What is Frame NAMeS?

One frame represents one part that you manufacture. Probably you need to cross-section most or all of the welds on the part daily or weekly to ensure that you are manufacturing quality part. You would need to purchase a frame that describes each part that you manufacture. For more information about features of Frame NAMeS, click here. For a full description of what you should provide, click here.

If you have a Frame set up, you would choose to capture a "New Frame…" and then enter information about when the part was made, which line it was made on, and who did the measurements in NAMeS. Then you simply select a weld from a weld list or from a part picture, and Frame NAMeS automatically makes sure you capture the image and sets up the right weld template for the weld for you. As soon as you measure the part, Frame NAMeS tells you if your part is in spec or out-of-spec. Once you have measured all of the welds on your part, then you tell Frame NAMeS to add the part to the database. Frame NAMeS can generate an Excel Report showing all of the welds, all of their dimensions, and whether each dimension was within the predefined specification limits. Also, after you have added parts over a period of time, you will be able to ask Frame NAMeS to prepare a plot showing a trend chart. The trend chart would show how a selected dimension varied over time relative to the median value and the actual specification limits. Finally, you can ask Frame NAMeS to list frames that have already been measured. You can sort the list and easily select and load the images and dimensions of an old part.

Without Frames, you would create a new project using NAMeS, and you will need to go through and capture an image of each weld, providing the weld name yourself, and then measuring the weld. Once you are finished, NAMeS will output a list of dimensions for each of the welds you measured; however, NAMeS would not tell you if the weld was good or bad, and you would probably need to cut and paste dimensions to make a dimension report for the part you are measuring. This is not difficult to do; however, you are required to set up some form of organization so that you can bring up each part later on.

To see the Frame NAMeS demo, open the project "Demo Frame Project.nam" to see an example Frame. Choose to "Edit Project" to see an example part info screen. You can click on the "Database" button in the lower left corner of NAMeS to see an example report. Click "Add Project to Database", "Overwrite", then select the part measured on 4/16/2000, click "Next" and select "Excel Report". Be aware that the reports do contain macros, and do not work with all versions of Excel (we can provide you with a version of Excel that works if yours is incompatible).

If you decide to purchase frames, you could do the following to make it so that we can quickly and accurately set up your frames:

  • Make sure I receive quality weld images of a complete cross-sectioned part. If actual weld images are not available, you can draw simple sketches of each weld cross section. Or you could send a complete set of cross-sectioned and etched parts to Native American Technologes. Finally, you could send an entire uncut part with the position and name of each weld indicated on the part; however, N.A. Tech will charge an additional fee to cross-section or etch parts. (Can your existing camera be used with NAMeS?)
  • Explain any welds that may deviate from the norm (e.g., a lap weld that melted off half of the lower plate).
  • Ensure that we are provided with the complete specifications for your welds.
  • Use all existing welding templates! The cost of a new weld template is very high, so just be aware you may need to use Generic Dimensions for some of your welds.
  • Be available to answer questions that will inevitably arise.


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