About PICOS

Overview

The idea for the software solution PICOS-FTF is founded already in the 1960s in the manufacture of windows und doors. Project processing was very work intensive, so Paul Schmalzhaf, the holder of the window and door manufacture of the same name, thought of simplifications. The priority was and still is, to simplify and rationalize the entire offer and order processing by a practically relevant software.

With PICOS-FTF, a branch specific software solution for the manufacture of windows, doors and curtain walls is created, which includes the singularities of this branch - like the variability and multitude of elements, the choice of profile systems and materials and the particularities in production - from the beginning.

PICOS-opti, a program for cutting optimization, offers excellent possibilities to all bar processing manufacturers and is very easy to use. With an extreme productivity it provides a time and cost saving cutting and production preparation.

PICOS-ProfileStatics, our latest development, is a software able to calculate required moments of inertiy for steel and aluminum profiles on given wind load, as well as to calculate this - project oriented - wind load. A project management and a profile selection are integrated.


History of the PICOS GmbH

1970   we develop the first PICOS application programs in window and door manufacture for the technical processing of projects and production planning, scheduling and production using an IBM computer model 3/10.
After the striking success within the own enterprise it is obvious that other companies should benefit from the innovative PICOS software. So in
1977   Paul Schmalzhaf founds - together with his daughter Doris - the PICOS GmbH. Soon we reach the limits of the computer technology of that time and therefore from
1978   on, the PICOS programs „PCG“ are developed with the flexible computer system IBM Series/1 in co-operation with IBM Germany.
1979   the PICOS system is honored by the rating „Economically Precious“ delivered by the the state trade office with agreement of the federal department of trade and economy, proving to the PICOS GmbH to be heading in the right direction.
1981   More and more domains are integrated in the software solution, e.g. the time management to plan and control production and mounting times. We improve and enhance our software further and further, e.g. by modules for a fast and flexible master data management.
1984   A further milestone is the development of modules for curtain wall constructions and drawing generation.
1986   After the death of Paul Schmalzhaf in october the company is continued by the two managers, Doris Overink, born Schmalzhaf, and Christian Reese, the co developer for many years and technical director.
1987   We already develop programs for the control of machining centers, an enormous gain of time for our users.
1990   We extend the PICOS software solution: Via an emulation the PICOS programs run on IBM PCs with the capabilities of IBM Series /1 (multitasking / multiuser).
1992   Migration of the PICOS software to IBM RS 6000 under Unix to use a fast hardware.
1996   With operating systems like Microsoft Windows, based on a graphic user interface, a new era begins for us too:
We develop a completely new software, containing the PICOS philosophy with all the know-how as well as all the advantages of modern graphic oriented client/server environment -> PICOS-FTF, the user friendly software for the construction, calculation, production and mounting in the window, door and curtain wall production, adjusting itself to the enterprise and its processes.
1998   First release of PICOS-FTF under Windows /9x and /NT in november.
1999   Beginning of a long-term cooperation with the well-known profile producer heroal - Johann Henkenjohann GmbH & Co. KG in order to use PICOS-FTF by the heroal profile manufacturers. PICOS-FTF stays open for all profile systems in each edition.
2001   Development and release of FTF-opti, the program for the fast and variable cutting optimization of bar material is integrated into PICOS-FTF.
2004   PICOS-FTF is entirely restructured. Every program version - from the simplest to the complex application - can now be run at multiple work stations at the same time, the parallel use of different versions in the same company is possible. So the requests of different work stations can be met in a very flexible way.
Our cooperation with the pvc profile producer REHAU AG + Co starts in March. PICOS-FTF is used in the processing of the curtain wall system REHAU Polytec 50.
2006   Our newest development, the standalone software solution PICOS-opti, approaches not only windows-, doors and curtain wall manufactures, each profile processing enterprise takes advantage of PICOS-opti, one of the fastest and most variable programs for the free cutting optimization, which signifies an enormous savings potential.
In this year we also extend our software solution by the calculation of profile static. PICOS-ProfileStatics is a very easy to use program with graphical support for the calculation of wind loads (several national norms) and of required moments of inertia Ix and Iy.
2007   PICOS takes over the direct support of the heroal users as well as the maintenance of all heroal master data.
In order to use Winkhaus fitting data without any expenditure of maintenance, the interface PICOS-ufdef is developed.
Our own web server now offers faster downloads, better search functions and more comprehensive information.
2008   We integrate a remote maintenance option in PICOS-FTF to provide better support to our users. So we can optimally assist "from the distance".
2009   PICOS-FTF and PICOS-ProfileStatics are now available in further languages. Among the Netherlands and Belgium our software now is applied in Canada, U.S.A, U.K. and France too.
2010   PICOS-FTF is extended to the processing of folding shutters (inclusive Z-shutter-bars). 
A new online actualization is realized by using our web server so that updates can be executed considerably easier.
2011   Beginning of our cooperation with the company Uni_Link: interface data in the format PICOS-NC can be read and send to any arbitrary machine (double miter saw or machining center).
2012   Data for the window and door system AT 740 SI of the well known profile owner AKOTHERM are entered. Further profile systems are in preparation too.
2013   In the context of the new building product convention (EU) PICOS-FTF now generates declarations of performances and CE marks - CE labels included.
2014   Numerous program enhancements for PICOS-FTF and provision of master data for the new products of the profile manufacturer heroal.
2015   Development of a new optimization module for profile cuts with newest technologies - to be used as "black box" - and a new, very easy to use stand alone optimization program. Considering cut angles, multiple bar lengths, fix and mix lengths optimization, import and export funktions are some of the highlights of this application.


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