Flight Case Design Software Manual

Flight Case Design Software Manual
Flight Case Design Software
Penn Elcom GmbH
Manual
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Table of Contents
Introduction............................................................................................................................................. 4
Concept ................................................................................................................................................... 4
Installation and Activation ...................................................................................................................... 5
Activation ............................................................................................................................................ 5
System Specifications .......................................................................................................................... 6
User interface .......................................................................................................................................... 7
Basic inputs.............................................................................................................................................. 8
Company data ..................................................................................................................................... 8
Construction Options .............................................................................................................................. 9
Wood cutting ................................................................................................................................... 9
Cases with linings .......................................................................................................................... 10
Hybrid-Profiles ............................................................................................................................... 10
Tolerances ..................................................................................................................................... 10
Partitions ....................................................................................................................................... 11
Position Buttons ............................................................................................................................ 11
Width depth and height of racks ................................................................................................... 12
Cost Calculations ............................................................................................................................... 13
Databases .............................................................................................................................................. 14
Fittings database ............................................................................................................................... 14
Wood ............................................................................................................................................. 15
Wheel Assemblies ......................................................................................................................... 15
Foams ............................................................................................................................................ 16
User Parts ...................................................................................................................................... 16
Automatic Price List Update .......................................................................................................... 17
Case database.................................................................................................................................... 18
Create price lists ............................................................................................................................ 18
Preset database ................................................................................................................................. 19
Customer Database ........................................................................................................................... 19
Create Cases - basic concept ................................................................................................................. 20
Case types, presets, and import files ................................................................................................ 20
Presets ............................................................................................................................................... 20
Cases .................................................................................................................................................. 21
Import files ........................................................................................................................................ 21
Calculate Cases ...................................................................................................................................... 22
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Create New Case or Preset ................................................................................................................ 22
Load case or preset ........................................................................................................................... 23
Store case .......................................................................................................................................... 23
Select basic components ................................................................................................................... 25
Enter dimensions ............................................................................................................................... 27
Parts Placement................................................................................................................................. 28
Wheels ............................................................................................................................................... 30
Extra components ............................................................................................................................. 30
Interior................................................................................................................................................... 32
Foam selection .................................................................................................................................. 32
Partitions ........................................................................................................................................... 32
Foam inserts ...................................................................................................................................... 33
Calculations and analysis ....................................................................................................................... 35
Calculation ......................................................................................................................................... 35
Parts List ............................................................................................................................................ 35
Correspondence ................................................................................................................................ 35
Choose Customer .............................................................................................................................. 35
Add Case ............................................................................................................................................ 35
Select a document ............................................................................................................................. 35
Add images and attachments ............................................................................................................ 36
Loading and saving documents ......................................................................................................... 36
Print or send documents ................................................................................................................... 36
Document parking ............................................................................................................................. 36
Graphical functions ............................................................................................................................... 37
Background color............................................................................................................................... 37
Background Options .......................................................................................................................... 37
Screen ................................................................................................................................................ 38
Create your own images.................................................................................................................... 38
Ordering module ................................................................................................................................... 39
Selection of components:.................................................................................................................. 39
Load and Save.................................................................................................................................... 39
Electronic Order ................................................................................................................................ 39
Case Types ............................................................................................................................................. 40
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Introduction
The Penn-Elcom Casedesigner software begins a new era in flightcase construction. At last, it is
possible to visualize case designs in the planning stage including 2 or 3D representations and full 360
degree rotation, and at the same time generate sheet cutting sizes, a list of all the component parts
and their cost. Whether you are making similar cases repeatedly or ‘one offs’ the user design
interface is clear, simple to use and a sheer joy to work with, enabling cases to be designed and made
faster and easier, saving you time effort and avoiding costly mistakes by obtaining customer approval
to finilazed designs and specifications.
Concept
Penn Elcom Case Designer is not "just" a 3D program for accurately representing flight cases, but in
addition also provides a complete customizable solution with calculations of all possible designed
outcomes by the consistent use of modern means of communication to present.
Due to the simplicity of operation, it is possible to create a case in minutes, to calculate dimensions
and create parts lists, quotes or invoices. Thus, the planning time is reduced considerably. And time is
money. Nearly all input is done visually. A case is created by selecting objects that are placed on
drawing surfaces. Of course, the mouse is very central to the operation. You make only a few basic
inputs such as the internal dimensions via the keyboard. In addition, the program facilitates the use
of pre-construction (preconfigured default cases) or the creation of new cases. If you create a preset
case, it is usually takes a few seconds to finish.
Every effort has been placed on the output functions. Cases are of course printed out with part- or
spreadsheet lists. Additionally, you can pass on offers, delivery notes, purchase orders or invoices in
various ways to customers. So you can as an example create pdfs separately. Alternatively, they can
also be emailed directly from the program to the client. All documents can of course also be printed.
The preview module gives the opportunity to look at the documents again and check them before
sending / printing. You can also add images of the designed case to all documents.
External data can be easily processed with the program. Thus, cases of other CaseDesigners, sales
representatives or presets from the PE CaseDesigner website can be read in seconds. In addition, you
can send a created case file directly to a colleague or other person so that he can process it.
To round off the PE CaseDesigner has an ordering moduleto send the fitting-orders via direct data
transfer to Penn Elcom.
Personalization of all price lists (including special prices) are made by converter and saves hours of
tedious typing.
The aim of the PE case designer is easily formulated. The case manufacturer uses the simple
operation of the program as an additional super tool, which can cope with both special and recurring
tasks such as planning, estimating, creating lists or to-scale presentation of its products in the
shortest possible time. This includes the use of modern communication channels, many of them
available directly to Penn Elcom CaseDesigner.
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Installation and Activation
Before first use, it is essential to install the .Net Framework from Microsoft.
Microsoft .NET Framework 4
This is an extension to Windows, by Microsoft. The framework allows for much faster computers,
graphic representation. The CaseDesigner will not function without this. On most modern computers
from Win 7 on, the Framework is already installed. If you do not know whether it exists on your
computer, it’s easily installed. There are no known disadvantages to .net, it allows older computers
to use contemporary graphic methods, as required by 3D software. All the latest software from
Windows 7 requires the .Net framework.
This software is provided free by Microsoft and can be downloaded here.
Download link:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17718
(It is absolutely necessary to install Microsoft .NET Framework 4)
Tip: you can click on this link with your mouse or copy/paste it into your browser address bar.
When you have completed this step, the CaseDesigner can now be installed.
To install, click the program “setupPECD.exe”. The installer will ask during the installation process for
a password. This is obtained by registering at Penn-Elcom.
If the password entered is correct, the rest of PE Case Designer will be installed automatically. The
program will default to directory C:/PE CaseDesigner. This is for future automation of updates
necessary to keep your program up to date. It also shows the images created more easily later,
because the directory is at the highest level.
The program may not be installed in the subfolders programs, program files or program files (x86).
The PE CaseDesigner is now installed as a demo version. To enable the full version, you must activate
the program. This activation code you should have received from your local Penn Elcom sales.
Activation
In order to start the program in design mode, it must be activated. It does not matter whether you
are using a trial or full version. You should have received the activation key from PE sales, usually by
email. Enter the key code in the upper text box. Once you have entered the code, click the "Install"
button. The software will automatically be activated. Please ensure that your computer is connected
to the Internet.
Now the program should be activated. A key test will allow the use of the program for a specified
(trial) period. On the “Run time indicator” it is noted when the program starts. If you purchased the
product as a full version, this notice will no longer be active. Now close the activation window in
order to start the Penn Elcom CaseDesigner.
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System Specifications
Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7
2 Button Wheelmouse
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Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2003
Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2
SP1, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 3
o Windows XP SP3
o Windows Server 2003 SP2
o Windows Vista SP1 or Later
o Windows Server 2008 (Not supported on Server Core-Role)
o Windows 7
o Windows Server 2008 R2 (Not supported on Server Core-Role)
o Windows 7 SP1
o Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
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Architectures:
o x86
o x64
o ia64 (ia64: some features are not supported, such as WPF)
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Hardware Configuration:
o Minimum of 1G Processor or faster, with at least 500MB memory.
o Minium hard disk space:
 x86 – 850 MB
 x64 – 2 GB
At least 100MB is required for installation. The rest of the space is required for data, program and
image files.
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User interface
The user interface follows a new concept. Nearly all input is done visually.
There are three main windows:
1. The 3D window, where all the basic inputs are made, at the same time the case is presented.
2. The 2-D window
3. The interior window
There are more windows for database management, print or other sets of options. These are all
selected on the 3D window.
As mentioned above, the mouse has a central role in the operation. It should be a two-button mouse
with scroll wheel (mouse wheel).
In the 3D window the following mouse commands are important:
1. Left mouse button
If you hold down the left button, you can drag the case in all directions. With double click on
a side you go into the 2-D mode, in order to place movable components.
2. Right mouse button
The right button has a reset function. If you have zoomed in too large or too small, you can
simply reset to it’s original size and position.
3. Mouse Wheel
Use the mouse wheel zooms the case in and out, depending on which way the wheel is
rotated.
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Basic inputs
Before you get started on design detail, some basic data inputs need to be made. These are usually
entered only once. Later on, changes can be made. To Continue, enter the following data in the
required sections:
Company data
Construction (Design)
Calculation
Company data
Menu: Options / company data
At this point, enter all addresses, contacts and communications info for "your" company. Now enter
all the relevant information.
Fields that are used in expressions are marked by a tick. If you for example, have only one bank
account, add just the one field for a bank, otherwise leave blank. This is then printed with all
documents.
If proposals are to be sent via email, you will need to input your email info and password for your
email account or service, otherwise no case design docs can be emailed.
Very important:
Confirmation of the green check bar allows you to change the company data temporarily for testing
purposes, and will be reset every time you start the program. If you want to save your data
permanently, you must click the disk icon on the left below. Then all entries will be saved for the
current and future sessions.
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Construction Options
Open the menu and select options/construction:
All inputs on this window allow you to customize your CaseDesigner to your own specifications. You
can jump around to each input box by using the TAB key (or shift TAB to reverse) or mouse-clicking
on a box. The representation chosen here is simplified to show all fields.
Wood cutting
Use the first checkbox to select, if the individual sheets for your case are left in one complete piece
per side and will be divided later with a saw or router.
If you plan to cut all parts before routing, then do not check mark the first box.
If you have selected the first option and want to add the sawblade thickness to your calculation,
check the second checkbox as well. To an internal height of 500mm the sawblade thickness (example
3.0mm) will be added which makes a total size of 503mm. After cutting, the two sheets will then
again be the desired height of 500mm. The blade thickness can be adjusted according to your
personal circumstances.
If the sheets are cut split (first checkbox unchecked), this setting has no effect on the measurements.
As the last value in this section, you can specify a standard measure of cover (lid) cuts. You can recall
this value on the main screen by pushing this image.
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Cases with linings
The second section allows to generally reduce the total dimensions for all cases with linings by the
gap thickness of the edge extrusions to get the required dimensions. An example: A case with two
parts of 50 and 100 mm height would otherwise result in a total of 150mm + closing profile dim
(usually around 7-10mm), for example 158mm. This is a little to much compared to the desired
height of 150mm. So if you are setting the check mark on this option, you’ll get 150mm, because the
total height is reduced by the gap value of 8mm. The Case Designer automatically generates these
values, because it has saved all the values for edge and frame profiles in its database. This eliminates
the hassle of manually figuring or looking up specs in catalogs. This function refers to all lined cases,
including on rack or hood types.
Hybrid-Profiles
In this area you decide on general settings that apply hybrid location. As the CaseDesigner draws
absolutely to scale, it is crucial to determine on which part of the case (either lid or bottom) the high
part of the hybrid location is turned towards the outside. Changes will result logically in different
images. If you are using the profile as shown in figure A , select option 1, otherwise option 2 is the
right choice (shown in figure B). If you are using lidmaker profiles, the CaseDesigner automatically
detects the setting. Male and female profiles on this setting are not granted.
Tolerances
This is a special area that can save you a lot of mistakes with the correct settings. Of course, in
principle a 7mm and a 9mm-location profile can be combined as long as the profiles are from the
same group (either male / female or hybrid). In fact no one would really do that, unless he was
committing a clerical error. In order for these errors to be minimized, but allow combinations of
profiles (eg, 6.3 and 6.8 mm), we have given the CaseDesigner this function.
Wood with thickness of 6.5 mm for example is often used with profiles of 6.8 mm nominal size. The
profile fits better then when it has a little "gap". On the other hand, nobody wants to work with the
with values like 6.6 mm. In addition, it is hardly to adjust a saw so exactly.
The default values correspond to experience and are set to 0.3 / 1.2 mm by default.
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This setting thus allows for a 6.5 mm panel a profile in the range of 6.2 to 7.7 mm. Find the settings
that best suit your applications.
If you select profiles outside these limits, the CaseDesigner will show you this message in order to
avoid miscalculations.
As with the above-introduced combination of closing profile and wood dims, does the setting of the
closing profile tolerances work. You can decide, how much tolerance to allow. The measurements are
stored in the database and are used to check the closing lips of the profiled cases. The factory setting
allows under-and overruns of 0.5 mm. The program also recognizes, of course, through error checks
whether the type of profiles are generally allowed to be combined. Thus, a combination of hybrid
and male/female profiles is not possible, and is logically and immediately displayed as an error.
Partitions
In this section, you can select divider profiles and other materials for partitions and set them as
default. Set these selections to suit your needs. You can allways change these settings later or in the
design process, however - with this pre-selection you save many clicks.
Position Buttons
Here you enter the values that are available on the 2D screen for the
positioning of components. Since everyone here has his own preferences, this
area is completely open to choice.
Note: The position buttons will always appear a rounded value, so from a
position 44.4 mm the button will be labeled 44, In fact, the component is set to
44.4 mm, when this button is pressed.
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Width depth and height of racks
The first option decides about the depth of a rack. If you check this box, each rack is calculated as
follows:
If you enter 400mm for the depth of a rack, this value will represent the depth of a rack inbetween
the rack strips. This is usually useful, because the customer needs that space for equipment. If you
prefer to use the wood-cut as the basis for your calculations, uncheck the first option.
The setting of this checkbox will be used for the calculation of all Racks and L-racks.
In the next setting, you can decide whether the CaseDesigner has to calculate the width of racks
automatically. You can specify a fixed value here or select from the normal hole distance for 19-inch
equipment to perform this calculation automatically. The second feature is of course much more
flexible, because racks can then be calculated with different rack rails. However, here the width is
always automatically adjusted. If all racks, regardless of the rack rails always have the same width,
select option “Fixed Value”.
If, you’re always working with the same panels (e.g. 9mm) underneath the rack rails, checkmark the
box “Always add…”.
Set the desired value for these panels in the following textbox.
In the last section "Height of racks", enter your desired height for one rack unit. International
standards are customary 44.5 mm. This default value is also specified in the program. If you want to
change this value for any reason, you can do so here. It determines the heights of racks, if the next
option "automatically calculate the amount" is turned on. However, if you want to use your own
values, you have to edit the list at the bottom right.
Tip:
All functions in this section can be changed temporarily in one session. To confirm, select the green
check mark. For entries to be permanent, click the disk icon. Then all entries are saved on disk and
available for future use.
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Cost Calculations
In this section you can generate a valid cost for your product. The input values always correspond to
the selected currency.
Each parameter has a check calculation, which you can add to your spreadsheet. The values are quite
self-explanatory. Nevertheless, here are some definitions:
Manufacturing Costs:
MATERIAL PROCUREMENT:
No goods are free of cost. To include freight charges, here you can enter a percentage value that
takes account of these.
HOURLY WAGES
Enter the labor costs per hour.
NON-MFG HOURLY WAGES
In this area, setup times are considered. If for example Tools must be changed, goods cannot be
produced.
OTHER COSTS
Here you can set a fixed value allocation in your currency which is added to each case.
Cuttings
The CaseDesigner calculates the material prices very closely. Profile dimensions are given exactly. If
you are using Butterflies, the amount of needed location profile is reduced by the cutout width of
this component. As a case manufacturer, you also know that after all cut-outs, a small part remains
as a residual. This residual is used rarely, and therefore, unfortunately, lost material. A correct
calculation of this waste must therefore be taken into account as well. You can now specify material
values used in your business. The field represents the values for all panel materials - whether wood
or foam. “Waste Alu” includes loss on aluminum edges and closure strips and rack rails.
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Surcharges
First, you can set a premium on the materials used. This is then added into the calculation. You can
also add another surcharge on top of this by entering your desired value to the surcharges textbox.
Display prices
Here you determine the price that is displayed on the screen. If you for example make a presentation
to the client, you can also turn off the display price.
Databases
A total of five editable databases are available to manage your data.
Fittings database
This database includes all components that are used in the calculations of Case designs. The only
exceptions are the “extra components”, which are further described below.
All data table structures are the same. As you scroll through the respective data tables you get a
preview of each product. You can change various values. These changes are available only after you
save the record permanently. If there are many database changes, you may want to consider
restarting CaseDesigner again. The check mark in the bottom left corner has an important function.
By checking it, the changed contents will be reset at the next update. Most data tables are self
explanatory, however, features that are described:
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Wood
The wood database is freely editable. Penn Elcom provides the real current calibrated sheet
thicknesses. If you want to round off these values, you can do so here. Many manufacturers are
working with values of 6.5 mm in addition to a "round" value of 13 mm in total. In fact, the plate
thickness is a usually larger. You are free here to choose your own approach.
In the wood section, you can also change the screen display colors do this, press the button "color"
and then enter your own values.
Wheel Assemblies
The special feature in the data table “Wheel Boards” allows you to create complete assembly sets for
wheels and associated parts. The following figure shows the input options:
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"Weight" means the total weight of the roller assembly set without the mounting board. Here the
weights for the remaining hardware should also be included.
In the next input field, enter the total price of these materials, then the operating time required for
the complete wheel assembly.
In the lower section, the values for the carrier plate must be entered. Depending on the plate that
was chosen here, the results will vary for different weights. The Case Designer program will calculate
the carrier plate dims, depending on the current entries.
If you use wheel assembly strips, you can also specify the width of this design, and the database will
generate a list of required values.
Foams
A variety of foam materials are stored in the database. Because these materials can also have
different densities, the CaseDesigner uses a value called “value A - pressed”. This is used for the
dimension calculation. You can edit each foam form and adapt it to your specific design.
User Parts
This table is of particular importance, as it allows you to store items such as Logos, Service Panels,
Special parts by other Manufacturers, basically you can develop your own components here, items
that are not included by default. To obtain a representation of these components in your case design,
click the icon. This will open a dialog that allows you to map the components and include its image.
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Important
The images must be in the directory C: / PE Case Designer/ Userpics and in .png file format, oterwise
they are not usable and will be diplayed as a blank space.
Tip:
On one-use components, you can easily capture them under the heading "Extras" in the respective
flight case calculation.
Please note:
Because of the large number of parameters that are required by the program in any associated
design, and the risk factors of erroneous information input, there is a possibility that the program
may crash. What you configure here does not include basic materials (wood, edges and shutter
profiles, L-shapes and corners). If you choose to overide the specific default values provided by Penn
Elcom, or you require other alternatives, you will need to scale similar items manually. You can edit
items if necessary in name and price base.
Automatic Price List Update
This feature item is only required if you need an updated price list. Penn Elcom provides you with this
automated feature. This offers you the possibility to create your own price list of any special rates
with a single click in the CaseDesigner.
This will save valuable time. In addition, your calculations are also always up to date.
Your default price list is included when buying the Casedesigner by email. Copy this file to the
directory C: /PE Case Designer/updates. By clicking on the button at the top left, your customer price
list is imported. If the file exists, it will automatically be included and updated if the "Update" button
is used. The program will automatically update all the rest.
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It will replace all the prices at which a check mark is placed in the field(s) before updating. Wait for
the completion of the update.
Do not perform any other you work at this time. The process should not exceed two minutes. After a
successful update, please close the window.
You must restart the case designer now to put the changes into effect.
Case database
Here you can manage the created cases. The sorting can be changed by clicking the column headings.
You also find a search function at the top right. Here you enter the search term or part thereof, to
start press the Enter key or click the magnifying glass. The first data row, which corresponds to the
input search criteria will pop up.
You can also select records by clicking on them in the table.
To edit a record, enter the new values in the text boxes above. By clicking on the floppy disk icon, the
changed data is stored in the database.
Create price lists
In Case Database window, you can create your own price lists. To do this, click on the printer icon at
the bottom right. In the next dialog you can choose to create the kind of list you want. In addition,
you can choose to output in in a list format. Besides being able to print the document, you can create
an Excel file.
When choosing this option with the basic price list, a price list is generated that gives information on
the basic prices of your cases.
Selecting "premiums," expands the window and shows you the instructions stored in the spreadsheet
calculation parameters for your premiums. For a standard price list, you should accept these values.
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However if you want to create a special list for a customer, you can change the values. The stored
calculation parameters are not changed by any changes or additions here.
Preset database
The preset database is organized just like the case database. Of course you can also change values in
order to structure your database.
Customer Database
The customer database is by default used as all other databases in the program. Again, there is a
search box that allows you to filter specific records. With the "plus sign" at the bottom right you can
add new records in this database. Enter all your customer data and confirm by clicking on the
"diskette icon". It is important to select or not select the "Country" box, because that will decide
whether or not VAT is calculated. For "Domestic customers" the box should be not marked, to add
VAT to the documents.
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Create Cases - basic concept
Case types, presets, and import files
First, it is important to recognize the format which the CaseDesigner creates and loads.
there are three ways to load and store cases. They differ primarily by their later use.
Presets
In general, approximately 90% of flight cases are not designed from scratch, but copied on the basis
of existing proven templates, often by changing a few dimensions to provide form and fit.
The Penn Elcom CaseDesigner uses this basic principle of saved design templates with a changeable
separate database to accomplish quick flight case design generation.
When you design a new case with presets, you will only need to change the desired internal
dimensions and construction plans are created. Components such as locks, hinges and handles that
are included from the Penn Elcom database are positioned automatically, and are set at preset
positions according to the model selected.
The database contains a number of presets. These essentially follow proven methods of construction
of well-known flight case manufacturers.
More presets models will be available in the future and provided on our website for download.
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Cases
“Cases” are special calculations. A special calculation (case) should be stored as a case if it is unique.
It is advisable to save a calculation as a preset model, if it will be used as a template.
Import files
You can import a CaseDesigner file and also save it as a preset or case.
Example: You are at a client and the CaseDesigner is installed on your notebook. With your client you
work out a solution and you want to start production immediately. The program offers editors the
opportunity to send the case data via email to others. You can for example send the case data file
directly to your factory. Seconds later, your colleague opens the file you’ve sent and start production.
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Calculate Cases
Create New Case or Preset
If you want to create a new case, click on the button right below the main screen. In the dialog which
follows, select the options provided to create your new case calculation. If a case will be created
based on an existing preset, select the options described in Figure 1, if you want to create a case by
type, select the setting described in Figure 2.
The following case types are available:
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Hinged Lid Case
Lift Lid Case
Double Door Rack
Single Door Rack
2D L-rack type 1
2D L-rack type 2
Triple Door Rack
Split Lid Case
Due to the variation of these basic models (with more options), it is possible to create dozens of
different designs.
You also have the opportunity to change the values provided for the automatic calculation of build
time. This comes in handy if you have a production run of many of the same case types. The selection
in Figure 3 gives the automatic time calculation for single or multiple builds, unchecking this causes
the feature to be disabled. You can enter your own build time value here, id you don’t want to use
the default automatic calculation.
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Load case or preset
You can load case models or presets which you have created. In addition, cases can be imported.
Again, you can turn off the automatic time calculation based on your requirements.
Store case
All case (design) calculations can be saved in the database or even exported. The illustration below
shows the different ways to save your data.
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In export functions, the data can be saved in the following formats:
As Excel CSV: This format allows you to further process your data in an enterprise resource planning
program. The file is saved in the default subdirectory ImExport. You can also choose another.
In addition, you can save the calculation as a CaseDesigner file. This can be opened by any
CaseDesigner program worldwide.
The last option allows you to send the case file as an email attachment. This allows users at different
locations to share files easily. Please note that your computer must have an Internet connection to
use this option.
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Select basic components
If you load a preset or case, the values for the basic materials are already available. To create a new
case, however, you must make the selection of materials needed. You click on the following icon,
which can appear in three variations:
All components are chosen
properly
All components selected, but
there are deviations of the radii
None or not all the components
chosen
Through the different characters that "accompany" the icon, you immediately have an overview of
whether a correct selection was made.
In the following window you will see a group of components you must select to create a case.
You can see at this screen if components are selected. Not yet selected areas are labeled above the
left with a red question mark. To change this, we click on the images and now select the desired
material.
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Select components by scrolling the mouse wheel down until you have reached your selection.
Alternatively, there is also a search box available to enter a part item number. This need not
necessarily be the beginning of a number. In the example above a search was made for "C1339", we
entered only “1339”. So if you know only a part of the article number that’s enough to find the
component.
Now select your components and materials for all areas.
On some hardware, additional information is displayed showing the radius of a component. There
are three different radii, which are indicated by the following symbols:
In order for consistency and the the parts to fit perfectly, you should only use
components of the same radius. Fittings with radius R3 and two other dims also offer
a good combination.
A special feature is the chain between the two ball corners. If this function is set,
you must select only one corner. The second corner of the field is then also assigned
to this value. If you want to use different corners, you simply loosen the chain. If all
entries are correct, you can now enter the next step and enter size and components
placed on the case.
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Enter dimensions
In the boxes on the left you can enter the interior dimensions of your case. In each case, this area
according to the required data is presented differently. The view below shows the input box for a
Hinged Lid Case.
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In addition for racks, frame depths inputs are available. The stored values for rack heights and depths
can be also selected via a selection box. By default, racks contain a 19" symbol. If this is shown with a
check mark, the measurements are always based on the default rack values, which you’ve set
previous in the construction options.
To create a rack with inner lining, click the 19” icon. The values are then valid on the entire case.
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Parts Placement
To edit a case and add components to be placed on it, click twice on each side of the case to be
processed. This will open the 2-D screen, where you can add components and loacte them
accordingly. To place a component on your case, click on the "fittings-book" at the bottom left. After
that, a selection box will open with ten
component groups. Select by clicking on it, the
part you want to place on your case. The search
function in the groups makes it easier to search
components. You can also enter a part of search
term to find a component. After you select your
part, it will be placed on the case. By holding
down the left mouse button to move the
component, you can rotate it by clicking the
button above the right direction, to delete a component, use the "delete" icon at top right. There are
several placement assistance tools available:
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Position buttons. You can click these for easy alignment of a component.
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In the four fields (top left), you can choose to determine the distances of the selected
component of any case.
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In addition, helplines are switchable that allow you to align your part easier.
If two sides of the same design
case, it is easier to use the builtin advantage of copying. You
can find this button at top right.
Click on it to copy the components to create the opposite side. All components on the opposite side
are then deleted and replaced with a copy of your current view there. To carry out detailed drawings,
there is a "zoom bar" below right, in which
you can zoom in on details to allow for
editing. After you made all entries, click the
"check" at the top right to return to the
main screen. The case has modified by your
changes and the associated components are
now added to the existing case.
Tip: components can be duplicated by selecting a component and pressing the right mouse button.
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A special feature is the placement of butt hinges. These can be found in the "Fitting Book" for hinges.
After you have chosen a hinge, it opens a dialog box in
which its length is entered. Rather than estimate this
value, you can also measure and then add it in the
input field. The measuring function is carried out with
a rubber band, which is automatically switched on
when displaying the dialogue. To measure, use the
mouse to the point where the hinge is to begin. Then
press the left button and hold it down. Now move
your mouse to the point where the hinge is to end. It
does not matter whether you measure from left to
right or from right to left, the measured value is stored
even while moving the mouse in
the box. Choose one of the two
radio buttons, whether you want
to determine horizontal or
vertical values. By clicking on the
green check you'll create a piano
hinge to the desired length. The rubber band is always available in the program. If you should need it
in other drawings, simply place a checkmark in the Options window top left, and you’ll have the
feature available. In this option you can turn off and change other display options to on and off.
The other images on this page show a list of butterflies as well as an overview of the 2D screen. Once
you have placed all the required fittings, exit the 2D screen by clicking the green check mark to the
right above. All inputs are now applied and the case is re-drawn and re-calculated.
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Wheels
If you are providing a case with wheels, click on the "Options" icon in the "Wheels" section. Now you
have the choice between wheelboards and corner castors.
Wheelboards: Choose from one of your previousely created wheel sets, by clicking on it in the
current selection. This will give you a preview of this selection. If you satisfied with it, click the
"refresh" button at the bottom to create the wheel set.
Edge and corner castors: Alternatively you can use these types of wheels in your construction. Select
the desired model, and then decide in what position they are to be placed. For orientation, a labeled
case will be displayed, with positions indicated. The field "offset" is used to adjust the distance
between the selected wheels and the Case edge. Again, you have to use the "refresh button" button
to save your entries.
Extra components
Select the "Extra components" to add items to your case that are not included in the database.
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With the "plus" icon above right you can add the extra components. This may be an own component
or an existing hardware component from Penn Elcom. To add a Penn Elcom component, please click
on the catalogue icon top right. This opens a selection list, to include all available components.
Product information is available online for individual fittings, by clicking on the appropriate record
and moving the mouse over the "info box". This information is provided to you by Penn Elcom online,
and allows you to find the latest images, specs and drawings. To use the feature your computer must
be online.
After you have found a product, you can add it to the “Extras” by double-clicking it. Every item that
you've added will have all details associated with it. At the bottom of the window you can enter
additional comments and instructions, which may be important for your case design. Confirm your
entries with a click the "green check" at the bottom right in order to permanently keep them in your
database. The "Extras-Plus-sign" is now provided with a small green check mark. This indicates that
you have entered something to the Extras area. All the extra components now are added to your
design calculation, again, click the "refresh" button to create.
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Interior
Foam selection
To view a case internally, select the inside view icon. If it displays a small transparent case with no
foam or dividers that indicates that no foam or dididers are added to the case. If the green check
mark is on, it means that you’ve already entered values to this section.
No Interior Exists
Interior Available
Clicking on the icon enables opens an inside view of a case or rack. You will now be able to add any
foam to the base or frame(rack) of the case. Basically entries are always copied the cover (lid). This
can be seen in the "chain" icon at top right. So you need to make entries only once.
You can pad all cases internally with foam. If you want to change the internal dimensions of your
cases, you can do this again at this point. These values are then transferred to the main screen.
Options available to line your case:
All foam same:With this option, all compartments are lined with the same material.
Single lining: If you want to edit only one case wall, click on it to select the materials for it.
Interior dimensions are allways available after lining is inserted. In addition, you will find a small
picture on the bottom left which shows the case outside dimensions.
If you unlock the chain, you will have the opportunity to line the lid differently. You can determine
now which pieces of foam you put in the lid. If the lining of the lid(s) is different to the base(frame),
this is indicated by a green check mark on the chain symbol.
Partitions
If you select the type Hinged Lid Case, there is an option available to place dividers. Click on the
button and choose the partition wall material and the attachment type. You can add partition walls
by clicking on the "blue plus-symbol". This has now formed another compartment in the case.
Above, an extra input box for the thickness of this compartment is displayed. If you want to take the
width from the first compartment, then you can use the "123" button above left. This means that all
dimensions of the selected field will be transferred to the new.
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It is important in cases with multiple parts to use a reference field. This reference field is a master
field, which all calculations follow. It is shown with a red border. This internal reference field
determines the total amount, and will change when other parts are taken away or added. The
reference field is always preserved regardless of changes.
Example: In one case there are two fields with the dimensions of 300x300x100 and 200x300x100.
You want to line the larger compartment with foam. The smaller case will be only have the base lined
with foam. We choose 20mm foam for the left field. This is our reference field, it now has the desired
internal dimensions, while the smaller box now has an internal depth of 340mm. The program
calculates the data from the reference field. If we now define the second field as a reference field,
this has the depth of 300mm, while the left-lined box that is no longer used as a reference field, is
now only 260mm deep.
Remember that only the reference field is the base for the case size, because it defines the area
required for whatever is to be packed. Other fields are logically subordinate to this, because they e.g.
are marked only for accessories. Therefore, the CaseDesigner always uses the dims from the
reference field.
Foam inserts
If you want to place one or more of the available range of foam parts in your case, press top right on
the "Inserts" button. This opens a dialog box where you can assign one or more inserts parts. The
actual size of the inserts will be displayed in the dialog. The case interior height, however, differs
from most from these, as protruding parts of the device to be placed in the foam will change this. In
the database, these values
are stored, so as to be
always
available
for
calculations. You can adapt
the standard inputs to your
requirements. If you work in
the ‘interior’ view, the value
is displayed in the "height"field. Of course you can
change this parameter.
Remember, however, that a
change in height can change the insert part so it will not fit into the case. By default, the initial values
in the database are read only when loading. In the dialog, you can determine whether an insert is to
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be placed horizontally or vertically, and in which compartment it will be placed. When you are
finished with the entries, confirm by pressing the green check. After the foam inserts are placed in
the case, the total size is adjusted.
Options
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Chain closed: the lid and bottom of lined cases are the same.
Open chain: cover (lid) has a different lining.
Glue the Foam below or parallel to the edge extrusion
Inserts: You can select foam inserts that you want to place in your case.
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Calculations and analysis
Calculation
The program provides extensive opportunities to evaluate your calculations. You can select the menu
item "Documents" in the main window. The "calculation" tab makes available the materials and costs
in list form, including the manufacturing cost and final price. This view allows you to print. In
addition a "zoom" button is available that allows you to specify the display size. All resultant
calculations are based on your specifications and inputs.
Parts List
Before you view the parts list, select which areas you want detailed. Select sections to specify how
the list will look and print. You can use this window to change the case data by clicking on the "Edit"
function. If you want to add images to your printouts, select "images" and add them. They will then
be displayed in the partslist. Click on the "green check" to generate the list. You can now view and
print.
Correspondence
To print or send documents to clients from this program, select the Documents menu, then select
"Correspondence".
Choose Customer
Build a new document first by selecting “New Document” from the menu. Choose the document type
which you want to create from the combobox top right (default is set to “quotation”).
Then select the customer you want to send the document to. You can either fill in the fields at the
top left or choose a customer who is already in the database. Click on the "book" to do this. Now you
can select a customer and edit. For foreign customers, value added tax or VAT may not be calculated.
To set this option, check on the "Country" option. As default this option should be already set in the
database.
Add Case
To add the calculated case to a document, choose the “blue plus” you find in the menu section
“Positions”. You can also add other items. Select the option "Add other items". If you want to add an
earlier created case from the database, do this with the "second" symbol. This will load the Case. You
can edit this case now, or directly place it into your docs.
Select a document
Under “Options” you will find the text files for the respective documents. You can set your e-mail
texts and texts for other document types. It is recommended to edit these texts at program start,
then save them by clicking the "diskette icon". You can change the document's title and its contents.
Save your work by clicking on the "diskette icon" to make these specifications available for the next
program start.
In this section you can also set the backgrounds of your documents. You can choose your own images
here. The CaseDesigner offers two templates which you can change according to your personal
needs.
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Furthermore you can edit all document headinges and their shortform in this section. Also the
starting numbers of your documents can be edited or reset here.
Add images and attachments
You can add 2 images to each document and one e-mail attachment. Select from below on the left.
Loading and saving documents
Before you proceed you have to save your document first. Without saving you cant print or email,
because the document does not exist yet. Press the "diskette icon" in the menu “database”. A
document number is selected automaticaly by the program. You can also store a document as an
external file. In that case you’ll have to input your own document number. Documents can be
accessed at any time by clicking on the menu item "Load". Please note that the currently displayed
document will not be saved when closing, you should always save so you do not loose a document.
Print or send documents
In addition to printing your documents, you can send your documents either by e-mail or by creating
a PDF, which can be used in other applications. If you have filled in an email address in the customer
record in the database field "Email", it should be shown here. You can add additional addresses in
the "cc" field by placing a checkmark here. Clicking on “Me” will send a cc to yourself.
Document parking
All data in the correspondence module remains in memory, if you minimize it using the “minus-icon”
top right. This creates an icon at the bottom left and will be visible and can be accessed at any time
for further processing. If you close the document window with the “red-x” icon, data will be lost. A
dialog displays you a warning in that case.
Note: If you want to create multiple invoices with the Casedesigner, you must add an invoice number
or order number to each document. This is done by selecting and entering data into the "order
number".
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Graphical functions
Background color
You can choose "your" own background color. Select the “background color” button in the menu
“Options”. You can now select the two colors (top-bottom) with which the gradient is created. You
can also create single-color backgrounds. Set both values the same. If you prefer a transparent
background, check this option. Save your settings with one click from the disk icon.
Background Options
On the main screen you will find the blue "arrow" symbol. If you click it, you get a variety of
background options to choose from. You can now choose different layers, choose the background
color from eight preset or move to the case. Note that these settings apply only for the current
session and will not be saved.
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TIP: If you have selected one color or have a gradient background activated, you can disable it by
clicking on the "T". Thus the background is transparent, so your case appears to blend in the
background in every page.
Screen
In the icon bar at the bottom center you will find some additional functions:
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Full screen mode: Click here to clear the display fields and click again to display.
Folding: Select this to display the external dimensions of the case. These data will be saved to
your images.
E = mc ²: Here you can see how the case was calculated.
Catalogue: Click the Penn Elcom fittings catalog to give you further information about
products.
Globe: Visit Penn Elcom's website.
Info button: You can access further information and the manual of your case designer.
Create your own images
In many areas of the program you can create images of your work and save it. This is
not just a simple screenshot, in which all areas of the screen are included, but a
copy of the case or the view without the surrounding elements. Only the selected
parameters for backgrounds or measurement will be included. These images are
then available for all your presentations.
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Ordering module
In using the order module, refer to the main menu option "Documents / order fittings". Above left
you will see your own customer data at Penn Elcom and the current order number. Add an item by
clicking on the "+" symbol on the left.
Selection of components:
Select a list view where so you can see all orderable Penn Elcom products. The search function allows
you to find products more easily. You also have the option to click on the column headings in order
to get more sorting options. If it is a discontinued line, this is marked with a check mark. If a
replacement item is available, you find it in the "substitute" section. If you find an item to select, you
can move the mouse to the "Info" button to receive additional product information. You can
preview images and additional information of your selected items online from Penn Elcom's website.
Please keep in mind that the computer must be online to use this option.
Load and Save
This option will help designers in finding the correct ordering solution. Depending on the sales item,
values are rounded to the right amount. For sheet materials, where values can vary, you can choose
the "Selection Bar" and make the right inputs. When you finished making your order, you will see the
total cost of the order below. You can save this order and use it again.
Electronic Order
The placement of the order to Penn Elcom works by remote data transmission by clicking on the
"envelope" to send the order. You can also add comments.
If you require a different delivery address, you can add this by clicking on "Edit" and selecting the
check mark.
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Case Types
Hinged Lid Case
Lift Lid Case
Double Door Rack
Single Door Rack
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L-Rack 2D Type1
L-Rack 2D Type2
Triple Door Rack
Split Lid Case
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