Computer Productivity Tools Software

DN Staff

December 4, 1995

7 Min Read
Computer Productivity Tools Software

Software validates GD&T specifications

VSA-GDT/Pro contains a series of rules which test Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) specifications against national standards and common practices, similar to spelling and grammar checkers in a word processor. The software extracts features and tolerances from Pro/ENGINEER models, analyzes the tolerancing scheme, and guides the user to correct any errors at the component level. VSA-3D/Pro uses statistical techniques to simulate complex assembly operations in 3-D as a validation of product design. It performs a complete 3-D tolerance analysis based on the fabrication of each part, assembly sequence and methods, and inspection of the final assembly. VSA-3D/Pro also predicts the variation (both statistically and worst-case) and ranks the contributors to the variation.
Variation Systems Analysis Inc., 300 Maple Park Blvd., St. Clair Shores, MI 48081, FAX (810) 778-6470

Software brings modeling to mainstream users

MicroStation Modeler(TM) lets users combine solids, surfaces, and wireframes to describe complex parts. Its set of features includes holes, fillets, bosses, chamfers, cuts, protrusions, ribs, and rounds. Users can also define and program new features for such things as making intricate decisions and choosing tradeoffs. The package also has bi-directional associativity and reference file capability.
Bentley Systems Inc., 690 Pennsylvania Dr., Exton, PA 19341, FAX (610) 458-1060

Digitizer provides flexibility

The SummaFlex(TM) flexible, cordless, pressure-sensitive tablet for the graphics market can turn any work space or desktop into a full-functioning digitizer tablet. Customizable 3-D features and function buttons minimize the number of menu picks and repetitive key strokes. The 18- x 24-inch tablet can be used both as a tablet and as a permanent work surface. Users can turn the tablet on and off as needed, or designate any portion of the tablet as the active surface area, keeping the remaining non-active area for other activities.
Summagraphics Corp., 8500 Cameron Rd., Austin, TX 78754, FAX (512) 835-1916

Tool allows visual integration

AVS/Express V2 visual application development tool converts any type of data into interactive 3-D visual representations. The software enables developers to integrate interactive multidimensional visualization capabilities into new or existing Windows and UNIX applications. It can be used in On-Line Analysis Processing (OLAP) applications in telecommunications, financial services, sales and marketing, and business GIS markets.
Advanced Visual Systems Inc., 300 Fifth Ave., Waltham, MA 02154, FAX (617) 890-8287

Monitor has fixed footprint

The ID-1561 Interactive DisplayTM Monitor is a touch-display unit that eliminates systems integration problems caused by changing monitor dimensions. The series is designed to allow future monitor upgrades to be incorporated into enclosures of the same size. The rugged, 15-inch, multiscan monitor is made of black anodized aluminum and steel. It features a non-glare, flat, square tube with a 1,280 x 1,024 resolution, 0.28 dot pitch, and unlimited color palette. The monitor offers flicker-free, non-interlaced operation; compatibility with PCs and Macintosh II systems; and side-mounted, programmable, digital controls.
Iicon Corp., 16040 Caputo Dr., Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Keyboard saves space

The STORM(R) 1100 Series, NEMA 4 sealed, industrial keyboard has a high-impact polymer enclosure and keycaps featuring hardened, stainless-steel inserts. The desktop model has a 14.4- x 6.1-inch footprint. Its design allows the keyboard to be under-panel-mounted or put into a 19-inch rack using a standard stainless-steel panel kit. The keyboard's compact height and shape ensure convenient fit into a 1U drawer. The keyboard is weatherproof and waterproof, with a temperature range of -25 to 85C.
MGR Industries, 450 B Industrial Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80524, FAX (970) 484-4078

Printer gives photographic-quality output

The NP-1600 Photographic network printer has built-in image-processing software and a high-speed SPARC processor to simplify color output generation. Features include automatic file recognition for many common image formats; scaling and rotation capabilities for incoming images; and multi-formatting, which allows multiple images to be placed on a single page of output. Color adjustment enables users to select gamma curves and TrueColorRendering (TCR) to enhance image output and fine tune colors.
Codonics Imaging Div., 17991 Englewood Dr., Middleburg Heights, OH 44130, FAX (216) 243-1334

Flat-panel monitor isfor touch input

The TruePoint SpaceSaver flat-panel, LCD touch monitor is for use in touch-oriented markets. A cast aluminum alloy base and two support stands with friction hinges support the display head. This extra-sturdy design virtually eliminates any shaking and movement in the display when it is placed free-standing on a desk or counter and touched. The dark gray housing keeps fingerprints and dirt from showing on the bezel, making it suitable for retail and food environments.
Microtouch Systems Inc., 300 Griffin Brook Park Dr., Methuen, MA 01844, FAX (508) 659-9100

Operator interfaces offerfaster responses

OITman Operator Interface Terminals (OIT) offer a register reaction that is five times faster and a function key reaction that is ten times faster than the company's previous designs. A multitasking operating system can access as many as 500 message screens, any of which can be configured as message, alarm, recipe, menu, or help screens. Ease-of-use features include a hierarchical screen structure/menu system, a jog function, 12 or 16 user-configurable function keys, a help key, a real-time clock, function key and keypress LEDs, and a choice of LCD (either 2-line by 40 character or 8-line by 40 character) or VFD (2-line by 40 character) displays that allow for screen scrolling, flashing screen displays, chained message screens, and stacked messages.
Maple Systems Inc., 1930 220th St. SE, Bothell, WA 98021, FAX (206) 486-4589

Software reduces NC programming

SmartCAM FreeForm MachiningTM version 4.6 for UNIX(R) workstations and PCs using Windows(R) and Windows NTTM offers surface machining routines, efficient machining of solid models, and 21/2-axis production milling functions. Mold and die makers also get the functionality needed for contour finishing and its associated tool control, and for manipulating and modeling surfaces. The software also includes an upgrade to version 1.6 of the ACIS solids technology, improving integration with CAD and CAE applications.
Camax Mfg. Technologies, 7851 Metro Pkwy., Minneapolis, MN 55425, FAX (612) 854-6644

Plotter combines speed and quality

The DesignJet 750 large-format color plotter prints a typical D-size, black-only, CAD plot in less than four minutes in normal mode (a true 600 dpi). A draft mode for check plots can produce a D-size, black-only plot in 300 dpi in only two minutes. Best mode, which is also 600 dpi, completes the same plot in less than seven minutes. Typical color CAD drawings on this plotter can take as little as four minutes in draft mode and nine minutes in best mode. The plotter features new imaging modes to create smooth area fills and images for renderings or presentation with virtually no banding.
Hewlett-Packard Co., Box 58059, MS511L-SJ, Santa Clara, CA 95051

PC boards offer graphical trace editing; 950 footprints

MicroSim(TM) PC boards for Windows 3.1, Windows NT, and Windows 95 feature the Cooper & Chyan SPECCTRA(R) autorouter. They offer the features expected of high-end PCB layout packages in an integrated and easy-to-use design environment. Features include graphical trace editing, full footprint and package editing, a library of more than 950 footprints, forward and backward ECO, PADS netlist import, and Gerber photoplotter output. SPECCTRA uses ShapeBased(TM) technology which models each element exactly for precise adherence to design rules with no approximations.
MicroSim(TM), 20 Fairbanks, Irvine, CA 92718


Honorable Mention

Software eliminates need for a PLC

Waltz(R) software is an integrated PC-based controller, human-machine interface (HMI), and development system that delivers I/O control in a Windows environment--all from a single PC. The software uses an IEC 1131-3-compatible, ladder logic editor familiar to users of PLCs. Users can choose their I/O, and can even use different I/O in the same control program. Drag-and-drop functionality and easy-to-use variable names enhance productivity and make programming simple. Through the Waltz Control Link, users can integrate the software with any number of networked devices.
Taylor Industrial Software, Suite 500, 5255 Triangle Pkwy., Norcross, GA 30092, FAX (707) 368-4998

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