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COMPASS® III

COMPASS III optimization and planning software determines optimal slearing and shearing patterns for producing parts from master coils.

Determines optimal nested slearing and shearing/cutting patterns for producing parts from master coils.

  • COMPASS III material optimization software is designed for companies that shear/slit/cut part blanks from master coils. The software is used in the production scheduling process to quickly and easily determine cost efficient ways to cut daily part requirements.

  • COMPASS III analyzes production requirements, manufacturing constraints, material costs and available coil inventory. It determines the best sheet sizes and nested-shearing patterns that minimize scrap loss and production time. Optimization settings allow the user to balance between production costs, pattern complexity and material utilization. Printed graphical shearing patterns eliminate cutting errors and increase shearing productivity.

  • Using COMPASS III minimizes planning time and production costs, as well as the time it takes to implement changes in production schedules or part demands. The software can also improve the quoting process by providing a quick and accurate estimate of material requirements and costs.

The sections below provide more information about the COMPASS III material optimization software. From the Downloads page you can also view a demo video (in Flash format) or download a software brochure (in PDF format).


Features
  • Determines optimal slearing and shearing patterns
  • Provides ability to control optimization results via user settings
  • Displays slearing/shearing patterns and solution results on-screen
  • Provides graphical slearing/shearing reports
  • Operates in the popular Microsoft Windows environment
  • Imports data easily
Benefits
  • Reduces scrap loss and drop pieces
  • Improves material yield
  • Minimizes planning time for determining slearing/shearing patterns and selecting master coils
  • Reduces cutting errors
  • Makes your company more competitive
  • Typical ROI of 1-4 months

COMPASS III - It's like having an optimization expert at your side
COMPASS III material optimization software is designed for companies that shear or slit part blanks from master coils. The software is used in the production scheduling process to quickly and easily determine cost efficient ways to shear daily part requirements.

COMPASS III analyzes production requirements, manufacturing constraints, material costs and available coil inventory. It determines the best sheet sizes and nested-shearing patterns that minimize scrap loss and production time. Optimization settings allow the user to balance between production costs, pattern complexity and material utilization. Printed graphical shearing patterns eliminate cutting errors and increase shearing productivity.

Using COMPASS III minimizes planning time and production costs, as well as the time it takes to implement changes in production schedules or part demands. The software can also improve the quoting process by providing a quick and accurate estimate of material requirements and costs.


An optimization study is easy to perform
The user starts a COMPASS III optimization study by providing part, constraint, and master coil information for the material type to be optimized. The part and master coil information may be quickly and easily entered in the spreadsheet-like Parts and Master Coils windows, respectively. Part information may also be imported from other systems.

Once the part and master coil data is ready, the user starts the optimization routine by simply clicking the Go button. The software first checks the data to insure a valid analysis will be performed. The software then automatically determines the sheet sizes and slearing/shearing patterns -- typically within 5 to 10 minutes. While the software performs the calculations, the Optimization Status Window displays the progress and percentage complete.

When the optimization routine completes, the View Solutions Window is displayed. The slearing/shearing patterns are graphically displayed, along with solution statistics -- such as scrap, cost, parts produced and master coils used. The user can then print reports containing information for scheduling and shop orders.


Long Term Investment
COMPASS III will pay for itself in 1 to 4 months. In all succeeding months and years, the savings will be greater, since the software was paid-in-full the first year. Because operating and material costs tend to increase over time, savings will increase also.

Since the software will be used as long as your company does cut-to-length and shearing operations, funds spent on COMPASS III are a long term investment — just like cut-to-length lines and shears.


Reduces Scrap Loss and Planning Time
COMPASS III’s powerful optimization routines can consider thousands of different shearing pattern combinations — a lot more than could be considered manually. This means lower scrap solutions are found.

By using computers and specialized optimization algorithms, the extremely time-consuming process of manually selecting coils and determining shearing patterns is dramatically reduced.


General Information

  • Operates in the popular Microsoft Windows environment
  • A typical optimization study completes within 5 to 10 minutes
  • Each software license includes installation disks, printed user's manual, and technical support with software updates for an initial time period
  • On-site Installation and Training is available.
  • Ongoing Technical Support is available
  • Ongoing Software Updates is available

Quick to Evaluate and Easy to Implement
COMPASS III material optimization software can be quickly evaluated and justified by taking advantage of our sample optimization case study offer.

We will provide you with the results of an actual COMPASS III optimization study — using a sample set of your own data. The reports will help you understand how to utilize the optimization results within your operation. The case study will quickly convey the savings potential, and help justify the software purchase.

After one day of initial training, the user(s) will be able to run the software effectively and independently.

Since you won’t have to change your existing computer systems or business procedures, the implementation will be smooth and easy.


Want to Learn More?
For more information about our optimization software products or consulting services, call 724-325-2900 x4, or contact us today.


  • Reduces scrap loss and drop pieces
  • Improves material yield
  • Minimizes planning time for determining slearing/shearing patterns and selecting master coils
  • Reduces cutting errors
COMPASS III Brochure

Want more information about our material optimization software?

Contact our Sales Team, or call 724-325-2900 x4

Wolf Consulting, Inc. | 3875 Franklin Towne Court, Suite 110  | Murrysville, PA 15668
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