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Product News: Hexagon Metrology Releases PC-DMIS 2009

Measuring software capabilities enhanced with new features.

Published: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - 13:46

(Hexagon: North Kingstown, RI) -- Wilcox Associates Inc., a Hexagon Metrology company, announced the release of PC-DMIS 2009, the latest version of its market-leading CAD-based metrology software. PC-DMIS 2009 is a family of software products covering a variety of metrology hardware platforms and solutions sold under the banner of Enterprise Metrology Solutions (EMS). PC-DMIS 2009 rolls out enhanced versions of PC-DMIS CMM and PC-DMIS Vision software, and also introduces new products such as PC-DMIS Planner and PC-DMIS Reporting Suite. 

“PC-DMIS 2009 is a very significant release for Wilcox,” says Ken Woodbine, president of Wilcox Associates Inc. “Far from being simply an incremental release of PC-DMIS 2009, it is the culmination of development projects we have been working on for several years, and represents the tightest integration yet of the product suite. It also brings together new hardware categories that have been added to the Hexagon Metrology group since the last major release of PC-DMIS. The m&h machine tool probe integration with PC-DMIS NC for CNC machine tools is one of the most significant. The development team is extremely excited about this release and we know our customers will be too.”

Feature Highlights

The core product of the EMS suite is PC-DMIS CMM. It is used primarily on automated coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and offers many new functional and visual improvements. A new feature is Protected Mode Execution, a “run-only” mode with password protection against all editing or changing of the program or reports. This mode is ideal for the company that has a library of programs and wishes for operators to run them and interact with them without being allowed to alter them in any way. This is of particular relevance for companies with medical certification requirements, such as FDA.

The software's new visual programming enhancements include visualization of specific move paths before and after a selected feature, visualization and animation of the machine’s working volume within the model view, and translucent clearance plane visualization. Additionally the Grid View is expanded to allow points to be rapidly defined at any cross section automatically.

PC-DMIS 2009 offers enhanced geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) support for all standard GD&T calculation methods including ASME and ISO, plus additional option selections, and real-time dimensional calculation. New CAD support for the growing JT format is included as well.

Other new measurement capabilities for non-contact 3-D laser probes include the display of laser stripes, measured features, and measured points. New laser hole and cone auto-feature measurement are also added.
PC-DMIS 2009 is now available for shipment with new Hexagon Metrology brands Brown & Sharpe, DEA, Leitz and Sheffield, plus it is retrofittable as a software upgrade for most other CMM makes and models. Existing customers with current software maintenance agreements are eligible for a free upgrade to PC-DMIS 2009. The release software can be downloaded from www.wilcoxassoc.com.

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