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Cost Engineering, Material Utilization and Process Planning for Progressive and Line Dies


COSTOPTIMIZER® PROFESSIONAL combines the power of FTI’s premier formability analysis, blank development, and blank nesting tools with specialized product and process optimization tools that help identify design changes that reduce material and processing costs. It creates a documented process plan including press requirements and determines number of operations, tonnage, and detailed costing for transfer, tandem, and sheet metal progressive dies.

COSTOPTIMIZER® PROFESSIONAL is a software solution that establishes target costs and formability for sheet metal components and their tooling. It provides users with a fast and accurate method for creating and documenting process plans, verifying formability, developing blank shapes and coil nests, and for identifying product and process design changes that lead to substantial cost reductions. 

The process plan is based on part features such as flanges, holes, trimming and trim sections. It describes the processing sequence and the detailed actions in each operation. Processing rules are used to automatically derive an initial plan and fast intuitive tools enable process customization and optimization. The validation engine ensures that process actions and sequence conform to physical, mechanical, and processing rules. The advanced capabilities make it ideally suited to product and process engineers, as well as purchasers, planners, estimators and account managers.

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