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Lantek’s Adria Haines Joins FMA’s Software Technology Council

CINCINNATI, OH, Aug 17, 2017 – Lantek Sheet Metal Solutions has announced the appointment of Lantek USA director Adria Haines to the Fabricators & Manufacturer’s Association, International (FMA) Software Technology Council. As one of only nine members on the council, Haines brings 20 years of expertise in CAD/CAM and manufacturing solutions software.

Adria Haines – director, Lantek Sheet Metal Solutions, USA

FMA’s Software Technology Council is comprised of volunteer leaders that provide FMA members and the industry unbiased information about the benefits of software solutions and automation. “We are pleased to have Adria join our Software Technology Council,” states Ashly Lantz, education products specialist for FMA. “Adria offers valuable insights into the digitization of manufacturing. This topic is top of mind for our members, so we look forward to her support in the coming year.”

Haines has robust experience in the CAD/CAM market. With an educational background in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati, Haines began her career developing and supporting CAD/CAM software. She went on to serve as an Application Engineer, demonstrating and implementing CAD/CAM Interoperability projects to Fortune 500 manufacturers, before landing in her favorite role – crafting solutions for customers.

“I’m a problem-solver by nature,” stated Haines. “Once I began working closely with clients in real-world manufacturing, I was hooked. To see the impact my work has in saving time and money for manufacturers is truly satisfying.” In 2009 Lantek selected Haines to assemble a US team as part of their mission to help sheet metal companies digitize their processes with the most innovative software products and services. She has been key in the launch of Advanced Solutions, Lantek’s new offering for the Digital Transformation of Sheet Metal companies.

“Today I am helping my clients learn Industry 4.0 technologies and how to achieve their digitization goals. I am honored to be chosen for the FMA Software Council and hope that my knowledge of CAD/CAM, Nesting, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), ERP and Integrated Smart Factory will be an asset to their mission,” added Haines.

To learn more about Lantek Sheet Metal Solutions, visit www.lanteksms.com.

About Lantek Sheet Metal Solutions

Lantek Sheet Metal Solutions is the world’s largest provider of Industry 4.0 solutions to the Sheet Metal Fabrication Industry. Their solutions include CAD/CAM Nesting, MES, ERP and specialize in integrating software for Smart Factories. Lantek is globally headquartered in the Basque Country of Spain. Having over 30 years of experience, Lantek supports more than 18,000 customers in 90 countries. Lantek has offices in 15 countries Lantek’s U.S. Headquarters is located in Mason, OH.

About The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA)

FMA is a professional organization with more than 2,500 individual and company members working together to improve the metal processing, forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs, networking events, and FABTECH, the industry’s leading trade show. The official publications of FMA include – The FABRICATOR, The Tube & Pipe Journal, STAMPING Journal, Practical Welding Today, The Fabricator en Espanol, Canadian Metalworking, and Canadian Fabricating & Welding. FMA’s charitable foundation, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, provides grants to community and technical colleges to produce manufacturing summer camps for youth ages 12-16 to introduce them to manufacturing career options. The foundation provides scholarships for qualified students in post-secondary educational programs leading to careers in manufacturing as well.

For more information, visit www.fmanet.org.

Zuken Innovation World 2018 Seeks Abstracts

WESTFORD, MA, Aug 17, 2017 – Zuken USA, Inc, is now accepting abstracts for Zuken Innovation World (ZIW) 2018, to be held on April 23-25 in San Diego, CA. The event includes a two-day technical conference and one-day exhibition to be held at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.

ZIW annually offers more than 40 technical sessions including Zuken University classes showcasing how-to and best practices for the current and upcoming 2018 product releases. Zuken’s Expert Bar and the Technology Showcase provide one-on-one access to Zuken’s technical team and partner solutions.

Abstracts are now being accepted for 45-minute educational presentations. Suggested presentation topics include design disciplines such as PCB, IC packaging, wire harness, control panel and design data management. Industry trends, process innovation and new design methodologies are also topics of interest.

Presentations must be non-commercial in nature and should focus on technology, techniques or methodology. Case studies, how-to information and usage tips are favored and individual or team presentations are welcome.

Abstracts of 100 to 300 words and speaker biographies should be submitted to Zuken. by November 3, 2017. For additional details and deadline information, visit the ZIW Speakers Corner.

Registration for exhibitors will open in early October. For more information about attending, presenting or exhibiting at ZIW Americas, please contact the Conference Manager, Amy Clements, at 972-691-3284 or amy.clements@zukenusa.com.

About ZIW

Zuken Innovation World conferences take place annually at venues around the globe. The conferences bring together the best technical and business minds in the Zuken community for dynamic interaction that interests, educates and inspires our attendees. The ZIW Americas agenda will feature a mix of user presentations, Zuken University classes, discussion groups and lively networking events.

For more information, visit www.zuken.com/en/ziw.

Sasken Partners with PTC for IoT

BENGALURU, India, Aug 17, 2017 – Sasken Technologies Ltd., (formerly Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd.), a leading product engineering and digital transformation solutions provider, today announced that it has partnered with PTC, a global provider of technology platforms and solutions that transform how companies create, operate, and service products. This collaboration will enable both companies to closely collaborate in solving business challenges for their customers in the IoT space.

With extensive experience from connectivity to digital transformation, Sasken is working on developing its Industrial IoT solutions leveraging the ThingWorx Industrial IoT platform and Kepware technology from PTC. Recently, the ThingWorx platform from PTC has been lauded by independent analyst firms, including Compass Intelligence, Experton Group, Forrester Research, IDC, IoT Analytics, and Lux Research.

Sasken has already built augmented reality (AR) solutions with the ThingWorx Studio AR authoring and publishing tool from PTC, intended for field service operators to more efficiently and accurately diagnose problems and reduce the need for repairs.

“We are excited to be an Industrial IoT technology provider and collaborator for Sasken,” said Ravi Asrani, vice president-global services partner, PTC. “Sasken has a proven history in product engineering and digital transformations and will be a valued member of the ThingWorx partner ecosystem.”

Ram Ramaseshan, senior VP and head, automotive and industrials BUs, Sasken Technologies Limited, said, “At Sasken, we are excited to have PTC as our partner for Industrial IoT. Some customer problems that we are trying to solve include enabling legacy controllers by ensuring compatibility at the shop-floor and control-level, asset management, and using AR and virtual reality (VR) to make field service operators more effective and efficient. These are complex problems and require a reliable and proven IoT platform. PTC’s IoT solutions combined with Sasken’s understanding of industry problems, services covering chip to cognition, and digital expertise will enable us to provide more complete and dependable solutions to our customers.”

About Sasken

Sasken is a specialist in product engineering and digital transformation providing concept-to-market, chip-to-cognition R&D services to global leaders in Semiconductor, Automotive, Industrials, Smart Devices & Wearables, Enterprise Grade Devices, Satcom, and Retail industries. With over 27 years in Product Engineering and Digital Transformation and 70+ patents, Sasken has transformed the businesses of over a 100 Fortune 500 companies, powering over a billion devices through its services and IP.

For more details, visit www.sasken.com.

Altizon Partners with SNic

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA, Aug 17, 2017 – Altizon, the Industrial IoT company recently announced its partnership with SNic Solutions (SNic), a leading Industrial Engineering and Management Consulting firm. SNic is also the official channel partner & system integrator of Rockwell Automation and Siemens in India, America and South-East Asia. SNic, during the course of its industrial automation work, provides installation and integration services for ‘Preactor’, a leading advanced planning and scheduling (APS) software by Siemens and ‘Arena’, a popular simulation software by Rockwell Automation.

The partnership with Altizon will involve integration of Datonis, the IIoT platform by Altizon with both Preactor and Arena softwares. These integrations will enable Manufacturing enterprises to feed with real time relevant machine data out of the box from Datonis IoT platform into these leading software packages. Such a link will enhance production planning, simulation modelling and predictive analytics for the shop floor data.

“Manufacturing industry is undergoing a huge transformation where real time data is the backbone for all the manufacturing systems. We sensed this need and were looking for a robust, easy to use, and quick integrability IoT platform to connect to these systems,” said Nikhil Joshi, founder & director, SNic. “With Datonis on our side, we can now offer an end-to-end solution to help our manufacturing & healthcare customers get Industry 4.0 ready and achieve digital transformation.”

“Altizon is delighted to join forces with SNic Solutions to provide a joint value offering to the industrial customers.The easy integration of Datonis with globally adopted products like Preactor and Arena is a step towards our vision of delivering rapid value to enterprises by converging IT and OT. The partnership with SNic is a key step towards realizing this vision.” said Vinay Nathan, CEO, Altizon.

About SNIC

SNic Solutions is a global consulting firm passionate about combining technology with the science of industrial engineering & management.With technology experience of more than 11 years and serving 100+ clients across the world, they have built niche expertise in industrial engineering & management, simulation modelling & predictive analytics, advanced planning & scheduling (APS) and supply chain optimization.

About Altizon

Altizon is the creator of the Enterprise IT-OT Grid, using their flagship Datonis IIoT platform for driving rapid business value through solutions that enable smart manufacturing, modernize asset performance management and pioneer new Business Models for service delivery. The Datonis IIoT platform, accelerates IT/OT integrations by helping quickly connect diverse industrial assets and launching new applications over a hybrid infrastructure with edge computing, advanced in-stream analytics and deep learning capabilities. An award-winning company, Altizon, is recognized by reputed analyst firms like BCG, Forrester, is an alum of the Microsoft Accelerator and most recently cited by Gartner as a leading global IOT platform vendor.

For more information, visit http://www.altizon.com.

BIMsmith Market Launched for Building Professionals

“It’s time for a different approach to digital building product data, and this is just the beginning,” Benjamin Glunz, CEO of BIMsmith and former architect stated. “BIMsmith Market was built with BIM at the foundation and product selection at the forefront. It is the tool that I wish I had when I was practicing architecture.”

BIMsmith Market is free for industry professionals, and integrates into existing BIMsmith Forge accounts. Discovering new products and manufacturers is fast, accurate, and easy with Market. Find products from manufacturers such as Canon, Dupont Corian, Oatey, PPG Paints, Moen, Ply Gem, Waterworks and many others.

About BIMsmith

BIMsmith, the leading cloud-based building product discovery and selection platform, cultivates global business-to-business relationships between building industry professionals and building product manufacturers. Through direct integration of real product data into the BIM workflow, BIMsmith continues to shape the future of building science technology, placing its clients at the forefront of BIM innovation while addressing the true needs of industry professionals.

To learn more about BIMsmith, or to begin your search, visit http://www.bimsmith.com.

CADsoft Receives Autodesk Construction Specialization

TEMPE, AZ, Aug 17, 2017 – CADsoft Consulting Inc, a proven leader in the implementation of design and construction technologies, was awarded the new Construction Specialization after being one of three BIM360 Autodesk Advisors for the last three years in the US; providing successful implementations over the last three years. CADsoft will continue to provide clients with industry leading construction and data management tools, implementations, and support.

As an Autodesk Construction Specialized partner, CADsoft Consulting is dedicated to answering client demands to digitize the construction industry including the Autodesk BIM360 platform and other tools that improve or integrate in the construction workflow such as the Topcon/Sokkia technology. Working with companies across the US, the CADsoft Consulting team helps to address challenges and provide solutions that optimize collaboration, handover and data management. In addition, CADsoft’s construction industry experts are available to provide consulting services that enable construction teams to leverage the Autodesk construction solutions anytime and anywhere access to project data through the building lifecycle.

“We recognize the trend toward the digitization of the construction industry allowing teams to collaborate more effectively while in the field.” says Lisa Duncan, Principal CADsoft Consulting. “We are honored to be awarded the Construction Specialization from Autodesk. This achievement demonstrates our dedication to growing our business and helping our clients mitigate risk and improve overall productivity throughout the lifecycle of the project.”

By leveraging both CADsoft and Autodesk BIM 360 tools, companies can expect to remove barriers in communication between the office and the construction sites and improve efficiency of construction teams and trades managing all aspects of a building construction.

About CADsoft Consulting

CADsoft Consulting, an Autodesk gold partner, was founded over 26 years ago for the main purpose of assisting architects and engineers prepare for the future of building roads, skyscrapers, offices, and more. Their certified experts specialize in technology that accelerates the AEC industry’s progress. They help customers design smart and build fast.

For more information, visit www.cadsoft-consult.com.

LMI Launches Gocator Volume Checker

VANCOUVER, Canada, Aug 17, 2017 – LMI Technologies (LMI), a leading developer of 3D scanning and inspection solutions, is pleased to announce the release of Gocator Volume Checker––a fast, accurate and reliable volume gauging solution ideal for inspecting cylinder heads and piston bowls in small to medium-sized internal combustion engines (ICEs).

This unique and innovative approach replaced traditional volume gauging methods (i.e., fluids, pressurized air, and acoustics) with a fully automated, non-contact 3D solution.

“Converting a manual process to a non-contact, automated solution using 3D technology enables engine block manufacturers to achieve higher accuracy and repeatability than ever before,” says Terry Arden, CEO, LMI Technologies. “We see many opportunities like this in various markets where critical tolerances are being verified with manual approaches but are better achieved with 3D inspection.”

Gocator Volume Checker solves this application by combining the Gocator 3210 snapshot sensor (35 µm resolution) with custom built-in measurement tools to calculate the volume of engine cylinder heads and piston bowls.

The solution uses blue LED structured light to take a single snapshot scan and deliver measurement results at ± 0.04cm3 accuracy. This measurement occurs in a cycle time of less than 5 seconds––even on combustion chambers and pistons with highly-reflective surfaces. Traditional contact-based methods can take up to 5 minutes.

“The Gocator Volume Checker demonstrates the flexibility of our hardware and software platform, where we’re able to customize standard products with specific measurement tools to solve unique applications in many industries,” says Arden. “The approach we offer is a powerful blend of 3D scanning technologies married to innovative 3D feature measurement algorithms for breakthrough solutions.”

The Gocator 3210 snapshot sensor is IP67-rated and interfaces seamlessly to send pass/fail decisions to PLCs.

Gocator Volume Checker is now available for order. Contact sales@lmi3d.com.

About LMI Technologies

At LMI Technologies they work to advance quality and productivity with 3D sensor technology. Their award-winning, FactorySmart solutions improve the quality and efficiency of factory production by providing fast, accurate, reliable inspection solutions that leverage smart 3D technologies. Unlike contact based measurement or 2D vision, their products remove complexity and dramatically reduce implementation cost while achieving repeatable, highly accurate measurement.

To learn more, visit www.lmi3d.com.

Markforged Launches X3, X5 Industrial 3D Printers

CAMBRIDGE, MA, Aug 17, 2017 – Markforged, the only 3D printing platform that prints the entire range of strong parts from carbon fiber to metal with a complete cloud managed 3D solution, announced the addition of two new printers to the company’s Industrial Series. Markforged’s new X3 and X5 printers introduce price points that enable customers to print stronger, larger, and lighter parts.

Local manufacturers are often at a disadvantage because they are forced to choose between the sub-par strength of printed parts and long lead times associated with machined parts. With the arrival of the X3 and X5 printers, Markforged has made industrial strength printing financially attainable for every manufacturing business, allowing them to better compete on a global stage.

The X3 is powered by the incredible material strength and stiffness of Onyx, a high-temperature capable carbon fiber filled nylon. The X3 prints strictly engineering grade thermoplastic fiber parts, and is available at the disruptive price point of $36,990.

The X5 adds the ability to reinforce an Onyx part with a strand of continuous fiberglass, making it 19X stronger and 10X stiffer than traditional plastics. The X5, workhorse of the industrial line, has the unique ability to deliver parts that are both strong and affordable for only $49,900.

The X7, previously known as the Mark X, remains Markforged’s flagship Continuous Carbon Fiber (CCF) industrial printer platform, yielding 23X stronger parts than with ABS materials. The X7 boasts the industry’s only sub-$1M in-part laser inspection for reliable quality control with a price point of $69,000.

Customers can future-proof their investments as Markforged offers an affordable, industry-exclusive upgrade program allowing customers at any time to leverage their initial investment in an X3 to upgrade to an X5 or X7, gaining access to higher strength materials and inspection utilities.

Long time Markforged customer Dixon Valve, a 100-year-old hose fittings and accessories company, has accelerated their manufacturing in part powered by the use of Markforged printers. The company was able to bring their high strength printing needs in-house, saving both time and money and arriving at a more efficient process that has helped to drive their position as a consistent industry leader.

“Our first Markforged printer paid itself off in less than 1.5 months and saved us over 81% versus machining,” said Bill Hollingsworth, vice president of engineering at Dixon Valve. “This is why we’re excited to be first in line to bring the capabilities of one of Markforged’s new industrial line printers in-house.”

All Markforged printers share a single software ecosystem built on a next generation, cloud-based platform designed from the ground up to protect intellectual property.

“For 30 years, 3D printing customers have been forced to accept trade-offs between strength, time, and affordability — lacking the opportunity to benefit from all three. With the complete Industrial Series and new Metal X printer, these trade-offs no longer exist,” said Greg Mark, Markforged’s founder and CEO. “Customers can now, with ease, print same-day parts that optimize strength and affordability for their specific needs.”

To learn more about the Industrial Series, visit www.markforged.com.

About Markforged

At Markforged, they are on a mission to fuel the next 10x innovation in design and manufacturing. They build an Industrial 3D Printing Platform to liberate designers and engineers from decades-old, slow part creation processes.

NASA, Google, Ford, Amazon, General Electric and thousands of companies in 50 countries use Markforged to print same-day prototypes and produce stronger end-use parts than they did before. With Markforged, customers are able to ship 50% faster, spend 20% less, and build 20% stronger products.

The Markforged platform includes a full ecosystem of 3D printers for metal, composite, and plastic parts; purpose-built metal & carbon-reinforced materials for strength and beautiful finishes; and cloud software for turning drawings into high-strength printing.

For more information, and to learn why Markforged has grown over 300% in 2017, visit www.Markforged.com.

Solid Solutions Management Acquires New Technology CADCAM

LEAMINGTON SPA, UK, Aug 17, 2017 – Solid Solutions Management Ltd has acquired New Technology CADCAM to support its continued growth and enhance its ability to deliver more sophisticated SOLIDWORKS-based CAD solutions.

Having acquired New Technology CADCAM, and following the acquisition of Cadtek
Systems Ltd in 2016, Solid Solutions now supports a customer community of more
than 12,500 UK and Ireland-based customers. These encompass product designers, mechanical engineers, manufacturers and educational institutions. The Group provides an extensive range of 3D CAD and CAM software tools, as well as comprehensive training and support services.

Founded in 1998 by managing director, Alan Sampson, and technical director, Simon Turner, the business has experienced strong growth and is the UK & Ireland’s leading reseller of SOLIDWORKS, the 3D CAD software package owned by Dassault Systèmes. SOLIDWORKS is used by more than three million product designers and engineers worldwide and by over 265,000 individual companies.

The Solid Solutions Group, which generates annual turnover in excess of £40 million, employs 220 people across the UK & Ireland and has more SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineers than any other reseller worldwide. In January this year, the business received 17 awards at the annual SOLIDWORKS’ conference in Los Angeles, confirming its position as the UK’s leading 3D CAD reseller for SOLIDWORKS.

The acquisition adds both scale and capacity benefits, and allows customers to benefit from an even wider product and service offering, plus easier access to training by adding New Technology CADCAM’s eight UK training centers to the 11 already operated by Solid Solutions.

Alan Sampson, managing director at Solid Solutions, said: “This investment allows us to accelerate the growth plans for the business by increasing our scale. We are experiencing growing demand for the products and training we provide, and are delighted that we are positioned to respond to this demand with the backing of a highly experienced team that also helps broaden the range of solutions we offer.”

Solid Solutions is backed by BGF, the UK’s most active investor in small and mid-sized companies. To support its continued growth, BGF invested £8m in the business in March 2016.

James Syrotiuk, investor at BGF who sits on the board of Solid Solutions, said: “There remains a lot of opportunity for Solid Solutions in the 3D CAD/CAM market. Alan, Simon and their management team are passionate, knowledgeable and committed to growing the business. We are pleased to be supporting the company as it continues to pursue these opportunities.”

Advisors to the transaction were: White & Black LLP.

For more information, visit www.solidsolutions.co.uk.

Mentor Announces First Annual FloTHERM Delta TJ Award

WILSONVILLE, OR, Aug 17, 2017 – Mentor, a Siemens business, today announced its call for entries for its first annual FloTHERM Delta TJ Award for Excellence in Electronics Thermal Design. The FloTHERM solution has been, for over 30 years, the de facto computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tool for electronics cooling, used to predict airflow, temperature, and heat transfer in components, boards, and complete systems, including racks and data centers. Used by thousands of engineers across the globe, the FloTHERM product offers tight connectivity with both electronic design automation (EDA) and mechanical design automation (MDA) development process flows. Award entrants must demonstrate an application using the FloTHERM technology (which may include FloTHERM XT, FloTHERM PCB, and FloTHERM IC) to address a design problem. Deadline for submission is August 25, 2017.

FloTHERM Delta TJ Award Criteria

A panel of judges will evaluate all entries based on the following criteria:

  • Work demonstrates clear application of FloTHERM products to a design problem.
  • Work is in the public domain and disseminated to the public within 12 months of the nomination deadline.
  • Pragmatic approach taken in the application.
  • Work and return on investment (ROI) improvement due to quantifiable use of CFD technology.
  • Entrant must have authority and/or permission from their organization to apply.
  • Entries must be submitted in full and include all supporting materials: published papers, conference papers, PowerPoint presentations, website content, animations, videos etc. may be submitted as the entry.
  • Deadline is August  25, 2017 via the registration portal:  https://www.mentor.com/products/mechanical/awards-publications/flotherm-award

The winners (first place and two runners up) of the inaugural FloTHERM Award will be announced in September and will receive an engraved trophy. The first place winner will also receive a $1,000(USD) Amazon gift voucher, and the two runners up will each receive $500 Amazon gift vouchers. If the winners are unable to accept the Amazon gift vouchers, a donation of equal value to a charity of their choice will be made in their name. The award winners will also be mentioned in a press release and featured in Mentor presentations, Engineering Edge Magazine, and other industry publications.

“Our award-winning FloTHERM products have been used by leading companies worldwide to address their electronics cooling challenges,” said Roland Feldhinkel, general manager of the Mentor Mechanical Analysis Division. “This annual award will demonstrate and honor how our customers successfully apply the FloTHERM technology to develop advanced and innovative electronics products.”

About Mentor Graphics Corp.

Mentor Graphics Corp., a Siemens business, is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services, and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor, and systems companies. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777.

For more information, visit http://www.mentor.com.