EDEM BulkSim v2.0 Released for Simulation-Based Design

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 18, 2019 – EDEM, the market leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology for bulk and granular materials simulation has released a new version of EDEM BulkSim software – a specialized tool for designing and optimizing transfer points and chutes in the mining industry.

EDEM BulkSim has been developed for engineers designing transfer points used in mine operations and minerals processing plants, such as conveyors, chutes, stockpile reclaimers, and material feed and discharge chutes in comminution circuits. Although such systems account for a small percentage of the infrastructure cost of a plant or mine, poorly-performing transfer points are often responsible for significant operational challenges, resulting in unplanned down-time, reduced throughput, and lost productivity.

EDEM BulkSim simulation enables engineers to evaluate and verify the design performance of transfer points and chutes. By predicting bulk material flow and interaction with equipment components, it enables design engineers to identify and remedy potential problems in a design, such as material build-up and blockage, flow dispersion, spillage, size segregation, and excessive belt and chute wear — before commissioning. EDEM BulkSim has been designed for easy deployment across teams and includes a suite of out of the box visualization and analysis tools for both quantitative and qualitative evaluation of transfer points designs.

The latest version of the software includes a range of enhancements as well as increased capabilities and performance. EDEM BulkSim 2.0 includes a new user interface for quick simulation set-up and an intuitive workflow. Users now get access to the Generic EDEM Material Model (GEMM) Database to introduce materials in their simulation. The GEMM includes over 50,000 of pre-calibrated material models representing a wide range of rocks and ores. This means users get quick and easy access to fit-for-purpose material models that produce realistic material behavior and they can fully setup materials for a simulation without being a DEM expert. In terms of performance, users can expect a great speed-up with the possibility to run their simulation on their computers Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) – delivering simulation results up to 12 times faster than by using traditional desktop CPUs. On the post-processing side users benefit from faster data export and advanced tools to create more realistic and dynamic videos.

Mark Cook, product manager of EDEM, commented: “EDEM BulkSim is a key design tool that enables engineers of all experience levels to get critical insight into transfer points performance. It has been developed to easily integrate in the design process and means engineers can increase the quality of their designs by performing ‘virtual testing’ to assess performance under differing operating conditions. Version 2.0 means users can introduce materials quickly and easily by selecting a fit-for-purpose material model from our extensive materials library. Performance has also greatly improved which means users can run their simulations much faster and perform analysis quicker, leading to increased productivity.”

For more information about EDEM BulkSim software the following resources are available:

About EDEM

EDEM is the market-leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology for bulk and granular material simulation. EDEM simulation technology is used for ‘virtual testing’ of equipment that handles or processes bulk materials in the mining, equipment manufacturing and process industries. Companies worldwide use EDEM to optimize equipment design, increase productivity, reduce costs of operations, shorten product development cycles and drive product innovation. EDEM is a global company established in 2003 as DEM Solutions Ltd. and headquartered in Edinburgh, UK with offices in USA, Japan and Korea and supported by a network of channel partners in South America, South Africa and Asia-Pacific.

For more information, visit www.edemsimulation.com.

FARO Appoints Allen Muhich as CFO

FARO has announced that Allen Muhich has been appointed chief financial officer of the company, effective July 26, 2019. Mr. Muhich joins FARO from Electro Scientific Industries, where he served as chief financial officer and worked together with Michael Burger, FARO’s president and CEO.

Mr. Muhich will lead FARO’s financial operations, regional finance teams and investor relations.  He will report directly to Mr. Burger.

Mr. Muhich brings to FARO nearly 30 years of experience as a global financial executive in the industrial technology sector.  Mr. Muhich was previously chief financial officer of Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative laser-based microfabrication solutions for industries reliant on microtechnologies, ID Experts, a provider of identity protection services, Smarsh, Inc., a provider of cloud-based archiving solutions, and Radisys Corp., a leading provider of open telecom solutions.  Mr. Muhich was also vice president of finance and corporate controller at Merix Corporation, a global manufacturer of printed circuit boards.  Prior to that Mr. Muhich spent 15 years in financial management in the office printing business at Tektronix, Inc. and Xerox Corporation.  Mr. Muhich holds a B.A. degree in Accounting from Western Washington University.

Mr. Muhich will succeed Robert Seidel, who has served as FARO’s chief financial officer since December 2016 and who will continue to serve as Chief Financial Officer of the Company until July 25, 2019 and then will continue as a FARO employee for a transition period.

About FARO

FARO is the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology. The Company develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software for the following vertical markets:

  • 3D Manufacturing – High-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes
  • Construction BIM – 3D capture of as-built construction projects and factories to document complex structures and perform quality control, planning and preservation
  • Public Safety Forensics – Capture and analysis of on-site real world data to investigate crash, crime and fire events, plan security activities and provide virtual reality training for public safety personnel
  • 3D Design – Capture and edit 3D shapes of products, people and/or environments for design purposes in product development, computer graphics and dental and medical applications
  • Photonics – Develop and market galvanometer-based laser measurement products and solutions

FARO’s global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, Florida. The Company’s European regional headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia-Pacific regional headquarters is located in Singapore. FARO has other offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey, the Netherlands, Switzerland, India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and Australia.

More information is available at www.faro.com.

Hexagon Releases QUINDOS v2019.2

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the second full release of QUINDOS 2019, its powerful software for special geometries and the most flexible package of solutions from standard inspection to powertrain.

The 2019.2 version includes the option QUINDOS Virtual CMM – VCMM II for determining the specific measurement uncertainty of test features. The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) verified model is based on the latest mathematical models and technological standards. Influencing factors and their correlations can be determined automatically for each measurement using the computer-based simulation according to VDI/VDE 2617 Sheet 7 – either in a machine setting with remote environment or on a separate simulation computer. The number of simulation runs and timing of the simulation can be adjusted according to the individual measuring tasks in order to react flexibly to accuracy and efficiency demands.

This QUINDOS solution provides a structured user interface to guide the user through the relevant steps from task definition to the final report. The measuring uncertainty can be output as a value individually for each feature on the report and also graphically. The graphical output can be differentiated for incoming or outgoing inspection, or according to the conventional QUINDOS graphic.

Determination of the grinding/cutting tool offset has been added to the solutions for gear cutting tools. The option can be used to determine correction values for the cutter/grinder in the manufacturing process based on the evaluation of the normal, lateral, and radial offsets.

QUINDOS 2019 also includes a solution to inspect the grinding strategy for Broaches (DIN 1415) with ring grooves. The software evaluates the lead of the gradually narrowing tooth form in the direction of the face. Material crushing and compression stress that may lead to failure can be recognised and reduced through the inspection of the free surface. The Hirth option has also been updated to the latest industrial guideline VW PV 5316.

QUINDOS also now includes an additional evaluation for gears with a new graphical report. The all-in-one plot graphically visualises the evaluations of helix and profile for a gear in a condensed format. Furthermore, dimension over 3 balls was added to the list of special measurements.

About Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence Division

Hexagon is a global sensor, software and autonomous solutions provider. Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.

Procore to Acquire Honest Buildings

CARPINTERIA, CA, July 18, 2019 – Procore Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of construction management software, announced it has entered an agreement to acquire Honest Buildings, Inc., a leading provider of project management software for owners and developers. This acquisition will allow Procore to create the construction industry’s first full-stack platform to manage projects from start to finish. Together, the companies will use their platforms to create unified financials and cost tracking from the first dollar in from the investor or lender to its final spend at the subcontractor or material provider level.

Honest Buildings’ data-driven platform is purpose-built for owners and is used to ensure capital and construction projects are completed on time and on budget. Honest Buildings provides direct value to owners by centralizing all projects portfolio-wide, moving workflows out of spreadsheets and onto its platform. Owners can also harness data to manage capital more strategically. Customers include global, national, and local owners, including Brookfield, Oxford Properties Group, and EQ Office, Blackstone’s US office portfolio company. Based in New York, NY, Honest Buildings was founded in 2012 by CEO and co-founder Riggs Kubiak. The company’s over 100 team members, including additional co-founders Cody Roberts and Garrett Kubiak, will join the Procore team, expanding the company’s New York Citypresence.

Procore provides owners like Boston Children’s Hospital, The Wonderful Company, and Uline, with full visibility into their projects through every stage of the construction lifecycle. With more than 1,000 real estate developers, owners, and construction manager as agents relying on Procore to manage their businesses, this acquisition extends Procore’s commitment to those stakeholders.

“Procore and Honest Buildings share a vision that centers around transforming the construction industry, and we have an opportunity to realize this vision through the development of a global platform that connects everyone in construction,” said Tooey Courtemanche, founder and CEO, Procore. “Honest Buildings has been solely focused on providing value to owners, and when fully integrated on the Procore platform we will create even greater value by delivering a powerful solution that provides transparency and accessibility of information to general contractors, specialty contractors, and owners on a single system of record.”

“Honest Buildings has facilitated over $20 billion of projects for the world’s largest owners and fast growing companies. Joining Procore will accelerate our growth globally in building technology that empowers owners and their teams to manage projects and the capital that funds them,” said Riggs Kubiak, CEO and co-founder of Honest Buildings. “Our companies’ missions and cultures align so well that from our first meetings together the energy was palpable. We at Honest Buildings are excited about the speed and impact we can have on the built world by joining the Procore team.”

“Procore became a reality many years ago from actual problems I was trying to solve as the owner on my own construction project, so it’s exciting to accelerate our focus on owners and our commitment to the industry by delivering products that help improve the lives of everyone in construction,” added Courtemanche.

Honest Buildings customers and board members had the following to say about the acquisition:

  • “Expanding the ability to gather and analyze data around the built environment is and will continue to improve project outcomes for everyone around price and project execution,” said Lisa Picard, president and CEO of EQ Office, Blackstone’s U.S. office portfolio company. “The integration of Procore and Honest Buildings’ platforms radically opens a world of value to owners and contractors that will re-shape our industries.”
  • “The integration of platforms designed for owners and contractors is a game-changer for anyone executing major development projects,” said Ric Clark, chairman of Brookfield Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners. “Our construction and asset management teams have different needs and preferences, and the Procore and Honest Buildings combined platform will provide them best-in-class software that covers the full lifecycle of a project.”
  • “The cranes in every major city and burgeoning suburbs demonstrate the opportunity we have to transform the real estate industry, and anyone who touches construction,” says Michael Turner, president of Oxford Properties Group, a leading global real estate developer, investor and owner. “The joining of Procore and Honest Buildings creates the gold standard technology platform to manage construction projects of all sizes for owners, general contractors, and subcontractors, allowing them to collaborate and execute in ways never before possible.”

About Procore

Procore is a leading provider of construction management software. Procore connects people, applications, and devices through a unified platform to help construction professionals manage risk and build quality projects, safely, on time, and within budget. The company has a diversified business model with products for project management, construction financials, quality & safety, and field productivity. Headquartered in Carpinteria, CA, with offices around the globe, Procore has more than 7,000 customers and is used to manage billions of dollars in annual construction volume.

For more information about Procore, visit procore.com.