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Visiativ Acquires Innova Systems

LYON, France, June 18, 2018 – Visiativ, publisher and integrator of innovative software platforms, has announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Innova Systems, one of the leading distributors of Dassault Systèmes’ SOLIDWORKS solutions in the UK.

The Group has acquired 100% of the capital of the company, which was founded in 2002 and currently has 16 employees. Innova Systems generated revenues of £3.8 million (€4.3 million) in 2017, up 9% and including close to 60% in recurring revenue with strong returns. Mark Bradford, CEO and co-founder of Innova Systems, will remain in office and help Visiativ to successfully integrate the company and, more generally, develop other aspects of its business in the UK.

Based in Cambridge, London and Nottingham, Innova Systems has won the SOLIDWORKS (Dassault Systèmes) awards for customer satisfaction in Northern Europe for the past four years, and is an excellent reference for its 1,000 + customers – a portfolio which will underpin the commercial development of Visiativ’s Moovapps platform in the UK.

This acquisition, following that of SOLIDWORKS distributor c+e forum in German-speaking Switzerland in November 2017, is the next step in the continued international expansion of the Group, in line with its Next100 strategic plan.

Laurent Fiard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Visiativ, said: “This strategic acquisition will allow us to deploy Visiativ’s offering in a new country. We are also pleased to integrate a team that delivers significant and profitable growth thanks to its customer-driven strategy.”

Mark Bradford, CEO and co-founder of Innova Systems, said: “I am very happy about making this long-term commitment to a solid group that can deliver value added applications to our customers and help us secure new markets. I am also particularly confident of the future partnership of our teams with Visiativ, which is an ambitious and entrepreneurial group whose values are strongly aligned with our own.”

About Visiativ

Integrator of innovative software solutions, Visiativ steps up the digital transformation of companies via its collaborative and social business platform. Working with mid-caps since its foundation in 1987, the Visiativ Group posted 2017 revenues of €124m and boasts a diverse portfolio of over 15,000 customers. Covering every economic sector in France and with operations in international (Brazil, Canada, Morocco, Switzerland, UK and USA), Visiativ has nearly 850 employees. The Visiativ share (ISIN code FR0004029478, ALVIV) is listed on Euronext Growth Paris. The share is eligible for the PEA and PEA-PME personal equity plans and FCPI/FIP investments funds, thanks to its status as an “innovative business” recognized by Bpifrance.

Lumion v8.5 Released with LiveSync for ArchiCAD

WARMOND, Netherlands, June 18, 2018 – ​Building on the success of LiveSync for Revit and SketchUp, Lumion 8.5 expands its simultaneous, real-time rendering functionality with the new LiveSync for ArchiCAD.

Now, architects and designers can immediately set up a real-time visualization of their ArchiCAD models. If they change the model’s shape in ArchiCAD, they’ll see these changes instantly taking place in Lumion’s dynamic, true-to-life environments, complete with fully featured landscapes, highly detailed materials, photorealistic lighting and shadows, and objects from a massive content library.

Architects can also sync materials and camera views, allowing them to enjoy the convenience of an interactive ArchiCAD-Lumion workflow that lets them feel the space as they design.

The new LiveSync for ArchiCAD in Lumion 8.5 also includes:

  • Point-of-view synchronization between ArchiCAD and Lumion
  • Add and save Lumion’s beautiful materials to your Lumion project
  • Real-time materials synchronization and visualization
  • Automatic model importing into Lumion (no need to separately import a model)

The LiveSync plug-ins for ArchiCAD, SketchUp and Revit are free for everyone and available on the Lumion website or the relevant app store.

About Lumion

Lumion empowers architects to transform their CAD designs into strikingly beautiful renders in seconds. Whether you model in ArchiCAD, SketchUp, Revit, Rhino or many others, Lumion instantly breathes life into your designs with realistic trees, stylish effects, and thousands of objects and materials from the content library. No training required, and after just 15 minutes, you can learn to create jaw-dropping images, videos and 360 panoramas with lightning-fast speeds.

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About ACT-3D B.V.

Founded in January 2001, Dutch development powerhouse Act-3D B.V. creates user-friendly real-time 3D visualization software. Lumion, MyLumion, Act-3D, Hyperlight, Pureglass, OmniShadow and Speedray Reflections are registered trademarks of Act-3D B.V. in The Netherlands.

Contex Unveils IQ FLEX Large Format Flatbed Scanner

ALLEROED, Denmark, June 18, 2018 – Contex, the leader of wide format scanning and imaging solutions, launches the IQ FLEX flatbed scanner. Pushing the boundaries in flatbed scanning, the IQ FLEX is the newest addition to the IQ wide format scanner series and incorporates the power of this robust technology into a flatbed. Customers can scan A2 / C-size originals of any size or shape, or documents up to A1 / D-size, and unlimited thickness. With an accuracy of 0.1% +/- 1 pixel and six-second scanning speeds, the IQ FLEX is the market’s most advanced flatbed scanner.

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“Contex is at the forefront of wide format scanning technology, and now customers can benefit from these advancements in the newest flatbed to hit the market,” comments Jacob Bendix, vice president and Global Head of Sales and Marketing. “It truly incorporates our customer’s way of working and scanning, with the latest advancements in scanning technology.”

Oversized and Fragile Materials Are Easy to Scan, Print and Archive

The most advanced flatbed scanner makes it easy to digitally capture books, fragile documents, textiles, artwork and more, and saves them in standard file formats. The IQ FLEX can also save files in raster format for use in any CAD or GIS application such as AutoCAD, Microstation, and ArcGIS. It also includes a 64-bit TWAIN application driver for use with EDM and other imaging software.

Scanned images can be archived or shared via network PCs, email, cloud, or USB. Customers can also send files to print using the preinstalled HP, Canon, EPSON print drivers.

The IQ FLEX is the only WiFi-enabled large format flatbed scanner with speeds up to 150 Mb / sec. Customers have three options for operating the IQ FLEX flatbed. The scanner includes a built-in controller with a 7-inch touch screen to operate, edit, annotate and markup scans, without the need for a CPU. For more advanced scanning and editing options, customers can add a CPU with Contex’s NextImage scanning software. Customers can also operate the scanner using their smart device with Contex’s rainforest365 app.

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About Contex

As the world’s largest developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex leads the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 90 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality.

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CoreTech, Kruse Analysis Partner for Online Training

FARMINGTONG HILLS, MI, June 18, 2018 – CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D), the world’s leading provider of plastics simulation solutions, is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with Kruse Analysis, a US-based CAE injection molding simulation service provider, to incorporate Moldex3D simulation software into Kruse Training, an interactive online system designed to help companies effectively train, certify and grow the skill sets of plastics industry workers.

The goal of Kruse Training is to help companies create a “Circle of Knowledge” to make knowledge flow freely between part designers, mold designers and process engineers, so each role can benefit from each other’s expertise and fill knowledge gaps. “As the product development cycle becomes shorter, it’s crucial for companies to improve collaboration and communication between different teams in the early development stage,” says Torsten Kruse, founder of Kruse Analysis. “Kruse Training enables companies to cross-train professionals from different roles, enabling them to collaborate better and develop synergistic solutions to move design forward with better manufacturability.”

Through visually engaging animations created using Moldex3D simulation software, companies can easily learn and understand basic-to-advanced plastics engineering knowledge and techniques, enabling them to forecast potential molding problems and excel in their jobs. “We are very pleased to announce our collaboration with Kruse Analysis on this state-of-the-art online learning and knowledge system,” said Dr. Venny Yang, president, CoreTech System (Moldex3D). “Simulation software gives companies access to predict and evaluate real-life behaviors of plastic parts that were previously impossible. Moldex3D simulation results will help facilitate the learning experience of Kruse Training, and assist trainees enhance their overall expertise.”

“Kruse Training will also be a valuable asset to current Moldex3D users,” Dr. Yang added. “The training program will improve their knowledge needed for getting the most out of simulations, and help them correctly interpret simulation results to make informed design decisions.”

Kruse Training offers subscription based learning plans. In addition to the interactive learning materials, it will also be launching an online certification program, which consists of multiple lessons and quizzes, covering topics such as Molding Fundamentals, Polymer Materials, Part Design, Mold Design, and Processing. Kruse Training program is currently available in English, and will support Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. For more information on Kruse Training, please visit:

About CoreTech System (Moldex3D)

CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D) has been providing the professional CAE analysis solution “Moldex” series for the plastic injection molding industry since 1995, and the current product “Moldex3D” is marketed worldwide. Committed to providing advanced technologies and solutions to meet industrial demands, CoreTech System has extended its sales and service network to provide local, immediate, and professional services to help customers troubleshoot from product design to development, optimize design patterns, shorten time-to-market, and maximize product return on investment (ROI).

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WD Hearn Partners with CAMplete

WD Hearn has partnered with CAMplete Solutions Inc. to supply its software across South Africa. WD Hearn has signed the deal to help provide its customers a complete and comprehensive solution that complements their existing machine tool options.

What is CAMplete TruePath?

CAMplete TruePath is a fully integrated, easy-to-use suite of tools designed to take you from your CAM system to your 5-axis machine, quickly and safely. With its integrated and fully customizable post-processor, CAMplete TruePath allows you to output your NC programs the way you want to. 5-axis simulation, visualization and verification tools give you the confidence of knowing how your machine will behave before you run a single line of G-code.

About WD Hearn

WD Hearn Machine Tools is a supplier of high tech engineering machinery and related equipment into the various manufacturing sectors of South Africa. Situated in every major city of South Africa, WD Hearn Machine Tools has fast become the preferred supplier of CNC equipment by the country’s leading job shops.

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About CAMplete

For 20 years CAMplete Solutions has been specializing in the development of advanced NC post-processing and verification solutions dedicated to 5 axis and multi-tasking technology, for manufacturers in major industries around the world. CAMplete customers benefit from dramatic improvements to CNC machine optimization, NC programmer productivity and manufacturing process efficiency.

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Honeywell Updates ControlEdge Programmable Logic Controller

Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) has announced the newest release of its ControlEdge Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), which increases productivity and lowers total cost of ownership by offering enhanced connectivity options and engineering flexibility. Several new features of the PLC allow customers to choose from more third-party systems and field device options, as well as benefit from additional project design options.


ControlEdge PLC incorporates the following new features to further reduce configuration, integration and support costs:

  • Ethernet/IP server and client – Allows integration with a wide range of multivendor Ethernet/IP I/O modules, drives, devices and controllers.

  • Serial Interface Module – Provides support for Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII and User Defined Protocols.

  • Increased I/O options – Reduces cost and improves flexibility in system design.

  • LEAP capabilities – LEAP reduces project risk by using lean execution. LEAP enhancements allow cloud enabled engineering through Honeywell’s Virtual Engineering Platform for simulation to support engineering, training, and testing without requiring hardware.

  • Improved integration with Honeywell Experion PKS – Features native diagnostic displays for the new I/O modules and the Serial Interface Module.

ControlEdge PLC is used for general purpose automation in industries such as oil and gas, chemicals, refining, water, mining, food and beverage, infrastructure, cement and power generation. It is the first PLC to earn ISASecure Level 2 certification.

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About Honeywell Process Solutions

Honeywell Process Solutions ( is a automation control, instrumentation and services provider for the oil and gas; refining; energy; pulp and paper; industrial power generation; chemicals and petrochemicals; biofuels; life sciences; and metals, minerals and mining industries. It is also a leader in providing software solutions and instrumentation that help manufacturers find value and competitive advantage through Honeywell Connected Plant, Honeywell’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution. Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell UOP (, a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries.

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally.

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Bentley Named 2018 Microsoft CityNext Partner of the Year

EXTON, PA, June 15, 2018 – Bentley Systems announced it has received a 2018 Microsoft Partner of the Year award. Bentley was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of user solutions based on Microsoft technology.

Awards were announced in 39 categories, with winners chosen from more than 2,600 entrants from 115 countriesworldwide. Bentley Systems was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services in the CityNext Partner of the Year category.

Bentley Systems CEO Greg Bentley said, “We are honored to have received this prestigious award which recognizes Bentley as a provider of cloud-based software solutions powered by Azure, for the advancement of infrastructure projects throughout the world, and specifically for Mass Rapid Transit Corporation’s [MRTC] outstanding Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya [SSP] line in Malaysia. MRTC is going digital, harnessing Bentley and Microsoft technology to deliver one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Asia.”

With more than 1.7 million people residing in just 94 square miles, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has one of the highest population densities globally. As a result, it is estimated that residents living in the Greater Klang Valley region collectively spend 280 million hours per year stuck in traffic. The SSP line is the second line of MRTC’s Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit railway project, which will create better mobility for residents and make it possible to ease traffic by an estimated 160,000 cars daily. As Malaysia’s largest infrastructure project, the SSP line includes 11 interchange stations, making it easier for commuters to transfer to existing and future rail lines, while 16 stations will have park and ride facilities. In addition to creating an estimated 130,000 new employment opportunities, the line has the potential to generate RM 20 billion in cost savings per year as a result of reduced traffic congestion.

The MRTC project team utilizes Bentley OpenRail’s connected data environment comprising the shared services of ProjectWise and AssetWise, powered by Microsoft Azure to ensure seamless information exchange, real-time collaboration, and management of asset information across the lifecycle, among hundreds of team members.

Poh Seng Tiok, director of planning and design for MRTC noted that on a project of this scale and complexity, it is essential to effectively manage and share the huge amount of data across the entire project—from design and construction, through to operation and asset management.

Mr. Poh said, “We need to make sure that all the different [project] phases are well covered and information that we build up during design, and during construction are taken forward during the operation and maintenance stage for better understanding. By turning to the Bentley/Microsoft cloud-based solution, we are able to streamline collaboration across all teams and identify and mitigate potential issues, before they impact cost, schedule, and safety. We expect to increase productivity by about 35 percent, through reducing design rework by providing real-time, accurate information.”

Through the partnership with Bentley Systems and Microsoft, MRTC expects to complete the project on time and within budget by 2022. Watch the project video here.Learn more about the featured project here.

“Our ecosystem of partners is crucial to delivering transformative solutions, and this year’s winners have proven to be some of the finest among their peers,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “We are pleased to recognize Bentley Systems for being selected as winner of the 2018 Microsoft CityNext award.”

About Microsoft’s Partner of the Year Awards

The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Award winners are recognized at Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft’s annual partner event, to be held this year in Las Vegas, July 15 through 19Learn more about the awards program.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is a global leader dedicated to providing engineers, architects, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,500 colleagues in over 50 countries, and is on track to surpass an annual revenue run rate of $700 million. Since 2012, Bentley has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

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Contex Launches HD Ultra X 6000 CCD Scanner

ALLEROED, Denmark, June 15, 2018 – Contex, the world leader in large format scanning, introduces the HD Ultra X 6000, the widest, fastest and most productive 60-inch CCD scanner available in the market. Outperforming the competition with color matching and image scanning quality — while exceeding environmental standards — Contex is raising the bar, once again, with the newest addition to its family of scanners. The HD Ultra X 6000 is a premium scanner with multiple productivity-boosting capabilities to give customers long-term value and a quick ROI. The HD Ultra X 6000 scanner comes in two powerful models and will be available from distributors worldwide by September, 2018.

HD Ultra X 6000 Scanstation Pro

“We are excited to introduce the Contex HD Ultra X 6000, a scanner with numerous distinctions, many of which are based on customer feedback,” comments Jacob Bendix, VP and global head of sales and marketing, Global Scanning Denmark A/S. “The HD Ultra X 6000 is a scanner like no other. Customers will appreciate the advanced design and engineering that saves time throughout the scanning workflow. The quality results make this scanner a valuable tool in any environment.”

Get More Done

The HD Ultra X 6000 scanner allow users to capture originals up to 61.8-inches, at an unprecedented 17.8 ips — 30% faster than any other scanner in its class. True size detection and instant-ON capabilities cut valuable seconds from production time. Another productivity boost is the new Contex AIO app, which allows users to operate the Nextimage software from their smart device.

The Contex HD Ultra X 6000 boasts the fastest data transfer of any scanner in the market. The scanner features both GB Ethernet xDTR2.5 and USB 3.0 SuperSpeed xDTR3 as data transfer technologies. The throttle buffer control eliminates scanner pauses, allowing operators to maintain the fastest scanning speeds, from start to finish. Users no longer wait for scanned data to be processed; they can continuously feed documents to scan.

Exclusive Technologies Deliver Superb Image Quality

The Contex HD Ultra X 6000 scanner offers customers several exclusive imaging advantages. It is the only 60-inch scanner in the market with CCD technology to give users the best image quality possible. The wide format scanner also boasts the highest color rendering index (CRI) thanks to Contex Perfect Light, which uses the latest LED technology combined with specially developed diffusion filters.

Several exclusive technologies also deliver the most advanced color matching and the sharpest scans. These include Contex’s lens spherical correction technology and accuracy lens enhancement (ALE), which minimize optical distortion. The HD Ultra X 6000 scanner also boasts X-Rite ICC color technology and Fujifilm camera lenses, which deliver large depth of focus — 7mm — and CCD optics of 1200 DPI. The depth of focus enables the HD Ultra X 6000 scanner to capture documents of all types — especially thick, delicate, or with irregularities — with ease.

Scan Thick and Thin Documents Easily and Static-free

Optimal Thickness Adjustment Control (OTAC) enables users to quickly adjust the HD Ultra X 6000 scanner to the required paper thickness, with just the press of a lever. Feather mode also protects delicate originals and extra-thin documents.

Contex’s new, speed-matched roller system makes it fast and easy to load documents, and eliminates skewing. Operators can choose between center and side loading, or use the adjustable paper guide for smaller documents.

Another notable feature is the scanner’s static-free, touchless glass system and steel, anti-static feed table that minimizes friction. It also reduces maintenance costs over time from worn scanner glass.

Exceeding Environmental Standards

Contex is committed to exceeding environmental standards, and the newest scanner is a reflection of its achievements. For example, the HD Ultra X 6000 scanner is designed with instant-ON scanning capabilities. Operators can simply load and scan originals, without requiring the scanner to warm-up. The LED light source also saves energy by automatically turning off in between scans. The LED light source is also guaranteed to last the scanner’s lifetime.

The HD Ultra X 6000 scanner exceeds Energy Star consumption standards, and is RoHS compliant.

The HD Ultra X 6000 scanner is available as a stand alone scanner (Contex AIO optional) or a ScanStation Pro configuration, which includes a stand, touchscreen monitor, and Nextimage REPRO software (Contex AIO optional). The HD Ultra X 6000 scanner can be networked to any leading printer.

About Contex

As the world’s leading developer and producer of large format imaging solutions, Contex leads the market with innovative technology and advanced scan and copy software applications. Sold worldwide in more than 90 countries, Contex solutions are recognized in a wide range of industries for reliability, value, high performance, and superb image quality.

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