- Drawing Validator provides an accurate and complete comparison of 2D drawings based on semantic values extracted using official API of CAD systems. This realizes an efficient and reliable design-to-manufacturing process—eliminate potential human errors and improve the quality of communication while reducing the lead time.
- As a user-friendly solution, the validation report provides a list of all detected differences, zoom capability for a close examination, and animation for instant recognition and understanding of detected differences. This functionality effectively eliminates the chance of possible oversights.
- Users can adjust check criteria as well as tolerances to satisfy each individual need.
HAMAMATSU, Japan—Dec. 12, 2017— Elysium, a global interoperability solutions provider, will launch “Drawing Validator” for Creo® Parametric software from PTC Dec. 19, 2017. “Drawing Validator” has been developed under joint effort with PTC. The product’s value lies within its ability to provide a high-quality validation check. This is made possible by leveraging the semantic information extracted using the API (Application Programming Interface). Utilizing this tool will save users’ time and streamline the communication process between departments. The partnership between Elysium and PTC will further continue as the “Drawing Validator” technology will be integrated into PTC ThingWorx® Navigate™ app in the upcoming year.
With a growing global trend for MBD (Model-based Definition), Elysium’s CAD validation technology is deployed at many globe-spanning enterprises and has contributed to maintain their competitiveness. Beside such trend, many companies still rely on 2D drawings when it comes to ECO (Engineering Change Order) management and communication with the manufacturing sector and suppliers. However, there are no validation tools specifically designed for 2D drawings in manufacturing, and 2D drawing validation is typically conducted by human eyes, sometimes with little help from a graphic validation tool. Thus, there is a hidden, yet common headache among design engineers. Engineers may spend hours, or even days, and are still unable to highlight all the significant differences. Using a graphic validation tool provides another obstacle; the comparison result includes many redundant detections, e.g., difference on the position of views, annotations, and/or BOM (Bill of Material) tables.
“It is a game changer,” says Mr. Kazuhiko Fukuoka, Senior Assistant Manager of Fabrication Design, Stationary Plant Engineering, Engineering & Technology Center of Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd. (*1). “Drawing Validator dramatically reduces the lead time and increases the efficiency in our 2D drawing check process; especially when working on large assembly models as it detects differences on the number of elements, values of dimensions, and annotations based on parametric values in Creo Parametric native data. Our conventional method, an image comparison tool, checks for differences by overlaying two drawings. This always required manual filtering and examination by human eyes as the comparison result contained redundant differences such as slight change on the layout position of detail drawings, and such differences were reported as a difference on the whole detail drawing which was hard to understand what had been changed and judge whether the changes were important or not. In the scene where the detection of unintended changes is also integral, it is fundamental that only, but all the significant differences are detected. We see a great potential in this new product that this will enhance not only the 2D drawing validation process, but across the entire manufacturing process.”
“We believe that Elysium’s Drawing Validator will bring remarkable value to our customers,” states Mr. Kevin Wrenn, Divisional Vice President & GM, PLM Segment, PTC. “Drawing Validator informs design changes to industrial engineers and production engineers who work mainly with 2D drawings and reduces costs to outsource specialists to confirm design changes on drawings. The planned inclusion of Drawing Validator as a ThingWorx Navigate app is expected to make designing processes more efficient by enabling users to access and confirm these design changes easily and with certainty.”
“Elysium is pleased to announce the enhanced collaboration with PTC, and the release of Drawing Validator,” states Mr. Hiroshi Yano, President and COO of Elysium. “This will contribute to significant lead time reduction in 2D drawing validation after every engineering change, and more importantly, deliver a peace of mind as engineers can trust in the result and concentrate on their actual work. This will also improve the quality of communication with approvers, other divisions and suppliers—share the revised drawing in a timely manner along with HTML report for better understanding. Our future enhancement plan includes the support for other CAD systems so that Creo Parametric users in a multi-CAD environment can also utilize this solution without a restriction on the file format.”
(*1): Niigata Power Systems Co., Ltd. is a pilot customer of Drawing Validator.