Woolpert Opens Office in Cincinnati, OH

woolpert-logo-darkCINCINNATI, OH, Jan 23, 2017 – Woolpert, a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm and the largest AEG firm headquartered in Ohio, has opened a new Cincinnati office in Over-the-Rhine (OTR).

The office will be home to 20-plus full-time architects, engineers, surveyors and support staff, who will work in concert with the firm’s 700 networked employees in 23 offices across the country. OTR reflects the Cincinnati office’s intended focus of multidisciplinary projects and adaptive re-use, or bringing new life to once vacant or neglected buildings. The historic district has been undergoing a business and cultural renaissance over the last 15 years and has attracted many design and high-tech startup firms.

“With Woolpert being a full-service architecture, MEP, structural, civil (engineering) and geospatial company, we excel at multidisciplinary, adaptive re-use projects,” Woolpert vice president Mike Battles said. “We also are able to leverage these comprehensive services in-house, and back them up with the efficiency of our extensive geospatial/technology side. That combination of assets sets us apart, even in this dynamic setting.”

Woolpert architect James Dobrozsi added that the firm’s “single source” and “single point of accessibility” for all site development and building projects enables the firm to respond to client needs from feasibility to completion.

“Woolpert has been part of the development of Southwest Ohio for over 100 years,” Dobrozsi said. “To continue to be a viable force in the design community, it is critical for us to be in the heart of the revitalization in Cincinnati and the OTR community, which is one of the greatest collections of 19th- and early 20th-century architecture in the country.”

Woolpert was founded in 1911 in Dayton, where its headquarters remain. The Greater Cincinnati Area was home to the firm’s first regional office branch, which opened in 1972. The firm continues to grow in the Cincinnati region and across the country. In the last two years, Woolpert experienced a 47 percent growth in sales and 12 percent rise in its workforce. In 2016, it was designated as a Great Place to Work, a national program that polls employees based on trust in company leadership, pride in what they do and enjoyment in the company of their co-workers.

Woolpert’s new Cincinnati office, which was funded by the city of Cincinnati through the Job Creation Tax Credit program, will extend its commercial renovation and housing development, higher education, energy, government and aviation services.

It also will build on long-standing relationships with local firms. Current Cincinnati clients, owners and business partners include the University of Cincinnati, Anderson Birkla, CVG, the city of Cincinnati, Koch Development, Procter & Gamble, Towne Properties, General Electric and Duke Energy.

“We’ve always been in the business of new and adaptive re-use development in this region, and our brand has been in client development,” Battles said. “The (Jack) Cincinnati Casino is a perfect example of re-use, as is our Riverfront Commons development, work with Newport on the Levee, our conceptual design work with projects like AT580 and the Second National Bank Building in historic districts, stadiums, parking garages, U Square @ the Loop, CVG, Lunken Airport, (etc.)”

Woolpert president and CEO Scott Cattran added that this move to a new Cincinnati location is in line the company’s mission to help employees and clients progress, and to move forward through forward thinking.

“Our new Over-the-Rhine location reflects our progressive and innovative approach to architecture, engineering and geospatial services, and provides a hip new location for our talented employees who live in and around the Cincinnati community,” he said.

Battles wanted to thank the city for bringing the firm downtown, and the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) for its assistance in this relocation to OTR.

Anthony Palazzolo, 3CDC commercial leasing officer, said 3CDC is happy to have an engineering, architecture and design firm like Woolpert not only move to OTR, but also share its address. Woolpert is on the second floor at 1203 Walnut St., while 3CDC is on the third and fourth floors.

“With projects like 1201 Walnut and our upcoming 15th & Vine office building, we are starting to attract larger office tenants to the area, which continues to fuel the growth of Cincinnati’s urban core,” Palazzolo said. “We’re excited to welcome Woolpert to Over-the-Rhine.”

Woolpert’s new Cincinnati office is now open for business.

About Woolpert

Woolpert is a national architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm that delivers value to clients by strategically blending engineering excellence with leading-edge technology and geospatial applications. With a dynamic R&D department, Woolpert works with inventive business partners like Google; operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aerial systems (UAS); and continually pushes industry boundaries by working with advanced water technologies, asset management, building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design. Woolpert’s mission is to help its clients progress—and become more progressive. For over 100 years and with 23 offices across the United States, Woolpert serves the needs of federal, state and local governments; private and public companies and universities; energy and transportation departments; and the United States Armed Forces. The firm currently is doing business in all 50 states and in five foreign countries.

For more information, visit woolpert.com

Bachmann Introduces SCT202 M1 Automation Module

bachmann_logoBachmann electronic has extended its portfolio of safety modules with the SCT202 M1 automation module, a speed and position measurement module for safety-related applications, particularly also in the wind sector.

560ffc8c27The SCT202 module eliminates the need for external solutions for safety speed monitoring. The shared use of the acquired measured values for safety-related and non-safety-related automation tasks reduces system costs for procurement as well as for integration, mounting and operation. The SCT202 also comes with two inputs for incremental encoders (HTL, TTL), together with encoder power supply for both voltage signals, two counter inputs as well as two safety-related inputs and outputs each.

The provision of measured values for non-safety-related applications is not bound to the safety cycle. Instead, the Bachmann concept allows the integrated use of the SCT202 in the operational control of a wind turbine. The safety-related digital outputs provided in the module enable a safety-related response in less than 1 ms.

The module also boasts a range of homing methods that it offers for incremental encoders. This not only includes homing with the zero track, but also via digital input, counter input and the linking in the application of input signals that are not acquired by the SCT202. As homing on the SCT202 is implemented with safety signals, it is also possible to measure positions and rotation angles reliably.

The safe, application-related processing of the acquired values in Bachmann’s SLC284 safety controller makes it possible to implement complex scenarios. Possible applications include the detection of overspeed situations, gearbox failure as well as cable twist. With these features, the SCT202 module is equipped to implement the task of safety speed monitoring in wind turbines. The SCT202 was successfully tested by TÜV Süd and has valid certification for SIL 2 / PL d to IEC61508, ISO13849, IEC62061 and IEC61131-6.

For more information, visit Bachmann website.

EVT Releases EyeSens ColorInspect Vision Sensor

evt_logoEVT has released the EyeSens ColorInspect, a vision sensor for the inspection of color-based quality characteristics. The integrated EyeVision software with commands for color inspection verify colored objects with accuracy, at speeds of up to 60 frames per second.

kabel_eyesens_colorinspect-kopie_buThe vision sensor levels out vibrations or fast movements of the machine in the production line. With IP67 and the integrated LED illumination in the camera housing, the camera is suitable for harsh, industrial environments.

With EyeVision, color control and color comparison can be controlled by the software, which provides information on the production flow in many ways. In many industrial environments, the color control is an important part of the whole quality control, because some products cannot be sold with color flaws and can also lead to reclamation from the customer.

The software detects immediately smallest color defects and also low contrast and contamination such as checking lacquer for the car body construction, when checking the color of metal parts in the automotive industry or even when checking the color sequence and color quality of multicore cables.

The applications are vast, because the color inspection can be applied in various industries such as pharmaceutical, electronic, food and beverage, automotive, print and paper.

For more information, visit EVT website.

Quark IOE, Cumulocity Partner for IoT

cumulocity-big-logoBEIJING, China, Jan 23, 2017 – Quark IOE, a subsidiary of Guangdong Eastone Century Technology Co Ltd and Cumulocity, the leading internet of things (IoT) software platform provider, enter a strategic partnership to deliver IoT solutions in mainland China and Taiwan.

The partnership combines the capabilities of Cumulocity’s advanced IoT platform and Quark IOE’s extensive enterprise communications expertise to form the best of breed IoT solutions environment for China. The combined capabilities allow Quark IOE’s customers to benefit from: rapid machine, sensor and device integration and data collection; real-time analytics for condition monitoring, predictive maintenance and supply chain automation; comprehensive device management and remote control; vertical application configurable real-time dashboards; and enterprise IT integration micro-services.

In China, the internet of things (IoT) technologies and Industry 4.0 practices are mirroring the same rapid adoption as their earlier generation techniques. A recent report from the GSMA, the global mobile operator industry association, stated that China is fast becoming a global leader in adopting IoT technologies due to strong government support and substantial private investment. China’s IoT deployments are growing rapidly and deliver real change across its economy.

Guangdong Eastone Century Technology (Eastone) is one of China’s leading solution providers for high-tech enterprises. Through its many subsidiaries, it focuses on providing wireless, core and transmission construction, integration and optimization services for telecommunication operators and original equipment manufacturers. Quark IOE harnesses all the networking expertise gained across the Eastone businesses to solve their customers IoT and enterprise digitization challenges. Eastone already has wide experience in IoT with a range of high quality multi-functional remotely controlled PLC’s.

The “Quark IOE Platform” will be jointly developed by both Quark IOE and Cumulocity specifically for the Chinese market. The partnership allows Quark IOE to benefit from the continuous evolution of Cumulocity’s leading IoT platform and focus on local market requirements through the development of customer plug-ins, vertical applications, complementary IT system integration and local operations and support. Exclusivity for the Chinese market provides both parties with a solid foundation for the partnership’s success.

“We are delighted to have an exclusive partnership with Cumulocity to extend its market leading IoT platform and assist Chinese enterprises in their digital transformations. The combination of Cumulocity, Quark IOE and the breadth of Eastone organisations provides enterprises with not only the experience of what is important to each local vertical market, but also the technical capability to overcome challenges and realize opportunities thoroughly.” said Xiao Li, CEO Quark IOE.

“In Quark IOE and Eastone we have found very strong strategic partners to exploit the enormous opportunities the Chinese market holds for the Internet of Things, powered by the world’s leading IoT software platform. The combination of Quark IOE’s considerable local technical and Go-to-Market expertise allows the vast Chinese market to build IoT solutions rapidly, securely and reliability.” said Bernd Gross, CEO Cumulocity.

About Quark IOE

Quark IOE is an innovative IoT solutions and service provider in China. Quark IOE is a subsidiary of the leading Chinese telecommunications provider Guangdong Eastone Century Technology Co Ltd (300310:Shenzhen) and was founded in 2016 to catalyse Eastone’s expertise in the internet of things (IoT). The company delivers a one-stop IoT solution for customers managing their connected devices, exploiting big data and successfully realizing business transformations. With professional service teams across China, Quark IOE develops IoT applications and solutions for a wide range of vertical markets rapidly and efficiently.

About Cumulocity

Cumulocity is the leading independent application and device management software platform for the internet-of-things (IoT) since 2010. Cumulocity is an open platform that provides a complete feature set for rapidly deploying IoT solutions. The key features include data collection and storage, real-time analytics, real-time visualization and IoT device management. Their open and publicly documented APIs and the open UI framework, enable their partners and customers to configure and extend the platform to their unique needs.

Scalability, security and reliability are critical in IoT solutions and our origins as part of Nokia Siemens Networks, the world’s mobile broadband specialist, gives us the experience of securely managing millions of devices without service interruptions. Cumulocity can be deployed in a cloud and on-premise and enables enterprises to start small and scale out to millions of devices with the deployment model fit for their business. Today Cumulocity software is operated in more than 20 data centers across 5 continents.

ESI Releases IC.IDO v11 for Virtual Reality

ESIGroup_logoPARIS, France, Jan 23, 2016 – ESI Group, leading innovator in virtual prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, announces the latest release of IC.IDO, its virtual reality (VR) solution designed for industrial use. ESI IC.IDO 11 brings solid performance improvements along with new functionalities for efficient in-process engineering reviews, assembly tooling validation, and early accessibility and serviceability assessment. Fully compatible with head mounted displays (HMD), IC.IDO 11 also enables manufacturing companies to benefit from the integration of VR at every step of the engineering process. Users can interact naturally with their designs, using realistic hand and arm motion, while applying engineering changes to their existing VR scenes.

ESI IC.IDO 11 runs on HTC Vive Business Edition

ESI IC.IDO 11 runs on HTC Vive Business Edition

ESI IC.IDO version 11 focuses on supporting the design and validation of efficient manufacturing and assembly processes, for all industries. Process release engineers, manufacturing process engineers, assembly tooling program managers and ergonomic engineers will benefit from IC.IDO’s latest developments for speeding up process and assembly design, avoiding bottlenecks and optimizing productivity. Enabling collaborative process design reviews with colleagues either on-site or remote, IC.IDO is a great tool to foster interactive process reviews and to eliminate design and ergonomic errors early in the process, before any physical prototype is built.

According to Philippe JAMES, VP continuous improvement and risks at Safran Nacelles, “IC.IDO is profoundly changing the way Safran Nacelles engineers work: Virtual Reality reduces the need for physical prototypes and costly retooling, while promoting live team discussion to deploy optimum designs much faster than when working in silos.”

IC.IDO 11 is also the first version of the software built to run on head-mounted displays (HMD), in addition to VR CAVEs, powerwalls and desktop systems. The ability to use HMDs, such as the well-known HTC Vive Business Edition, empowers engineers to delve deeper into design exploration through immersive VR. They can enjoy a more natural experience, with realistic hand and arm motion, and continue to benefit from real-time and real-scale product interactions. Furthermore, they can use VR earlier in the development process as they are no longer constrained by the availability of centralized resources (VR CAVE or VR experts). Their HMD now provides direct access to a user-friendly desktop VR system at any time.

With IC.IDO 11, engineers can perform virtual reviews of product/process integration naturally in virtual reality, validate accessibility without requiring users to wear dedicated body tracking suits/sleeves, and verify that a product design will be serviceable in the field. Within the VR environment in IC.IDO, they can interact with simulated objects just as assembly and service technicians would, once production begins. The beauty of this technology is that HMD also promotes a collaborative experience: IC.IDO 11 enables users throughout the world to connect to the same session using the same data on the same network, so colleagues can collaborate with each other within the same Virtual Reality, regardless of where they are.

“ESI’s adoption of Vive Business Edition, with their industry leading IC.IDO, is testimony to how quickly virtual reality immersive display technology is being adopted by leading engineering and manufacturing companies,” says Herve Fontaine, VP virtual reality enterprise and business development at HTC Vive. “They [ESI] have been pioneering precision engineering simulation technology for decades; accelerating time to market, product quality, and cost efficiency across large segments of the manufacturing industry. We are proud to be the virtual reality solution of choice for their new product offering. IC.IDO 11 with Vive Business Edition allows engineers to simulate their designs in room-scale VR months before the first parts are available. Leveraging Vive Business Edition’s high quality display, precise tracking and interactive controllers, every engineer can now perform quick prototyping and immersive “in-process” validation without requiring a CAVE.”

For more information about ESI IC.IDO, please visit www.esi-group.com/icido

Join ESI’s customer portal myESI to get continuously updated product information, tips & tricks, view the online training schedule and access selected software downloads: https://myesi.esi-group.com.

About ESI Group

ESI Group is a leading innovator in virtual prototyping software and services. Specialist in material physics, ESI has developed a unique proficiency in helping industrial manufacturers replace physical prototypes by virtually replicating the fabrication, assembly and testing of products in different environments. Today, coupled with virtual reality, animated by systems models, and benefiting from data analytics, virtual prototyping becomes immersive and interactive: ESI’s clients can bring their products to life, ensuring reliable performance, serviceability and maintainability. ESI solutions help world-leading OEM’s and innovative companies make sure that their products will pass certification tests – before any physical prototype is built – and that new products are competitive in their market space. Virtual prototyping addresses the emerging need for products to be smart and autonomous and supports industrial manufacturers in their digital transformation.

Today, ESI’s customer base spans nearly every industry sector. The company employs about 1100 high-level specialists worldwide to address the needs of customers in more than 40 countries.

For more information, please visit www.esi-group.com.