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RedVector Expands AEC Success Certification Program

Leading AEC firms have made it clear that market conditions are driving a tremendous need for engineering centric, soft-skills training solutions so expanding our AEC Success training program was a no-brainer, said RedVector product director Bobby Person. “Research shows that more often, firm’s projects are falling short of goal due to non-technical challenges,” he said. “As such, we are fiercely dedicated to providing the highest quality, most impactful soft-skill training solutions specifically for engineers; in the formats demanded by today’s professionals including video, mobile, short duration content. Productivity enhancements, improved communications and customer relations gains driven by the AEC success training program directly correlate to more projects being delivered on time, in budget.”

RedVector’s 6 new undefined engineering professional development courses are:

  • How to Create a Focused, Productive and Low Stress Career and Life
  • Five Steps to Effective Email Management
  • Strategies for a Successful Client Interview
  • How to Find and/or Become a Mentor
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • 7 Steps for undefined Using LinkedIn Effectively

Engineers, designers, project managers and other AEC professionals who successfully complete courses within the series will be awarded an official RedVector AEC Success certificate of completion, which can be documented on resumes and even utilized in a firm’s marketing collateral.

About RedVector (a Vector Solutions Company)

RedVector sets the standard for excellence in online continuing education and training for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial and facility management industries and holds nearly 100 state and national accreditations. RedVector offers individual courses as well as large-scale corporate training solutions featuring customizable and easily accessible online universities with a full range of tracking and reporting features. RedVector is a division of Vector Solutions. Through its brands RedVector, TargetSolutions and LearnSmart, Vector Solutions strives to help its customers become more effective, efficient and safe via online training and performance management solutions.

For more information, visit www.redvector.com.

ABB Partners with IBM

Combines ABB Ability with IBM Watson Internet of Things

ABB_LOGOABB and IBM announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB’s digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure.

The first two joint industry solutions powered by ABB Ability and Watson will bring real-time cognitive insights to the factory floor and smart grids.

New suite of breakthrough solutions

The new suite of breakthrough solutions developed by ABB and IBM will help companies address in a completely new way some of their industrial challenges, such as improving quality control, reducing downtime and increasing speed and yield of industrial processes. These solutions will move beyond current connected systems that simply gather data, to cognitive industrial machines that use data to understand, sense, reason and take actions supporting industrial workers to help eliminate inefficient processes and redundant tasks.

Bringing real-time cognitive insights to the factory floor

For example, ABB and IBM will leverage Watson’s artificial intelligence to help find defects via real-time production images that are captured through an ABB system, and then analyzed using IBM Watson IoT for Manufacturing. Previously, these inspections were done manually, which was often a slow and error-prone process. By bringing the power of Watson’s real time cognitive insights directly to the shop floor in combination with ABB’s industrial automation technology, companies will be better equipped to increase the volume flowing through their production lines while improving accuracy and consistency. As parts flow through the manufacturing process, the solution will alert the manufacturer to critical faults – not visible to the human eye – in the quality of assembly. This enables fast intervention from quality control experts. Easier identification of defects impacts all goods on the production line, and helps improve a company’s competitiveness while helping avoid costly recalls and reputational damage.

Bringing real-time cognitive insights to smart grids

In another example, ABB and IBM will apply Watson’s capabilities to predict supply patterns in electricity generation and demand from historical and weather data, to help utilities optimize the operation and maintenance of today’s smart grids, which are facing the increased complexity created by the new balance of conventional as well as renewable power sources. Forecasts of temperature, sunshine and wind speed will be used to predict consumption demand, which will help utilities determine optimal load management as well as real-time pricing.

About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a provider of electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.

For more information, please visit www.abb.com.

About IBM

For more information, please visit www.ibm.com/iot, www.ibm.com/internet-of-things/iot-solutions/iot-manufacturing and follow @IBMIoT on Twitter.

Wintersteiger Selects Siemens for PLM

siemens-logo-en-2xPLANO, TX, Apr 26, 2017 – Wintersteiger, a specialist machinery manufacturing company in Austria, has selected Siemens as its exclusive product lifecycle management (PLM) software supplier in support of its digitalization efforts. Wintersteiger will replace its existing heterogeneous portfolio of software systems for product data management with Siemens’ Teamcenter portfolio, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management software. In addition, Wintersteiger plans to migrate all its existing design and development systems to NX software, Siemens’ flagship solution for integrated computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE). By integrating its product development software with the new Teamcenter platform, Wintersteiger product development designers and engineers will be able to collaborate more efficiently and directly, even across the various divisions and subsidiaries in the group.

wist_0031_300dpi_CMYK“First and foremost, we expect greatly improved synergies between our development departments, and we are confident that the new Siemens software will meet our expectations,” says Christian Rauscher, CTO at Wintersteiger AG. “The deeply integrated Siemens portfolio will empower our design engineers. It will create a broad base for their combined knowledge and experience on which they will be able to efficiently and flexibly develop new products bound to be successful in their various markets.”

Introduction of the PLM software began this quarter at Wintersteiger headquarters, where Siemens and Wintersteiger are working jointly to tailor the solution to meet the needs of Wintersteiger’s diverse business segments. Wintersteiger produces machinery for industries such as service and rental solutions for the entire ski and snowboard sport, wood technology, seed mechanics, metals and automation. In a second step, Teamcenter will be rolled out to the entire Wintersteiger group, covering Wintersteiger AG and VAP Gruber Automations GmbH in Austria as well as Wintersteiger Sägen GmbH and Kohler Maschinenbau GmbH in Germany. Implementing Teamcenter and NX across the entire group provides a scalable, flexible digital enterprise solution for mechanical design which will be adapted to changing requirements. Using a single, comprehensive platform will prepare Wintersteiger to quickly and efficiently adapt to future challenges across all industries.

“For companies building machinery at the threshold of Industry 4.0, rapidly changing requirements are the norm rather than the exception,” said Hermann Kaineder, country manager Austria, Siemens PLM Software. “Solutions that allow users to master new challenges collaboratively, and therefore quickly and simply, will help companies meet these future needs. We are proud that Wintersteiger decided in favor of Siemens PLM Software to boost their group-wide digitalization strategy using NX and Teamcenter.”

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) and manufacturing operations management (MOM) software, systems and services with over 15 million licensed seats and more than 140,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, TX, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with its customers to provide industry software solutions that help companies everywhere achieve a sustainable competitive advantage by making real the innovations that matter.

For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide.

Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.

Theorem Launches Visualization App for Microsoft HoloLens

TheoremSolutions_logoSTAFFORDSHIRE, UK, Apr 26, 2017 – Theorem Solutions free Visualization application for the Microsoft HoloLens, mixed reality device, has been officially launched on the Microsoft App Store and is now available for download.

AppThe App allows users to visualize and experience engineering and manufacturing design data in a mixed reality environment that combines the ‘real-world’ with high quality holographic representations.

It’s a simple process to download the free Visualization Experience App from the Microsoft App store, and only requires a few details for validation: name, company name, a valid email address and Microsoft HoloLens headset.

The user will then receive an email that needs to be responded to in order to unlock a free 90 day trial of the Theorem Mixed Reality Visualization Experience.

The Visualization Experience gives users access to a number of different sets of engineering data supplied by Theorem, that can be used to test the ‘experience’ in the Mixed Reality realm and see how the technology can suit a number of different use cases.

At any time during the free trial, users have the option to upgrade to the full subscription license (further details upon request) which will enable them to load their own engineering and manufacturing CAD and PLM data where it is automatically optimized for use in the Microsoft HoloLens.

Theorem’s Experience Server then streams the data to the device allowing the user to interact and engage with their data like never before. The data comes to life in the Visualization Experience as it’s selected on the device, giving the user complete freedom of movement to view, manipulate and interrogate their 3D data, all controlled by the use of hand gestures and voice commands.

To download the free App from the Microsoft App Store please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9nfvr4dp3c6q

For further information, please visit http://www.theorem.com/digital-realities.

About Theorem Solutions

Theorem Solutions works with engineering and manufacturing companies to reduce the cost of project collaboration with their customers, suppliers and internal departments. The innovative and advanced data translation products and services provided also helps to protect the value of engineering data and the intellectual property it contains.

For more information, visit www.theorem.com.