CAD/CAM Software

Six Business Processes Every Shop Should Micromanage

In Industry 4.0, process micromanagement is the new baseline for shop operations, an opportunity to increase your bottom line in every step of your business. It’s a tough feat to accomplish, but the integrated MRP functions found in next generation nesting software can help you make it a reality. Here’s how.
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CAD/CAM Software: Articles

Plasma Cutting Keeps Milk and Cheese on the Table

Nesting tends to be a manual operation at Tetra Pak CPS because the size of the parts frequently limits the options to only one way of fitting them on a sheet. For larger areas of scrap material, the shop uses functions in the Expert CAD/CAM software to cut up waste into manageable sections so it can be easily removed from the plasma cutter by the operator.
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 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.

 

CAD/CAM Software: Industry News

Lantek Celebrates Milestone

Lantek headquarters in Miñano, Spain. Last year, gross sales revenue was more than 18 million euros, an increase of 16 percent over the previous year, with more than 88 percent of business generated from outside Spain. The most shops using Lantek metal fabrication software are located in China, Spain, Italy, France, Brazil, and Germany.
They have over 18,000 customers in more than 100 countries on five continents.

Lantek Appoints New Sales Manager for the UK

Adam Ball, Lantek “I have been involved in supporting and supplying software for the sheet metal industry for a considerable time and there is a clear move towards automation to optimise productivity. Integration of software systems is part of the automation process, enabling users to have an accurate picture of all areas of their business including costs, manufacturing status and customer relationships."
Adam Ball will promote their ERP solutions to sheet metal, tube and beam fabricators.

First-Ever Industry Standard for the 21st Century CAM

These new industry standards define competencies and skills needed for entry-level CAM positions in manufacturing.

 

CAD/CAM Software: Products

Tube Fabrication Software Brings Shops Closer to Industry 4.0

The new 2016 Lantek Factory software from Lantek Systems uses sophisticated automatic geometry recognition for multiple parts and dynamic lead in/out positioning that reduces programming times, while the new Bevel 3D Designer allows interactive irregular bevel design in 2.5D.

Tube & Pipe Fabrication

Ideal for furniture, pipe and automotive applications as well as for job shops, the E-TURN all-electric tube bender from BLM Group provides automatic right and left hand precision bending of a variety of tube configurations, including round, square, rectangular, flat-sided, oval and elliptica.
Here are some of the advances in tube and pipe fabrication equipment and accessories that are now available to help shops make money while meeting demands for more complex geometries, tougher materials, faster speed and higher quality.

CAD/CAM Nesting Software Improves Automated Cutting Efficiency and Profitability

ProNest 2017 CAD/CAM nesting software is ideal for advanced mechanized cutting of all profile cutting needs, including plasma, laser, waterjet, and oxyfuel. It helps fabricators increase their material savings, boost productivity, lower operating costs, and improve part quality.
ProNest 2017 from Hypertherm contains more embedded cut process expertise in the NC code than any other software, allowing shops to leverage other cutting technologies.