How beam saw
En today’s software-centric world, you still run across woodworkers who believe their own eyes and hands are the best optimizers on the planet. Yet when you decide to think forward, instead of simply trying to
tinker with the past, your outcomes and ability to satisfy your
customers can improve exponentially. In a nutshell, here’s how
adding beam saw optimizers can improve efficiency:
Faster programming and machining time: An optimizer re-
veals patterns that are faster to cut. Sending programs directly
to the machine saves you hours of operator programming time.
Better material yield: Spending a few minutes to fine-tune
your optimizer can save a great deal of expensive material
from becoming scrap.
Error reduction: Many design software programs can create
an electronic spreadsheet of the parts list for a job. You can im-
port it automatically into your optimizer, avoiding all the errors
inherent in manual inputting from a piece of paper.
Reliable quoting: Putting material cost and machine
operating cost into the optimizer quickly produces a reliable
estimate of your cost for any custom job. Your quotes can
become more competitive.
Managing reusable drops and over-production: An opti-
mizer is invaluable in managing leftovers from previous jobs.
It keeps track of them and guides the operator in locating
them to use for a current job. You can also fill your patterns
with common in-stock parts to increase material yield.
But never forget that even the smartest optimizer will
produce less-than-optimal results if you don’t make sure all
the parameters are set correctly for the kind of machine you
have. For example, on small front- load beam saws, you can
allow for head-cut patterns, together with third and fourth
phase cuts, and grow material yield dramatically without affecting overall productivity. On the other hand, if you have a
rear-load machine (without a rotating station), you will want
to lean toward long-rip patterns as much as possible to reduce
heavy-stack handling for the operator.
Another important parameter is the position of the grippers
in your machine. If the optimizer knows where the grippers
are, it will try to create patterns where the strips are sorted,
enabling you to cross-cut them side-by-side whenever possible.
This capability becomes even more important on machines
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By Paulo Pezzoli