2012 POY Finalists: Apps For Engineers
Finalists in the Apps for Engineers category for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year competition.
Product Cost Management Software Application
aPriori 2011r2 is a software platform that helps manufacturers attack reduce product costs and accelerate time to market by equipping design, engineering, sourcing and manufacturing professionals with the ability to quickly and precisely determine the cost of a part or complete product. Leveraging CAD and intelligent cost models, users can quickly generate detailed product cost estimates and quantify the cost impact of changes to product design, materials, manufacturing processes, volumes and locations. The latest release expands these capabilities with the ability to cost products with high-tolerance machining requirements and to create detailed tooling cost estimates for components.
Product and technical information application
The POWEREDGE mobile application provides real-time access to Eaton’s electrical catalogs, videos, and training. Electrical products can now be searched, selected, and located from an Apple device. The application is created to engage, educate, and enable users to find the product and technical information. Through the POWEREDGE mobile application, users can learn more about Eaton’s products with direct access to the electrical product catalog. The design of the application helps users find information on solutions to improve reliability, efficiency, and safety of systems they manage.
HMI software application
The Wonderware InTouch 2012 software is the primary application of the company’s InFusion Enterprise Control System. The software offers users the ability to quickly and easily create standardized, reusable HMI and real-time decision support applications. The application’s graphics, ease of use, efficiency, and support allow users to help drive business optimization.
Mobile App for Process Environments
The iQagent is an application that enables users to display live process data, documents, and resources about a given point of interest (POI) while connected to the plant wireless network. POIs are configured on the plant floor and then are tagged using a QR Code. POIs contain a Data View showing live process values and Info View containing links to documents and resources. On the plant floor, users can scan the QR Code and view data or other resources.
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