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ModuleWorks v2022.08 Released for Digital Manufacturing

ModuleWorks announces the release of its 2022.08 CAD/CAM software components for digital manufacturing. This is the second major ModuleWorks release of 2022 and contains new and enhanced features across the entire product range, including new custom tool shapes for roughing, automatic tool axis control, and vector interpolation for the machine simulation.

Custom tool shape for roughing

With the new feature for creating generic revolved tools, operators can customize the shape of the cutting and non-cutting parts of the tool for all triangle mesh-based roughing strategies. Customized tools avoid over-simplifications because they take specific features of the tool shape into account during the toolpath calculation to deliver a realistic simulation of the material removal process.

Automatic tool axis control

This new feature for multi-axis finishing adds a new mode called “Automatic” to the tool axis control. In automatic mode, the contact point as well as the lead and lag angles are automatically defined according to each available tool. This reduces programming time and simplifies tool axis definition.

RTCP by vectors

The RTCP ON command in the ModuleWorks Machine Simulation has a new option called “by vectors”. Between any two moves, the Machine Simulation interpolates the tool’s movement to ensure the tool tip points are located on a line and the tool vectors are located on a plane. The size of the interpolation steps can be controlled, and the command requires no machine kinematic knowledge, making it straightforward to use.

Further details about the ModuleWorks 2022.08 release are available in the latest ModuleWorks YouTube videos: What’s New in ModuleWorks 2022.08

The ModuleWorks 2022.08 release is available now for download from the ModuleWorks website.

About ModuleWorks

ModuleWorks is the software component provider for the digital manufacturing industry. With over 250 employees and 1000 person-years of software development, ModuleWorks’ expertise in toolpath creation and simulation is recognized throughout the industry and its software components are already optimizing the performance and quality of over 500,000 installed seats of CAD/CAM and CNC software around the world.

For more information, visit www.moduleworks.com.

Altium Partners with IPCEF, Arduino

Announce Student Electronics Design Challenge

SAN DIEGO, CA, Aug 18, 2022 – Altium LLC, the leading printed circuit board (PCB) design software company, is partnering with the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) and Arduino to launch the second annual student electronics design challenge. This competition aims to engage, educate, and enhance PCB design capabilities while developing STEM solutions to environmental challenges. The electronics design challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talents and gain real-world experience.

The Innovation for Environmental Change 2022 International Student Design Competition (#PCBeTheChange) engages student teams to help address common environmental concerns using Altium’s educational tools with Arduino hardware.

Over 17 countries submitted entries to last year’s competition, which addressed various local environmental issues, including city traffic, shoreline erosion, bushfire detection, honey bee endangerment, and more.

Teams will use Altium Upverter Modular PCB design software and the Arduino Portenta H7 to create prototype designs that will improve the environment in each team’s respective local area. The teams will be challenged to tackle one or more environmental concerns, such as air pollution, water quality, and solar energy capture.

As Yu Hu, head of Arduino Education, elaborates, “At Arduino, we believe that it is very crucial to empower the scientists and engineers of the future to address the common challenges of our time by using technology for the benefit of many.  Last year’s entries showed an amazing combination of ingenuity, curiosity and technical skills in their designs, and we’re excited to see what new and innovative STEM solutions the teams will submit this year.”

Participating teams will enter the design challenge while harnessing Altium Upverter Education and the Upverter Modular tool. Altium features multiple educational initiatives designed to support high school STEM teachers and students, along with programs to support college students and industry professionals.

“It was fascinating to see 87 teams from around the world participate, leveraging the printed circuit board design knowledge they had learned from Altium’s Upverter Education, to address important environmental issues. We are excited to see more unique designs from this year’s contestants and are honored to again have the opportunity to provide the curriculum and tools students need for the contest,” adds Rea Callender, vice president of education at Altium.

Winning teams will be eligible to win cash prizes for each category: high school and college: $1500 (1st prize), $750 (2nd prize) and $500 (3rd prize), free access to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California from January 24-26, 2023. Designs will be displayed at the IPC Design Booth; awards will be presented at the IPC APEX EXPO STEM Outreach Event.

Charlene Gunter, senior director of IPCEF shares, “We believe that opportunities and experiences like this will allow students to gain awareness and access to the electronics manufacturing industry and in turn help them reach their career goals. This collaboration with Altium, Upverter Education, and Arduino showcases our mutual goals of engaging and educating students in PCB design, and we look forward to seeing the creativity and solutions the teams will create this year.”

Open registration is available for the design challenge now via Upverter Education and runs through Monday, October 3. Teams must submit their designs online by Friday, November 18. Competition winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 14, followed by virtual presentations for the first place and runner-up entrants.

For more information, please contact upverter.education@altium.com.

About Altium

Altium, LLC  is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, CA, accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products.

About Upverter Education

Upverter Education, launched by Altium in September 2020, is addressing an important societal need by empowering STEM educators teaching engineering, electronics design, and robotics with free essential tools and classroom resources. The program has been honored with multiple awards, including the EdTech Breakthrough Award, for Best Engineering Learning Solution and the Gold STEVIE American Business Award, further validating Altium’s innovative approach to supporting STEM education.

About IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF)

The IPC Education Foundation creates awareness of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer students in high school and college by providing them with opportunities to access people, courses, and knowledge through key programs: 1) The IPC Student Chapter program provides scholarships, industry-standard education, industry connections, and access to hands-on competitions, especially with the support of industry experts and professionals; 2) IPC Video Subscription Libraries provide access to industry-relevant content to students in high school and college, and 3) a variety of engagement initiatives like in-person/virtual events, webinars, and classroom activities.

About Arduino

Arduino is the leading open-source hardware and software company in the world. Born to provide an easy-to-use platform for anyone making interactive projects, Arduino has reached a growing community and adapted to new needs and challenges, branching out into products for IoT, wearables, 3D printing, and embedded environments. As of today, the Arduino community included approximately 30 million active users.

LAPP Releases ÖLFLEX HEAT 260 SC Cable

LAPP has introduced UL AWM-Certified single-core ÖLFLEX cables for extreme temperatures. LAPP’s ÖLFLEX HEAT 260 SC heat-resistant single-core industrial cable now carries UL AWM certification/cRU AWM I A/B. Ideal for applications subject to extreme temperatures, the ÖLFLEX HEAT 260 SC cable features polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) insulation to provide exceptional resistance to acids, alkalis, solvents, oils, other chemicals and UV exposure.

This rugged construction allows ÖLFLEX HEAT 260 SC to resist cracks during frequent ambient temperature fluctuations while exhibiting a wide temperature range of -190°C to +260°C, with a UL/CSA rating of up to 200°C. The cable also maintains high elasticity and tensile strength, with a minimum bending radius of 10x OD and a fixed installation bending radius of 4x OD. Flame retardance ratings include:

  • IEC and EN 60332-1-2
  • UL Horizontal Flame Test
  • CSA FT1

The silver-plated copper-stranded conductors come in 7-, 19- or 37-wire AWG sizes. In addition, ÖLFLEX® HEAT 260 SC is now available with UL AWM certification (AWM Style 11486 acc. to UL 758), with cross sections from 28 to 12 AWG.

Thanks to the series’ small diameters, ÖLFLEX Heat 260 SC single-core cables are well-suited for space-and weight-constrained applications in mining, chemicals, refineries and metal fabrication industries as well as any environment with extreme temperature variations.

For more information about ÖLFLEX HEAT 260 SC cables, visit www.lappusa.com.

About LAPP North America

LAPP manufactures the highest quality cable, connectors, glands and industrial communication solutions to enhance factory automation and future-ready industrial manufacturing production systems and equipment. LAPP’s state of the art manufacturing plant headquartered in Florham Park, NJ includes an inhouse UL Client Data Program and UL certified laboratory to ensure the highest quality.

For more information, visit www.LAPPNorthAmerica.com.

Quaker Houghton to Exhibit Intelligent Die Casting at NADCA 2022

Quaker Houghton is demonstrating how to optimize die casting performance through its DieCast iQ end-to-end solution for intelligent die casting at this year’s NADCA 2022 Die Casting Congress and Exhibition.

Taking place at the Central Bank Center, Lexington September 13-15, 2022, this is the premier event for the die casting industry. Quaker Houghton will showcase its comprehensive product range and unrivalled process expertise and experience in die casting. This complete solution includes die and plunger lubricants and application systems, process fluids, fire resistant hydraulics, high-performance metalworking fluids, and post-casting porosity sealing from its subsidiary business, Ultraseal International.

Quaker Houghton’s process expertise includes industry knowledge and customized support throughout the end-to-end die casting operation and value chain. Technical experts from Quaker Houghton will be on hand to guide visitors through equipment and lubricant solutions developed to drive efficiency, maximize performance, and achieve lightweighting targets, all through one single source.

Quaker Houghton will be situated at booth 302 at NADCA 2022 Die Casting Congress and Tabletop.

To find out more about Quaker Houghton’s die casting solutions, please visit https://diecastiq.quakerhoughton.com/.

About Quaker Houghton

Quaker Houghton is the global industrial process fluids provider. Quaker Houghton is headquartered in Conshohocken, PA, located near Philadelphia in the United States.

Visit www.quakerhoughton.com to learn more.

QuoteToMe Partners with Procore

EDMONTON, Canada, Aug 18, 2022 – QuoteToMe, a leading provider of procure-to-pay automation software, announced a new partnership with Procore, a leading global provider of construction management software. QuoteToMe’s integration with Procore will help increase efficiency for contractor businesses looking to improve their procurement processes.

Construction is a $10T/year global industry, over $1T is spent on materials and equipment in the US and Canada alone. Due to an inefficient incumbent procure-pay workflow, the result is billions of dollars of waste on project overspend and re-work. The construction industry standard for procure-pay workflows includes manual non-centralized communication (phone, text, email) between project teams and suppliers, many paper-based processes, and little to no visibility between contractor departments (field, office and accounting).

Using QuoteToMe’s end-to-end platform consistently saves contractor field and office teams 75% of the time spent to source goods and process purchase orders (POs) and creates up to 15% cost savings on materials and equipment.

The integration between QuoteToMe and Procore helps effectively eliminate data entry and frees time for project managers and site supervisors. Using the QuoteToMe app, field and office users will have the ability to create purchase orders from their mobile devices or desktop computers that can automatically sync with Procore’s Project Financials product.

“Today, we welcome QuoteToMe to a global ecosystem of over 300 Procore App Marketplace Partners,” said Jas Saraw, VP Canada, Procore. “The seamless integration of QuoteToMe with our platform can save our customers time and money, allowing them to protect their profit margins and reduce the administrative burden of procurement.”

“Creating a seamless product experience for Procore users unlocks value for all. Our go-to-market and product strategy places a strong emphasis on integrating with leading software companies, like Procore,” said John Chabluk, QuoteToMe’s founder and CEO

QuoteToMe’s product is a fit for self-performing general and sub-contractors across all four customer segments: Emerging, Mid-Market, Major and Enterprise. Contractors’ clients annual revenue volumes ranging from $15M/year to $1B+.

The benefits of this new integration include:

  • Request quotes from your preferred material and equipment suppliers, manage purchasing approvals, and enforce purchasing limits.
  • Send completed purchase orders, invoices, and related documents directly to Procore.
  • Create POs commitments directly from QuoteToMe’s mobile app to capture receipt-of-goods documents on-site or in the store.
  • Rapid onboarding of new contractor customers.
  • QuoteToMe syncs and makes Procore project, supplier, and cost code data available to users on-site or in the office through our web and mobile app.

About QuoteToMe

QuoteToMe is a technology company creating innovation for one of the biggest industries on the planet. We have re-imagined how materials, equipment, and services are sourced and paid for on construction projects by helping contractors buy better. Our mission is simple: We are digitizing the construction procure-to-pay workflow by creating a network that connects transaction stakeholders.

QuoteToMe is a privately owned company, with industry leading equity partners including: Builders VC, Blackhorn Ventures, Argonautic Ventures, Azure Capital Partners and the Stanford University Farmers Angel Investment Club.

Learn more at quotetome.com.

About Procore

Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore’s platform. Procore’s platform connects key project stakeholders to solutions Procore has built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore’s App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with Procore’s platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, CA, Procore has offices in the United States, Canada and around the globe.

Learn more at Procore.com.