At JetSoft we create manufacturing feedback loops using inspection data to guide upstream processes to help deliver higher yields. However, did you know we also aid decision-making in downstream processes too?
Take the example of one of our metal manufacturing clients who utilises our technology to create an efficient production line. As with many metal manufacturers, slabs of metal are created from which customer parts will be cut from. With certain grades of material, each slab must be thoroughly inspected using NDT methods to check the integrity of the material before the customer's parts are cut. Working closely with this client, we help them to collate their inspection data to determine the overall properties of this slab and identify any anomalies that would lead to a sub-par cut. Our OverSeer solution allows the user to make intelligent decisions on which areas of the slab would yield the highest-quality cut.
By understanding where defects and anomalies are positioned, we can direct the following processes to drive a number of key benefits, such as:
- Reposition part cuts to improve quality.
- Re-classify material to minimise waste.
- Analyse order book to maximise profitability.
Our solutions automatically integrate complex NDT inspection data alongside other manufacturing data. To perform these impressive benefits it’s imperative that we don't just understand the quality of the material, but are able to consolidate additional information about the material, metrology readings and the final output, including component drawings. The data is combined into a single database to help manufacturers easily analyse and create findings from the information and create consecutive processes.
Part Cut Positioning
When inspecting material, sometimes an anomaly or defect might be found, which reduces the quality of the product. However, by utilising our solutions we can detect the position of the defect, but also the locations of discontinuities (non-defective anomalies that may indicate non-maximal quality). This means that we can position part cuts, in the areas closest to nominal to deliver components of the highest quality.
Our nesting algorithms enable users to balance output quality with material maximisation, which aids manufacturers in ultimately improving the quality of their products. Producing high-quality products consequently drives customer satisfaction and helps to stay ahead of the competition.
Reclassification of Material
Using metal materials in production can sometimes lead to deviations in their physical properties, which often can be difficult to identify. With the help of JetSoft’s digitised solutions, it allows manufacturers to automatically integrate additional information about the material, including its chemistry. Our OverSeer solution can automatically reclassify material based upon inspection information, which may include material grade or even alloy.
There is an urgency to find alternative ways to reuse defective materials, because of the increasing cost of energy needed to do remelt and rework. Manufacturers have added pressure from governing bodies to reduce their environmental impacts. Our intelligent solutions can help you minimise waste and reuse materials for other purposes. Reusing existing resources minimises production costs and the resources used to dispose of materials which are defective and ultimately manufacturer of new products. Repurposing material is a step towards conserving energy.
Order Book Analysis
When analysing the client’s order book, we can repurpose material for maximum efficiency. When a defect prohibits the intended use of a plate, our solutions search for alternative orders that the material could fulfil. To do this, the solution considers various material attributes including gauge, heat treatment and size. If another alternative pending order is not found, the solution will explore historic orders and report matches to the user. By analysing current and historic orders, manufacturers can make informed decisions on whether to repurpose, hold as stock for future orders or re-melt the material.
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By providing intelligent suggestions, JetSoft can help manufacturers minimise factory-wide costs. Every time an element is found to have an anomaly, the material must be either melted down or scrapped for landfill, which not only creates a loss in productivity and resources but contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. By using our solutions, we can help you mitigate these losses.
JetSoft can help you create a streamlined production cycle to stay ahead of competitors whilst increasing return on investment.
Whatever field of manufacturing you may be in, costs and supplies and energy are rising at an unprecedented pace, meaning minimising waste and seeking cost-efficiencies is more critical than ever. Speak to one of our experts to find out more.