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The Harris Brothers

HARRIS CORP., a worldwide leader in the information processing industry, was founded in Niles, Ohio, in 1895 as the Harris Automatic Press Company.  In the early 1890s, two brothers - Alfred and Charles G. Harris - began work to develop an automatic sheet feeder as a way to reduce the laborious nature of the hand-fed printing process. Once developed, the brothers' new printing press increased the productivity of older methods nearly ten-fold.

Reprinted from Case Western Reserve University

The two brothers had so much trouble with potential customers disbelieving that their sheet feeder was ten times faster that no one would consider buying one. In fact, customers refused to even look at equipment due to their "outlandish claims".  The brothers found themselves lying, telling people that it twice as fast, which led customers to actually see what the equipment was capable of.  

PEP Material Yield Savings

18% Annual Savings expected

The PEP Automatic Nesting Software has been shown to save approximately 18% of material costs.  Companies processing $500,000 of material on cutting machines annually should save at least $90,000 per year, or $450,000 over five years in material.  This does not take reduced machine run time or other savings into account.

PEP Machine Speed Savings

15-25% Annual Savings expected

The PEP logic of nesting parts into columns and rows is very important to the productivity of the machine. Columns and rows allow PEP to better prevent heat build-up in the material which allows the machine to cut at faster feed rates.

  • Proper sequencing of the parts allows PEP to reduce rapid travel distances and eliminates head raises resulting in a 15% to 25% increase in machine productivity.
  • Efficiently controlling the rapid travel distance and elimination of head raises, PEP allows the machine to contribute to the total ROI of PEP.
  • Reduced run time reduces operator time.
  • PEP automation allows your laser operators to increase the cutting feed rate back to what the limits of the machine and material are.
  • PEP Technology customers gain a measured 15-20% improvement in throughput in laser and flame cutting operations.

The recent buzz about "tru-hole" plasma technology is old news to PEP customers. Because PEP customers can accurately cut holes smaller than material thickness on plasma tables, they avoid secondary drilling operations. The PEP lead-ins and lead-outs allow parts to be plasma cut without gouging, or having to deliberately program material left at the lead-in, with subsequent grinding and clean-up work.

Common and Combined Cutting

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.

Where do the savings come from

How does PEP save you money?

  • Speed
  • Accuracy
  • Material Yield
  • Machine Productivity

12 day ROI

Documented success using PEP

Success stories from some PEP customers are quite amazing.  Laser customers have documented annual savings of over $100,000 per laser.  Improved material utilization, better machine run times and improved part quality all add up fast on a machine.