Let’s go through the entire process step by step.
From Cad you generate solid drawing and then extract parts and generate a DXF file that you are able to nest either automatically or manually. Once this is done, you will have established the cutting time. This cutting time will also include the total running costs.
Parts that need to be bent will be entered into the software of the Pressbrake and a bending simulation is then performed to estimate the bend time.
Parts that have got dross on, i.e. cut via plasma or flame, are then set through an automated cleaning system or sent to a deburring bay where parts are cleaned manually with a grinding machine.
Tacking and Assembly
Parts are sent to boilermakers which assemble parts which have been pre-numbered with plasma etch marking, laser engraving and micro punch marking or ink-jet marking. Ease of assembly due to marking that was done and then onto manual tack welding.
Parts that are to be welded are simulated, as to determine the welding time, which in turn gets communicated to the MPM system.
The Production Manager gives the welder an estimated setup and welding time per assembly. This is also communicated and loaded into the MPM system.
The Production Manager gives the painter an estimated setup and welding time per assembly. This is also communicated and loaded into the MPM system.
Packing and Dispatch
This is where the final product is then sent to the packing and distribution area and collection and shipping is organized. This too is loaded into the MPM system for tracking.