April 9, 2010
Sescois productivity software draws large numbers to its booth at Die & Mould India
Sescoi was delighted with the constant flow of visitors to its booth at the recent Die & Mould India 2010 exhibition in Mumbai where its WorkPLAN Enterprise ERP software; its MyWorkPLAN job management system; and its WorkNC automatic CAD/CAM package were demonstrated. Organized by TAGMA, the Tool & Gauge Manufacturers Association of India, the show was in its seventh year and welcomed in excess of 22,000 visitors, reflecting the rapid pace of economic recovery in India.
Following a series of seminars around the country in collaboration with the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Association, Sescoi has seen a surge of interest in manufacturing management optimization from Indian toolmakers. The companys WorkPLAN Enterprise system manages the complete manfacturing process for tool and die makers, allowing them to analyze and interrogate tool designs and quickly generate accurate quotations. Not only does this help companies to win more business, but it also ensures that companies are run profitably. The management of stock levels and purchasing keeps costs under control, as does the monitoring of operation times and quality levels. The ERP capabilities of the system manage the complete lifecycle of a tool, so that unexpected problems, repairs and modifications are all recorded. This means that the information is available to provide a better service to customers, as well as a knowledge base for future tooling contracts.
Sescois consultants at the Die & Mould show were able to demonstrate WorkPLAN Enterprises and MyWorkPLANs ease of use and show how the systems provide instant feedback on tooling project status. Costs can be monitored as manufacture progresses, so that deviations from the plan can be acted on immediately, and the overall performance of key business indicators checked at any time ensuring profit, cost, delivery, and quality targets are consistently met.
Sescoi already has many high profile tool and die manufacturers using its WorkNC automatic CAD/CAM software in India, including Bharat Forge, the second largest forging company in the world, and part of the $1.2 billion Kalyani Group; and Sermo ARRK India, part of the 1.8 billion ARRK Group. Version 21 of the software, which will release later this year, makes use of the advances in multi-processing computer hardware, speeding up calculation times and enabling more operations to be completed simultaneously. Advances in machining strategies combine operations for increased toolpath efficiency and fluidity, bringing one button CAM even closer to reality.
Indian toolmakers visiting the Die & Mould show were particularly interested in 5-axis programming with WorkNC Auto 5 that makes advanced machining an easy task, enabling more of the part to be machined in one setting and the use of electrodes greatly reduced. Collision avoidance checks tool and holder lengths and advises programmers of the most appropriate set-up to use. Auto 5 also automatically introduces unwind and flip movements when the machine axis limits are reached.
Sescois policy of sharing best practice and techniques with Indian toolmaking engineers dovetails with the objectives of TAGMA, which was set up to promote training and the diffusion of knowledge amongst tool and gauge manufacturers. Sescois efforts were amply rewarded through the number of high profile companies visiting its booth at the Tagma-run show.