Software cuts bending time by 50%

When one of the UK’s largest laser-profiling and fabrication subcontractors wanted to enhance its CADCAM capabilities for press-braking operations, the company turned to Amada UK. Duly acquiring Amada’s Production Designer CAD and VPSS 3i BEND software suites, the company has reduced its press braking cycle times by up to 50%.

Since its foundation in 2000, SSC Laser Cutting has grown to become a major UK force in precision laser profiling and fabrication, today operating across three manufacturing sites in Stafford, Derby and Bristol, with plans to expand in the northeast and northwest. Although using an array of Amada press brakes, including two HFE-130 M2 machines, a HFE-8025 model, and a HD-1703 long-stroke machine, until recently SSC had been restricted by the use of basic CADCAM software.
“To be honest, the software capability for our press brakes was a little old school,” admits SSC’s group production manager Julian Till. “It was slow and not enough information would reach the press brake operator, which in turn would lead to occasional incorrect developments.”
SSC reviewed the market for CADCAM software that would be able to streamline the press-braking process.
“We’ve had Amada press brakes for many years, and although we looked at other options, it was apparent that using Amada software was the way to go,” says Till. “The amount of time saved varies as no two projects are the same, however, with the use of Production Designer CAD and VPSS 3i BEND software, production time can be reduced by up to 50%. We simply bring in the parts, pop in the tool and away we go.”
SSC Laser Cutting now has three seats of Production Designer and VPSS 3i BEND, one for each production site.
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