SOLSPEC has released Radan 2005, a software system to handle all of the tasks associated with sheet metal forming. Radan was recently installed at Castlecrest Engineering, a sheet metal sub-contract company based in Sydney.
Radan are dedicated to continuous improvement and the new key features include:
* Heat build up avoidance feature for lasers
* Automatic part removal for part picking and machine chutes
* New auto-tooling template facility
* New remnant nesting management facility
* 3D upgrade to ACIS 14
* Improved working environment.
Castlecrest Engineering currently use a Plasma/Oxy cutter for manufacturing their profiling and cutting work and have recently installed an Amada laser.
The owner, Steven Trojko, decided he wanted to update his old system for a CAD/CAM package that would increase his productivity and have flexibility when he decides to add new machine tools and automate his production methods.
Radan was installed and immediately benefits were experienced, such as improved true shape nesting and 'Smart' path cutting, which significantly reduced machine run time and vastly improved material utilisation. Features such as Auto-tool and Auto-order, also cutt the programming time involved to a minimum.
Steve Trojko can easily transfer many types of data files from customers in 2D and 3D and has Radbend 3D enabling him to design components and quickly develop flat patterns for nesting.
Castlecrest recently expanded their operation and have moved into new larger premises allowing them to purchase a new laser machine. Radan easily managed the addition of a completely different machine to their Plasma/Oxy cutter.
The post-processor was installed and training completed allowing Castlecrest to benefit from the new laser machine very quickly after the machine installation.
In the future Castlecrest can look forward to developing their system further with Equote, which they will use to quickly generate customer quotations using information created automatically from Radan.