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New software functions have increased the power and speed of Lantek’s flagship CAD/CAM system, Lantek Expert 2011, optimising it for working with all cutting and punching technologies.

Lantek Expert 2011 combines an egonomic and flexible interface with comprehensive design and machining capabilities.

It includes a host of new functionality and has been designed to integrate with all the other productivity solutions offered by the company.

Lantek’s range of CAD/CAM/ERP systems provide solutions for programming all types of CNC cutting machines, control of manufacturing processes and the management of manufacturing, in a single integrated environment.

Lantek Expert 2011 includes a customised interface for users to quickly and easily create tailor-made menus and combine them with existing menus.

A simultaneous view of the machining operations enables programmers to quickly go to any step in the the machining process while viewing the cutting instruction and its graphic representation.

Management of sets of parts allows parts to be grouped together in a kit, making it easy to release sets of parts to production.

Nesting data can be configured according to material and thickness, optimising material utilisation.

Lantek has enhanced the ‘view geometry’ function in the new version by including the ability to carry out calculations and allowing geometrical elements to be graphically and interactively edited or deleted, greatly speeding up programming tasks.

Automatic file saving of individual part geometry from a composite CAD file makes it easy to extract individual parts from a geometry file that contains several components.

Extra information such as thickness and material can also be saved, completely defining the part to be produced.

This allows users to see only parts that have a production requirement, filtering out all the other components.

The instruction macros function can be used to create a macro for executing chains of instructions, allowing repetitive processes to be performed with one mouse click.

Other advances in Lantek Expert 2011 include new advanced machine configurations, which enable multiple cutting and punching technologies to be defined for each machine, eliminating duplicate machine definitions.

The new software also allows the restriction of common line cutting to particular components, giving users more control over manufacturing methodology.

Handling of offcut material is improved in the 2011 version.

It now considers the machine technology, including cutting and clamping zones, and can determine the minimum size of an offcut according to its material and thickness.

Furthermore, it also includes full turret management.

Both graphics and document creation are enhanced in the new version.

The part and its machining operations benefit from improvements in display and simulation.

Different punch types can be viewed in different colours, as can forming tools and working areas, making it easier to see and understand the cutting process.

Documents for shop-floor use can now be printed from inside the CAM software and options for the information included have been increased, simplifying and facilitating programming and manufacture.

Extra improvements that bring even more advantages to Lantek users include bringing together drilling, threading and countersinking into one simple operation and the implementation of common line cutting on combination machines.

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