Hexagon Metrology today launched PC-DMIS 2014, a major release of the leading measurement software for the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data. PC-DMIS 2014 introduces tools and technologies that will help measurement devices perform better than ever, increasing the effectiveness of inspection planning time and making it easier to complete complex inspection routines.
The new PC-DMIS 2014 is featuring over 17 major and 81 minor software enhancements. The new software includes a number of productivity advancements to improve the speed of common programming tasks and the overall user experience.
Based on feedback
“PC-DMIS 2014 delivers new and improved capabilities based on real-world user feedback from the PC-DMIS forum and our technical support teams,” said Ken Woodbine, president of the Hexagon Metrology software division. “This release is focused on productivity, and sets the stage for future user experience enhancements already in the planning stage and moving forward.”
A few highlights
Highlights of PC-DMIS 2014 include a new 1-click “QuickFeature” tool for feature creation from CAD models, where users can also create QuickFeatures by hovering their mouse over a CAD model to highlight particular elements. Contact auto features are created from a single click on the CAD model without using menu options or dialog boxes. There is also a 1-click “QuickAlign” capability where users can now select valid combinations of one, two or three features to create a quick alignment. The QuickAlign feature will also initiate manual and DCC alignments when used at the beginning of a part program. These new productivity tools are packaged in a QuickMeasure toolbar with drop-down access to common measurement features, giving more screen real estate to the graphics and the measurement routine.
PC-DMIS includes Copy Parameters and Paste Parameters functions, which copy parameters from one feature or dimension and paste them to another feature(s) or dimension(s) in the Edit window, making block changes much faster. It also rolls out a new Mini Routines feature which can be used to measure a selected dimension or group of dimensions from a long part program. Mini routines offer characteristic-based measurement and the ability to measure one part of a complete measurement routine.
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