TUBE NEWS 2016 May 2016 - Page 32

Happy 40th Birthday, Radan instructions on the paper tape.” Two senior lecturers at the university, Tony Billett – who was to become Radan’s Managing Director – and Martin Swainston, devised the software to read the paper tape and simulate the movement that the machine would make, offline. “It’s very primitive compared to Radan today, but was far in advance of anything else available in 1976. For the first time, it was possible to try a program out on a computer instead of waiting until it was on the machine and cutting metal.” Radan has developed into the world leader by staying solely in the sheet metal industry, and creating solutions for specialist niches within that sector. These