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Efficient? Measure your cutting room.

The pressure is on. Speed and costs that need to be constantly reduced and an ultra-connected consumer who isn’t willing to wait, yet expects customization and more options than ever before

Efficient? Measure your cutting room.

Achieving best-in-class production performance in the cutting room

Leading-edge furniture companies understand the forces at work in this landscape. Now, more than ever, they rely on metrics to help them understand how well they are doing and where they can improve. Great production performance has always been a goal for any manufacturing line, but as our industry faces a new type of consumer and a marketplace that has shifted from manual and traditional to connected and digital, best-in-class production performance has become essential. Companies that do not prioritize investments in data collection and analysis will be left behind, and those that do not engage technology and processes to enable seamless manufacturing run the highest risks. The best-in class that are harnessing data for intelligent insight are on their way to building an optimized, connected production system. Now it’s your turn.

Our latest paper “Achieving best-in-class production performance in the cutting room” explores the metrics that are more relevant than ever to the furniture industry.


Read the e-guide to find out more about:

  • why agility is a must to remain competitive, and how this can be measured.
  • the real meaning of quality in furniture manufacturing in the age of speed.
  • delve into the how, what, and why of availability that equals efficiency.

Take the pulse of the furniture industry as it evolves towards higher production volumes, shorter delays and more variations.

Efficiency: this manufacturing buzzword means both everything and nothing.

It’s the “how” response to the pressures facing the global furniture industry: a more demanding consumer who expects more choice and faster delivery yet still bases purchasing decisions on price, and a dematerialized online shopping environment that actually emboldens these high expectations. The only way furniture companies can remain competitive is to produce faster and at a lower cost than ever before. They need (drum roll...) efficiency. This translates to minimizing, if not completely eliminating, all production disruptions. Stop-start dynamics due to an unsteady flow of data and information as well as unplanned and emergency maintenance no longer have a reason to exist in production. 

As costs and timeframes have been squeezed to their limit, a new challenge has emerged: companies are forced to produce a wider range of items to satisfy a new  consumer who seeks trend-based pieces and a more personalized shopping experience, articulated through customization, options and choice. Trends, seasonal collections, and made-to-order options are key for brands to stay relevant and engage the new consumer—it also adds an overwhelming layer of complexity to the manufacturing process. This e-guide, written by furniture experts for furniture experts, explores manufacturing challenges, their solutions, and the metrics that can be used to measure performance, with the objective of confronting this more globalized, competitive market.

Best in class?

Much like the fashion industry a decade ago, furniture has gotten fast and disruptions can no longer be tolerated. Metrics have become increasingly important as the industry evolves towards delivering more customized output under shorter delays, via seamless processes, automation and connected technology. As Industrial Transformation Expert Mark Davidson puts it, “When it comes to metrics, what gets measured gets done,” listing his pick of metrics “that matter most to manufacturing.” When linked to larger objectives or SMART—Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-Based—goals, these metrics help teams identify specific areas to improve. In fact, they usually end up being the areas most effectively improved upon by employee teams because the outcomes are measurable and reportable, thus easy to communicate up the chain of command.

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is one of the better-known manufacturing metrics that companies can use to evaluate and improve performance. Usually considered the primary metric for evaluating best-in-class status, this performance indicator continues to gain in popularity as manufacturers seek to quantify plant, manufacturing line, and machine-level performance and find ways each area can be improved. OEE = Performance efficiency x Availability x Quality. We’re going to look at what these terms mean in more detail and what solutions can be implemented to move towards excellence within each, and within the changing furniture marketplace.