Find Parts Faster with Flexible Parts Search

Enable Engineers to find parts their way with a variety of powerful search methods

Like many tasks, searching is a personal activity – people search the way they think.  They need the opportunity to find parts their way – not the way they are told in some predefined structure. In order to have a successful reuse strategy, companies must have a flexible system for finding parts in many different ways.

In the O-ring example, you may search by material first, but you search for a nut initially by its dimensions. With intelligent part search capabilities, users are provided with a wide variety of modern search methods to meet their needs making it easy to find the part they are looking for.

Geometric Search: Geometric Similarity Search compares parts according to their respective CAD geometries.  Beginning with a 3D CAD model as a reference part, you can browse the whole database for similar CAD components just like a search engine, with results showing the nearest parts in shape and size similarity.

Sketch Search: Sketch Search quickly guides engineers to the right component, even if they do not know the right description. Users know what they are looking for, but they often don’t know what it is called. In order to find the required part, it may sometimes be easier to quickly draw a rough sketch of the type of part they are looking for instead of describing it. No CAD system is required. With a simple 2D sketch you can draw the component you are looking for and immediately receive all relevant results.

Topology Search: Topology search allows you to browse the whole database for properties and dimensions of components which match the component you need. Simply enter attributes like length, width and diameter and receive class-encompassing search results that correspond to your requirements.

Color Search: Color search enables engineers and purchasers to look for components by selected colors.

Full-text Search capability: Full-text search provides users with the most powerful way to perform a “traditional” search. It’s based on the simple principle of searching via key words, aka “Googling”. Modern Standard Parts Management methods use the enriched metadata from various parts databases, both internally and externally, to make finding the right part fast and easy. This method also checks search terms for spelling errors and proposes similar terms, referencing not only component data, but also contents of table data for the most complete result.