When my younger brother was born in the United States, my parents had a decision to make – have my brother learn English, Spanish, or both. Naturally, he grew up learning both, speaking Spanish at home and picking up English at school with his friends. While this doubled his vocabulary, it took slightly longer for him to pick up both languages since he was learning both at the same time. In the long run, I think this is still very beneficial because he’s been fortunate enough to learn two languages which will allow him to communicate with around 1 billion people.
Even though not one language in the world is perfect, they each have their strengths to convey ideas and expressions. In this way, my family can express these ideas and expressions in a better way because we know both Spanish and English. The same can be said for metrology software. This is why Wenzel America is going to be there for our customers to guide them in choosing the best solution. This is why our sales team, applications team, aftermarket team, and even our president will be there to answer your questions whether it be about getting a demo or sending us one of your parts. After all, you want to obtain the right answers when it comes to metrology.
I’ve had the opportunity to learn two metrology softwares – OpenDMIS and Quartis. Even though it will take me slightly longer to master them both, I am excited to learn the differences that both bring to the metrology world. Both have unique solutions to offer engineers in the quality lab which is why I know in the long run, knowing both will make me a more rounded metrologist.
OpenDMIS is a powerhouse for those who want to maximize their metrology abilities. Whether it’s offline or online programing, with live preview options, OpenDMIS has the tools necessary to tackle the toughest of GD&T requirements. It is characterized by an open interface and drag-and-drop functions minimizing pesky drop-down menus that get in the way. It has the ability to import a myriad of CAD formats including IGES, STEP, DXF, ParaSolid XT, Catia V5, UG, ProE, SolidWorks, JT3D, Inventor3D and SolidEdge. Overall, it is an open sandbox where the metrologist is only limited by his imagination when it comes to characteristics output. OpenDMIS is backed by the DMIS standard, which some of our engineers helped develop, as well as OpenDMIS specific functions like the powerful blade module. For more information about OpenDMIS, you can click here.
Quartis, on the other hand, is another powerful metrology software that makes it easy for metrologists to obtain the answers they need. Based on the popular ACIS kernel, it incorporates the trend-setting Microsoft® Office Fluent™ user interface. It works with sensors from REVO to Wenzel’s Phoenix II white light scanner. As far as CAD, you can import the IGES, STEP, VDA-FS, Parasolid, ACIS, DXF, CATIA V4, CATIA V5, CATIA V6, ProEngineer, Inventor, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, and Siemens NX formats. It has built-in SPC and the ability to output rich and dynamic reports. Whether you’re working with ASME, ISO, or DIN tolerances, Quartis makes GD&T easy with guided menus; it’s as easy as looking from left to right! Working with databases has never been easier. If you’d like more information about Quartis, click here.
Whichever of these solutions you choose, you will be in good hands, measuring more parts faster, since you will have a team of applications engineers ready to help you with any metrology questions that come your way. If you’d like more information about these softwares, or SMAs, or how to contact our team, visit our website at www.wenzelamerica.com or e-mail me here. Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter for the latest in metrology news @WenzelCore and to check out our YouTube channel here to see our software in action. Happy measuring!