Dynamic Inspection with Q-DAS
Q-DAS Statistical process control software monitors process stability based on measurement data from PC-DMIS. After analysis of measurement results, Q-DAS decides if all features need to be measured or a subset of features. Q-DAS instructs PC-DMIS to either run a full routine or a Dynamic Inspection mini-routine created using Feature Based Measurement in PC-DMIS.
Dynamic Inspection requires no human intervention and shortens measurement cycle time based on statistical analysis for significant cost/time savings. This results in Increased throughput and reduced bottlenecks on the CMM.
Summary Mode Search & Filter
The new Summary Mode Search / Filter functionality allows the user to quickly find a command, feature or text string used in a measurement routine. For example, users can search and filter by feature name or dimension type. Results from search are also shown in the CAD window for faster identification and location. This saves time when creating or debugging routines or creating reports.
Clearance Cube Improvements
An Improved User Interface makes it much easier to view and modify clearance cube settings for any feature. The new MoveSet command can be applied to MovePoints. This can be useful when measuring internal features – e.g. turn off Clearance Cube for a sequence of internal measurements to avoid the probe moving back to Clearance Cube after each feature.
New Mesh Profiles
PC-DMIS now offers a range of convenient pre-set mesh profiles. Pre-defined mesh profiles take the “guess work” out of choosing which parameters to apply. Users can select a CoP and then choose a Mesh Profile – Fast/Normal/Detailed – or custom.
Support for AT500 Tracker
PC-DMIS customers can now use the AT500 within the same, familiar environment they are used to. This maintains a consistent user experience with our world-leading tracker devices. From reflector measurement at up to 160 metres from the tracker to simplified 6DoF probing functionality, the AT500 is ready for every manufacturing and assembly challenge, no matter the size or location.
PC-DMIS support for HP-L-10.10 on Horizontal Arm CMMs
The HP-L-10.10 is now available for use with Horizontal Arm systems. When combined with PC-DMIS this creates a winning solution for fast, wide area scanning e.g. for use in automotive body and assembly.
PC-DMIS 2023.1 offers other new features and improvements, including:
Constructed Extracted Surface from CoP/Mesh Data
Segregate points from a COP or Mesh relating to one or more CAD surfaces. An easy, one-step solution for isolating pointcloud / mesh data so that it can be identified as the profile of a surface using either legacy dimensioning or the Geometric Tolerance Command.
Geometric Tolerance Improved Support for Common Datums
Expanded support for the types of common datum that can be referenced in a Geometric Tolerance Command.
Control Annotation Visibility in ViewSet
Turn individual colormap annotations on and off before using ViewSet Image in Report – this allows the user to clean up the display or add focus to specific annotations.
Add Descriptions to Geometric Tolerance Command
Users can now add a description in the Geometric Tolerance dialog box via a new tab.
PMI Selection – Feature Association
Allows users to link existing features from their measurement with the respective CAD surfaces. Delivers greater flexibility and an easier workflow when managing PMI data (GD&T Selection form CAD).
Generate Multiple Report Formats (PDF, RTF, TXT)
Creates multiple file formats of a PC-DMIS report in one routine. This saves time and Services a range of different stakeholders requiring different formats in a single process.
Auto Feature – Measure Now Toggle Improvement
The behavior of the “Measure Now” toggle in the Auto Feature dialog has been redesigned to prevent unanticipated machine moves which may have been left active by a previous user.
Feature defines machine type, machine controller, and non-contact probe with a simple UI setting. This avoids users needing to rename machine interface files in folders or directories.
Robotic Automation – Measure a Static Point
Robotic Automation and PC-DMIS can now measure a static point within a robotic cell. This can be used for alignment and on features that are difficult to access for measurement.
PC-DMIS 2023.1 Recommended System Requirements
PC Hardware, OS, and other connectivity needs
PC-DMIS 2023.1 operates under 64-bit Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. No other operating systems are supported.
- For HP-L systems and systems that use RS-SQUARED sensors that run PC-DMIS in DCC mode, you need to use a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Computer with up to 4 Cores. You can find a list of supported operating systems for most versions of PC-DMIS here: https://support.hexagonmi.com/s/article/Windows-OS-Compatibility-Listing-for-PC-DMIS
- When you use third-party drivers, you should contact your local Manufacturing Intelligence representative to ensure operating system compatibility.
- Running PC-DMIS inside a Virtual Machine (VM) is supported only if the VM supports OpenGL 3 or higher.
- PC-DMIS Vision machines do not support 64-bit Windows 8. The Matrox Frame grabber PC-DMIS Vision hardware component does not support a 64-bit operating system.
Microsoft .NET Framework
If you do not have Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 for Windows, the PC-DMIS installer will install it for you.
4 GB of RAM or higher
- The size of the CAD data file and the tessellation multiplier value used affect the amount of memory needed. These both affect the number of tessellated facets needed to display the model. The smaller the tessellation multiplier value used, the more memory is needed for the facets. For large CAD models, this could cause an “Out of Memory” error. If this occurs, the current PC-DMIS session will be left in an unstable state and should be terminated.
- The default tessellation multiplier value is 1.0. Setting a tessellation multiplier of 0.1 will result in a 10 to 20 percent increase in the memory required over the default value of 1.0. Decreasing the tessellation multiplier further to 0.01 will result in an additional 50 to 65 percent increase in memory required.
1 GB of video RAM
64 GB of RAM Dual-Channel @1063 MHz DDR4-2666 MHz ECC RDIMM memory (for HP-L systems and systems using RS-SQUARED sensors)
- 2 GHz or higher quad-core processor
- Intel Xeon W-2223 Processor (3.6GHz, 3.9GHz) for HP-L systems
- Intel Xeon Processor E3-1505M (3.00 GHz) for systems using RS-SQUARED sensors
- Intel Core i7 9th Generation or higher (for example, i7-9xxxHx) 6 Cores hyper-threading enabled (for HP-L systems and systems using RS-SQUARED sensors)
Compatible with any popular graphics card that meets or exceeds the following suggested minimums:
- GPU Memory 2 GB DDR3*
- 6 GB Memory Bandwidth 29.0 GB/s (for HP-L systems)
- Memory Bandwidth 29.0 GB/s
- CUDA Cores 384
- Open GL 3.0
- NVIDIA Quadro P5000 (4 GB) (for HP-L systems and systems using RS-SQUARED sensors)
- AC or AX type Wi-Fi card for systems using RS-SQUARED sensors
* For an RS4 laser sensor or later model, you need to have a GPU with at least 4 GB DDR3.
The graphics driver must support OpenGL 3.0 or higher. A warning message appears on PC-DMIS start-up if the driver does not support OpenGL 3.0 or if your graphics driver is more than three years old.
2 GB of free hard drive space plus allocated virtual memory of eight times the largest CAD file used.
SSD drive, HDD 10K, or two disks in RAID 0 mode (high-performance hard disk drive).
128 SSD, 128 SSD RAID, 1 TB HDD
Screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher
- One Serial port
- Three Ethernet ports. This may be required for specific installations in consideration of local needs, including but not limited to CMM systems where one port is required for controller communications and another for intranet/internet communications.
- Two USB ports
- A properly configured LMS license or a HASP key (a physical USB portlock)
- LAN port with Intel Chipset (for example, I219) (for HP-L systems)
Note: A HASP key does not act as general-purpose data storage; therefore, you cannot use a HASP key to store (download) arbitrary data from a computer. Similarly, you cannot use a HASP key to put (upload) arbitrary data on a computer. Also, only Hexagon applications can read or write to a HASP key; other applications do not have this capability. As a result, you cannot use a HASP key to load and unload data to and from a computer.
Internet Explorer 10 or later
Hexagon used the Sophos anti-virus tool to test PC-DMIS 2023.1. The user will need to confirm the performance of any other anti-virus tool.
Solutions for CMMs using RS-232 communications
If you are installing PC-DMIS 2023.1 on a new or existing computer, but you have an older CMM model that uses RS-232 communications, then you will need to install one of these solutions on your computer:
- An external RS-232 serial-to-USB adapter cable plus the serial-to-USB adapter cable driver
- An internal serial adapter card with serial ports