Delcam plc is finding ways to take advantage of improvements in computer hardware.
By using the multiple processors now available on a desktop, mold makers can double up on the amount of engineering data being calculated at any time.
We want to use that computing power in the fastest way possible, marketing manager Peter Dickin said June 23 at NPE2009.
The computer-aided molding software company has devised a way to queue up work on the computer so an engineer at a mold maker can input all information for one project and, while allowing that information to compile into a finished file in the background operations, can input the data for a whole new project rather than waiting for one set of calculations to complete before moving on.
The system also can be used to set up processing for a later time, essentially creating a lights-out computation that is similar to lights-out mold making through automation, Dickin said.
With any investment in hardware, you need to be able to get the biggest bang for your buck, he said. You've got to have software that's intelligent enough to use it.