Productivity improvement for GK Machine, Inc. (Donald, OR) began with the purchase of a Komatsu plasma table. Although fabrication saw some improvement, software lacked the power to fully leverage the machine’s capabilities. Additionally, GK sought to impact overall shop floor efficiency beyond the cutting process itself.
SigmaNEST Success Story: GK Machine
While nesting was important, the job shop also wanted to accelerate cutting cycles and reduce production costs. “We took a close look at several programs,” explained Production Manager, Mike Mader. “After an extensive evaluation it was clear that SigmaNEST offered everything that we were looking for.”
With SigmaNEST the manufacturer saw rapid improvement in productivity as nesting time was cut significantly. Likewise the program’s costing feature and support for various cutting techniques (such as bridge cutting and auto-slitting) were also put to immediate use. Later, as remnant tracking was added, GK saw even greater bottom-line savings as scrap was reduced measurably.
Later, when Trumpf 3030 and 3050 lasers were added, GK was encouraged by the machine representative to consider a software change. An evaluation was performed pitting SigmaNEST against TOPS. Mader summed up the rests this way: “Again it didn’t take long to realize that SigmaNEST was a much better match for our needs.”
Today SigmaNEST is powering GK’s laser, plasma, and punch fabrication. As the company continues to grow and expand its arsenal of fabrication machinery, it is important to have the software flexibility to run all fabrication machinery regardless of type or brand. In addition SigmaNEST extends beyond nesting providing solutions for quoting, machine optimization, remnant management, and more.