Common or Combine Cutting

Working within the Automatic Nesting, Common and Combine Cutting (if enabled) will further enhance the value proposition of PEP.  The logic analyzes the parts, categorizes them, and then nests columns of parts rotating them to maximize Common and Combine Cutting.  In this nest, the software logic recognized that the part could be Common and Combine Cut.  

To maximize the efficiency, the software rotated every other part in the column to align the cut edge.  With all four columns the same, the logic saves the first column cutting instruction as a sub program and calls it four times, reducing the control memory required to cut the nest.  

Improved material utilization

An added benefit of Common Combine Cutting is increased material utilization.  

Instead of nesting parts at the normal spacing, common and combined cutting puts the parts closer together.  With the exception of very large parts, this savings typically means that more parts can be nested on the plate. 

Doing the math

Common or Combined cutting a line in one minute would require two minutes of machine time to cut two lines.

Every hour of combine cutting opportunity per week / per shift / per machine that your current nesting software doesn't take advantage of means 30 minutes of extra run time.  Four hours per week (2 hours common cutting) of missed opportunity equals 2 1/2 weeks of run time per year.  If you have four machines, that's 10 weeks per year of machine time wasted.