HASCO gives its customers and designers easy and rapid access to detailed information on all the standard components. Technical data for more than 100,000 products in the company’s overall portfolio are stored on the HASCO website and the corresponding 3D datasets for design can also be called up. As a rule, these are loaded directly into the customer’s CAD system via an exchange format. Parameters and information on individual products can, however, get lost during transfer.
Imagine the following situation: you are French, and you are talking in English to an Italian. You understand each other, but despite your knowledge of English, a certain amount of information “gets lost” in the discussion. This would be the case if exchange formats like Step were used, for example.
When native data is employed, by contrast, all the parameters and information on the product are retained and can be seamlessly further processed. “We speak the same language” – to keep to the same metaphor. It couldn’t be easier or more reliable.
How does that work in the system?
A product can have countless items of data assigned to it. This can be information on the entire product group or product-specific information. With this latter information, the dimensions and ordering designations are unique for the specific variant of the article in question. Attributes or characteristics that apply to all variants of the product group are passed down from the reference product to the selected size. The material properties, supplier and description are assigned as information to all the variants of a product group.
What are the advantages for designers if they have all the information in the CAD system?
The designer can use all this information directly. The attributes can be automatically transferred to the parts lists and do not have to be entered manually. There is no need for the time-consuming process of writing the attributes into the CAD system, so the ordering process is made considerably easier. The direct linking of information from a product family to an article means that individual standard components can be exchanged very rapidly. If, for example, a longer guide pillar is required, it is sufficient to click on the article and select the new size. This change will then be applied directly to al the product groups.
How does a designer obtain native data from HASCO?
More about this topic can be found in our enclosed press release.