New AutoPOL version 03.30.0001

16 november, 2020

A new updated version 03.30.0001 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. Partners use AutoPOL Partner 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.

    Catia V5: V5-6 R2021
    Creo: 7.0
    3DExperience: V6 R2021x
    JT: 10.3 & 10.5
    Parasolid: 33.0.X
    Siemens NX: NX 1926
    Solidworks: 2021
  • Improved calculation performance
    New technologies for faster, more optimised collision detection have been developed.
    This enables, for example, quicker bend sequencing and tool set-up calculations.

BendSim

  • Save and Load Tool Set-ups
    With AutoPOL it is now possible to Save and Load pre-defined Tool Set-ups.
    This means you can easily store a set-up that you have created, automatically or manually, and then re-use it for other parts. This is managed under the Tooling tab in the Machine Settings.
    When loading the set-up, AutoPOL will also position the part at good positions. If no good location is available, for one or several bends, you can manually set the position. Or alter the set-up itself by using the loaded one as a starting point.
    As a bonus, we have also added the possibility to re-load the last used tool set-up, without the need for saving, if you have removed it and then want to get that same one back again.
  • Reset finger positions
    It is now really easy to reset the finger positions back to the default positions calculated by AutoPOL.
    You can choose to apply the reset to the current bend, remaining bends in the sequence or all bends.
    In the numeric entry of finger positions you simply select the Auto button, shown on the right, and the default position will be set.
  • Beam fixtures
    Depending on what options you have on the machine, it could affect the appearance of the lower beam, and influence the collision detection.
    This could for example be if you have front supports that require additional linear guides. These could then cause collisions that you normally would not get without those mounted.
    This new feature makes it easier to maintain correct machine dimensions, and you no longer need to create complete models for each combination of options.
    Instead you have the basic beam and then you can combine that with a 3D model for your particular combination of options. This is illustrated on the right where the same beam is shown in two different configurations.
  • Punch Extensions for default hemming tools
    It is now possible to also include punch extensions when configuring default hemming tools.
    This enables the possibility to automatically set a broader range of punch tools when programming parts with hemming.
  • Support for Ermaksan Er Touch controllers
    FCC Software is happy to announce that from this new version we officially support the ER Touch control from Ermaksan.
    This control is available in 3 different versions, Professional, Master and Basic.
    All three of them are now supported by AutoPOL.

    To get access to this new controller, a new activation code is required.
    End users with an active Subscription will find their updated code on the AutoPOL Customer Portal.
    Partners who wish to get access need to contact FCC Software via mail@autopol.com and request their new code.

Batch & Remote

  • Tool Summary in Queue Report
    When optimizing the production queue, a new section has been added to the report.
    This provides a summary of all the tools, and segments, needed to bend that entire list of products.
    This is very convenient for the operator who can easily collect all of the tooling required for the entire list of parts, making tool changes even more efficient.
    And let’s not forget the positive ergonomic affect of reduced handling of heavy tooling!