A decrease in the availability of skilled operators and increasing demands for productivity and flexibility are barriers to growth for many UK manufacturing companies. Altendorf distributor Daltons Wadkin has announced a new system to help panel processors overcome this key issue, MAGIS.

Altendorf is keen to point out that MAGIS is not an optimisation program, but rather, a digital saw guide. Regardless of experience or training, Altendorf MAGIS enables all machine operators to work more reliably with less waste on almost any sliding table panel saw, not just an Altendorf.

The Altenodrf MAGIS software application runs on a Windows-based touchscreen tablet mounted at the operator’s eye level. The software imports cutting list data from existing optimisation programs such as Ardis, Boole, Brainsoftware, Optisoft, Technos, TrunCad, Palette CAD, LinOpt and others. It detects the configuration of the panel saw, and creates a 3D graphical visualisation of the cutting process.

Step-by-step throughout the cutting process, dimensions for manual fences or automatic powered rip fences are displayed using intuitive icons for the operator to follow allowing even complex nesting operations to be completed with ease. The graphical display is updated after each cut showing which fence to set and how to orientate the panel.

Additional optional features include a second screen mounted on the outfeed side of the machine to allow operators assisting with taking off to identify each finished component. Label printing and bar code software can also be added to identify workpieces for further processing.

“Helping customers to machine smarter, is at the very heart of our company ethos,” comments Daltons Wadkin director Alex Dalton. “Altendorf MAGIS is flexible and very helpful when it comes to optimising operations and processes in small and medium-sized businesses. It makes working with the sliding table saw easier and safer and consequently helps firms to boost their profitability.”

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