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Wecan — a New Zealand-based manufacturer of precision components such as canning and packaging equipment — increased its productivity by using Delcam’s FeatureCAM CAM system for programming its five-axis machining.

In the past Wecan, which was aiming to expand, had experienced problems when integrating CNC machines as it used independent suppliers of machine, cutting tools and CAM system. It needed to find a means of coordinating them that provided an acceptable time frame from order to operation.

Delcam sales partner Camplex worked alongside Spinner NZ — which had been charged with providing Wecan with a package that included machine and cutting tools and a CAM system — to supply the software.

Prior to the installation the client’s staff were trained in using the FeatureCAM software. Additionally, a customised tool database was included as part of the system.

Since the installation of FeatureCAM Wecan has gone on to purchase Delcam software for a number of its other machines.

Key benefits of product applications

  • The company could commence five-axis operation days after installing the machines.
  • The tool library increased productivity without errors.

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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