WorkNC 20 years on - Sescoi

March 27, 2008 -- Sescoi: In the late eighties, CNC programming of complex components was a difficult and lengthy process. This was when Bruno Marko, CEO and Gérard Billard, R&D Innovation Manager, the driving forces behind Sescoi, pioneered the development of a new, reliable and automatic 3-axis CAM system, which led to the launch of WorkNC in 1988.

Over the years, Sescoi has stuck to the original philosophy behind WorkNC : to speed up toolpath calculations, ensure optimum reliability to facilitate machining directly into hard materials, and maximise ease of use so that programming can be carried out on the shopfloor. Automation is a theme which runs throughout the development history of the software. According to Bruno Marko, “WorkNC’s aim has always been to be the closest thing possible to ‘single-button’ CAM”.

20 years later and WorkNC has evolved into a world leading CAM/CAD solution for 2 through to 5-axis machining, with Sescoi now clearly leading the way in the domain of automated 5-axis machining.

Gérard Billard commented, “Only a small percentage of companies is equipped with 5-axis machining centers so there is a high potential for growth in this market. Our 5-axis system, first developed in 2001, includes a full range of tools such as machine simulation and toolpath editing to generate risk free cutterpaths.” Auto 5, unique to WorkNC, was the next step, automatically transforming 3-axis toolpaths into 5-axis movements. This process brings 5-axis programming within the grasp of manufacturers everywhere, enabling them to speed up and improve the quality of their toolpaths and machine more of a complex part in one setting. WorkNC’s 5-axis capabilities have been further extended in WorkNC G3, the third generation of the software launched last year.

WorkNC G3 has a single ergonomic interface which combines interaction and manipulation of CAD data with intelligent toolpaths and simulation. The new standards in ease of use set by this latest version are intended to further build on the software’s global success.

At the end of 2007, WorkNC was the most widely used CAM system in Japan for the third year running, according to the Nikkan Kogyo Newspaper annual survey of Japanese die and mold makers, and it has achieved prominence worldwide in a range of industries. WorkNC customers include well known names such as the ARRK Group, RYOBI, Playmobil, Eurocopter, Samsung as well as all US, European and Japanese car makers.

Today Sescoi’s turnover exceeds Euros 20 million and it continues to invest heavily in WorkNC’s development, allocating Euros 2.5 million in 2006 to its development centers in Europe and Japan. WorkNC’s route to market is through its eight subsidiaries in France, Germany, USA, UK, Japan, Spain, India and China as well as an extensive distributor network.

Sescoi sees a bright future for automated CAM systems. Its original philosophy has proved to be correct as automation, ease of use and reliability in CNC programming are clearly key factors in improving productivity and profitability for engineering companies and in countering the increasing shortage of skilled staff.

Gérard Billard concluded, “We are constantly working on new strategies and calculation algorithms to improve tolerances, times, knowledge management, and hence ease of use. Collaborating with users and reacting rapidly to their requirements will continue to drive the evolution of WorkNC, ensuring that we continue to deliver perfect reliability and leading edge technology.”

About Sescoi

For 20 years, Sescoi has been developing software solutions renown for their quality, reliability, ease of use, and automatic features, as well as for world-class technical support and service.
Sescoi has established sales and support offices across the United States, Europe and Asia in order to serve thousands of local and international customers from a range of industries.
Sescoi's software solutions include:

  • WorkNC, an automatic CAM/CAD solution for 2 thru to 5-axis milling, featuring the award-winning 'Auto 5' module which automatically converts 3-axis toolpaths into simultaneous 5-axis toolpaths 
  • WorkNC-CAD, a uniform CAD solution for the entire manufacturing process 
  • WorkPLAN Enterprise, an integrated management solution for custom manufacturers that brings together company-wide data and resources enhancing knowledge, responsiveness and efficiency across the company.
  • MyWorkPLAN, a cost effective and easy to implement job management system for small and medium sized custom manufacturers that controls quotations, time and resources, capacity and delivery dates to optimize performance and profitability.

With many years' business, engineering and software development experience, Sescoi understands customers' requirements, helps them master the challenges of new software implementation and build their business long-term.

For further information:-

Ms. Carol Jordan                                                                
International Marketing Manager
Sescoi International SAS
Blvd General de Gaulle
BP 75
71009 Macon Cedex
Tel.: +33 385 216621
Fax: +33 385 216622

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