Generating Better Labels Improves Automation

Working with many parts with many manufacturing steps poses a challenge in keeping things organized.   To have even a fighting chance parts need to be identified – labeled – to ensure that everyone know what the part is.

Even with the sophisticated – ‘123-4567’ / project-part numbering scheme we very often need more information and to ensure that the next person knows what to do.

ONGAA CAM has expanded its label printing capabilities in Nesting to support not only the following information:

  • Project with Sheet number
  • seq# and Part Number/Name
  • Dimensions
  • Material Name

An now also include up to 8 Solidworks custom properties and a dedicated ‘Barcode’ source property.  An image of the part itself can also be placed on the label.

Supported encodings are 1-D  (3of9 barcode), 2-D QR Code and 2-D Data Matrix.

In the above example, the first custom property indicates the edge banding color and sides to edgeband.  The part number is barcoded for QC / Part Count as well as auto program loading for post edgmanding work.  The image ensures that this label is on the correct part (left vs right gable in this case).

With the new capabilities also came the need for easier label customization.

The Labels setup tab provides an easy ‘visual’ way to set up labels.  The page sizes come from the selected printer and such things as margins, column spacing rows spacing and label dimensions are entered here.

As each change is made the effects of each adjustment can be seen.

Whether you use 3-Up Avery sheet labels on a laser printer or Zebra Rolls style labels, the setup is easy.

Printing can either to a directly attached (or network attached) printer or to a PDF File.  PDF files are helpful when production jobs are created in batches and run at a later time.

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