Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. (BST) Bombardier and SigmaNEST Success Story

Transportation: Rail, Automotive, Urban Transit

ProductionBSTransportation and SigmaNEST Success Story

  • Plasma (Messer)
  • Laser (Prima, LVD)

Inefficient Nesting
BST’s manufacturing process was plagued by a number of common problems:

  • How can material be utilized more completely?
  • What is the best nesting software beyond the limited versions that comes with the machines?
  • How can design to manufacturing processes be automated to support increased workloads on nesting and fabrication?

SigmaNEST BSTransportation and SigmaNEST Success Story
In 2013 SigmaNEST was selected. In a short time the company had achieved the following:

  • Significant material cost reduction: Material utilization was improved by 3%
  • Improved machine performance: Noticeable gains in laser cut part quality and cutting speed.
  • Tighter nests / faster nesting: Nesting time was reduced from hours to minutes. Time savings impacted labor costs.
  • Custom reporting: SigmaNEST reporting allowed BST to track production operations, capture statistical data for days/weeks/months/years and implement continuous process improvement initiatives.

Measurable Results BSTransportation and SigmaNEST Success Story
One BST programmer was quick to point out the advantages of SigmaNEST over the previous nesting system:

“SigmaNEST is very powerful. Our previous nesting software did not have nearly as many features. The software’s advanced nesting algorithms deliver measurable improvements in production time and material utilization.”

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