Equipment driven by its own unique software. The result was excessive maintenance costs, redundancy, and required a number of programmers each specializing in a particular application. Additionally, OEM-supplied software generally lacked the sophistication needed to significantly impact production.
“With the purchase of a second turret punch it became clear that we could not continue to add nesting programs. We had to find a software program that would drive punch, laser, and waterjet. We couldn’t become efficient with machinery operating as islands.”
Software was evaluated from several sources including Radan, Lantek, Stryker, and SigmaTEK. In the end SigmaTEK’s SigmaNEST® held a number of advantages over its competitors:
- Strong punch package
- Conformed nicely to windows-based navigation
- More User friendly
- Advanced overall functionality
- Easy part import
- SOLIDWORKS integration
“SigmaNEST integrates seamlessly with SOLIDWORKS. We immediately saw a difference with importing entire assemblies rather than importing separate parts.”
Shop Floor Integration
Because the fabricator cuts more than 15,000 parts a year, a large material supply was traditionally kept in stock to support jobs runs. T-Top is now using SimTrans to tie SigmaNEST to the company’s ERP system. This allows just most commonly used sheets to be stocked rather than maintain an extended inventory. According to Dugan the result is a quarterly savings of $100,000.