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Lantek Expert Manual

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  LANTEK EXPERT Lantek Investigación y Desarrollo           WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION   2011     Copyright The contents of this user manual and graphics are protected by Spanish law regarding the  intellectual  and  industrial  property  right  of  Lantek  Investigación  y  Desarrollo.The  reproduction, distribution, public communication and transformation wholly or partially of  the information contained herein, is forbidden without the express authorization of Lantek  Investigación y Desarrollo.  Disclaimer The information contained herein is subject to change. While every effort has been taken to  provide accurate information, Lantek is not liable for any errors or damage resulting from  incorrect  use  of  the  information  contained  herein.All  product  names  used  in  this  manual  are the property of Lantek Investigación y Desarrollo.  Lantek I+D Parque Tecnológico de Álava Albert Einstein 36, Ed.Lantek 01510 Miñano - Álava (ESPAÑA) • [email protected] WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Table of Contents WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011.............................................................................................................. 1  1  GENERAL ......................................................................................................................................... 6  1.1  TURRETS FOR DRILLING TOOLS .............................................................................................. 6  1.2  DIFFERENT IMAGE FORMATS FOR PARTS AND SHEETS ..................................................... 9  1.3  INFORMATION EXTENSION ON STATUS BAR ....................................................................... 10  1.4  CONSUMABLE MANAGEMENT ................................................................................................ 11  1.5  MACHINE MANAGEMENT ......................................................................................................... 13  1.6  LABELS FOR TOOL BAR SEPARATORS ................................................................................. 14  1.7  SYSTEM CONFIGURATION WINDOW MODIFICATION .......................................................... 15  1.8  AUTOSAVING ............................................................................................................................. 15  1.9  DISPLAY OF SHEET LIST ......................................................................................................... 16  1.10  DELETE DATABASES ................................................................................................................ 18  1.11  PRINT BOX FROM MAIN MENU................................................................................................ 19  1.12  MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS FOR ONE MACHINE .............................................................. 20  1.13  POSSIBILITY OF MODIFYING SYSTEM VAULT DIRECTORY ................................................ 23  1.14  MULTIPROGRAM MANAGEMENT ........................................................................................... 24  1.15  CUSTOMIZE THE OPTION RIBBON ......................................................................................... 25  1.16  APPLICATION MACROS............................................................................................................ 29  1.17  RENAME AND DELETE MACHINES ......................................................................................... 31  2  CAD ................................................................................................................................................. 38  2.1  GENERAL ................................................................................................................................... 38  2.2  CUTTING .................................................................................................................................... 58  2.3  PUNCHING ................................................................................................................................. 61  3  NESTING AND MACHINING .......................................................................................................... 65  3.1  GENERAL ................................................................................................................................... 65  3 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.2  CUTTING .................................................................................................................................... 75  3.3  PUNCHING ................................................................................................................................. 95  3.4  LISTS ........................................................................................................................................ 102  4  IMPORTERS / EXPORTERS....................................................................................................... 104  4.1  GENERAL ................................................................................................................................. 104  4.2  DSTV IMPORTER ..................................................................................................................... 105  4.3  IMPORT PARAMETRIC PARTS............................................................................................... 106  4.4  NEW APPLICATION IMPORTER ............................................................................................. 109    4 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Preliminary Notes This document contains all the new features and enhancements included in Lantek Expert 2011 of Lantek Expert. 5 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 1 GENERAL 1.1 TURRETS FOR DRILLING TOOLS The system enables turret management for drilling, tapping, ream and c. sinking tools of a machine. To do that you will be able to define and set the turret of a cutting and combined machine in the main CAM module. There is a new option for this: Main module / Manage / Drills / Turrets This option allows you to: - Create, modify and delete turret definitions for drilling tools. - Assign a drilling turret to a cutting or cutting-punching machine. In the cuttingpunching machine case it would have two turrets, one for drills, taps,… and the other for punches. - Modify active turret tools. For turret definition you must specify turret type (Manual, Linear, Circular, Carrousel Exchanger) and number of stations. For each station you can define a station number, a type, maximum and minimum diameters, likewise offsets with regard to the cutting head or punching. When assigning tools to a machine you can specify in which turret station type a drill can be placed, i.e., you will be able to specify in which station each tool can be placed. If not defined, the tool will be placed in any turret station. Main module / Manage / Drills / Assign drills / Station types In the nesting/machining module, if the machine has a turret assigned, when machining begins the system will ask the user to place the tools needed in the turret stations. Tools may be placed in the turret automatically or manually, and the system will take into account diameter restrictions and station types defined in the tools and turret. 6 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   In this window one tool can be changed for another one using the “Change…” button. With this option all the cycles executed on the sheet with one tool can be executed with a different one. This allows you to change from one tool to another of the same type, although its diameter is different. To manage tool placement in the turret and its behavior on machining the sheet in the nesting/machining module there is a series of new parameters in the machine configuration: Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Cutting parameters / Turret - Always ask for turret tools - Update active turret on saving the sheet - Maintain tool positions when creating a new sheet 7 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 - Automatic tool placement in turret (Do not place in empty stations, Place in unused stations, Change station tools, Replace with identical tools). - The cutting head has a position in the turret, in which case the user will be asked in which turret station the cutting head is. - The marking head has a position in the turret. Marking type can be specified (Powder, Marking, Lettering, Cutting, Text) and turret will need a station to work with it. - Cycle can executed without a tool in the turret. If this parameter is disabled the system will not machine those cycles whose tool is not in the turret. If enabled, the system will machine them and the user can define a position in the turret, whose data will be used to perform the machining. When nesting is saved, tool placement in the turret for this nesting will be saved with the nesting. This information will be accessible anytime both in the system and CNC, sheet boxs, reports, and rest of the system modules (Integra, WOS). Time calculation will also take into account tool changing time. To configure this time calculation there are new parameters in the machine configuration. Main module / Machines / Configure... / System / Time calculation / Cutting parameters / Turret If working with turret management, the best way of working is to define all the machine tools and in all cycles (Drills, Taps, Reams, CSinks) executed define the tool to be used in that cycle. Therefore, in all options where only the cycle data was requested before, now in addition, the user will be requested which tool is to used in that cycle. For example, in all machining cycle options of the drawing or nesting/machining module, the tool will now be requested. As with machine configuration for the automatic cycles in the lead-ins. Drawing module / Machining / Cycles Nesting and machining module / Machining / Cycles Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Automatic machining / Automatic cycles in lead-ins. 8 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   The drawing module semi-automatic option in the automatic cycles can also take into account now the tools defined in the machine. For this, there are two new parameters: - Testing if the tool exists. If enabled it will only execute the cycles with an existing tool. - Use the tool data. If enabled, the cycle data will be those defined in the tool, otherwise those defined in the "More..." button option. Drawing module / Machining / Contours / Automatic cycles Furthermore, the system will allow cycle execution without tool definition, however, when requesting placement of tools in the turret, the system will create an automatic tool name beginning with ‘##’, and request its placement in the turret. Once placed, the system will warn the user this tool has not been defined. Should the cutting or combined machine not have a turret assign, cycles can be executed as before, i.e. working without any turret management. 1.2 DIFFERENT IMAGE FORMATS FOR PARTS AND SHEETS The option of generating multiple image files per part and sheet has been added to the program. Thanks to which you will be able to generate better quality images as both their size and format can be configured. 9 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Likewise, visualization type can be configured in black and white or colour; obtaining an image closer to what the system shows. Parts can be configured for display with their filling (sheets only) or to show the machining. These images will be saved in the corresponding database table, therefore file type must be indicated (BMP, IMGB, IMGP, etc.). This functionality is configured in a special file called IMAGE.FMT where as many image formats as required can be added. Formats allowed are: BMP, PNG, WMF, JPEG and GIF. When parts are created from importers their images can only be 70x60 or 700x600. 1.3 INFORMATION EXTENSION ON STATUS BAR The information provided in the status toolbar has been extended to make using the program easier and guide the user through the execution of the different options. An icon has also been included for each action. Therefore, apart from the coordinates, active punch or system units and status bar (at the bottom of the screen) you can now see an icon representing the active option, together with the name and group it belongs to, plus a text marking the user’s requirements at any time (a point, a selection, etc.).   10 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 1.4 CONSUMABLE MANAGEMENT Consumable management option has been added to enable consumable management from main Expert module and can be found under the Manage tab as Consumable Group, which will give us the list of consumables comprising the abrasives and raw materials defined in the system, with the option of creating, deleting or modifying these consumables.     To create an abrasive the same data will be required: name, factor and price.   For raw materials the following date are required: Name, price and unit of measure, which can be selected from the drop down list of database defined units. 11 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011       New abrasives can also be created from machines configuration, in cutting parameters for water  machine.     12 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 1.5 MACHINE MANAGEMENT Two new options explained below have been included in machines configurations under the program main module management tab:   1.5.1 Delete machine  This new option has been included to allow machine deletion and its associated setup files from the system. Prior to performing the selected option, a confirmation window appears showing all the entries to be deleted from each table related to the machine to be deleted. 13 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   1.5.2 Modify machine reference  A new option was included allowing reference modification of installed machine.   1.6 LABELS FOR TOOL BAR SEPARATORS Labels can now be added and modified next to separators located on quick access toolbars. Thus  different related groups of options can be identified with a name, as they were grouped on the  old toolbars.  When updating an installation older than v30.00 to the same or superior version, options located  in quick access toolbars will be differentiated by separators and with the old toolbar headings on  the labels.  14 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Label names can be defined as:  Main module / Configuration options / Interface / Quick access Main module / Options / Interface / Quick access Nesting and machining module / Configuration options / Interface / Quick access 1.7 SYSTEM CONFIGURATION WINDOW MODIFICATION Following window was modified:   Thus, nesting status related to configuration is more straightforward. You can choose between leaving status unchanged, sending it to workshop, changing it to available or both. On selecting one of the last three options, the ‘Save as...’ option appears in the nesting/machining module. Main module / Configuration options / Configure: System / General 1.8 AUTOSAVING A new parameter has been added enabling to auto save current work for the drawing and nesting modules. Should the parameter be selected, auto recovery of work will be done in a set time, otherwise auto saving will not be automatic. 15 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Main module / Configuration options / Configure: Draw and nest / Auxiliary Nesting and machining module / Configuration options / Configure: Draw and nest / Auxiliary Drawing module / Configuration options / Configure: Draw and nest / Auxiliary   1.9 DISPLAY OF SHEET LIST The possibility of filtering sheets as per dimensions has been added. For this, four new parameters were added to the sheet selection window. These parameters allow you to filter by minimum/maximum length, and/or minimum/maximum width of sheets to be introduced. In the machine configuration and sheet general characteristics, there are also values for defining length/width of same. Thus, on selecting the criteria option, filtering will be done taking into account both the newly defined dimensions, and those of the machine configuration window. The most restrictive values, i.e., the highest minimum and lowest maximum values, are taken into account. 16 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Main module / Sheet selection / Criteria Nesting and machining module / Sheet selection / Criteria     Drawing module / Main part menu / Remnants / Open / Criteria Drawing module / Main part menu / Remnants / Delete / Criteria 17 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   1.10 DELETE DATABASES A database deletion option has been added, whereby any Expert database not in use can be deleted. Several databases may be selected simultaneously. On deletion, confirmation will be requested for each, since apart from the databases, files associated with them may also be deleted. The database server will be displayed in the selection window and it can be modified. On modifying, click refresh so new server databases can be viewed. 18 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     Main module / Utilities / Delete 1.11 PRINT BOX FROM MAIN MENU From the main CAM menu, one or several sheets can be selected for printing. The same can be done for parts. Simply select the desired sheets or parts, click mouse right button and select print option. Thus you can print as many sheets and parts without entering the drawing module. This option can be chosen from either of the two sheet views: Sheet list, Sheet view; the two part views; Product list and Product view. 19 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   1.12 MULTIPLE CONFIGURATIONS FOR ONE MACHINE This new function allows the user to create several configurations for machine definition using the necessary one in each case in the nesting and machine module. Until the machine was duplicated to simulate this task, the part was generated in duplicate per machine and a quantity defined per part, or the machine property was changed for this part in the work. The main problem was the difficulty in managing the machine load. A new ‘Configurations’ button has been added to the machine configuration window to generate several configurations for the same machine. 20 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   This button enables multiple machine configuration management, i.e. to create and delete a configuration, and change its name. Should several configurations not exit, on creating the first a second will be created; one will be default and the other new created by the user. This latter will be a copy of the first. Main module / Machines / Configure… / Configurations Once created, the configurations can be defined in the machine configuration window. A tab will appear per configuration existent with the name given to each. 21 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     On entering a nesting and machining module with a part whose machine has several configurations defined, a subjob will be created for each, whereby this part can be nested and machined in any of these subjobs. There is a special case where no subjob can be created: If one configuration has been defined material-thickness dependent and no defined range covers part thickness, for which subjobs are being created, the subjob for this configuration will not be created. Should a thickness range exist covering the part thickness or not defined as material-thickness dependent, the subjob will be created. On nesting a part in a subjob created for a machine, material and thickness; nested part quantities and those required for this part in this subjob will be modified, likewise all those from the same machine, material and thickness. On executing ‘Do all’ option, if a part is in two subjobs, nesting will always be attempted in the first subjob. 22 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 1.13 POSSIBILITY OF MODIFYING SYSTEM VAULT DIRECTORY Main module / Utilities / Information   This database group option of the Utilities tab shows information on database used by the system (database name, directory, group). The directory containing database documents can be modified via the following window:   The system will show the user a warning message informing of the effects this action will have in case the directory containing database documents will be modified.         23 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     1.14 MULTIPROGRAM MANAGEMENT Multiprogram management and stored nestings are modified; hence all the information is stored on NEST_NEST_00000xxx tables and MMPP_MMPP_00000100 table, while the other MMPP_MMPP_00000xxx tables are no longer used. The new option is included with this modification that is block/unblock multiprogram option. Once unblocked, it can be modified and on saving as a multiprogram it will be blocked again. While selecting ‘Save as’, if you do not click the multiprogram option it will be deleted as shown in the following image:     When saving a nesting as a multiprogram it is marked as the multiprogram, hence the label shows both in the main and nesting module. Marking the task like this is done via Interop. Main module / Save as… / Multiprogram Task nestings cannot be saved as a multiprogram if they contain order parts. In addition, the task search panel includes a task search option per multiprogram. Main Module / Task search   24 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     1.15 CUSTOMIZE THE OPTION RIBBON The option “ribbon” can be customized by adding tabs and personalized groups, where the frequently used commands can be introduced. 25 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     Main module / Configuration options / Interface / Options ribbon Main module / Options / Customize / Options ribbon Nesting and machining module / Configuration options / Interface / Options ribbon Nesting and machining module / Options / Customize / Options ribbon Drawing module / Configuration options / Interface / Options ribbon Drawing module / Options / Customize / Options ribbon Click right button on the ribbon option and select Customize options ribbon. NOTE: Options ribbon customization is specific per module. 1.15.1 Add tabs and customized groups  To add a tab and customize the group, click ‘New Tab’. 26 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Customized groups can be added to original or customized tabs. To do this, select the desired tab and click ‘New group’. Both customized tabs and groups appear in bold to distinguish easily from the originals. 1.15.2 Change group or tab name  A customized group or tab name can be changed. From the menu where the customized options ribbon appears, select the group or tab you wish to change the name, click ‘Change name’ and write a new. This option is also possible by pressing F2. 1.15.3 Add controls to a customized group  New commands can only be added to customized groups and not the program tabs or groups. 1. Select the more command option in the ribbon menu. 2. In the customized window select ribbon menu, where you want to add the command 3. The command can be added clicking twice on the same (selected option) or using“>” button. 27 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Note: using button “>” all commands contained in the selection will be added. 1.15.4 Delete tabs, groups and commands  Only customized groups or tabs and new commands of customized groups can be deleted. In the customized ribbon options menu, select element to be deleted and click ‘Delete’. 1.15.5 Change group or tab order  Customized group or tab order can be changed as well commands contained in customized groups. In the customized options ribbon menu select the element to be moved and click up and down arrows until you get the desired order.   28 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 1.15.6 Add separator  Within a customized group, the commands can be organized using separators. To add them select the previous command where you want to add the separator and click ‘Separator’. NOTE: It is impossible to add two separators together, neither at the beginning nor at the end of the group. 1.15.7 Restore options ribbon  Predetermined values of the options ribbon can be restored. To get back to the original state, clicks ’restore’. 1.15.8 Export  The current ribbon options configuration can be exported. Click ‘Export’ and select directory to save file. 1.15.9 Import  The current ribbon options configuration can be imported from another equipment unit to replace current design. Click ‘Import’ and select desired file. 1.16 APPLICATION MACROS Option enabling creation, deletion and execution of application macros. A macro is an option which enables sequential execution of several system options. This option only appears in the Drawing and Nesting and machining modules. Furthermore, macros will be appropriate for each module, i.e. macros created in drawing will be invalid for the Nesting and machining module. The Macros option is a fold down button showing the list of macros extant in the system, and the following two options: ‐ Record macro / Stop Recording ‐ Macros. 29 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   1.22.1. Macro creation  Click ‘Record a macro’ and all the options clicked afterwards will form part of the macro. The order will be defined during the options selection. To stop recording click ‘Stop recording’ or press Escape. 1.22.2. Macro edition  On clicking “Macros”, a window will appear showing the list of macros extant with options corresponding to each. From this window a macro can be Created, Deleted or Executed.   30 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 1.22.3. Macro execution  To execute a macro, fold down the Macro button list, and select macro or execute from edition window. Buttons can also be added to the options ribbon or quick access bars. When a macro is being executed: ‐ If you press ESC, the option in execution will stop and the next will be executed. ‐ If you execute another option, macro execution will stop. When the macro finishes, if you click Return, it will be executed again. Drawing module / Home / Macros / Macros Nesting and machining module / Home / Macros / Macros 1.17 RENAME AND DELETE MACHINES These new functions added to the system allow the user to rename or delete machines installed in the system. Main menu / Machines / Rename To rename a machine, a new button ‘Rename’ has been added in the ‘configure: Machines’ window.   31 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 This button allows the user to modify name of machine selected from machine installed list, where a dialogue window opens asking for the new reference to replace the existing machine reference.   Main module / Machines / Delete To delete a machine, a new button ‘Delete’ has been added to the ‘configure Machines’ window.   This button allows the user to delete machine selected on the installed machine list. As the operation is complex, a dialogue window opens with information on tables to be modified on the Databases, requesting confirmation to continue execution of this option. 32 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   NOTE: Machine deletion implies deletion of its configuration files and information on various database tables.     1.18 KIT MANAGEMENT The system is able to Manage Kits; a Kit is a group of Sheet Parts with the respective quantities  forming an Intermediate or Final Product and it can be used in different jobs. For example, a Kit  could be the total amount of Sheets Parts required to make a wardrobe.  Its structure is formed by only one level and, it can contain just Sheet Parts; it is not possible to  define the assembly operations for this Main Product.   There is a Kits explorer available where the user can create a Folder and a Set structure so, the  customer can manage and find in an easy way all the existing Kits. This explorer for Kits is  working like the existing Job’s explorer.    33 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 In order to enable/disable the Kit’s explorer it is necessary to launch the following option:  Main module / View / Kit explorer       34 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 The way to create Kits is similar to how to create jobs, at the beginning it will be required to  create or open a Kit and then, specify the Sheet Parts forming this Main Product; this can be  done both Importing and/or Drawing the sheet parts with the corresponding date (Machine,  Material, Thickness, Quantity, …) creating those the Main Product.   Whenever Kits explorer is opened, the sheet Parts the customer is Drawing or Importing will be  assigned directly to the Kit instead of assigning them to a job.  There are some options like “New”, “Open” and “Edit” that will be separated, such as “New job”  and  “New Kit”, “Open job” and “Open Kit”, “Edit job” and “Edit Kit”. In order to make this  execution easier, the system is changing automatically the default option according to the  current used explorer (Jobs or Kits explorer).  The Search option will allow you to look for Jobs or Kits according to different criterion for which  the user can specify whether to search for jobs, or both sets.   Once the Kit is totally defined, you can import jobs for the Production. First it will be required to  Create or Open the job the user wants to work with, then, using the Kits explorer, look for the Kit  the customer wants to import, select it and, finally, using the mouse right button, click over the  “Import” option.    The system will require the quantity of the selected production Kit.  35 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Once the quantity is selected, the system will import the Kit to the actual job, importing all the  parts belong to the current kit and using the previously defined data (Machine, Material,  Thickness, Quantity, …). The quantity for each component will be the one matching the Kit  multiplied by the required quantity of Kits to produce.   The system is grouping the Sheet Parts by Kit in the same way it is being done right now for the  Duct Figures so, the user can change the data for those parts just modifying the Main Element  line or, to change data for a single or several components of a Kit.    36 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   It is possible to import more than one Kit or single Sheet Parts on an existing job.  As we said previously, it’s possible to import the same Kit on different jobs, this is the main  advantage for Kits, once the Kit is defined it will be possible to import it on different jobs in an  easy and fast way so, it won’t be required to analyze again, trying to find the components and  related data for the Sheet Parts forming the Main Item.  A Kit can have nestings related to it, that’s, whenever a Kit is being defined, it’s possible to run  the Nesting Module to create nestings , as soon as the customer is importing the Kit to a job, this  Kit will have the nestings related to it already prepared as well. The imported nestings will be a  copy of the original ones so, if any modification is made on the job for those nestings, the  nestings associated to the Kit will not be modified.  This allow the users get more time because those nestings already contained nested and  machined parts on them.  The other possibility is to associate nestings without an existing machining and with good sheet  efficiency, but with some place available for placing more parts on them. In this case, the system  would import those nestings to the current job and, it would be possible to open the Nesting and  Machining module in order to fill those places with the rest of the parts in this job so, the sheet  efficiency the user might get would be better.          37 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     2 CAD 2.1 GENERAL 2.1.1 Fill the part (Color display)  In the Drawing module, it is possible to visualize the part filled; the part will be filled with one  color and the holes will have the background color.   This function allows the users to distinguish between part and holes in an easy way. Besides, it  makes  easier  and  faster  to  check  geometry  errors.  If  the  system  is  not  detecting  a  part  (open  contours) it will not be filled or, for holes with no closed contour, those “holes” will be filled with  the same color the part has instead of filling them with the background color.  Drawing module / View / Display / Color display / Fill the part There are three different filling possibilities:  o Default color: The filling color is a predefined one.  o Default texture: The filling color will be a predefined texture.  o Texture  by  material:  The  filling  will  be  different  depending  on  the  part’s  material.  By  default, there are some textures existing for the default materials (the ones on the left  in the  Materials window).  It is possible  to define more textures for different  materials  modifying  the  file  Textures.xml  placed  on  the  Textures  folder.  If  a  material  has  not  a  texture related to it, there will be applied the default texture for it.  38 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Default texture:     Texture by material (Al99):    39 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Texture by material (Copper):    2.1.2 Color display of machining (By tool)  It is possible to visualize the machining for a part grouping different colors; those can be group  by tool reference, tool form (shape) or tool type.  The filling option allows to fill the machining or just to apply different colors over the machining  contours.   40 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Drawing module / View / Display / Color display / By tool     Fill checked:    Fill unckecked:      2.1.3 Difficulty in viewing ‘View geometry’ option icons  Colors of the drawings shown in the window to be modified were modified, highlighting more over the background. Moreover, the corresponding figure for diameter representation has been inserted in the image. The following illustration shows the image as it was previously and then the final image. 41 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011       A new parameter was added to represent the diameter of each geometry figure selected. Drawing module / Home / View geometry  This parameter is added to the radius datum as shown in the following figure.   Printing function is still valid, whereby clicking the corresponding button the list of characteristics per selected geometry element is shown. The document with all the characteristics now includes the diameter attribute. 42 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   2.1.4 Count number of elements in ‘View geometry’ option  Now after selecting the geometric elements required, apart from showing the specific characteristics of each element, it also shows the element total per set. Thus after the selected list of elements, it shows the number of segments, straight lines, points, circles and arcs comprising the same. Drawing module / Home / View geometry  Likewise they show the perimeters of the sets for the elements like segment, circle and arc.   43 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 2.1.5 In the ‘View Geometry’ option modify the geometric elements  When viewing the geometry elements through the ‘view geometry’ option of the Drawing module, you can now modify the geometric elements shown. Likewise you can delete some prior selection of the same. Access the option via the following action: Drawing module / Home / View geometry  Once element to be modified is selected click corresponding option. Drawing module / Home / View geometry/Modify…  And should you wish to delete a geometry element simply follow this procedure:  Drawing module / Home / View geometry/ Delete  Including these two new functions, the ‘View geometry’ window looks as follows.   These new functions are only applicable to non-machined geometry elements to which the technology of Lead-in/Lead-outs, Micro-Joints, lead-ins /lead-outs and/or loops was not applied. When selecting this element type, the ‘Modify’ and ‘Delete’ buttons are disabled. Should the selected segment meet any of the aforementioned conditions, the buttons will look as follows. 44 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     To access any of the aforementioned functions, you must first select an element from the list. Once selected choose the desired option. In the specific case of modifying a new window containing the values stored for this element, these values may be modified and the changes made accepted or cancelled. Once the new values have been established click Accept to modify the values, whereas if you click Cancel there will be no change. Should you wish to delete the previously selected element you must accept the confirmation window.   Click Yes and the element will be deleted from the list of geometric elements forming the figure whereas if you click No, the element remains. The modification window varies according to element to be modified. In the case of point modification, the parameters shown are the co-ordinates X and Y.   In the case of straight line modification, both the point (co-ordinates X and Y) and the angle formed can be modified. 45 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   In the case of segment modification, the points forming it, i.e. starting and end points with their respective X and Y co-ordinates may be modified.   In the case of arc modification, the centre of the same, its radius, likewise its initial and pass angles may be modified. Diameter value is modified according to the radius, whereby if a new radius value is established, the diameter is immediately modified and vice versa.    And to modify a circle, its centre and radius can be change as shown below. The diameter value functions identical to the arc case. 46 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011    The geometry modification window has a check with the label ‘Apply the change of the radius to all the geometries with the same radius’ in the event arcs or circles are chosen.      If the option is selection, modifications of the elements will be performed jointly for all the elements with the same range of values. The new radius change will also be established for all arcs with a 360º angle, forming a circle, should this option have been chosen. Therefore, when choosing a circle to modify and establish this option, it will not only modify the radius value of all circles with identical radius but also those arcs which are really circles. 2.1.6 Edition of informative and written texts  A new option has been included enabling edition of informative and written texts, and modification of their contents. This new option is in the Drawing module in the annotation tab next to the text option in the text group. Drawing module / Annotations / Modify  47 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 NOTE: If the written text had associated machining, the system will automatically calculate the machining on the new written text. Otherwise only the contents thereof will be modified 2.1.7 Text marking for Chinese characters.    Given the complexity of Chinese characters, a new option has been implemented to generate marking texts directly from Chinese characters introduced by the user. To use this new development, select in the text definition window ‘Use Windows fonts’. The separation between characters is automatic. Drawing module / Technology / Marked texts    NOTE: This new option is solely available for traditional and simplified Chinese. 2.1.8 Save by part  A new function has been added to the save by part option in the drawing module. 48 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Drawing module / Main menu / Save by parts ...   To access the treatment of auxiliary geometry elements (points, straight lines, texts or contours) and different options applicable to each geometry element, automatic part detection option must be selected. You can also access the data request option for each part, window shows a data request section to save each part. 49 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Another option is added to the save by part option that is import text properties. In the event of being selected, a button appears giving access to the text definition window to access part data.     The auxiliary geometry element texts to be treated in saving by parts are configured in this window. Treated texts can be kept in the saving by parts using the Delete texts option. The automatic part detection option must be disabled and the text property import option should be used, the selection window can be used to choose the part geometry and text properties associated with the same. In this case, the texts need not to be in the part. 50 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   2.1.9 Machining explorer and machining window  Two new panels have been created enabling visualization (machining Explorer) and editing (machining Window) of machining instructions. These panels aim to provide a powerful visually attractive tool which facilitates machining management. These panels will be synchronized at all times with the other program components, so any action on machining is reflected in the panels and vice versa. Thus it will be much easier for the user to learn and access the machining tools, likewise perception in a single view of what there is so far and what can be done. The machining Explorer can be seen in the Drawing module and machining Window, and will be in both the Drawing and Nesting and Machining modules. Drawing module / View / Visualization / Machining explorer Drawing module Nesting and machining module 1. Machining explorer This panel will have a tree showing the open part machining list. This list can be viewed sequentially or grouped on several levels for better comprehension for what there is at any given 51 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 time. The red bullet will indicate selected instruction, the one being viewed or modified at the time, while the green bullet indicates the current instruction, e.g. the point where the next instruction will go. 52 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   53 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 2. Machining window In the edition panel of the machining instruction properties, the instruction data can be viewed in detail and modifications made to it, its application being simultaneously viewable in the drawing window. This information could be extracted before; however, it was shown in a modal floating window, which limited interaction with the part machining view. Changes made maybe undone at any time, from the Undo option.   3. View function Behavior of the views in relation to synchronization between them is as follows: any machining view allows modification thereof, originating an update of the rest, so system status is coherent at all times. Selection of each view will be as follows: • Drawing view:   From this main view you can select a machining instruction, by clicking right button on desired instruction (as done in the past to extract the machining property window). At this time the same instruction will be selected in the machining explorer view and the edition view will show the instruction data. • Machining explorer:   Any tree node can be selected with Mouse or keyboard. If node selected corresponds to an instruction it will light up in the drawing view. To show information corresponding to said instruction in the machining Window you can enable the visible option panel from the options ribbon: View -> Visualization -> Machining window. Thus navigating the instruction tree (using 54 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 mouse or keyboard between nodes) will display data in the machining Window. If this option is not enabled in the options ribbon, the machining Window will not be shown until the user forces its extraction via the Modify option in the contextual menu (right button) on the tree. If node selected in the machining Explorer corresponds to a classifying group or node all instructions hanging from same will light up. In this case the machining window will not show information unless this group has a single instruction. Besides visualization per selection, the desired instructions can be lit up by moving the mouse over the tree (without clicking). This function enables quick visualization of instruction or group of instructions in the main view before selecting it for edition. • Machining window:   The aim of this panel is based on detailed visualization of instructions and modifications on same. Therefore, once panel is shown from either of the two previous views, synchronization will update the other views after making a change in the data.   55 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 4. Groups in machining Explorer This capacity provides a substantial improvement in machining visualization, since it aids interpretation converting the sequential instruction list into a structure comprising several group levels. This characteristic projected to the drawing view means better perception of the machining structure at any given time. Thus we could distinguish, for example, from a single look, the knocks made with a certain punch or contours to be cut with different qualities. The user can structure this list via the group configuration section at the bottom of the panel.     Should no group criterion be selected, the tree will show the instruction list in execution order as shown in the Simulation / Simulate / Program option. However, correct selection of group criteria may improve machining representation, because instructions could be organized in several group levels, classifying them more efficiently for each user. At present four criteria were defined to make the most optimum structure possible bearing in mind the different machine types. The following table shows group criteria and possible groups which could be generated as a result: 56 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   5. Translation of instructions into plain language Machining instructions were translated to a clear comprehensible style to make them more user friendly. E.g. an instruction used to be shown as follows: MCHTYP PUNCH/ +000243.64 +000219.30 +000000.00 +000000.00 Which corresponds to the following instruction: Simple cycle + 0243.64 +0219.30 +0000.00 +0000.00. 6. Treatment of special cutting cycles 57 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Multiple drilling cycles involving up to 3 cycle types in a single execution are shown in the machining Explorer as separate instructions thus enabling their classification like the other instructions into different groups created for machining organisation. However, the machining Window edition panel integrates information from each of these groups globally aiding any correction of data in the multiple cycles. Access these data via the button More… in the machining Window. 7. Execution of options on machining Explorer Machining options can be executed on the machining Explorer panel from the contextual drop down menu clicking right button or with keyboard. Options can be executed on an instruction, a group of instructions or root node, which will be all the machining. Execution options: instruction deletion, group or complete machining; and data modification of a machining instruction. 2.2 CUTTING 2.2.1 New simulation of special cycles  Machining simulation of special cycles has been modified. The drill cycle simulation was not modified, however, the tap, reaming, and CSinks were, so it is now easier to distinguish cycle type, besides clearly seeing when there are several cycles on one point, and which ones. 58 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   2.2.2 Multiple drill cycles  In the manual cycle options available in the drawing, nesting and machining modules, the multiple drill multiple cycle has been added. This cycle type allows executions of several cycle types at the same time in a single execution. E.g. a tap can be executed with its corresponding drill in a single execution. Drawing module / Machining / Cycles Nesting and machining module / Machining / Cycles 59 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011       60 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 2.3 PUNCHING 2.3.1 New punch gallery characteristics    To improve interaction with drawing module punch gallery, a series of points were developed, which are set out below: 1. Punch search in gallery with keyboard.  2. Punch management window buttons directly accessible from punch gallery via a floating  window accessible with right Mouse button on the gallery.      61 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     1. Possibility of using quick filters in the punch gallery.    • Type: CUT. Shape: Round, Square, Rectangular and Oblong. (Buttons: RD, SQ, RE  and OB)  • Type: CUT. Shape: All cutting punches which are not round, square, rectangular or  oblong. (Button: OTHERS)  • Type: NO CUT. Shape: All non‐CUT punches. (Button: SPECIAL)  2. Possibility of seeing punches in details, besides the punch reference you can see the  multitool, station and angle associated with the same.  62 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   By default the information related to punches will be shown reduced in the gallery as shown below. 63 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   3. Synchronisation of punch gallery with punch management window. Filters applied are also saved in the punch gallery and the punch management window. 4. New images to represent different punch types and shapes. Image colour has been adapted going from plain yellow to degraded grey a colour closer to reality. 5. Selection criteria can be applied to the punch gallery. 64 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     If a filter is applied to punch selection, the system will automatically indicate this changing criteria option status in the punch gallery enabling or disabling this option.   3 NESTING AND MACHINING 3.1 GENERAL 3.1.1 Color display of machining (By tool)  Now, in the Nesting and  Machining module, it’s possible to apply a different visualization both  for the Nesting (no machining) and for the Machining. Both of them can be filled by part or tool.  This option is useful because it is possible, for example, to visualize with different colors the parts  when  the  nesting  operation  is  performed  to  check  those  parts;  also  when  the  user  starts  the  machining, to visualize this machining group to view the different colors depending on the used  tool.  Besides, the view by tool for the machining is kept in mind over the sheet’s machining, there is  possible to see the external punches too. During the “Step by Step” simulation this option will be  also available.   Using the filling by part, it is possible to select whether to view only external contours or both  internal and external.  65 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 In the filling by tool option, it is possible to visualize it according to the reference, form, type or  reposition of the tool. This option is only active for the machining and, it allows you to visualize  different color taking into account the operations made for each reposition.   Nesting and machining module / View / Display / Color display   66 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Nesting by part:    Machining by tool (Reference):    67 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Machining by tool (Reposition):    3.1.2 Fill the sheet (Color display)  It is possible to fill the part with the texture by default or taking into account the material, as it  was  previously  explained  for  the  Drawing  module.  On  the  Nesting  and  Machining  module,  it  is  also possible to fill the main Sheet with a default or material texture.   Nesting and machining module / View / Display / Color display /Fill the sheet     68 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.1.3 Improve image format  To provide a WOS oriented configuration, the image creation format has been modified by default to PNG, so PNGs are automatically generated in colour. The user can also configure this parameter via IMAGE.FMT. Options for storing the image are: with or without filling, moreover, sheet geometry, machining initialitation or machining up to the current instruction can be stored. Another function added, is the possibility of generating image size in proportion to the minimum rectangle of geometry to be drawn. This is to prevent blank spaces. In addition, an XML document is generated to store the position of the clamps at the time of saving likewise the colour of each nesting part. This document also contains the multitorches configuration. Nesting and machining module / Save as / Workshop  The background which the images are stored with can be defined: with/without background or with sheet simulation background. Nesting and machining module / Save   69 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.1.4 Modification in time and cost calculation  A new option has been added to calculate nesting and machining module times and costs. This new option enables the database corresponding to the manufacturing line times and costs to be saved without modifying part data.   Main module / Configuration options / Configure: Costs   3.1.5 Option to show only parts pending nesting  A new option has been added to show only parts pending nesting (amount > 0) on the floating menu of the part list and that of part view. With this option, all the nesting and pending nesting parts can be seen (amount >= 0) or only parts pending nesting (amount > 0). Nesting and machining module / Part view / Select part / Right button  70 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   NOTE: This option status is only maintained during execution of nesting and machining module. When this module is closed the option will be disabled. 3.1.6 Quick access for nesting module configuration options  The possibility of creating quick access and keys to the machine configuration options in the nesting module was added. These new options were added in the customization window in the configuration options to include them in direct access or as new controls under the customized tab with the possibility of assigning quick keys to each option. 71 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Each option has its own icon, all with the symbol identifying them as configuration. To identify options that represent each of the icons, we have adopted the following terminology: o  The    icon is used to represent options lists. o The o The o The icon is used to represent advanced options. icon is used to represent auxiliary options.  icon is used to represent parameters modification.    72 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 It must be remembered each machine type offers different options, visible only when working with machines of this kind. Thus configuration options must be customized per machine type. Nesting/machining module / Configuration options / Interface Nesting/machining module / Options / Customize 3.1.7 New material‐thickness dependent parameters  New material-thickness dependent parameters included. 1. Minimum remnant area This parameter is defined as material-thickness dependent, so it can generate remnants for certain materials which are costly against those which are not. A new window with remnant data is created, where you can configure material-thickness dependent management if required. If affirmative, this parameter can be configured, otherwise the value will be defined in the corresponding machine configuration.       73 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     Main module / Manage / Machines / Configure… / System / Material-thickness dependent / Remnant data 2. Nesting optimization level This parameter is also included in the Cutting parameter category. Optimization level can be configured as per the material/thickness whereas if the option < > is selected, configuration of the corresponding machine is considered applied, i.e. the one defined in CT, otherwise the level chosen is applied. With this new option different part rotations per material/thickness can be defined, and blocked if required (only 0º rotation would exist). This will require definition of rotation angle parameter optimization level of parts at 360º.     74 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Main module / Manage / Machines / Configure… / System / Material-thickness dependent / Cutting parameters 3.1.8 3D Simulation of CNC  This option allow you to make a real CNC simulation; it is possible to visualize in 3D the machine where the CNC is going to be cut. The machine will start with the CNC simulation and, on the CNC Panel (placed at the right side), there will be highligthed the instruction matching the current machine operation. Nesting and machine module / Simulation / 3D Simulation / Simulate CNC This simulator allows the following operations: ƒ Visualization options: Different visualization methods (2D and 3D), zoom, movements, … ƒ Simulation Options: Simulate the machining, stop the simulation, step by step simulation, go to a CNC instruction, change the simulation Speed, … ƒ Options over machine components: Show, hide or apply transpareces to the different machine components.   3.2 CUTTING 75 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.2.1 Linear cutting direction of configurable remnant  Until now the system always cut the line depending on which end was closest to the last element cut until then. Thus a sheet which had been nested by areas, one line could pass from top to bottom and the next in the opposite direction. Therefore a possibility has been added to indicate the system in which direction all the remnant lines are to go, i.e. top to bottom, bottom to top, or as the system has been cutting to date, i.e. according to machining direction. Main menu / Machines / Configure… / System / Automatic machining / Cut / Sheets / Cut the remnant line Nesting and machine module / Configuration options / Configure: System / System / Automatic machining / Cut / Sheets / Cut the remnant line 3.2.2 Rectangular nesting optimization for linear cutting of parts  For optimization of linear part cutting, you must get the largest number of parts of the same size (same length or width) nested in columns. Therefore, a new option has been added to rectangular nesting in cutting machines, which aims to seek part columns with the same length to make maximum use of the sheet width. In the next sheet you can see a nesting example using this option. 76 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Main module / Machines / Configure / System / Automatic nesting / Advance / Optimize for linear cut of parts Nesting and machine module / Configuration options / Configure: System / System / Automatic nesting / Advance / Optimize for linear cut of parts 3.2.3 Configuration of common cut property per part  The possibility of configuring the common cut property per part has been added, to increase restriction of parts to using common cut on. This new function enables you to have a sheet with parts not requiring the same finish, since if a specific part requires great quality it can be instructed not be nested in the common cut with any other part. The option can be configured from the main module under the section ‘More’ under part properties. 77 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   It can also be changed directly from the nested module part view and list of parts. You need only click Mouse right button to access properties.   3.2.4 Always respect the separation between parts’ parameter  The option of preventing the system from testing the minimum separation between parts among certain elements when performing the common cut has been added. 78 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 When the system is processing the common cut can be performed between two or more parts, it also tests whether the other elements not involved in the common cut respect the minimum separation between parts. In some cases, this testing is more restrictive than the user might expect, since two elements not respecting this minimum distance, prevent parts entering the common cut, when the user had no problem in bringing these elements closer than that separation between parts.   Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Common cutting parameters Nesting and machining module / Configuration options / Configure… / System / Common cutting parameters 3.2.5 Evacuation of all parts by lift after machining (Protected option)  From the Applications tab you can access a new application enabling assignation of joint download of all machined sheet parts. 79 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 For this, you must define the evacuator suction cups in a file. These are defined indicating the number of suction cups grids the lift has. Usually it only has a grid with a number of rows and columns. The point where the lift must be placed also requires definition. Moreover, a series of parameters can be configured to define the palletization exit file format. To date the parameters described are defined in a file called ‘LiftSCups.cfg’. In the following image you can see an example of the file format to be configured. The application is only enabled once sheet machining is done. So to generate the automatic detection of suction cups, the user must use the option enabled for this. The system will check all the lift suction cups and only enable those totally within the parts. Finally the system will show the result obtained and the user may enable/disable the suction cups required manually. Nesting and machining module / Applications / Evacuation of all parts by lift after machining / Automatic 80 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Nesting and machining module / Applications / Evacuation of all parts by lift after machining / Modify 3.2.6 Order common cut by lead‐in/lead‐out position  When making common cuts among various parts, you can now order these cuts so the last part cut finishes in the same area where the automatic placement of part lead-ins/lead-outs is configured. To do this arrangement, you must enable the following configuration parameter. Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Common cutting parameters / Order common cut by lead-in/lead-out position Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Technology / Automatic Lead-in/Leadouts values /Area / Parts If this parameter is enabled it also orders part cutting order with common cut to optimize number of startups and so part cut always finished on the same side or corner of part. This is used mainly so that when part cutting is finished in common cut, it is in optimum position for evacuation. 3.2.7 Cut islands when cutting the parts  Before when islands were generated by various parts, parts could be cut within the islands at the beginning and after the islands. Now these islands can be cut when parts are cut, taking into account, cutting an island will not be finished until all the parts within this island are cut; and the island will be cut as the parts generated by the island are cut. To do this, you must enable the following configuration parameter. Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Common cutting parameters / Islands / Cut islands on cutting parts If the ‘Order common cut by lead-in/lead-out position’ option is enabled, it will order the island cutting as if it were a hole and finish cutting the island where the automatic placement of leadins/lead-outs configuration is. Moreover, if the holes are configured to evacuate islands these will be evacuated like holes. Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Common cutting parameters / Order common cut by lead-in/lead-out position Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Technology / Automatic Lead-in/Leadouts values /Area / Holes This treatment of finishing the island according to automatic configuration of hole lead-ins/leadouts, and island evacuation as if it were a hole, also occurs when configuring so islands are cut first. 81 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Common cutting parameters / Islands / Cut all islands first Whereas if you have the other two island options configured these treatments will not be considered. 3.2.8 Automatic and manual placement of micro‐joints on unstable contours  Automatic Automatic micro-joints will be made during automatic machining and will be configurable via the following window: Main module/Management/Machines/Machine/Grid Placement will be made as per following options: • No (Do not place) • Part has no support on grid (they are only placed on parts without grid anchorage) • Part may finish partially overturned • Both If you select either option allowing micro-joint placement you can configure the same clicking the adjacent button: 82 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Manually  From the nesting module you can place automatic micro-joints manually for all sheet parts as per configuration chosen. For this, select the option Nesting and machining module/ Machining/ View/ Verify unstable contours     83 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   New options appear in this window: Apply microjoints to unstable machined contours. This option applies the microjoint to parts which fall or may fall off the grid. On selecting it, the following window appears to configure the values thereof:   Visualize parts with unstable contours. This option allows visualization of part situation as to whether it may fall. If you select this option, the following options appear:   Where the image represents the shape in which the part is going to be scratched taking into account the color to be used is the same as that for special visualization. 84 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Although special visualization is selected, it will not appear when applying this option as it would be useless (you would not see the scratching). Should the parts be moved on the sheet, this option must be re-selected to update scratch type. Below is an example of the effects on nesting:   Where part situation on grid is clearly seen. Finally, this is a temporary option, and on changing the sheet will no longer be visualized. 3.2.9 Visualization of maximum nested contour via a line  When visualizing a sheet from the nested module, the system automatically shows a line representing the maximum nested contour to date. If the priority direction of automatic nesting has been configured as vertical, the system will represent contour X achieved so far. If horizontal was configured the Y contour will be shown. The line is painted in the same color assigned to the straight lines, so if you wish to change color you must change the straight line color. Should you not wish to visualize this, indicate it by modifying parameter ‘V090’ of ‘LantekPr.Cfg’ file. 85 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   3.2.10 New multipart modules in automatic.  Detection of multipart modules has improved. From now on a module of two where the parts form a gap between them, the system will look for another part whose area is similar to the gap. Should a part exist with a similar area but cannot enter due to shape or gap is a little smaller, the system will modify the module just so the gap is big enough for the part to fit.   86 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Main module / Management / Machines / System / Automatic nesting / General / Optimisation level / Advanced module Nesting module / Configuration options / Configure: System / Automatic nesting / General / Optimisation level / Advanced module 3.2.11 Automatic rotation of parts on dragging.  Until now when dragging a part in automatic and it needed rotation to fit in a gap, it had to be rotated first and then dragged to detect collisions. Now the system automatically detects if there is collision on rotating and if so, it will look for a closer point without collision. This automatic detection functions when rotating using the keys ‘Ctrl+Q’ or ‘Ctrl+W’ and clicking the left mouse button. Moreover, when right mouse button is held down and part is dragged, the system automatically looks for better rotation for each position so it is easier to fit a part in a gap. If at any time there is the same behavior as until now when rotating the part with the right mouse button, just press ‘Ctrl’. 3.2.12 Configuration of parameter to maximum gaps per window.  The possibility of configuring the option to maximize gaps from the automatic nesting optimization level window has been added. This parameter rotates the parts introduced automatically to check whether the gap left with those next to them is greater than the normal position. It only checks with parts nested in the same X or Y. This parameter can be configured from the ‘NestAvan.txt’ file. Now it is configured from CT (B586) or files with nesting optimization levels (A016). By default the parameter takes the same value it had in the original file for each machine. Should the file not exist, the option will be disabled. As a result of this improvement the ‘NestAvan.txt’ file will no longer be used. 87 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Main module / Management / Machines / System / Automatic nesting / General / Optimization level / Rotate parts to maximise holes between them Nesting module / Configuration options / Configure System / Automatic nesting / General / Optimisation level / Rotate parts to maximise holes between them 3.2.13 Save the position of the auxiliary technology elements creating remnants.  A new option has been included enabling consideration of auxiliary elements when creating remnants, i.e. the positions of Lead-in/Lead-outs, Micro-Joints, loops and bridges are taken into account. It can be configured in the following window: Main module /Manage / Machines / Configure… / System / Remnant data Nesting module / Home / Remnants   88 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   The following options exist: Generate remnants without considering auxiliary geometry. Generating remnants considering auxiliary geometry. This option is configurable so it creates a contour on auxiliary rectangular geometry so that: - 0: the base has a value 10 times linear tolerance. - Cutter diameter: the base has this value. Furthermore, the Lead-in/Lead-outs and Micro-Joints elements will be taking startup into account and a circular contour will be created on this point which will be the startup radius provided it is higher than the cutter radius. Otherwise a diameter arc will be created based on the rectangular contour mentioned. Once this contour has been calculated it will be joined to the part, which has this so a single contour is the result. This will be done identical to a part when calculating the remnant. All this can be seen well in the following example: Example with a base identical to the cutter diameter: 89 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Example with a base 10 times the linear tolerance.     Examples of remnants generated with this option, in this case configuring the rectangular base identical to the cutter diameter:       90 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Below are some further examples with other auxiliary elements:                       3.2.14 Cut stop time calculation depends on technology tables  A new parameter has been added to define whether the cut stop time is calculated considering a fixed value or those values given in the technology tables. This parameter is only valid for water machines, and enables cut stop time calculation considering the values given in the technological tables, such as: Final time (cutting) or Abrasive cancellation time. Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Time calculation / Cutting parameters / General / Cancellation time 3.2.15 Chain cut  The Automatic Nesting is capable to make an optimized nesting for the chain cutting, that is a nesting by columns for parts sharing the same length and, the external contours for those parts is going to be cut with only one piercing. In order to performe this action, we will apply special bridges between the parts, so that the last cut for a group of parts will be a vertical cut. 91 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 It is possible to apply the machining on a group of parts with only one piercing; this is making the sheet not to be moved in X axis when the cut is finished. This kind of machining is interesting for those machines which are moving the table in X axis and the cutting head in Y axis, in order to avoid a sheet movement when the parts have been cutted and they have not been evacuated yet. 92 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Main module / Management / Machines / System / Automatic nesting / Avanced / Rectangular mode is allowed / Type / Optimize for chain cut Nesting and machine module / Configuration options / Configure System / Automatic nesting / Avanced / Rectangular mode is allowed / Type / Optimize for chain cut The user can configure the minimum column height respecting of the sheet for this kind of nesting. It is possible to set as well the Y distance between parts in a column. An interesting distance could be twice the cutting diameter, because it is the closest distance parts can be placed for cutting them. The part type allow the user to specify what type of part is going to be nested using this method; depending on the distance between them, it might be interesting to configure different types. For example, if the distance is set twice the cutting diameter, the most suitable part type is the first one, this is making there won’t be holes (islands) between parts. Finally, it is possible to configure the bridge type and its thickness; for parts which distance is twice the cutting diameter, the best thickness for the bridges could be twice the cutting radius. 93 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.2.16 Machining for contours out of the Work Zone in the direction of repositions  For cutting machines with work zone, whenever the Cutting contours are “separated” due to they are out of the work zone (Cut Contours Partially in the Zone), now it is possible to define the cutting direction for those contours in “reposition direction”. In this case, cut contours partially in the zone will be cut starting on the closest X position respecting of the workzone and, they will be cut following the reposition direction. In order to get this behaviour the “Partial contour” will be cut in two more different stages for getting the cutting on the reposition direction. If parts the parts have Common cut, the common cut contours will be cut following the previous criterion. It’s possible to configure the parts we want to cut with this kind of method, only the parts with long contours or those which are not fitting the work zone. Main menu / Machines / Configure… / System / Automatic machining / Cut / Sheets / Cut contours in the direction of the repositions   The user can specify as well the part zone where those contours are going to be cut at the beginning.También se puede especificar la zona de la pieza en la que va a empezar a mecanizar estos contornos (Zona superior o inferior). Main menu  / Machines / Configure…  / System / Automatic machining / Cut / Sheets / Zone  where cut the contours  94 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.3 PUNCHING 3.3.1 Automatic detection for treatment of overhanging punching    When working with punching machines and there are One-touch Figures on the exterior, the machinings of these elements may overhang the limits marked by the technology used to make the external segments of the part. When this happens, inform the system whether you wish to treat the overhanging punchings. This option is configurable both generally and specifically per part. In this version a new function has been developed to avoid manual detection. On the entering the nesting module, the system analyses whether the part currently being process requires treatment of overhanging punchings. 95 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.3.2 Overlapping of pre‐punching in machining verification  In cut-punch machines, the machining verification option can now also detect possible overlapping of the pre-punching on lead-ins with other parts, i.e. it would detect whether a pre-punching would be punching another part. 3.3.3 Pre‐punchings or cycles with lead‐ins on testing overlapping in automatic Lead‐ in/Lead‐outs  If configured so that on placing automatic Lead-in/Lead-outs the overlapping is tested, this testing will now take into account whether a pre-punching or a lead-in cycle will be placed on this Leadin/Lead-outs to find out whether this Lead-in/Lead-outs is overlapped, and perform the configured action (Put bench marks, change position, change quality,…). The pre-punching or cycles with lead-ins to be tested are those which the system will be place in automatic, therefore you have to configure how to place the pre-punching or cycles with lead-ins in automatic. Main module / Manage / Machines / Configure… / System / Technology / Automatic Leadin/Lead-outs values / Overlapping testing Main module / Manage / Machines / Configure… / System / Automatic Machining / Cut / Sheets / Punching on lead-ins Main module / Manage / Machines / Configure… / System /Automatic Machining / Automatic cycles on lead-ins / Work in automatic mode 3.3.4 Punching by parts in cut‐punching machines  In cut-punching machinings, machining order can be defined so all the punching of a part is done prior to cutting the next. Punching execution order on a part will be defined by the user in: Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Automatic machining / Sheet punching / Machining order This parameter also affects the execution order of punchings on lead-ins, performed per part prior to machining the rest of the parts and before cutting the part which punchings on lead-ins belong to. i.e. A part can be completely machined prior to the rest. Main module / Machines / Configure… / System / Automatic machining / Cut / Marking sequence / Punch by parts. 96 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.3.5 Filter for multitool station which can be loaded  When we have multi-index stations 2 multitools are created: an autoindex and non-autoindex. Autoindex multitools can only be loaded on multi-index stations. Therefore, a filter has been created for these stations so only the loadable multitools are shown in each case. The filter applied will depend on that indicated in the “Autoindex” parameter. See following examples: Main module / Manage/ Turrets / < Manipulate…>    1. Filter for showing multitools only not autoindex.  97 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     2. Filter for showing only autoindex multitools.  98 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     In any event, all the available multitools, autoindex or otherwise can be viewed, selecting ‘View all’ in the Multitool available window. 99 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Main module / Manage / Turrets / Active turret   Main module / Manage / Turrets / Standard turret 100 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Filter applied on loading multitools will depend on selected station and “Autoindex” check status in each previous window.   In any event, there will always be an option to visualise all multitools available, autoindex or not. For this select ‘View all’ in Multitools window. 101 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 3.4 LISTS 3.4.1 Print list of selected sheets  A new option has been added in the nesting/machining module enabling printing of selected sheets of a subjob. On selecting printing option, a window appears with options: ‘print current sheet, print all subjob sheets, print all work sheets, and the new option ‘Select sheets’, where you can select a list of sheets of the current subjob to print. Nesting/machining module / Print / Print Nesting/machining module / Customize Quick accesses / Print One option can be defined by default, so the selection window does not appear whenever sheets are printed. From the main module select the print tab under the machine configuration window, select one of the sheet printing options and unselect the option ‘Request sheet printing’. However, you always wish the selection window to appear, select the option ‘Request sheet printing’. 102 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Main module / Configuration options / Configure: Draw and Nest / Print   103 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 4 IMPORTERS / EXPORTERS 4.1 GENERAL   The option ‘maximum length for small elements’ is modified to provide a more complete solution, enabling detection of small elements and deciding the action to be performed automatically. To use this new function, indicate the maximum length and radius so the system can consider the analysed imported elements as small elements. Once these values have been configured, you may select the action you wish to perform on them. Possible actions: 1. Do nothing. 2. Delete only small elements on the interior contours. 3. Delete only small elements on the exterior contours. 4. Delete all small elements. 104 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 If the action performed is deletion in any of its variations, the system will lengthen the remaining geometry so no open contours are left after deletion of detected small element(s). The option for putting points on small elements is used to indicate the system could not perform any action on said small elements. These modifications are applicable to all system importers and all application importers. 4.2 DSTV IMPORTER 4.2.1 Configuration parameters to import drills.  A new parameter is added to the DSTV importer configuration to allow drill configuration enablement. Main module / Import / DSTV / Configure / Others   When this parameter checkbox is selected, a button is enabled to access the drill configuration window. In this new window we find the other configuration parameters, which before could only be configured via a file. 105 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   The configurable parameters are: • Test existence of drilling tools. Options are: No, Yes, Yes and warn should it not exist. • Test existence of reaming tools. Options are: No, Yes, Yes and warn should it not exist • Make no-through holes with reaming tools. No-through holes are ones which do not go through the material to other side. Options are: Never, Always, Test whether there was a through hole prior. • Warn when a tool does not exist. • Prioritize punching over drilling. • Finally, definition of maximum thickness is allowed for punching and drilling holes. 4.3 IMPORT PARAMETRIC PARTS 4.3.1 Improve visualization for parametric parts window  The corresponding window has been modified to import a parametric figure to the current work order. The window has the following aspect prior to change: 106 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   Images get reduced as per the space assigned to each, therefore, contours cannot be correctly appreciated. The number of images per screen is reduced to display as shown in the following image: 107 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   The color of the images is a little inappropriate so a new color combination has been agreed. 108 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011   The icon to access this list has been modified in the same way as the color combination for the images, likewise the icon for importing parametric geometry parts. 4.4 NEW APPLICATION IMPORTER 4.4.1 Installation    109 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011 Main module / Import / Install importers Under the initial tab of the main module, select install importers option from import group so the system will show dialogue window to install importers. Once the MAZAK importers group has been selected, importers available for the same will be shown in said window. To install importer, double click element on list of available importers or user the dialogue window button.   4.4.2  Configuration files of new application importer.    The configuration files of new application importer are:  ImpMaz03.CF1  Æ Saves general configuration performed in the system for this application  importer.  110 WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 2011     ImpMaz03.PS1  Æ Used to configure new application importer behaviour.  #‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐#  # SPECIFIC PARAMETERS FOR APPLICATION IMPORTER "IMPMAZ03"                  #  #‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐#  B000 1              ; Delete leadin/out (0:NO, 1:YES)                                                        .  B001 88            ; G Value for cutting on                                                                         .  B002 31            ; M Value for cutting off                                                                       .  B003 64            ; G Value for Marking on                                                                      .  B004 23            ; M Value for Marking off                                                                     .    111