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ITI Transcendata has released Proficiency Collaboration Gateway 8.2, the latest edition of its feature-based CAD interoperability solution for manufacturers and suppliers.

Collaboration Gateway enables the transfer of complete design intelligence between major CAD systems, which includes geometry, features, sketches, manufacturing info, metadata, assembly information and drawings in the conversion process.

Collaboration Gateway 8.2 introduces a Drawing to PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) translation module, which extracts dimensions, tolerances, annotations and so on from associative legacy drawings and converts them to the corresponding 3D PMI equivalents that are attached directly to the 3D model.

The user can review and correct the exchanged PMI as necessary with an enhanced PMI Completion Wizard, which operates as a plug-in and tracks and validates any manual changes.

Highlights of the 8.2 release include: Drawing to PMI Translator for Catia V5; automated conversion of associative PMI from 2D drawings to 3D models; PMI Completion Wizard for Catia V5; easy correction of converted 3D PMI; better support for enterprise deployment; improved speed of data exchange by allowing concurrent tasks on multi-processor workstations; and streamlined IT maintenance and support by enabling Collaboration Gateway Agents to operate as a Windows service.

This latest version also includes other automatic data exchange feature support enhancements for I-deas, NX, Pro/E, Catia V4 and Catia V5 as well as more robust Collaboration Gateway Server architecture.

Additional features include: support for NX Hole Package; improved support for large assembly export from Pro/E; improved performance of ditto/detail structure exchange from Catia V4 to Catia V5; and support for the Oracle database.

‘The latest developments in Collaboration Gateway 8.2 offer manufacturers a complete solution for legacy data reuse when adopting the Model-Based Definition (MBD) design paradigm,’ said Alex Tsechansky, general manager of ITI Proficiency.

Proficiency Collaboration Gateway 8.2 is available immediately worldwide and current customers are able to upgrade to this latest version.

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