September 27, 2022


Visitors to FABTECH Booth C10217 will be able to discover so much more than the latest all-electric and hybrid tube bending machines from Unison Ltd, the inventors of all-electric tube manipulation.

That’s because Unison, a company renowned globally for its user-friendly control systems and advanced tube simulation software, will use the event to launch Opt2Sim Tube – the latest addition to its Opt2Sim software suite.

Delegates visiting Unison’s FABTECH booth will also have the chance to win one of several Opt2Sim Tube software licenses – check out our terms and conditions.

“In developing Opt2Sim Tube, our goal was to offer a tube simulation product that would make it simpler and more straightforward than ever before to create virtual parts ready for bending data to be uploaded to the bending machine,” comments Unison Ltd.’s joint managing director, Alan Pickering. “In Opt2Sim Tube, we give users the ability to drag and drop STEP files into the software program and extract tube data instantly. Parts can also be drawn by simply entering XYZ or YBC coordinates and viewed in 3D. Bend data is quickly converted into printable reports and individual tube data can also be extracted. An exceptional piece of tube simulation software, Opt2Sim Tube is incredibly intuitive.”

Unison’s new Opt2Sim Tube software sits within the company’s wider Opt2Sim suite of 3D simulation software programs. Perfected for ‘Design to Manufacture’ production strategies, Opt2Sim tube bending simulation software uses machine and component data to provide a precise, virtual insight into the tube bending process before a single part is bent.

Enhanced collision detection

Products within the Opt2Sim software suite include a version where both CAD modelling capability and control engine are used to not only provide accurate simulation, but also enhanced collision detection. Believed to provide unique capabilities for enhanced batch processing, simulated bending takes place on an exact CAD representation of the Unison Breeze or Synergy machine that will be used. Additional options include:

Advanced Artificial Intelligence

Selecting Opt2Sim AI provides advanced Artificial Intelligence that will always aim to find a solution to even the most complex tube geometry, or whenever a potential collision between tube and machine is simulated. The AI feature is particularly useful with right/left machines and when assisting in the development of highly complex parts, such as those used in the oil & gas industry.

Processing multiple files

Opt2Sim WPS (Work Processing System) allows multiple users to batch process multiple parts at once. Widely used in the aviation and shipbuilding sectors, Opt2Sim WPS offers rapid ROI, by enabling many hundreds of different tube profiles to be processed in a matter of hours.

Rapid scanning of tube geometry

Finally, there is Opt2Sim Tube Scan. Possibly the most advanced tube measurement tool on the market, Opt2Sim Tube Scan provides rapid scanning of physical tube geometry and extraction of tube data, and incorporates ‘Compare to Master’ and intuitive functions in the event corrections are required.

“We are confident we now offer the most comprehensive suite of tube simulation software available,” adds Alan Pickering. “Unison Opt2Sim makes importing and extracting tube data easy and offers stepped software enhancements that take simulating the bending process, creating batch files and scanning tube coordinates to the next level. Opt2Sim provides users with a complete end-to-end solution, from taking 3D STEP files to bending tube within a single software suite. Opt2Sim Tube Scan takes the functionality of measurement software further than ever before – and is competitively priced when compared to scanning arm technologies.”

Email [email protected] for more information on Opt2Sim Tube.

Unison Ltd: intelligent tube technology

Unison Ltd is the UK’s leading manufacturer of tube and pipe bending machines and continually innovates the tube and pipe bending marketplace. The company manufactured the world’s first all-electric tube bender in 1994, followed by the world’s first all-electric multi-stack tube bender, then the world’s largest all-electric tube bender for the shipbuilding industry. Available in single-stack, multi-stack and right/left varieties, Unison machines are delivered to more than 20 countries globally. Unison’s tube bending software is recognized as the most user-friendly control system for tube bending machines. The software is written and supported by Unison, ensuring complete control of its evolution, with no need for third party support. In North America, Unison’s tube bending technologies are sold and supported by Unison Tube LLC.

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