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CAD Schroer Group (CSG) has released version 4.0 of MPDS4, its flexible plant design and factory layout system.

New tools and enhancements focus on client collaboration, data integration and even quicker design editing and visualisation.

The star of the release is MPDS4 Review, a new tool for easy collaboration on plant designs: MPDS4 now generates compact plant models, which can be e-mailed to partners or clients, who then conduct collaborative reviews or walk-throughs on any machine with the tool installed.

CAD Schroer’s flagship MPDS4 Plant Design and Factory Layout product suite is targeted specifically at project engineers working for process-plant contractors (EPCs), system integrators or owner/operators looking for a flexible system that easily manages complex design tasks in a multi-user environment and handles extremely large amounts of data with ease.

Many of them struggle with 2D drafting or 3D product-modelling systems when trying to create large industrial layouts with hundreds of thousands of components and significant mechanical content.

MPDS4 integrates existing 2D plans and 3D CAD model data to quickly produce impressive 2D or 3D layouts, with the ability to work in either design environment, with all the traditional plant design disciplines, from piping to steel to electrical design.

Its relational database approach handles huge amounts of data in a multi-user environment.

Mark Simpson, product line manager for CAD Schroer, said: ‘Among many other enhancements, MPDS4 version 4.0 sees the introduction of intelligent architectural components in the MPDS4 Factory Layout product, allowing users to easily integrate standard elements, such as doors, walls and windows, into their designs, with detailed control over their behaviour.

‘A new multi-replace tool in the MPDS4 Piping Design module allows users to automatically and intelligently change a whole range of connected components simultaneously, based on the change to any one component.

‘And a new pipe fall tool is ideal for creating the natural pipe falls for effluent pipes, for example.’ MPDS4 version 4.0 also introduces a new texture tool, enhanced drawing and equipment-management capabilities and a new data-comparison tool, allowing users to compare tables of external data with data in the MPDS4 database.

The release sees significant enhancements in terms of speed, quality and file size delivered by the STEP, IGES and 3D DXF interfaces, regularly used by customers to include third-party CAD models in their designs, or exchange data with clients.

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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