Cotton Belt Achieves Double Digit Material Savings and Dramatically Increases Programmer Productivity Using Plataine's NESTERwood

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Since its implementation, NESTERwood reduced 75% of the time spent on nesting and programming at Cotton Belt. NESTERwood's automatically optimizes the placement of pieces from one or more orders on multiple sheets of plywood, resulting in material yields that are consistently higher than any other solution. According to Wes Heath, Programmer at Cotton Belt, Plataine's solution has saved countless hours by automatically nesting and programming the ongoing workload.

Cotton Belt of Pinetops, NC reports an increase in production efficiency after implementing Plataine's NESTERwood software.

"NESTERwood offers us both enhanced productivity and double-digit material savings," acknowledged Bob Phillips, VP of Manufacturing at Cotton Belt. "It is simple to operate and has allowed us to focus more time on design and development for our customers. It's nice having a part of your business that you don't have to think about."

NESTERwood enables upholstery manufacturers to respond to market changes and remain viable in an increasingly competitive global environment that includes customer demands for made-to-order just-in-time products at competitive prices. NESTERwood's Rolling Nest automatically optimizes the placement of pieces from one or more orders on multiple sheets of plywood, resulting in material yields that are consistently higher than any other solution. By generating efficient tool paths, NESTERwood improves the productivity of CNC routers.

According to Wes Heath, Programmer at Cotton Belt, Plataine's solution has saved countless hours by automatically nesting and programming the ongoing workload. "In a 40 hour work week, I used to spend at least 20 hours on nesting and programming" reported Heath. "Now, all I need to do is add kits into NESTERwood and this takes less than 5 hours. I can see that NESTERwood will pay for itself over a thousand times."
"By offering the industry's best automatic Nesting and Programming capabilities, NESTERwood enables Cotton Belt's management to concentrate more on their customers' needs and reach their corporate goals." says Avner Ben-Bassat, Plataine's President. "With this installation, Cotton Belt joins a long list of satisfied customers who use NESTERwood to consistently achieve measurable cost savings and enhance productivity - both of which are much needed during these challenging times."

About Cotton Belt Inc.
Cotton Belt Inc, home of Edgecombe Furniture and Sleepworthy Bedding has produced upholstered furniture and mattresses for contract and residential markets in all 50 states and overseas for the past 75 years. The company runs a large multi-plant manufacturing operation with a greatly expanded line of products.
Cotton Belt is a family-held company owned by Ellis E. Phillips and is located at Pinetops, NC. The company has 80 employees.
For more information, visit http://www.edgecombe.com.

About Plataine
Plataine is a leading provider of production optimization solutions for manufacturers of metal, wood, textile and composite-material products. Plataine's production optimization solutions enable manufacturers to be more competitive by increasing material utilization, improving productivity, and shortening manufacturing cycles to ensure on-time delivery of products to customers. Plataine's solutions are used by hundreds of manufacturers worldwide, including Bassett Furniture, Boeing, Century Furniture, Drexel Heritage, Ethan Allen, Ford, General Motors, The Gap, Hagger, Nike, and Wrangler. For more information, visit http://www.plataine.com or contact your local Plataine office.

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