The system also maximises throughput by capturing hide shape and flaw markings in seconds using a digital camera.

Gerber’s RapidScan software technology is embedded in a digital camera mounted above the cutting table, which captures hides of all colours in seconds without time-consuming calibration. To mark flaws, inspectors use a single colour marker to draw symbols on hides that identify up to four flaw zones. Multiple coloured tape or markers are not necessary.

“We’ve packed our nearly two decades of nesting and leather cutting expertise into this extremely efficient system and priced it at a fraction of most automated leather cutting systems,” commented Tom Gordon, senior product manager for Gerber. “At the core of Taurus II is an extremely powerful computerised nesting engine developed and refined by Gerber that has more than one million nesting strategies at its disposal.”

Because Taurus II nests parts automatically and is easy to learn and use, companies not only reduce labour costs significantly by hiring fewer skilled workers, they also get consistent results that are not dependent on the performance of one or two individuals.

Comprehensive data also enables managers to track work in progress and identify opportunities to improve processes. Taurus II digitally records the details of every hide, including usable area and defect area. Users can then compare these figures with those stamped on the back of hides and negotiate more effectively with hide suppliers.

Taurus II is available in one- or two-station configurations that enable users to maximise their existing floor space. The single-station Taurus II offers the smallest footprint for flexible facility planning. The two-station system enables users to cut on one station while preparing a hide or offloading cut parts on the other to maximise productivity of the system. Both configurations accommodate full hides, half sides and remnants.