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How to Optimize Sheet Metal Sizes and Quantities with Nesting Software

Optimizing Sheet Metal Sizes and Inventory

Optimizing Sheet Metal Sizes and Inventory

Managing sheet inventory is one of the many ongoing challenges for fabricators.  They don’t want to consume their cash flow and floor space with too much inventory.  Likewise, no one wants to impede production by not having what is needed readily available.

Specifically, the first challenge is to have sufficient sheet quantity on hand.  The second challenge is to have the right sizes available.  The right size is defined as sheets sufficient in area to meet the need, but not too large or ill shaped that there is excessive scrap.

Engineers and programmers have struggled with this problem since the dawn of fabrication.  And there isn’t an easy solution to it, unless or until you turn to nesting automation to provide the answers.

The Case of the Shipbuilders

The right-sized sheet problem plays out on a very large scale for builders of ocean-going vessels.  Here’s the challenge they face.  Read more …

How to Estimate Material Yield and Machine Time | Laser Cutting Software

Estimating Material Yield and Machine Time

Estimating Material Yield and Machine Time

Introducing | Project Estimator by Optimation

I think it is fair to say that most – if not all – manufacturers are scoped-in pretty tightly on their costs these days. Competition – global and domestic – economic turns, and rising energy prices are forcing a heightened awareness of costs.

Any tools to help predict and evaluate costs using actionable data would be a welcome asset.

Wanted: Material Yield and Machine Time Information

Wouldn’t it be great to know how much a part would cost before you produce it? Read more …