A nesting plugin integrates with your shop floor cutting processes by allowing ERP software and nesting software to share data with each other.
Nesting software enable manufacturers to dramatically improve material utilisation and reduce waste. However, it reportedly has one limitation, it can’t talk to a business’ ERP software system.
Using a nesting interface that resides within an ERP package, however, addresses that issue.
Integrating your shop floor cutting processes in this way can help businesses take their lean manufacturing to the next level by offering five key benefits, as outlined in a new whitepaper from Global Shop Solutions.
Tighter inventory control
Nesting software can optimise your material usage and reduce scrap, but it can’t determine how much material is currently held in inventory and how much of its available for any given job.
Your ERP inventory management module tells the nesting software exactly what is held in inventory, allowing the nesting software to identify the best piece to cut that will produce the least amount of waste.
Improved waste management
Even with nesting software, it can be difficult to utilise an entire piece of material, especially when groping different jobs on the same piece. Integrating it with your ERP system can significantly improve usage of leftover material by automatically creating and receiving material drops.
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More accurate estimating
Linking your nesting data to machine and employee capabilities in your ERP system enables more efficient production scheduling. This, in turn, allows you to estimate jobs with greater precision because you know long each job will take and how much it will cost.
Optimised time & material utilisation
One of the biggest advantages of nesting software is the ability to group parts from different jobs onto the same piece of material. Integrating your ERP cut-list application with your nesting software tells you the number of work orders currently in the queue that can fit on your current piece of material from inventory.
The nesting interface also communicates the amount of time required to complete projects to your ERP software, making it easier to update estimates.
Reduced costs & errors
Without a nesting interface integrating with your ERP software, you must commit man hours to an individual (or multiple individuals) to type in data to both your ERP software and your nesting software.