San Jose, CA – Catalog Data Solutions (CDS) announced that ASCO Valve has implemented 4 CDS Configurators on the www.ascovalve.com home page. The configurators cover the configuration and 3D CAD model delivery of 2-Way 8262/8263 Series Valves, Redundant Control Systems, Condensate Drain Valves and 8290 Actuated Globe Valves. The configurators (with patent-pending Visual Constraint Feedback™) enable custom online design by customers, distributors and ASCO Valve staff.
“The configurators that CDS is building for us provide ‘expert systems’ that integrate deep knowledge of our products and enable an advanced user experience, available 24X7, to the design engineer. They save the engineer time in selecting the right product and immediately providing a 3D CAD model to use in their design so they don’t have to redraw it,” said Craig Patterson, Director Engineering Services, ASCO Valve Americas. “Additionally they simplify our order processing and reduce order returns by eliminating invalid configurations. We chose CDS for rapid delivery, price competitiveness, the innovative Visual Constraint Feedback™ interface, and the CAD download capability.”
“Most configurators available today force users to follow a sequential process, in which earlier decisions eliminate future options — usually without the user knowing the implications of each decision (i.e. if you select X you are giving up option Y in selection Z). This leads to tedious back tracking and repetition for the designer. In contrast CDS’s configurators include Visual Constraint Feedback™ which makes you aware of what effects any selection has on your future choices. As a result design becomes a parallel rather than a serial process and the order of design decisions is totally at the discretion of the designer even for complex and sophisticated products like those of ASCO Valve,” said John Major, CEO of Catalog Data Solutions.
Studies show that nearly all designers and engineers now use the Internet to locate components for their new designs. Interactive online configuration of even the most complex or parametric engineering products are easily created with Catalog Data Solutions configurators. For interactive ease of use, ease of setup, 2D or 3D graphics and on screen visibility of interdependent selections or exclusions nothing betters a CDS configurator.
Catalog Data Solutions Inc.
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