Track materials, material life, orders, nests, plies/components and kits - all in real time
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CrossTrack was developed from the ground up to resolve the complex issue of managing orders, materials, nests, parts/plies and kits. Traceability, especially in aerospace is critical - CrossTrack delivers this, giving complete visibility from the initial material, tracking the order, all individual elements and through to the finished part. Companies using CrossTrack benefit from a massive reduction in the reliance on paper, much greater accuracy, as once entered information is carried electronically through the system, and real time access to live order, material and nest data across the network.
Whether staff need to check the remaining life of a given material, queue orders for nesting, check machine availability or build comprehensive reports CrossTrack provides a single point of reference for all manufacturing data. With the tight integration into the award-winning JETCAM Expert CAM and Nesting system it also produces and manages highly optimized static or dynamic nests
All Core Stations require JETCAM Expert Premium with Nesting Interface.
The core modules deliver the main functionality of CrossTrack. Several additional modules are available which provide unique functions at specific locations within your manufacturing facility. Each of the optional modules below requires at least one core module.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is CrossTrack?
A. CrossTrack is a manufacturing suite running on an SQL database that delivers automatic order processing together with realtime tracking of materials (rolls or sheets), nests and kits/assemblies. Orders for either individual parts/plies or complete kits/assemblies can be passed to JETCAM Expert for automatic nesting while CrossTrack provides live tracking and status of all orders, materials, plies and kits.
Q. How does CrossTrack compare to JOC?
A. JOC (JETCAM Orders Controller) is JETCAM’s order and assembly/kit management application that allows for fast queueing and placement of orders within JETCAM Expert for nesting. JOC and CrossTrack cannot be run simultaneously on the same database as JOC uses a different database structure.
Q. Which Core Stations would I need?
A. This will depend on a) whether you manufacture with only sheet metal, with composite materials or both, and b) whether you require material life management and/or assembly/kit management.
Q. What additional Stations will I need and how many licenses?
A. With CrossTrack you can purchase as many or few additional stations as required. The licenses run concurrently, rather than being locked to a specific PC, so if you have five licenses of one station it can be used in five locations anywhere within your facility.
Q. Who is using CrossTrack?
A. CrossTrack is designed to meet the demands of both sheet and roll cutting, and specifically targeted to address the problems faced by today’s high end composite manufacturers such as Bombardier Aerospace and GE.
Q. What is the integration between CrossTrack and JETCAM’s Expert CAM/Nesting software?
A. JETCAM Expert acts as a processing engine - taking queued orders and producing nests on demand. When integrated with JETCAM’s Remote Control Processing (RCP) it acts as a ‘black box’, automatically delivering nests and the related NC code within seconds of receiving order queues. This also provides complete traceability, giving you the ability to identify which roll each individual ply was cut from..
Q. What other integration is possible?
A. CrossTrack can be integrated with MRP/ERP systems for managing orders and materials and CAD systems such as FiberSIM from Vistagy for Geometry import.
Q. What are the key benefits?
A. The benefits seen immediately after installation are instant visibility of orders/material stock/nests/machine workloads, full traceability, reduction of errors and time savings. Paper can be massively reduced or eliminated. All data is live across the network, so all staff are working from the same information. Barcode or RFID entry removes the possibility of error, and the need to enter data in different systems is eradicated. CrossTrack can be used as a standalone system but when integrated to existing data systems there is little or no learning curve, as initial data is inserted from current sources. JETCAM’s RCP allows companies to move to true dynamic nesting using JETCAM’s high performance nesting, which alone can often pay for the system within months.