Groundbreaking software to manage the tube bending process from programming to production is being launched by Unison. Its latest software tools package provide significant progress in three areas: simulation, machine programming flexibility, and data collection. The resulting optimisation and versatility of tube bending will help tubular part manufacturers to substantially boost the productivity of operations. The first element of the new software release is an all-new version of the company's three-dimensional simulator - Opt2Sim - to accelerate the development of control programs for all-electric tube bending machines. Previously a discrete add-on to Unison's Unibend machine control software, the simulator has been completely re-engineered for total compatibility and accuracy of simulation. It now employs exactly the same embedded code that the machine runs on, ensuring that the simulator always performs in exactly the same manner as the machine - even as new machine control software features are added. The package will also now simulate the bending of additional tubular profiles such as square and rectangular - extending the versatility of application. Unison's latest Opt2Sim package enables fully validated bending programs to be created entirely off-line, and is suitable for any machine in the company's Breeze range of all-electric tube benders. The new version also incorporates a completely re-engineered collision detection utility, substantially simplifying a time-consuming task faced by users.