Case-study / Vero Focus on the entire tool, not on complicated parametric structure
UK – The consistent sector-orientated alignment, coupled with its milling strategies and EDM functionality, along with technical support from Visi reseller Mecadat led a Germany-based toolmaker to transfer completely to Visi, which is tailored specifically for toolmaking.
I can now do everything in CAD without being concerned about the model source or data history. Those are the words of a stamping and forming toolmaker, explaining what Visi software means to him. “That’s a huge advantage for me, because I can give my full attention to the tool,” says Stefan Schmitz, who, with two colleagues, is responsible for designing progressive dies and equipment at Franz Pauli.
The company, based in Ense-Parsit, Germany uses specialist tools on their 40 eccentric and 17 hydraulic presses which manufacture inserts with a pressing force of up to 6000 kN. In addition, they have 18 stamping machines with a pressing force of around 4000 kN. These are provided with steel strips up to 6 mm thick, and coils reaching a width of 800 mm. In subsequent production steps some of the batches are deburred with others being spot-welded or TIG-welded. This is, for example, how complex formed furniture fittings, pre-finished frames for sliding roofs in cars, and complete impellers for fitness trainers, are created.
Managing Director Franz-Bernd Pauli says: “Our greatest strength is working closely with customers from the start of a project right through to series production. This includes the prototype development and our expertise in toolmaking. It’s important to have a consistent software solution enabling us to react quickly, flexibly and smoothly at every stage, right through to completing the production-ready tool.”
When Stefan Schmitz joined Franz Pauli he felt the parametric system previously used by the company was ideal for mechanical engineering, but not for toolmaking. “Switching to Visi has proved to be a huge step forward as it is tailored specifically for toolmaking, offering all the functions we need in the sheetmetal industry.”