The following was contributed by FabTrol Systems and features the capabilities of FabTrol Pro as the steel fabrication management software and SigmaNEST as the shaped-plate nesting software.
Sorting through network project folders trying to find the correct CNC data for every cutting plan can get downright unruly and unmanageable. Then, spending time to get the part list and correct quantities into shaped-plate nesting software broadens the challenge. Add struggling to manage what parts have been nested, what parts remain to be nested, what stock was actually used, and what material needs to purchased and it becomes a wild, crazy ride! The good news is that there is a way to tame and overcome these challenges with integrated steel industry software.
Once parts have been detailed in CAD/modeling software, the bill of materials and all related drawings and CNC data can be imported into steel fabrication management software. This allows fabricators to manage what parts and what material is made available to nest in shaped-plate nesting software based on the production plan that is managed in the steel fabrication software. The right parts, quantities, available stock and associated CNC data, for one or many projects, are delivered at just the right time. SigmaNEST nesting software can then maximize material usage and reduce waste by producing efficient material nesting patterns that will be cut on CNC machines.
Once the parts are cut, SigmaNEST nesting software automatically updates the fabrication management software with what parts were cut and what stock was used. The steel fabrication management software manages all of the material purchasing, stock and what’s left to do, while maintaining complete material traceability in one way, in one place, for parts of all material types.
The efficiency and improved productivity gains from the software integration can save schedule time, reduce man-hours and material costs and, ultimately, increase job and company profitability. Taming plate CNC data management challenges and streamlining processes provides peace of mind.
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