Connova AG, Switzerland, a leading manufacturer of high performance composites has adopted JETCAM’s CrossTrack composite manufacturing software suite.
The successful installation of JETCAM Expert and CrossTrack composite manufacturing suite at the Swiss company was performed by JETCAM Composite GmbH in April 2014 over five days and also included training for three staff members.
CrossTrack AMS (Advanced Manufacturing Station) was installed to provide real-time tracking and control of materials, plies, kits, orders and nests. JETCAM Expert, in conjunction with its High Performance Nesting module was configured in remote control processing (RCP) mode to completely automate the import, cleaning, profiling and nesting of CAD files, all controlled remotely via CrossTrack.
Users are provided a common interface in CrossTrack AMS to cover all composite material handling and manufacturing processes, including material delivery, transferring stock, allocating materials to the machine, scheduling nests to be cut and kitting the cut plies, and providing complete traceability.
Connova AG CEO Jon Andri Joerg explained that they had three key objectives when seeking a solution for their processes. The company sought to reduce labour-intensive costs; save on expensive CFK material costs by optimising nests; and urgently improve on the material selection process.
The JETCAM software suite has helped Connova improve material efficiency by over 12%, while also optimising the selection of material for a given job and getting their cutting department in track with their overall lamination processes.
Connova plans to expand the system to include the Material Life Management element of CrossTrack, allowing staff to immediately view and track the life and status of materials, plies and kits, so that they have a good grasp of material life expiry and other critical information.