The 10 most innovative manufacturing companies of 2021
“As one of the most far-reaching categories on our Most Innovative Companies list, the companies that make up our manufacturing list are addressing some of the biggest problems facing society. From manufacturing a better vial to carry COVID-19 vaccines in, to devising a biodegradable packaging, to offering on-demand fabrication that reduces waste, these companies are creating a better world by rethinking the ways we create product. …
For simplifying furniture assembly with a slide-and-lock system
Lockdowel specializes in slide-to-lock and snap-lock fasteners for wood furniture, which make assembly as easy as clicking two latches into place—a system that’s estimated to reduce assembly cost and time by 60%. In 2020, the company rolled out two more specialized fasteners, and signed on a major U.S. office furniture manufacturer.”
“Lockdowel, maker of breakthrough slide-and-lock plastic fastener system, has been named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company magazine.
Highlighted in the magazine’s March/April 2021 issue, Lockdowel is listed number 10 on a list of the 10 most innovative manufacturing firms in the world today. Other companies on the manufacturing list include SIO2 Materials Science, Instrumental, Arris Composites, Carbon, and Ford Motor Co. The larger list of companies in the article recognizes innovators in a wide variety of fields. The top listing went to COVID-19 vaccine makers Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech in a tie for first place.
The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. Lockdowel and the other honorees did more than survive, they thrived—making an impact on their industries and culture as a whole, according to the magazine. This year’s list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.
The listing for Lockdowel recognizes the company for simplifying furniture assembly with a slide-and-lock system.” …
“We wanted to automate our material handling, machining and insertion of fasteners,” said Devillez. We went on a search for several months to find the companies that could help us. The turning point was our fastener decision as we wanted hidden fasteners for aesthetic reasons. More than just being a hidden fastener, we needed to be able to automate the process of machining and inserting the fastener. Of course, we also needed structural integrity that enables BIFMA testing standard compliance.
Machining and insertion of specially-designed Lockdowel fasteners is performed by a three-station Biesse FTT.
“Also, the fastener had to be glueless, and that knocked a lot of companies out of the running. Some companies told us that dowel and glue and case clamps was the only way. “We started narrowing down our choices and settled with Lockdowel. They designed two new fasteners that met our needs. The requirements for the fastener were: no glue, easy to automate, and it must be hidden.
FULL ARTICLE: https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/furniture/kimball-international-leading-edge-automation
Florida cabinet company pivots to flat-packed casework
A Pro Edge Technology machine has been specially designed to process Lockdowel fasteners (metal or plastic), including H-Clips, Barbed Channel Locks, mini fasteners, snap fasteners and spring pins.
BRADENTON, Florida — Five years ago Mike Lovell’s fixture and retail furnishings factory was going gangbusters outfitting Bealls and other large retail stores. When online shopping chiseled away at his customers’ niche, he had to make a paradigm change in his wood manufacturing business. Now in the world of ship-it-quick meets Covid-19, he is prepared for the times with a new market, a new method of manufacturing, new cutting technology, and a new way of construction. This year Lovell and his chief operating officer, Paul Gillen Jr., decided to manufacture with glue-less, tool-less hidden fasteners and launched Presto Cabinets by WooDesigns. The team offers kitchen cabinets, closets, office cabinets, cut-to-size components and ready to assemble (RTA) cabinetry for Florida and the East coast.
“We chose Lockdowel because it was a fast and accurate construction method with a minimal amount of required tools,” Lovell explains. “The other factor was that our cabinets could be transported knock down and assembled quickly and easily on the job site, saving money on freight.”
FULL ARTICLE: https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/cabinets/florida-cabinet-company-pivots-flat-packed-offerings
Lockdowel appoints Jason Howell CEO and president
HAYWARD, Calif. — Lockdowel Inc. has named Jason Howell its new CEO and president. Howell has served the woodworking industry for 21 years, including his last 10 years as president of Weinig Holz-Her USA.
With an MBA in International Business and a passion for organizational leadership, Howell brings new direction and insight to position Lockdowel manufacturing methods as the industry standard in furniture and cabinet construction.
“Jason is a business strategist and development expert with experience in growth management, industry analysis, process improvement, and tactical execution,” Lockdowel founder Fred Koelling said. “He completely aligns with Lockdowel’s purpose in that his passion for work is achieved through the success of customers.”
In today’s environment we are working with fewer employees, margins are getting tighter, competition is getting fiercer and robotics is expensive. Lockdowel is the quick way to dramatically increase profits for a very small investment.
Lockdowel has been helping companies achieve higher productivity, with reduced headcount, for over four years. Now is the time to increase your Lockdowel product offerings. ANSI/BIFMA certified, Lockdowel’s construction:
1) Allows at least 60% faster assembly. Many companies assemble in a small fraction of the time required for screws and glue.
2) Eliminates post laminating.
3) Gives furniture a smooth and modern look without any visible hardware.
4) Enables flat-pack shipping, and easy furniture and cabinet assembly at the job-site, or by the consumer.
5) Offers large and small fasteners for over-sized panels, very small shelving, and products of all sizes. (1/2″ to 5/8″ material and greater)
Get ahead of the competition by implementing Lockdowel NOW, and be ready when our economy bounces back in waves. Since Lockdowel has been integrated into most woodworking software, converting products is easier than ever.
We truly appreciate each of our Lockdowel customers. If there is anything we can do to help through this trying time, please let us know. Together, we can do more with less!
From Router Bits to Construction Specs and all things in between, the Lockdowel Quality Assurance User Manual is the key to making your Lockdowel Glue-less, Tool-less, Channel Lock products:
-Easily and Quickly Assembled, and
Jurgen Associates assembles 40 Hair Club styling stations in three hours
INDIANAPOLIS — Capital Construction tagged Jurgen Associates Inc. to create 40 styling stations that could meet their client’s aggressive 60 day deadline. The firm re-engineered the Hair Club’s 48 in. tall by 15.25 in. wide by 22.10 in. deep cabinet to allow for a clean modern look with lots of storage and a hidden counter. Using Lockdowel barbed channel locks Jurgen said it is able to sell the stations for 30% less. Assembly takes just four minutes per cabinet, according to the company. –more–
Fremont, CA – November 21, 2019 – Many companies are choosing to manufacture their own ready-to assembly (RTA) cabinets with Lockdowel fastening instead of paying sanctions and tariffs. “Once I paid the penalties imposed at the dock to get Chinese cabinets, it wasn’t worth buying them,” Ray Spore, Owner of King of Kitchens and Granite in Lake Worth, Florida says. “I decided we would start building cabinets ourselves, and Lockdowel was the way we would go.”
Lockdowel Announces New Ways to Reduce Costs Without Capital Investment – Lockdowel Component Providers
Fremont, CA – Lockdowel announces their new Cabinet Component Providers web page where customers can find companies offering woodworking components
for cabinets, fixtures and furniture with pre-inserted Lockdowel fasteners.
Lockdowel Component Providers machine and deliver flat-packed,Lockdowel-ready, custom wood components at a fraction of the time andcost it would take to self-manufacture, saving their customerssignificant labor and capital costs. With Lockdowel hidden fastenersalready installed, cabinets, fixtures and furniture can be assembled quickly and easily, without the need for extra hardware or glue.
“Companies can choose how they want to implement Lockdowel andoutsourcing makes a lot of sense for businesses that are on deadlineneeding to get a project completed fast,” Stephen P. Anderson, Lockdowel CEO says. “By outsourcing pre-inserted Lockdowel components, cabinet shops andfixture companies can discover the savings in labor and assemblyLockdowel offers without investing in CNC equipment or any other extracapital.” The companies providing Lockdowel components include (in alphabetical order):
Bella IMC, Huntertown, IN; Cut 2 Size Parts, Prescott, AZ; Global Cabinet Supply, Hayward, CA; and Ultimate Cabinet Components, Collinsville, OK.
DEER PARK, NY– Lifetime Design’s client list includes Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, The Waldorf School and many others. Their 35 years of experience in architectural woodworking is unlimited. Recently the company said it has fully adopted Lockdowel pre-inserted technology for cabinetry and panels to offset the tariff hikes on building materials. The AWI-licensed commercial millwork company said it is using Lockdowel pre-inserted, slide-to-lock fasteners to reduce the need for specialized labor.
“In 2018 Lifetime Designs made the strategic decision to implement Lockdowel hidden fasteners for our cabinetry,” said James Romanelli, Lifetime Design’s president. “Not only did this allow super sturdy cabinet boxes, it saved us substantially on labor.” Romanelli said he was able to hire and train less skilled employees to assemble cabinetry. “Lockdowel makes assembly simple with slide and lock fastening, and has allowed us to hire less skilled labor and to be more aggressive with our bidding–resulting in winning more jobs,” said Romanelli. Lifetime purchased a boring and insertion CNC machine to enable the new process. “Though there were a few hiccups integrating Lockdowel into our production procedures, once we ironed out the kinks our productivity soared.”
The patented Lockdowel Channel Lock Fasteners are single-piece fasteners that require no glue or tools for assembly. Panels are joined by inserting the two-prong Lockdowel fastener into pre-drilled holes, sliding and locking the fastener into place.
Deer Park, NY– Lifetime Design Corp announces they have fully adopted Lockdowel pre-inserted fastener technology for cabinetry and panels. To offset the tariff hikes on building materials, the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI) QCP Licensed,commercial millwork company is using Lockdowel pre-inserted, slide-to-lock fasteners to reduce headcount for specialized labor.
Lockdowel receives global patents for Channel Lock Fastening System
July 29, 2019 | 11:35 am EDT
FREMONT, Calif. – Lockdowel Inc. announced it has received global patents for its Channel Lock Fastening System. The company said it has incorporated a security taggant within the Channel Lock Fasteners, enabling customers worldwide to ensure the purchase of authentic, Lockdowel products. Using a non-invasive handheld laser gun, Lockdowel said customers can authenticate their fastener quickly and easily; the United States patent number is 10,197,081. (more)
Dreamworks Cabinetry Uses Lockdowel Fastening to Save 75% in Transportation Costs
Fairbanks, Alaska – Dreamworks Cabinetry LLC is providing cabinets to two remote Alaskan schools by flat-packing the products with Lockdowel fastening, saving 75% on transportation costs. Once the cabinets arrive at the schools they can be assembled quickly and easily without screws or tools—just slide-to-lock!
Cabinets for the Shishmaref School, about 535 miles from Dreamworks Cabinetry in Fairbanks, will be transported via truck and ocean barge nearly 3000 miles before they arrive. Cabinets for Meade River School, 466 miles away, will be trucked up the “haul road” and flown in via C-130 Hercules Charter flights from Deadhorse, Alaska.
“To transport cabinets to Meade River, the freight bill on its own is a 75% savings,” Christopher Larrick, Dreamworks Cabinetry LLC, managing member says. “Fully assembled it would have cost $152,000, and with the cabinetry built in knock-down form it is only $38,000.”
The Lockdowel cabinetry for the Shishmaref school may outlast the island itself. “According scientists, the island of Shishmaref is eroding at an ever increasing rate and will be under water in the next 12-20 years,” Larrick explains. “All the infrastructure on the island will probably be gone in about a quarter of the the lifespan of the school building.”
See Dreamworks Cabinetry products, and learn more about their substantial savings in transportation by using slide-to-lock fastening, in Lockdowel booth #9074 at AWFS Fair 2019, July 17-20, Las Vegas.
Lockdowel Nominates the New Mini Barbed Channel Lock Fastener for AWFS Visionary Award
Las Vegas – Lockdowel is nominating the comapny’s new Mini Barbed Channel Lock for the 2019 AWFS Visionary Award. This slide-to-lock, tool-less fastener is a simple solution to fastening thinner boards – those that are ½ inch or less in thickness. This small fastener yields an amazingly strong bond resisting at least 70 pounds of pull force with a sheer force of 50+ pounds. Ideal for drawer boxes and cabinets, the new Mini Barbed Channel Lock makes assembly simple with Lockdowel slide-to-lock technology.
In addition, assembly is 60% faster compared to fastening with glue, dowels and screws. Once assembled, the Lockdowel Mini Barbed Channel Lock is completely invisible. These fasteners allow drawers and fixtures to quickly assemble and disassemble for easy storage and transport (then reassemble again)!
The AWFS Fair 2019 is in Las Vegas July 17-20. Lockdowel will be exhibiting in booth #9074.
Lockdowel Tool-less, Glue-less Fasteners Make Furniture, Cabinet and Store Fixture
Manufacturing Greener and Leaner
Lockdowel Inc., makers of slide-to-lock fastening for wood products, is inspiring manufacturers to produce goods in an innovative, more environmentally friendly way. Products assembled with Lockdowel fasteners can be reused in that they can be disassembled, stored and used again.
Lockdowel Expands in Asia, Australia The Australian company HSA Heritage has announced that it will be incorporating Lockdowel‘s glue-less, tool-less, slide-to-lock fasteners in their high-quality, ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture designs. In addition, HSA Heritage will be the Lockdowel fastening distributor for Australia, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan. (-click link for more-)