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Hawes Signs, based in Northampton, UK, claims that it has achieved maximum performance, despite the recession, with CAM systems from Jetcam International.

In the 1990s, Hawes Signs, a manufacturer of corporate signs, serving blue-chip companies such as BP, Lloyds TSB and the Post Office, purchased three licences for Jetcam Expert and one licence for Jetterm DNC for handling data transfer to its Amada Vipros 358 punch press.

Free-form and rectangular high-performance nesting modules were also installed.

Staff were trained on the system within two days.

Tony Warner, production engineer, said: ‘Other systems lacked colour, but I find the Jetcam interfaces easy to navigate.

‘The tooltips within Jetcam Expert allowed me to quickly learn the system,’ he added.

In 2005, the company purchased a licence for the Jetcam Orders Controller (JOC) to improve order management.

Warner said: ‘Overnight, we saw a 30 per cent improvement as we could quickly and intelligently create job queues and assemblies.

‘This had a knock-on effect of reducing guillotining time,’ he added.

In 2008, the company decided to re-evaluate its CAM investment and updated its Jetcam and JOC licences.

In July 2008, Hawes Signs purchased a maintenance contract update enabling it to benefit from the latest versions of Jetcam Expert, JOC and Jetterm, each of which include many new features.

Jetcam Expert’s sequencing has been enhanced and it now includes a tool teach mode that allows the software to learn preferred tooling methods.

A new reporting engine is claimed to provide easily customisable reports.

The JOC’s interface has been streamlined, further improving data entry and providing fast assembly creation and management.

Warner said: ‘We asked Jetcam if it was possible to design reports that would help operators to unload nests containing parts from different customers.

‘In the latest version, the new reports designer gave us just that, which made a massive, immediate difference.

‘The sequencing also significantly improved nest cutting time, auto-tooling and nesting and JOC has helped us to get data into the system much quicker.

‘Together, these features have helped us to get five days of punching performed in just three,’ he added.

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