- Familiarizing with Custom Stock
Custom Stock is a site (place) to insert data of pieces provided to you, which you intend to use in your project. These pieces’ Custom are remained from previous projects, have non-standard dimensions, or are pieces with peculiar dimensions. If, under any circumstances, you have raw materials with special dimensions and which you intend to use in your project, you have to save its data in this menu. Saving these pieces’ data in the program does not signify a definite use of them by the program, because the software consistently sets up the best layout as regards Nesting (whether one- or two-dimensional) which does not necessarily encompass pieces defined by the user. Inserting data in this menu serves as defining a virtual storage room so that in case the software can use pieces of this room, adhering to Nesting principles (which are necessarily set in standard dimensions), ordering new primary materials would be avoided. Moreover, you necessarily must introduce the required material to the program if you have considered pieces with peculiar dimensions due to technical reasons (courses with 3,000-millimeter widths, for example). This menu is utilized data insertion of these pieces, as well.
Remember that according to one of Nesting principles implying a reduction of waste, the software will not forget to use a piece in the storage room which is usable in the project! Working with Custom Stock menu is not complicated by any means. Clicking on the respective icon ( ), data insertion menu is activated.
Fig. 171 – (Custom Stock Data Insertion Menu)
In this menu, there is one page per the six groups for which Nesting is prepared for inserting special pieces’ data whose structures correspond. Focus on Plate Stock page, as a case in point. In addition to inserting dimensional data of the intended pieces on this page, you are to specify the piece’s ownership, as well; that is to say, you are to specify that in which project or group’s Nesting preparation this very special piece be used. As can be seen in the figure, each record contains three columns of number-related data. The number of pieces the user has entered as … is inserted in Stock QTY column. The number of pieces used so far is inserted in Stock Used column. The number of pieces to be used in the new Nesting stage is inserted in Stock Available column.
Remember that while running Nesting, the number inserted in this column will be consistently used.
For example, if we have five 800-millimeter pipe pieces in the software’s virtual storage room, run Nesting for pipe once, and the software uses three of them, only the two remaining pieces will be given part in the following Nesting process.
Thus, it is strongly recommended that in case you are running a trial Nesting, or you have not run the final stage of Nesting yet, constantly restore the existing number to its original state using Stocks Reset key prior to running Nesting so that the program can include the maximum number of existing pieces in Nesting process.
Considering the fact that 20 millimeters per each dimension are included as grinding space in two-dimensional Nesting, it is recommended to enter the dimensions for your plate pieces with a 20-millimeter extra space.