Visitors to the FABTECH 2011 exhibition in November can see for themselves how Radan plays a vital role in helping manufacturers gain the most from their machine tool investment. A particular feature on display will be Radbend, which is Radan’s solution for offline press brake programming.

A principal brand from the Planit group, Radan is the world’s most powerful sheet metal CAD/CAM software, driving punching, profiling, nesting and bending functions for machines from a wide range of manufacturers. It assists customers to increase their material utilisation and reduce inventory, providing a significant return on investment.

Radan is on booth 756, showcasing enhancements and additional functionality contained in the latest release, Radan 2012 R1. 

Fabtech 2011Radan Radbend programThe Radbend module provides offline programming for press brakes. Generating accurate bend allowances means Radbend ensures that all bending is totally accurate and repeatable. The software gives manufacturers full, accurate 3D model simulation of the bending process, including advanced features such as automatic bend sequence calculation, automatic tool selection and automatic finger-stop placement, offering simple programming and high productivity. As it programs and verifies bending operations offline it frees up valuable machine time and improves first-off reliability, reducing manufacturing costs. Many customers use it extensively to prove out prototypes. Costly mistakes are also eliminated with automatic detection of collisions both with the tooling and the machine tool itself.

The extensive features of Radbend’s offline programming offer a number of considerable benefits to ensure that press brakes keep pace with the increasing efficiencies elsewhere on the production line:

o Reduce bottlenecks at the press brake
o Reduce downtime through fast and reliable offline programming
o Reduce lead times due to improved efficiency
o Reduce set up times of machine tools from the availability of manufacturing information
o Fewer design errors due to the 3D simulation
o Reduce costly manufacturing errors by making use of the collision checking function
o Ensure maximum utilisation of all press brake machines.

As North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, finishing and welding event, FABTECH 2011 organisers expect the 450,000 square foot show to attract 1,200 exhibitors and more than 30,000 visitors. The show is being held at McCormick Place, Chicago, from November 14-17.

Download Radan’s white paper on how offline press-brake programming can benefit any company currently programming online, from:   http://www.radan.com/bendingwhitepaper
 

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