Trim Optimization

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If you are in business you certainly face challenging problems such as:

  • Provide better service to your customers,
  • Deliver customized products just-in-time in specified quantities and requirements, and
  • Reduce your production cost and increase revenue,

Optrimize, LLC helps you to solve these problems with our products and services.

Our flagship product, SharpTrim, helps paper mills to save money by reducing trim loss (paper waste) during cutting and skiving operations, by increasing productivity and achieving product quality goals. SharpTrim brings the next generation of trim optimization software providing a great value to our customers.

Our services will help you to formulate and formalize your business and industrial problems, to develop adequate mathematical models, algorithms, and software. We integrate seamlessly our technology into your existing management and information systems.

Our customers report millions of saving and increased revenue due to reducing cost, curtailing downtime, increasing productivity, speeding up the downstream operations, improving production throughput, and achieving product quality goals.


Classic trim problem or cutting stock problem is about finding an effective combination of cutting patterns to produce the customer specified orders of rolls, sheets, bars, etc. This problem occurs in many processing industries, such as paper, film, steel, etc. Depending on different manufacturing configurations and production requirements, a trim problem appears in many flavors. For example, it may be a one-stage problem where original source items are cut into customer sizes, or it maybe a multi-stage problem where original source items are cut into smaller intermediate items, then those intermediate items can be cut further into smaller items and finally into finished products. The number of stages can be 2, 3, and even more.

The trim problem can be either purely one-dimensional where a cutting process is in one direction, or it can be one-and-half-dimensional where there is a prime cutting dimension and auxiliary cutting dimension. For example, a 60" diameter roll should be cut into smaller rolls by width and diameter.  Cutting across, or by the width direction, is called slitting, while cutting along, or by the length direction, is called chopping. Why, then, is the problem not considered as two-dimensional? It is because a waste minimization in one direction just happens to be more important than from the other direction.

Cutting is not the only process that is relevant to the trim problem. Packing, skiving, and covering are the other counterparts. Packing is a process of putting items in a container. It may have some distinct features but it can essentially be modeled in the same way as a cutting process. Skiving and covering are related to each other in the same way as cutting and packing. Skiving is the reverse process of cutting. It is literally gluing small items to get a big item. A special technological process called skiving is employed at some paper mills to produce larger rolls by width from two or more smaller rolls. Covering is a process of using predefined two-dimensional small pieces to cover big items. For example, paneling a wall with plywood boards is a covering process. Another example of a covering problem is a staff scheduling problem.

Where should you start?

Please look at the list of the products we offer. The most comprehensive product is SharpTrim that solves a cutting/skiving stock problem. Along with SharpTrim we offer products aiming for improving trim efficiency: AutoHelp, and TackleDeckle. On your request we will mail you an installation disc with a product of your choice.

We offer a free trial of any product for up to three months.