VTube HERBER Bender New Part Setup (SOL Protocol)

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This page describes the use of the VTube-STEP and VTube-LASER to HERBER bender NEW PART Setup using the HERBER SOLD protocol.


Network Protocol

The protocol used is called "HERBER SOL" and runs through a standard network connection - wired or wireless.

VTube-LASER uses the protocol to send NEW SETUP data to HERBER benders.


HERBER SOL Data Protocol Information

These are important facts to know about this protocol.

  • The HERBER SOL protocol is network protocol that saves SOL data files. It can be setup over a network or for use with a thumb drive.

  • The HERBER SOL protocol is only for NEW PART setup of the bender - not for CORRECTION of the bender. For bender correction, see the HERBER MES protocol.

  • The protocol is unidirectional. Data only flows from VTube-LASER or VTube-STEP to the HERBER.

  • VTube-STEP can send data from the BENDER OUTPUT menu in the Navigation Pane.

  • VTube-LASER can send the data from inside the Bender Setup window. Press "Setup the Bender" inside that window.

  • The HERBER MES protocol requires that you have nominal (master) data programmed in before you send new data. VTube-LASER will stop the transmission if no master data is present.


The setup steps for LASER and STEP are the same.

STEP 1: Enter the SYSTEM OPTIONS Menu in VTube

  1. Click on Systems Options in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

  2. Enter the Measure 2 tab menu.

  3. Enter the Setup Benderlink Network menu.

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STEP 2: Setup the Benderlink Network Grid for HERBER MES Protocol

Important Note: It may seem confusing to setup for the HERBER MES protocol in this grid when you are using the SOL protocol. However, VTube-STEP and VTube-LASER understand that you intend to use the SOL and MES protocols together for the same bender. If you are using VTube-STEP without VTube-LASER, then please follow these instructions

  1. Choose an unused row in the grid for a new HERBER bender setup.

  2. Assign a bender name that will help operators identify which bender this is. This text will be displayed at the top of the Bender Setup menu.

  3. Assign the HERBER MES protocol.

  4. Enter the path to the shared drive or folder in the NetPath field. This path should point to the HERBER folder that will receive MES files from VTube. (The value shown on the screen is only an example.)

  5. Enter the IP address in the PING IP ADDRESS field if it is a fixed field. (This is not required. It allows VTube to ping the address to see if the network location is active before trying to open communications.)

  6. If the HERBER rotates the Clockwise positive, then select YES in the CW Rotation Positive cell.

  7. Press Close to save the settings. VTube will save these values to a persistent configuration file that will not change unless you change them in this grid.

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Vtube-laser logo 1.96.png How to SEND CORRECTION Data to the HERBER Control from VTube-LASER

STEP 1 - Bend the Tube

Bend the tube in the HERBER bender.

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STEP 2 - Measure the tube with VTube-LASER

Measure and align the tube to determine if it qualifies by falling within the envelope tolerance for the tube shape.

In the screen shot on the right, the red on the top left shows that the first END "A" LENGTH is out of tolerance.

Also, the red cells in the tangent point grid show that the measured tube centerline shape is out-of-tolerance.

Also - VTube is very visual. The solid model on the right shows exactly where the part is out is exceeding the tolerance. Click on the image to zoom in to see the values.

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Click on the BENDER SETUP button in the Navigation Pane.

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Set the correct bender number at the top of the window.

You can select up to 100 different benders.

The Bender Protocol should say "HERBER MES". (This assumes that you have already configured VTube's Benderlink in the Systems Options as described in the previous section.)

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STEP 5 - COPY the Data from VTube-LASER's Main Memory

If this is the first correction, then the Bender Setup screen may show no data. If this is the case, then it is necessary to update the Bender Setup screen from VTube-LASER's main memory like this:

  • Press "Setup this Window".
  • Press "Copy Master LRA to Setup LRA".

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STEP 6 - OPTIONAL STEP - You Can Manually Change the ADJUSTMENT Values

You can manually change the ADJUSTMENT values before sending corrections if you want to. Some users like to set the first and last Length adjustment to zero in order to keep the start position of the carriage in the same place - for when they have extra length on the ends.

If you want to, it is even possible to invert the rotation direction to keep the tube from hitting the bender during rotations.

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STEP 7 - Send Corrections to the HERBER

Press "Auto SEND Bender CORRECTIONS". VTube-LASER will let you select a path, then save a MES file to that path.

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STEP 8 - The SEND to BENDER Complete Window

A window should appear for a few seconds indicating that the Send to the Bender is complete.

You can allow this window to close on its own in a few seconds, or press the close button to close it immediately.

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STEP 9 - IMPORT the Correction Data at the HERBER Control

Move to the HERBER control and follow these steps:

  • Click on “Read measurement from machine” in the Communications menu.

  • Select your measuring system (VTube).


  • Select the .MES file VTube-LASER just created. When you click OK, the HERBER software will ask if you want to delete the MES file after importing.

  • To apply all corrections from the mes file, click on “Save all measurements” and continue bending. You are not required to stop the machine to do this. The HERBER cell allows for correction in an automated production cell in realtime. The corrections will be applied for the next part bent.


  • It is also possible to delete or save individual correction values by marking a bend and opening the measure tab.



Bend the corrected tube starting in Step 1, then measure it again (Step 2) and follow the rest of the steps until the part is within tolerance.

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