Architectural fabricator achieves 6-month ROI with nesting software
Weldall (Cannock) Ltd., based in Staffordshire, U.K.,
provides architectural fabrication services. The
company decided to replace its aging punch press
with a new Yawei Nisshinbo HPE punch press. The
old machine was being driven by a cumbersome
CAM system that had no automation features such
as tool teach or nesting.
“Automatic tooling was basically nonexistent,”
said Ryan Blower, operations director. “With the old
system, you had to tell it exactly what to do.”
Weldall began searching for a CAM system for
the new punch press that would provide more au-
The company chose a Jetcam Expert Lite system
from Press and Shear, a U.K. distributor for Yawei
Nisshinbo, and ordered the machine and software
together. Since the CAM system already has a post-processor to drive the machine, no development
was required, and only minor tweaks were needed during implementation to match the specific
CNC hardware configuration. In addition to quick
implementation, the software can be upgraded
in the future to automatic nesting and integration
into other systems, such as material requirements
The software training portion of the machine installation took only a day.
“We were up and running very quickly,” said Blow-
er. “After the training, if I ever needed something, I’d
contact support and they’d produce a short video
tutorial to show me what to do.”
Once staff started using the system, they quickly
saw benefits. The system was able to learn complex
tooling and then apply the tooling automatically to
new parts with just a click from the operator. Pre-
viously users had to manually place each tool. As a
result, programming time dropped by 50 percent.
Weldall uses a nesting capability with its guillotine
software. Using Jetcam’s bump nesting, the fabricator can replicate nests quickly using drag and drop,
with automatic spacing against parts and the sheet
edge to prevent overlaps of parts or tooling.
The built-in Advanced Reports Designer feature
allows Weldall to design a comprehensive works
order report detailing parts required, tooling, and
material and including images of parts and nests.
The report can be customized further to match the
company’s corporate identity.
The machine and software have delivered increased capacity, turnover, and profitability. “We
saw a return on investment on the machine within
12 months, but with [the software] it was closer to
6,” said Blower. “We’ve also seen a few updates to
the software, specifically with the new interface,
that have been beneficial.”
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