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Stimulus Package - New Tax Incentives for CNC Router Purchases

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 19, 2009

Tags: CNC, Stimulus, Incentive, Tax

The Economic Stimulus Package signed into law on February 17th, returns the tax incentives on new equipment acquisitions back to the same levels that were in place last year. The Section 179 write-off is back up to $250,000 and the 50% Bonus Depreciation allowance is back in place.

Please click the link below to download an updated Tax Incentive Worksheet, provided by Gary Mauermann for Machine Tool Capital, that includes these revised incentive amounts:

tax_incentives_worksheet_2009.xls

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Free Pass to Mid-Atlantic Expo

Posted by Duane Marrett on Fri, Feb 13, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, Woodworking, Trade Shows, Free

Please click the link below to download your free pass to the Mid-Atlantic Expo held in York, PA on April 2nd & 3rd

Mid-Atlantic Pass

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Our New Composites Advertisement

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, Composites, Advertisement, 5 Axis

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CNC Compositie Machining

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Our New High Speed Machining Advertisement

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, Advertisement, 5 Axis

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High Speed Machining

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Our New Woodworking Advertisement

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, CNC, Advertisement, Woodworking, Nested Base, 3 Axis

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Assembly Marks

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Color Coded Labels

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Tags: eCabinet Systems, New, Productivity, Labels, Color

Color Coded Labels are a new development from Thermwood Corporation to help increase your productivity.  Here is an excerpt:

A typical nested based job consists of perhaps hundreds of parts representing dozens of cabinets, all intertwined in a series of nests. The first task is to separate the parts into individual cabinets.

This is normally done by placing labels on each part. Each label has a text statement with the cabinet name. Simply read the name and sort the cabinets by those names.

While this sounds simple, it actually takes quite some time. You must read each label (even this is a problem if your worker can’t read or speak English). Then you must read the labels on the stacks of cabinets you are sorting to find the matching name. This reading takes time and cabinets have similar names so mistakes are pretty easy to make.

Thermwood’s new patent pending approach prints a color bar on each label with a different color for each cabinet. Put the red parts with the red parts and the green parts with the green parts. This simple idea allows you to sort cabinet two to three times faster. This offers a significant productivity improvement.

Color Coded Labels

 Color Coded Labels

 

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Assembly Marks

Posted by Duane Marrett on Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Tags: eCabinet Systems, Productivity, Cabinet, Assembly Marks

We have developed a significant new improvement to productivity - Assembly Marks.  Below is an excerpt of this exciting new process:

Assembly MarksAnother even more significant productivity improvement involves actually putting the cabinets together. Simple cabinets are not all that difficult to assemble so major productivity improvement is not likely but as the cabinet design becomes more complex, major productivity improvements are possible. Once fixed partitions, shelves or other features are added to a cabinet, determining exactly how to assemble the parts can become difficult. Generally you must create and print assembly drawings and even with these drawings, the process of sorting out the structure can take significant time.

Thermwood’s approach (also patent pending) machines assembly marks into each joint which define which part mates with which part. These marks are hidden once the parts are assembled. Assembly drawings aren’t needed and in fact, totally non-skilled workers can easily and quickly assemble even the most complex cabinets. One shop owner asked his cleanup man to assemble a cabinet as a test. This totally unskilled “cabinetmaker” assembled the cabinet quickly and accurately with no drawings or instructions. For most jobs this represents a productivity improvement that could rival that realized for the machining process itself.

 

Assembly MarksSo when looking for productivity improvements from CNC routers look to the supporting or peripheral processes and the impact you could have on downstream processes. Right now, today, that’s where the greatest return can be found.

Note: Thermwood has applied for patent protection on the assembly marks, color and symbol coding of labels and the supporting software for these. They will provide a royalty free license under any patents issued for any parts made on a Thermwood CNC router and has offered a royalty free license to software developers for file output to Thermwood CNC routers.

 

 

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Assembly Marks

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New Thermwood Blog

Posted by Duane Marrett on Tue, Feb 10, 2009

Tags: Thermwood, Blog, New

Welcome to our new blog!  We plan to use this blog to communicate with our customers and keep you updated on new developments and news from Thermwood and our products.

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