ONGAA CAM for Biesse goes into production

With beta testing complete ONGAA CAM for Biesse is now available.

This version of ONGAA CAM allows you to create BPP files which are the Biesseworks programming processes, directly from SOLIDWORKS.

What does this mean for the Biesse machine owner?

It means the end of programming at the machine with DXF files or the need for other post-processors.

sldwrk_biesse1 Finally take full advantage of the power of Designing in SOLIDWORKS and quickly generate the programs in the same environment.
sldwks_biesse2 This also means that model changes do not requires reprogramming everything!Just click Gen-BPP and a new set of machining files are created which match the changed model.

Go to http://ongaacam.com for all the details. 

 

 

Arbortronics New Website Launched

arbotronics_screen_shotArbortronics Control Systems Inc., an authorized service centre for several complete lines of coin operated, electronically automated control and data acquisition systems, based in Toronto recently had ONG Solutions revamp and upgrade their web site.

With training, they are now able to manage their own site without the need to pay for each and every update.

ONG Solutions becomes a ‘SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner’

sw_par_sol_rgb_pos_smlONG Solutions, with ONGAA CAM, has become a SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner. Aug 1, 2013. Attaining this goal is not only important to us but to our customers as well. As a SOLIDWORKS Solution Partner, we have access to technical resources directly from Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. which shortens the turn around time for both Version Verification and defect resolution. The whole team at ONG Solutions is proud of this achievement and is already planning the path to the next certification level.

 

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorksCorp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site (www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

ONGAA CAM takes the heat off the spray booth! (really?)

In a recent visit with a new user of ONGAA CAM, I was taken on a tour of the shop to see the improvements since my last visit 2 months earlier.  Because of how we entered the shop, we started at the end of the production line where the stacks of finished product were (and there was quite a bit ready for shipping).  Next along the line was the spray booth.  While looking through the window, I was told that ONGAA CAM has taken the pressure away from even this station.

How is that?  This paint is about as far away from the toolpaths as you can get.

The response was as straight forward as it gets.

“We have stopped wasting time and effort at the beginning so we can get on with the job of producing product.  The old way meant we used up valuable time and the guys at the end of the process had no time left – except to be in a big hurry.  We can produce more, with better quality and without rushing any steps.  We couldn’t be happier.”

When its put that way, it makes a lot of sense.  And this was in just 2 months.

For more information on ONGAA CAM for SOLIDWORKS, please visit ONGAACAM.COM

 

Aerosoft Systems Inc. Launches new Website

 

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Aerosoft Systems Inc., a provider of innovative aircraft maintenance software, selected ONG Solutions to redesign and migrate their current corporate website to a modern CMS while retaining the integration points to their customer support portal.

In addition to the new look and feel, many additional features were added to simplify the management of the site and their SEO position.

The project was delivered and launched ahead of the original schedule.

KMV Partnerships – Website Launch

 

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KMV Partnerships and its unique approach to owning and operating a business is what set it apart from everyone else. The high level demands for buying and selling a business requires a certain expertise that KMV and its highly experienced staff has developed over the years to make the transition from buyer to owner a professional experience.

KMV Selected ONG Solutions to provide all its internet connectivity requirements and website development.

Nesting – Improvement and Optimizations – ONGAA CAM for SOLIDWORKS

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Since nesting is all about ‘optimizing’ we took another look at optimizing the nesting process to see where we could improve upon what we had.

Step 1, has not changed.  From an assembly click ‘Gen, Nested MPR’

With a single click, all ‘unsuppressed’ parts of the assembly will be listed, sized and initially laid out on as many sheets as it takes and that layout displayed.

The nesting process will take a ‘configured’ sheet size – width, length and thickness as well as a perimeter scrap dimension and apply these while arranging the parts.

Grain orientation of part and board was available in the earlier release as were the many layout options and these remain the same.

 

 

 

 

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Step 2, Adjusting the layout options has new features added to help the process.

The first is a quick reset of the sheet thickness based on the thickness of the parts.  If the parts are not all the same thickness the part will be shown in red.  The make the identification easier, hovering over any part will display its name and size below the layout sheets.

Next Sheet Lists were added for printing which shows the a numbered image of the sheet and a named list of parts with associated numbers.

The output MPRs can now be ‘Suffixed’ to make sure previous run of other parts are not over written.

Step 3,  Accepting the layout

To help optimize the machining, ONGAA CAM nesting has added process optimization and a new process flag to vertical route and vertical saw processes.

By selecting to optimize, ONGAA CAM will begin by reordering the entire list or processes by ‘interlacing’ one into the next.  This keeps the processes for one part correctly ordered but attempts to group it with other part that use the same tool – minimizing tool changes.  Next, all drilling processes are moved to the front of the queue and the Weeke drilling optimization flag is set.  Finally, all the routes and saws marked with the ‘Finalizing Process Flag’ are moved to the end of the processes.

The finalizing process flag is intended as a ‘do these processes last’ marker to make sure that processes that increase vacuum loss are kept to the end – ensuring maximum hold for even small parts.

newnest2Step 4, Send the file to the processor.

Even here ONGAA CAM makes it easier by opening the folder and selecting the file.   Whether transferring it or opening it in WoodWOP, time is saved here too.

 

 

 

 

Does my Software fit my Process?

It seems hard to believe that this question does not come up more often when we look to improve our software tools and our processes.

In general, changing software will require changing your process but there are times where some parts of the process are just not allowed to change.

Take for example a custom furniture manufacturer who has Homag CNC machines and uses SOLIDWORKS to ‘design’ and WoodWOP to program. Process seems simple enough – 1) design it – 2) program it – 3) make it – 4) deliver it.  How this company is organized has a big impact on whether some additional software can be used to improve the process at all. (Did not see that coming)

If the ‘designer’ is the ‘programmer’ then changing your drawing ‘style’ to meet the programming software requirements can be done.  But why does the designer have to change ‘drawing style’ at all?  Because the software needed to program the CNC machine won’t work with parts drawn in a particular orientation or with certain features.

On the other hand, if ‘designers’ and ‘programmers’ are different people, in different departments, style changes are hard to achieve.  Programmers get what they get. They don’t change the model.  They can’t change the model!  This is where and why CNC programming can be so time-consuming.

This is precisely the situation many manufacturers are in today. SOLIDWORKS AddIns claim to generate MPRs or export DXFs to WoodWOP – seamlessly – (well sort of…).  But you still have to model things in certain ways or else you are left with hand crafting in WoodWOP.

There is an alternative to the ‘don’t draw it that way’ standard answer. Have the software vendor think like the manufacturer. Don’t change the model, add the functionality!

ONGAA CAM for SOLIDWORKS was designed with ‘every model should work’ in mind.  Wrong orientation – well – inconvenient orientation, no problem.  Flip the part without a second program, no problem.  Last minute model changes, no problem.

Find out more about how ONGAA CAM for SOLIDWORKS can improve the efficiently of one of you most valuable resources – ‘your people’.

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