07 August 2012
07 August 2012
Plataine and Assembly Guidance Systems partner to provide a seamlessly integrated solution for optimised cutting and kitting of composite plies.
Plataine says the integrated solution, which is based on its Total Production Optimisation (TPO) and Assembly Guidance’s KitGuide solutions, combines TPO’s optimisation algorithms with KitGuide’s laser projection system to make cutting and kitting more efficient.
TPO and KitGuide allow manufacturers to dynamically mix different kits on the same nest and gain increased material utilization, higher machine throughput, and better time management. Plataine explains this is accomplished without the need to face the "impossible jigsaw puzzle" when unloading the cutter since KitGuide’s laser projector illuminates each ply in the correct offloading sequence. The sequences are driven by TPO.
"We are very excited with this partnership which brings an influential and innovative synergy to better address the needs of the markets we serve such as the aerospace, automotive, marine, and wind energy industries", says Avner Ben-Bassat, Plataine’s President and CEO. "Our dynamic optimisation approach has proved time and again the enormous benefits of jointly cutting multiple kits as production demand requires. By partnering with Assembly Guidance, our customers can now benefit from the highest levels of material utilisation while eliminating the excess time, labour, misidentification, and misplacement associated with unloading the parts off the cutters."
“With Plataine, we’re happy to offer this totally integrated solution to cutting facilities.” says Scott Blake, President and CEO of Assembly Guidance. “This integration is another in the long line of enhancements we’ve provided in KitGuide’s 17 year history of improving cutting efficiency.”
According to Plataine, KitGuide eliminates the inefficient requirement for cutter operators to read ply maps or sort by reading labels. The multitasking KitGuide projects kitting sequences for up to four kits being unloaded simultaneously, thus nearly quadrupling the unload rate. It also enables a single kit to be unloaded from both sides of the table simultaneously. The system supports wireless printers that rapidly generate detailed labels with barcodes. The wireless printer addresses problems with narrow plies nested closely together. A ProjectorVision option allows hands free auto-advance. The system recognises when the correct next ply has been picked up and advances the display while leaving the operator’s hands free to move plies.
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