, a developer of CAD/CAM software solutions for the fabrication industry that has a UK subsidiary in Tamworth, has integrated its Business Systems Suite within the SigmaNEST product portfolio in Version 20 Service Pack 2 (SP2), thereby bringing a full range of fabrication optimisation and data management features inside one ‘familiar user interface’.
The new quoting tool, SigmaQUOTE is available as both a freestanding application for the quoting department as well as an add-on module for SigmaNEST programmers.
It uses the SigmaNEST ‘nesting engine’, part database and costing parameters to deliver accurate quotes after a ‘speedy import’ of part geometry, while full bi-directional integration with SigmaSUITE products offers greater flexibility for a ‘real world’ production workflow.
SigmaMRP provides single-source job management throughout manufacturing, from quotation to delivery and invoicing; it integrates with SigmaSUITE products and other business systems. SigmaMRP’s ‘scheduling engine’ has been configured to provide better performance for jobs with complex assemblies and sub-assemblies, in addition to sub-contract operations.
Furthermore, the logistics module now streamlines a myriad of shipping details, while the inventory module now allows allocation of material and stock per BOM item. Moreover, complete integration with SigmaNEST ensures stock is dynamically adjusted when programs are posted, deleted or updated mid-production.
New developments in SigmaTEK now give operators access to part documents, the option to book remnants and sheets back to inventory or create a new job for rejected parts, while SigmaLIFT’s paperless tracking software is now a Web application that allows remote barcode scanning.
SimTrans now works in the background to create a seamless data link from SigmaTEK applications to sales, inventory, engineering, scheduling, production and MRP or ERP systems, supplying data to business systems at different phases of the order process.
In the latest release, CAD/CAM products have additional profiling and tooling features, as well as ‘batch commands for work efficiency and increased machine support’.
Enhancements have also been added to SigmaBEND; and both SigmaCTL and SigmaDevelop have been updated with user enhancements that include improved GUI side panels.
SigmaNEST CAD/CAM developments include: added support for ramping when using 3-D bevel technology; measuring capability while in assembly mode; support for the latest CAD versions within the CAD Import Plus modules; and significantly improved batch-processing performance.