Case study - Visi / Vero Software ensures flexible, quick and smooth toolmaking operations
Uk - Visi software supports this toolmaker with detailed tailored functions and automated algorithms for the design process. On the shopfloor, automatic feature recognition algorithms detect regular geometries and automatically generates the necessary NC data, maintaining company standards.
Pauli Umformtechnik, based in Ense-Parsit, Germany, uses specialist tools on its 40 eccentric and 17 hydraulic presses which manufacture inserts with a pressing force of up to 6000 kN. In addition, the company has 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, who, together with two colleagues, is responsible for designing progressive dies and equipment at Franz Pauli, joined the company 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.”
That consistent sector-orientated alignment, coupled with its milling strategies and EDM functionality, along with technical support from Visi reseller Mecadat, led to the company to transfer completely to Visi. Currently, Pauli is running three CAD workstations in the design office and a full CAD/CAM workstation in the production area with 2D, 3D milling and wire EDM. “As a combined surface and solid modeller, VISI supports me as a tool designer with detailed tailored functions and automated algorithms for the design process," Schmitz says.