1. If feasible, invest in a good optimization package, which will design cutting patterns and schedule the throughput for the shop.
2. A saw that offers parts labeling capability can save time and energy. Included can be the following: barcode, what the part is and which cabinet/product it is associated with, part size, next operation, material, grain pattern, hardware, etc.
3. If using a front-loading saw, have the material on a scissor lift located at the side away from the right angle fence and oriented for cross-cutting first. The panel then can be easily pivoted onto the air table for cutting.
4. Before offloading the last part in a cycle, save time by pulling it away from the cutting line. Load the next sheet into the saw, initiate the cutting cycle and then offload the part.
5. Short batches are more common. Features such as high-speed movement in the saw carriage, pusher and side aligners and dual pushers for crosscutting make the job easier on horizontal saws.
6. Vertical saws also are featuring options for increased flexibility, including: digital positioning of the stock, repeatability, laser alignment, auto-positioning on the X-axis and the ability to cut a variety of media.
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