08 January 2007
08 January 2007
In 2004 Bombardier Aerospace, based in Montreal, Canada began a project to replace its existing CAM/nesting system, which had not improved in nesting efficiency for some time.
Bombardier Aerospace embarked on benchmarking several systems, choosing Jetcam. Phil Bagshaw, Senior Application Specialist, said, “Jetcam nests were approximately 5-7% better than the closest competitor. As nest efficiency was one of the main reasons for the project we chose Jetcam.”
In 2005 five licenses of Expert Premium were installed, along with Jetcam’s high performance nesting module to drive the AGFM composite cutter. Remote Control Processing was used to automate the nesting process.
Jetcam Expert was installed on a Citrix server platform to allow users to run on client systems throughout the organisation worldwide. Jetcam Orders Controller (JOC) was also installed on the server being accessed by method engineers (programmers), logistics staff and production staff. Further licenses were added in 2006 to drive the Multicam router, with licenses for the Shoda being installed at the end of 2006.
The initial benchmarks gave Bombardier an indication of the material savings they could expect and in practice this alone quickly paid for the project. Phil added; “We saw on average an approximate 15-20% saving which meant that the software paid for itself in around two months due to composite material savings alone.”
Further savings were noted on the shop floor, with machine cycle time seeing a 5% improvement (saving around 120 hours on the machine per year) as the software did not force the cutter head to keep rising after each cut, which the previous system did.
Bombardier is already on its third installation of Jetcam Expert in its Saint Laurent facility, with its Belfast facility also now a long-time user of the system.
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