CADENAS is publishing Version 11 of its Strategic Parts Management PARTsolutions. The software manufacturer aims to provide support for the optimization of design processes. The new version focuses on the development and simplification of the search functions.
PARTsolutions V11 offers an optimized user interface for intuitive operation. The new version also offers automatic filter assistants for the first time, which means that the catalogs are scanned automatically for certain variables and then filter assistants are offered for the most common variables with the respective minimum and maximum values.
With the help of the Geometric Similarity Search GEOsearch, it is now easier for PARTsolutions users to compare two components, the company reports. For the first time after the search, mirrored components are specially marked in the results list. Engineers are then informed if the part is geometrically similar to the component searched for, even though it cannot be installed due to the mirrored image.
By means of the LIVEsearch function of the Geometric Similarity Search, engineers and purchasers receive optimum support. In the CAD system, geometrically similar components that exist are searched for automatically already during the design process and shown at the edge of the screen. Thanks to the new quick comparison, the components can then be easily compared with each other.
In addition to the Geometric Similarity Search GEOsearch, where the entire component is used in the search, PARTsolutions also has a partial search available. Here, individual elements of a component can be marked and the search for components with similar elements can be performed.
New topology types have been added for the Topology Search. Thus, additional new patterns are automatically detected and used in the search for components. This way, users can run their search according to certain drilling patterns or arrangements like cones and get to the desired component quicker.
The new Classification 2.0 enables engineers and purchasers to run quick and easy searches for standard and purchased parts in all catalogs. Parametric reference models have been stored for the individual classes.
The tables with the respective component information have been completely redesigned for the PARTsolutions Version 11 and expanded with additional features. There are two types of tables available in the new PARTsolutions version for engineers and purchasers. Component information can be displayed vertically as well as horizontally, where switching between the two views can be done easily and quickly with a click.
There are new filter options available in PARTsolutions V11. Users can filter by column, which simplifies reworking within the table. Input fields are displayed for filtering in the header of each column. The available variants can be narrowed down with just a few inputs.
PURCHINEERING 2.0 gets purchasers involved early on in the development process. In PARTsolutions, an automatic service monitors all parts checked into the PLM in the background and checks whether the new component or the supplier is really necessary. If the new system was unjustified or an approved alternative already exists, engineers and purchaser are informed within a short time that it could be an unnecessary component or that it must be obtained from an existing supplier.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company.