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NORD Releases NSD TUPH Surface Conversion System

NORD’s corrosion-resistant aluminum surface conversion system, NSD TUPH, is available for nearly all NORD product families. NORD’s molecular conversion of aluminum alloy provides drive equipment with all the protection food and beverage applications demand. The NSD TUPH surface conversion consists of a corrosion resistant and strong base layer that is sealed for corrosion protection and routine cleaning. This solution is intended for harsh environments involving chemicals or wash-downs. See NORD products with NSD TUPH at PACK EXPO Booth #9413, Oct 14-17, 2018 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

NORD’s NSD TUPH surface conversion system is designed for many food and beverage industry applications, where drive technology is exposed to extreme ambient conditions and highly corrosive environments. A salt corrosion test illustrates only residual salt remains on NSD TUPH vs. untreated and corroded aluminum torque arms.

Available in five NORD product families (two-stage helical bevel, helical in-line, worm gear boxes, motors, and variable frequency drives) and in various configurations, the NSD TUPH surface conversion system provides all the protection any harsh application demands without compromising quality. With stainless steel hardware, shafts, motors and food grade lubricants as options, NORD offers a drive solution for food manufacturing, packaging and processing industries, whether an application is on a conveyor, pump, mixer, elevator or processing equipment.

For more information, visit NORD website.

ABB Introduces IRB 14050 Single-arm YuMi Collaborative Robot

ABB expanded its collaborative automation offering with the launch of a single-arm YuMi robot at Automatica 2018 in Munich. The IRB 14050 single-arm YuMi is designed to fit into existing production lines to increase flexibility while working safely alongside people.

The collaborative robot is one of the first of a new generation of robots from ABB to be built on a modular design platform that will allow a greater variety of robots and sizes, and more tailored solutions.

Weighing less than 10kg, and capable of being mounted from a ceiling, table and wall, this addition to the YuMi family offers increased flexibility to help meet high-mix, low volume production in short cycles. The single-arm YuMi allows manufacturers to \ add collaborative applications to their production lines with minimal interruption to existing operations.

The launch of the single-arm YuMi expands ABB’s collaborative robot offering started in 2015 with the dual-arm YuMi. As part of the connected “Factory of the Future”, the YuMi family is working towards a new era of robotic co-workers which can work side-by-side on the same tasks as humans while still ensuring the safety of those around them.

The single-arm YuMi also features the same lead through programming as the dual-arm YuMi, meaning that workers without specialized training can setup and operate the robot. Combining this with the robot’s deployment flexibility can help manufacturers in many industries offset shortages of skilled workers.

For more information, visit ABB website.

Zuken Seeks Papers for Innovation World 2019

WESTFORD, MA, Aug 16, 2018 – Zuken USA, Inc, is now accepting abstracts for Zuken Innovation World (ZIW) 2019, to be held on April 15-17 in Hilton Head, SC. The event includes a two-day technical conference and one-day exhibition to be held at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa.

Abstracts are now being accepted for 45-minute educational presentations. The technical program consists of four tracks focused on the following areas:

  • Board design, including SI/PI/EMC, ECAD/MCAD co-design and IC packaging
  • Electrical design including wire harness, panel and fluid design
  • Design data and library management, including supply chain and PLM integration
  • Innovative technologies and design methodologies, including Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

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 noncommercial 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 300 words, along with speaker biographies, should be submitted to Zuken by November 2, 2018. For additional details and deadline information, visit the ZIW Speakers’ Corner.

Education and Innovation

ZIW annually offers more than 40 technical sessions, including Zuken University classes showcasing how-to and best practices for the current and upcoming product releases. Zuken’s Expert Bar provides one-on-one access to Zuken’s technical team, while the Technology Showcase puts our partners’ innovative solutions front and center in a relaxed, interactive environment that encourages networking.

For more information about speaking, attending or exhibiting at ZIW Americas, please contact the Conference Manager, Amy Clements, at 972-691-3284 or amy.clements@zukenusa.com.

NVIDIA Unveils Quadro RTX 8000, 6000, 5000 Ray-Tracing GPUs

VANCOUVER, Canada (SIGGRAPH), Aug 16, 2018 – NVIDIA announced its first Turing architecture-based GPUs, revolutionizing the work of 50 million designers and artists by enabling them to render photorealistic scenes in real time, add new AI-based capabilities to their workflows, and enjoy fluid interactivity with complex models and scenes.

NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture

Unveiled by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang at the annual SIGGRAPH conference, the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000 bring hardware-accelerated ray tracing, AI, advanced shading and simulation to creative professionals. Also announced was the Quadro RTX Server, a reference architecture for highly configurable, on-demand rendering and virtual workstation solutions from the datacenter.

“Quadro RTX marks the launch of a new era for the global computer graphics industry,” said Bob Pette, vice president of Professional Visualization at NVIDIA. “Users can now enjoy powerful capabilities that weren’t expected to be available for at least five more years. Designers and artists can interact in real time with their complex designs and visual effects in ray-traced photo-realistic detail. And film studios and production houses can now realize increased throughput with their rendering workloads, leading to significant time and cost savings.”

Quadro RTX Professional GPUs

Quadro RTX GPUs are designed for the most demanding visual computing workloads, such as those used in film and video content creation; automotive and architectural design; and scientific visualization. They far surpass the previous generation with groundbreaking technologies, including:

  • New RT Cores to enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions and global illumination.
  • Turing Tensor Cores to accelerate deep neural network training and inference, which are critical to powering AI-enhanced rendering, products and services.
  • New Turing Streaming Multiprocessor architecture, featuring up to 4,608 CUDA® cores, delivers up to 16 trillion floating point operations in parallel with 16 trillion integer operations per second to accelerate complex simulation of real-world physics.
  • Advanced programmable shading technologies to improve the performance of complex visual effects and graphics-intensive experiences.
  • First implementation of ultra-fast Samsung 16Gb GDDR6 memory to support more complex designs, massive architectural datasets, 8K movie content and more.
  • NVIDIA NVLink to combine two GPUs with a high-speed link to scale memory capacity up to 96GB and drive higher performance with up to 100GB/s of data transfer.
  • Hardware support for USB Type-C and VirtualLink(1), a new open industry standard being developed to meet the power, display and bandwidth demands of next-generation VR headsets through a single USB-C connector.
  • New and enhanced technologies to improve performance of VR applications, including Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering and VRWorks Audio.

Key attributes of the new GPUs:

GPU Memory Memory with NVLink Ray Tracing CUDA Cores Tensor Cores
Quadro RTX 8000 48GB 96GB 10 GigaRays/sec 4,608 576
Quadro RTX 6000 24GB 48GB 10 GigaRays/sec 4,608 576
Quadro RTX 5000 16GB 32GB 6 GigaRays/sec 3,072 384

Quadro RTX Server
The Quadro RTX Server defines a new standard for on-demand rendering in the datacenter, enabling easy configuration of on-demand render nodes for batch and interactive rendering.

It combines Quadro RTX GPUs with new Quadro Infinity software (available in the first quarter of 2019) to deliver a powerful and flexible architecture to meet the demands of creative professionals. Quadro Infinity will enable multiple users to access a single GPU through virtual workstations, dramatically increasing the density of the datacenter. End-users can also easily provision render nodes and workstations based on their specific needs.

With industry-leading content creation and render software pre-installed, the Quadro RTX Server provides a powerful and easy-to-deploy rendering solution that can scale from small installations to the largest data centers, at one quarter of the cost of CPU-only render farms.

Industry Support for Quadro RTX

The makers of the world’s most widely used design and creative applications are already working closely with NVIDIA to bring the power of Quadro RTX to customers.

Developers can access these Quadro RTX features through the new NVIDIA RTX, a graphics platform that includes APIs for ray tracing, AI, rasterization, and simulation plus support for NVIDIA MDL materials and Pixar USD asset interchange to transform the creative process. Initially supported by 30 ISV applicationsand addressing more than 50 million users, RTX can be easily accessed by professionals across industries through a range of creative applications and tools.

“AI and real-time ray tracing are transforming the way designers and artists work,” said Amy Bunszel, senior vice president of Design & Creation Products at Autodesk. “Autodesk and NVIDIA are working together to deliver these advancements to the market and we look forward to the new tools and capabilities Quadro RTX will deliver to our customers.”

Leading workstation and systems providers have also voiced their support for new Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs:

  • “Dell Precision workstations strive to bring the latest in technology to creators, engineers and data scientists to enable workflows previously thought impossible. We’re proud to support NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 and 5000 GPUs in Dell Precision tower workstations to enable more immersive workflows, inferencing, training and hyperrealistic visualization by leveraging the power of physically based rendering and real-time intelligence using Tensor Cores. We will offer these options on the Dell Precision 5820, 7820 and 7920 workstations over the coming months,” said Rahul Tikoo, vice president and general manager of Commercial Specialty Products at Dell.
  • “With the high-performing graphics architecture of Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs for rendering in the datacenter, we are unlocking extraordinary capabilities for our customers to power new creative experiences,” said Bill Mannel, vice president and general manager of HPC and AI Solutions at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • “In our technology proof of concept, Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs, coupled with the HP Z8 Workstation – the most powerful desktop workstation in the world – showed that this solution can unlock new levels of performance. AI-based capabilities can allow creators and developers to simulate and interact with their creations in ways not currently possible,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager of HP Z Workstations at HP Inc.
  • “Turing is about to turn the graphics industry on its head. The groundbreaking AI and real-time ray-tracing capabilities of Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs, combined with the sheer horsepower of Lenovo’s ThinkStation P920 or P720, will advance the creative process faster than anything our customers have experienced ever before,” said Rob Herman, general manager of the Lenovo Workstation & Client AI Group at Lenovo.
  • “The ability to support NVIDIA Turing-based Quadro RTX GPUs in select models of Lenovo ThinkSystem servers brings the advancement of RTX technology to those users needing to scale their rendering in leading-edge datacenter implementations. RTX provides orders of magnitude faster rendering over a traditional render farm deployment, unleashing the creative minds of media and entertainment professionals,” said Scott Tease, executive director of HPC and AI at Lenovo Data Center Group.

Pricing

  • Quadro RTX 8000 with 48GB memory: $10,000 estimated street price
  • Quadro RTX 6000 with 24GB memory: $6,300 ESP
  • Quadro RTX 5000 with 16GB memory: $2,300 ESP

Availability

Quadro RTX GPUs will be available starting in the fourth quarter on nvidia.com. For shipment dates, contact the world’s leading OEM workstation manufacturers, including Dell EMC, HPE, HPI and Lenovo, and system builders and authorized distribution partners, including PNY Technologies in North America and Europe, ELSA/Ryoyo in Japan and Leadtek and Ingram in Asia Pacific.

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA’s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI — the next era of computing — with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.

More information at www.nvidia.com.

(1) In preparation for the emerging VirtualLink standard, Turing GPUs have implemented hardware support according to the “VirtualLink Advance Overview.” To learn more about VirtualLink, see www.virtuallink.org.

Makelab Partners with AMFG

to Implement AMFG’s Automation Software for 3D Printing

LONDON, UK, Aug 16, 2018 – New York service bureau Makelab has announced its partnership with AMFG, which provides automation software for industrial 3D printing. The partnership will see Makelab implementing AMFG’s automation software to make 3D printing more accessible to designers, engineers and universities, as well as automate the company’s manufacturing operations.

Headquartered in Brooklyn, Makelab provides in-house manufacturing services, including product design, production and custom finishing. With customers ranging from the automotive industry to architecture and jewellery, the company has seen a surge in demand in the past year thanks to its production of affordable, high-quality 3D printed parts. To meet this demand, Makelab aims to automate its entire business operations, from handling requests to production, using AMFG.

“With AMFG, we’ve found an end-to-end solution which not only takes care of the auto-quoting in a more user-friendly and intuitive way, but also takes care of managing production, which is a huge advantage for us, “ said Christina Perla, co-founder of Makelab. “As we scale our business, we’re always looking for innovative ways to solve key issues like keeping track of all our machines, effectively packing builds and ultimately, optimising our workflow for maximum efficiency. AMFG answered all of these questions and more, so we can provide a faster, more efficient service for our customers.”

AMFG offers an on-demand portal through which customers can request parts in 4 easy steps, using the software’s auto-quoting tool. Customers simply upload their files and receive a quotation in seconds, while on the backend, the software automatically conducts auto-analysis and repair functions, including wall-thickness analysis. Makelab will also implement AMFG’s production management system, enabling it to:

  • Automatically schedule production jobs and optimise build space,
  • Track parts and requests,
  • Plan its post-processing services and conduct quality assurance control.

Felix Doerr, head of business development at AMFG, said: “Our partnership with Makelab marks AMFG’s further expansion into the US market. With the demand for 3D printing growing exponentially, now is the time for service bureaus and OEMs to start thinking about how to scale their AM operations in the long term. Makelab faced this challenge and concluded that production automation is the right solution. We look forward to helping them continue to deliver exceptional results.”

Implementing AMFG’s automation software will also enable Makelab to push forward in other areas, such as its fulfilment partnerships. The company has begun working with leading e-commerce stores, recently becoming the US arm for the fulfilment centre of one of the largest toy manufacturers in the market.  “Using AMFG has helped us to open up and streamline other areas of our business,” said Christina. “Previously, production was a manual, time-consuming process. But with AMFG’s software, we can now easily integrate fulfilment into our existing workflows by digitising the entire 3D printing process.” 

About Makelab 

Makelab is an innovative Brooklyn-based company fostering faster and cutting-edge 3D printing technology. Owned and operated by a team of versatile designers and engineers, Makelab provides immediate access to unique 3D manufactured prototyping, where anyone from anywhere can model, order, and print online in 4 easy steps.

For more information, visit  www.makelab.nyc.

About AMFG 

AMFG provides automation software for additive manufacturing. Covering the entire additive manufacturing workflow, AMFG uses the latest in machine intelligence to ensure that companies can achieve highly automated production processes.

For more information, visit www.amfg.ai.

Danish Geodata Agency Selects Teledyne CARIS

FREDERICTON, Canada, Aug 16, 2018 – Through a competitive process, The Danish Geodata Agency (Geodatastyrelsen – GST) has selected Bathy DataBASE (BDB) as the new system for Depth Data Management for current and future needs. The robust system will help increase efficiencies in data management and optimize the maritime production chain, from survey to chart.

GST is responsible for surveying and charting the waters around Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland to ensure safe passage at sea, in accordance with international standards and conventions. The project to implement BDB will include deployment of software and migration of existing data. Implementation of the new system is scheduled to begin mid-September 2018, with completion in the spring of 2019.

Peter Schwarzberg, sales manager, EMEA: “This is an exciting opportunity for Teledyne CARIS to continue our work with the Danish Geodata Agency; expanding our cooperation through this project and our common vision. We feel very honoured to have been selected and are excited to begin implementation.”

Geodatastyrelsen (GST) follows successful CARIS software integrations in the other Nordic countries. In 2016, Teledyne CARIS was awarded two major implementation contracts providing both Bathy DataBASE (BDB) for survey data management and Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) for chart production to The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto. In 2015, Teledyne CARIS was awarded a major implementation contract providing Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) to the Swedish Maritime Administration. Other successful implementations in the Baltic Sea region include solutions for the Norwegian, German, Polish, Latvian, Netherlands, and United Kingdom hydrographic agencies.

About Teledyne CARIS

For over 35 years, Teledyne CARIS has been the leading developer of marine mapping software. Teledyne CARIS offers a highly effective solution for near real-time processing and robust quality control of sonar data and the creation and distribution of maps, charts, and digital datasets.

Find out more about the unique Ping-to-Chart solution by visiting www.teledynecaris.com.

BOXX APEXX W5 Achieves Autodesk Flame

AUSTIN, TX, Aug 16, 2018 – BOXX Technologies, the leading innovator of high-performance computer workstations, rendering systems, and servers, announced that its APEXX W5 workstation has achieved Autodesk Flame qualification, joining an elite group of systems recommended by Autodesk to run the advanced film and television visual effects software. BOXX is a leading manufacturer of Autodesk-recommended workstations, while Flame is the preferred application of production studios and post houses throughout the world.

BOXX APEXX W5

“At BOXX, we are committed to helping VFX artists, animators, film editors, and other post professionals work faster and more efficiently,” said Shoaib Mohammad, BOXX VP of Business Development and Services. “If you rely on Flame or other professional applications, APEXX W5 will help you increase productivity while dramatically improving completion times.”

The most advanced BOXX workstation platform, APEXX W5 features an 18-core Intel Xeon W-series processor for rapid workload loading and processing, while up to four NVIDIA® Quadro graphics cards provide unparalleled support for GPU-accelerated compute applications. Flame only utilizes two GPUs, making the custom-configurable W5 ideal, and with additional PCI-E slots, liquid cooling, and 512GB of system memory, it delivers high-powered performance for all Flame features from 3D visual effects, compositing, and conforming, to editing, color grading, and finishing. The high powered BOXX workstation also provides state-of-the-art performance for rendering, simulation, deep learning, and multi-display applications.

“For the first time, Flame users can experience a qualified, multi-GPU, high performance BOXX solution,” said Mohammad. “This allows access to advantages they can’t get anywhere else like greater expandability, liquid cooling, and custom configuration, as well as Made in the U.S.A. design, manufacture, and support.”

“We’re pleased to see the BOXX APEXX W5 workstation as a qualified Flame solution,” said Will Harris, Autodesk Flame Family product manager. “The W5 provides outstanding support for Flame’s rich list of features, enabling users to accelerate their post workflow, expand opportunity for more iterations, and meet critical project deadlines.”

For further information and pricing on APEXX W5, contact a sales consultant in the US at 1-877-877-2699. To purchase online or learn more about BOXX systems, finance options, and how to contact worldwide resellers, visit www.boxx.com.

 About BOXX Technologies

 BOXX is the leading innovator of high-performance computer workstations, rendering systems, and servers for engineering, product design, architecture, visual effects, animation, deep learning, and more. For 22 years, BOXX has combined record-setting performance, speed, and reliability with unparalleled industry knowledge to become the trusted choice of creative professionals worldwide.

For more information, visit www.boxx.com.