May 29, 2020
Lantek, a multinational that develops and commercializes CAD-CAM/MES/ERP solutions, reveals the new features and improvements in the latest version of its software—Lantek Global Release 2020.
In total, there are over 100 improvements and updates across the whole range of solutions. The most significant include collision prevention on the cutting machine and a new algorithm for destroying scrap metal efficiently on tube-cutting machines.
However, one aspect of this version that is relevant at the moment is the possibility of using your software remotely.
“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,” says Carlos García, CTO of Lantek.
Safety in Cutting and Automation
The update to Lantek Expert, the suite of programs for cutting and punching sheet metal, focuses on providing clients with functions that maximize the productivity and efficiency of their machines. In the new version of its accredited CAD-CAM 2D software, Lantek has added 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 Flex3d Optimizes Tube Cutting
The new V40 version of Lantek Flex3d incorporates a new algorithm that allows you 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. A new head management algorithm allows contours that have previously been cut to be avoided to minimize collisions and machining time reduced by avoiding unnecessary raising and lowering of the head.
“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 Carlos García, CTO of Lantek.
Lantek Integra & MES
The new 2020 version of Lantek Integra incorporates 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 color palette, icons, font sizes and some navigation mechanisms. This results in greater efficiency in the users' daily tasks. In addition, the advanced visualization 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 center. 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. This version enables the advanced manufacturing visualization dashboards, Manufacturing Analytics.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.