Advanced CADCAM Software Solutions for The Manufacturing Industry PEPS Wire is an industry leading Wire EDM CAD/CAM system developed specifically for the precision engineering, tool-making, mold & die, press and extrusion tool industries. It offers an intuitive environment for the comprehensive programming of all Wire EDM machines tools.

Features at a glance:

  • Intuitive graphical user interface
  • Extensive range of CAD interfaces; both for import and export
  • Comprehensive machine and postprocessor database
  • Feature recognition from solid models with projection onto cutting planes
  • Roughing and finishing cuts easily applied to multiple punches / dies
  • Variable land heights for extrusion dies and clipping tools
  • Solid and Wireframe projection wizards
  • Multiple tagging options with auto tag removal
  • Reverse cutting with offsets and cutting technology changes
  • Knowledge-based cutting schemes
  • Multiple strategies for corner types; including square ISO and conic
  • No-core pocket destruction of round and irregular shapes
  • Full Solid 3D simulation, part sectioning and part comparison
  • Option involute gear design module (for ISO / AGMA) and formed turning tool module available

Comprehensive machine and postprocessor database. PEPS WIRE contains a comprehensive database of Wire EDM machines from the leading Machine Tool manufacturers; including JOB and Script for Agie, CMD and CT Expert for Charmilles, Brother, Fanuc, Hitachi, Makino, Ona, Sodick, Seibu and Mitsubishi. The advanced postprocessors aren't just limited to the use of generic G and M codes; special posts are easily configured to suit different head configurations and table sizes.

Applying cutting technologies. Geometry drawn in or imported into PEPS Wire is used to create 'Profile Figures' ready for the application of cut technologies. Profile Figures are used whether a single component profile or no-core section is being programmed or as upper and lower sections for 4 axis machining. Individual Profile Figures can be generated by directly interrogating wireframe or solid geometry and PEPS Wire can be used to quickly find linked items. Multiple Punch or Die profiles can be generated by the user selecting a set of lines and arcs representing the profiles, as typically appears on a press tool plate and where PEPS Wire will automatically and rapidly create discrete profiles from the largest amounts of data. 4-Axis Upper and Lower profiles can be automatically synchronised, however, PEPS Wire also benefits from full manual override and the use of 3D constraint lines, which define how the upper shape will be matched to the Lower shape.

Multiple tagging and auto tag removal. PEPS Wire allows you to give the part multiple start holes and it will automatically establish tags near to the start of each new hole location. In PEPS Wire it is possible to select from several different methods of unattended machining. If your machine is equipped with automatic wire threading, then you will most likely want to run unattended as long and as often as possible. Unattended machining is performed by leaving the slugs attached while all of the preliminary cuts are taken. Numerous strategies are available to cut the part; for instance, taking all of the rough cuts before finishing, in which case all rough cuts are taken while leaving the tags attached, then the tags are removed, and finally the trim cuts are taken. Alternatively, take the rough and finish cuts while leaving the tag in place and then to remove the tag and trim this area.

Toolpath verification and simulation. The completed wire path can be simulated using rendered solid model graphics, including fixtures and target parts. Any collisions that are detected are highlighted both on the model and via on-screen messages. As slugs become detached by cuts, the simulation advizes the programmer that this is the case and graphically removes the part, emulating the cutting process that will happen on the machine tool exactly. Toolpath verification also tests whether the completed part is removable from the component. It is also possible to do a detailed part comparison between the target model and the cut part, which highlights any rest material or gouges.

Optional functionality. PEPS Wire also includes specific functionality for turning tool design manufacturers. Component Profile geometry can be automatically modified to Tool Profiles by entering combinations of Top, Side and Front tool rake angles. CAM and GEAR profile generation is delivered to DIN/ISO and AGMA standards. Extrusion Toolmakers benefit from the Variable Land feature. Changes in land heights are easily applied at any number of points around the die face.