Plataine (Tel Aviv, Israel and Waltham, Mass.) touted at JEC Americas 2014 its Total Production Optimization (TPO) software solution, designed to integrate computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) with enterprise resource planning (ERP) and inventory-management software. The new suite of digital tools enables the user to automatically consider all production process factors at one time, including customer orders, materials available from inventory, product design, material nesting, cutting and machining, and materials management (e.g., tracking out time and shelf life). The software enables radio frequency identification (RFID) tag tracking to provide traceable records from material intake and storage, through kit cutting, layup, cure, finishing operations and quality inspections. The company contends that as pressure mounts to increase production rates, manufacturers can benefit from TPO immediately via better materials utilization, less waste, real-time tracking of manufacturing assets and production management, resulting in better overall control of costs and greater flexibility to meet customer demands. Customers include HITCO Carbon Composites, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Composites Horizons.
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