AutoForm plus R4 – A Breakthrough for the Sheet Metal Forming Industry

Wilen b. Wollerau, Switzerland, June 14, 2012: AutoForm Engineering GmbH, the leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, has unveiled its latest software version AutoFormplus R4. This release is the result of AutoForm’s largest software development endeavor ever. AutoFormplus R4 development was driven by the vision of a Comprehensive Digital Process Planning system. It allows users to quantify and evaluate all planning aspects of stamped sheet metal parts, such as function, quality, lead time and cost. The completely new and ergonomically designed AutoFormplus User Interface integrates these aspects and allows users to reach a new level of competitiveness.

AutoFormplus R4 is the fourth major release of the new product line AutoFormplus. The brand new state-of-the-art user interface released with AutoFormplus R4 has a completely new look and feel. It was built from the ground up in order to provide better support for user ergonomics, increase productivity and support Comprehensive Digital Process Planning. The AutoFormplus User Interface is a fully native Windows application. By supporting this industry standard operating system, AutoForm enables customers to increase their productivity, work in their standard IT environment and decrease their administrative overhead. This version offers complete step-by-step functionalities in order to ensure a consistent and repeatable workflow throughout the entire stamping process chain.

AutoFormplus R4 allows a complete quantitative piece cost analysis as material, production and tooling costs can be determined at any stage of the planning process. Furthermore, with AutoFormplus R4, interpreting results can be carried out even faster and more easily. Semi-automatic issue identification facilitates and speeds up the identification of stamping issues, their types and locations. In addition, AutoFormplus R4 features full AutoForm-Sigma integration, enabling engineers to systematically resolve forming problems and improve forming processes. For projects engineered and simulated using AutoForm software, a report file can be easily generated and is now integrated into the AutoForm design file.

Along with the new software version, AutoForm Engineering is also releasing AutoForm-ProcessDesignerforCATIA, which represents a further integration of the AutoForm methodology into the CATIA environment and allows for the rapid creation of CAD quality die faces. AutoFormplus R4 fully supports the usage and management of individual company standards, such as costing, die-face and simulation standards. AutoForm thus ensures that work undertaken is consistent and in compliance with the norms and standards of each individual organization.

Dr. Markus Thomma, Corporate Marketing Director of AutoForm Engineering, stated: “With a host of new functionalities, such as process and data integration, implementation of company standards, automatic issue-based result evaluation and many more breakthrough innovations, AutoFormplus R4 provides great benefits to users by significantly increasing productivity, ease-of-use and turn-around time. I am convinced that our customers will greatly appreciate the efforts we have made and be very excited about our new software release. AutoFormplus R4 will be available on the market in fall 2012.”

About AutoForm Engineering GmbH

AutoForm offers software solutions for the die-making and sheet metal forming industries along the entire process chain. With 250 employees dedicated to this field, AutoForm is recognized as the leading provider of software for product manufacturability, tool and material cost calculation, die face design and virtual process optimization. All of the Top 20 automotive OEMs and most of their suppliers have selected AutoForm as their software of choice. Besides its headquarters in Switzerland, AutoForm has offices in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, USA, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Japan and Korea. AutoForm is also present through its agents in more than 15 other countries. For detailed information please visit:


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