July 15, 2010 - One of the most diversified steel fabricators in the Western United States is full of praise for the latest release of Radan, the world's most powerful sheet metal CAD CAM software.
David Boyd, of Hogan Mfg. Inc., says Radan 2010 R2 is saving him several hours each week. As the NC programmer and Hogan’s primary user of Radan, he ran a test immediately after loading 2010 R2. “I re-ran a work order from the previous week. It took me about four hours to do the first time. Using Radan 2010 R2 took less than an hour, start to finish. Most of the time was saved by batch loading the sheets and setting the push down and left. And that’s in just the first four hours.
“As the Nester now groups nests by material I can batch load into a project all of the sheets a particular laser uses. I turn off ‘Show previews and errors’ and let the nester nest everything. I get a nice set of nests grouped by material/thickness. Previously I had to add one material/thickness at a time to get my nests grouped this way.”
With ‘Show previews and errors’ turned off, the ‘Nesting complete’ message tells him the last error (if any) that occurred. “This flags me to look at the results file to see where the problem is. Previously nesting would stop until I cleared the warning message.”
He added that the option to nest along the bottom of the sheet is a big advantage. “Our Mazak cell prefers to be pushed towards the bottom of the sheet instead of the left or right edge. I have been spending hours each week doing this manually.” He also said improved nesting algorithms mean that parts are nested better on the sheets, with fewer manual changes to make.
Radan Product Manager Olaf Körner says: “We’re always pleased to hear that our customers appreciate the hard work and commitment that goes into the continuous development of our software, enabling them to take their business to the next level. The new nester represents significant development work which we’re now able to integrate into the foundations of the software and make available to all our users. The time developing the new core has been well spent, as it provides significant benefits in an area key to the users’ success, as shown in Mr Boyd’s unsolicited comments to us about saving a lot of time on each job.”
The new nest core not only increases efficiency, but also provides new strategies helping to increase utilisation and flexibility. Olaf Körner says: “The new nest core has proven to provide significant efficiency gains. The new strategies provide enhanced results for a wide range of nested parts, whilst ensuring users can retain flexibility to suit their own unique manufacturing requirements.”
The flexibility of 2010 R2’s new nest core is clearly demonstrated with the ability to nest around holes, damaged areas or exclusion zones on the material. The flexibility of working this way ensures that companies are able to create toolpaths suited to their own individual working environment. Olaf Körner adds: “It’s essential to us that our software is able to give customers the flexibility to produce toolpaths and manufacture parts that are aligned with their manufacturing environment and helping develop manufacturing best practise.”
Radan 2010 R2’s improved Advanced Multi Sheet Nester provides users with flexibility in consideration of their own unique shop floor environment. It enables nesting of multiple parts across multiple sheets, selecting the most appropriate sheet size to be cost effective, at the same time logistically optimising the result, as it now ‘bundles’ nests with the same material and thickness together. This enhanced solution enables users to maximise the productivity of their machine tool, reducing time and effort of procedures such as machine tool setup and enables effective management of either stock or job production.
Radan drives a number of Hogan Mfg. Inc’s laser, punch, plasma and bending machines, showing its versatility across machines from different manufacturers, and cutting technologies.
Hogan Mfg., Inc. was founded in 1944 by Walter F. Hogan, Sr. and four partners as a sheet metal shop. The original name of California Blowpipe and Steel Company was changed to the present Hogan Mfg. Inc., in the early 1970s with management remaining in the Hogan family since inception.
The company has grown from its first five employees and $150,000 annual sales, to approximately 300 employees today, and sales of more than $50 million.
“We utilise the most advanced technology and latest equipment in our Steel Fabrication Facility. Experienced technicians with the aid of computers, guide much of the operations controlling our material, nesting, burring, shaping and welding. This technology allows us to fabricate large, complex jobs quickly and with fewer errors.”
Radan is the most powerful sheet metal CAD/CAM software in the world, helping customers increase their material utilisation and reduce inventory – and offers a significant return on investment. Radan is a principal brand of Planit Software – recently ranked by CIMdata as the world’s fastest growing CAM vendor, with most industrial users.
For further information visit www.radan.com
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