IMA develops, produces and markets machines and systems for the woodworking industry, especially edgebending and finishing machines as well as transport and handling systems worldwide. For more than 60 years the company ranks at the top for technology leadership in planning, development and realisation of complex production lines and systems in its industry. The most important manufacturers of kitchen, office and take-apart furniture as well as door and prefabricated building units are IMA’s customers. The company generated a turnover of 115 million euros in 2010, employs more than 750 people in nine subsidiaries in Europe, America and Asia and is globally represented by more than 60 trade partners in 60 countries.
Since 2002, IMA has been operating a spare parts catalogue system based on PARTS-PUBLISHER. Using PARTS-PUBLISHER the company provides machine-specific catalogues on paper and CD. Since 2010, parts catalogues are integrated in an Internet service portal furthermore.
Electric and pneumatic diagrams from ELCAD (AUCOTEC) are to be integrated into the spare parts catalogue system from 2010/2011.
As an interface, jointly developed by AUCOTEC and Docware, exists for connecting PARTS-PUBLISHER and ELCAD, a fully automated solution was able to be implemented for the desired integration of electric and pneumatic schematics in the catalogue system (paper, CD and Internet catalogues) without great effort and expense.
The interface works as a plug-in at the ELCAD system. Circuit diagrams and components, as well as information on their representation and ordering details, are adopted automatically from ELCAD to the PARTS-PUBLISHER workbench, where they are integrated directly to the automated catalogue creation. This is how with just a few mouse clicks an information platform is formed which supports mechanics, pneumatics and electrics. Mechanical components and circuit diagrams are partially linked.
Navigation is done via the circuit plan directory, component IDs and interactive circuit diagrams. Mechanical, pneumatical and electrical components can be ordered directly from the catalogue using a common shopping cart.
The schematics viewer of the PARTS-PUBLISHER spare parts catalogue (CD/DVD, Internet) offers numerous features which provide excellent support in electrical fault elimination including signal monitoring:
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