Hexagon Metrology Debuts Next Generation Software Features Ease of Use and Flexibility
Hexagon Metrology today announced the launch of PC-DMIS 2012, a significant development release of the world’s most popular metrology software. PC-DMIS focuses on the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data to reduce scrap, improve throughput, reduce costs, and build lean manufacturing operations. Hexagon will demonstrate PC-DMIS 2012 with over 100 software enhancements in Booth E-5202 at IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) 2012, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL from September 10-15, 2012.
PC-DMIS 2012 rolls out a major new feature, ClearanceCube, to eliminate potential collisions of part and probe. ClearanceCube attaches a protective virtual envelope around the part being measured and guides the probe to avoid that area. The software automatically completes all safety moves so the operator can simply box-select a group of features, then use the Path Optimizer feature to determine the most effective path. Most importantly, the ClearanceCube is assigned to the selected feature, not the plan, which simplifies additions and changes to the inspection routine.
When inspection data is imported into CAD, PC-DMIS 2012 has the ability to “remember” the current translation of assembled components, so the CAD file does not need to be repositioned. Revisions to the CAD file prompt the Change Manager to highlight those design changes automatically. Another enhancement is the new Measurement Strategies for AutoFeatures. Users can now scan planes, circles, cylinders and cones directly from the AutoFeature dialog box with automatic setting of speed, point density, and filtering parameters.
Sortable Features is another addition to the user interface, which provides a fast and easy way to search features by ID, type, program sequence or time in various dialog boxes. The new Summary Mode enhancement adds intelligent, color-coded and symbolic text to avoid the time spent sorting through an inspection report for dimensional compliance. Specialized options are also available for customers with an Optiv vision system or those involved in the inspection of blades.
“PC-DMIS 2012 is built around measurement plan efficiency for greater productivity,” states Ken Woodbine, president of the PC-DMIS software division of Hexagon Metrology. “With more than 100 software enhancements, PC-DMIS moves far beyond run-of-the-mill inspection functionality, with automation and customization capabilities that anticipate and solve real world product development and quality control issues.” PC-DMIS 2012 is available for download for software maintenance agreement holders at http://www.pcdmis.com/products/pc-dmis-2012.