Lattice Technology Releases XVL Studio, Delivering Authoring Capabilities

Tool enables users to decompose complex processes into easy-to-follow tasks with graphics using XVL to repurpose engineering CAD models.

Lattice Technology, Inc. has launched Lattice3D Studio version 15. Developed for companies with assembly operations or who need to support repair operations, this release streamlines the creation of robust 2D work instructions. Benefits to these companies include reduced errors and less training time, according to Lattice Technology.

Lattice Technology delivers XVL-based solutions that leverage an organization’s existing 3D design data, allowing the repurposing of 3D CAD model data to all segments of the product lifecycle. XVL is used as the backbone for repurposing 3D model data across the extended enterprise. Common uses include assembly process planning (using digital mock-up), work instructions, technical illustrations, design reviews, electronic spare part catalogs and service portals. Concurrency is enabled by preserving work performed in the XVL environment when changes occur in the native CAD model.

“We are in the communication business,” says Erik Freeman, Lattice Technology sales manager. “Our XVL-based solutions will increase productivity. If a human is involved in your assembly or service, how do you communicate with them clearly? Each of these people needs to be trained and retrained when changes occur. Our work instruction authoring solution, XVL Studio, enables manufacturing and service planners to decompose complex processes into manageable tasks. Each task is supported with one or more graphics. Our graphics are smart and can be hyperlinked to related data, like part lists.”

To create the 2D work instructions, the 3D CAD model is brought into the XVL environment. Major 3D CAD formats are supported including Autodesk Inventor, Catia, Creo Elements Direct, Creo Parametric, I-DEAS , JT, NX, NX I-deas, Solid Edge, and SOLIDWORKS. In addition to the 3D model, jigs, fixtures, and even human models can be added. The author then creates a logical process view for assembly or service with tasks, using a drag-and-drop process that begins with the Bill of Materials from the design department. Each task is documented with one or more graphical snapshots created from the 3D model, which can be enhanced with cross-sections.

Work instructions are published using a user-defined template. Templates are easily created for various use cases. The templates save authoring time and ensure consistency.

For more information, visit Lattice Technology.

Sources: Press materials received from the company.

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