Spaix 5 is the latest development for the computer supported selection and configuration of centrifugal pumps by VSX – VOGEL SOFTWARE. The extensive program, with which almost every design and construction variation can be displayed, reflects the company’s nearly 25 years of experience in the implementation of such solutions. The new version particularly shines when it comes to its intuitive operating concept as well as the increased performance and offers a wide range of additional functionalities. With its integrated price calculation as well as offer and project functionalities, the software serves as a central part of the sales process.
One database for all platforms (desktop, web and mobile version, webservice)
New intuitive operating concept
Same user interface for web and desktop version
Complete integration of PumpSelector and PumpConfigurator
QuickSearch for an even faster selection via duty point
Flexible user rights system
Maximum Internet security
Users can choose between the hydraulic selection, the direct product selection and optionally the search for the article number or the description. New in Spaix 5 is the QuickSearch, right on the main screen, which enables users to find the right pump faster. The already fast selection process, streamlined by the pump selection and configuration, is even more accelerated. A few steps without an extensive query dialog lead to a qualified duty point-based pump selection.
Unique in Spaix is the combination of PumpSelector and PumpConfigurator. As a result, users always have a complete overview of the various options of all pumps that match the operating data, and are able to reach their target faster with fewer steps. The effect of the selected components on the pump curves is immediately visualized, without having to switch between different windows. In the same way, a selection by price or total life cycle costs can be smoothly realized even for configurable products.
The basic program can also be extended by a large range of additional modules in order to enable qualified sizing and configuration of special pump designs, such as magnetic pumps, turbine pumps or side channel pumps.
Due to the extensive functionality of Spaix 5, the program is suitable for a wide range of applications. Whether pump manufacturers or operators, the software is a highly efficient tool for both target groups when it comes to handling all sizing and sales tasks.
The pump curves are automatically calculated by the software to match the respective operating conditions. The desired viscosity conversion method can be selected separately for each duty chart in the database and can also be deactivated, if desired. The following procedures for highly viscous Newtonian fluids are available in Spaix 5:
- Hydraulic Institute (ANSI/HI 9.6.7) of 2010
- Hydraulic Institute 14th Edition
- Procedure for side channel pumps (SIHI publication “Basic Principles for the Design of Centrifugal Pump Installations“; 7th enlarged and revised edition, 2003) (additional module)
The program supports all common procedures for duty point adjustment. The order of the optimization procedures can be adjusted manually. The methods of curve adaption are also applicable to multi-stage pumps.
- impeller trimming, also with special specifications for multi-stage pumps
- adjustment of speed and calculation of speed performance charts
- optimization of the blade angle for propeller pumps
- throttling (via orifice diameter or ζ-coefficient)
- generic curve calculation using a factor with predefined exponents
A new feature in Spaix 5 is the calculation of duty charts for multi-stage pumps with depreciation factor. This allows the visualization of the efficiency influence with low stages through the factor, without having to separately include the duty chart.
When it comes to speed correction of performance curves based on the affinity laws, there are different methods for efficiency depreciation. These can be specified individually for each hydraulic in the database. In the case of automatic optimization, the preferred adaptation method can also be defined in the database or optionally be specified by the user of the selection program.
The accessory selection can be made according to a selected configuration or as a direct selection via the description or article number, which gives the user the option to select a specific part from a list or drawing. The components required for the pump sizing or additional elements, such as color or even guarantee extensions, can also be defined as accessories.
Spaix 5 also offers a powerful platform for searching and selecting spare parts, which can be used independently from the product via the catalog selection or depending on a selected pump or unit. In addition, the program gives the user the possibility of direct selection via item number or spare part description.
With the help of the project management it is possible to create and to provide offers including detailed data sheets.
The integrated price calculation can easily be adjusted to the individual needs of every company. The adjustment depends on the chosen configurations including components and accessory lists and is ensued as total price or based on single components. If both methods are combined, individual selection options can also be summarized as assembly group prices. The price indication can be adjusted for the articles, main items or whole projects, as well as for discounts and the VAT. The configuration is linked to the pricing table and p.r.n. with the item number via dynamic product codes. This leads to unique labels which are also used for the integration of external programs like ERP systems.
The data sheets can, with an integrated editor in the data maintenance program, be designed according to the customer‘s requirements. For each project the language, units and currency can be defined independently from the program settings. The program also contains standard data sheets for offers, technical data, performance curves and dimensions. By adding external documents such as terms of delivery, the offer package can be enhanced.
A considerable amount of time can be saved by sending the created offer including all documents directly by e-mail. Additionally, PDF files can be exported without additional software.
Share projects gives the user the opportunity to share their projects with other people, who are also permitted to edit these projects.
The data maintenance tool is a versatile software for the maintenance of the complete database and directly impacts the selection program. The data administrator decides which parts of the software are available to which user. The modular concept ensures a minimum data redundancy and shows different product structures.
By digitalizing performance curve data sheets, scanned information is available and can be used within the software as well. Standardized interfaces simplify the data entry and ensure security of investment. Spaix 5 supports the scalable vector graphic format SVG (e.g. for all program icons), which allows a more flexible adaptation of the corporate design of a company.