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Mueller Die Cut Solutions, a US provider of gaskets and related products, is using the Jetcam CAM/nesting system from Jetcam International to drive its waterjet and knife cutting machines.

The company employs both waterjet and knife cutting technologies to cut a variety of materials, including cork, graphite, plastics, sponge and rubber, but was previously relying on two different CAM and nesting systems to drive the machines separately.

Brandon McNabb, process engineer, said: ‘We acquired our waterjet cutter back in 2000 and purchased a US-developed system.

‘Then, in 2007, we purchased the Zund and used the software provided with it,’ he added.

Mueller subsequently found that running two systems was inefficient and that sheet utilisation could also be improved, so it decided to evaluate other CAM and nesting systems.

McNabb continued: ‘We decided to look for a system that could do it all.

‘We found that Jetcam produced nests that were four per cent better than the nearest competitor,’ he added.

The software was installed in September 2008.

A single seat of Jetcam Expert Premium with high-performance nesting was installed on a floating licence.

This allowed the three operators to have one user logged in concurrently from one of several locations on the network.

Jetterm was installed on the shop floor to drip-feed NC files to the machines and to provide immediate part identification and shop-floor reporting.

McNabb said: ‘Within hours of using Jetcam, we could see the material savings.

‘We have more than 20,000 different items that we produce and features such as Single Component Automatic Nesting [SCAP] and the general ease at which components can be ordered make the system very fast to use.

‘As nesting can now be performed automatically and the high-performance nesting module can be set to nest for a specific period, the amount of time spent by the programmers nesting was reduced by 90 per cent.

‘The time we spent on programming overall has been reduced by around 30 per cent,’ he added.

Nest efficiency improved over the initial benchmarks, with new nests showing a 15 per cent improvement over previous nests.

Material savings recouped Mueller’s initial expenditure and, according to McNabb, the system paid for itself within the first four months.

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