The June EPICS newsletter is now available. This newsletter contains the 2017-2018 Wishlist results, a request for feedback on the forthcoming Die Maintenance Module, future EUC information, and EPICS training opportunities.
Major update 9.6 is now available. It includes the new Notifications feature and many important fixes. Read all about it in the May EPICS Newsletter.
Jim Foy is celebrating 50 years of service to the Aluminum Extrusion Industry. Read Light Metal Age's feature article on Jim.
The current release of EPICS is 18.104.22.168
EPICS includes an optional Die Drawing Viewer -- FastLook Plus®, from Kamel Software Inc. Simply by right-clicking on a die number, the die drawing will appear on the EPICS screen.
This feature works from most EPICS screens, including:
. Die Inquiry
. Die Copy Inquiry
. Sales Order Item Inquiry
. Work Orders
. Press Data Collection
. Other Department Data Collection
. Packing Tickets
You can give selected users a limited redlining (markup) capability. This will allow them to add notes that will appear with the drawing. These notes are not saved in the AutoCad drawing, but are kept in a separate file and displayed on a drawing when viewed from EPICS.
Your engineers can also take advantage of FastLook's extensive redline capability. To do this, they can run FastLook outside of EPICS, where they can add sketches, hatches, color files, symbols, and much more.
The EPICS Drawing Viewer works with AutoCAD® DWG files. It will also work with CGM, DXF, BAK, HPGL, SLD, RLC, TIFF, GIF, TGA, PCX, DIB, RLE, BMP, and WMF files. So if you simply want to create scanned images of your drawings, the EPICS Drawing Viewer will display them.
Let's say you are inquiring on a particular die, and have the Die screen displayed. If you want to see the die drawing, you right-click on the die number.
EPICS then searches your network for the proper die drawing. It could be an AutoCad file, or it could be a scanned image of a manual drawing. In either case, EPICS will locate and display the drawing. Initially, the drawing appears in the Full-Page ("Zoom Extents") mode, displaying the entire drawing.
Once the drawing is displayed, the user can zoom in on any part of it. If he has permission, he can also add notes, notes with leaders, or "sticky notes" that will be displayed with the drawing. And he can print the drawing with the click of a button.
Drawings for Fabrication and drawings for Packing can also be displayed in the same manner. And the displays do not have to be drawings - they can be digital photos. This is especially useful to display packing information.