SigmaNEST version 21 unveils the Connected Shop

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Global CAD/CAM solution innovator Cambrio has unveiled version 21 of its SigmaNEST suite for fabricators. PES takes a closer look at what’s on offer.

SigmaSUITE continues to close the loop on manufacturing connectivity targeting the ‘Connected Shop’ – scheduling, quoting, and logistics informed by nesting intelligence. This focus, along with CAD/CAM enhancements centred on simplicity and best manufacturing strategies, continues to strengthen SigmaNEST capabilities.

The Connected Shop


The aim of the Connected Shop is to bridge CRM, ordering, inventory, production, delivery, and accounting. New software products and enhancements to the Business Systems and Shop Floor products have expanded this integration for customers.

The debut of SigmaSCHEDULE brings true dynamic scheduling to the fabrication industry enabling projects to be planned with nested programs, primary cutting operations, and secondary operations such as bending.

The software can be configured for specific business needs, but also has the flexibility to instantly adjust the workflow plan to inevitable changes. Users can schedule forward for the quickest timeline (as soon as possible), or backward from a fixed due date (just in time). Estimators can use preschedule jobs to ensure delivery dates can be met before accepting the order.

“We want customers to be able to ‘set it and forget it’ so the software works continuously in the background and requires little to no user input. SigmaSCHEDULE plus Load Manager offers a complete scheduling solution designed for the manufacturing industry,” states product owner Wayne Cathers.

Load Manager software now has real-time load balancing to divide the work efficiently for machines and secondary operations, while identifying any sequence dependencies within the timeline. The software can also be used to automatically resolve the current day’s schedule to compensate for disruptions, such as machine downtime or urgent jobs, to ensure job priorities are met.

Closing the loop


Also new to the SigmaSUITE portfolio are SigmaSHIPPING and SigmaRECEIVE. These two browser-based apps simplify logistics on the shopfloor with any smartphone or tablet, giving the ability to create delivery and despatch notes and receive deliveries. Both apps give on the spot access to relevant delivery data, without the need of full MRP, and relay the status and location of the job without displaying confidential financial details.

SigmaQUOTE has matured with many flexible features to aid good business practices. Tiered markups that reward priority clients, nuanced markups for specific materials or operations, and limited time promotions have been standardised and are easy to apply.

SigmaMRP offers better visibility and control with enhanced shopfloor feedback throughout the workflow. Likewise, SimTrans boosts clarity through a new user command centre with dockable viewports and printable operational reports. The increasing integration between the Business Systems and Shop Floor products creates a closed loop of control in which each operation informs the next.

Clearer and easy CAD/CAM


Version 21 of the CAD/CAM software is all about simplifying the user experience. The vision: to make fabricators confident of the best nest with clear, easy to use, and accurate nesting options for every manufacturing need.

The flagship SigmaNEST product has been significantly improved with intuitive nesting strategies and simplified controls for sheet layout preference and other task parameters. A new process selection feature for combi machines is particularly useful for defining specific technology settings such as toolpath lead-ins or NC parameters based on the cutting process.

Handle shipping, receiving, and logistics from the shopfloor through browser-based Shop Manager applications

Other major developments include enhanced common cut controls for edge quality and the ability to group patterns for fly cutting. With the development of the 3D environment, 3D bevelling is much improved with simpler tabbing and countersink holes, rule-based transitions and leads, and automatic ramping of the feed rate based on contour or hole size.

User experience for SigmaNEST Punch is improved with a clearer display of parts, shear hits, transformations, and the ability to view only punch pattern actions on a program. A new automation ‘Auto Complete Tooling’ allows the user to specify some punch details and allow the software to complete the task.

Significant development within the 3D software products includes TrueShape Nesting for SigmaCTL for angle cuts, and added nesting strategies for BestStickMixed or BestStickFixed. SigmaTUBE packages for SolidWorks and standalone feature broad enhancements to importing, marking, and geometry support. SigmaUNFOLD, SigmaDEVELOP, and SigmaBEND have advanced functionality for handling sharp bends, tooling and set-up reports and batch feedback tools.

CAD Import Plus now adds support for Parasolid and Rhino files to its growing collection of popular industry CAD formats. PDF and image import have been greatly improved with enhanced OCR results, better identification of rotated text, and the ability to import multipage PDF files. SimTrans’ compatibility with CAD Import Plus provides blazing fast speed in converting 3D CAD files into SigmaNEST parts.

Collaborative and diverse partnerships


SigmaSUITE Version 21 is supported by an ever-increasing diversity of posts for cutting machines and press brakes across a vast variety of brands. Cambrio CEO Robbie Payne comments: “With our commitment to a single platform that works across all machine types, the steady increase of OEM partner collaborations demonstrates that the SigmaNEST software solution is a clear choice for many job shops.

“With the recent addition of Cimatron and GibbsCAM expertise and technology to the Cambrio team, our position as a CAD/CAM innovator has never been stronger. SigmaSUITE V21 serves as testament to that fact.”

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