Nester Software Introduces the NESTERwood Production Optimization Suite

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Delivers a complete solution to help upholstery furniture manufacturers increase productivity

Presenting at the 2006 IWF show, Nester Software has announced the release of the NESTERwood Production Optimization Suite, a complete solution for improving furniture manufacturing productivity.

The NESTERwood Production Optimization Suite provides upholstery manufacturers with a complete set of solutions to streamline production processes, expedite manufacturing cycles, and reduce product cost.

“Manufacturers are realizing that in order to compete in today’s global environment, they need to move away from point solutions and address production efficiency in a more holistic manner,” said Elery Pfeffer, President of Nester Software. “The NESTERwood Production Optimization Suite enables manufacturers to implement a complete solution, yet it is modular enough so each company can do it in an incremental fashion based on resources and capabilities.”

The NESTERwood Production Optimization Suite includes the following solutions:

NESTERwood™ Optimizer 6.0

Manufacturers using earlier releases of Nester’s industry leading software solution report 10-20% increase in material utilization, higher machine throughput, and overall increased productivity. The latest release of NESTERwood Optimizer introduces new capabilities to further increase material yields and production efficiencies.

NESTERwood’s Rolling Nest automatically optimizes the placement of pieces from multiple kits on multiple sheets of plywood, resulting in material yields that are consistently higher than any other solution. NESTERwood Optimizer 6.0 introduces two enhancements to the Rolling Nest capabilities. Horizontal Rolling Nest enables a single plywood sheet to be divided horizontally in order to better optimize the placement of multiple kits. Also new in version 6.0, a single sheet can now be divided to accommodate more than two kits.

Another unique capability of NESTERwood Optimizer is the ability to learn from experience to continuously improve nesting results. Version 6.0 provides faster self-learning capabilities that help manufacturers reach higher material utilization quicker than ever before.

NESTERwood™ Production Expert

NESTERwood Production Expert combines a simple hand-held barcode reader and a customized version of the powerful communication suite PC DNC Plus to significantly reduce cutting errors. Providing the machine operator with an error-proof method to eliminate double-cutting and missed cuts, NESTERwood Production Expert enables frame manufacturers to improve production accuracy and speed while reducing material waste.

Using a barcode reader, the router operator can retrieve the manufacturing order and the corresponding G-code directly from NESTERwood Optimizer. This eliminates the need for manual keying of critical cut information and the risk of introducing errors in the process. Once the barcode is scanned, Production Expert feeds the G-code files produced by NESTERwood Optimizer directly to the relevant routers.

NESTERwood™ Costing

NESTERwood Costing enables furniture manufacturers to easily and accurately predict the cost of production. Based on real-life nesting and tool path efficiencies, it automatically calculates material consumption, machine cutting time, and the labor required for each piece. It even takes into consideration the efficiencies gained with higher quantities to derive cost per unit at different production volume scenarios.

NESTERwood™ Reporting

NESTERwood Reporting module helps managers get real-time actionable data directly from their production operation systems. Armed with these reports, managers can quickly analyze trends, spot exceptions, and take proactive steps to stir production towards the most efficient strategies. Reports provided by NESTERwood Reporting include:

  •     Material Consumption Report - information on material consumption and cost
  •     Kit Analysis Report - information on kit quantities as well as material and labor costs
  •     Machine Analysis Report - analysis of material and labor used per machine
  •     Operator Analysis Report - analysis of operator productivity
  •     Production Exceptions Report - highlights the highest and lowest cost kits

In addition to the reports available out-of-the-box, additional reports can be custom built using the NESTERwood Reporting platform to address any data analysis and managerial information need.

The complete NESTERwood Production Optimization Suite is now available from Nester Software and through authorized resellers worldwide. For more information about the NESTERwood Production Optimization Suite, visit http://www.nestersoftware.com/showpage.asp?id=800.

About Nester Software

Nester Software is the leading provider of production optimization solutions for manufacturers of engineered wood, foam, textile, and metal products in the apparel, furniture, transportation, and other industries. The NESTERwood Production Optimization Suite enables upholstery manufacturers to be more competitive by increasing material utilization, improving machine productivity, and shortening manufacturing cycle times. NESTERwood is used by leading upholstery manufacturers worldwide, including Airline Manufacturing, Bassett Furniture, Century Furniture, Drexel Heritage, Ethan Allen, and Southern Furniture. For more information, visit http://www.NesterSoftware.com.

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