Productivity is often incorrectly equated only with cut speed. While important, there are also other factors to consider. For example:

  • Amount of programming time required
  • Time required for job set up on the cutting machine
  • Time required to prepare (or preheat) the system for cutting
  • Number of cutting heads the machine can accept
  • Efficiency of the nesting software and its ability to maximize cutting time and reduce unnecessary cutting head motion
  • Ability to safely unload parts while the system is cutting
  • Ability to perform multiple processes all on one machine – for example, cutting contours, cutting interior slots and holes, and beveling
  • Integration of systems to perform parallel tasks such as preflow during traverse or IHS can improve process time
  • Time required for secondary operations such as grinding, which may be reduced or eliminated by improving the quality of parts coming off the cutting machine

 

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