SignalFire Introduces TiltSCOUT Wireless Inclinometer

SignalFire Wireless Telemetry has introduced the TiltSCOUT, a wireless inclinometer for tank hatch detection and pump jack motion monitoring. The device is designed to help mitigate environmental and safety risks associated with accidental emissions from tanks by monitoring and reporting the status (opened, partially opened, closed) of the tank’s hatch. The built-in, three-axis sensor continually monitors the hatch and wirelessly transmits status if the tank hatch is moved.  This feedback can help operators avoid or minimize environmental and unsafe gas emissions from a tank.

When operating in a pump jack mode, the TiltSCOUT detects the change in angle (movement) of the pump jack walking beam to verify operation and report on/off events so operators can resolve issues if pumping unexpectedly stops.

This latest wireless node from SignalFire reports information to a central gateway that can be connected to a control center for remote monitoring. Modbus or digital alarming is available at the gateway. This non-contacting sensor incorporates a 900mHz radio and antenna for long-range data transmissions (up to ½ mile), and an internal battery pack that supports offers term operation of five years.

With a NEMA4X enclosure for outdoor environments, the unit is Class 1 Division 1 certified for use in hazardous locations.

For more information, visit SignalFire Wireless Telemetry website.

AAEON Introduces UP Squared Maker Board for IoT

AAEON, a developer of industrial and embedded computing platforms, announced UP Squared, a maker board.

UP Squared is a solution for custom-built IoT applications. It supports a range of operating systems including Ubuntu, Android 7.1, and Windows 10 IoT Core, which gives users access to Microsoft app templates and code editors. AAEON has also partnered with Intel to produce the UP Squared Grove IoT Development Kit, which includes sensors, buttons, and a screen to custom-build IoT applications.

Powered by Intel Atom E3900 series, Intel Pentium N4200, or Intel Celeron N3350 processors (formerly codenamed Apollo Lake), UP Squared boasts 2GB/4GB/8GB LPDDR4 memory and up to 128GB of eMMC storage. The board also houses an Intel Gen9 GPU, which supports 4K codecs. Expansion is achieved via a 40-pin GPIO, a 60-pin EXHAT connector, or through SATA3, PCIe, and M.2 ports. The board also features multiple USB ports and CSI, HDMI, DP, and eDP interfaces.

About AAEON

Established in 1992, AAEON is a designer and manufacturer of professional intelligent IoT solutions. Committed to innovative engineering, AAEON provides computing platforms, including industrial motherboards and systems, industrial displays, rugged tablets, embedded controllers, network appliances and related accessories, as well as integrated solutions.

For more information, visit AAEON website.

Columbia Machine Introduces HL9200 Palletizer

Columbia Machine has introduced HL9200 palletizer. The HL9200 is designed to provide flexibility by incorporating variable lane position technology with Columbia’s soft turn case handling and two configurable layer tables to provide stable layer forming. Columbia’s Variable Position Turner (VPT) technology is also available for applications that are enhanced by using drop down cushioned turners.  Columbia provides an HMI where the operator can create new patterns or optimize existing patterns via the HMI. This combination makes the HL9200 suitable for accommodating all package types and sizes.

Columbia’s safety package includes Category 3 safety system with integrated upper and lower guarding complete with viewing panels and multiple access doors utilizing a trapped key door access system.  This combination of technology and features is designed to help to increase safety and operational efficiency. A patented dual slot automatic hoist pin latching system on the full load hoist provide a redundant fail-safe protection system. Full height light curtains are located on the full load discharge and empty pallet infeed.

Columbia’s HL9200 may accurately palletizing up to 200 cases per minute (depending on pattern). There are standard features that make this palletizer suitable in the industry. Minor Servicing, dropped case detection, Smart Squeeze technology, multi-colored light stack to show machine status at a glance, advanced diagnostics and I/O status screens quickly communicate to the operator the status of the machine.

Columbia manufactures inline high-level, floor-level and robotic palletizers, load transfer stations and provides system integration. Columbia features upgradeable designs to speeds up to 200 cases per minute.

For more information, visit Columbia Machine website.

Khronos Announces glTF Geometry Compression Extension

Using Google Draco Technology

BEAVERTON, OR, Feb 16, 2018 – The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies creating advanced acceleration standards, announces the release of a geometry compression extension to glTF 2.0 using Google Draco technology to significantly reduce the size of glTF models and scenes. The Khronos glTF Draco extension specification is accompanied by optimized, open source compression and decompression libraries on the Draco GitHub site to enable the rapid deployment of glTF compressed geometry into tools, engines, applications, and browsers everywhere.

Draco is an open source library developed by Google for compressing and decompressing 3D geometric meshes, intended to improve the storage and transmission of 3D models. Draco was designed and built for high compression, efficiency, and speed. The code compresses vertex positions, connectivity information, texture coordinates, color information, normals, and any other generic attributes associated with geometry. With Draco, 3D applications and assets can be significantly smaller without compromising visual fidelity. For users, this means that apps, scenes and models can now be downloaded faster, 3D graphics in the browser can load quicker, and VR and AR scenes can now be transmitted using a fraction of the bandwidth.

The Draco extension to glTF enables creators to compress the mesh data within glTF files to dramatically reduce file size. In sample glTF models, up to 12X compression has been demonstrated with no change in visual fidelity. Smaller glTF files will enable an explosion in 3D file availability across devices and applications, even on slow networks.

The Draco open source libraries offer high-performance Google-provided JavaScript and C++ decoders, so that compressed files can be rendered in all major browsers, Android, iOS, and most other platforms. The glTF ecosystem using the Draco extension is set to grow rapidly, with forthcoming support in native 3D engines including the UX3D Engine and popular 3D web viewers including Three, Babylon, and Cesium.

The Draco team at Google is continuing to improve mesh compression ratios, decoder size and decode speed. The team is also investigating compression of animations and point clouds for inclusion into future glTF extensions. Current projects already incorporating Draco compressed glTF objects include glTF pipeline, FBX2glTF, the open-source version of AMD Compressonatorthree.js, and glTF sample models. Check out the open source Draco code on GitHub and use the issue tracker to tell us about successes and feature requests.

Read more about glTF 2.0 here: https://www.khronos.org/gltf/.

About The Khronos Group

The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics, vision and neural networks on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Khronos standards include Vulkan, OpenGL, OpenGL ES, OpenGL SC, WebGL, SPIR-V, OpenCL, SYCL, OpenVX, NNEF, COLLADA, OpenXR and glTF. Khronos members are enabled to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge accelerated platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests.

For more information, visit www.khronos.org.

Trimble Partners with Aquarius Spectrum

SUNNYVALE, CA, Feb 16, 2018 – Trimble announced an exclusive relationship with Aquarius Spectrum Ltd. to distribute a branded version of Aquarius Spectrum’s wireless leak detection and monitoring solutions for water utilities throughout the US. The collaboration will extend Trimble’s portfolio of smart water management sensors and software solutions to address the growing challenges associated with aging water infrastructure, leakage and non-revenue water (NRW) loss.

Utilities globally are facing increasing pressure to limit NRW loss and reduce costly water main bursts. The innovative wireless leak monitoring and detection solutions allow utilities to proactively monitor their network, be notified when a leak occurs, assess the leak severity as well as accurately locate the site of the leak. As part of the collaboration, Aquarius Spectrum’s solutions will integrate with Trimble Unity, a GIS-centric, cloud and mobile software solution offering a suite of applications and tools to support smart water management. The combination enables utilities to visualize leaks on a map as well as schedule, dispatch and track field repair activities to implement improvements in NRW performance. With this information, utilities can determine asset condition and make informed capital improvement decisions about replacement prioritization.

Trimble will offer the Aquarius Spectrum technology through two new solutions:

  • Wireless Leak Monitoring and Detection provides continuous pipeline and leak monitoring using cellular-based leak detection sensors and the Trimble Unity LeakManager cloud software. The solution enables detection and analysis of both small and large magnitude leaks. Repairs can be scheduled based on priority and leak intensity to avoid large water main bursts. These bursts can cause additional water loss, infrastructure and property damage, increased repair costs, and negatively impact customer service, public health and safety.
  • Mobile Leak Detection provides a complete mobile leak detection kit with equipment and software for identifying and locating leaks in the field that have been identified by either Trimble Unity LeakManager, customer calls or utility field crews. The LeakLocator kit includes the Trimble Unity LeakLocator cloud and mobile software for empowering leak repair crews with easy-to-use tools to pinpoint leak locations and efficiently plan repair activities. The LeakLocator reduces the complexity of conventional leak locating equipment that requires a high level of expertise and significant setup time.

The wireless leak monitoring and detection, and mobile leak detection solutions extend Trimble’s family of smart water monitoring and management solutions for addressing critical infrastructure and water supply challenges facing the global water market.

“We are excited to partner with Aquarius Spectrum,” said Marcus McCarthy, general manager of Trimble’s Water Division. “This is an advanced leak detection solution with proprietary technology that adds important capability to our family of smart water solutions for water utilities. We can now enable utilities to discover and address leaks in the early stages so that steps can be taken to mitigate non-revenue water loss and prevent costly, potentially dangerous, pipe bursts.”

Availability

The Trimble branded wireless leak monitoring and detection solutions powered by Aquarius Spectrum is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2018 from Trimble’s Water Division and its authorized distributors in the US. To learn more about the Trimble Wireless Leak Detection and Monitoring solutions, visit www.trimblewater.com/wireless-leak-monitoring and www.trimblewater.com/mobile-leak-detection.

About Aquarius Spectrum

Aquarius Spectrum is a provider of advanced leak detection solutions for water loss reduction, pipe burst prevention, pipe condition assessment, and optimizing maintenance and operational costs. Aquarius-Spectrum was established in 2009 as part of the Kinrot technology incubator in Israel and is a subsidiary of Hutchison Water, a global enterprise focused on projects and technologies in the fields of water, cleantech and digital health, supported by the CK Hutchison Holdings Limited group.

To learn more about the Aquarius Spectrum, visit www.aquarius-spectrum.com.

About Trimble’s Water Division

Trimble’s Water Division provides technology solutions to the global water, wastewater, stormwater and environmental water industries. By combining software, hardware, wireless communications and sensors, Trimble’s industry-leading Internet of Things (IoT) monitoring and analytics, mapping and asset management and field solutions help customers optimize asset performance, field productivity, and compliance while enhancing safety, sustainability and service. Trimble’s comprehensive solution set enables customers in the water industry to address a wide range of challenges from asset monitoring, pressure and leakage management, sewer overflows and flooding to water quality, meter data collection and field operations, helping transform the global water industry.

For more information about Trimble?s water solutions, visit www.TrimbleWater.com.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.

For more information about Trimble, visit www.trimble.com.

SimScale Integrates Parasolid, HOOPS Exchange for 3D CAD

MUNICH, Germany, Feb 16, 2018 – SimScale GmbH, the provider of the full-cloud engineering simulation platform, announced a collaboration with Siemens PLM Software and Tech Soft 3D to optimize the simulation workflow through better CAD model handling. SimScale will bring the benefits of Siemens’ Parasolid software and HOOPS Exchange to a browser-based CAE.

Simulation of electronics enclosure with SimScale

The latest release of SimScale, available shortly, will integrate Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange to enable a more convenient and seamless simulation workflow, while at the same time further increasing simulation result accuracy—both in FEA and CFD.

“Our vision at SimScale is to enable every designer and engineer to take full advantage of engineering simulation—independent of budget, hardware and know-how. This includes seamless interoperability with the customer’s CAD system as well as fast, robust and accurate preparation of CAD data to achieve reliable simulation results quickly. Integrating Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange will help us achieve just that.” said David Heiny, CEO and co-founder of SimScale.

Parasolid is the industry-leading 3D geometric modeling component for CAD/CAM/CAE solutions, while HOOPS Exchange is the leading CAD translation software development kit (SDK). The suppliers of both solutions are continuously innovating in the field of 3d modeling, in order to meet constantly evolving industry trends. This includes building best-in- class solutions for the growing number of cloud-based applications.

“This latest implementation of Parasolid in a cloud-based application will enable engineers to simulate, test and modify 3D models using only a web browser,” says Jim Rusk, chief technology officer, Siemens PLM Software. “In selecting Parasolid, Simscale also obtains translation-free interoperability with hundreds of other applications that integrate Parasolid to design, edit and exchange high-precision 3D models based on the Parasolid XT data format.”

STL tessellation with Parasolid on SimScale

“With the rapid pace of technology advancement, our partners continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible for engineering software development in web technology—our mission is to help them create the best engineering applications in the quickest, easiest way possible,” said Gavin Bridgeman, chief technology officer at Tech Soft 3D. “We are excited about the partnership with SimScale and in particular enabling their customers to bring their CAD data, be it Parasolid-based or otherwise, effortlessly and accurately to the SimScale platform.”

Since the official launch in 2013, SimScale is challenging the “status quo” of the traditional CAE software market by offering a fully cloud-based engineering simulation solution with zero hardware and software footprint, available at the fraction of the price of its competitors.

“SimScale users have the benefit of a fully collaborative, professional-grade CAE tool covering multiple simulation types powered by unlimited computing power—all via a standard web browser.” said Jon Stevenson, board member of SimScale. “The fact that SimScale runs in the cloud enables a broad range of advantages such as multi-user access, collaboration, easy scaling of computing resources, and automated maintenance.”

SimScale offers a Community plan which is free to all users willing to share their projects publicly. The Professional plan can be tested via a free 14-day trial. Getting started with the trial version only takes a few minutes and requires just a standard Web browser.

To learn more about the SimScale pricing plans, visit www.simscale.com/product/pricing.

About SimScale

SimScale is a provider of powerful Web-based 3D simulation technology which is changing the way engineers, designers and students design products. With a founding team of mechanical engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians, SimScale’s goal is to enable everyone to design better products faster and cheaper by putting engineering simulation tools into the hands of a broader range of users.

Founded in 2012 and based in Munich, Germany, SimScale is led by five founders: David Heiny, Vincenz Dölle, Alexander Fischer, Johannes Probst, and Anatol Dammer. SimScale has more than 100,000 users worldwide.

For more information, visit www.simscale.com.

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D is the leading global provider of development tools that help software teams deliver successful applications, as well as the creator of the 3D format that is part of the PDF standard. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, Ohio, France, England and Japan. The company’s toolkit products power nearly 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide, while the Tetra4D brand of end-user products are used by many of the top manufacturing and construction firms for leveraging CAD data for use as rich, interactive and native 3D PDFs.

For more information, visit www.techsoft3d.com and www.tetra4d.com.