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CAD Schroer has announced that version 5.2 of its MPDS4 2D/3D factory layout and 3D plant design software includes new P&ID functionality, dynamic routing and component moving tools, parametric component selection and placement enhancements and a new 3D DWG plant export option.

MPDS4’s catalogue-driven design approach is designed to save huge amounts of time compared with regular MCAD 3D modelling techniques, both during the pre-sales and detailed design stages of industrial projects.

According to product line manager Mark Simpson, the dynamic routing and intelligent design tools shorten project times while producing high-quality engineering data, which can be exchanged with customers and suppliers and managed consistently through the PDM system of choice.

MPDS4 5.2 is available as a free upgrade to CAD Schroer’s maintenance customers. New customers working on sustainable energy projects currently benefit from a 70 per cent discount. 

Key features and enhancements

  • P&ID enhancements — the latest P&ID module offers a new configuration tool for administering symbol libraries and attributes, as well as element selection enhancements
  • Dynamic piping, duct and conveyor design — version 5.2 introduces new functionality for the fast and intuitive routing of pipes, ducts and conveyors, dynamic design editing and the movement of components in assemblies via grab handles and new sliding functionality
  • Parametric component selection and loading — the Parametric Equipment Library offers new selection, editing, loading and intelligent component positioning functionality
  • 3D DWG and AutoCAD support — there are new flexible 3D data exchange and colour mapping options, including the bidirectional 3D DWG conversion of model files, as well as the option to export an entire plant, or parts thereof, to the 3D DWG format; the CADConvert interface now supports the AutoCAD file format from AutoCAD R 12 through AutoCAD 2013
  • Data exchange and data management — MPDS4 has extensive data import andexport capabilities (2D: DXF, DWG, 3D: DWG, STEP, IGES, STL, COLLADA [Google Earth], VRML and VDA-FS), enabling users to obtain and share drawings and models with customers and suppliers; a new Windchill PDMLink Workgroup Manager for Medusa4 is now available, and this release sees many enhancements to the PDM/PLM integrations developed by CAD Schroer

CAD Schroer is a global software development company and engineering solutions provider, helping to raise the productivity and competitiveness of customers working in manufacturing and industrial plant design with productivity-enhancing products and services, delivered by engineers for engineers.

CAD Schroer has offices and subsidiaries throughout Europe and in the United States. CAD Schroer's product portfolio includes 2D/3D CAD, plant design, factory layout and data management solutions. We emphasise close customer partnerships and support our clients' objectives through extensive consultancy, training, development, software support and maintenance services.

A global customer base

Our customers include engineering project management, design and construction firms, manufacturers, machinery providers, system integrators, plant providers and factory and plant Owner/Operators across most industry sectors, including industrial machinery; food; consumer goods; chemicals, pharma and biotech; automotive and transport; energy and water. They rely on MEDUSA4, MPDS4 and STHENO/PRO to provide an efficient, flexible and integrated design environment for all phases of product or plant design: cutting costs while raising quality.

Over 25 years of sustained growth

CAD Schroer is a privately owned, independent, profitable company which has invested in long-term customer relationships and sustained growth over 25 years, proving a reliable partner and software provider over the long term.

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