Check-Mate is a very powerful tool in Siemens NX and is often overlooked. It provides an automated, customizable tool that aids in proactively improving product quality. Check-Mate has capabilities ranging from a simple spell check on all notes and annotations to reporting WAVE-linked objects in an assembly and the WAVE link status. While there are over 300 standard checkers, Check-Mate also allows the user to set up customized design checking to ensure all projects comply with their Company’s standards. For example, if your company works with layers frequently, a customized check can be set up to check if the specified layers or layer categories contain the object types to which they are mapped.
Check-Mate can be run interactively or in batch mode. Hence, hundreds of parts can be validated without any human interaction. It eliminates manual, error-prone processes that require designers to remember standards, requirements, and validation procedures. This enables designers to discover errors earlier in the product development process. Therefore, Check-Mate results in increased product quality while also reducing the product development time.
There are a variety of standard checkers to choose from, and once tests are chosen and run, you will see the results in the ‘results’ section of the Check-Mate tab. While most tests will return a pass or fail result, some tests can pass with information or warnings. As you can see in the image below, the ‘Suppressed feature’ test passed with information. Thus, the test will provide you with information such as which feature is suppressed, and which part contains the suppressed feature.
The Check-Mate tool doesn’t stop there however. On top of it all, they’ve even added an option to generate an external log file for you. You can find this option when in the “Set Up Tests” dialog box, under the “Run Options” tab as seen below.
Once your tests have been executed, Check-Mate will generate an ‘.xml’ file for you, which contains a report of the results. You can open these files with a variety of programs, including internet explorer. Below is a snippet of what the results look like when opened with internet explorer.
Additionally, if you are not satisfied with how the external log file displays the results, there is a Quality Dashboard utility (QDASH) that allows you to create custom report templates. This utility allows you to produce tables and graphs that can easily illustrate what parts are failing what checks and records that information. It can also collect quality metrics to show improvements or problem trends. Therefore, this report generator allows you to specifically choose what information to display and how to display it.
For more information or a demo of NX Check-Mate contacts your local account manager.
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