Q: Can I see a live demo of KBEWorks?
A: Yes, register for a demo on our website. You will be contacted to schedule a time and date for a web demo.
Q: Can I try KBEWorks on-line automated configuration with a real product?
A: Yes, go to our home page and follow the instructions, it's that simple.
Q: Is there a KBEWorks training manual?
A: Yes. There is also a user guide.
Q: How can I get information on pricing?
A: Contact VISIONKBE.
Q: What types of companies are using this software?
R: Companies selling products that needs to be adapted to client specifications.
Q: How much time is needed to learn KBEWorks?
A: Two days training is sufficient. KBEWorks was designed to facilitate its learning and use.
Q: Is finite element analysis integrated in KBEWorks?
A: Rules can be put in place that allow generation of specifications that fall within known design tolerances and inform the user when a FEA analysis should be performed.
Q: Does KBEWorks have routing capability?
A: KBEWorks can automate routings if they are driven by rules and can generate the necessary data required.
Q: Are your programs pre-determined or customized for specific uses?
A: KBEWorks is a generic software and can set up in any way you want.
Q: What is the maximum number of components parts KBEWorks can handle?
A: This is only limited by the limitation of SolidWorks.
Q: How complicated can the models be?
A: There is no limit regarding the complexity of the models. KBEWorks allows you to pick only the parameters that you want to drive.
Q: What is your release cycle for updates and enhancements?
A: The release cylce is continuous and incremental with new releases coming out with a service pack every quarter. We also deliver specific client requested enhancements on a regular basis.
Q: Does KBEWorks require SolidWorks to generate a quote?
A: While in Client mode, KBEWorks can generate quotes without SolidWorks. On the other hand, SolidWorks is necessary to update drawings and 3D models.
Q: Is it possible to generate quotes from KBEWorks?
A: Yes. You can easily generate quotes based on both design rules and business rules. Price calculations can be made according to business information (discount for client, current price, availability, etc.) available on a spreadsheet or your ERP.
Q: Does KBEWorks use SolidWorks BOM to produce quotes?
A: While SolidWorks BOM is completely accessible to KBEWorks, users often find it to be too detailed for this task. For this reason, KBEWorks offers a special BOM that facilitates scaling down details and is better suited for creating quotes.
Q: Do you have control over the content and form of quotes?
A: Yes, rules give you that control.
Q: Can KBEWorks be used within a web based environment?
A: Yes, KBEWorks is web enabled.
Q: Who can benefit from using KBEWorks on-line?
A: Sales Representatives on the road and someone working in a regional office are some of the people who would benefit from it.
Q: Does the preparation of the on-line quote take much time?
A: No, a few seconds, that's all. If you need a 3D view or drawings, you can have them generated and made available through your browser.
Q: Can users specify product configuration on-line?
A: Yes, please try the live configuration examples on the KBEWorks website.
Q: In what format are the quotes available?
A: PDF and Excel.
Q: We need to produce a fair number of quotes and configurations to answer client request for quotes. Are there ways or tools to manage this?
A: The server version of KBEWorks provide tools that help you manage product configuration information (models, drawings, quotes, date, client, etc.).
Q: Can KBEWorks automatically generate a User Form?
A: Yes, it generates a fully functional UF with all the specified input variables.
Q: Can we customize the UF?
A: Yes, KBEWorks comes with a powerful editor.
Q: Can I modify the underlying functionality of the UF and add functions that are not available?
A: Yes, if you know how to program in Java Script.
Q: Can the UF operate on the web?
Q: Is data input validation available?
A: Yes. The user form can include lists, minimum & maximum values and access rules used in the automation.
Q: What are the qualifications needed to be able to create custom UF?
A: None, unless you are trying to add functions that are not available. If this is the case, then you need to master Java Script.
Q : Does the user interface support dynamic behavior?
R: Yes, user inputs can activate/deactivate sections or the user interface.
Q : Can the user interface display on multiple pages?
Q: Is it possible for KBEWorks to communicate with an ERP?
A: Yes, KBEWorks has a bridge that allows bidirectional communication (read & write) with most ERPs.
Q: Can KBEWorks avoid creating parts that already exists and giving them different part numbers?
A: Yes, see previous question.
Q: Can KBEWorks dynamically receive input data from an ERP?
A: Yes the KBEWorks Enterprise server can talk to the ERP server using the KBEWorks proxy client. This allows ERP users to configure with KBEWorks as if it was part of the ERP.
Q: Can we use KBEWorks to create an estimate and manufacturing sequence without having to modify the solid model?
A: Yes, if the rules that govern project costs are defined.
Q: Can KBEWorks work with other PDM than those offered by SolidWorks?
Q: What CRM, MRP and ERP systems can KBEWorks interface with?
A: Any product that runs an ODBC compliant database (Access, Excel, My SQL, MS SQL, Oracle, etc.). KBEWorks can read and write to the ODBC databases.
Q: Can we set up KBEWorks to generate the part numbers?
A: Yes and you could also use those generated by an ERP or PDM.
Q: Can KBEWorks generate reports in SQL?
A: Yes, with the proper rules and the database interface, you can simultaneously generate any number of custom reports in various formats.
Q: Is it necessary to model every part in KBEWorks?
A: No, only those that need to be configured.
Q: Can KBEWorks modify sub-assemblies?
A: Yes and on as many levels as necessary.
Q: Are rules stored in Excel?
A: No, they are stored in a database.
Q: Can a function or component be inserted on the fly?
A: Yes, it is possible to insert a component in an assembly even if it does not already exist. However, to control the dimensions or its properties, the function must exist in the model.
Q: What are the limitations of the rules and equations?
A: There are none. If too complex, rules can be decomposed to facilitate their understanding.
Q: How do we control multiple instances of a component?
A: By using rules we can either modify, suppress, hide or replace the component. It is also possible to do these operations on all components in one operation.
Q: Can KBEWorks manage constraints between components?
A: Yes, KBEWorks controls all distance and angular constraints associated with any type of constraints supported by SolidWorks.
Q: Can the creation of new parts in an assembly be automated and be part of a final assembly?
A: Yes, KBEWorks will generate parts and insert them in the final assembly that will be saved under a new name.
Q: Are drawings created by KBEWorks or do you have to create a template for SolidWorks?
A: First, you need to create a part and a master drawing. Afterwards, KBEWorks will be able to update the model and drawing.
Q: Can you add or remove rules once they are defined?
A: Yes, you can change and edit your rules as your project evolves.
Q: Does KBEWorks save or replace models?
A: You can do both.
Q: What about Suppress/Cancel a Suppress?
A: Rules allow you to suppress or cancel a suppress.
Q: Can we use macros and formulas written in Excel?
A: No, KBEWorks cannot read a macro written in Excel but it can read the result and you can always write it in KBEWorks.
Q: Can existing KBEWorks automation projects be reused as building blocks on a new project?
A: Subproject allow you to do this.
Q:Can we import data and Design Tables in KBEWorks?
A: You can import data from databases and/or Excel, which can then be used to build rules.
Q: Can KBEWorks make Solidworks configurations?
A: KBEWorks can select and modify an existing configuration, but cannot create a new one.
Q: Should I use SolidWorks configurations in my KBEWorks projects?
A: KBEWorks can drive configurations, but it depends on your implementation if this is the best way to set up the models. It is not practical to have a huge amount of configurations in one file, as their larger file size can affect model generation performance. Therefore, keeping them to a minimum is a good way to utilize this functionality in your KBEWorks projects.
>Q: In what programming language are KBEWorks rules written?
A: KBEWorks uses an easy to learn syntax that is intuitive for writing rules without requiring any prior knowledge of programming such as Basic.
Q: What advantage is there using KBEWorks rather than a traditional programming language such as Basic or C#?
A: Mastering programming languages and techniques takes a long time and effort. Finding design personnel that have the programming background can be very difficult. KBEWorks has an easy to use interface that allows non-programmers and SolidWorks users to create the automate framework.
Q: Why use KBEWorks instead of using spreadsheets linked to SW?
A: Using linked spreadsheets in SolidWorks enables manual selection of pre-defined configurations. Using linked spreadsheets will not allow non-technical people to specify. It also makes the management of legacy data difficult. Programming takes a long time and often requires additional skill outside engineering and product design knowledge. These factors can make ownership and maintenance of the project difficult.
Q: Is any programming required to set up rules?
A: No, it is all done through KBEWorks. However, the flexibility exists to use SolidWorks macros and API, link with Excel and Mathcad.
Q: Can you call a DLL from KBEWorks?
A: Yes, you can call a DLL written in C#, or VB.Net.