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ITI Transcendata has announced that its Proficiency feature-based computer-aided design (CAD) translation solution is playing a key role at Manroland, a specialist in web offset printing.

Web-fed and sheet-fed offset presses provide tailor-made solutions for publishing, commercial and packaging printing, from company brochures to newspapers, with circulations running into the millions.

About 100 sales and service centres around the world market Manroland’s own products and inkjet-based digital printing solutions from Oce as well as process-compliant system components and pressroom products.

Until recently, the company’s core design system was CATIA V4.

With V4 nearing the end of its shelf life, Manroland decided to look elsewhere for a new CAD solution.

They were satisfied that Siemens NX 5 offered the capabilities they needed, but a wholesale change of CAD system meant finding a migration path that would yield accurate and editable NX versions of the active V4 data.

Marc Gottmann, CAD engineer at Manroland, said: ‘It wasn’t just a case of migrating the data – we wanted to maintain the associative link between 3D models and engineering drawings, and also the “intelligence” of the 3D features the models were made up of.

‘We wanted useful, modifiable data, and we knew we couldn’t do this via a STEP-based translation, for instance,’ he added.

Manroland has developed an automated re-mastering strategy for this migration based on Proficiency’s Collaboration Gateway, a process-focused automation tool specifically designed to support such mass data-transfer projects.

Ultimately, the whole of the manufacturer’s active database – some 100,000 drawings and models – will be transferred into the new CAD system, a process set to last about two-and-a-half years.

Proficiency enables the transfer of complete design intelligence between CAD systems.

Geometry, features, sketches, manufacturing information, metadata, assembly relationships and drawings are all preserved in the conversion process.

Proficiency’s automated process yields accurate and usable models at a typical success rate of up to 95 per cent.

Any inconsistencies can be addressed using Proficiency’s CAD-embedded completion wizards.

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