November 10, 2009 -
Manufacturers who visit Radan in Booth 8097 at the Fabtech International and AWS Welding Show will be able to experience Radan 2010 R1, the latest release of Planit's industry leading CAM software for sheet metal fabrication. Fabtech will be held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Nov. 15 - 18, 2009.
Manufacturers can significantly reduce inventory and increase material utilization with Radan. Radan offers sheet metal software for Design ( 2D & 3D), Manufacture ( Punching, Profiling, Nesting and Bending) and Production Control ( cost estimation, process management).
Radan is capable of 2D and 3D CAD design, flexible and powerful nesting, tool path optimization, and allowing programmers to automate the design to manufacturing process, helping companies achieve their goals of delivering consistent quality products to their customers more quickly while keeping labor and material costs to a minimum.
Radan 2010 R1 improves on Radan’s strengths in 2D and 3D CAD design, flexible and powerful nesting capabilities, and tool path optimization while adding even more ways for programmers to automate the design to manufacturing process.
Whether designing or importing models, Radan is comfortable working with multiple formats of 2D and 3D CAD data. In this latest release, there are enhancements to the 2D CAD module, including an improved DXF interface. In 3D, the introduction of the latest ACIS Kernel offers greater stability and performance when loading Catia and Parasolid files.
“There is continued pressure on optimal material usage and in this version we have added important functionality to achieve this” stated Olaf Korner, Radan Product Manager.
At the core of Radan 2010 R1’s nesting is the new Nest Projects enhancement, which accommodates production changes effortlessly by allowing customers to visualize multiple nests, change priorities, and automatically or manually control nesting functions. Radan users will also see a significant increase in material utilization with these new changes to our nesting software. The new Nest Projects enhancement allows parts to be grouped by a chosen property, such as material type or thickness of a part. Users can choose to use the true shape nesting in addition to rectangular nesting which provides enhanced part control and improved sorting capabilities to achieve optimal sheet material utilization. This enhancement also allows increased visibility of the nesting performance, provides remnant tracking and creation, and combines it with a simple interface for MRP integration.
New options are also available for tool path optimization routines. Users have greater control by optimizing a specific region rather than the whole sheet. Any repositions are also taken into account when changing the automatic routines, and subroutines are created if necessary.
Radan users can also expect to see more automated functions to control part and part picker movements in the 2010 R1 version. For example, a strategy can be set to define the order in removing the part or scrap operation. A new “Constrain” option has been added to allow users to control the movements of the part and part picker during unloading functions for their machines resulting in a more controlled and safer environment.
The new features and enhancements in the 2010 R1 releases of Edgecam and Radan will ensure that customers continue to reduce manufacturing costs, maintain consistent quality and work as efficiently as possible. Companies looking to optimize efficiency and reduce costs will find that Radan delivers leading CAD/CAM performance and functionality, and will enable them to get the most from their machine tools and remain competitive - crucial in the current business climate.
“Achieving the balance between powerful functionality and ease-of-use is an ongoing challenge, but in 2010R1 I feel we have accomplished that across the product” commented Olaf Korner.
Planit serves customers throughout the world with design and manufacturing software solutions (CAD/CAM) for metalworking, woodworking and stone-cutting industries. It is the world’s largest supplier with more than 85,000 industrial seats installed at thousands of customer sites around the world. The company provides its customers with products and services that enable them to improve the productivity of their machine tools, shorten design and manufacturing time, optimize material usage and deliver high quality goods and services to their customers. Leading Planit brands are Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Cabnetware, Edgecam, Jobshop and Radan.
For more information, visit www.planit.com.