Oct 5, 2011

Lantek shows aerospace supply chain software at Aero Engineering 2011

Lantek will be exhibiting its Lantek Expert CADCAM software and its Lantek Integra ERP system for sheet metal and structural steel applications at the Aero Engineering 2011 show at the NEC, Birmingham 9-10th November.

Lantek Expert has inbuilt parallel processing technology for high speed operation on the latest multi core hardware and includes an intuitive and ergonomic interface which seamlessly integrates with all the other productivity software modules the company offers. Technology within the system can drive all types of CNC sheet material cutting machines, allowing the user to optimize manufacturing processes and machine performance. New features in Lantek Expert include management of sets of parts, making it easy to manufacture kits of parts; nesting configured according to material thickness to maximize material utilization; intuitive tool selection for faster programming; instruction macros which enable a sequence of repetitive operations to be completed with one mouse click; new advanced machine configurations for machines with multiple cutting technologies; and improved control over common line cutting to provide greater flexibility in cutting methodology.

Alongside Lantek Expert the company will be demonstrating its latest Lantek Flex3d software, which makes it easy to import and unfold 3D data from leading CAD systems including SolidWorks®, Autodesk Inventor®, Solid Edge®, CATIA®, Creo Elements/Pro® and Siemens NX®. The system can unfold tubes, steelwork, and greatly simplifies the programming of cutting machines with 5-axis capability, using the advanced algorithms within the software.

The Lantek Integra ERP system is designed for sheet metal and steelwork applications and, in its latest version, is fully web enabled, allowing companies to manage and automate business processes in an Internet or Intranet environment from any location or time zone using the most popular web browsers and mobile devices such as the iPad.

New budgeting tools display a complete project as a tree structure, making it easy to see and manage the stages of manufacture and their associated costs. New tools allow the project structure to be easily modified, along with the associated costs, which are automatically updated. Customer relationship management keeps track of business opportunities and their value, making it easy to track progress such as the value of orders, follow up actions and reasons for success or failure. The information gathered and analyzed will help companies to optimize customer service and order intake. Subcontracting is now also controlled by Lantek Integra. By managing orders, dispatch and delivery notes, and goods received, companies can ensure that parts are delivered on time and to the agreed cost.

Visitors will also be able to see the new Lantek Manager software for the first time in the UK. This new system makes it easy for companies to monitor production, manage planning tasks, and keeps records of manufacturing performance for plant and equipment. With this new system, Lantek is offering companies even more integrated tools for operating at peak productivity.