Sheet Metal CAD CAM Metamation 14.Dec.20

Offline Bending 4.0 – FLUX

If you’re thinking about offline bending software or you are an existing offline bend software user then the new FLUX engine may be of interest to you, featuring a brand new extremely easy to use interface along with advanced CAD file processing and sophisticated bending algorithms FLUX not only performs the function of offline bending but gives you full time and process savings without moving the bottle neck from the bend machine to the office.

Why Offline Bending 4.0 – FLUX?

A key manufacturing focus is bending where the manufacturers see a large potential to improve productivity and quality, more so when you consider a single profile cutting machine could have 2-3 press brakes in the workflow to help keep up.

Metamation unveiled Flux late in 2016 and it sports a brand new interface, CAD import engine, next generation offline bending algorithms and most importantly is very quick and very easy to use. Flux was designed and developed from the ground up to take advantage of technologies that did not exist back when offline bending first entered the market and really targets some of today’s manufacturing pain points.

Pain Point #1: CAD Import file

Depending on how your business is structured (OEM or Sub Contact Manufacturer) dealing with CAD files can be an unpredictable effort!

With Flux we are able to import multiple 2D and 3D files from a large range of CAD formats that exist in today’s market, Flux does not require you to have the native CAD software installed just click open and any of the 20+ supported formats are listed out to you.

Pain Point #2:  Interface

Offline Bending software does traditionally have several icons on the screen which all takes additional time to search and locate.

With Flux our goal was to reduce the “Click Count and Mouse Traversing” so we removed the classic icon-based user interface and instead made a new interface called “Clarity” which is essentially point and click and the options are presented to you depending what you are doing.

Pain Point #3: Analysing Parts

After importing geometry how to make it fit your machines and tool sets?

Once the part imports to Flux you are presented with options for part strategy so, for example, you can decide what is the most important aspect of the CAD files development for both bending or unfolding. In addition to the CAD file development Flux also has intelligent ergonomic options for handing the part on the press brake.

Pain Point #4: Part Mix

Through the course of a day many tools are put into a machine and then taken out, so how can we make this process better?

Flux has an Optimal Tool Setup feature that can check a set of parts composed of different sizes and materials and calculate the most efficient method for running them through the press brake.

So If you’re thinking about offline bending software or you are an existing offline bend software user then the new FLUX engine may be of interest to you. Contact us below for more information.


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