SigmaNEWs February 2013
Powered by the industry’s most advanced nesting engine, SigmaNEST Version 10 represents a leap in material optimization and fabrication process efficiency. Advanced algorithms optimize part yield, maximize material usage, accelerate machine cycle time, and produce the highest quality parts. Version 10 will begin shipping in just a few weeks.
“Version 10 is the result of years of development and rigorous testing,” explained SigmaNEST Product Manager, James Lindsey. “The SigmaNEST community has been eager to get its hands on Version 10. And while we have been excited to make this newest release available, we’ve resisted the temptation to allow Version 10 out the door before it has met our quality standards. Over the past few months we have been busy testing and re-testing. As Product Manager my job is to ensure that all software releases are stable and robust. We are confident that with these steps SigmaNEST Version 10 users will hit the ground running. I am happy to say that we are just a few short weeks away from shipping.”
Some of the key SigmaNEST Version 10 enhancements include:
- Welcome screen
- Add user logins and passwords
- Create different levels or user statuses
- Customize toolbar
- Part traceability
- File name filter
- SolidWorks PDM support
- Multi body sheet metal support
New Nesting Engine
- Smart select (builds algorithms based on parts on the fly)
- Speed improvements
- Better yield
- Cost by sheet width
- Cost reduction for remnants
Work Order Management
- Quantity remaining
- Preview in work order edit
- Work order status
- Right click to put work order on hold or release work order
- Tool adaptors
- Tool viewer enhancements
- Auto create missing tool
- Auto tool replace
- Grid macro (G98)
- Die management redesign
- Auto destruct
- Part removal
- Preferred exit location support for profile parts
- Technology editor
- TSL – custom combination tooling
- New information manager
- Link to SigmaMRP contact database
SigmaTEK is looking for sites to test SigmaNEST Version 10. For more information contact SigmaNEST Product Manager, James Lindsey at 513-674-0005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SigmaNEST® SolidCAD Integration products provide seamless transition from 3D models to NC code for all major profile cutting, punch, and press brake machines. Assemblies are automatically unfolded and parts sorted into jobs according to width and material type with bending allowances and corner details all taken into consideration. Powered by the industry’s leading CAD/CAM nesting software — the results are unparalleled speed, machine efficiency, and material utilization.
SigmaNEST provides a high level of integration with major CAD/CAM products. The import process is initiated from the SigmaNEST tool bar, and in most cases, transparently invokes the corresponding application in the background to perform necessary preprocessing of the model before it is placed directly on the SigmaNEST work space.
SigmaNEST interfaces support the following CAD systems:
- Autodesk Inventor
- Siemens NX & Solid Edge
SigmaMRP™ is a manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system specifically designed for the fabrication industry.
- Manage transactions
- Communicate more effectively with customers and suppliers
- Control inventory of goods and raw materials
- Manage internal and outsourced processes and relationships
SigmaMRP is tightly integrated with SigmaNEST for quoting, work orders, and inventory control. The software offers a number of powerful specialized modules, including Shop Floor Data Collection and Marketing Campaign Planning and Analysis.
Information Click here to learn more.
Webinar: SigmaMRP SolidWorks Integration March 12, 2013 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time Take 30 minutes to learn how SigmaMRP integrates with SolidWorks.
Box Move Delta allows you to edit your shapes without deleting line segments. Learn how to use this SigmaNEST feature in less than a minute!
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- Telephone and e-mail user-level technical support, including “virtual” live support
- Access to SigmaTEK’s customer portal “SigmaTEK Connect”
- Priority technical support
- Favorable pricing on SigmaNEST add-on modules
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Date: May 14-15 Location: SigmaTEK World Headquarters (Cincinnati, OH)
Who Should Attend
- Shop-floor fabricators, manufacturers, and managers
- Cutting, punching and bending equipment manufacturers
- Those involved in manufacturing/production and related processes
- Those with responsibility for costing, quoting or data integration
About At the SigmaTEK Academy some of the latest manufacturing technology is represented. For machine companies it’s an opportunity to talk about their latest developments. For attendees this is a very cost-effective opportunity to learn the latest that the industry has to offer while meeting face-to-face with cutting machine and fabrication software experts. Perhaps the best part is that this all takes place in the span of two short days!
1. What is your role at SigmaTEK?
Dan: As Vice President of Sales and Marketing I manage the SigmaTEK team of sales and marketing engineers and professionals — the industry’s largest North American staff. What is special about our team is their hands-on industry experience. Many on our sales and support staff have logged a number of years operating equipment on the shop floor. Not only are they experts on SigmaNEST software but they also understand the real world aspects of fabrication.
In 2012 we put regional sales teams into place. While each region is managed by a Regional Sales Manager, teams also include at least one Regional Sales Representative and Applications Engineer. This was done to become even more responsive to current and future customers on a local level. The feedback we’ve received from our customers has been overwhelmingly positive.
2. What are your impressions of manufacturing today?
Dan: The manufacturing industry in general has rebounded nicely from the depth of just a few short years ago. Manufacturers large and small continue to operate at full or near-full capacity. The key to their success is efficiency.
The leading companies have turned their attention to ways to maximize production and get the absolute most out of costly machines, optimize material usage, and automate and streamline supporting processes. All of this bodes well for SigmaNEST, as that’s exactly what we do.
3. Can you give an example of this?
Dan: Sure. We recently expanded our offerings to include SigmaMRP™. This fills an important niche for companies using SigmaNEST who are looking for an affordable yet powerful MRP system.
Another way we’re helping make our customers more efficient is with the release of SigmaNEST Version 10. When users get the chance to see the enhancements, I think they will agree that Version 10 is more revolutionary than evolutionary. We continue establishing strategic partnerships with cutting machine OEMs, software vendors, and resellers around the world and will soon have some important announcements in these areas.
4. What else can customers expect in 2013?
Dan: We are very excited about the coming year. Our regional teams will be sharing news and information relevant to the specific interests locally via webinars, special events, YouTube, e-mail, and Open House demonstrations with industry partners. This regional focus will help us stay connected with manufacturers and understand changing requirements. At SigmaTEK we understand that we have to move forward every day in order to maintain our leadership position. Scrutinizing all aspects of the SigmaNEST customer experience is a daily commitment as we strive to exceed expectations.
SigmaTEK welcomes its newest team members:
Cory Cahill joins SigmaTEK as our Technical Writer. His focus will be on creating even more user-friendly documentation. This involves updating content and enhancing layout. Cory has seven years of technical writing experience with a background in computer applications and automated testing software.
Megan Diefenbacher is the newest member of our Marketing team. As Marketing Coordinator she will be supporting the group’s marketing and sales support efforts as well as contributing her writing skills to SigmaNEWS and our social media outlets. Megan has a background in writing and publishing for both online and print media.
Jonathan Padial is our newest Inside Sales Representative. He will assist those who call SigmaTEK headquarters with product or subscription questions or requiring related assistance. Jonathan is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, KY) and his background includes sales and customer service.
Steve Ties joins us as a Regional Sales Representative in Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas. He will be working with clients and manufacturers to help with efficiency and to increase productivity. Steve has twenty-five years of manufacturing experience in sheet metal fabrication.