As emphasized in the company name, no two Premier cabinet designs are alike. Everything is made to order, and built twice – first in digital form and then in the physical form that gets installed in kitchens, living rooms and even yachts.
Because of the many available choices in materials, styles, sizes, colors, finishes and hardware, there are countless thousands of design combinations for customers to choose from. Premier uses Onshape Configurations to easily and quickly modify designs based on customer preferences.
One of Premier’s long-term goals is eliminating the amount of paper documents used on the manufacturing floor. Although the company designs and builds its own specialized machinery, and uses the latest technology across its multiple facilities, there is still a dependency on old-fashioned 3-ring binders (known as “the book”) to reference product information.
Eventually, all the product specs in those binders will live inside the Onshape CAD models, says Stoltzfus.
“With Onshape, we can take data from the CAD model and turn that into data for the shop,” he says. “Essentially, the definition of our product can exist not in paperwork and the model, but solely in the model.”
“One of the things we frequently talk about at Premier is this idea of having a single source of truth,” Stoltzfus adds. “And that's the logic behind using a cloud‑native platform. What we are aiming to do is make our product models the single source of truth.”