Lantek has launched its new 2013 sheet metal and structural steel portfolio, which the company says can enable more efficient nesting, punching, machining, and tube profile cutting.
The new system, based on artificial intelligence "ThinkingMetal" technology, incorporates algorithms and mathematical morphology strategies which enable sheets to be optimized, avoiding errors in the machining process and producing a reduction in wasted material as well as shorter production times, the company says.
Industry specific features include nesting by areas, sheet turning, the ability to modify the cutting order, reordering of contours following hole destruction, cutting the line of remnant at the beginning of an area, and the rectangular cutting of the skeleton of the metal sheet. Furthermore, the software incorporates new logic for five-axis machines.
The company has improved the Lantek Flex3D solution for producing steel contours and pre-fabricated structures. It now incorporates an optimized work environment with connectivity with all CAD and BIM software in the market. The new version of includes a complete re-engineering of the machining engine, the nesting simulation, and the turret management. For profile finishing, it now has new milling features and new parameters for checking the automatic drilling and marking process.
The new Replica integration mechanisms, in the latest version of the software, increase the options available for connecting the management, design and production processes of sheet metal companies.
Replica offers several machine integration solutions, including Masterlink. This mechanism connects the CAD/CAM systems with the company management system through the exchange of XML, DWG/DXF, SAT, IGES and STEP files.
In addition to Masterlink, the new version provides XML importers for holes in tubes and drilled holes in profiles, as well as a new technology table importer. It also provides integration with the machine, as well as improvements in the DWG/DXF importers.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.