Desktop – The foundation module for managing the TDP and identifying characteristics and requirements.

FeaturesBenefitsDISCUSCompetition
Manage multiple drawings and documents for a TDPHelps reduce quality escapes that come from overlooking requirementsYES  YES
Opens files in PDF and TIFF formatsSupports most common formats used to share electronic drawings and specs. No data conversion necessaryYESYES
Multi-panel user interface with links for the TDPProvides intuitive interface to view the source and relationships of requirementsYESYES
Drop and drag to easily balloon 2D drawingAllows for very efficient identification and disposition of characteristicsYESYES
Customizable balloon numbering with groupsSupports balloon identification that is consistent with existing systemsYESNO
Extract requirements from other documents such as specsEnables the explicit inclusion of requirements from specificationsYESNO
Capture characteristic requirements as an imageMinimizes manual data entry by capturing annotations in an image formatYESUnknown
Capture characteristic requirements in structured formatEnables formatting of requirements for semantically-enriched downstream useYESYES
Copy, paste, and duplicate characteristics and balloonsProvides even greater efficiency in characteristic identificationYESNO
Customizable balloon properties such as shapes, sizes, and colorsEnables support of company and/or customer-specific formatsYESYES
Customizable drawing grid layoutMinimizes manual data entry by automatically capturing sheet and zoneYESYES
Text markup of drawing along with leader linesImproves communication by allowing customized information to appear on drawingYESUnknown
Generates a customizable Bill of CharacteristicsConsolidates all requirements into accountability check list, keeping balloon drawing and inspection sheet in synchYESYES
Saved profiles for efficiently supporting multiple customersEnables quick configuration to support multiple customer formats. Use same process and tool for all customersYESNO
Export Bill of Characteristics to customizable Excel reportsProvides format for additional downstream applications such as inspection sheets, setup sheets, etc.YESYES
Certified to export to FAI systems at Lockheed, Rolls, PrattReduces time and labor to submit first article inspection data to customersYESPartially
Export ballooned drawing to PDFCaptures ballooning information in a very professional and easy-to-share formatYESYES
Simple installation and configurationReduces the cost associated with having an IT or computer specialist get it up and runningYESYES
Years in business3 Times more experience than closest competitor, large customer base, and mature support tools and processes.83
CSV file upload for Forms 1 and 2Re-usability and eliminate redundancyYESNO

 

Planner – Manage characteristics by specific operation including the creation of process illustrations and work instructions.

FeaturesBenefitsDISCUSCompetition
Maintain a routing and defined operations for a specific partReduces the effort to coordinate characteristic planning with other systems such as ERPYESNO
Maintain routing templates with reusable informationReduces the time and labor to create comprehensive process planning documentationYESNO
Customizable inspection methods, sampling plans, etc.Ensures that system works with existing databases and terminologyYESNO
Assign characteristics to specific operation where producedEnsures that all characteristics are being properly defined throughout the production lifecycleYESNO
Review application of Characteristics by operationReduces quality escapes by helping to validate the changes in characteristic values between operationsYESNO
Create work instructions and process illustrations for each operationImprove yield by enabling production personnel to concentrate on requirements for the specific operationYESNO
Automatically create operation inspection characteristicsReduce the time and labor to create comprehensive process planning documentationYESNO
Text markup of illustrations by operationImproves communication by allowing customized information for each operationYESNO
Filter Characteristics and display drawings side-by-sideReduces time to link related characteristics and ensures that all characteristics have been properly assignedYESNO
Export a complete process plan with instructions, illustrations, etc.Reduces the time and labor to create comprehensive process planning documentationYESNO
Export Characteristics and operations to customizable Excel reportsProvides format for additional downstream applications such as inspection sheets, setup sheets, etc.YESNO

 

CMM – Import results from CMM Reports and incorporate the values into DISCUS Results and inspection reports.

FeaturesBenefitsDISCUSCompetition
Entry and formatting of results automatically from a CMM ReportReduces manual data entry associated with reading CMM reports and entering onto a formal FAI reportYESYES
Automatic issue checking of CMM Report versus the Bill of CharacteristicsReduces quality escapes by capturing transcription errors in CMM programming and FAI reportingYESYES
Ability to Suggest mapping of CMM axes to characteristicsReduces time for mapping of the CMM Report to an FAI, reducing potential quality escapesYESNO
Backfill to create an FAI & ballooned drawing from a CMM ReportEnables the rapid creation of a customer-acceptable report from a CMM ReportYESNO

 

3D – Interrogate the native 3D CAD model (CATIA, Pro/E, NX, Solidworks and many other formats) and annotations to automatically identify characteristics and illustrations.

FeaturesBenefitsDISCUSCompetition
Incorporates CAD models into the TDPEnsures that CAD model along with other documents are captured and organizedYESNO
Open native CAD model formats – CATIA, Pro/E, NX, SolidWorksSupports most common formats used to share CAD models. No CAD software or data conversion necessaryYESYes*
Interrogate and extract requirements data from 3D modelsReduces time and labor to understand model and identify characteristicsYESYes*
Automatically create Bill of Characteristics from models with PMIReduces dramatically the time and labor to identify characteristicsYESUnknown*
Create characteristics by measuring model featuresReduces time and labor to identify characteristics that are not addressed by PMI/annotationsYESUnknown*
Automatically create illustration views with balloonsReduces time and labor to create documentation for FAI, in-process inspection, etc.YESUnknown*
Selectively filter the display of datums, balloons, and annotationsImproves communication by eliminating extraneous information from the displayYESUnknown*
Customizable illustration views using multiple model parametersEnsures that 3D view of part is sensible to viewers accustomed to simple 2D drawingsYESNO
Export illustrations with balloons to 2D PDFSupports the legacy world where users are accustomed to 2D layoutsYESNO
Export ballooned CAD model to 3D PDFProvides means for sharing characteristic requirements in the 3D model-based enterpriseYESNO
No additional native CAD tool license requiredCost savings and speed to implementation accelerated.YESNO
Use the same tool and UI user interface on all CAD model formats.Easy to use, adaptable to the CAD application of your choice.YESNO

*Not part of the native tool – is handled by a plugin to the CAD Tool

 

OCR (Optical Character Recognition) – Use Optical Character Recognition to help extract characteristics from drawing images and specification documents.

Features BenefitsDISCUSCompetition
Convert and intelligently extract some annotation from a drawingReduces data entry labor and errors with automatic recognition of notes and dimensionsYESYES
Convert and extract text from scanned documentsReduces data entry by extracting requirements from material & process specificationsYESNO
Customizable scan and recognition settingsImproves auto-recognition by customizing for specific drawingsYESYES
View the converted text along with the original captured imageImproves effort by helping to quickly identify areas where ambiguity existsYESUnknown
Recognize GD&T symbols and Feature Control FrameImproves time savings by quickly filling in form 3 with correct symbolsYESNO*

*they do recognize a diameter symbol

 

Results – Enter actual result values for the characteristics and have the system automatically validate compliance.

FeaturesBenefitsDISCUSCompetition
Entry of results in tabular format for data entryReduces manual data entry associated with recording actual resultsYESUnknown
Automatic verification of results versus characteristic requirementsReduces labor by checking that the results pass or fail against the requirementsYESYES
Result status shown in real-time on drawing & Bill of CharacteristicsEnsures that requirement violations are not overlooked, reducing potential quality escapesYESYES
Customizable results fields for data entryAllows the results data to easily interoperate with existing reporting requirementsYESNO
Results data exportable to customer FAI systemsReduces even more, the time and labor to submit inspection data to customersYESYES
Save settings for everyone to useCompanywide time savings, eliminates manual data entryYESNO