China Die & Mould Industry Association

MA Automotive Tool & Die implemented SMIRT DieBuild

MA Automotive Tool & Die is the largest die manufacturer in South Africa. As part of the industrial group Gruppo CLN, headquartered in Italy, they produce dies for medium and large automotive stamping parts.

MA Automotive Tool & Die initially introduced the visualization and tool-path programming solutions from SMIRT in 2015, to improve their process efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs. Following this successful experience, they decided to further invest in SMIRT software with the introduction of the manufacturing planning module SMIRT DieBuild.

With SMIRT DieBuild, MA Automotive Tool & Die will define detailed manufacturing processes for each die, integrated within the same files and the same software environment used for CNC programming and for design visualization. SMIRT DieBuild automatically computes the labor for each operation in the process, for very accurate process control.

Workers on the floor will have access to the planning information directly from the same software environment they are using in production, with no need for bid sheets or for other documentation.

In July 2016, Alfred Petersen of SMIRT trained a team of MA Automotive Tool & Die employees on the use of SMIRT DieBuild. This team was formed by Project Manager Mr. Mike Wessels, Die Engineer Mr. Morne Kleinhans, Machining Department Supervisor Mr. Louis Swanepoel, and  IT Professional Mr. Dave Munn, under the supervision of the Plant Manager Mr. Andrew Shubart.

SMIRT is a solution of Vero Software designed to support the manufacturing process of stamping dies and molds. SMIRT is made by 3D based modules for visualization, machining, cost estimation, planning and scheduling, with a great user friendliness for shop-floor envi-ronment. All the modules are perfectly integrated together to provide customers with a sys-tem capable to improve their efficiency and throughput. SMIRT customers in America, Europe, Asia and Africa span from large automotive OEMS to tooling suppliers.


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