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Elmia Subcontractor 2010

in Jönköping / Sweden

9 thru 12 November 2010

data M booth D04.30

COPRA® RF 2011 roll forming software arrives with a new database module set up on a Microsoft SQL server

At this year's Elmia Subcontractor 2010 in Jönköping, data M Scandinavia AB (subsidiary of data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH in Germany) is presenting new versions of its software products: COPRA® RF 2011 – a roll forming program for the design of roll tools, COPRA® FEA RF (finite elements analysis) – simulation software for the roll forming process.

Here is some further information about the new version of our roll forming software:

“This new roll database is capable of doing virtually everything our customers want.”

Functionality of new COPRA® roll database

data M has thoroughly renewed the core of the roll database to create complete and seamless functionality for the management of rolls, e.g.:

  • We now use of a more powerful database management system
  • Complete COPRA® projects are now stored in a central database
  • Storage of rolls special-to-project or cross-project (“combirolls”) is now possible
  • Full integration of database functions in the COPRA® workflow

 a.      Combirolls (standard rolls)

  • Cross-project search for and use of existing standard roll tools
  • Creation of combirolls or standard rolls during roll construction
  • Definition of different combiroll sets to which rolls are assigned (e.g. separated by location and machine)
  • Search for legacy rolls that can be used in newly created projects, integrated into the workflow of design with COPRA® RF
  • Consideration of the stock count and count to order for a roll, incrementing of stock count after ordering extra copies of a roll
  • Where-used, listing of “combirolls” (projects in which a “combiroll” is used including consideration of particular position)

b.     Recycling rolls

  • Search defunct rolls in stock that can be reworked for use in a project (recycling roll search), now integrated into the COPRA® workflow
  • Consideration of various adjustable search criteria (e.g. bore diameter, maximum difference in width, addition of material for resurfacing)

c.      Parts lists

  • Generation of detailed parts lists for a project
  • Manufacturing parts list considering existing tools
  • Project parts list of all rolls used in a project with reference to particular position
  • Parts list of all recycling rolls to be reworked for a project
  • Parts list of all “combirolls” used in a project

d.     General search function

  • Search for database rolls by different criteria (e.g. set number, max. diameter, width, bore diameter, various roll attributes, set allocation)
  • Inventory functions (number of rolls in stock)
Fig. 1: Roll search

In addition to the new roll database functionality, COPRA® RF 2011 integrates parametric design of the roll forming flower in AutoCAD

Integration of COPRA® RF SpreadSheet

In COPRA® RF 2005 a parametric module for flower design was introduced for the first time known as COPRA® SpreadSheet (CSP). Until the 2009 version of COPRA® RF (CRF) this was a separate module, connected via an interface and initialized manually. data M repeatedly pointed out that the aim is to integrate CSP entirely in COPRA®  RF: “CSP should no longer be a separate program, a parallel running application, but instead an additional view on one and the same database.”

In COPRA® RF 2011 data M has come a lot closer to achieving this aim. COPRA® RF features a new type of project that offers precisely this functionality.

Read on for details of some of the changes and new advantages.

Innovations and technical integration:

  • CSP and CRF are now running in the same interface
  • No more parallel databases; interface functions such as initialize and import are no longer required
  • Parameterization is available during the whole flower design process; no explicit initialisation is required
  • ll existing projects can be converted into the new project type automatically; that means parameterization is available even for old projects
  • All CRF and all CSP unfolding tools remain available
  • All CRF functions are now  working together with CSP
  • MultiChangeElements: quasi unlimited numbers of change elements are possible now
    • Parameterization is much more flexible and comprehensive
    • Test-and-trial steps/changes can be incorporated and removed very simply

User interface:

  • Fully integrated in AutoCAD
  • Output window is the AutoCAD document window
  • New profile drawing functionality
Fig. 2: Integration of COPRA® SpreadSheet in AutoCAD

Tool module with 3D option

  • Rolls can now be displayed and edited in 3D – independently of DTM (Deformation Technology  Module)
  • 2D option remains available
  • Display as surface or solid model
  • Optical collision control by fading in previous and next station
  • Adjustable mesh subdivision
  • Definition of station distance by CADFinder
  • All 3D options of AutoCAD are accessible, e.g.:
    • Parallel or perspective view
    • Different visual styles
    • Preset views
    • 3D Orbit
    • Multi-window views
    • ViewCube
Fig. 3: Multi-window views
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Fig. 4, 5 and 6: Various 3D views

Press Contact:

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact:

Mr. Albert Sedlmaier
Phone: +49 8024 640-0
Fax: +49 8024 640-300

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