Epson Flexion N-Series Wins 2017 Golden Mousetrap Award

EPSON_logoEpson Robots has announced that the Flexion N-Series won Golden Mousetrap Award in the category of Automation & Control: Motors and Mechanical Motion Devices. The Golden Mousetrap awards celebrate companies, products, and people who are driving innovation in design, engineering, and manufacturing. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held on February 7, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center during the ATX West Show.

The editors from Design News selected the finalists from the record high number of award entries received this year, and announced them one month prior to the awards ceremony. Upon narrowing the entries to the finalists, Design News’ entire editorial team and panelists from the publication’s advisory board ultimately selected the award winners.

Epson’s Flexion N-Series 6-Axis robots offer a compact folding arm design that is changing the scope of robot based automation. Unlike any other 6-axis robot on the market, the Flexion N-Series features a tight space motion capability that keeps arm extremities out of the way, maximizing motion efficiency for faster cycle times. In addition, the folding arm reduces required workspace up to 40 percent compared to standard 6-Axis robots. Applications that were previously unattainable due to space restrictions are now possible with the Flexion N-Series.

While beneficial in a large range of industries, key applications for the Flexion N-Series include micro-sized electronic, automotive, medical, and consumer goods parts assembly, managing of well plates in laboratories, and pill handling in pharmaceutical. The Flexion N-Series is available in both ceiling and tabletop configurations. Packaged with the RC700A controller, the Flexion N-Series also utilizes Epson’s user-friendly RC+ Robot Development Software and can be used with Epson’s expansive range of integrated options, including Vision Guidance, Force Sensing, Fieldbus, GUI Builder and much more.

To learn more about the Flexion N-Series, visit epsonrobots.com/product-detail/189.

About Epson Robots

Epson Robots is a provider of PC controlled precision factory automation, with an installed base of well over 55,000 robots and a product line of hundreds of models of easy to use SCARA, Cartesian and 6-axis robots based on a common PC based platform. Building on a 35+ year heritage, Epson Robots today delivers robots for precision assembly and material handling applications in the aerospace, appliance, automotive, biotechnology, consumer product, electronics, food processing, medical device, pharmaceutical, plastics, semiconductor, and telecommunication industries.

For more information, visit www.epsonrobots.com

About Epson

With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, Epson focuses on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 91 companies around the world.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, CA, is Epson’s regional headquarters for the US, Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit epson.com.

Zuken Announces Keynote Speaker for Annual Innovation Event

zuken-newlogoWESTFORD, MA, Mar 23, 2017 – Zuken announced Kevin Wrenn, general manager of PLM at PTC, as keynote speaker for Zuken Innovation World (ZIW) 2017 Americas (www.zuken.com/ziw-us). Zuken USA’s annual user and technology conference will be held on April 24-26 at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

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Kevin Wrenn, divisional vice president and general manager PLM, PTC

Wrenn will speak on “The Digital Engineering Transformation Journey and You”, explaining that in all industries the introduction of smart, connected technology will disrupt jobs and businesses – for the better.  He will outline what role attendees can play in this transformational journey, how to prepare for the changes, and why the IoT era is going to be an exciting time to be in the workplace.

Wrenn will draw on 25 years’ experience at PTC driving the business strategy, executing go-to-market and product lifecycle activities, and delivering customer success for the company’s PLM segment.

Learn from the best

This year Zuken University has expanded to offer more than 40 classes, helping attendees learn the newest features to boost their productivity with Zuken tools. With a focus on education, the classes are smaller and highly interactive to maximize the learning experience. For those with specific product questions, the popular Zuken Expert Bar will have six stations offering 1:1 access to Zuken’s technical team and the latest product releases.

Harbour Town at Dusk

Zuken’s annual user and technology conference will be held on April 24-26 at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Agenda highlights

Further highlights of the packed, four-track agenda include:

  • Partner classes from: Ansys, Aras, No Magic, PTC, SiliconExpert, DownStream Technologies and Ultra Librarian.
  • Sneak peaks of new products being released later in the year.
  • Technology Showcase featuring Zuken’s partners and of Zuken’s own product updates for 2017.

For more information, or to register for the event, see www.zuken.com/ziw-us.

About Zuken

Zuken is a global provider of leading-edge software and consulting services for electrical and electronic design and manufacturing. Founded in 1976, Zuken has the longest track record of technological innovation and financial stability in the electronic design automation (EDA) software industry. The company’s extensive experience, technological expertise and agility, combine to create world-class software solutions. Zuken’s transparent working practices and integrity in all aspects of business produce long-lasting and successful customer partnerships that make Zuken a reliable long-term business partner.

Zuken is focused on being a long-term innovation and growth partner. The security of choosing Zuken is further reinforced by the company’s people—the foundation of Zuken’s success. Coming from a wide range of industry sectors, specializing in many different disciplines and advanced technologies, Zuken’s people relate to and understand each company’s unique requirements.

For more information about the company and its products, visit www.zuken.com.

ISU Chemical Selects Intergraph for Plant Technical Data

Intergraph_logoHUNTSVILLE, AL, Mar 23, 2017 – Korean petrochemical company ISU Chemical Co., Ltd (ISU Chemical) has selected four Intergraph solutions to optimize the management of technical data quality on its Onsan and Ulsan plant sites.

ISU Chemical will deploy the suite of new technology – Intergraph Smart 3D, SmartPlant P&ID, SmartPlant Review and SmartPlant Enterprise for Owner Operators – in two phases by mid-2018. Phase one will involve laser scanning of the Onsan plant, using the Hexagon Leica ScanStation P30 to produce high-quality 3D “as built” data, as well as  piping and instrumentation (P&ID) conversion, 3D modelling and legacy data cleansing. Once this process is complete, the as built data will be loaded into a new SmartPlant-based data management system. Phase two will see this process repeated at the Ulsan plant.

“Intergraph’s solutions will improve the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of our facilities, as all up-to-date engineering data will be accessible and managed through a centralized SmartPlant-based system,” said Dongmin Kim, technical officer at ISU System, the system integrator division of ISU Chemical. “Additionally, we anticipate these solutions will help us to reduce field project work hours through the automatic generation of deliverables.”

Mattias Stenberg, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said, “We are proud Intergraph’s solutions will be used to help ISU Chemical realize the benefits of optimized engineering data management, which include improved data quality and operational efficiency.”

Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise offers a powerful portfolio of industry-leading, best-in-class design and data management solutions, enabling companies in the process, power, and marine industries to capture integrated engineering knowledge at the enterprise level for the competitive advantage needed in today’s and tomorrow’s market. SmartPlant Enterprise’s integrated suite of solutions enable proven productivity gains, improving engineering efficiency by up to 30 percent. This is why the majority of plants built worldwide are designed using Intergraph solutions.

Intergraph Technical User Forum (TUF) LinkedIn groups provide an online discussion forum for year-round networking between users. To learn more about Intergraph solutions and network with other Intergraph users, visit ppm.intergraph.com/technical-user-forums.

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its “Engineering Design Tools for Plants & Infrastructure Global Market Research Study Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2020.

About ISU Chemical

ISU Chemical produces petrochemicals, specialized chemicals and lubricants used as raw materials for the manufacture of detergents. It is one of the world’s leading producers of linear alkyl benzene (LAB) and branched alkyl benzene (BAB). Headquartered in Seoul and established in 1969, the company aims to transform its manufacturing operations into smart factories by 2020, with big data, Internet of Things and virtual reality playing a key role.

For more information, visit www.isuchemical.com/eng.

About Intergraph Process, Power & Marine

Soon to be rebranded simply as Hexagon PPM, the Intergraph Process, Power & Marine division of Hexagon is the leading global provider of engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities.

Process, Power & Marine is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technology solutions that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial landscapes.