Gossau, Switzerland - Aepli & Co. Metallbau (www.aepli.ch) has been a provider of large-scale metal components for architecture for more than 100 years, with projects including elevators, staircases, and even entire building fascias (such as Credit Suisse and the Technical University of Zurich). The company invested in a TRUMPF 500R in the mid-1990s and a TRUMPF L4030 laser cutting system in 2001, which it exchanged for a TRUMPF L6050 laser cutter in 2006 to allow components up to 25mm thickness to be cut. A material handling system that stores more than 150 different material types and sizes was added in 2007.
Commenting on the company’s choice of a JETCAM Expert software with CADCAM, Aldolf Puentener, production manager, said, “If we go back 20 years we were working with manual machines, but today we are one of the top three Swiss metal structure companies. We initially chose JETCAM because of its flexibility and total support for all our machines’ more advanced functions, but we quickly discovered that it had more flexibilities. I can do changes to finished nests without the need to redo previous steps again... I can change material and/or thickness and the nest is still immediately available. A key factor is the direct connection between the order department, design, and job preparation.”
For Aepli the combination of the TRUMPF lasers and CNC punching machines offers benefits in: automatic nesting, fast switching between punching and laser technologies, changes in material thickness and type on the finished nest, automatic processing from DXH to nest, open system architecture for future integration, and telephone software support and maintenance.
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