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InterDesign Selects Centric PLM

CAMPBELL, CA, Aug 21, 2019 – InterDesign Inc., the consumer housewares company, has selected Centric Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury and consumer goods companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Headquartered in Solon, Ohio, InterDesign is the parent company of iDesign and mDesign and sells bath, kitchen and home organization product solutions to over 100 countries. iDesign products are sold through brick and mortar retail locations, while mDesign is the e-commerce arm of the company.

InterDesign’s search for a PLM home décor solution was driven by their rapid growth and need to respond quickly to the market.

“The fastest-growing portion of our business is digital and direct-to-consumer,” says Christopher Quinn, president and CEO of InterDesign. “Every purchase is an opportunity to nurture customer relationships. Our commitment and need to  consistently respond to evolving customer demand and trends as we bring to market new and innovative products is a cornerstone to our success; we were in need of tools to enable us to do that quickly and efficiently.”

Lauren Stark, vice president mDesign at InterDesign, explains, “We were working with legacy systems and spreadsheets, but we lacked a cross-collaborative and cross-communicative platform. We need PLM to improve workflow efficiencies, delineate timelines and set priorities to keep us on the right path so that we can make critical decisions and launch new products, faster.”

InterDesign considered several options before selecting Centric 8 PLM.

As Quinn explains, “Centric PLM is highly adaptable, functionally intuitive and able to handle every part of the product lifecycle. The Centric team’s involvement is terrific, and they’re able to move at the speed we want.”

InterDesign selected Centric PLM to enhance product innovation and boost productivity.

“With Centric PLM, we can unlock innovation faster, by spending less time being distracted by handoffs, miscommunication and blurred lines of responsibility,” Quinn says. “We’re 100% focused on what we need to do to delight the consumer.”

“We are proud to welcome InterDesign on board,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software. “InterDesign joins a growing number of home décor and furnishing businesses that have selected Centric PLM, and we are looking forward to working with this dynamic, customer-focused company.”

About InterDesign

InterDesign began as a Housewares design and marketing company in 1974 with a core goal in mind – to design and sell innovative products for the home at a reasonable price. This goal is still carried out today in every aspect of the company’s mission. InterDesign designs product for multiple home categories including Bath, Kitchen and Home Storage. It is InterDesign’s objective to marry style and fashion with practical functionality providing high quality and stylish products that excite our consumers.

For more information, visit www.idesignlivesimply.com and www.mdesignhomedecor.com.

About Centric Software

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor and consumer goods. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB provides innovative PLM technology and key industry learnings for emerging brands. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) offers a fully visual, transformative experience via large touch-screens and mobile devices, revolutionizing group decision making and creative collaboration while dramatically condensing time to market and product innovation. Centric Software is majority-owned by Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and PLM solutions. Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition, including being named by Red Herring to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Centric also received various excellence awards from Frost & Sullivan in 2012, 2016 and 2018.

For more information, visit www.centricsoftware.com.

‘Gantri Dancer’ Cylindrical 3D Printer Launched

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Aug 21, 2019 – Gantri, an award-winning, direct-to-consumer designer lights manufacturer, unveiled its first 3D printer named “Gantri Dancer.” Patent-pending, Gantri Dancer is the world’s first commercial multi-gantry cylindrical 3D printer. It leverages four gantries and a rotating circular build plate to print up to four times as fast as best-in-class desktop 3D printers today, while maintaining a high standard of product quality.

(PRNewsfoto/Gantri)

“Gantri’s mission is to empower designers to create by using advanced technologies,” said Christianna Taylor, PhD and CTO at Gantri. “Our goal is to push for the adoption of digital manufacturing as a viable alternative to today’s industrial manufacturing system in producing high-quality consumer grade products. Dancer is the first 3D printer in the world specifically designed to manufacture consumer-grade products at the quality and speed that Gantri requires.”

How It’s Different

  • Coordinated multi-gantry system – Utilizing a rotating circular build plate, all four gantries of Dancer can work together concurrently to print a single part. As a result, there is no “deadzone”, or void, in the middle and it can print the same part using only a quarter of the time.
  • Leverage sustainable materials – Dancer is designed to utilize Gantri’s exclusive corn-based PLA, which requires consistently high-temperature output to facilitate kneading.
  • Large build volume – At 18″R x 24″H, it’s one of the largest desktop-grade printers in the world.
  • Complete front access – Print bed access, maintenance, and spool change are all done from the front, enabling complete automation in the near future.
  • Custom-designed casing – Aerospace-grade aluminium frame and polycarbonate panels offer a light, sturdy body that minimizes vibration and is quick to assemble.
  • Automatic 3D model translation – Gantri  developed a unique translation algorithm that converts current modeling systems into Dancer’s coordinated multi-gantry system with no additional input from the user.
  • Fleet-management – Dancer is wireless-enabled and connects directly to Gantri’s online order system.
  • Made using 3D printing – Dancer is made and assembled by Gantri in California. 60% of all Dancer parts are 3D printed.

Starting in November 2019, Gantri will start migrating its entire printer fleet to Dancer at the Gantri Factory in San Leandro, CA. As a result, Gantri estimates that the average “Made for you” production lead time will decrease from about four weeks currently to two weeks.

“Dancer is an amazing innovation. It combines advanced hardware, software and industrial engineering to make fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing drastically more efficient. In addition, we are investing in advanced robotics and AI to further improve our manufacturing platform from start to finish. This will allow us to diversify materials and categories for our designers and customers,” added Christianna Taylor, PhD and CTO at Gantri.

About Gantri

Founded in San Francisco, Gantri is an award-winning manufacturer of direct-to-consumer designer lights. They offer a new generation of lights that are exclusively created by leading global designers and sustainably made at the Gantri Factory using proprietary 3D printing. Their innovative design and manufacturing technologies give every designer the freedom to bring their unique ideas to life, making great design radically more accessible, affordable and sustainable.

Shop our lights at gantri.com.

Altair GPU Solutions Launched for AI Data Science

TROY, MI, Aug 21, 2019 – Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high-performance computing and data intelligence, launched Altair GPU Solutions, a business unit to provide Altair’s EMEA clients with market-leading NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU) solutions. Altair GPU Solutions marks Altair’s expansion into markets for deep learning and AI data sciences, complementing Altair’s existing portfolio in the region.

Figure 1: NVIDIA DGX systems can deploy in and outside of a data center

Altair GPU Solutions has its origins in the highly successful FluiDyna business acquired by Altair in 2018. At the time of the acquisition, FluiDyna was an NVIDIA Elite Partner for DGX and Tesla technology, as well as an NVIDIA Preferred Partner for vGPU and Quadro technology. In relaunching the FluiDyna business as Altair GPU Solutions, the accreditations remain in place and attest to Altair’s commitment and expertise in the business.

“As an NVIDIA Elite Partner, Altair GPU Solutions work closely with NVIDIA to deliver NVIDIA DGX systems to customers with compute-intensive data science and engineering applications,” said Dr. Pietro Cervellera, senior vice president EMEA operations, Altair. “Altair is pleased to expand our technology and service partnerships to our customers through this dedicated business unit.”

Figure 2: Altair nanoFluidX GPU-based simulation of oil distribution in a gearbox

Carlo Ruiz, head of EMEA AI Data Center Solutions at NVIDIA, commented, “NVIDIA and FluiDyna have built a strong collaboration and we’re looking forward to growing our collaboration with Altair.”

NVIDIA DGX systems empower data scientists to focus their efforts on data science within a scientific computing framework, where both hardware and associated software infrastructure is supported by NVIDIA. The NVIDIA DGX Software Stack includes GPU-accelerated containers from NVIDIA NGC with preconfigured and fully supported data science toolkits for accelerated AI development using RAPIDS, TensorFlow, PyTorch, MXNet, and more, all ready to run on NVIDIA DGX systems.

The comprehensive GPU technology offering of Altair GPU Solutions is rounded out with access to training courses from the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), which enable new users of AI technology to extract maximum value from their investments in this technology framework. Altair GPU solutions are also ideally suited to high-performance design exploration using Altair engineering software like Altair nanoFluidX and ultraFluidX, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes written specifically for execution on GPUs. Altair OptiStruct, RADIOSS and Feko offer similar compute acceleration in the fields of implicit structural and electromagnetics engineering simulation.

Now available in EMEA, visit Altair GPU Solutions for more information: http://www.altair.com/gpu-solutions.

About Altair

Altair is a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of product development, high-performance computing (HPC), and data intelligence. Altair enables organizations across broad industry segments to compete more effectively in a connected world while creating a more sustainable future.

To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

Dave Kleidermacher Joins ioXt Alliance Board of Directors

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, Aug 21, 2019 – IoXt, the global standard for IoT security and preeminent IoT security alliance, announces the appointment of Dave Kleidermacher, VP, Android Security & Privacy at Google, to its board of directors. As a founding member of the ioXt Alliance, Kleidermacher has been instrumental in shaping ioXt’s work towards creating the internet of secure things.

“At a time when we’re interacting with more connected devices than ever before, the importance of security can’t be overstated,” said Kleidermacher. “I’ve always been impressed by the work the ioXt Alliance is doing to help guide this emerging industry and look forward to continuing to support them in their efforts.”

Kleidermacher’s responsibilities at Google include protecting the Android ecosystem, including the Play Store and Pixel devices. His expertise uniquely positions him to help lead the ioXt Alliance, a group that engages with major IoT stakeholders worldwide to develop verifiable IoT security requirements and enables global manufacturers to make compliant and secure devices.

The next ioXt Alliance conference is August 20-22, 2019, at the Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley, CA.

To learn more about the ioXt Alliance, visit www.ioXtalliance.org.