Product Details Supplier Info More products

Planit Software has revealed that its Radan sheet-metal software is being utilised by Ransomes Jacobson in the production of mowers designed specifically for the golf industry.

The manufacturer has been using the software for more than 25 years.

Around 20 different types of municipal and golfing mowers are produced at its Ipswich plant, mainly for golf courses and local councils.

Radan drives the Pullmax punch press, Messer plasma cutter and Bystronic lasers that manufacture them.

Brian Richardson, manufacturing engineer, said: ‘With everything coming off the same baseline and stored as a symbol in Radan, it is easy to change from one type of cutting technology and machine manufacturer to another.

‘I can switch from the laser to the plasma in a matter of seconds,’ he added.

Richardson said: ‘I used to hand program machine tools, and Radan is the only software I know that will allow me to cater for our individual requirements that would otherwise need to be done by hand, because we can tailor it for our specific needs.

‘Many of the components are particularly complex, and Radan handles every degree of complexity in its stride,’ he added.

Richardson receives 3D models via an EDS Unigraphics design package that is standard throughout the company’s parent group Textron.

After the model is unfolded in Radan 3D, their other Radan modules – Radraft, Radnest, Radprofile and Radpunch – are used for geometry manipulation, enhanced nesting, and advanced CNC programming for the punching, laser and plasma machines.

Unfolding in Radan 3D is automatic and flexible.

Capable of unfolding designs created in Radan 3D and models that Richardson imports from other systems, it makes Ransomes Jacobsen’s flat blank development easy.

Radraft is said to meet all engineering drawing needs, and in addition, the full toolset performs other 2D geometry tasks in Radan, whether it be a drawing, a sheet-metal profile in Radan 3D or a sheet-metal part in Radpunch or Radprofile.

Radnest is an efficient nesting package that enhances both Radpunch and Radprofile.

Incorporating fully generalised nesting that analyses the true shape of Ransomes Jacobsen’s components, Radnest can increase sheet utilisation and deliver material cost savings.

Richardson said he has noticed a marked saving on scrap metal with the new Radan nester, which was introduced in the Radan 2010 R2 release.

He said he expects to cut scrappage even further when he brings in RadbendCNC in the near future.

Currently, the press brakes have to be individually programmed manually on the shop floor.

RadbendCNC will provide the same efficient machine programming for brake presses that Radprofile gives to laser and plasma machines, and that Radpunch gives to the Pullmax.

Once Richardson has produced a part on his PC and decided whether it is to be cut by punching, laser or plasma, it is saved in a symbol directory on a network drive.

He said: ‘My PC serves three other PCs in an office on the factory floor, giving them immediate access to the part.

‘The machine operators get a list of the jobs they need to do and simply type in numbers to get the relevant information to enable them to carry out the nesting, generate the CNC codes and manufacture the parts,’ he added.

Richardson said Radan is also used for processing normal production runs in HR4 and CR4 mild steel in thicknesses from 1mm to 60mm, as it is with the smaller amounts of stainless steel and aluminium that they use.

The company also has access to a helpdesk for support services.

View full profile