Software for Effective Process Planning
By using AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus, engineers can rapidly define processes and alternatives to evaluate the viability of those processes. As a result, the defined process plan supports the production of quality and cost effective parts within the guidelines and standards of their manufacturing operations.
Enabling the user to define, evaluate, revise and document process concepts, AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus spans the gap between the conventional static 2D standard process concepts and 3D die layout model. AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus gives stamping engineers and designers, the flexibility to create product-specific process plans, evaluate tooling requirements and compute piece-cost estimates.
Starting with the input of a 3D part, the feature detection and definition using AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus enables users to rapidly propose process concepts. The user defines the process sequence within the limits of the production line selected, opting to either use the simplest process or perhaps proposing alternative processes to best address quality or cost goals.
Standard piece-cost computations can be augmented via direct links between AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus, AutoForm-CostCalculatorplus and AutoForm-StampingAdviserplus to provide extended functionality and reliability – objective tool costs and blank requirements.
AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus allows for the direct viewing and editing of possible trim curves, press orientation and cam angles. The created process plan is immediately available as the basis for process engineering within the AutoForm-ProcessExplorerplus to guide the creation of needed die face and simulation inputs. 3D input defining the process is created and then available for transfer as CAD ready entities.
Throughout the process engineering phase, as the die face and forming process are adjusted, AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus enables the definition and editing of these alternative processes, ensuring that as the process matures so does the documented intent of the process plan.
The main benefits of AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus are:
- Rapid generation of multiple process plans
- Increased planning reliability
- Easy and rapid creation of reports
- Direct transition to process engineering and validation
The main features of AutoForm-ProcessPlannerplus are:
- Feature driven process plan
- 3D definition and visualization of process engineering input
- Intuitive process sequence definition
- Objective evaluation of process plans