The action of optimizing is in our daily lives and we don't even notice it. We optimize when we choose the best route to get to work, taking shortcuts, dodging traffic, etc. When we cook, when we clean, when we organize our work day. All the time we are optimizing.
Even so, until very recently, the word “optimize” did not even appear in our dictionaries, although it was already accepted by English, Spanish and French speaking countries, among others. But being in a dictionary does not mean the term becomes official, which is only given with the publication in the VOLP (Orthographic Vocabulary of the Portuguese Language), edited by the ABL (Brazilian Academy of Letters). By the end of 2009, this had not yet occurred.
This is a term that gained a lot of strength with the growth of information technology, since the main objective of software has always been to “improve” something “in order to be simpler and as quickly as possible”, as defined by “optimizing” the Aulete dictionary. Michaelis' definition of “make it great” is more in line with the word, but his goal is not always achievable. What is expected is an improvement with the aim of reaching the maximum.
Thinking about optimizing as a result of mathematical techniques, the goal will be to find the maximum and minimum values. That is, the optimal values.
In the case of Corte Certo, these techniques are employed to improve the use of raw material and speed up the entire cutting process, which may include stacking options.
In addition, other objectives are added, either as a consequence or as a complement. For example: improvement in the organization, through the standardization of the documentation generated by the program; assistance with pricing; assistance in order control; assistance in industrial processes; assistance in the purchase of raw materials; sales assistance; waste reduction; and increased profitability.
Eventually, the user will be able to sacrifice a little of the objective of achieving the best possible use of the material in exchange for optimizing the cutting process, that is, saving time in using the cutting machine, the manpower available for the job, the raw material stock time, etc.