Brown & Sharpe Offers PC‑DMIS v3.5


"PC‑DMIS version 3.5 measurement and inspection software from Brown & Sharpe adds a fully configurable, more intuitive graphic user interface (GUI) for easier operation," said a company spokesperson.


Open architecture PC‑DMIS is available on all new Brown & Sharpe machines and can be installed on existing Brown & Sharpe machines. It has been adapted for easy upgrading as a plug‑in module to LK, Romer, Giddings & Lewis, SMX, Mitutoyo, CE Johansson, Starrett, Zeiss, Faro, Numerex and Mora coordinate measuring machines.


PC‑DMIS v3.5 is available as PC‑DMIS PROTM, PC‑DMIS CADTM and PC‑DMIS CAD++TM. PC‑DMIS PRO is a full‑featured metrology software system. PC‑DMIS CAD adds the ability to import CAD files. PC‑DMIS CAD++ adds a scanning function and the capability to handle thin walled parts, glass and plastics.


"The new GUI blends power with simplicity by leveraging some of the best characteristics of the interfaces found on Brown & Sharpe's Tutor and Reflex software programs," said a company spokesperson. "The interface is designed to provide users of all skill levels with easy access to the powerful routines in PC‑DMIS software." The customizable graphic user interface features iconized tool bars that can be modified or deleted to streamline and simplify commands. "One click" start routines for probe qualifications, part alignments and reporting functions improve inspection efficiency. The tool bars can be floated anywhere on the screen or can be docked against any screen edge.


User-specific profiles, available in v3.5, allow operators to save a particular interface, including the placement of tool bars and windows on the screen.


In addition to the operator interface, PC‑DMIS v3.5 includes the capability for fully automated probe qualification of all tools in a rack. The probe calibration can be saved by name to allow the user to recall a specific setup and run it. The software also allows the user to load and unload tools from the rack unattended for added efficiency.


A rotary scan feature in PC‑DMIS v3.5 creates a circular scan pattern on the surface of a part around a feature. This is useful for checking dimensions of mating part surfaces.


PC‑DMIS offers DIRECT CAD INTERFACETM (DCI) to such programs as CATIA, Unigraphics, Pro/ENGINEER, SDRC, and the common CAD format, ACIS. This allows users to create part programs directly on the native CAD model, utilizing the native CAD system algorithms and tools, eliminating any translation from the original CAD design intent, and also reducing programming time and improving accuracy. In its expanded CAD capability, PC‑DMIS v3.5 offers the added ability to associate one CAD file with multiple part programs, saving computer space. The new version of PC-DMIS also includes the ability to display the images of DCI parts even if the CAD licenses are not currently available.


PC‑DMIS Direct Translators allow for the use of a native CAD model when the user does not own that specific CAD system. Files can be translated directly into the PC‑DMIS native CAD format, similar to IGES, but with no need for an IGES file to be generated out of the CAD system. Direct translators are available for CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Unigraphics and SDRC.


Other improvements in PC‑DMIS v3.5 include the capability to move all five axes of the coordinate measuring machine simultaneously, added support for continuous scanning simulation when using an SP600 probe, filters to select specific dimensions, and improved contour mapping capability.


"PC‑DMIS offers fully supported migration paths to all existing Brown & Sharpe legacy software products such as MICROMEASURETM IV, AVAILTM, QUINDOS, TUTORTM, CHORUSTM, CHORUS NTTM, CHORUS CADTM and MASTERTM," said a company spokesperson. "These migration options include translators to effectively move existing part programs into the PC‑DMIS environment, as well as text editors and execution engines for the legacy products. Current Brown & Sharpe customers can continue to use their existing part programs while taking full advantage of the state‑of‑the‑art power of PC‑DMIS."


For more information contact:

        David Genest

        Brown & Sharpe

        200 Frenchtown Rd

        N. Kingstown, RI 02852-1700


        Fax: 401-886-2727



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