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nest programming, if there was additional space left on a blank the programmer would just fill the sheet with extra parts.” Before taking advantage of SigmaN-est’s mixed nest programming, Bartco’s programmer would think he was opti-mizing a sheet by running additional similar parts beyond those required for a job. Typically those extra parts—perfectly good ones—would end up in the scrap bin either after the run or pulled from stock as excess inventory. “Now, extra space on a sheet is filled with parts from the next order,” Saenz says. Conversely, if extra parts continued with the run, those not needed for an order were put into stock—often not to be used for months, or possibly never again. That created excess dormant inventory, not doing much more than taking up space. The most common disruption to the metal shop was drop-in requirements for first article runs or expedited orders, ac-cording to Saenz. “Previously, a current job needed to be stopped or was leap frogged. Now, we simply create a mixed nest that includes the first-article run or expedited order and run it together with another run. This agility has greatly helped and reduced overtime as well.” Forming follows punching at Bartco. The fabricator’s experience with SigmaN-est translates over to using SigmaBend, the press brake programming software. It allows Bartco to program machines offline (in-stead of during a production run). This cuts changeover time from one job to the next. Streamlining business Bartco’s integration of the SimTrans system is the most recent addition to its operation. In 2012, SigmaTek approached Bartco to consider SimTrans for linking customer or-ders directly with manufacturing work orders. By integrating SigmaNest with the company’s ERP system, SigmaNest popu-lates process feedback information for work orders and inventory, which is compatible with other systems via SQL tables. Eventually, with the transaction data-base, Bartco will be able to add new sheets to stock, and existing ones can be modi-fied if they’re not already in process. Existing orders can be modified or can-celled, too. Even if Bartco needs to add a new undefined part, the geometry is added later in SigmaNest from DXF, DWG, IGES and CDL files. Transaction examples include converting geometries, reordering existing SigmaNest parts and adding stock sheets. Once SimTrans is adjusted to run seamlessly with SigmaNest and the ERP system, Bartco’s efficiencies will translate into a more streamlined solution to process order information. When software runs that smoothly, Bartco can keep the spotlight on its high-end fixtures. FFJ Bartco Lighting , Huntington Beach, Calif., 714/230-3200, www.bartcolighting.com. SigmaTek Systems , Cincinnati, 513/674-0005, fax: 513/674-0009, www.sigmanest.com. April 2014 FFJournal ® 37

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