Automation for Beginners

with Luke Elias

Episode 011

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Luke Elias of Muskoka Cabinet Company joined us on the PTP for an in-depth look at automation in their cabinet shop. Starting from the need to automate their production, Muskoka has evolved into a fully automatic factory that produces amazing products.  

In this episode we cover:

  • How to get started - the importance of Value Stream Mapping

  • ERP’s role in automation

  • Pitfalls in selecting and implementing the right ERP system

  • How to get your people on board

  • How do we pay for all of this and ROI

For those who are just beginning to automate, Luke challenges them to start with one thing: get rid of paper because it makes an enormous difference and it goes right to your bottom line.

We hope you enjoy this episode of the Push Thru Podcast!


Quick Cuts

What is your favorite quote?

          “Where there is a will, there's a way.” -  Luke’s Dad

What is a personal trait that makes you more successful?

"Persistence and perseverance. The distaste for mundane tasks.”

What is a personal trait that makes you more successful?

“Artificial Intelligence will play a huge role in everything from production to training.”

What is an app/resource that make your life better?

“Woodmark certification.”

What is a book you consider you favorite?

“The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt.”


Show Notes

Automation enthusiast and leader, Luke Elias of Muskoka Cabinet Company shares his radical automation journey and gives automation beginners key tips for getting started on their own automation. This episode is a must for shop owners in any stage of growth.


For more on Muskoka Cabinet Company:

To get in contact with Luke Elias:

For more on Woodmark Certification:

For The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt:

For more on SMART:

For great articles on the Cabinet Industry:

To learn more about Ultimate Cabinet Components:

To get in contact with Jeff Finney: