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Welcome to the demo: Parts Catalog Generator - basic operation

In this demo we will show you the typical procedure

to create an online Parts Catalog

from a drawing and a parts list,

that come from seperate sources

and have no electronic links to each other, in any way

The basic workflow consists of 4 phases,

which correspond to the 4 tabs in the main application window

These are:

Model,

Analyze,

Review

and Publish

In the Model phase we will import the drawing

and the parts information file, that we want to publish

and we'll prepare them to be linked to each other

In the Analyse phase we are going to tell PCG

what to look for in the drawing

We want to make sure that only the position numbers are selected

and not other textual information that may be present in the drawing

In the Review phase we will check the results of the analysis

If the results need improvement,

we can return to the Analyse phase and alter the settings,

or we can correct individual faults in the data in this step

In the Publish phase we can determine what to publish and for whom

So, let's get started...

In the model phase we will create a new project,

add a drawing to that project,

import a parts list into the project

and map the parts list to the drawing

When we start up Parts Catalog Generator,

it opens up with a dialog screen,

where we must create a new project

We are asked to name the project

and to specify the location for it to be saved to

Hit "OK" and we enter the main application window

We are automatically directed to

the first phase of the process, to the "Model" tab

Here we will import the drawings and the parts lists

and we will tell PCG what goes with what

We have several options to import the source material

We can import the drawings first, in pdf format,

or we can open a structured Parts List,

from which PCG will find the related drawings to import

or we can import data via a Mechanical Tree

In this demo we will use the first option:

we will first import a drawing,

then add a parts list

and then map the parts list information to the drawing

So, we select the drawing and click "Open"

The drawing is added to

the "Assemblies and parts" list on the "Structure" tab

The next step is to add the parts list to the drawing

With the drawing selected, we press

the "Assign parts list to assembly" button

A window opens up where we can add a parts list

via the button "Import parts list"

We can import parts list information from different sources

e.g.: a Bill Of Materials exported from a partbook pdf,

or a data export from a database like SAP

A pop-up window shows us the contents of the parts list

and offers us the possibility of assigning

the number of rows for the head information

Hit "OK" and we see the parts list show up in the list window

With the list selected we now hit

the "Create new mapping" button to define how

the information from the parts list will be mapped

to the output Bill Of Materials

You are free to map as many or

as few of these columns as you wish,

except for one required field

and that is the "Part number" field,

which will map the position numbers from the drawing

to the part numbers from the list

However, as you can still determine

which columns to publish via the publishing preferences,

we advice you to map as many columns as possible

As you can see here,

PCG has already mapped several columns automatically,

but in the case of the "Quantity" field,

not quite correctly

So, we select the "Quantity" field

and from the dropdown list

we select the column "Amount"

This Excel file contains article descriptions in 4 languages

and of course we would like to make use of that

in our Parts Catalog

So, we select the "Description" field,

select "Article description English"

from the dropdown menu

and we set "Translatable" to "Yes"

Immediately a plus sign appears

in front of the "Description" field

When we click that

we see a number of languages displayed

English was assigned already,

so now we assign "Article description DE"

from the dropdown list to the German language

French is not there, so we leave that as it is

and we assign the Dutch description

and finally the Chinese description

So now we hit "OK" and "OK" again

and our mapping for the drawing is done

By hitting the "Next" button,

we move to the next step in the process:

the "Analyze" tab

In the Analyse phase we are going to tell PCG

what to look for in the drawing

We want to make sure that only the position numbers are selected

and not other textual information that may be present in the drawing

So, we will set the character height for the position numbers

and we may set some advanced options, e.g.:

Defining areas such as borders and whitespaces,

which will be omitted from the identification process

and from publishing

Defining filtering for the parts information

And adjusting process settings

to achieve better results from the identification process

These advanced options will be dealt with in seperate demo's

With the drawing selected we hit

the "Set character height" button

This opens up a low resolution preview of the drawing,

where we zoom in a bit on one of the positon numbers

and then we click on the button with

the black character "S" in the blue rectangle

and then we click on a number in the drawing

A green field appears and the character is highlighted in red

This means PCG has succesfully identified this character

We hit "OK"

We can set quite a number of different advanced options here

to optimise the results of the identification process,

but we will leave that for a different demo

What we will do, however,

is to check the "Enclosed numbers" option

When we were looking at the drawing just now,

we saw that the position numbers

were enclosed in circles

That offers us the possibility

to optimise the identification process here,

by telling PCG to only look for

enclosed numbers in the drawing

So, we select "Circle" from the list

and we select "Ellipse" as well,

as we can't be sure

that all of the circles are perfectly circular

Now we will proceed with the analysis

We hit the button that states "Analyze 1 drawing"

The button turns into a process bar

and below it the process steps are displayed

When the process is finished

we are automatically switched to tab no. 3: "Review"

In the Review phase we will check the results of the analysis

If the results need improvement,

we can return to the Analyse phase and alter the settings,

or we can correct individual faults in the data in this step

We will check whether all of the numbers in the drawing

have been identified correctly

and whether they have been mapped

to the corresponding numbers of the parts list

Contrary to other parts catalog software,

PCG has been designed

to work with all sorts of input material,

not just data of perfect quality

Now, especially if you work with imperfect data,

e.g.: poorly scanned drawings

or incomplete parts lists,

you should always review

the results from the analyse phase

Even if you have a large number of drawings,

you should at least pick some at random

to make sure everything went according to plan

Now, if the results are not perfect,

you can either go back to the analyse phase

and use the advanced settings

to further optimise the process,

or you can compensate for

individual faults in the data right here

So, with the drawing selected in the list,

we hit the "Review results" button

A preview opens up and we can see here,

that all of the position numbers

have been correctly indentified

and mapped to the corresponding numbers

in the parts list

So, we hit "OK"

Now we can proceed to the last step:

the Publishing

So hit the button "Next"

In the Publish phase we can determine what to publish and for whom

We check the publishing preferences for the drawing

and finally, we publish the Parts Catalog

As you can see,

we can set a number of options here,

but we will leave that for the advanced demo's

So, let's publish!

OK, so here we have our output

You can see that the numbers in the Bill Of Materials

correspond to the numbers in the drawing

and when we double-click a number,

the "Part information" window opens

We can order a part right here

by setting the order quantity

Hit "Close"

The part is now selected in the Bill Of Materials

and if we open up our Shopping basket,

we see it contains one item,

which we can view by clicking on it

And, yes, it is our part,

so close again

and e-mail the order

So, all we need to do now

is enter our name, etc.

and we can order our spare part online

Well, this concludes our demo

Parts Catalog Generator - basic operation

For more information on the various advanced options

you should take a look at

the "Advanced options" demo's from the list

Thank you for watching this demo

Goodbye

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