Sheet metal working now at your fingertips

Closeup of buy now button on the keyboard

Closeup of buy now button on the keyboard

Lantek has developed a new functionality to its existing range of sheet metal solutions CAD/CAM software, which integrates online parts and consumables procurement for sheet metal parts.

Using CAD/CAM software, Lantek’s customers can integrate with their own customers into a supply chain, allowing them to reorder previously supplied parts or request quotations for the manufacture of new designs through the individual company’s website.

According to Lantek, by implementing this technology on their websites, customers will be able to have better collaboration their own customers with up to date quotations more quickly while checking for available capacity for manufacture, thus offering realistic and achievable delivery times.

The way the algorithm works is that it combines elements of time, cost, availability of material and delivery options.

When a request is received through the customer’s website, the will decide if the information is good enough to generate a quotation and delivery date automatically.

Some of the elements considered are availability of material, available capacity and quality of design data.

If the information is acceptable, the system can continue automatically. If not, a workflow ticket is generated to involve a member of staff in clarifying the enquiry.

The way the algorithm works is that it combines elements of time, cost, availability of material and delivery options.

Within the system, time and cost are calculated and estimated using the software libraries in the system.

The desired delivery date is then included within the algorithm and takes account of other jobs being manufactured in the same material and the status of machine capacity.

It also considers material availability, delivery times for material, should it need to be ordered, and current material costs.

With this information and where necessary with assistance from a staff member, an accurate offer can be supplied in a short time and with little administrative effort.