Cimatron announced the launch of the ECO Manager, a major feature in CimatronE 11, the latest version of its integrated CAD/CAM software solution. CimatronE provides specialized CAD capabilities for the design of molds, dies and fixtures, as well as NC programming for the machining of molds, dies and discrete parts.
"Engineering change orders (ECOs) are part and parcel of almost any tool shop job schedule," said Ira Bareket, Cimatron's vice president of sales and marketing. "ECOs can become a cost burden or can turn into a profitable business if handled and managed properly. However, shops often find the process of handling ECOs to be challenging, particularly when there are many changes and the part is complex. The mold designer is faced with the difficult task of identifying the geometry the customer has changed, understanding 'what's going on' and assessing the impact on previous work the designer has already undertaken."
According to the company, the ECO Manager assists shops in controlling the fundamental ECO processes, including identification and analysis, implementation, tracking and documentation. It can be used by shops at any stage of a job and can handle multiple ECOs.
The ECO Manager clearly pinpoints the geometry that the customer has changed, as well as showing the ways in which the ECO has impacted the mold components. It gives users automated tools to replace the existing geometry with the new geometry (ECO) in the relevant areas, and ongoing verification checks can be performed to ensure that the user has implemented all the necessary changes correctly.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.