The MatchPoint PLANX™ has started somewhat of an automation trend in the United States building components arena. At MiTek, we knew that would happen. What we didn’t expect was the interest and enthusiasm we’re now seeing around the globe.
We’ve been talking for months about the rise in production that our U.S. customers have seen when using PLANX, especially when used in conjunction with a Virtek® laser projection system. We currently have over 50 systems installed in the U.S. and Canada. So, why are our international customers all of a sudden jumping on board?
There are several reasons:
With the economy showing signs of improvement, now is the last chance to implement a change before business picks back up. When things get busy, truss plants will need to make a tough decision, “Do we invest in more people or more productive equipment?” Making that decision ahead of time will eliminate growing pains, missed due dates, and wasted money.
PLANX is now CE certified, opening the door to Europe.
In Australia, the exchange rate makes it affordable to buy in the U.S. right now. There are already 4 in Australia and a heavy push is currently underway within the building components industry.
As one or two plants in a given area or country make the decision to go automated, other plants will soon follow. It is a proven fact that a plant without PLANX and Virtek cannot compete with a plant that has this advanced equipment. Europe is currently starting up its first PLANX system right now, so others will be sure to follow.
MiTek is continuing to add CE-certified equipment to its line-up. The newest addition is the Auto Roll™ finish press that can be used in conjunction with the MatchPoint system.
Increased production is the most obvious benefit. A typical MatchPoint system* uses the same floor space and same number of personnel as a typical system in Australia, but the MatchPoint produces much more—as much as 7,000 board-ft. more per shift. The MatchPoint system also provides more accuracy and less human decision-making than other systems.
It's so easy to use and implement, it can be integrated into any plant, in any country, with any workflow, and we're confident you'll see immediate benefits.
Look at the Worksheets to determine exactly how much your production could increase and your costs decrease with the help of MatchPoint PLANX™. (Download the charts)