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 03.31.0021

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

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.

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  • 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

New AutoPOL version 03.30.0001

New AutoPOL version 03.30.0001

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!

New AutoPOL version 03.29.0002

New AutoPOL version 03.29.0002

A new updated version 03.28.0002 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.

BendSim

  • Improvements when searching for alternative tools
    The functionality that searches for alternative tools, when the default ones are not suitable, has been greatly improved.
    Up until now this functionality has been limited to finding one punch and die combination. Now, multiple tool combinations can be found automatically.
    This means, for example, that AutoPOL can automatically suggest using different types of punches for one part if required. The same thing goes for dies also.
    That is not all. If flanges that are too short are detected, it will also try to avoid those issues by trying dies with a narrower w-opening.
  • Rollbend dies
    Rollbend dies are now possible to use in AutoPOL without creating a corresponding normal V-shaped die.
    This means that proper collision detection and other characteristics of this type of tool can now be more accurately simulated.
    Many rollbend type dies from a broad range of suppliers have been added to the default tool library and are ready for use.
    If your specific rollbend tool is not available at this moment, you can easily add it using the built in templates.
  • Apply Remaining
    Making settings to only the current bend is easy!
    But many of the bend settings you can edit, such as finger retraction and y-opening, have also for a long time easily been applied to all of the bends. Just choose Apply All when modifying.
    As of now there is also a third option called Apply Remaining available to many of the settings.
    What it does is that it will apply the change you do to the current bend, and all the ones after it in the bend sequence. This setting goes from here and all the bends forward, basically.
    Maybe not the biggest feature we have developed, but very useful…
  • Support for Cybelec VisiTouch controllers
    FCC Software is happy to announce that from this new version we officially support the latest control from the Swiss company Cybelec, called VisiTouch.
    These controllers are available in 2 different version, VisiTouch 19 and VisiTouch 19 MX.
    Both of them are now supported by AutoPOL.
  • Support for Step Automation controllers
    Another new control manufacturer now supported by AutoPOL is Step Automation from Italy.
    Their controllers are currently available in 13 versions under 2 different lines, called CNC Series ROCK and CNC Series SA-TOUCH, and AutoPOL supports all of them.To get access to these new controls, 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 their new activation code, with the new controllers included, needs to contact FCC Software via mail@autopol.com and request their updated code.

Batch & Remote

  • Improved Queue reporting
    The queue reports can now have more extensive information regarding each program.
    This can, for the part itself, be for example the number of bends, part size, cutting length, number of contours and weight.
    On the program side you can get more tool set-up related info such as a list of used tool segments, including images of every tool type, for each program.

New AutoPOL version 03.29.0001.2

New AutoPOL version 03.29.0001.2

A new updated version 03.28.0001.2 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: V5-6R2020
    3DExpereience: V6 R2020x
    SolidEdge: SE2020
    Solidworks: 2020

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