Machining Cycletime Estimating Software
Inaccurate Cycletimes = Lost Profits
Inaccurate machining cycletimes lead to inaccurate quoting … which fills your shop with unprofitable work … tying up machinery and personnel … ruining the ability to bring in profitable work. It is a vicious cycle that keeps repeating itself in a downward spiral of lost profits.
KipwareCYC® machining cycletime estimating software can STOP the losses and insure accurate cost estimating.
The KEY to Accurate Cycletimes?
There is NO substitute. The KEY to accurate machining cycletimes is to insure the machining process and cutting parameters used in the estimate ACCURATELY reflect what happens on YOUR SHOP FLOOR. “Book knowledge” and “user data”is useless if it doesn’t reflect what happens on YOUR shop floor.
The real world design of KipwareCYC® machine cycletime estimating software insures estimated times are YOUR times.
Your Shop is UNIQUE
Your workflow, your process, your equipment, your personnel and capabilities are UNIQUE. Creating accurate cycletimes requires taking all those factors into account. “Feature recognition” does NOT … and really just means faster, inaccurate estimates. The KipwareCYC® design insures your cycletimes reflect YOUR shop.
CAD/CAM for Estimating
A key component to efficient cycletime estimating is a process that is fast and accurate without being overblown. Using your CAD/CAM system and operator to create a G code program for a workpiece you may never machine is overblown and inefficient. KipwareCYC® produces accurate times through an efficient interface.
CONSISTENCY is KEY
KipwareCYC’s database design insures that your estimates will contain consistent and accurate speeds and feeds across all estimates. Customers will see consistent times and your shop will be able to reproduce estimated speeds, feeds and times. Using KipwareCYC® you will estimate with CONFIDENCE knowing the work you win will actually make profits.
KipwareCYC® is driven by two databases … one for machine specs and one for cutting parameters. Shipped data includes tons of common materials and machines to get you up and running quickly … but can be easily altered to accurately reflect your shop. This concept means that speeds, feeds and time WILL BE CONSISTENT and WILL ACCURATELY REFLECT what actually happens on your shop floor.
From Estimate to Road Map
KipwareCYC® will auto create ROUTING SHEETS from the estimate that give programming and set-up a ROAD MAP of how to get from estimated times to actual times. Input from the floor can be used to “tweak” database data to insure future estimates are even closer to what actually happens on YOUR shop floor. The more you use it the more accurate it gets.
Auto-Calculate Labor Costs
Cycletime estimates can quickly be turned into labor cost estimates with the included RTC ( Run Time Calculator ) application. Quickly see hours required to complete the run and labor costs involved in the production. What-if-scenarios can be done using hours worked per day or # of parts to manufacture. Take your estimate to production with confidence.
Seamless INCH / METRIC Integration
Being able to estimate completely in either an INCH or METRIC world … or both … is crucial and KipwareCYC® offers full integration. Any database can be auto-converted from INCH to METRIC or METRIC to INCH with a single button click allowing users the freedom and flexibility to use their system of choice … or bounce back and forth … with no loss of data or ease of use.
Database back-ups can be created with a single button click to insure your data is secure and your work accurate. Users drive the back-up schedule and they can be performed as often as necessary.
CAD Models to Estimate Cycletime ?
All the rage today is “my customer supplies the CAD drawing” or “my customer supplies the model”. Great … just use your estimating software to calculate the machining cycletime from that … RIGHT ????
The “TRUTH” that no one ever talks about is that more and more … due to either CAD operator inexperience or whatever … drawings, solid models, and similar intended to be able to be used directly are incorrect. Issues range from models not being to scale, models that require corrections and re-drawing or at least a thorough double-check. These errors are very time consuming and costly … and could even be catastrophic if you are trying to create profitable estimates from inaccurate models.
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