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Can you do automatic common punching?

Yes we can! AxiomVE has the ability to common punch same-side, equal-length, or completely included sides of parts automatically. You can set VE to common punch the way you want it to globally for all parts or on a part-by-part basis.

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More than 40 Ways OptiPunch Automates

Eliminate changeovers, increase duty cycle, cut programming time, material waste and errors through automation.


Common Edge Punching

Automatic common edge punching reduces duty cycle time and reduces material use. Save hours programming. Learn more.


Nesting Beneath the Clamps

Nesting Beneath the Clamps (NBC) is a fully automatic feature in Optimation® that allows nesting in the clamp dead-zone area on a sheet. Learn more.

OptiPunch Turret Punch Only Features


Automatic Tabbing

Calculates tabbing tool placement automatically.


Automatic Irregular Hole Punching

Automatically punches out irregular shaped holes and notches.


Automatic Die Clearance Control

Recognizes die clearance limitations as defined by the user per material type.


Automatic Cluster Punch Calculations

Automatically matches cluster punches to geometry..


Automatic Single Part Programming

Can be configured in a "blank-to-size" single part program mode for handling non-nest type parts (calculates clamp positions automatically).


Automatic Tab & Micro-Joints

Calculates micro-tab and micro-joint placement based upon tool path size if applicable.


Just In Time Nesting

Enables user to respond to changes in demand within the cycle time of one machine tool virtually on the fly to accommodate JIT (Just-In-Time) production systems.

OptiPunch Turret Punch Combination Features


Automatic Kerf Compensation

Determines kerf side and direction automatically.

11: Automatic Feed Rates

Automatically sets feed rates and grain direction based on geometry.

12: Automatic Lead-ins/outs

Automatically creates lead-in/lead-out.

13: Automatic Common Cutting

Provides a full-featured Common Cutting approach that allows the user to specify which parts can be common edge cut when a part is libraried.

14: Automatic Manufacturing Attributes Reading

Reads and applies key manufacturing information marks for bend lines, weld lines, grain direction, part numbers, order numbers, or anything you need with Geometric Marking and Text Etching.

15: FMS Turret Punch Tooling and Nesting

The software can accommodate an FMS turret punch configuration by recognizing the machine-tool's unique features (auto-loader, part and skeleton unloaders, and bin-and pallet offloading)..

16: Automatic Tool Change Minimization

The software creates nests which automatically minimize tool changes and punch path.

17: Tool Library Flexibility

The user can create common or machine tool-specific tool libraries.

18: Forming Hit Avoidance

The software sequences tools within forming tool interference zones.

19: Automatic Freed Part Avoidance

The software has the ability to recognize a hit that frees scrap and parts.


Tool Changer Output

The software has the ability to output tool changer information in NC code.

21: Tool Characteric Settings

The user can identify a tool by multiple classes or type characteristics.

22: Tool Priorities

The user can set tool priorities.

23: Tool Die Clearance Settings

Each tool can be assigned any die clearance needed.

24: Tool-Dependent Parameters

The user can choose from a large selection of additional tool dependent parameters.

25: Special Tool Classifications

The software recognizes special tool classifications such as flat, forming, corner, radius, tabbing, single-hit only, and louver.

26: Tool Station Priorities Per Tools

The user can identify primary and alternate tool stations for each tool.

27: Tooling Dead Zones

The user can establish "dead zones" per station.

28: Reusable Tool Changer Configurations

The user can save and restore multiple tool changer configuration patterns.

29: Tool Changer Editing

The user has the ability to edit the tool changer from the machine tool parameters.


"Inactive" Tool Station Settings

The user has the ability to define inactive stations adjacent to special tools in the turret.

31: Tooling Configuration per Order Due Dates

Can change tool management/configuration during nesting based on dates associated with active orders.

32: Batch Nesting per Tooling or Off-Loading

Can operate in a production run mode for optimizing "batch" runs relative to one tool setup or parts off-load restrictions

33: Tool Hit Count Settings

The software tracks the hit count per tool for user maintenance..

34: Preferred Tool Set

Automatically selects preferred tool set.

35: Automatic Part-Specific Tooling

Provides specific part tooling based on tool types of radius, tabbing, cluster, slitter, and single hit.

36: Scallop Control

Automatic part tooling using material dependent scallop control.

37: Single Hit Punching

Matches tool tolerances to individual over and undersize single hits.

38: Automatic Tooling Error Alert

Automatically warns the user of geometric areas with no applicable tooling.

39: Automatic Tool Rotation

Applies rotational tooling such as rectangular or square shapes to linear and arc type geometry.


Automatic Radius Tool Application

Utilizes corner radius tools automatically if desired.

41: Automatic Tooling & Grain Contraint Recognition

Automatically recognizes whether tooled part should be grain constrained due to tooling limitations per machine.

42: Automatic Tool Assignment Just Prior to Nesting

Automatically assigns tools without assigning specific stations until time of nest creation for maximum flexibility.

43: Interactive Tooling Available

Provides a full-featured set of tools for interaction if desired.

Using your part design files, quantities, due dates and our software, we'll put the Optimation® to the test in a custom benchmark. You'll know exactly what you could be saving. Contact us now.

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