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.
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

Bystronic and Lantek Announce Partnership

A manufacturing execution system (MES) solution is already under development that will enable Bystronic to expand their existing range of software solutions with an integrated MES. This system will help shops to optimally integrate automation solutions and digital processes into their production landscape.
Their goal is to pioneer software innovations for digitally-networked manufacturing.

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.


CAD/CAM Software: Products

FABTECH 2016: Forming & Fabricating (Part Three)

Booth C-22105: The Delta Rotary Shear from Delta Steel Technologies retrofits into new or existing lines and cuts the plate, regardless of the thickness or yield, at maximum line speed.
Take a closer look at some of the metal forming and fabrication technologies that will be exhibited November 16-18 on the show floor in Las Vegas.

Open Software for 2D Cutting of Sheet Metal

Booth C-22024: Using an open platform design for plug-in of external applications and the development of new ones, new almaCAM software from Alma CAM performs contours, punching-nibbling and 2D cutting of sheet metal.
With an open platform design, intuitive CAM software from Alma CAM enables external application plug-ins and development of quote creation for sheet metal, production scheduler, and more.

Create Job Estimates More Quickly and Accurately

Booth C-31079: CADMAN-SDI (Smart Drawing Importer) from LVD Strippit simplifies 2D and 3D CAD file import and calculation of cost drivers so shops can more quickly and accurately create job estimates that include part name, 3D and unfolded 2D drawing, material type and thickness, contour length, netto and bruto part area, bounding box 2D, 3D outside dimension, the mass of the part, cutting length, number of contours, number of bends, and more.
CADMAN-SDI (Smart Drawing Importer) from LVD Strippit simplifies 2D and 3D CAD file import and calculation of cost drivers so users can more quickly and accurately create job estimates.