CAD/CAM Software

Plasma Cutting Keeps Milk and Cheese on the Table

Tetra Pak uses Lantek Expert CADCAM software to laser cut large stainless steel sheet metal parts for diary and cheese processing vats. Here's how they do it.
CAD/CAM Software: Articles

CAD/CAM and the Smart Factory

When creating the part nest, CAD/CAM software calculates cutting times, material requirements, scrap and overhead costs and exports this data back into an ERP system to monitor the production planning. Programs and working papers are generated semi-automatically and delivered to the work floor, where the machine controller automatically sends all the data generated during cutting to a data warehouse that traces 100 percent of the production process. A webserver-based service accesses all the data so the shop can monitor up to the second, constantly improve and post calculate the production process with extensive reporting. (First view)
Integrated sheet metal fabrication software is moving far beyond nesting and production functions to step into Industry 4.0 management of end-to-end data flow and business administration tasks.

When Less Is More

One nesting approach that reduces scrap material is to leverage the optimal strategy for various combinations of parts and quantities to deliver highly efficient nests, continuously seeking the best strategy for the available parts as the nest is built. Nesting operations can be performed rapidly by using multi-threading technology that draws on the numerous processors in the personal computer to work on different tasks simultaneously. (First view)
The automation behind CAM nesting software helps shops become more competitive by reducing non-cutting time and doing more with less. Here are some of the latest nesting software advances and proven ways to use them to help your shop operate more efficiently and further reduce costs.

M is for Impact

In one shop, advanced nesting software reduced scrap by three percent, material drops from 130 to 10 (in some cases down to zero), and bridges with ERP/MRP systems through an on-line data transaction management system to automatically track work orders and inventory, saving over two hours of manpower per shift with a 30-40 percent increase in production without adding personnel or machinery.
Advanced CAD/CAM nesting software enables fabricators to become more competitive by making the greatest impact in these five process areas of profitability.

Little Options, Big Difference

Because Advanced Metal Components performs both static and dynamic nesting, Radan nesting customization features allow the programmer to designate the amount of time spent creating dynamic nests. Options within the software signal alerts not to spend any more than two, four, ten, or however many minutes to maximize a sheet. (First view)
The inherit flexibility of this CAM nesting software allows a job shop to not only program all of the different machine tools on their shop floor, but manually manipulate the options as needed to meet a wide variety of changing demands.

Using Software To Better Run Your Shop

2D blanks for cutting and bending are produced from 3D designs by using the bending factors and punching tool data gathered from the punching and bending programming software. Numerous 3D interfaces also make it possible to unfold different 3D designs, including those received from customers or an engineering department. 
In today’s manufacturing environment, software has evolved. No longer designed for simple NC code and nesting parts for the best material utilization, it has become an increasingly useful and necessary tool for any production facility. Look for software modules which can be tailored to your needs and can create an ideal interaction between machine, control system, and production software. 


CAD/CAM Software: Industry News

Lantek Partners with Air Liquide Welding

Francisco Perez, Lantek Systems “This partnership fits well with both companies' stated objectives of building long-term technical partnerships and win-win strategic alliances. We have an extensive distribution network covering customers in over 100 countries and have our own offices in 15 countries, so this maps well with their distribution network, which will enable us to deliver the best sales and training solutions together, irrespective of the location of the customer."
Lantek sheet metal CAD/CAM software now drives Air Liquide plasma and oxy-fuel cutting systems.

SigmaTEK Opens Office in Thailand

The office in Phuket province will serve as headquarters for the Southern Asia and Australia regions.

Lantek Reaches Milestone

Lantek headquarters in Miñano. The company has consolidated its global presence in market sectors that include industrial machinery, shipyards, automotive industry, tool welding, metal construction, iron and steel, elevators, air conditioning, metallic furniture and distribution.
There are now 16,000 manufacturers that rely on their sheet metal software solutions.


CAD/CAM Software: Products

Transform the Shop Floor

Booth S-938: The new generation Easy-Form press brake from LVD Strippit will all be on display at the show.
LVD Strippit features the latest, bending, laser cutting and punching machines with the CADMAN suite offline software.

Advanced CAM Software for Punching Operations

Booth S-2279: Version 18 Expert CAM and nesting software from JETCAM features an advanced interface, high performance nesting engine and its flagship Automatic Sheet Processing function for punching machines, all accomplished with reduced mouse movement by the programmer during day-to-day operations.
JETCAM-NestONE Solutions showcases their Version 18 Expert CAM and nesting software.

Advanced Sheet Metal CAD/CAM Capabilities

The new SigmaNEST X1 Dynapack-HD nesting engine from SigmaTEK handles multi-sheet nesting tasks as a hub or cockpit from which to integrate multiple machines, optimize production schedules, reduce scrap, and shorten cycle time through smart machine programming.