Announcing: DISCUS 9.1 takes DISCUS 2D Auto Ballooning another Leap Forward

DISCUS Software is proud to announce their latest software update, DISCUS Desktop 9.1 with increased accuracy, simpler to use and faster 2D PDF auto ballooning. The DISCUS Desktop software tools are productivity solutions that dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete first article inspection, in-process inspection planning and process planning.  With one mouse click and drag, DISCUS 9.1, can automatically identify, uniquely number and extract 10’s to 100’s of engineering characteristic requirements for inspection planning and reports.

DISCUS auto ballooning builds upon our industry leading DISCUS OCR (Optical Character Recognition) product and technology.  For 2D pring auto ballooning, DISCUS has combined customized Google-based OCR technology with innovative unique image processing algorithms to identify, annotate and extract engineering requirements from PDF or TIFF drawings.

DISCUS 9.1 allows users to automatically balloon an entire drawing page or specific areas in just a few clicks. This technology is groundbreaking in the world of 2D PDF drawings and shows commitment to DISCUS customers and their needs.

DISCUS 9.1 Auto Ballooning added functionality like:

  • DISCUS 9.1 will now recognize and support the users custom characteristic groups. Select a specific area or view for auto recognition of balloon data and set up the specific requirements.
  • All new automatic snap rectangle resize short cut keys will keep the original snap rectangle aspect ratio
  • Better, simpler, faster 2D PDF auto ballooning
  • Plus more…

DISCUS customer, Tyler Gomes from STD Precision Gear & Instrument, Inc., applauds DISCUS Desktop 9.0, “The amount of time saved and the ability to provided clear results with clean drawings is great. When it comes to busy/dimension heavy drawings, this feature is going to shine in its ability to save time for anyone who creates inspection reports.”

To try out DISCUS 9.1, download the free trial installer.

For questions or further info, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

For a demo contact sales@discussoftware.com or call 614-360-2424 ext. 1.

 


DISCUS 9.0 Usage Tip – Import your results lists into DISCUS

Do you have a large list of gauges or tooling that you don’t want to add manually?  You can import these lists into DISCUS – Just create a text list of your items, one item per line.  Go to Configure Custom Fields on your Results menu and click on the column where you want to add your list such as Designed Tooling or FAI Measurement Equipment.  Choose the import option at the bottom, then browse to your list and click OK once you find it.  You will then see the items in your list appear in the appropriate drop down for that column in the Results module.


DISCUS 9.0 Usage Tip – Rotate your dimensions by 15 degrees

Rotate your captured dimensions to match what you see on the drawing – Some drawings have dimensions that are read straight from right to left.  Some are at an angle for a variety of reasons.  Users can now rotate captured dimensions by 15 degrees to support various dimensions that display at various angles other than 90 degrees. Images exported in the excel will be properly oriented and OCR will capture the data, as well.


Announcing: DISCUS Version 9.0 with Auto Ballooning is Released

Today, DISCUS Software is happy to announce the release of DISCUS Software 9.0 with Auto Ballooning. This release focuses on the feedback we’ve received from our customers and responds to a critical and long awaited industry need: Auto Ballooning of PDF and Tiff files.

Some of the many features we’ve incorporated since DISCUS 8.5 include improving OCR performance and responsiveness. The value of a precise OCR has been a major commitment and focus of DISCUS software and continues to improve with each release.

Auto Ballooning of PDF and Tiff files

  • With DISCUS Auto Ballooning, users can automatically balloon an entire page or drawing in a few clicks.
  • Or users can select a specific area of view for auto recognition of balloon data and set up the specific requirements, with minimal user interactions.

This landmark technology is the first step of many we have planned for the coming months with our aim to continually improve the ease and speed of drawing markup/balloon and with minimal data entry.

OCR Improvements:

  • DISCUS OCR can now recognize stacked dimensions and automatically recognize references dimensions.
  • DISCUS OCR allows users to capture ancillary text, such as TYP, THRU, CHAM, CHAMFER, DEEP, etc. This information is structured with appropriate comments.
  • Users can now rotate dimensions by 15 degrees to support various dimensions that display at various angles other than 90 degrees. Images exported in the excel will be properly oriented and OCR will capture the data, as well.

Improved Drawing Panel:

  • Users will use the resizing function for easier navigation.
  • Users can easily balloon in crowded areas with better ballooning function.
  • Users can use the transparent Balloon option so that users can see “through” the balloon to view the underlying data.
  • Uses can select the Merge Multiple Characteristics for stacked dimension for auto balloon results and OCR usage.

Planner

  • Inspection Planner allows users to enter results for any operation in addition to the final Inspection.

 

To try out DISCUS 9.0, download the free trial installer.

For questions or further info, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

 


DISCUS 9.0 With Auto Ballooning Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DISCUS Software Announces Major Update

Ground Breaking Enhancements & Improvements with Launch of  Discus 9.0

 

Columbus, OH – May 1, 2017Columbus, Ohio-based, DISCUS Software is proud to announce their latest software update, DISCUS Desktop 9.0.  The DISCUS Desktop software tools are productivity solutions that dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete first article inspection, in-process inspection planning and process planning.

This major upgrade includes enhancements to DISCUS Desktop FAI Suite and Planner. According to Jake Hart, Marketing Manager for DISCUS, “This release focuses on the feedback we’ve received from our customers and responds to a critical and long awaited industry need: Auto Ballooning of PDF and Tiff files. “

Hart adds, “The goal of this latest release is to push DISCUS to a new level. DISCUS Desktop 9.0 with Auto Ballooning allows users to automatically balloon an entire page or drawing in just a few clicks.  This technology is groundbreaking in the 2D world of PDF drawings and shows our commitment to our customers and their needs: ballooning automation.”

DISCUS customer, Tyler Gomes from STD Precision Gear & Instrument, Inc., applauds DISCUS Desktop 9.0, “The amount of time saved and the ability to provided clear results with clean drawings is great. When it comes to busy/dimension heavy drawings, this feature is going to shine in its ability to save time for anyone who is ballooning them. Overall, I would say these features will help immensely with the amount of time I spend daily doing DISCUS work. This is definitely one update that I am super excited to start using.”

DISCUS Desktop 9.0 is intuitive and improves OCR performance and responsiveness, while incorporating unique Auto Ballooning and OCR improvements, such as:

  • With DISCUS Desktop Auto Ballooning, users can automatically balloon an entire page or drawing in a few clicks.
  • Or users can select a specific area or view for auto recognition of balloon data and set up the specific requirements, with minimal user interactions.
  • DISCUS OCR can now recognize stacked dimensions and automatically recognize references dimensions.
  • DISCUS OCR allows users to capture ancillary text, such as TYP, THRU, CHAM, CHAMFER, DEEP, etc. This information is structured with appropriate notes.
  • Users can now rotate dimensions by 15 degrees to support various dimensions that display at various angles other than 90 degrees. Images exported in the excel will be properly oriented and OCR will capture the data, as well.
  • Inspection Planner allows users to enter results for any operation in addition to the final Inspection.

DISCUS Software is offering a free trial of the new DISCUS 9.0 update. In free trial mode, you can try out DISCUS Desktop for an indefinite period of time, but you will only be able to operate on the included set of input files (the example TDP, drawing, and specification files). To evaluate the DISCUS Desktop products with your input files, you can obtain a 30-day evaluation license by selecting the Get Evaluation License button on the Free Trial pop-up window within DISCUS Desktop.

 

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DISCUS Software Company specializes in the development of software tools for accelerating manufacturing and quality engineering. Its software products are productivity solutions that dramatically reduce the time it takes to complete first article inspection reports, in-process inspection planning and process planning.  DISCUS was the first software product to automate engineering drawing annotation and manufacturing inspection requirement extraction.  DISCUS is the innovator, not the imitator in the First Article Inspection Reporting automation market.  DISCUS is compatible with many of the requirements used by companies such as Boeing, Ford, GE, Lockheed, and Siemens. For more information visit www.DISCUSsoftware.com.

  

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Client Comments

“We are striving to eliminate the amount of time spent transferring PC-DMIS CMM Report results, onto the inspection reports as well as the FAI reports. DISCUS CMM is a great tool for this task, with the new CSV format in the DISCUS CMM module it will become less time consuming to achieve this goal.  We look forward to working with DISCUS.” – Alejandra Ortega, CMM Programmer, Magellan Aerospace – Ellanef Mfg. Corp.

“This software tool has saved valuable time in report preparation. By simply ballooning and capturing a feature, the software writes text to the AS9102 form. DISCUS is a great product!” – James Bryan, Quality Assurance Inspector, Micro Craft Inc.

“DISCUS takes the potential for human error out of the equation and has checking points to ensure you’re in line with FAI standards.”– Joe Murphy, Chairman, Ferco Tech, Inc

“Since we have purchased the DISCUS software we have not only applied DISCUS to our First Article and Final Inspection planning, we have also applied the techniques to our First Piece Inspection program. As a result we as a company have cut our document creation time by 200% which helps keep Aerostar Aerospace at the forefront of American Manufacturing. My customers could not be happier with us because of this, and in turn, we could not be happier with DISCUS. ” – Patrick Montgomery, Quality Manager, Aerostar Aerospace Manufacturing

 


Announcing: DISCUS 8.5 Now Released

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It is our pleasure to introduce the new release of DISCUS Software, 8.5. In particular, this release is based on the requests of our customers and by listening to their needs and ever-evolving challenges.

DISCUS 8.5 strives to meet these challenges with functionality, unmatched in quality and ease of use. This release is the customer-centric result of feedback from our customers as we want to enhance the DISCUS experience across these modules: Desktop, OCR, Results, CMM and 3D.

 

What’s new in DISCUS 8.5

  • Improved OCR Pattern Recognition – We improve OCR with every release. The GD&T setting for variable, numeric data is more refined and accurate. What was excellent before, we made even better.
  • New Balloon Shape – Select a triangle from the list of icons. This is ideal for identifying Flag Notes, for example.
  • Tolerance Designation for Angle Dimensions – Set the tolerance designation to handle angles. DISCUS CMM allows you to easily delete tolerance designation items.
  • Importing Tooling List from text file – Import your own list of possible values for any Results predefined list field. Simply enter the tooling into a text file and easily upload the data into the Results module. In this way, you can re-use the lists without data entry into DISCUS. Copy paste your tooling into Notepad, save it and upload it.
  • New structured requirement token for bilateral tolerances – DISCUS can now handle bi-lateral tolerances with a new token.
  • User- Defined Characteristic Class Values – Now you can create other class values, such as NA, Safety, etc. Then make this a default for the characteristics. You are no longer required to use Major, Minor or Critical: create a class based on the needs of your customer.
  • Change requirement property value for all selected characteristics – Globally select requirement information for a batch of requirements. Select characteristics you want to change and select the option. All characteristics selected will have that value, saving you time and effort in two clicks.
  • For 3D, ability to include the ballooned drawings in export with the illustrations – Export not only the illustrations but any of the ballooned prints in one export PDF. Your technical data package will have all the documents in one PDF.
  • CMM module now populates Design Tooling and FAI Equipment – Click the header in the CMM report panel to select the tooling to populate the required field (AS9102) for Designed Tooling.
  • Ability to save the CMM report to characteristic mapping – Select the header of the CMM and map it, then name it. This can be the default for future CMM reports. Now you can load the CMM and the mapping is automatic.

 

To try out DISCUS 8.5, download the software here.

Be sure to signup and attend our DISCUS training sessions to see these new features in action!

We are committed to your satisfaction and strive to make your DISCUS experience even more positive. We value your feedback and want to hear from you!

For questions or further info, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.

As always, thank you for choosing DISCUS Software.

 


APQP Implementation Barriers – 5 Key Insights

APQP Implementation Barriers Whitepaper

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Many industries are working to adopt the formal methodology of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) along with its rigorous Production Part Approval Process (PPAP). This adoption is primarily being driven from the top-down, whereby the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are including in their purchase orders a requirement to submit typical PPAP documents prior to shipment.

These documents, which act as proof of having performed APQP, encompass many manufacturing-related details. In general, these APQP-related initiatives have encountered a fair amount of resistance — both internal (sourcing/purchasing department) and external (suppliers).

It is a perceived lack of value that is the primary driver of the inherent resistance to the adoption of APQP. To find a solution, it’s useful to review the practical realities in industry that are behind this resistance.

The 5 Key Insights shared in the white paper provide more detail gleaned from a survey of over 50 manufacturing companies based in North America into how to improve APQP success.

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The 5 Key Insights into APQP Implementation Barriers

  1. Very Few Companies Put Forth the Effort to Formally Manage Risk
  2. The Approach for PPAP is not the Same for all Industries
  3. Much of the Knowledge about a Company’s Manufacturing Process is not Formalized
  4. Many Companies Create PPAP Reports Only AFTER the Fact
  5. APQP Eorts Often Do Not Get Incorporated into the Actual Manufacturing Plans

At DISCUS Software Company, we believe that instead of responding to these requirements in a way that limits the benefits, the better position is to pursue an approach that can harvest the benefits in the standard planning process.

Learn how DISCUS ENG directly addresses these barriers in a way that makes doing so add value to manufacturers.

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DISCUS ENG – 7 Key Insights for Bringing Digital Work Instructions to Reality

DISCUS-ENG-DWI-Landing-Page-Cover-Shadow-1In this exciting white paper learn about the history of Digital Work Instructions and the 7 Key Steps needed to bring them to life.

History of Digital Work Instructions

What we refer to today as Digital Work Instructions (DWI) was originally marketed as “paperless manufacturing”. The initial forays into digitizing the shop paperwork started more than 25 years ago with expensive minicomputers, hard-wired terminals on the shop floor, and wedge bar code readers.

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The 7 Key Insights

These insights reflect knowledge gained from working closely over the past 20 years with over 50 different companies in the aerospace, automotive, and medical industries.

Digital Work Instructions Need to Be Part of a Structured Process Starting with Customer Requirements

The Investment in Hardware is No Longer the Driving Issue for Adopting Digital Work Instructions

The Creation and Maintenance of Digital Work Instructions cannot add to the Burden on Engineering

Useful Work Instructions are Not Addressed by Just Deciding to Become a Model-Based Enterprise

Digital Work Instructions Must Be Part of a Bi-Directional Communication with the Shop

The Formal Risk Mitigation Process has to be Integrated with the Creation of Work Instructions

Digital Work Instructions are a Key Enabler of Enhanced Performance Management

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Learn more about DISCUS ENG and how its SMART TDP intelligent data structure enables all 7 of the Key Insights to be realized.

 


Are Your Engineering Tools Letting You Down?

Maybe you can’t answer that question yet but after reading the information below we think the answer will be yes. Below is a list of critical quality and engineering needs that are not being met by ERP/MES. All of these efforts are assumed to be addressed outside of traditional ERP/MES but rarely are.

Engineering Tools from DISCUS ENGEstimating and Initial Planning

  • Identified the specific part features
  • Figured out the processes to make the part
  • Determined amount of labor required

Manufacturing & Quality Planning

  • Identified the part’s characteristics
  • Created inspection plan for the shop
  • Developed the detailed work instructions.

Producing & Inspecting

  • Presented illustrated work instruction
  • Collected detailed process data
  • Collected characteristic results data

Monitoring & Reporting

  • Organized characteristic results data
  • Prepared customer reports
  • Determined root causes of issues

So how is your ERP/MES helping you with these types of requirements?

If you have a performance gap in any of these areas you might want to explore DISCUS ENG (Engineering Next Generation).

DISCUS ENG provides a live digital thread from customer requirements to shipping. The patent pending technology enables you to address many critical engineering needs with a single common effort.

To learn more check out the DISCUS ENG home page with more information and links to relevant white papers.


DISCUS ENG – Smart Manufacturing Starts with a Smart TDP

Smart TDP White Paper Graphic from DISCUS SoftwareIf you are looking to achieve incremental or even radically improved manufacturing performance then you should take a look at our latest white paper, Smart Manufacturing Starts with a Smart TDP.

In this new whitepaper we answer the following 5 questions:

  • What’s This Smart Stuff All About?
  • Does This Smart Initiative Have Legs?
  • Why is the TDP Important to Smart Manufacturing?
  • How Does the Smart TDP Work?
  • What are the Benefits of the Smart TDP?

What is Smart Manufacturing?

“The low cost and accessibility of Big Data associated with cloud computing; the plummeting cost of electronic sensors, microprocessors and other components that can be used to make machines more adept; and advances in software and communications technology that make it possible to manage manufacturing with a whole new level of precision and enable new forms of collaboration.” – Wall Street Journal

To net it out for you here is a look at the benefits of a Smart TDP and why you should invest your time to learn more about how you can improve your manufacturing performance. With a Smart TDP you can:

  • Do a better job at estimating and using that data to make the development of manufacturing plans more efficient.
  • Provide risk management as an integral part of your engineering efforts with
    out adding-on crazy amounts of paper-pushing.
  • Develop visual work instructions without requiring your engineering team to
    become document publishers.
  • Gain real-time insights into production performance that enables you to truly
    solve manufacturing issues before they become problem.

Get smarter today, take a look at our Smart Manufacturing Starts with a Smart TDP white paper.

Also be sure to check out our DISCUS ENG page for more information on our approach to smart manufacturing.


Standardize your Inspection Reports across your Enterprise/Company – Goal #5 of our Top 5

A9102 FAI Reporting Goal #5The AS9102 Standard is designed to provide a real consistency of First Article Reporting across an industry. Yet the reality is that the standard is not evenly applied and the customer’s particular interests in that report can be varied and complex. While this is true for suppliers, the OEM has a challenge of receiving various forms and formats from the body of suppliers, and often mandates a specic customer-centric form.

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One major manufacturer in Goleta, California, manages hundreds of suppliers and has the challenge of “herding the cats” and ensuring that the playing field for them is even and fair. Nevertheless, the output of the reports has been as varied as the number of suppliers. Reviewing the inspection sheets became a real burden on the OEM:

“We just didn’t have the standard response across our supply chain. We provided the form, but the output was often manual, hand ballooned and just plain dicult for us. This delayed the part and burdened us.”

This major OEM had used a software to standardize their own AS9102 forms and had done so brilliantly. By using DISCUS software and successfully standardizing their processes, they decided to give their supply chain access to the same software and thoroughly standardize their entire supply chain.

“Instead of getting reports randomly, our reports from our suppliers are now all standard and our supply chain could not be happier!”

They said DISCUS is a tremendous asset to them and the first pass approval has been impressive. They catch errors before we see them and have a professional and elegant output.

“It was the best investment for 2015 and others should do the same for the coming year,” said this Goleta Aerospace prime.”

DISCUS Software allows suppliers to have the same set of Designed Tooling, if needed, and provides an unambiguous standardization so that FAIR acceptance is not a matter of guessing but a consistent, professional response to the customers’ requirements. This quality goal to use one software package for managing your supply chain is available with DISCUS. To learn more, attend an interactive demo or to download a trial, contact sales@discussoftware.com. Find out today how you can standardize reporting from your suppliers with one tool.


Use One Solution for Inspection Planning/Routing and FAIs – Goal #4 of our Top 5

Inspection Planning Software from DISCUSWhile many aerospace suppliers are required to create inspection reports for their customers, they also produce internal planning documents for their internal purposes. By creating a separate report for a customer and then for themselves, companies face a redundancy that wastes time and valuable resources.

Internal check sheets that capture operations, work instructions and routing, of course, is a necessary part of producing the plan for part inspection and quality checks. Often companies find that the information is practically the same they need to produce for the OEM, but not close enough to simply send the customer the same information they need for their internal purposes.

The result is a duplication of very similar efforts and can create a delay in producing the part and shipping to the customer. The more redundant paperwork a company has to endure, the more stress it causes on the resources and affects a company’s bottom line and responsiveness.

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The solution is to have one comprehensive tool that can switch seamlessly between the required customer requirements to produce the report and then back to the company’s needs. One tool is needed for both very different purposes.

According to a company in Connecticut, a software package met the needs of the OEM and their own internal planning and routing.

 “DISCUS helped us bridge that wide gap between what we needed to inspect the part and the specific form the customer needed. We had to have operations and work instructions, something that the customer had no interest in knowing, but wanted the final inspection only. With DISCUS Planner, we met both needs and now have one process that totally meets our needs.”

This quality goal to use one software package to meet all your inspection needs, internally and for your customer is available with DISCUS Inspection Planning 8.0. To learn more, attend an interactive demo or to download a trial, contact sales@discussoftware.com. Find out today how you can stop the replication and redundancy of reports with DISCUS Software.


Embrace your Customers’ 3D Models – Goal #3 of our Top 5

DISCUS 3D Software for 3D Reporting and 3D Data ManagementSuppliers have been accepting customers’ 2D prints for decades and have become accustomed to using and interpreting these PDF or Tiff drawings for inspection reports. But sometimes, the quality team has had difficulties using the drawings, especially the ones that are badly produced and almost impossible to read and interpret. These issues have led to mistakes in understanding the engineering intent and has resulted in much back and forth between the supplier and the customer—all of which causes delays and unnecessary confusion.

The Problem with 3D

Now enter the 3D CAD modeling age! With the model, the clarity of the design is clear and offers less ambiguity. This, indeed, is the desired effect. But is the reality? To deal with the model, suppliers then have to purchase expensive CAD modeling software, from Catia, to NX, to Creo, to fully utilize the CAD models. Then if the models are not dimensioned, the supplier’s ability to meet the need of his customer is another problem. From start up to execution, the challenges are overwhelming.

As a workaround, many suppliers create a 2D print of the 3D model and balloon that 2D for inspection reports. One must then ask, “What was the point of the 3D in the first place?” It is recognized that the CAD ability can be a key market dierentiator that helps companies win business. But what if suppliers cannot interpret the model? They are back to where they started and will not be able to attract more OEM business.

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The 3D Solution

DISCUS 3D Software GraphicHowever, a software, unlike any other, can help suppliers interpret their 3D models without having to purchase a single license of any 3D modeling software. DISCUS 3D software takes the pain out of 3D interpretation by allowing the quality team to easily extract the dimensioned data in a matter of a few clicks and completely interpret the model in various views. With DISCUS there is no need to create a separate 2D image of the model and then balloon it. Instead, suppliers use DISCUS 3D to work directly with the model; they then gain more OEM business and fulfill the inspection requirements, no matter the 3D model type. DISCUS 3D has been engineered with suppliers in mind and with the goal of meeting the customer’s needs with one complete, intuitive tool, fully using the 3D model, as intended, as the prime driver of the engineering intent. All this is possible without purchasing a single seat of any CAD software. This may seem almost hard to believe, but it is true.

The BIG Benefit

According to one supplier in California,

“DISCUS 3D has helped us become a preferred supplier to some major OEMs because we can handle whatever model type they send. We are no longer just another supplier trying to compete with price, as we have the tools to embrace 3D and do so easily now. I don’t know how we could manage without DISCUS 3D!” 

This quality goals to use models is readily available in DISCUS. To learn more, attend an interactive demo or to download a trial, contact sales@discussoftware.com. Find out today how you can earn more business by embracing the world of 3D with DISCUS Software.


Use One Software Solution for all Customers – Goal #2 of Our Top 5

The Problem – Serving Multiple Industries is Difficult

AS9102, PPAP and First Piece Report Creation in One SoftwareManufacturers who want to diversify their product line are met with serious challenges. While the adage, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” seems simplistic enough, the implementation of diversifying is anything but simple. Finding cross over markets in aerospace, medical device and automotive industries, basically serving three or four market masters, can lead to tremendous opportunity and challenges.

One of the ways to alleviate these growing pains is to find an integrated system, which supports one process to meet the needs of various markets. Creating inspection reports and other documentation for a new industry can tax an already overwhelmed quality team, but finding one solution that addresses the discreet needs of the new markets is a goal that companies should reach.

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For example, one supplier in Texas, whose work for oil and gas industries had diminished, lead him to venture into aerospace. As he dipped his toes into this industry, he was shocked with the strenuous requirements of the AS9102 inspection form. His brief venture into medical device also presented him with challenges as his new customer required an First Piece Inspection Report. And his automotive attempt required his in-depth knowledge of the
Production Part Approval Process, PPAP form, for control plans. This supplier commented, “It seemed like a good idea at the time and we denitely had the product line to support these industries, but the diversication came at a great cost.”

Solution – Use a Single Software to Meet Diverse Industry Requirements

AS9102, PPAP and First Piece Report Creation in One With a single software solution, however, this supplier was able to address the inspection reporting challenges of these markets, using one tool for them all. One customer required CAD models as well and with an integrated software, DISCUS, the supplier could meet all the needs of the new markets, diversify and reap the benets of the new market. By using customized templates, this supplier simply created various inspection reports, from AS9102, to PPAP with a click of a mouse button, basically.

For 2016, set your goals for market diversication and make it a reality with DISCUS Software. This quality goal is  readily available in DISCUS. To learn more, attend an interactive demo or to download a trial, contact sales@discussoftware.com


Master AS9102 Revision B Requirements – Goal #1 of Our Top 5

From our recent White Paper:  Top 5 Quality Goals for Aerospace Manufacturers 

AS9102 Rev B Quality ProcessGoal #1: Master AS9102 Revision B Requirements

AS9102 Revision B was released over a year ago and immediately aerospace suppliers not only needed to obtain this new standard, understand the new requirements, but they also had to comply to these requirements without ambiguity. But for many suppliers, ascertaining the details of the standard and adhering to them became an exercise in reading and re-reading the standard and making sure the documentation they were providing was complete before sending the reports to their customer. The likelihood of rejecting the report, just because required information was missed, became an annoying and time consuming exercise.

It’s Time to Use Software

An FAI software that can take the burden of compliance off the backs of suppliers should be a primary goal for any company that must adhere to the detailed standard. With a software that automatically alerts users to errors in compliance, in just two clicks, is a no-nonsense way to find the discrepancies, correct them and send the accurate and compliant output to the customer in a matter of minutes. The goal of first pass report acceptance can be a reality with this software. DISCUS Software Company, for 10 years, has built into the solution an expertise in AS9102 requirements and has generously shared this knowledge with all aerospace suppliers.

According to one Aerospace Supplier in Arizona

“We were required to use AS9102 Rev B and since we were new to the aerospace industry, we spent a lot of time just figuring out the forms. We downloaded the free form from DISCUS and a consultant called and explained the requirements. Then we used their 30-day free evaluation and said good-bye to all our outdated and tedious manual methods. Instead of days creating the forms, we can do it in a matter of hours and are assured that we are in compliance. Our customer cannot believe we have not been doing aerospace work for years. DISCUS helped us bridge the gap between AS9102 Rev B as a novice and expert in a matter of days. The software paid for itself with the first FAI!”

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DISCUS Software Powers a Job Shop’s Inspection Process

Quality Inspection Planning | DISCUS SoftwareWith technological advance comes the need for new skill sets and methodologies. A recent article from Modern Machine Shop delves into Nolte Precise Manufacturing’s transition from cam actuated machine tools to CNC servo-driven machines, focusing on the use of specialized software – including a DISCUS Software inspection package – to drive the manufacturing process. While the move has not always been simple, according to the man in charge of the company, Doug Coster: “it has been worth the effort.”

Software is a Key Strategy to Serve a Diverse Customer Base

Originally a screw machine production house, Nolte has successfully survived the transition to CNC servo-driven machine production, shifting support functions from the traditional mechanical methods to modern processes like CAD/CAM programming. Difficulties and complexity arising from the chip-making side of the business, including dealing with a more diverse customer base and managing the “what, how, and when” of machining has led Nolte and many other shops to depend on shop management software for their day-to-day operations.

Job Shop Inspection Planning and ManagementNolte uses Shoptech’s E2 data collection software for quoting, order entry, shipping and accounting. The E2 software acts as a general router, describing how a part processes through the shop and creating the manufacturing plan for the job. However, the complexity of the entire procedure calls for the use of even more specialized computational support.

The other software package Nolte uses complements its E2-generated manufacturing router by creating an inspection plan that travels with the router to the shop. It uses a software package from DISCUS that is especially designed for inspection. They are autonomous software systems, Mr. Coster says.

Automating the Entire Inspection Process

DISCUS’ software package allows Nolte to automatically match incoming customer prints to the shop’s quality plan. “Before we automated this function, Mr. Coster says, “I had an engineer manually balloon prints as they came in from the customer. He would fill in the numbers, get the inspection report, type the data into the inspection report, highlight what the features were, what the acceptance criteria were, how we were going to measure the first article and subsequent parts as needed. DISCUS allowed us to automate the entire process. And automatically generate PPAP and other inspection forms based on the inspection data requirements from the customer. That has been a big help for Nolte.”

For a company of Nolte’s size, having custom software developed for manufacturing purposes is not an option. Although significant modifications to internal procedures were required to accommodate the E2 software, with the help of Discus technology Nolte is a now smoothly functioning organization.

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