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Delcam has launched the 2011 version of its Powerinspect inspection software, which is said to make the analysis of results even easier with the introduction of a Quick Report option.

It also incorporates improvements to the handling of point-cloud data and easier reuse of measured data to inspect additional features, plus enhancements to the GD and T functionality.

It combines the ability to work with all types of inspection device with a comprehensive range of inspection routines for taking simple measurements, for inspection of geometric features and for analysing complex 3D surfaces.

The resulting reports present detailed information in an easy-to-read format that can be understood by all engineers, not just inspection specialists.

Reporting in Powerinspect is now even more flexible with the Quick Report option.

This allows users to add headers and footers to any image taken from the full report in order to create a single-page graphical representation of the inspection.

Faster interpretation of the data allows for errors to be identified and rectified more quickly, so reducing costs.

Improvements to the handling and alignment of point clouds make it easier to deal with the large data sets generated when using laser-line probes.

Emphasis on critical areas of the part alignment can now be carried out by selecting the desired region of the point cloud and associating it to the CAD.

This allows priority to be given to the selected regions of the point cloud rather than treating every point equally, thus giving more control over the alignment.

Points from geometric measurements can now be converted into surface-inspection points, allowing them to be used in the inspection of the size and location.

This enhancement also allows the existing geometric strategies to be used for surface inspections, so reducing the amount of time spent measuring and allowing for more detailed, consistent and cost-effective inspection routines.

Increased capabilities in CAD formats mean that more and more data is becoming available to the inspector in these files.

GD and T is the most common model-based definition format and Powerinspect now supports GD and T in Unigraphics, as well as the previous support for GD and T in CATIA.

This lets the user create GD and T items directly from CAD.

Improved handling of the tree structure in Catia files has also been implemented, allowing for easier navigation of the CAD data within assemblies.

Delcam supplies software and services that help manufacturing companies to maximise their profitability by increasing productivity, improving quality and reducing lead times. The company is the world's largest specialist supplier of computer-aided machining software, with its PowerMILL, FeatureCAM, Partmaker and ArtCAM programs making up the most comprehensive range of CAM systems from any developer.

This broad selection allows Delcam to offer a CAM system capable of machining virtually any product, in any material on any type of equipment. Delcam also develops product design, tooling design and quality control programs. The unique Tribrid Modelling approach to design incorporates solid modelling, surface modelling and triangle modelling in a single program, enabling complete design and reverse engineering projects to be undertaken without transferring data between software.

Delcam's Powerinspect offers fast, reliable comparison of parts, prototypes and tooling against CAD data on all types of inspection equipment and even on machine tools. This versatility has made it the world's leading hardware-independent inspection software. Related programs are available for checking machine tool set-up and part location. Delcam software is used in over 80 countries worldwide by around 40,000 organisations, from large multi-nationals to small sub-contractors, in industries including aerospace, automotive, dental, engineering, footwear, medical and toolmaking.

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