rolling Nest automatically optimizes the
placement of pieces from one or more orders on
multiple sheets of plywood, resulting in
material yields that are consistently higher
than any other solution. By generating efficient
tool paths, NESTERwood improves the productivity
of CNC routers.
"NESTERwood enables us to be more efficient
in the use of material as well as the
utilization of our machines," adds Rice. "It
makes us more competitive and helps us better
serve our customers."
"The furniture industry is continuing to face
challenges resulting from a slumping economy,
rising material costs, and intensifying overseas
competition," says Elery Pfeffer, Plataine's
President. "At the same time, there are still
many opportunities to improve productivity,
reduce costs, and accelerate deliver times.
Ralph's Frame Works provides an example of how
manufacturers can attain such improvements and
respond to these challenges."
More information about NESTERwood Optimizer
can be found at plataine.com/nesterwood.
About Ralph's Frame Works
Ralph's Frame Works produces frames for
high-end upholstery manufacturers who service
the residential, healthcare, and institutional
markets, specializing in plywood and exposed
finished hardwood frames. Founded in 1958 by
Ralph Rice, the company has 80 employees and a
60,000 sq feet facility located at the heart of
North Carolina's furniture manufacturing region.
Plataine is a leading provider of production
optimization solutions for manufacturers of
metal, wood, textile and composite-material
products. Plataine's production optimization
solutions enable manufacturers to be more
competitive by increasing material utilization,
improving productivity, and shortening
manufacturing cycles to ensure on-time delivery
of products to customers. Plataine's solutions
are used by hundreds of manufacturers worldwide,
including Bassett Furniture, Boeing, Century
Furniture, Drexel Heritage, Ethan Allen, Ford,
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