Programming time reduced by JETCAM Expert

Piemme Arredamenti has revealed that using JETCAM Expert has enabled the company to reduce its programming time by 30 per cent.

Piemme Arredamenti, based in Tuscany, Italy, manufactures specialist furniture for supermarkets, shops and offices It purchased an Amada LC2415 laser in 2006 along with an Italian CAM system recommended by the machine tool reseller.

However, the software proved unstable, complicated and did not generate accurate NC code with the programmers often having to manually amend it.

In 2007 the company decided to evaluate the CAM market.

Its main requirements were the ability to import batches of files from SolidEdge automatically, integrate the CAM into its MRP and generate accurate NC code.

It finally selected JETCAM Expert, provided by local reseller SGR Consulting.

Two licenses of Expert 1 and one Expert Premium were installed in March 2008, with three staff being trained over two days.

The Expert 1 licenses were used for converting and managing geometry.

The Expert Premium license included free form nesting capabilities.

Marco Primaveri, owner of Piemme Arredamenti, said: ‘Immediately the problem of poor NC code was removed as the JETCAM postprocessor generated accurate code every time.

‘The system itself was also stable; never crashing or generating errors of any kind.’ Programming time overall was reduced.

Previously each part could take up to 10 minutes to program, whereas now cutting information can be applied in seconds.

Piemme Arredamenti is also taking advantage of JETCAM’s Single Component Automatic Processing (SCAP) facility, which is available across all of its licenses.

This allowed the company to automatically batch import CAD files and apply tooling, ready for nesting, which could also be achieved fully automatically within seconds.

This achieved an overall reduction of around 30 per cent over the previous system.

Piemme Arredamenti had some preferences to the output of the NC code, which were made by SGR as the postprocessor did not have to be modified by the developers.

SGR also provided integration between JETCAM and SolidEdge, allowing for one-click export of CAD files.

Integration was also created between JETCAM and the company’s ERP system by SGR through a custom-designed interface which communicates to JETCAM’s open architecture orders and materials files.

Orders loaded on the ERP are automatically available for processing by JETCAM.

Piemme Arredamenti took advantage of a JETCAM maintenance contract, which allows it to upgrade from v15 to v16 at no extra cost.

Tighter integration into ERP is planned, and JETCAM will be driving a recently purchased Amada Apelio combination machine, and may also be used for 2D cutting on its CNC wood routing machine.

Primaveri added: ‘We were impressed with the possibility to run so many different types of machine with one system.

‘JETCAM is very simple and fast to use.

‘We have just ordered an Amada Apelio II combination machine with load/unload, which will also be programmed using JETCAM.’

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