Smart-routers use smart labels to make parts easy to sort and edgeband

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jul 03, 2013

Tags: Labels, 3 Axis, edgebanding, Model 43, CNC Router, smart-router, Model 45, MTR

Smart labels make parts easy to programSmart-routers use smart labels to make parts easy to sort and edgeband.

Most jobs consist of several individual items, for example, a kitchen full of cabinets. To get the most efficient nests, parts are scattered throughout the job. Once complete, the first thing you must do is figure out which parts go with which cabinets. Smart-routers use a color symbol on the labels. Put the parts with the same symbol together; red circles with red circles, blue triangles with blue triangles, yellow squares with yellow squares, etc. Color symbols are much easier to sort than text descriptions. This saves a ton of labor. Using a diagram of the part, smart labels also show which edges need to be edge banded.

Thermwood at AWFS 2013

Thermwood will be demonstrating many of the features of smart-router technology and nested based manufacturing at the 2013 AWFS show on July 24th-27th (Booth #8400).  Plan to stop by and check it out, or click the button below to request a personal consultation on how we can help improve your production process.

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Please click the "Request a Consultation" link above or give us a call at 1-800-533-6901 and we will sit down and show you how all this happens, in detail.

Thermwood Model 43 with Auto Labeling for Nested Based Production

Posted by Duane Marrett on Wed, Jan 16, 2013

Tags: Thermwood, CNC Routers, Labels, Nested Base, Model 43, CNC Router, nested based, Auto Labeling

Here is our latest video featuring the Thermwood Model 43 CNC Router with the new Auto Labeling option for nested based production (auto labeling option available on the Model 43 and the MTR 21): 

Model 43 features:

  • 12 HP (3,000-24,000 RMP) Spindle
  • Universal Vacuum 1 or 2 Zones
  • 11 Position Automatic Tool Changer
  • Rapid Speed:  3500 inches per minute
  • QCore SuperControl
  • Siemens Intelligent Servo Drives
  • Volumetric 3D Laser-Compensated Axis Alignment
  • Automatic Tool Length Sensor
  • Machine Training and Installation
  • Free Lifetime Phone/Forum Support

Model 43 CNC Router

Thermwood Model 43 CNC Router

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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