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New AutoPOL version 03.28.0013

12 november, 2018

A new updated version 03.28.0013 of AutoPOL has been released. This version includes new functionality and a few minor improvements/fixes. The major ones are briefly described below.

Customers with an active Subscription can download this version from the AutoPOL Customer Portal.
Do not forget to back-up your AutoPOL Common Files on a regular basis.

BendSim

  • Major performance improvements
    Many of the calculation intense core functions of the AutoPOL kernel has been re-written and will see big performance improvements.
    These improvements are achieved through optimizing algorithms and multi-threading, where all the CPU kernels are used more efficiently.
    Improvement results are not linear and will vary from part to part, but for example the auto sequencing and tool set-up calculations, have shown results only requiring down to 20% of the time for certain parts.
  • Forced Retract based on thickness
    A new machine setting is implemented that forces the back gauges to always make a retract when the part is over a certain thickness.
    It is for example common that you want to do this to avoid thicker sheets lifting the fingers. It is also useful in robotized solutions where doing a retract at every bend is common.

New AutoPOL version 03.28.0011

7 augusti, 2018

A new updated version 03.28.0011 of AutoPOL has been released. This version includes new functionality and a few minor improvements/fixes. The major ones are briefly described below.

Customers with an active Subscription can download this version from the AutoPOL Customer Portal.
Do not forget to back-up your AutoPOL Common Files on a regular basis.

General

  • Support for new 3D file versions added
    The currently supported versions can always be found on www.autopol.com/translators, but the new versions added in this release are the following.Inventor: 2019
    Parasolid: 30.0.x
  • Support for high-resolution step bends
    It is now possible to define step bends where the number of bends exceed the predictable limit and will be inside the V-opening of the die. This will allow a smoother radius and a more esthetic appearance.
    The challenge is that manual correction of the bend angles at the machine will most likely be require, as it will be unable to calcualte a correct penetration depth with previous bends inside the V-opening of the die.
  • Automatic step bend conversion
    AutoPOL can now automatically convert large radius bends into step bends. The number of bends applied is decided by user defined settings, describing the smoothnes required.
    The operation is performed automatically when the flat pattern is calculated, but can also be manually overridden.
  • New AutoPOL file format
    The AutoPOL .pol file format has been replaced with a new file format called .polp.
    As a user there will not be any difference in the daily work, but this new format is improved a lot ”under the hood”.
    For example it is a compressed file format, resulting in smaller file sizes. It also eliminates the need for external preview files.
    The files are also more adapted to store and supply data in environments where connectivity with other systems is required, such as Industry 4.0 and with ERP/MRP systems.

BendSim

  • New functionality that limits the part peripheral speed
    This new safety feature will automatically limit the ram speed movement during bending so that the part peripheral speed will be within specified limits.
    The maximum peripheral speed is set as a machine setting and is of course dependant on part size and tooling.
  • Better indication of bottoming
    When bottoming is used as bending method it will now be indicated more clearly in both the Info section inside AutoPOL and the Process Documentation.
  • Support for the Cone TC15 control
    FCC Software is happy to announce that AutoPOL now supports the Cone TC15 control from CoastOne.

New AutoPOL version 03.28.0010

8 april, 2018

A new updated version 03.28.0010 of AutoPOL has been released. This version includes new functionality and a few minor improvements/fixes. The major ones are briefly described below.

Customers with an active Subscription can download this version from the AutoPOL Customer Portal.
Do not forget to back-up your AutoPOL Common Files on a regular basis.

General

  • Support for new 3D file versions added
    The currently supported versions can always be found on www.autopol.com/translators, but the new versions added in this release are the following.
    3DExperience: V6 R2018x
    Catia V5: V5-6R2018
    Siemens NX: NX 12.0.0
    Solidworks: 2018
  • New keyboard shortcuts
    Some new small, but very useful, keyboard shortcuts have been added.The keys 1, 2, & 3 on the left hand side of the keyboard are used for switching between Combined 2/3D, 2D & 3D when in model mode.
    In bend mode it will be used for view settings of the machine components, just like the 1, 2, & 3 buttons on the lower left in the graphics area.
    Additionally the left and right arrow keys are used to move forward and backwards in the bend sequence.

Press release: New AutoPOL add-on for batch processing and integration with automated systems.

5 april, 2018

AutoPOL has since its release back in the early 2000´s been a leader in the off-line programming of press brake’s. By releasing this new add-on the software takes another big leap forward to maximize press brake productivity and efficiency.

The all new Batch & Remote is an add-on to AutoPOL. It enables automatic processing of multiple parts and interfacing with external software systems.
Batch processing means that multiple parts are processed by the software automatically.
All necessary tasks are performed without user input, the results are reported back and production data is created.
If any issues occur, for example parts being impossible to bend, they are reported back through the system and the operator can review them.

The Remote part of the add-on is built in such a way that external software systems can instruct AutoPOL to process parts automatically and receive the results back. This makes it possible for existing planning and production systems to interface with AutoPOL and use it for press brake integration.

Benefits/Highlights
– Automatic programming of multiple parts.
– Unattended processing.
– Dramatically reduces programming costs.
– Reports the overall outcome and for each step in the process.
– Easy manual inspection if issues are reported.
– Allows external software systems to control part processing.

This new functionality can be added not only to new licenses but also to existing installations.
For further information on obtaining this add-on to your existing license, please contact your AutoPOL supplier.

 

About FCC Software

FCC Software is a company developing and marketing world class software for sheet metal manufacturing. The company was established in 1987 and has Falköping, a city in the southwest part of Sweden, as its base.
After starting with sales and service of Computer Aided Design software, the company evolved and is now focusing all its resources on developing and marketing its own software products. Products that are all related to design and manufacturing of sheet metal parts.
FCC Software operates globally and have through strategic partnerships created a strong sales and service organization to service each market.
Core company values are great innovation, cooperation and strong relations.


New AutoPOL version 03.28.0006

2 mars, 2018

A new updated version 03.28.0006 of AutoPOL has been released. This version includes new functionality and a few minor improvements/fixes. The major ones are briefly described below.

Customers with an active Subscription can download this version from the AutoPOL Customer Portal.

General

  • MultiSave available in Unfold tab and Add-on Design
    The MultiSave function can now be used not only in the Bend tab, but is also available in the Unfold tab. It is even available in Design tab if that add-on is active.
    The files saved and thier content is adapted depending on what information that is available in the current state.

BendSim

  • Support for the Trumpf TASC 6000 control
    FCC Software is happy to announce that AutoPOL now supports the Trumpf TASC 6000 control.The programs created for this control does not only include the numerical information required to run the machine. It also contains the native 3D graphics that allows the operator to see each operation directly on the control. No extra features or viewers are required.To support this new feature there is also an extensive library of tooling and machine information/components added to the existing collection.To activate this new feature, a new activation code is required.
    Customers with an active subscription will find their new activation code on the AutoPOL Customer Portal.
    Dealers and partners can obtain their new activation code(s) by contacting FCC Software.

New AutoPOL version 03.28.0005

20 december, 2017

A new updated version 03.28.0001 of AutoPOL has been released. This version includes new functionality and a few minor improvements/fixes. The major ones are briefly described below.

Customers with an active Subscription can download this version from the AutoPOL Customer Portal.

General

  • User defined weighting span for bend data exceptions
    The user can now decide the angle span used to find bend data exceptions that are not available for a specific target angle.
    This settings defines how far from the target angle the next larger and smaller bend data exception can be. If exceptions are found within this span, a weighted average of the two will be used.
  • Support for new 3D file versions added
    The currently supported versions can always be found on www.autopol.com/translators, but the new versions added in this release are the following.
    Solid Edge: ST10
    Autodesk Inventor: 2018
    Parasolid: 30
  • MultiSave available in Unfold and add-on Design
    The MultiSave command can now be used already in the Unfold or Design tab. This opens up the possibility to conveniently save all production files also for parts that do not require bending.

New AutoPOL version 03.28.0001

26 september, 2017

A new updated version 03.28.0001 of AutoPOL has been released. This version includes new functionality and a few minor improvements/fixes. The major ones are briefly described below.

Customers with an active Subscription can download this version from the AutoPOL Customer Portal.

General

  • Acis version 2018 1.0 implemented
    The latest version of the Acis 3D kernel has been implemented.
  • Support for new 3D file versions added
    The currently supported versions can always be found on www.autopol.com/translators, but the new versions added in this release are the following.
    Acis: 2018 1.0
    Catia V5: 6R2017
    3DExperience: R2017
    ProE/Creo: Creo 4.0
    JT: 10x
  • Improved material settings
    It is now possible to define material settings for multiple thicknesses within the same material.
    This will improve the accuracy of the bend deduction calculation even further, especially for those who work in a broad range of thicknesses
  • Bend data exceptions
    User defined bend deduction values can be set for certain cases where the general formulas should not apply.
    This is very useful in for example odd cases. An example can be where the sheet is force bent into a very narrow die and no general rules of calculation apply.
    Then a user specified bend deduction can be set, as a general rule in the system, for that particular combination of Material, Thickness, Angle, Die and Punch

BendSim

  • Automatic Bottoming (Coining)
    AutoPOL will automatically set the bending method to bottoming if appropriate tools for that are used.
    With that option enabled the use of bottoming is fully automated and everything that is affected, such as force, tool load, bend radius, bend deduction and NC code, is set automatically.
    Of course you can also set the bending method manually and even use different methods on individual bends.
  • Manual sorting of Materials
    It is now possible to manually sort the Materials, so they can be grouped or listed according to the users own preference and liking.
  • Additional data in process documentation
    The process documentation will now include information about the rectangular size of the flat pattern.
  • Improved MultiSave
    The MultiSave function can now contain dynamic folders, using variables, to be able to more freely decide where the files should be saved.
    To give an example, DXF files can automatically be sorted based on Material and Thickness.
    Examples of available variables are Date, Material, Thickness, Machine, Import folder and Revision.
  • Configurable Retract Safety Distance
    The user can now , automatically, influence the safety distance between the finger and the part after a Retract movement is performed.

Press release: AutoPOL GT, press brake off-line programming taken to the next level.

27 mars, 2017

AutoPOL has since its release back in the early 2000´s been a leader in the off-line programming of press brake’s. A new generation, called AutoPOL GT, has just been released.
The software has undergone major development and improvement and will bring a new ease of use never before experienced.

Having been the pioneers in the early days of press brake off-line programming, AutoPOL has held the position of being the most capable and advanced available. Even when having such high technical levels and advanced features, the user friendliness has always been something operators highlight.

While maintaining and improving the highest technical level, great efforts have been made to raise the user experience even further. The result is this new generation AutoPOL GT setting new, even higher, standards in user experience for off-line press brake programming.

With a heritage in traditional computer environments and the future of hand held devices in mind, the AutoPOL GT has been developed to be what’s often referred to as hybrid software. This means that it is built to be used efficiently with both a classic mouse and modern touch screen devices.

Besides all the user interface improvements there is also a lot of enhancements and additions to the technical functionality and capabilities.
Adapting to use with touch screen devices requires that many features are more automated and scaled down from the users stand point. The spin off effect is that many technical features have been improved greatly to allow use with less user interaction.

The new version is available to existing users with a valid Subscription contract through the AutoPOL Customer Portal and is also delivered to all new users.
To make the transition from previous versions or learning from scratch is easy. There are over 15 different tutorials available in the software help section, all with simple to follow video demonstrations.

“AutoPOL has always been in the forefront when it comes to functionality and user friendliness for press brake off-line programming. With this new generation of the software we are taking that to yet another level. The remarks we get when showing it to both new and existing users is overwhelming. Everybody is so impressed with how easy and powerful it is.”, says Fredrik Holmvik, Product Manager at FCC Software.

 

About FCC Software

FCC Software is a company developing and marketing world class software for sheet metal manufacturing. The company was established in 1987 and has Falköping, a city in the southwest part of Sweden, as its base.
After starting with sales and service of Computer Aided Design software, the company evolved and is now focusing all its resources on developing and marketing its own software products. Products that are all related to design and manufacturing of sheet metal parts.
FCC Software operates globally and have through strategic partnerships created a strong sales and service organization to service each market.
Core company values are great innovation, cooperation and strong relations.