needed a real-time, online database system
capable of tracking documentation changes
in its propulsion test facilities, engineers
at Stennis Space Center joined with ECT International,
of Brookfield, Wisconsin, to create a solution.
Dual-Use Program, ECT developed Exdata, a software
program that works within the companys existing Promise® software. Exdata not only satisfied NASAs requirements, but also expanded ECTs commercial product line.
ECTs primary product, is an intelligent software program with specialized functions
for designing and documenting electrical control
systems. An add-on to AutoCAD® software, Promise generates control system schematics, panel layouts, bills of material, wire
lists, and terminal plans. The drawing functions
include symbol libraries, macros, and automatic
line breaking. Primary Promise customers include manufacturing companies, utilities, and other organizations
with complex processes to control.
Promise to create drawings and schematics at several Stennis test facilities. These
facilities test the Space Shuttle main engines,
rocket propulsion systems, and related rocket
engine components, with each test typically
having different measurement and control system
requirements. As a result, modifications need
to be made to accommodate changing test articles
and data requirements. Since the Promise software was limited to 120 storage values with every schematic symbol, NASA
needed increased values to accurately and efficiently
document all of the measurements, control system
changes, upgrades, and data associated with
to Stennis need, ECT developed Exdata, an external database program that expands storage
capability, automates the design process, and
reduces turnaround time for test requirements.
The program links a Promise schematic symbol with a second Microsoft® Access database file. This second external file greatly increases the amount
of information available to a user, and allows
direct access for adding additional data, structure,
and programming. Changes to the data can be
made either in the database or on the drawing.
collaborating with Stennis, ECT now sells Exdata
as a part of its product family. Exdatas main benefit allows customization of data storage and display. By creating
custom forms in Access, users can manipulate
and display the information most important
to them. For example, Exdata keeps maintenance
information on a device to determine hours
of usage and when the next scheduled maintenance
of customization that someone can achieve with
Exdata is only limited by the functionality
in Access and the persons own ability to apply that function. With this type of control, ECTs Promise and Exdata software products are leading the way for faster, more efficient
a registered trademark of ECT International.