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21st October 2011

With the inexorable shift to digital data and electronic communication the whole process of enquiry, quotation, order placement & fulfilment has been significantly foreshortened. CAD Data models are now the common currency of manufacturing and the ability to accept component dimensional & geometrical  information in the more  common  digital  formats, e.g. DXF, IGES, STEP, Parasolids,  Solidworks or  CATIA,  is an essential part of both the tendering and production process. Efficiently translating  complex form and precise size to an optimised  cutting path during manufacture is the  primary  function of a good  CAM system. However, as it can also determine the time & resource requirements it is now often introduced at the quotation stage to effect accurate pricing and, in conjunction with the MRP system a realisable delivery. A good system must  ensure  that close geometric tolerances can be  readily attained and that the required surface finishes are achieved. Moreover, being able  to  utilise  the PMI embedded within the CAD data Model to generate the most efficient  CNC programmes is a definite benefit to both us and our customers.  Outputting reliable NC code which requires little or no optimisation, especially for 5 axis programmes, is a demanding task and is why we use the Lemoine-RTM software to meet our challenging CAM  requirements. We now have five stations in operation, having added another  seat this year so that we can adequately support  the increased machining capacity .

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