Four Vero Brands Exhibit At Southern 2013
Alphacam, Edgecam, Javelin and Radan will be showcasing their most recent features and updates at the Southern Manufacturing Exhibition (www.industrysouth.co.uk), being held at FIVE, in Farnborough, on February 13 and 14.
Alphacam, Edgecam and Radan are on stand P72, while Javelin is on stand Q43.
Alphacam: Stand P72
Alphacam, the leading CAM solution for wood, stone, composites and metal components from 2 Axis through to 5 Axis NC programming applications, offers increased productivity, reliability, and flexibility. Its unparalleled ease of use and sophisticated toolpath generation, make it the ideal CAM system for routing, milling and turning.
Visitors to the stand will see a host of functionality in Alphacam 2013 R1 that reduces programming time and material wastage, while improving material surface finish, part quality and tool life.
It includes a new reporting application for nested job reports, setup sheets, tool listings and part labels; toolpath oscillation, which utilises more of the tool’s effective cutting length; automatically adding support tags allowing the part to stay attached to the material being machined; nesting zones which contribute to reducing material wastage and improving the quality of the part; and pocket area clearance and finish contour machining can be combined into a single machining operation, which improves the quality of the part and reduces programming time.
Alphacam General Manager Nick Spurrett says: “These enhancements ensure Alphacam not only keeps pace with the changing needs of manufacturers throughout the area, but also delivers maximum return on investment.”
Edgecam: Stand P72
Edgecam will be demonstrating its recently-introduced wire EDM product which provides an intuitive environment for the comprehensive programming of all wire EDM machine tools.
And a number of enhancements in Edgecam 2013 R1 give added value for all users.
• The industry-leading Waveform Roughing cycle now has the ability to specify a pre-drilled hole as the approach type, ensuring a smoother transition into the material, reducing the cycle time even further.
• A new “Tube” stock type has been added, and the user can now edit stock dimensions and re-pick geometry while retaining the stock shape. Changes to the stock are now considered automatically when regenerating the machining instructions.
• Further enhancements have been made to the Edgecam Simulator, enabling the simulation process to rewind to a previous position in the machining sequence.
• Toolpaths are now generated much faster thanks to a new 5-axis 64-bit machining engine running as a separate process, utilising multiple core technology. Background processing of milling cycles in the Mill/Turn environment is now available, meaning the user can carry on working while Edgecam calculates complex toolpaths.
Javelin: Stand Q43
Javelin, the flexible, scalable and intelligent production planning and control system will be showing its new mobile wireless functionality on stand Q43.
There is something in the latest release, Javelin 2013r1, to improve processes for every manufacturer.
Data monitoring stock in and out is now gathered wirelessly and transmitted from hand-held devices such as scanners and tablets running terminal servers. Specific displays have been created to run on the small screens that these devices have. It enables barcode scanning to pick, locate and check stock, including confirmation that the correct stock is being despatched at the time of picking...all done wirelessly.
CRM includes a prospects database so that records can be held on a prospect without adding them as a customer. Users set their own classifications about what information is recorded, and it can all be linked to quotations and sales orders. An automatic, fully configurable link ensures that raising a quotation creates a diarised follow-up action.
A new Multi Sales Issue function overcomes the time-consuming task of picking stock for individual Sales Orders. Stock can now be picked by customer, date, or even by the part itself, as well as the specific Sales Order, saving considerable time for companies shipping hundreds of items a day.
Similar time savings are achieved for companies needing serial traceability, by using Serial Numbers Scan which can scan to select or deselect. “If you’re issuing 90 parts from a box of 100, you need only scan ten on ‘deselect,’ and it will keep those on stock while registering the others as having been despatched,” says General Manager Paul Holmes. “Or if you’re only sending a small number of items, you simply scan those on ‘select’.”
Program Nesting exports static nests to third-party software, such as a CAD package, for material optimisation and CNC coding. “That will then cover the whole nest with a series of programs. One nest may need ten programs to run ten times each, and some just once. Importing that information back into Javelin ensures Shop Floor Data Capture records against individual program runs rather than the entire nest.”
Radan: Stand P72
Radan offers a unique combination of applications for profiling, punching and bending, along with design and production management capabilities.
Radan 2013 includes improved support for multi-tools, meaning they are much easier to use. General Manager Chris Aston says the traditional way of setting up multi-tools in the machine system data file is cumbersome and time-consuming. “However, we take the principle that a multi-tool is a tool, not a turret, which has implications as to how multi-tools are deployed by Radan and configured and manipulated by users.
For example, a configuration for a Trumpf machine will have the definitions – the shape and number of stations – of all multi-tools the customer may purchase for their machine tool, without allocating it to a tool station at that time. This is less work-intensive and more flexible than the traditional system of always allocating a multi-tool to a station.”
The combination of all enhancements in Radan 2013 provides greater automation while still giving the user manual options if required. It contains key enhancements to the navigational tools, increasing accessibility to functions; along with improved integration of Radband; and the addition of colour making it easier to identify parts, both pre and post production.
Alphacam, Edgecam, Radan: Stand P72
Javelin: Stand Q43.