Automated feature based CAD migration made possible for leading printing systems manufacturer
Milford, OH, April 26, 2011 – ITI TranscenData, the product data interoperability business of International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), announced today that its ProficiencyTM feature based CAD translation solution is playing a key role at manroland AG. manroland is one of the leading printing systems manufacturers and the world’s market leader in web offset. Web-fed and sheet-fed offset presses provide tailor-made solutions for publishing, commercial and packaging printing – from company brochures to newspapers with circulations running into the millions. A worldwide network of about 100 sales and service centers market manroland’s own products and inkjet-based digital printing solutions from Océ as well as process compliant system components and pressroom products.
Until recently, manroland’s core design system was CATIA V4. With V4 nearing the end of its shelf life, and with no clear upgrade path that would preserve the integrity of the manroland design archive, manroland looked elsewhere for a new CAD solution. They were satisfied that Siemens NX 5 offered the capabilities they needed, but a wholesale change of CAD system obviously meant finding a migration path that would yield accurate and editable NX versions of the active V4 data.
“It wasn’t just a case of migrating the data,” says Marc Gottmann, CAD Engineer at manroland. “We wanted to maintain the associative link between 3D models and engineering drawings, and also the ‘intelligence’ of the 3D features the models were made up of. We wanted useful, modifiable data. And we knew we couldn’t do this via a STEP-based translation, for instance.”
ITI TranscenData has released a new case study detailing how manroland developed an automated remastering strategy for this migration based on Proficiency’s Collaboration Gateway, a process-focused automation tool specifically designed to support such mass data transfer projects. Ultimately, the whole of manroland’s active database – some 100,000 drawings and models – will be transferred into the new CAD system, a process set to last about two-and-a-half years.
Proficiency enables the transfer of complete design intelligence between major CAD systems. Geometry, features, sketches, manufacturing information, metadata, assembly relationships and drawings are all preserved in the conversion process. Proficiency’s automated process yields accurate and usable models at a typical success rate of up to 95 percent. Any inconsistencies can be addressed using Proficiency’s CAD-embedded Completion Wizards.
“We couldn’t have embarked on a new system without our data,” says Gottmann. “I suppose we could have migrated the 3D data and not the drawings but we simply wouldn’t have had the time to recreate 60,000 drawings. Proficiency has made the move possible.”
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About ITI and ITI TranscenData
International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Milford, OH. ITI TranscenData is the product data interoperability business within ITI. CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM vendors and end users alike utilize ITI TranscenData's products and services for seamless data exchange between dissimilar systems. Customers include ABB, Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Dassault, EADS, Ford, Honeywell, Lego, Lockheed Martin, NASA, MAHLE Powertrain, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Renault, Rockwell Collins, Samsung Electronics, Siemens, Snecma, Spirit AeroSystems, Thales, ThyssenKrupp, US Air Force, US Army, Xerox and others.