ELECTRONICS:WAGO Corp. has launched WAGO/PARTcommunity Portal for free access to WAGO’s 17,000+ parts catalog. As an online portal, WAGO/PARTcommunity provides direct downloads of 2-D/3-D CAD drawings, product information and PDF data sheets. A multilingual user interface provides information in English, Spanish, French or nine other languages.For expedited part selection and specification, users register once - log-in information is retained for future use. WAGO/PARTcommunity then guides users through selection of a default CAD format (2D, 3D, native or neutral); the format can change to suit individual parts as needed. A convenient selection pane flanks the main preview window, allowing users to easily toggle between automation, electronic interface and interconnect products.
WAGO/PARTcommunity permits selection of several part numbers prior to download. Once selected, file delivery and access are immediate: perform a “save as” command, store the CAD file and then access it. All saved parts are also electronically stored in a “My parts” list on the WAGO/PARTcommunity server for future viewing/reference.
WAGO/PARTcommunity provides a 3-D parts presentation for visual overview of a part’s form factor, space requirements and other design considerations. An animation feature then automatically spins the selected component for hands-free review. A 3-D PDF view is also provided.
Access the WAGO/PARTcommunity at http://wago.partcommunity.com.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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