Create True SOLIDWORKS® Models

The Codeware Interface (CWI) creates fully featured SOLIDWORKS models from COMPRESS pressure vessel and heat exchanger design files. This means that all sketches, tables and drawings generated by the CWI can be manipulated as if the model had been created manually in SOLIDWORKS.

Competing software may claim to support SOLIDWORKS but before you decide ask if their models support SOLIDWORKS operations like Sheet Metal or Mates. Key features like these are required if you want to take full advantage of the time saving power of the SOLIDWORKS platform.

The CWI is included as a standard feature with every current license of COMPRESS and INSPECT.

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Heat Exchanger Custom Template in SOLIDWORKS Created by the Codeware Interface

Easy SOLIDWORKS Drawing Template Set Up

With changing times come advances in technology. Software system upgrades are often confusing and time consuming. With the CWI, your company drawing standards can be set up using custom templates. This way your personnel will not have to be retrained to read CWI generated drawings.

Update CWI Created Drawings Quickly

Fabrication often involves unexpected, last minute changes. For example, a nozzle may be too close to a joint or need to be rotated slightly. The CWI makes it easy to adjust nozzles with its Edit Nozzle and Drag Nozzle features. Simply specify new coordinates and CWI will adjust the SOLIDWORKS model for you. Since the models are linked to the drawing they will be updated automatically. This convenient feature saves you time and ensures the information was updated correctly.

Create Tables and Schedules

Included in the CWI are prebuilt tables such as nozzle schedules, nozzle loads and a foundation loads summary along with others. Use the prebuilt tables as is or quickly and easily change them to meet your requirements. The tables can be saved and reused for increased productivity.

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The Codeware Interface Menu in SOLIDWORKS
Foundation Loads Summary in SOLIDWORKS created by the Codeware Interface
Nozzle Schedule in SOLIDWORKS created by the Codeware Interface

Set Up Customized SOLIDWORKS Bill of Materials

Every shop has its own way of laying out their Bill of Materials (BOMs). In order to help shops keep their own layouts, the CWI provides a Descriptions Option where users can modify how part descriptions are shown on their BOMs and SOLIDWORKS drawings.

SOLIDWORKS Integration with COMPRESS and Shopfloor

Along with importing calculated values from COMPRESS (MAWP, MDMT, Hydrotest Pressure etc.) the CWI also imports welding information for designs that have been run through Shopfloor. WPS details from Shopfloor and weld geometries from COMPRESS are used to automatically generate Weld Maps and Joint Detail drawings.

CWI + Shopfloor Weld Map and Joint Details in SOLIDWORKS

CWI Supports SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal Operations

Modern manufacturing techniques increasingly rely on automation to do more work. Laying out nozzle cut outs for hillside or tilted nozzles can be tedious, time consuming and difficult to get right. The CWI can import COMPRESS files and make use of the SOLIDWORKS sheet metal feature to automatically create flat (roll out) patterns. The resulting pattern can be quickly checked and then sent off for further processing.

Rolled Up

A CWI cylindrical shell rolled up using the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal function

Rolled Out Flat

A CWI cylindrical shell rolled out flat using the SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal function

Edge Prep Detail

CWI Edge Prep Detail in SOLIDWORKS

COMPRESS Pressure Vessel Design Highlights

Nozzles Nozzles in COMPRESS Nozzles Simplify the detailing of nozzle attachments with flexible and intuitive nozzle design capabilities. Quick Design Quick Design Speed up the process of pressure vessel modeling. Pressure vessel quick design mode in COMPRESS Productivity Productivity Software packages like COMPRESS exist to increase productivity and save Engineering hours. Software packages like COMPRESS exist to increase productivity and save engineering hours Heat Exchanger Heat Exchanger Perform ASME UHX and TEMA calculations and transfer these designs to your estimating and drafting departments. Heat Exchanger design in COMPRESS Div 2 Division II Many companies use the alternative rules of Division 2 because of the cost savings, versus Division 1. Division 2 Class 1 and 2 in COMPRESS MDMT MDMT Rules of UCS-66 The rules of UCS-66 guard against vessel failure by brittle fracture, a low probability high consequence event. Minimum Design Metal Temperature (MDMT) in INSPECT Ext Pressure External Pressure Design Simplify the complexity of
UG-28 rules for external pressure of 15psig and greater.
Pressure Vessel External Pressure
Jacketed Vessels Jacketed Vessels Design both conventional and half pipe jacketed vessels as a standard feature in COMPRESS. Jacketed Vessels in COMPRESS - Type 1 and 2 Vessel Wizard Vessel Wizard The Vessel Wizard speeds pressure vessel design by creating complete pressure vessel models with minimal input. COMPRESS vessel wizard Coster COSTER Import files from COMPRESS and create user customizable pressure vessel cost estimates in spreadsheet format. Generate pressure vessel cost estimates in Excel spreadhseets Flange Flange Design Create optimized Appendix 2/ASME B16.5/16.47 flange designs with minimal time and effort. Flange Pair design in COMPRESS Weld Seam Weld Seams Designers can visually confirm good practices such as staggered longitudinal seams. Pressure Vessel Weld Seams Lifting Rigging Lifting & Rigging Use an accurate weight, the correct center of gravity, and apply the actual section properties. Lifting and Rigging Analysis 3D CAD Modeling + Drawings The Codeware Interface includes Drafter 3D, a feature that auto-generates 2D pressure vessel drawings. Export pressure vessels into 3D CAD applications such as SOLIDWORKS and Autodesk Inventor CWI SW Model True SOLIDWORKS Model True SOLIDWORKS Models Sketches, operations and drawings can be manipulated as if the model had been created manually in SOLIDWORKS. Related Codes Related Codes COMPRESS implements a wide range of related engineering methods, codes and standards. COMPRESS and INSPECT implement a wide range of related engineering methods, codes, and standards Design Mode Design Mode Save time by reducing the trial and error iterations that would otherwise be required when designing pressure vessels. In Design Mode, select thicknesses, sizes and ratings to meed code requirements Rating Mode Rating (Analysis) Mode The COMPRESS Rating Mode takes your design and determines the vessel’s MAWP, MAEP and MDMT. Calculate MAWP and minimum thickness in rating input mode Hydrotest Hydrotest Performing hydrotest stress calculations in the design stage prevents equipment damage during hydrotesting. Hydrostatic Test Stress Calculations Hillside Hillside Nozzle COMPRESS saves time by calculating chord openings and governing planes of reinforcement automatically. Hillside Nozzle ASME Codes ASME Editions Older ASME Codes are retained in all COMPRESS releases so you can always use the latest software. 2019 ASME Code edition in COMPRESS NLL Automatic Liquid Levels COMPRESS eliminates the need to manually calculate each vessel component’s liquid static head. COMPRESS automatic liquid level feature saves time and reduces errors Loads Global External Loads The Loads Menu allows designers to easily consider global external loads when sizing pressure vessel supports. Global external loads on pressure vessel supports in COMPRESS Clips and Lugs Clips and Lugs Designers can quickly include the mechanical effects of pressure vessel internals and attachments in their designs. Pressure vessel attachments in COMPRESS include platforms, ladders, insulation, piping, clips, and lugs Stacked Stacked Vessels Certain industrial processes require pressure vessels with multiple chambers operating under different design conditions. Multiple pressure chamber stacked vessel design in COMPRESS CC 2695 Appendix 46 Produce more economical Div 1 pressure vessel designs with increased accuracy from the Div 2 design by rule equations. Code Case 2695, now known as ASME VIII Appendix 46 Data Reports Manufacturer's Data Reports Simplify the creation, submission and management of ASME Manufacturer’s Data Reports and NBIC Repair and Alteration Forms. Forms Default Settings in COMPRESS Skirt Openings Support Skirt Openings Specify piping connections to vertical vessels that require additional piping and openings cut out of the support skirt. Skirt Opening in COMPRESS Foundation Loads Foundation Loads Summary Break down the loads for the specified vessel operating conditions including weight, wind, seismic, and vortex shedding. Help pressure vessel designers provide loadings to their civil and structural engineering team members using Pressure Vessel Foundation Loads Summaries in COMPRESS Shipping Shipping Saddles Shipping Saddles in COMPRESS COMPRESS provides a shipping saddle option based on the industry standard Zick Analysis. UG 80 and 81 UG-80 and UG-81 COMPRESS automatically provides out-of-roundness tolerances that must be maintained during pressure vessel fabrication. API 579-1 Part 8 Out of Roundness

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