Codeware Software Integration Paul Daniel
Codeware – We’re Not Just Another Software Conglomerate
Codeware’s suite of software products, COMPRESS, INSPECT and Shopfloor, were all conceived and written from the ground up to be a comprehensive and seamlessly integrated system by one development team. Our competitors are software conglomerates that have attempted to provide integration by acquiring many small, independently developed applications and then somehow gluing them together. Instead of paying for a corporate acquisition or middleman distributor your Codeware software investment pays for programmers and engineers. We firmly believe that this approach has produced a superior, truly integrated software system that provides our clients with unique benefits and efficiencies.
Import Codeware Designs Into SOLIDWORKS® or Inventor®
The Codeware Interface® (CWI) is an add-in that transfers COMPRESS and INSPECT designs into Inventor or SOLIDWORKS. It manages the equipment data associated with the solid model and includes Drafter 3D, a feature that automatically produces 2D drawings. The CWI also provides customizable tables, templates and functions that work with Drafter 3D to enable generation of drawings that conform to your company’s drafting standards. The functionality provided by the CWI is not available from any of our competitors and is included with each up to date license of COMPRESS or INSPECT at no additional cost.
Integrated ASME Fabrication With COMPRESS + Shopfloor
Shopfloor is a native cloud-based ASME IX welding and project management system. It works with COMPRESS and helps to quickly determine if you’ll need to qualify additional weld procedures and /or welders.
Expensive custom programming is no longer required to get your Engineering, Estimating, Drafting and Quality Control departments working together.
Assists in selecting the right procedures and welders for the job.
Shopfloor integrates with the Codeware Interface’s Drafter 3D feature so your standard weld details and assigned WPS numbers can be automatically placed on fabrication drawings.
A powerful search function makes finding what you’re looking for simple and quick.
Organize jobs by customer and location, create all required ASME Section IX weld procedures and forms as well as track welder continuity.
INSPECT adds inspection data management, Mechanical Integrity, Fitness-For-Service and other post construction capabilities to our market leading COMPRESS software. Because INSPECT is an extension of COMPRESS, both programs share a common user interface and file format. This commonality makes the transition from COMPRESS to INSPECT easy.
In addition to the Inventor and SOLIDWORKS integration provided by the Codeware Interface, COMPRESS and INSPECT feature a 3D solid model export in a variety of industry standard file formats. These files can be loaded by most drafting, plant design, CFD and FEA programs. Note that our solid model generation is a built- in feature that does not require any third party software. The supported file formats include:
Integration with Piping Layout Programs
INSPECT can import piping systems from any program that supports the industry standard *.pcf file format. This saves time when setting up a piping mechanical integrity program as complex piping systems do not need to be modeled from scratch. Compatible software includes:
AutoCAD® Plant 3D
Integration with Plant Layout Programs
Are your 3D plant layouts starting with “place holder” fixed equipment models that will need to be corrected later? Why use “place holder” fixed equipment models at all? Our unique 3D smart solid model export helps designers get 3D plant layouts right earlier in the design cycle by starting with ASME Code-compliant Codeware 3D solid models. To place anchors, structural steel and route process piping you need flange and support locations – information our “smart” equipment models “know”. Compatible plant layout systems include:
AutoCAD® Plant 3D
Send ASME Forms to the National Board Electronically
Filling out and managing ASME and National Board registration forms is a time consuming, error prone task. The built-in Forms Tool creates ASME U and A forms using data pulled directly from your COMPRESS and INSPECT design files. It also creates NBIC repair and alteration R forms populated with your company’s information. In addition, the Forms Tool includes forms management capabilities for archiving forms and any supporting documentation.
Eliminates redundant data entry and reduces transcription errors.
Transmits completed forms to the National Board electronically. Saves paper, reduces postage and takes advantage of NBIC’s lower electronic filing fees.
Link Thermal and Mechanical Designs With Codeware’s HTRI® Interface
The COMPRESS Heat Exchanger Option and INSPECT both include a read/write native file interface with the HTRI Xchanger Suite Xist®. This work flow improvement enhances collaboration between mechanical and thermal heat exchanger designers.
The Codeware HTRI® interface imports the thermal design and scans it for mechanical interferences and other practical manufacturing considerations.
The Codeware HTRI interface is bi-directional so the effect of mechanical changes on the thermal rating can be determined from within COMPRESS directly.
Unlike competing software, COMPRESS does not use the depreciated (no longer supported) HTRI .dbo text file format but is achieved by Codeware’s implementation of HTRI’s native API.
Then import the exchanger into COMPRESS or INSPECT
Support for 3rd Party Custom Software
COMPRESS and INSPECT support 3rd party custom software development by providing an XML data export option. Equipment design files exported using our XML data export can be accessed programmatically using Codeware’s public domain XML schema (data structure).
A major benefit of XML is that it protects investments in custom software because extensions to the Codeware XML schema will not break software written using older schemas. The Codeware schema is self documenting, detailed and complete as it describes the geometry, design specification and relationships between the various components.