Emerson Opens Additive Manufacturing Center in Singapore

Emerson_logoSingapore, Mar 24, 2017 – With the goal of spurring innovation to address customers’ engineering design challenges and accelerating speed to market for new, rigorously-tested products, Emerson opened an advanced additive manufacturing center at its Singapore campus. This is Emerson’s second location to have additive manufacturing capabilities (making 3D objects from a digital model).

Additive manufacturing enables Emerson engineers to expand their thinking beyond the limits of standard manufacturing processes to develop cutting edge solutions to meet more demanding and stringent processes. Additive manufacturing also significantly accelerates the testing of multiple versions of a prototype product or part, and promises to greatly simplify the production supply chain. Through this center, Emerson will be using additive manufacturing technologies to produce special customized and application-specific parts and products which are impossible with traditional technology.

The Singapore center serves to strengthen Emerson’s additive manufacturing program, which was launched three years ago with the opening of its first additive manufacturing technology center in Marshalltown, Iowa, USA, the global headquarters for its Fisher™ products. Together, the Marshalltown and Singapore centers are actively working on research and development and pilot production services for all Emerson businesses around the world.

Singapore was selected for this additive manufacturing center because of its strong manufacturing ecosystem, favorable business climate, excellent transportation linkages, an educated workforce and good universities, and robust intellectual property protections. Singapore has been the Asia-Pacific headquarters and a high-value manufacturing and technology hub for Emerson Automation Solutions since 1965.

“This Singapore center, along with our Marshalltown center, will play a key role in helping Emerson move quickly to leverage the benefits of additive manufacturing to meet our customers’ needs in Asia Pacific and around the world,” said David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), which has been a great partner and gave us the confidence to make the investment here.”

In conjunction with the launch of its additive manufacturing center in Singapore, Emerson has entered into a five-year research collaboration agreement with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), a world-leading research-intensive university. Postgraduate students from NTU will be able to get real-world training in additive manufacturing at the Emerson center and carry out product research projects.

Mr. Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of the Singapore EDB, said: “We are pleased to partner with Emerson in the opening of its new additive manufacturing center, which will help enhance Singapore’s standing as an internationally recognized hub for high-tech manufacturing excellence. This global center will not only raise our international competitiveness, but also contribute towards the grooming of skilled Singaporean talent in the area of advanced manufacturing.”

Farr and other senior executives from Emerson were joined at the inauguration ceremony by Dr. Koh Poh Koon, Singapore’s Minister of State for the Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of National Development, and officials from the Singapore EDB and NTU Singapore.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Their Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Their Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure.

For more information visit Emerson.com.

Beck Group Selects VDI with HVE Solution from Sphere 3D

Sphere3D_logoSAN JOSE, CA, Mar 24, 2017 – Sphere 3D Corp., a containerization, virtualization, and data management solutions provider, announced that The Beck Group has successfully implemented an HVE solution for its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), including VDI for GPU intensive workloads.

From the tallest building in Shreveport: The Slattery Building (1923), to the iconic Fountain Place in Dallas (1986), to the Texas Motor Speedway (1997), to The University of Texas at Dallas Engineering Building (2016), The Beck Group has been transforming the landscape through innovation in the building design and construction industry for over 100 years.

The Information Technology (IT) available for the construction industry has also gone through a transformation over the last 100 years with the introduction of sophisticated applications for computer aided design (CAD), building information modeling (BIM), and other advanced technologies. However, until now, these technologies required the ability to access powerful workstations that are stationary and required to be managed as individual instances.

For The Beck Group, the move to VDI provided the ability to manage continued organic growth, enable the IT department to more easily support remote sites and mobile workers while they were out on jobs, and provide greater security since data no longer is stored on edge devices.

The inclusion of the HVE 3DGFX appliances for running CAD applications in a VDI environment not only provides all the advantages of VDI for traditional workloads, but is also a powerful server based computing environment for CAD applications. CAD data is processed by the server and then streamed as an image to the client device over the network. Despite higher volumes of network traffic, the load on individual client terminals is significantly reduced. The CAD data processed by the server enables more effective utilization of compute resources with faster rendering times and staff have access to their workloads from any device, anywhere.

Beck looked at solutions from other providers before evaluating the HVE 3DGFX solution, which leverages NVIDIA GPU technology, and VMware ESXi and Horizon View. The Beck Group chose HVE and worked closely with the HVE team to implement five HVE 3DGFX appliances. Equipped with the latest generation Intel processors and powerful NVIDIA Tesla GPU, the HVE appliances deliver excellent performance to meet The Beck Group’s stringent VDI needs.

With the initial deployment complete, The Beck Group intends to continue to scale its environment to provide a virtual desktop for 700 users with about a third of them running GPU workloads.

“This was something I have wanted to do for a long time here at Beck and until the HVE solution, there was nothing on the market that met our 3D graphical needs or provided a simple, stable VDI environment.  I wanted something simple and easy to manage.  If it was complicated, it was out of our discussion,” stated Bryce Morrow, CIO of Beck Group. “Our testing went flawlessly with our users and the performance and reliability have been exceptional.”

Joseph O’Daniel, president of Virtualization and Professional Services at Sphere 3D, stated, “Located in Dallas myself, I can’t travel very far without passing a project completed by Beck Group. We are delighted to have the opportunity to provide them with a high availability VDI solution to support their operations and increase staff efficiency as they move into their second centennial of operations in the building industry.”

About HVE

HVE ConneXions, recently acquired by Sphere 3D, is a fast-growing technology provider of next generation converged and hyperconverged infrastructure. Its engineering philosophy is dedicated to creating Manageable, Scalable, Reproducible, and Predictable (MSRP) solutions based on proven virtualization technologies running on high-performance, next generation platforms.

For more information and technical specifications on the HVE product line, visit www.hveconnexions.com.

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) delivers containerization, virtualization, and data management solutions via hybrid cloud, cloud and on-premises implementations through its global reseller network and professional services organization. Sphere 3D, along with its wholly owned subsidiaries Overland Storage, and Tandberg Data, has a strong portfolio of brands, including HVE ConneXions and UCX ConneXions, dedicated to helping customers achieve their IT goals.

For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com.

IMAX Selects Centric PLM

IMAX is part of the Max Mara Group and produces knitwear and jersey for most of its 35 different labels. The core business is manufacturing, although IMAX also provides logistics services to Max Mara’s brands. IMAX is a complex operation, with production in Italy as well as some outsourcing to sites in Europe and Asia.

IMAX’s main goals are to keep production costs as low as possible while still producing high quality clothing and to guarantee on-time deliveries to its customers. Although the company previously had a PDM system in place, it was primarily using an ERP system to organize data. Users were lacking visibility and there was a duplication of information across various systems and programs, creating inefficiencies and confusion.

“The tools we had been using for many years were no longer up to date and were not sophisticated enough for our business processes,” explains Giovanni Bisotti, IT manager at Imax Srl. “We had different systems all containing various product data which made it difficult for users to keep up. In some cases, the same data was being entered twice in different systems and occasionally data would be not be accessible to some users because it was associated with personal databases or accounts.”

“We wanted to simplify that situation to give users a unique environment where they could find all of the information related to each product, so we started looking for a solution. Because things change so quickly in the fashion market, we needed flexibility to manage our processes and data and a tool that would allow us to react rapidly. We also wanted to enable new methods of collaboration, both internally between users and externally with regard to the supply chain.”

After reviewing a number of different PLM providers, IMAX selected Centric Software to provide their new PLM solution. As Bisotti says, Centric proved to be best-in-class for several reasons.

“We like Centric’s focus on fashion. Centric has great references in Italy and also around the world,” says Bisotti. “It’s one of the few PLM solutions that is tailor-made for our industry. The technology impressed us and it is easy for users to adopt and use. We looked for a solution that would be highly configurable, rather than customizable, and we found it in Centric. Centric’s approach allows us to benefit from upgrades and new releases, and Centric is particularly active in that regard issuing new innovations frequently.”

As Bisotti concludes, “We’re looking forward to increased efficiency which will reduce our internal costs and time to market. This is the main objective of the project. With Centric PLM in place, we’ll also be changing our data model. The PLM system will be the master source of data, rather than the ERP system. So far, working with the Centric team has been great – it’s really straightforward and collaborative. I see a lot of positive energy and we’re very enthusiastic about it.”

“IMAX’s focus on manufacturing high-quality clothing means that they need an adaptable, easy to use, innovative solution to drive efficiency while maintaining agility,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software, “We are very pleased to partner with them to help meet their cost-savings and time to market goals.”

About Max Mara and IMAX

Recognized throughout the world as the precursor of modern prêt-à-porter fashion, the Max Mara Group is one of the largest international fashion houses and the first Italian women’s clothing company. The company was formed (in 1951) with the aim of offering “haut de gamme” feminine clothing, produced according to excellent industrial processes. This is a record that the Max Mara Group has consolidated over time through a meticulous, luxurious style that has always achieved rising success on a world-wide scale, demonstrated today in more than 2,300 stores. Max Mara Group, with 41 companies and over 5,000 employees, operates in 105 countries. Max Mara has spawned 35 labels, although Max Mara womenswear remains the core of the company. Other brands include Sportmax, Sportmax Code, Weekend Max Mara, Marella, Pennyblack, iBlues, Max & Co. (the trendy, youth division), and Marina Rinaldi.

For more information, visit www.maxmarafashiongroup.com.

About Centric Software

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in trend capitals around the world, Centric Software builds technologies for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, and consumer goods. Its flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality, and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB packages extended PLM including innovative technology and key industry learnings tailored for small businesses.

Centric Software has received multiple industry awards, including the Frost & Sullivan Global Product Differentiation Excellence Award in Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM in 2016 and Frost & Sullivan’s Global Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM Product Differentiation Excellence Award in 2012. Red Herring named Centric to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

For more information, visit www.centricsoftware.com.