Feb 16, 2015 -- The highlights of Vero Software’s presence at the Southern Manufacturing Exhibition were strong leads, and demonstrating exciting new and enhanced functionality in the latest 2015 releases of Alphacam, Edgecam, Javelin and Radan, to both potential new customers and existing users.
For Edgecam there was an added bonus – machine tool suppliers Matsuura and Romi both used the software to program machining demonstrations on their own stands. Edgecam Strategic Partnership Manager Wesley Tonks says: “Demonstrating the principals of Edgecam’s offline programming system on our stand, then the visitors going to see the physical results on the machine tool was a major plus.”
Romi showed Edgecam’s high speed Waveform milling roughing strategy on a D-800 VMV machine, and Waveform turning, which is new in Edgecam 2015 R1, on a GL-240. And Matsuura demonstrated how the software is ideal for 5-axis machining by programming a scaled-down version of a helicopter rotorblade cover on their best-selling MX-520 5-axis machine tool.
Visitors to the Vero stand also saw onscreen demonstrations of Edgecam’s multiple setup support, the new engraving cycle, ordering of profiling and roughing, and new commands in Workflow Solids.
Demonstrations of Alphacam 2015 R1 – the largest release delivered by the Alphacam development team showed how it helps manufacturers drive down costs, by speeding up their design and production processes, improving efficiency, productivity and profitability.
A new advanced 5-axis machining module includes a comprehensive set of strategies with advanced tool axis control and intelligent collision avoidance, to quickly and accurately machine surface and solid models. A new ribbon bar interface enables users to quickly find the commands they need, as they are arranged in logical groups, assembled together under tabs. The Quick Access Toolbar can be displayed above or below the ribbon bar and includes the most commonly used commands, such as Open and Save. Users can customise the ribbon bar by adding their own favourites.
Also new in 2015 R1 is aggregate tool holders, enabling users to define them with geometry extrusions and rotations, STL and solid CAD models. These toolholders, or aggregates, can either be extruded, evolved geometry or solids. Common applications of aggregates are horizontal routing and drilling. C-axis aggregates are also supported in Alphacam simulation.
Multi drill heads now have graphical support – as with the aggregates, they can be defined using geometry extrusions and rotations, STL and solid CAD models. Tools are loaded and selected in Project Manager and fully simulated.
Visitors to the Vero stand saw how the 2015 release of the sheet metal software combines all aspects of it for the first time.
A number of the 180 enhancements in Radan 2015 help bring all aspects of the software together – CAD/CAM, Radbend, Radm-ax, Radtube and the logistics products. “When people think of Radan they think of the world’s most powerful sheetmetal CAD/CAM software,” says Product Manager Olaf Körner. “But Radan is actually a whole suite of connected products.
“For example, there is a major connection between 3D in CAD/CAM and the Radbend press brake software. When manufacturers unfold a model they need to know how the bend process will be affected further down the production line.” This is aided by strengthened 3D translation procedures, which he says import information more consistently. The routines for automatically calculating the thickness of imported parts have also been redesigned giving faster and more accurate results. Automatic face selection now applies to unfolding, and there is a simple way to manually specify the top face much earlier in the process. “Telling Radbend at the 3D stage which is the protected face ensures the visible face of the part is scratch-free.”
The bend parameters used by Radan 3D to unfold parts can now be changed using a new editor in the Unfolding Dialog, by simply sliding points on the graph to adjust the values.
Visitors to the Javelin stand saw how the production control system’s 2015r1 release contains a powerful new Customer Relationship Management option aimed at helping manufacturers maximise sales.
It is more focused on converting opportunities with prospects and existing customers into a sales order than conventional CRM systems. While previous releases have had basic functionality for recording contact with customers and prospects, the new module provides the means to register all opportunities for additional work and to follow it through with a series of tasks and automated triggers.
Vero has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network. Vero is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.