New AutoPOL version 03.33.0030

New AutoPOL version 03.33.0030

A new updated version 03.33.0030 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 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.

    NX: 2306
    Creo: 10
    Inventor: 2024

BendSIM

  • First Bend Markers
    This is a simple, but great, new feature that allows inserting symbols to show exactly how to position the part for the first bend.
    By engraving those symbols at the first bend, the operator can clearly see what side to put towards the back gauge fingers and if the bend goes up or down. This helps avoiding operator mistakes and thus minimizing initial scrap parts.
    This feature is enabled in the DXF settings when exporting the flat pattern.

  • Support for Murata MOS controls
    We are happy to announce that from this version, AutoPOL supports the Murata MOS control.
    This enables the use of AutoPOL together with press brakes from the Japanese manufacturer Murata.

  • Support for Schiavi Titano controls
    Another new control that is now supported is the one called Titano from Schiavi.

  • Support for Durma DT10/DT15 controls
    Two additional controls, called DT10 and DT15, from Durma are now also supported.

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0031

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0031

A new updated version 03.31.0031 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.

    Acis: 2023 1.0
    JT: 10.7
    Parasolid: 35.0.x
    Siemens NX: NX 2206
    Solid Edge: SE 2023
    Solidworks: 2023

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0030

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0030

A new updated version 03.31.0030 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

  • Reference side highlight
    A new feature that highlights one of the sides of the part, throughout the entire process, has been added.
    The main purpose of this is to make it more clear for operators to see when the part is flipped over and not. Or to avoid bending mirrored parts.
    The side indicated is the same as the reference side, which is also the top side of the flat pattern.

BendSim

  • Angle measurement “Learned” method
    A third method, called Learned, for laser angle measurement has been added.
    This allows re-use of measurement results done on previous bends where the bend characteristics match the current bend. If tooling, angle and bend length match there is no need to measure again as the two bends are “the same”.
    This is very useful when you want to achieve faster cycle times, as active measuring takes time, or if the second bend is not possible to measure for some reason.

  • Automatic programming of angle measurement
    The Learned measurement method is not the only improvement done for the angle measurement functionality. AutoPOL can now also program angle measurement automatically.
    With user configurable settings AutoPOL can automatically decide what bends to measure and with what method/type of measurement.
    You can decide if measurements must take place, if you prefer to measure or if no measurement should be performed.
    These settings can be made based on material type and thickness, so that different preferences can be set based on the need for measurement in different cases.
    Maybe you prefer to measure Stainless, but not Mild steel…
    Or you want to measure everything above 3mm, but not below…
    Or a specific material/thickness combination must always be measured very carefully due to material inconsistency…
    To summarize, a very flexible system that lets you set your preferences based on your needs in different situations.

  • More control over alternative tool search
    For a long time it has been possible to let AutoPOL find alternative tools when the current ones do not work for some reason.
    This functionality is quite intelligent and can find solutions, if it is necessary, using several different types of punches and/or dies for different bends of the part. This makes the functionality very powerful, as multiple tool combinations makes more parts possible to bend.
    However, some users have expressed that those solutions sometimes are too complex for their capabilities. Mistakes happen more frequently when complex solutions are needed.
    For that reason it is now possible to disable the possibility to use multiple types of punches or dies when searching alternative tools.
    This of course decreases the number of parts you are able to bend, but that is then a strategic decision made to decrease scrap in manufacturing locations where complex bend solutions can’t be managed well.

  • Indication of filmside for Delem DA-6xT controls
    On Delem DA-6xT controls, of version 3.6 or newer, it is now possible to have the Filmside shown/indicated.
    With this new AutoPOL version that information is included when outputting programs to these controls, if a Filmside is selected.

  • Support for Remsoft-FXSoft controls
    We are happy to announce that from this version onwards, AutoPOL supports Remsoft – FXSoft controls.
    This control is, for example, used by Euromac press brakes.

    To get access to this new control, a new activation code is required.
    End users with an active maintenance can find their updated code on the AutoPOL Customer Portal.

  • Support for Durma Sky22 controls
    Another new control that is supported is the one called Sky22 from Durma.

    This control also requires an updated Activation code that users with an active maintenance can find on the AutoPOL Customer Portal.

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0021

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0021

A new updated version 03.31.0021 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.

    Creo: 9.0
    Inventor: V2023

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0020

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0020

A new updated version 03.31.0020 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

  • Filmside in apProfile
    When creating 3D models using the apProfile file type, which is often done through integration with external software systems, it is now possible to define which side of the sheet is the Filmside.
    This can be used to indicate the side of the sheet that is, for example, painted or has a protective film. This is then considered through the entire process and helps ensure a correctly bent final product.

    How to set this in the apProfile files is documented in the AutoPOL Help

BendSim

  • Support for LVD TOUCH-B controls added
    We are happy to announce that from this version onwards, AutoPOL supports the TOUCH-B control from LVD.
    This is the control fitted on most of the modern LVD machines, but there are exceptions on some older machines.

    To be able to work with AutoPOL, or any other external software, and create programs for these machines there must be an option called XNC enabled at the control.

    To get access to this new control, a new activation code is required.
    End users with an active Subscription will find their updated code on the AutoPOL Customer Portal.
  • Estimation of tool set-up times
    For each bending program being created with AutoPOL, the time for loading and unloading the press brake tools is estimated.
    Besides these times being presented to the programmer, they are available in the Program properties and can also be extracted using the Industry 4.0 Data Sharing protocol. This is useful, for example, during automatic cost calculation or planning with external software systems.

    As the external factors around the machine, such as working routines and types of tool clamping, influence heavily the time needed for various operations around tool set-up, the system can be configured to consider the reality around each machine.

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0010

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0010

A new updated version 03.31.0010 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. 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: R2022
    3DExperience: R2022x
    Siemens NX: NX 1980
    SolidEdge: SE 2022
    Solidworks: 2022

  • Import of XML based profile definitions
    To better support integration with external software systems used by for example the cladding and roofing industry, the possibility to open standardized XML files describing sheet profiles has been added.
    This allows any system to create XML format based apProfile files, containing all the data and shape of a sheet profile, to be opened and processed by AutoPOL. Either manually or automatically using Batch & Remote.
    The format of the apProfile files is well documented and is found in the AutoPOL Help for anyone who wish to use this functionality to create 3D models of their profiles, from their own software system.

Unfold

  • Automatic Reference and Film side detection
    It is from this version possible to automatically detect the Reference side of the sheet and apply the Film side.
    The side can be detected using various methods, for example by color indication or position of the origin.
    The settings for this i done per material, enabling different behaviour for different materials and thicknesses.

BendSim

  • Bend lines visible in AutoPOL CNC Viewer
    Anyone using the AutoPOL CNC Viewer, normally at the machine, will now be able to see the bend lines of the part in the 3D representation.
    The lines will be indicated with colors representing up or down bends.
    All parts made with the new version will have these bend lines shown in the AutoPOL CNC Viewer. The viewer itself does not need to be updated.

Batch & Remote

  • Assembly Filter in Remote mode
    The Assembly Filter released in a previous version of AutoPOL can now also be used in Remote mode.
    This means that the functionality to filter out, and separate, individual parts from an assembly can now also be used by external software systems. This can for example be ERP and MRP systems.
    How to implement this functionality with your own software system is documented in the AutoPOL Help.

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0004

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0004

A new updated version 03.31.0004 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.

    Creo: 8.0
    Inventor: 2022

Discontinued Windows support

Discontinued Windows support

Several of our technology suppliers have announced that they will discontinue their support for Windows 8/8.1 operating systems.

For that reason, AutoPOL versions released after April 1, 2022 will no longer support Windows 8/8.1 based operating systems.

If you are still using AutoPOL software with these operating systems, we highly recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 or newer version of Windows.
If you stay on these older operating systems after April 1, 2022, you can continue to use AutoPOL software released prior, but it will not be supported.
FCC Software will not be able to address defects or support items for software running on Microsoft operating systems no longer supported.

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0001

New AutoPOL version 03.31.0001

A new updated version 03.31.0001 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.

    Acis: 2021 (R31)

  • CAD-CAM Properties
    A new feature is the functionality to import, manage and share CAD-CAM Properties throughout the entire process chain.
    All of these properties, including File, Part, Program and Custom properties from the original CAD file, can be accessed using the AutoPOL Industry 4.0 Data Sharing protocol.
    This is very useful to, for example, integrate ERP/MRP/MES-systems and use that data for automated quoting, planning, verification, etc, etc.

  • Model appearances improved
    As of this version, it is possible to set the colour behaviour of 3D models in a more flexible way.
    What that means is that you can choose to keep the original colour of the imported model, instead of setting it to the default one.
    This is particularly useful when working with assemblies, to make the individual parts more distinctive in their appearance.
    This can be set individually for the part depending on whether you are in the model or simulation view.

    Another possibility that has been added is to set the model colour based on what material it is. This is a great way to, for example, emphasize the material types for operators.

Unfold

  • Assembly filter
    Based on the properties of parts in an assembly, sheet metal parts can now be automatically filtered out and separated into individual parts. These are then easily processed in the usual way.
    Properties of the individual parts such as material, if available, will also be extracted and used. Also the individual part name will be used throughout the entire process to ensure part and data connections are intact.
    This functionality is also available to be used with the Batch & Remote add-on. If an assembly is loaded into the Batch Manager, the filter will be applied and the appropriate parts will be added to the list to process.

    Users making their own integrations with the Batch & Remote, from their ERP/MRP/MES etc, can also access this functionality and have their assemblies separated using the same technology. For more into on this, see the Help under Batch & Remote – Developer

  • Material alias
    It is not unusual that the same material can often be named differently. This often causes confusion and makes automatic processing difficult.
    In order to overcome this, we have added the possibility to specify Aliases to each material.
    These will be used to translate the Alias found in the CAD file to the corresponding material in AutoPOL automatically.
    This ensures smooth and hassle-free processing of a broader range of material definitions.

BendSim

  • E-Bend L angle measurement
    It is now possible to program the SafanDarley E-Bend L angle measuring system with AutoPOL.
    The usage of this feature is really simple and all you have to do is select what Method and Type you want to use. For example, the Checked and Quick method and the 1- or 3-point Type.
    AutoPOL will then position the sensors in default positions, making sure the laser projections against the flanges are OK. If no appropriate positions are available, they will be highlighted and the user will need to take action.
    You can also specify the interval between the number of parts that should be measured. For example, 1 out of 12.
    The estimation of extra time needed to do the angle measurement, compared with not measuring, will also be presented in the software and process documentation.

  • Amada Operateur controllers are now supported
    FCC Software is happy to announce that from this new version we support the Operateur controls from Amada.
    This control is available in different versions, which are now all 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 email and request their new code.

Batch & Remote

  • Open externally generated product list in Batch Manager
    Batch Manager now has the possibility to populate the list of parts, and make settings for them, by loading an XML based .apImportBatch file created from an external software system.
    It might for example be an ERP system creating the apImportBatch file with parts to process with Batch & Remote. This file you can open in Batch Manager and the entire list is populated from it.
    Specifications of the apImportBatch file format can be found in the Help under Batch & Remote – Developer.

  • Abort process in Batch Manager
    Previously it has not been possible, once started, to abort the processing of parts in Batch Manager. This is now possible.
    During the processing, just click the Cancel button and the job will be terminated. If wanted, the process can be restarted and will continue where it was stopped.

New AutoPOL version 03.30.0003

New AutoPOL version 03.30.0003

A new updated version 03.30.0003 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.

    Solidedge: 2021

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