The most significant include collision prevention on the cutting machine and a new algorithm for destroying scrap metal efficiently on tube cutting machines, while in this current time the ability to use the software remotely is also emphasised. Says states Carlos García, CTO of Lantek: “In a time of great uncertainty, and without a clear understanding of what will happen later this year or next year, many clients are demanding a solution prepared for teleworking. The 2020 version of Lantek software includes a huge advance in the support, installation and configuration of the software and machine without requiring visits from our technicians and, allows different configurations so that technical teams for machining, production planning or budgeting can work from their homes.”

Moving onto software developments and developments in Lantek Expert, the suite of programs for cutting and punching sheet metal, focus on providing clients with functions that maximise the productivity and efficiency of their machines. In the new version CADCAM 2D software, Lantek has added a total of 34 new features.

The main development is the capability of running an algorithm to prevent collisions during the cutting or punching process. This works by automatically adding fasteners (or micro-joints) to the holes or parts that, once they have been cut, could cause a collision between themselves and the cutting head.

Lantek has also improved the usability of all of the functions related to fasteners (or micro-joints), focusing on two aspects: the improvement in precision of the final width of these elements and accurate simulation, in real-time, when they are added manually. For shapes that the user does not want to fasten into the sheet with micro-joints, Lantek offers the possibility of scrapping them using a new zig-zag technique ensuring that the waste material discharges safely.

Lantek Expert now includes functions to help with production management in the workshop. Waste or leftover sheet material can be automatically marked on cutting machines so that it is easy to identify. The material can be marked with the company’s identifier code as well as its measurements and weight.

Moving to tube cutting and the software has evolved in line with increasing machine capability. The new V40 version of Lantek Flex3d incorporates a new algorithm that allows users to destroy scrap generated from cutting holes in tubes. Without this new capability, hole cutting can cause numerous collisions with the machine head, as well as possible damage when scrap falls onto supports. Furthermore, a new head management algorithm allows contours that have previously been cut to be avoided to minimise collisions, while machining time is reduced by avoiding unnecessary head raising and lowering.

The combination of these two new features eliminates over 80% of current machine downtime caused by collision, the company underlines.

For new devices that automate the loading and unloading of parts, Lantek Flex3d V40 incorporates automated management of supports and unloading trays, allowing the machine to work fully autonomously.

This new support management function, as well as avoiding collisions with the supports, allows for optimal use of material that would previously have been considered scrap, obtaining improvements in the utilisation of tubes of over 5%.

“The many new features incorporated into the new version of Lantek Flex3d have been designed to satisfy the tube, pipe, and structural steel market’s search for ‘intelligent’ solutions that allow for the automation of large production cycles by avoiding unnecessary downtime while, keeping track of production and reducing costs,” highlights CTO García.

The new 2020 version of Lantek Integra incorporates significant improvements in its interface to adapt it to the current design standards in applications. The new graphics offers better use of space on the screen and an improved visual experience that includes changes to the colour palette, icons, font sizes and some navigation mechanisms. This results in greater efficiency in the users' daily tasks. In addition, the advanced visualisation dashboards of the commercial function, Customer Analytics has been enabled.

For Lantek MES, the improvements aim to continue equipping production managers with control mechanisms for carrying out workshop operations. Lantek MES Manager now has a new extension, MES Monitoring, which displays, graphically and in real-time, the sequence of operations on each work centre. It offers different Gantt display modes, as well as different mechanisms that allow you to visually search and skip through the operations according to different criteria. Furthermore, this version enables the advanced manufacturing visualisation dashboards, Manufacturing Analytics.