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Rangate Project Story: Millwork Artisans - Chapter 2 | Engineer
Now it was time to tackle the second challenge: Designing tooling that would meet Millwork Artisans’ short and long term goals.
Millwork Artisans planned to start the new machinery off crafting 2 ¼“ entry doors, utilizing European style multi-point hardware. Their long-term production goals included other door styles, as well as windows. Rangate’s challenge was to design tool groups that would meet that short-term goal with exceptional engineering, while being versatile enough to allow Millwork Artisans to build around the core tool group for future projects. The Rangate design incorporated an expansion which would supplement the base group with new tools to build windows.
This required close cooperation between each party involved in the install. Rangate took point on coordinating the vendor partners to ensure the project was on time and schedule. The other key participants were:
- SCM, the manufacturer of the CNC router.
- The 3rd-party software provider. For any project utilizing 3rd-party CNC control software, it’s important to involve them from the earliest stages of the project.
Rangate’s principal Greg Godbout and Cristian Zuani of Zuani s.r.l. traveled to Charleston for detailed discussions on Millwork Artisans’ business objectives for the present and future. They came away with the knowledge and understanding needed to create a solution for today and tomorrow.
Rangate coordinated weekly meetings between its team, SCM, and the 3rd-party software provider to verify progress. As the lead partner, Rangate’s staff was responsible for ensuring the project was on schedule, as well as ensuring the finished product would meet Millwork Artisans’ needs. Working together to iron out any potential issues before the tools went into production prevented unwelcome surprises down the road.
During the process, Rangate's Application Specialist Bill Wicket worked with Millwork on the procedural optimizations that would maximize the effectiveness of their build process. Bill discussed topics like optimal RPM for different cuts, feed speeds, and how to maximize the efficiency of tool changes to be as safe and effective as possible. These conversations extended to both their ongoing shaper operations and the introduction of the new machinery.
Thanks to careful management, the project was delivered on time, and on budget, with the level of exceptional quality Rangate and TWT have built a reputation for. Like with all projects, there were wrinkles along the way, but close communication with Millwork Artisans kept everyone on the same page and in the best position to make the right decisions.