CATNEST

The Most Accurate Tool for Optimal Coil Utilization (Nest) of Blank Shapes for Estimators and Tool Engineers

  • Drastic reduction of risk related to inaccurate material cost calculations; reduces supplier variation between estimate and actual costs from 25% to within 1-2%
  • Full associativity and regeneration enable a 70% productivity improvement in Engineering Efficiency to manage complex variations, as compared to non-CAAV5 products that suffer from process discontinuities
  • Process 50 times more quotes than manual calculations
  • More accurate scrap estimates for material rebates
  • The cheapest layout, and hence cost, based on manufacturing constraints as well as tooling costs
  • The CAA enabled CATNEST reduces Collaboration Lag (time to communicate a change and obtain feedback), and hence results in 50% less engineering changes, since the analysis is current with the geometry

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FEATURES:

  • Capitalizes on the seamless integration with native geometry in CATIA V5
  • Flexible setup - Optional pitch, coil width, and blank angle constraints to match available equipment and product requirements
  • Multiple Nesting layouts - Fully optimized one up, two up, and standard blank shape nesting layouts
  • Multi-Part Nesting - Two different parts that are manufactured together
  • Cost analysis - Accurate blank cost is calculated, accounting for the tooling costs
  • Interactive results - Sort results in an interactive spread sheet by material utilization, coil width, pitch, rotation angle and translation, including related nesting preview
  • All results are stored in the standard CATPart file for ease of PLM integration
  • User can edit nest layout with standard CATIA V5 tools
  • Analyses are fully associated with CATIA model
  • Analysis results automatically update to reflect current design whenever results are viewed
  • Zero risk of downstream misuse of out-of date analysis results

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