In 1992, the emerging world of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) began to have significant impact on the engineering processes of Cabinet-makers, Furniture-makers and Case-goods manufacturers of all sizes… CAM presented business of all sizes with product cost efficiencies, labor savings, shorter lead-times, less waste/drop and other benefits that were too attractive to ignore.
Pattern Systems International Inc. had developed of a wide variety of software solutions that addressed Parametric Cabinet Configuration/Construction, Part/Component Machining, Product and Part Labeling and Flat Panel Optimization for both standalone and integrated application. Small, medium and large businesses went looking for additional external resources to assist them in adopting and ADAPTING those technologies to their unique manufacturing processes.
Steve Lyons began working with a high-end, custom kitchen manufacturing plant in Central New Jersey; developing and implementing the specific formulae and cabinet construction rules that THEY needed in their Pattern Systems software. As a result of the successes they achieved, word spread about Steve’s capabilities, understanding of “real world manufacturing issues” and clear and concise methods of working with real people.
In 1995, as a result of Steve’s fast growing reputation and his extensive knowledge of construction techniques (both the popular and the unique), Pattern Systems senior management team reached out to Steve as a resource to assist them in ongoing development, design and deployment of new revisions of their products. Steve wrote the original PSI catalog when Product Planner was ported over to Windows. He became the “certified trainer/custom-catalog developer of choice” referred by Pattern Systems when their customers needed specific and unique modifications to their catalog and construction formulae.
From this extensive catalog work, Steve developed a series of easily modifiable catalog templates with a wide range of construction and joinery methods for Product Planner and Drill-Mate integrated or Stand-alone application, which he launched in 2005.
Steve continued the relationship with 20-20 Technologies (developers of 20-20 Design software), who purchased Pattern Systems in 2008. He then worked closely with 20-20 and the former Pattern team in the development and testing of the Shopware product suite which was the next evolution of the Pattern Systems software, intended to interface with 20-20 Design.
In 2012, as a result continued growth in his client base and improving stability in the cabinetry manufacturing world, Steve founded Pro2040. The focus is to better serve Small, Medium and Large businesses who are still running Pattern Systems or Shopware software in their shop or who had purchased the software but never properly implemented and integrated it.
The team at Pro2040 now provides the BEST IN CLASS solutions for Training, Implementation, Catalog Customization, Reporting and many other benefits to a thriving and growing customer population throughout North America!