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PTC Names Kristian Talvitie as CFO

BOSTON, MA, Apr 24, 2019 – PTC today announced the appointment of Kristian Talvitie as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective May 15, 2019.

Talvitie has a broad business background with more than 25 years of finance and sales and marketing experience, including having previously worked at PTC from 2008 to 2016. From 2002 to 2008, Talvitie worked at electronics contract manufacturer Plexus in roles as market sector vice president, leading sales and business development, and vice president of corporate marketing. He joined PTC in 2008 and served in various executive finance roles under PTC CFOs Jeff Glidden and Andy Miller. He left PTC in 2016 to become CFO at SaaS and subscription company Sovos, and in 2018 joined software company Syncsort as CFO.

“Kristian is well-known and highly respected across PTC’s management, board of directors, and investor communities,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “Kristian joined PTC in 2008 and quickly reshaped our Investor Relations efforts into the award-winning program we have today. Then, as corporate vice president of finance, he led our annual and long-range financial planning efforts during the key time when PTC margins expanded dramatically and growth accelerated as we entered the IoT market.”

When Andy Miller joined PTC as CFO in 2015, Talvitie led the cross-functional team charged with formulating and driving the elements of the company’s subscription conversion program.

Added Heppelmann, “Kristian was considered to be a strong candidate when we hired Andy, and with the added experience he gained working for Andy, and then in outside CFO roles at SaaS and software companies Sovos and Syncsort, he emerged as the clear leader in our current CFO search. Kristian is known at PTC as a proven leader with a broad cross-functional operational perspective. He is smart, has high integrity, is results-driven, and always leads with a sense of urgency. He understands our growth strategy, our profit strategy, and our subscription business model – because he helped build them all. He is the ideal CFO who will help PTC push forward without disruption in pursuit of our long-range plans. I am very pleased to welcome Kristian back to PTC as our new CFO.”

“I am excited to rejoin PTC,” said Talvitie. “I know the company well, and understand how PTC is positioned going forward. I’m energized by the opportunity to work with Jim and the management team to continue to build a world-class, cutting-edge subscription software company.”

Talvitie replaces Andrew Miller, who announced in January 2019 his intention to retire by the end of fiscal 2019. Miller will remain at PTC for a transition period following Mr. Talvitie’s commencement of employment.

Concluded Heppelmann, “I want to thank Andy Miller for his significant contribution to PTC’s success over the past four years. I’ve learned a lot from Andy, and thanks to the well-managed subscription transition that Andy drove at PTC, the company has emerged as a high-growth, high-profit subscription software company with a promising future. We thank Andy for his commitment to manage a smooth transition of responsibilities to Kristian, and wish him the very best in his retirement.”

About PTC

PTC unleashes industrial innovation with award-winning, market-proven solutions that enable companies to differentiate their products and services, improve operational excellence, and increase workforce productivity. With PTC, and its partner ecosystem, manufacturers can capitalize on the promise of today’s new technology to drive digital transformation. For more information, visit

Axiomtek Releases IPS960-511-PoE Machine Vision Controller

Axiomtek launched the IPS960-511-PoE, its integrated vision controller optimized for machine vision applications. Featuring a multi-core CPU, IP40-rated design, camera communication interfaces, real-time vision-specific I/O with microsecond-scale and LED lighting control, this machine vision controller provides an all-in-one solution that addresses the needs across various machine vision platforms and automatic inspection cases.

Axiomtek’s IPS960-511-PoE is powered by the LGA1151 socket the 7th & 6th generation Intel Core (Kaby Lake/Skylake) and Celeron processors (up to 65W) with the Intel H110 chipset. The intelligent vision system comes with dual DDR4-2133/2400 un-buffered SO-DIMM sockets for up to 32GB of system memory as well as supports camera interfaces for connecting industrial cameras, including four IEEE802.3at PoE LAN ports and four USB 3.0 ports. Its vision I/O integrates a range of isolated I/O interfaces and real-time controls essential to machine vision applications, including trigger input, LED lighting controller, camera trigger, as well as an encoder input for conveyor tracking. The IPS960-511-PoE also supports lighting dimming control to identify object characteristics for different inspection. Two swappable 2.5″ HDDs are available for extensive storage needs.

To ensure performance in harsh environments, the highly flexible IPS960-511-PoE platform system supports an operating temperature range of -10°C to +55°C. Its setup and design allow installation in space-constrained environments. It comes with front-accessible I/O connectors, including two Gigabit LAN ports, four PoE ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one Real-time vision I/O, one VGA, one HDMI, one 3-pin terminal block, and one audio (Mic-in/Line-out). The IP40-rated IPS960-511-PoE comes with one I/O module slot with a choice of four different types of I/O modules – a 4-port RS-232/422/485 module (AX93511); a 4-port isolated RS-232/422/485 module (AX93516); an 1-port GbE Ethernet, 2-port USB 3.0 and 2-port RS-232/422/485 module (AX93519); and a 2-port isolated RS-232/422/485 and 8-in/8-out DIO module (AX93512).

For more information, visit Axiomtek website.

ZWSOFT Releases ZWCAD 2020 Open Beta

GUANGZHOU, China, Apr 25, 2019 – Not long after ZWCAD 2020 Close Beta was released in ZWorld 2019, its Open Beta is available now for you to have a test.

As was stated by Daniel Huang, ZWCAD product manager in ZWorld 2019, “We have spared no effort to make ZWCAD stronger at almost every aspect, based on the feedback from our users and the understanding of the industry,” so, what will ZWCAD bring you this time?

Multi-core Processor: Faster and Faster

Through efficiency tests, ZWCAD 2020 Beta just got even faster, improving by 45.5% compared with ZWCAD 2019, which has already been 150% faster than 2 years ago.

Figure 1. The speed of creating a block with 40,000 objects in ZWCAD 2020 (left) and ZWCAD 2019 SP2 (right)

What’s the secret behind it? The answer is multi-core processing technology. It helps increase the speed of opening drawing especially the large ones, and creating blocks especially the ones with numerous objects. Moreover, in 32-bit Operation System, up to 2.6GB memory can be released, enabling you to open the large drawings more smoothly.

Figure 2. The Large Memory Switch for releasing memory

Manage PDF Underlays with Ease

The PDF Underlay Manager palette is now ready for you to better manage all the attached PDF Underlays in your drawing. They can be attached, detached, opened, etc. in this palette, and their information such as status, size, type, etc. can also be checked.

Figure 3. The dialog box of PDF Underlay Manager

In one word, it will help you manage PDF Underlays more conveniently, and take full advantage of the PDF Underlay feature.

TK: Handy In-command Tracking

Previously, if you want to place a point, say, the starting point of an object to a specific location, you need to draw some auxiliary lines. Now, with the in-command TK Tracking, you can locate the object with a virtual auxiliary line in the middle of your drawing or an editing command. Thus, the drawing efficiency and accuracy have been greatly improved.

Figure 4. Use TK Tracking after activating the Circle command

More User-friendly Annotation Scale

When there are too many annotation scales being stored in one single drawing, it will take a long time to load and display the annotative objects.

Figure 5. The prompt asking whether you need to reset the Annotation Scale List

Now, a prompt will pop out when opening such kind of drawings, reminding you to reset the scale list to the default state by removing the unneeded custom scales, and thus improving the efficiency and smoothness of dealing with annotative objects.

Figure 6. The Annotation Scale List before (left) and after (right) resetting

Lisp Debugger – Work on ZWCAD Lisp Conveniently

If you are a lisp-writer, you can’t miss the Lisp Debugger, which was developed based on Visual Studio Code from Microsoft. It helps you debug and modify your lisp programs easily. It is a true friend and helpful companion for all developers working on ZWCAD Lisp.

Figure 7. ZwLisp in Microsoft Extensions Marketplace

Data Extraction – All You Need are Well Organized by a Few Clicks

It enables you to extract various data including quantity, layer, area, diameter, length, color, etc. from objects by filters. All these extracted data will be shown in a table or be exported to a .csv/.xls file. It helps you easily acquire the data you need from the drawing, and it is especially useful when numerous data need to be extracted at one time.

Figure 8. Extract the data of the circle

For every version of ZWCAD, they neither rush to realize a large number of new features, nor the “fantastic” or trendy ones. They provide it, because you or the industry you are in may need it. Why not have a try to experience it yourself? More importantly, your voice are valuable to them, so if you have any comments, welcome to tell them.


Developed by ZWSOFT CO., LTD. (Guangzhou), which has helped 900,000 users from 90 countries create amazing things, ZWCAD is a powerful, reliable and DWG compatible CAD solution for worldwide users. Available in 15 languages, it provides innovative, collaborative and customizable features to designers and engineers in various industries such as AEC and MFG.

ZWSOFT Announces Partner Awards in 2018 Winners

GUANGZHOU, China, Apr 25, 2019 – In ZWorld 2019, ZWSOFT announced the winners of Partner Awards in 2018.

6 awards have been conferred on 46 winners. Let’s check out who are they:

l  Most Promising Partner

This award is granted to the partners who have cooperated with ZWSOFT for less than 3 years, but the performance is outstanding, showing strong potential. The winners are:

Wetech System from Italy

BridgeCAM from Italy

CADbro India from India

They all had a strong motivation to boost their business, and managed to make great progress in a short time. It’s worth expecting what’s more they can do in the future.

l  Most Improved Partner

This award is intended for partners who realized a very strong business growth in the past year. The winners are:

TotalCAD from Brazil

ZW France from France

MPSCIA from Spain

GP software from France

Nitrosoft from Korea

They all realized an impressive growth last year with their wisdom, determination and creativity. Bravo!

l  Most Dedicated Partner

This award honors the partners who have devoted great efforts and made significant contributions to ZWSOFT’s product development or brand building. The winners are:

CHAM Japan from Japan

Softapply from Taiwan

Encee from Germany

Tecnirolo from Portugal

3D MASTER s.c. from Poland

ZWTech from Malaysia

Their enthusiasm and devotion to ZWSOFT are admirable, and their contributions to the local brand awareness and products improvement cannot get unnoticed.

l  Deal of the year

It awards the biggest deal from a single client in the past year. The winners are:

MPSCIA from Spain

Geoback CAD/CAM from Korea

l  Partner of the year

This award is presented to the partners with outstanding overall performance from the perspectives of sales, marketing and technical support. The winners are:

Hope Technologies Private Limited from India

Nitrosoft Co., Ltd. from Korea

SZANSA from Poland

Encee CAD/CAM Systeme GmbH from German

XianJin Trading Co., Ltd. from Thailand

It is not an easy work to have a perfect performance, but they’ve done it. ZWSOFT is glad to have these wonderful partners with strong capability to handle every aspects of a business well.

l  Long-term Partnership Award

This award is set for the partners who have cooperated with ZWSOFT for over 10 years. We are surprised to find that there are 25 of them who have been our comrades for that long. Thank you for your trust and devotion all the way!

Congratulations! ZWSOFT would like to extent their sincerest gratitude to all the above award winners as well as others not mentioned here for your contributions and efforts. As ZWSOFT moving to all-in-one CAx, they will joint hand-in-hand to provide more values to global users and win together in the future.


ZWSOFT CO., LTD. (Guangzhou) is a reliable and innovative engineering software provider with its flagship products ZWCAD and ZW3D. Committed to providing complete and seamless user experience to worldwide users with its all-in-one CAx solutions, ZWSOFT has continuously satisfied diverse needs of various industries such as AEC and MFG. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, its products and service have been proven by over 900,000 clients across 90 countries.