Since Aeronaut's Tangent nesting software uses a simple, human readable text format for its input files, it is an easy matter to get data from order management software, spreadsheets and even word processors to output data to create simple patterns, eliminating the need for CAD software.
It does not matter whether you are creating window furnishings, rowing oars or windsurfer masts, if your designs are moderately simple and your order management software is reasonable flexible, then directly creating Tangent ADE files is an efficient and productive option for single and batch cutting.
Case History 1: The customer manufactures carbon fibre masts which are fabricated from conical pieces of pre-preg which are shaped to match the required stiffness of the mast. To minimise waste, the order management system outputs a matrix of cones optimised to fit into the carbon fabric width. No waste, no design software, no delays.
If your management software has the ability to track fabric offcuts, Tangent's ADE feature can be used to get some really significant reductions in waste. The in-coming ADE file can not only specify the designs to be cut, but it can also specify the dimensions of the off-cut from which to cut these designs and set this as a background panel in Tangent. Designs can then be nested within the background panel to minimise waste.
Case History 2: The customer makes window shades and cuts hundreds of patterns per day. They realise that a significant source of waste is short-ends of fabric rolls. These are logged in the order management system and smaller orders are batched onto the left-overs. The order management software outputs a Tangent ADE file which sets the file name according to the fabric style and order details, sets the Tangent template according to the fabric type and sets the roll length as a background panel. Again, no waste, no design software, no delays.
There are plenty of file formats around which can be used for things like ADE… DXF springs to mind. However, DXF has a couple of colossal drawbacks. Human readable it ain't! And DXF is also a very verbose format, taking many lines to output the simplest of shapes. The Tangent ADE file format is very simple and can be implemented in just an hour or two.
If you would like to know more about Tangent's ADE file format, email Aeronaut and request the Tangent ADE software manual.