Tube Cutting Software Manufacturing and cutting of tubes: New Flex3d software resolves a variety of scenarios

Editor: Alexander Stark

In an aim to respond to the complexity and growing demand in the sheet metal sector for increasingly heterogeneous tube designs and different formats, Lantek launched its latest software for this application.

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New applications have been added which mean that almost every tube cutting scenario can be addressed quickly and simply, with any type of machine and cutting technology.
New applications have been added which mean that almost every tube cutting scenario can be addressed quickly and simply, with any type of machine and cutting technology.
(Source: Lantek)

Lantek has designed new applications for Flex3d which provide easy solutions when designing and machining complete or partial bevels anywhere in the tube. The new version also makes it possible to include perforations of various types (round, rectangular, triangular...), and deal with the multiple possibilities that require a comprehensive library of connections and intersections for the assembly of complete tube sets. This new solution is a tool able to define a tailor-made cutting trajectory for any profile. This includes a customised cutting sequence defined by both the OEM and the machine user to meet their particular production requirements. The result is the creation of a “knowledge database” where the OEM's machine experience is combined with the end user's cutting experience. The new Flex3d tool will be available in version V41 of the Global Release 2021.

With highly variable manufacturing requirements Flex3d has to consider type of tube to be manufactured and the type of cutting machine used. For example, large tubes for structural applications, with sizeable thickness and dimensions, are usually cut with plasma and oxycut machines, whereas narrower tubes with reduced dimensions are generally cut with laser cutting technology. The software fundamentals are the same for the tubes themselves, but there is a significant difference in the control of the machine itself and its processes.

Lantek improved its Flex3d software to resolve a variety of scenarios in the manufacturing and cutting of tubes.
Lantek improved its Flex3d software to resolve a variety of scenarios in the manufacturing and cutting of tubes.
(Source: Lantek)

The types of machines are multiplying and the complexity of driving them is not so much because of the cutting technology itself (plasma, laser) but because of the head: the issues to be resolved multiply due to machines with various types of fixed heads, and machines with different types of moving heads. Equally, there are specific tube-cutting machines but there are also combined machines for 2D cutting, which meet specific needs for subcontractors that don't specialise in tubes.

Flex3d has been designed to resolve these complexities and is fully integrated with the rest of the company’s planning (MES), management (ERP), analytics and monitoring solutions. With Flex3d, Lantek offers a specific software programme for manufacturing tubes and profiles that has a whole family of applications covering almost all scenarios encountered by clients. From the simple to the complex, it manages any type of machine or cutting technology, integrates with the most popular design programmes and provides a solution for all types of tube or assembly with the aim of providing software to meet the specific needs of each client.

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