The pioneers of all-electric tube bending technology, Unison, will release groundbreaking new machine control software at MACH. Among numerous new features are an extended ‘teach’ facility giving users unprecedented access to the underlying machine control code – effectively allowing virtually any aspect of machine operation to be controlled. All a user needs to do is right-click on the relevant part of any tube bending program, and the underlying code is presented in an easy to understand and editable form, allowing rapid changes to be made.
This can be exploited in many ways, to optimise speed of operation for example by controlling individual and multiple axis movements, or slow movement – adding pauses, stops, etc. In this way, users can fine-tune the standard bending and machine control sequences that the Unibend software package generates, to create highly optimised programs for individual parts. This might be used to pause a program to allow inspection for example, to slow movements to dampen vibration, to better handle lighter or heavier parts, to position the carriage to simplify unloading, and in many other ways. Another related new feature will be a means of customising the motion profiles for machine axes.
“All-electric bending technology has revolutionised the production of tubular parts,” says Unison’s Mark Gerard. “This new software release adds another layer of programming flexibility into the equation – giving users the means to micro-manage the bending and handling cycle for optimum results, whether the desired outcome is speed, smoothness, ergonomics, or other factors.”
The new software will be demonstrated on a versatile Unison all-electric machine. Experts will be on hand to discuss how software-centric CNC tube bending can be applied to advantage in common applications including prototyping, small-batch production, MRO, and ultra-precise and right-first-time shaping of tubular parts – even for the most difficult to machine materials.