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T.C. Millwork

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works in reality. At that point, they download the drawing
right to our machines on the floor."
Once the design is ready for production, operators load it
into the CNC machine and manufacturing begins. "We can
take and move parts to any machine because we've written a
universal post for every machine we have out there," Arthur
Kubach says.
As the machines run, materials are inspected at every
stage to ensure there are no imperfections. If a fault is discovered, T.C. Millwork quickly corrects the issue. Production runs are broken down by season and are typically completed 45 to 60 days before the customer actually needs it,
ensuring there will no issue in the event of a supply chain
disruption like last year's hurricanes in Texas and Florida.
Maintaining that inventory level is key to keeping customers happy. "They can't open a store without our products, so the communication level is critical," Dennis Kubach
says. "We don't miss deliveries."
That efficiency also comes into play during the installation. Through Tricon, T.C. Millwork understands where the
challenges and issues arise during the construction part of
the process and knows how to develop its products to ease
those pain points. "When we design and engineer products,
we design and engineer around the installation," Dennis
Kubach says.
Technology already plays a major role in T.C. Millwork's
manufacturing. The company was early to embrace inhouse 3-D printing four years ago and two years ago it added
a large printer to its processes. "Honestly, I don't know how
we did some of the engineering prior to 3-D printing," Arthur Kubach says.
It used to spend a lot of money on tooling not really 100
percent sure if it would work the way it was designed. With
the advent of in-house 3-D printing, T.C. Millwork is able
to bring proof-of-concept at lightning speed with 100 percent confidence that the parts and components will work
the first time. "We totally eliminated waste, time and money ahead of production," Arthur Kubach says. "That alone
has allowed us to really create more efficiencies by creating
smarter parts and components we're able to integrate into
our lighting systems."
The level of automation will also increase as T.C. Millwork invests in new machines and capabilities.
"We're going to continue to go down the path of Manufacturing 4.0," Arthur Kubach says. "We're going to continue to become more and more automated from the standpoint of material handling, the standpoint of organization
and material flow." mt
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