YKK AP America Launches Integrated Estimating Software Package

Ycalc® X5 is designed to save glazing contractors time and money -- Glazing contractors asked for an improved software solution designed to address the most important areas of their business.    YKK AP has answered the bell with a new business software release, Ycalc X5.

The new program tackles project estimation, preliminary structural design, shop drawings, material optimization/ take-off, and fabrication utilities. Powered by Logikal®, Ycalc X5 contains YKK AP’s most popular products, including those from the enerGfacade® energy savings family and ProTek® hurricane and blast mitigation family. The software is sold, serviced and maintained by Building Envelope Software Technologies (BEST), known for developing software platforms that provide productivity solutions in virtually all segments of the fenestration industry.

For a limited time, customers requesting Ycalc X5 will receive a 12-month trial in which two software user licenses will be provided free of charge. The trial period will last for 12 months or until January 2015 (whichever comes first).

“Our customers demanded an enhanced software solution to speed up their processes and add more precision and accuracy in estimation, structural design, shop drawings, and material optimization,” said Steve Schohan, marketing and communications manager, YKK AP America. “Because our specialty is in architectural products, we formed a relationship with the fenestration industry’s leading software solutions provider to build a proprietary YKK AP product on the backbone of their Logikal software.”

"YKK AP's commitment to our technologies is a sign of their confidence in our products, services and people,” said Dan Andersen, CEO of Building Envelope Software Technologies (BEST). “Participation in each other's mutual growth is the foundation for our long term relationship with YKK AP, which will undoubtedly leverage technology and market opportunities for both companies."

With the upgraded software, glazing contractors can now more accurately estimate projects and support five facets of their business, including:

  • Project Estimation – Create estimates and maximize profits to help win more jobs.
  • Preliminary Structural Design – Analyze the system’s ability to withstand design pressures and identify components requiring reinforcement.
  • Shop Drawings – Saves time by automating the creation of shop drawings, including dimensioned elevations and section cuts.
  • Material Optimization/ Take-Off – Quickly prepare material orders and cut lists to make sure contractors are getting the most out of their resources and budget for every project.
  • Fabrication Utilities – Streamline material flow within the shop and keep material organized with accurate production information.

For more information, please visit www.ykkap.com/YcalcX5

About YKK AP America

YKK AP America Inc. manufactures entrances, storefronts, curtain walls, window walls, sunshades, windows and sliding doors for office buildings, residential high-rises, schools, stadiums, shopping centers and institutional structures. All building products are manufactured in Dublin, Ga. in ISO 14001 certified facilities that operate in a sustainable manner by reducing pollution and waste. The company is also recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for Exceptional Leadership in Industrial Energy Efficiency. YKK AP America is based in Austell, Ga. and is a subsidiary of YKK Corporation of America, whose parent company is global manufacturer YKK Corporation of Japan. For more information, visit www.ykkap.com and follow YKK AP on Twitter and YouTube.

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