Hypertherm’s ProNest Helps Craig Manufacturing Produce More Parts and Reduce Operating Costs

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Canadian manufacturer reports increased cutting capacity, improved part fit up, better plasma cut holes, and marked reduction in plate inventory costs with Hypertherm's ProNest nesting software.

ProNest Plate Inventory module

The Plate Inventory module available with Hypertherm's ProNest CAM solutions nesting software has helped Craig Manufacturing reduce its raw material inventory by half.

“Now using ProNest and its Plate Inventory module, we are consuming more remnants from the floor. We’ve reduced our raw material inventory by half...management is happier because cash tied up in plates has been reduced without sacrificing delivery.

Canada’s Craig Manufacturing is reporting increased cutting capacity, improved part fit up, better plasma cut holes, and a marked reduction in plate inventory costs with Hypertherm’s ProNest® nesting software.

The New Brunswick based company, the largest privately owned attachment manufacturer in North America, began looking for a better solution to its metal cutting needs when it could no longer keep up with orders. The process of creating nests—one of the first steps in the cutting process—was incredibly time consuming.

“Every hour spent nesting would only produce about one hour’s worth of cutting,” explains operations manager Colden Wetmore. “The software didn’t have much in the way of automated features so we ended up with a bottleneck right at the beginning of the process.”

To get rid of this bottleneck, Craig Manufacturing decided to purchase a HyPerformance HPR400XD®, EDGE® Pro CNC, ArcGlide® THC, and ProNest CAD/CAM software. The products—part of Hypertherm’s Built for Business Integrated Cutting Solutions offering—have enabled Craig to go from one hour of cutting for every hour spent nesting, to 19 hours of cutting for every hour of nesting.

“ProNest has been really easy to learn and use. For the past seven years, I’ve sat beside the person who has done our nesting. It seemed complicated and because of that we only had one trained nesting programmer, which was stressful because there’s always a period when that person is away from work, such as vacation,” said production manager Chris McCartney.

Today the company has a half dozen people trained to create nests, is creating parts and holes with tolerances so good secondary operations are rarely needed, and is creating more parts per hour with Rapid Part technology.

In addition to time savings and thus labor savings, Craig is also saving quite a bit on plate costs. “Now using ProNest and its Plate Inventory module, we are consuming more remnants from the floor. We’ve reduced our raw material inventory by half...management is happier because cash tied up in plates has been reduced without sacrificing delivery,” continues Wetmore.

ProNest has been the industry’s leading nesting software for two decades, offering best-in-class performance and reliability with a straight-forward, easy-to-use design. ProNest is also a component of Hypertherm’s Built for Business™ Integrated Cutting Solutions, providing support for True Hole™, True Bevel™ and Rapid Part™ technologies. Learn more about ProNest at http://www.hyperthermcam.com.

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