Plataine's NESTERwood Helps Direction Furniture Reduce Plywood Consumption, Increase Production Output

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Double digit material savings consistently realized since the implementation of NESTERwood

Direction Furniture of Newton, NC reports significant cost savings and increase in production output following the implementation of Plataine's NESTERwood software.

According to J. B. Costner, Manager of Direction Furniture, the company has seen a consistent reduction in material consumption, increase in the production output, and a steady rise in cost savings since installing NESTERwood in May 2008.

"We are very pleased with the results delivered by NESTERwood," says Costner. "The tool paths and layouts generated by NESTERwood are much more efficient than we could ever have hoped to do on our own. Difficult tasks such as making re-cut drawings can now be accomplished in a fraction of the time required beforehand. The process of scheduling has also become easier and faster, expediting order processing and production."

NESTERwood enables upholstery manufacturers to respond to market dynamics and remain viable in an increasingly competitive global environment, facing customer demands for made-to-order products at competitive prices and with shorter delivery times. NESTERwood's Rolling Nest automatically optimizes the placement of pieces from one or more orders on multiple sheets of plywood, resulting in material yields that are consistently higher than any other solution. By generating efficient tool paths, NESTERwood improves the productivity of CNC routers.

As Costner further notes, "the support we have received from everyone at Plataine has been outstanding. Training was very thorough and professional and all of our requirements were handled quickly and effectively. We don't see how anyone could compete in today's furniture market without NESTERwood and wish we started using it long ago."

"We are thrilled to help Direction Furniture increase production efficiency," says Avner Ben-Bassat, Plataine's President. "The results achieved with the use of NESTERwood will enable Direction to compete more effectively in an increasingly challenging economic environment, where the costs of material and labor are on the rise while customers are ever more demanding and cost sensitive."

More information about NESTERwood Optimizer can be found at http://www.plataine.com/nesterwood.

About Direction Furniture
Direction Furniture is a privately held frame producer, providing contract services for leading national furniture manufacturers, specializing in cutting with CNC routers. Owned by Ken Setzer and located at the heart of North Carolina's furniture manufacturing region, the company has 40 employees working in three shifts.

About Plataine
Plataine is a leading provider of production optimization solutions for manufacturers of metal, wood, textile and composite-material products. Plataine's production optimization solutions enable manufacturers to be more competitive by increasing material utilization, improving productivity, and shortening manufacturing cycles to ensure on-time delivery of products to customers. Plataine's solutions are used by hundreds of manufacturers worldwide, including Bassett Furniture, Boeing, Century Furniture, Drexel Heritage, Ethan Allen, Ford, General Motors, The Gap, Hagger, Nike, and Wrangler. For more information, visit http://www.plataine.com or contact your local Plataine office.

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