Greenlee BendWorks®

Greenlee BendWorks®

Win64, English

Greenlee Textron Inc
This app optimizes electrical conduit modeling and splitting based on Greenlee benders. Output files may be loaded into programmable benders, or printed for traditional nonprogrammable benders.

General Usage Instructions

For video tutorials of BendWorks tools, check out Greenlee’s YouTube pagehttps://www.youtube.com/user/GreenleeDEMO

 

The sample Greenlee conduit rvt files are provided within the installer and can be found under the following path

%Documents%\Greenlee\Bendworks

 

Select Greenlee tab to open BendWorks interface ribbon.

 

Select Conduit tool

Allows user to locate Greenlee conduits and elbows of a particular type and size from a dialog box. Selection highlights on screen.

 

Single Split tool

Allows user to choose a single conduit run to be split. Runs should be selected at one of the ends for best practice; otherwise run must be processed by Optimize option. Select icon, select run on screen to be processed. After choosing run, user is allowed to change parameters of split through the Split Conduit Run Into Segments dialog.

Note: Users can first select a single conduit run and then execute the command.  If more than one piece of conduit is selected, the selection is cleared when the command is executed and the user is prompted to select a single piece of conduit.

Note: BendWorks adds an underscore followed by a 4-digit extension to the designated prefix.

Note: The Split Run Into Segments window will display in the bottom left corner the value of the Total Angle of Bends. It is intended to be used in the splitting process for reference only.

 

Choosing OK starts the process. The Conduit Check and Export dialog appears. This shows how the conduit run is split, its marks, lengths, errors and file location. User has option to pick a section and highlight it on the screen. Choose OK to finish processing. Split is finished and output files are written.

 

Note: If UNDO command is executed after splitting a run, the run will un-split, but the output files will remain in the folder.

 

Multiple Split By Type tool

Allows user to choose multiple runs to be split by designated size and type. After selecting icon, a dialog box appears that lists all runs by type and size. User makes selection, chooses OK to continue, selection highlights. User is allowed to change parameters of split through the Split Conduit Run Into Segments dialog. 

 

Optimize option will split outwards from the conduit segment selected. This is the only option for this function.

 

Normal option will split and insert couplings randomly.  This is the only option for this function.

Choosing OK starts the process. Prefix Settings for Selected Conduit Runs dialog appears. This shows the mark prefixes, number of bends, type and size of conduits in runs. User has option to pick a run and highlight it on the screen.

Note: BendWorks adds a 2-digit extension to the designated prefix and an underscore followed by a 4-digit extension for each piece of conduit.

Choosing OK continues the process. Conduit Check and Export dialog appears. This shows how runs are split, marks, lengths errors and file location. User has option to pick a section and highlight it on the screen. Choose OK to finish processing. Split is finished and output files are written.

Note: If EDIT – UNDO (Ctrl-Z) command is executed after splitting a run, the run will un-split, but the output files will remain in the folder.

 

Note: The Split Run Into Segments window will display in the bottom left corner the value of the Total Angle of Bends. This variable refers to the first run of conduit selected. It is intended to be used for reference in the splitting process.

 

Multiple Split By Selection tool

Allows user to choose multiple runs to be split, regardless of type and size. After selecting icon, user makes selections from screen, chooses Finish to continue. User is allowed to change parameters of split through the Split Conduit Run Into Segments dialog.

Split From Start option will begin splitting the conduit from the side that is selected.

Split From End option will begin splitting the conduit from the opposite side to the side that is selected.

Note: The conduit cannot be split using Start and End if an end of the conduit is not selected.

Optimize option will split outwards from the conduit segment selected. 

Normal option will split and insert couplings randomly

Inline option will split and insert couplings inline with each other

Stagger option will split and insert couplings staggered with an equal distance from each other

Choosing OK starts the process. Prefix Settings for Selected Conduit Runs dialog appears. This shows the mark prefixes, number of bends, type and size of conduits in runs. User has option to pick a run and highlight it on the screen.

Note: Users can first select a multiple conduit runs and then execute the command.

Note: BendWorks adds a 2-digit extension to the designated prefix and an underscore followed by a 4-digit extension for each 

Commands

Ribbon/Toolbar Icon Command Command Description

Single UnSplit

Un-splits a single run of conduit by selecting from screen

Conduit Run Cleanup

This allows user to run the Cleanup utility to update the project to the parameters set in the Settings dialog. This is only required if the “Automatic Conduit Run Cleanup” is unchecked.

Align Parallel

Automatically align couplings for normal, staggered or in-line style

Multiple UnSplit

Un-splits multiple runs of conduit by selecting from screen

Multiple Split By Selection

Splits multiple runs of conduit by selecting from screen

About/Help

Information and help file access

Single Split

Splits a single run of conduit by selecting from screen

Select Conduit

Selects and highlights conduit runs by type

Align Couplings

Allows user to align couplers across parallel runs. After selecting icon, user selects coupling that others will align to. User then picks the couplings to align, choose Finish to complete.

Conduit Check and Export

Reprocesses an individual conduit of a split run and resaves the output file

Multiple Split By Type

Splits multiple runs of conduit by a chosen type through a dialog box

Settings

Sets default parameters for splitting a conduit run (can be overridden during split processing)

Installation/Uninstallation

The installer that ran when you downloaded this app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

You may need to restart the Autodesk product to activate the app/plug-in.

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, click Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features (Windows 7/8/8.1/10) and uninstall as you would any other application from your system.

Internet access is required upon start-up for the trial version of Bendworks to function. Once a file is opened, an internet connection is not necessary until Revit is restarted. Output directories must be updated to reflect available folders.

Additional Information

For purchasing full licenses: http://www.greenlee.com/products/BendWorks.html

For video tutorials: www.youtube.com/user/GreenleeDEMO

For information on Greenlee bending products: www.greenlee.com/catalog/Bending

For information on Greenlee’s newest innovations in bending: www.bendingrevolution.com

Known Issues

Contact

Company Name: Greenlee Textron Inc

Author/Company Information

Greenlee Textron Inc

Support Information

  •          Phone support: 1-800-435-0786
  •          Email contact:  CSBendworks@greenlee.textron.com
  •          Web conferences and demonstrations are available by request
  •          Annual BendWorks® compatibility release with each new version of Autodesk®

Version History

Version Number Version Description

3.1.560

• Custom Run Naming: Change individual conduit run names during the multi-split process • Smarter Back-to-Back Bend Logic: Updated back-to-back bend logic makes Bendworks even smarter and easier to use when modeling back-to-back bends. • Improved Cut Mark Values: Improved accuracy of the first mark cut value • Output File Conduit Labels Order: Updated the order of before and after conduit labels in the CSV and TXT files for accuracy. • Multi-Split Error Checking: Refined error checking in multi-split feature to eliminate inconsistencies • Enhanced Accuracy for 360-degree Angles: Updated the rounding associated with the 360-degree maximum angle error to improve accuracy • Updated Feedback Interface: Feedback in message windows have been revised for clarity • Improved Error Feedback: Enhanced graphical output for select errors and warnings provides more information • Error Codes Linked to Help File: Error codes now include hyperlinks that lead to detailed explanations and solutions from our updated help files. • Enhanced Check and Export: The Conduit check and export option now also checks for pre-process errors along with process errors.

3.0.458

Revit 2018 Compatibility Added three types of error checking; setting, pre-process, process, & warning along with color coding for each respective types of error. Adjust maximum bend angles and total distance of conduit run. Updated logic that maximizes conduit utilization. Automatically align couplings for normal, staggered or in-line style. Offer split conduit logic that makes jobsite installation easier. Save manual and machine files in separate locations. Provide two conduit cut values in output files.
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