What Makes Dynamic Nesting “Dynamic?”

What Makes Dynamic Nesting "Dynamic?"

What Makes Dynamic Nesting "Dynamic?"

Dynamic Nesting is one of those ubiquitous terms that often has different meanings depending on who you are talking to and what their previous experiences have been. The term “dynamic” can point to three different attributes of the nesting process – 1) the shape and variety of parts, 2) the management of due dates and priorities, and/or 3) the mixing of  orders.

Mixed Part Shapes
Most commonly, dynamic nesting is distinguished from static nesting by the ability to nest many parts of different sizes and shapes.  There may be ten, twenty, or fifty parts on a sheet or nest, but there may be up to an equal number of different parts.  “Dynamic” in this case means the combining of large and small, round, rectangle, obround, and any other shaped part in one sheet of material to achieve an optimum fit.  The user in this scenario is focusing on optimizing material efficiency. For more on mixing parts and how it differs from static nesting, check out this blog post.
Mixed Due Dates and Priorities
Often, however, dynamic nesting means the ability to combine part orders with different due dates or priorities.  The user may employ the nesting engine to first fill the nest will everything due today and any “hot orders.”  Then, if there is space to look for additional parts with less pressing due dates to fill in the voids and increase the material efficiency.  The dynamic nesting engine can be calibrated to meet any combination of urgency and/or efficiency the user desires.  The user in this case is focusing on optimally managing change and chaos in the production flow and material efficiency.
Mixed Orders
Finally, dynamic nesting can mean mixing orders, customers, kits, or any other combination of parts that are typically segregated in a static environment.  The orders (or other unit identification) are mixed most often to improve material efficiency.  However, within this strategy, the orders (or other unit identification) can still be identified and managed for optimal order cohesion to make common sense management of off loading and downstream processing.  The user here seeks to optimize order cohesion and material efficiency by mixing orders in a well-managed manner. For more on mixing orders, visit this blog post.
Optimation gives you the opportunity to do any or all of these approaches to dynamic nesting to achieve your set of priorities of order cohesion, material efficiency, throughput, programming time, and response to change.
How about you?
Do you do dynamic nesting?  What is dynamic about your nesting?
If you’d like to know more about dynamic nesting, let us know.  We welcome the conversation. Contact us today.
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