The Slabsmith process
The biggest difference between a nice picture of a slab, and a Slabsmith digital slab is accuracy. Slabsmith’s Slab Maker™ module uses proprietary calibration technology that insures that the digital slabs that it creates are accurate in every important detail.
Dimensional accuracy – When a Slabsmith photo station is calibrated using Slabsmith’s calibration routines, the resulting digital slab is accurate dimensionally to a millimeter or less. This accuracy goes beyond just the length and width if the slab; in fact, any random point on the slab is correct. Virtually all distortions that result from the camera position, or lens aberrations are eliminated.
Color accuracy – Slabsmith assures that the color of the slab is accurate and consistent from slab to slab. Even small variations in color can be seen during the layout process when properly calibrated. Slabsmith’s color reproduction allows you to see the subtlest of color variations at seams even when used with ‘uniform colored’ quartz products!
Digital slab properties – Along with the accuracies mentioned above, each digital slab includes a complete record of all its important properties. This includes common things like the material name, lot number, thickness, and inventory ID, but can be extended to include any information that might be valuable to your business when maintained with the digital slab.
When a digital slab is created it is immediately saved into Slabsmith’s SQL database. This provides the ability for anyone in your company to easily locate and view the slabs in your inventory based on any of the properties of the slab. You can even search for remnants of a particular size rectangle or even a particular size ’L’ shape.
Slabs can be put on hold, assigned to a job, organized by color, price, etc. It’s all up to you and it’s fully customizable.
3) Layouts – Create, save & manage your layouts
It’s hard to overstate the benefits Slabsmith provides as a direct result of being able to easily and accurately visually layout a job on your digital slabs.
Slabsmith’s layout tools will allow you to easily optimize for beauty or for yield. In other words, it’s both a sales tool, and a cost saving tool and since Slabsmith also manages your remnants, you will be able to utilize it to reduce your scrap yard instead of simply cutting full slabs for every job just to avoid searching for remnants.
Sales – Slabsmith allows you to provide an understanding and comfort level to your customer’s that has previously not been possible. With Slabsmith you get a true “What you see, is what you get” experience, one that you know you can deliver every time.
Stop fighting on price! – Slabsmith allows you to raise the bar for your competitors. Customer’s expectations are set at a level that your competition can’t reach.
4) Optimization/Yield – Reduce scrap!
The Perfect Match™ layout module provides tools that are customized for the specific things you need to do to efficiently layout countertops. There are tools to line up edges a saw blade apart, tools to rotate randomly or to fixed angles. Tools to group counters, tools to nestle two odd shapes together as close as possible and much more. In the end you can lay out a countertop on your slabs with less effort and time with Slabsmith than anything else available.
5) Manufacturing – Time to cut it up…
After completing your desired layout, Slabsmith exports to your current CNC equipment for immediate programming of your saw, waterjet or saw/jet.
6) Maintenance – The secondary benefits…
Have you ever had a customer call about a counter that broke a year after you installed it? Not a problem. Slabsmith’s database maintains a complete history of every layout you have ever installed. Just open the layout, select a few likely slabs from your current inventory, drag the broken counter onto the new slabs and move it around until it looks good. Cut it, install it. One trip to the customer, guaranteed results.