MindGEST ® 2017.V1 release offers the following new features and enhancements:

MindGEST PDM Explorer

Offline Nesting paradigm support
New module for offline nesting scenarios allowing full decoupling from online nesting cutting cycle time constraints. New heuristics could lead to better yield nestings as long as sufficient run time is provided.
This module control interface is integrated inside MindGEST PDM Explorer, relying on a specialized offline nesting service component. All generated nestings are compatible to the same MindGEST PDM for Cutting concepts for online solutions, allowing a mixed approach.

Nesting Jobs
New nesting job concept, allowing to prepare a nesting problem with multiple Cut Jobs and a set of chosen materials.


The materials can be selected from previously scanned natural materials or by rectangular templates that could be restricted in quantity.

The operator can also control the availability of this Nesting Job for specialized offline nesting servers, when appropriate. It supports pause/resume actions without losing state, allowing to finely control the usage of offline nesting processing power. At any time, the operator can check nesting job efficiency and visually inspect each nesting.
Consolidated reporting of nesting jobs is also available through PDF with a complete drilldown of materials, parts and efficiencies.

When finished, either by reaching time limit or by operator decision, final nestings will generated for cutting purposes.

Offline Nesting Server
This component is specialized in executing nesting problems, based on configured Nesting Jobs. It uses heuristics to ensure continuous and consistent yield upgrade across time, juggling with availability of parts and nesting yields of each material.
Several instances of this component could be deployed across the organization, to augment nesting processing power.


Usability

Search and Filter for Parts tab
This tab now provides a search and filter, to quickly locate parts. Several other processes, like “Search Similar Part” and “Cut”, highly benefits from this usability enhancement.

Persistence of browser window size and column customization for each business object type
When loading elements from PDM, the browser window retains memory of the last configuration. This includes window size, selected filter, enabled columns and sort. This is not limited to MindGEST PDM Explorer, but also applies to all client applications that loads from PDM repository.

Size and sides expansion option on Parts tab
Similar to what is available in MindCUT Studio, it’s now possible to expand the visibility scope of parts to include their symmetries and sizes.

 


Administration

Merge machine functionality
To avoid a reporting problem when a name of a specific machine changes, due to operational reasons, there is now an option to allow merge of machine contexts. After this operation, all logged data will be merged into a single machine instance.
The support scenario is solely for identification changes of a single machine. If the operator tries to merge concurrent data from different machines, reports will be impacted by this operation with unexpected results.

Projects Undelete support
Undelete of business objects is now available - currently only for projects, since they are the central concept of all data inside PDM. Support for other object types will be iavailable in a future release.


Productivity

Create Cut Job from Part selection across different models
It is now possible to create Cut Jobs directly from the Parts tab interface. This allow to quickly create a cut job with parts from different projects. This is very important for rework Cut Jobs or for cutting on a trim development environment.
The process starts by choosing to cut specific parts. This will generate a temporary Cut Job.

Following, you can select other projects and insert more parts in the current temporary Cut Job.

When all parts have been inserted in the Cut Job, the operator can save it and send it for production.

Effective synchronization of deviation part quantities with MindCUT Studio
Instead of calculating the deviation as the difference between cut and order quantities, deviation field is now explicitly persisted. This is very important for accurate tracking of miscuts, allowing a consistent rework process.

Reuse of Nestings through Cut Job duplication
To handle scenarios where massive reuse of optimal nestings is needed, there is now an option to duplicate a Cut Job, including the ability to provide a multiplication factor of original Cut Job quantities. All nestings associated with the original Cut Job are also duplicated accordingly.


Performance

Large queries warning
When the system understands the potential occurrence of huge data retrieval, derived from a specific filter, the operator has the opportunity to proceed with options minimizing the performance impact.