PC-DMIS 2022.2

New features to help you work smarter with virtual and physical Hexagon hardware

PC-DMIS 2022.2 bridges the gap between virtual environments and physical devices with a new offline configuration designed to optimise programming time and maximise the availability of your metrology hardware. New qualification checks for laser probes and support for multiple sensor types running on a single system will save you time and unlock more value from your Hexagon hardware. It's not just about devices (virtual or real), PC-DMIS 2022.2 now extracts the quality data embedded within the versatile QIF file format to make full use of - and maintain - a continuous flow of PMI data across the business. Alongside an exciting range of new and improved features, our latest version of PC-DMIS helps manufacturers to work more flexibly and efficiently.

New: Simplified offline configuration now works with any device type

A new improved version of PC-DMIS Offline that supports all options and devices in a single configuration – including stationary CMMs, portable arms, laser trackers and vision systems. Programme and simulate measurement routines in a fully realized virtual environment and free up valuable measurement time on physical hardware.



New: QIF file format import

QIF (Quality Information Framework) is an ISO standard CAD neutral file format made for downstream interoperability and traceability through the product lifecycle. PC-DMIS 2022.2 now offers QIF file import so you can take full advantage of CAD, embedded GD&T, characteristic naming and other useful meta-data which can be used downstream for simulation and manufacturing.



New: Avoidance moves in tip vector direction

Requested by customers in our Idea’s Centre, we’ve extending the capabilities of PC-DMIS' Contact Auto Features by enabling avoidance moves to operate in the direction of the tip vector. Previously, avoidance moves were made relative to the workpiece vector, which sometimes made navigation difficult. Now, avoidance moves can be made in the same direction as the tip vector to add a greater range of movement around a complex or restrictive workpiece.



New: Adaptive scanning – copy and paste parameters

This top voted feature from our Ideas Centre allows you to edit and update adaptive scanning routines at speed by duplicating point density, scan speed, acceleration and more. Simply open the Probe Toolbox and add parameters to any single feature and then apply to any number of other features in your programme. A huge time saver which simplifies programme creation, debugging or migrating existing measurement routines for different hardware configurations.



New: Qualification check for laser probes

This new convenient tool determines if a laser probe needs calibration. Previously, operators would always recalibrate laser probes before use – which could take many hours – whether they needed it or not. Now a quick check can identify whether a full re-map is necessary, saving many hours of unnecessary calibration for Indexable and Continuous heads.



New: HP-OW scan offset

PC-DMIS 2022.2 offers extra control over your HP-OW probe for improved measurements of transparent materials. Previously a fixed probe scan could pick up noise from a lower surface. Now, with an added offset value you can raise the probe to ensure only the top surface is scanned. Similarly, you can also drop the probe head to capture both top and bottom surfaces for improved thickness measurements.



PC-DMIS 2022.2 offers other new features and improvements, including:

  • NEW: Support HP-OW, HP-L-10.10 and HP-C-TS5.10 on single system
    PC-DMIS now supports the use of multiple sensors when available on the same CMM (including Optiv). Now you can increase the number and types of parts that a single machine can measure. The new multisensor capability offers convenience of fast access to both spot and stripe lasers to offer a wide range of non-contact scanning strategies.




PC-DMIS is a highly flexible and widely adopted metrology software. It comes as standard on all Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division’s measurement devices. It is also available as a retrofit package for most other measurement equipment manufacturers’ machines, allowing users of non-Hexagon equipment to take advantage of PC-DMIS technology.

To ensure our customers can use the latest features, download the latest updates and continue with maintenance updates, we recommend the purchase of a current Software Maintenance Agreement (SMA). The SMA also provides access to ongoing technical support and service.

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Operating system

PC-DMIS 2022.2 operates under 64-bit Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista. No other operating systems are supported.

  • For HP-L systems and systems that use RS-SQUARED sensors that run PC-DMIS in DCC mode, you need to use a 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Computer with up to 4 Cores. You can find a list of supported operating systems for most versions of PC-DMIS here:
    https://support.hexagonmi.com/s/article/Windows-OS-Compatibility-Listing-for-PC-DMIS
  • When you use third-party drivers, you should contact your local Manufacturing Intelligence representative to ensure operating system compatibility.
  • Running PC-DMIS inside a Virtual Machine (VM) is supported only if the VM supports OpenGL 3 or higher.
  • PC-DMIS Vision machines do not support 64-bit Windows 8. The Matrox Frame grabber PC-DMIS Vision hardware component does not support a 64-bit operating system.

Microsoft .NET Framework

If you do not have Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 for Windows, the PC-DMIS installer will install it for you.

RAM

4 GB of RAM or higher

  • The size of the CAD data file and the tessellation multiplier value used affect the amount of memory needed. These both affect the number of tessellated facets needed to display the model. The smaller the tessellation multiplier value used, the more memory needed for the facets. For large CAD models, this could cause an "Out of Memory" error. If this occurs, the current PC-DMIS session will be left in an unstable state and should be terminated.
  • The default tessellation multiplier value is 1.0. Setting a tessellation multiplier of 0.1 will result in a 10 to 20 percent increase in the memory required over the default value of 1.0. Decreasing the tessellation multiplier further to 0.01 will result in an additional 50 to 65 percent increase of memory required.

1 GB of video RAM

64 GB of RAM Dual-Channel @1063 MHz DDR4-2666 MHz ECC RDIMM memory (for HP-L systems and systems using RS-SQUARED sensors)

CPU

  • 2 GHz or higher quad core processor
  • Intel Xeon W-2223 Processor (3.6GHz, 3.9GHz) for HP-L systems
  • Intel Xeon Processor E3-1505M (3.00 GHz) for systems using RS-SQUARED sensors
  • Intel Core i7 9th Generation or higher (for example, i7-9xxxHx) 6 Cores hyper-threading enabled (for HP-L systems and systems using RS-SQUARED sensors)

Graphics

Compatible with any popular graphics card that meets or exceeds the following suggested minimums:

  • GPU Memory 2 GB DDR3*
  • 6 GB Memory Bandwidth 29.0 GB/s (for HP-L systems)
  • Memory Bandwidth 29.0 GB/s
  • CUDA Cores 384
  • Open GL 3.0
  • NVIDIA Quadro P5000 (4 GB) (for HP-L systems and systems using RS-SQUARED sensors)
  • AC or AX type Wi-Fi card for systems using RS-SQUARED sensors

* For an RS4 laser sensor or later model, you need to have a GPU with at least 4 GB DDR3.

The graphics driver must support OpenGL 3.0 or higher. A warning message appears on PC-DMIS start-up if the driver does not support OpenGL 3.0 or if your graphics driver is more than three years old.

Hard drive

2 GB of free hard drive space plus allocated virtual memory of eight times the largest CAD file used.

SSD drive, HDD 10K, or two disks in RAID 0 mode (high-performance hard disk drive).
128 SSD, 128 SSD RAID, 1 TB HDD

Display

Screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 or higher

Connectivity

  • One Serial port
  • Three Ethernet ports. This may be required for specific installations in consideration of local needs, including but not limited to CMM systems where one port is required for controller communications and another for intranet/internet communications.
  • Two USB ports
  • A properly configured LMS license or a HASP key (a physical USB portlock)
  • LAN port with Intel Chipset (for example, I219) (for HP-L systems)

Note: A HASP key does not act as general purpose data storage; therefore, you cannot use a HASP key to store (download) arbitrary data from a computer. Similarly, you cannot use a HASP key to put (upload) arbitrary data on a computer. Also, only Hexagon applications can read or write to a HASP key; other applications do not have this capability. As a result, you cannot use a HASP key to load and unload data to and from a computer.

Browser

Internet Explorer 10 or later

Anti-virus software

Hexagon used the Sophos anti-virus tool to test PC-DMIS 2022.2. The user will need to confirm the performance of any other anti-virus tool. 
Solutions for CMMs using RS-232 communications

If you are installing PC-DMIS 2022.2 on a new or existing computer, but you have an older CMM model that uses RS-232 communications, then you will need to install one of these solutions on your computer:

  • An external RS-232 serial-to-USB adapter cable plus the serial-to-USB adapter cable driver
  • An internal serial adapter card with serial ports
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