Optimalon Software has released version 4.3 of 1DCutX – a cutting optimization add-in for Microsoft Excel. The new version introduces the ability to cut linear parts from stocks with appropriate diameters and /or material types. This highly anticipated feature requires only one inventory spreadsheet file that lists all linear stocks instead of multiple files for different diameters and material types.
Manufacturing companies that work with linear materials like pipes, bars, beams or poles have already been getting huge saving from employing 1DCutX. Diversified Machine, Inc. (Pennsylvania, USA) has reduced the material waste on average from 12 inches to less than an inch per a stock. The company cuts steel, aluminum and titanium bars for its products and reports savings on raw materials in a range of $200 to $1500 per month by using 1DCutX.
Denis Smirnov, from Optimalon Software, explains, “We’ve been pleased with success stories from our clients and always appreciate any comments they have about our product. The most required feature missed by our clients was linking stocks and parts by some attributes. Clients working with pipes and tubes wanted to use stock and parts diameters. Clients from construction businesses wanted to use material types (I-Beams, T-Beams, etc.). After spending some time for research, we decided to use both attributes.”
The user specifies additional ranges of cells containing diameters of the stocks and parts, and 1DCutX uses only such stocks that have the same diameter as required parts. For example, if part A1 has a diameter of 2 inches, then it will be cut only from stocks with a 2-inche diameter.
Combining diameters and material types allows even more flexibility. If a project requires cutting bars with different diameters from different materials, then the user specifies two ranges of cells: one for diameter and another for materials. For example, part A1 (2-inch diameter) needs to be cut from aluminum, and part B1 with the same diameter has to be cut from steel bars.
The clients used to run 1DCutX several times for each unique diameter or material type. Afterwards, the clients had to combine results from several spreadsheets into one. Linking parts and stocks by diameters or material types allows them to optimize the whole project at once, improving productivity and simplifying project management.
1DCutX works on Microsoft Excel 2003 – 2010 and costs $69. Free trial version is available on Optimalon’s website: http://www.optimalon.com/length_cutting_excel.htm