The SigmaNEST Job Tracking and Scheduling module provides solutions to many typical issues found in job shops and manufacturers by helping to streamline the fabrication process with information, graphics screens, and specific part status feedback.

The Job Tracking and Scheduling module within SigmaNEST adds significant value to the programming platform with:

  • Automated nesting task setup
  • Integrated order database
  • Combine work orders for scrap reduction
  • Automatic part quantity tracking
  • Part production scheduling
  • Work order status reporting
  • Work order graph view

Typical Issues in Job Shops and Manufacturers and SigmaNEST Solutions:

1.

“We can’t improve our yield because it’s driven by the parts we cut. We cut each job separately, so we are stuck with the yield the job provides.”

SigmaNEST’s Job Tracking and Scheduling module generates higher yields by nesting more parts and a better mix of parts…

With SigmaNEST’s Job Tracking and Scheduling module, your cutting process can go from:

Nesting one job on sheet metal

Nesting one job on sheet metal

to:

Jobs mixed for cutting with SigmaNEST

Jobs mixed for cutting with SigmaNEST

2.

“I spend a ton of time sorting travelers to figure out which parts I can cut on a sheet. As we get busier the stack increases. I could spend all day sorting, when I need to cut parts.”

SigmaNEST’s Job Tracking and Scheduling module eliminates sorting travelers. Simply import all released jobs into SigmaNEST and allow the Auto Task feature to sort the orders by material type and thickness. Use SigmaNEST’s built-in features to sort & filter by any number of criteria: due date, material type, customer, priority… in seconds, no matter the size of the stack.

A work order with sorted jobs in SigmaNEST

A work order with sorted jobs in SigmaNEST

3.

“Our MRP/ERP system lacks visibility of when parts are cut, what machine they are cut on, and whether parts need to be re-cut.”

SigmaNEST’s Job Tracking and Scheduling module tracks which parts are in process, which parts have been cut, and how many parts still need to be cut.

A Work Order List within SigmaNEST

Parts with poor cut quality are feed back into the system to be re-cut at the highest priority on the next job of the same material and thickness. SigmaNEST Management Data Console provides remote access to SigmaNEST’s Work Orders, Inventory, Parts, and Program Update interfaces.

Data Console

4.

“Mixing work orders on our machine causes difficulty unloading parts from the table.”

SigmaNEST’s reporting engine can be configured to generate nest detail reports with parts colored by work order. All blue parts are unloaded to one cart, green parts to another cart, red and blue sorted to the correct jobs.

SigmaNEST Report

SigmaNEST’s Color Offload™ module in conjunction with the Job Tracking module provides an interface at the shop floor to display a graphic representation on a LCD monitor for offloading. Color Offload allows operators to indicate which parts are scrapped and track total cutting time as well.

SigmaNEST Color Offload screen

5.

“We don’t mix work orders because we want all one job cut at the same time. Mixing work orders in a nest prevents parts for one job from cutting together.”

Nested work order parts

SigmaNEST can automatically nest by work order, keeping work order parts together on a sheet.

 

SigmaNEST’s Job Tracking and Scheduling module generates higher yields by nesting more parts, creating a better mix of parts, and adding the ability to plan and monitor parts through the fabrication process. When added with Color Offload and Management Data Console (images above), SigmaNEST keeps your jobs running smoothly, and helps keep all phases of the manufacturing process informed.

To learn more about SigmaNEST and the various modules available to help you and your business, request a demonstration today!

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