Here at SigmaTEK, we are constantly developing, improving, and breaking through barriers. Our release of SigmaNEST X1 in December 2015 has resulted in an influx of customers upgrading and taking advantage of our newest and greatest offerings. During this time, we have spent time expanding on new features and taking customer recommendations seriously to improve other aspects of the software. Now, only six months later, we have even more updates and features to tell you about.
We are excited to announce some major updates for your operational benefit:
In the past, customers have asked for the ability to lock sheets to a specific task or user. This allows a user time to complete their current task without worrying about a second user assigning the same sheets to a different task. Our new sheet locking feature allows you to set the duration of the lock, and can lock sheets to either a user or a task. If the sheets aren’t posted before the sheet lock expires, they are returned to the inventory for other users to select and use.
Reserved and On Consignment Sheets
You can now differentiate reserved and on consignment sheets from general inventory sheets. Reserved sheets are sheets that are allocated for a specific customer, while consignment sheets are sheets that are provided by the customer. SigmaNEST automatically checks for customer mismatches when creating a task, preventing you from accidentally assigning one customer’s sheet to another customer’s job. This feature decreases time spent delegating and checking sheets before using them for a job.
Create Tool Pattern
The Create Tool Pattern feature adds a lot of value and time saved for our users. You can now select a group of tool hits and save them as a tool pattern. Next time you Auto Tool, SigmaNEST will check the nested parts for similar geometry and automatically apply your tool pattern to any matches, saving you the trouble of manually tooling the part over and over.
We are pleased to announced enhanced support for Windchill PDMLink with our new import module. While we have previously supported Windchill PDMLink, we are confident that those who use the Windchill interface will find a lot of benefit in the new update. Those currently using the Windchill interface will be grandfathered in and can contact the SigmaNEST Support team for new license codes.
Strong Enhancements to Part Parameters
You are now able to simultaneously edit “Other Costs” for multiple parts in the Part Parameters. You can easily apply the same values across parts or leave the fields untouched to maintain their individual values. Also included is the ability to reorder cost types. The benefit is the consistency that is created by entering this information into the Part Parameters and using it as regularly without having to manually do it every time.
Grid Macro Array
Our new Grid Macro Array features is a faster, more intuitive replacement for our old Grid Macro System. Using the new Grid Macro function, you can quickly and easily create arrays from a single part or group of parts. You can also create and reorder tooling groups, and even common line punch using this new feature.
SigmaNEST X1 SP1 continues to take our software to new heights, uncovering ways to give our customers more value for their day to day operations and beyond. For a comprehensive list of What’s New in SigmaNEST X1 SP1, click here. Don’t forget to take advantage of our video tutorials as well!