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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Greenlee BendWorks Version 2.0

From the Autodesk App Store...

About This Version
Version 2.0, 6/14/2016
  • Easy to use
    • Added more information tabs 
    • Detects error at the bender 
  • Information security 
    • Retains information during  the split 
    • Able to standardize data per project
  • Accuracy 
    • Able to color code error conduits 
    • Coupling gap information
    • Select the conduit mark tolerance
  • Flexibility 
    • Able to change the conduit type after the split 
    • Able to line up coupling in parallel run by using ‘Align conduit’
  • Updated Logic 
    • Took care of bugs
    • Added minimum conduit length information
    • More durable software
  • Affordable 
    • Change to the subscription payment base 

Description

30-Day Full Trial: Downloading this application will grant full access to all features and functionality for 30 days. Upon expiration of the trial, licenses may be purchased from the Greenlee storefront http://www.greenlee.com/products/BendWorks.html.  The subscription is available for monthly and annually auto renewal as well as single and a five (5) licenses group pack for better pricing.

The sample Greenlee conduit rvt files are provided within the installer and can be found under following path: %Documents%\Greenlee\Bendworks

The Building Information Modeling (BIM) process is still new to many electrical contractors.  BendWorks® was designed to help electrical contractors adopt this new process easily.  BendWorks® allows smooth information transferring between 3D electrical modelers and the electrical prefabrication shop or foreman on the jobsite. BendWorks® is a first of its kind add-in software application for Autodesk® Revit® and Revit® MEP that helps designers more efficiently optimize electrical conduit runs.  BendWorks® ensures that all conduit runs are error-free and export-ready for prefabrication or on-site bending with most Greenlee benders, saving time and reducing cost for the electrical contractor.

Conduit runs may then be processed using BendWorks® splitting tools. Segmentation of conduit can start from either the beginning or end of a run, or it may be automatically chosen to optimize which method is better for eliminating cuts. Upon segmenting the run, couplings are auto-inserted, and unique identification marks are assigned to each segment. Segment lengths default to 10 feet, but this may be manually overridden.

Built-in error checking functionality based on Greenlee benders includes:
  • Auto-ranging of conduit diameters
  • Minimum bend radii
  • Back-to-back bend minimum distance
  • Tail-end minimum distance
  • Segmented bends for concentric bends
  • Electrical code checking – maximum 360° of bends per run

BendWorks® outputs critical data on each conduit segment, such as size & type, bender assigned, and locations of bends, into .CSV files. These files may be electronically transferred to programmable Greenlee benders (1055 AutoBend 3D & 855GX) to ensure accuracy in fabrication. For traditional, non-programmable benders, conduit segment data may be output into .TXT files that can be printed and used as a comprehensive guide to correctly mark and bend each piece.

List of compatible Greenlee benders:
  • 1055 AutoBend 3D*
  • 855GX**
  • 854DX
  • 555C
  • 555CX
  • 555DX
  • 555
  • 855
  • 854
  • 853
  • 881
  • 882

* denotes programmable, automatic bender
 ** denotes programmable bender

Note:  This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer).


Conduit cleanup



Greenlee BendWorks is brought to you by Greenlee Textron Inc. Pricing starts at 159.99 USD/month.

There's more information available on the Autodesk App Store.

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