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Sconce Group Partners with PROCAD, Launches OmniDTS

FRISCO, TX, May 26, 2020 – The Sconce Group has partnered with software developer PROCAD, which specializes in platform solutions for the digitalization of PLM (product lifecycle management), and has launched OmniDTS, LLC to bring PROCAD’s PRO.FILE PLM/PDM (product data management) applications to the North American marketplace.

The formation of OmniDTS (Digital Transformation Solutions) will focus on helping companies with the transformation aspects of their business while reducing the time and expense of traditional PLM implementations that often require extensive customizations. The PRO.FILE solution differentiates itself with out-of-the-box functionality that enables rapid implementation via configuration with minimal reliance on customizations that require programming.

“Expansion of PROCAD’s PRO.FILE PDM/PLM application into the North American market required a partner with strong project management capabilities, process automation expertise as well as deep technical capabilities in PLM implementation, integration between PLM and ERP and legacy data migration,” said Ted Banz, regional director – Americas, PROCAD, Inc. “The team at Omni exemplifies this expertise with their long history in PLM services and software development.”

PRO.FILE is one of the leading enterprise PLM/PDM solutions with over 1000 global customers. It consolidates PDM, PLM, and DMS (document management system) into a single system that can be integrated with every major M/ECAD and ERP system. In addition, OmniDTS will offer PRO.CEED pre-configured best practice application packages such as Engineering Change Management or Contract Management. “The configurability of PROCAD’s products paired with our iterative and agile project methodology make implementation quick and easy, keep operating costs low, and give customers the ability to gradually expand the system whenever they see fit,” said Tad Leach, Director of Business Development at OmniDTS.

OmniDTS has also formed an alliance with Epicor Software Corporation to expand the existing partnership between Epicor and PROCAD. This will enable OmniDTS to help accelerate client implementations between Epicor ERP and PRO.FILE PDM/PLM. Epicor ERP is a robust and scalable solution designed to meet the needs of global manufacturers and is available on-premise, hosted, and in the cloud. Epicor ERP unifies a business’ internal systems and integrations, so users can easily access things like critical KPIs, product profitability monitoring, and visibility into essential company data.

In addition to becoming North America’s premier provider of PRO.FILE, OmniDTS provides a complete set of digital transformation services. “Our goal is to accelerate business process transformation in the area of product development across the enterprise,” said Mr. Leach. “By leveraging leading practices in the areas of business process design, organizational transformation, technology enablement and enterprise systems implementation we help our clients go beyond just implementation to fully achieving their business value proposition.”

OmniDTS staff have varied and extensive backgrounds in product development, CAE analysis, CAD/CAM, manufacturing, quality, document control, configuration management and PLM implementations. The Omni team has experience in not just implementing PLM and surrounding applications, but actively using these tools within a product development environment, which enables them to relate to their clients’ situations and anticipate many of the challenges they face.

While OmniDTS is primarily focused on growth in the North American marketplace, they also have a worldwide reach to support their global clients.

About PROCAD 

PROCAD has been in the PDM/PLM business for over 35 years. With 150 employees and offices throughout Europe and North America, PROCAD is one of the leading DMS/PDM/PLM solution providers to mid and upper mid-size enterprises. For more information about PROCAD, please visit https://www.pro-file.com/us.

About OmniDTS and Sconce Group 

Sconce Group (https://www.sconcegroup.com) is an alliance of companies comprised of Sconce Solutions, NovoPLM, ApexDMS, and OmniDTS that combined provide PLM, IoT, and Industry 4.0 software and services to the engineering and manufacturing industries. OmniDTS is PROCAD’s PRO.FILE partner for North America and specializes in the sale, implementation, and support of the PRO.FILE PDM/PLM solution.

For more information about OmniDTS, please visit https://www.omnidts.com.

e-Xstream Partners with IMDEA Materials Institute

Luxembourg, May 25, 2020 – e-Xstream engineering, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, has announced a partnership with the IMDEA Materials Institute to support the industry’s first microstructure modeling for metals within the 10X Integrated Computational Material Engineering (ICME) solution.

Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) is set to disrupt manufacturing as we know it. It is an engineering solution that spans across simulation disciplines and goes one step further in helping to tackle the challenges OEMs face in producing the ‘perfect’ part, whether that be time, cost or availability of data. It blurs the boundaries between materials engineering, design and manufacturing processes, optimizing components through the integration of manufacturing, materials and performance prediction.

Renowned Madrid-based institute IMDEA Materials will contribute its expertise to improve the accuracy and scope of ICME in modeling metals’ microstructure – a largely unexplored area for commercial manufacturing until now. Despite the maturity of metal engineering, most manufacturers do not currently take the material’s microstructure into account when building parts, which can severely impact how the part behaves and withstands stress.

With more accurate models, OEMs can improve the quality of their metal components, reduce waste and devise more efficient, connected design and engineering workflows – all while performing the bulk of R&D in simulation to reduce the amount of prototyping and physical testing required. Optimising parts through more effective use of the source material will also help metal suppliers compete with newer materials such as composites and ceramics.

Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering, said: “The breadth and depth of the Hexagon 10X ICME solution is what will help it revolutionize the manufacturing industry. Today, it’s driven by polymer-based composites, but with the help of partners like IMDEA Materials – a true pioneer in the field – we intend to apply the benefits of ICME to improve design and innovation using any material that has under-exploited properties and can help manufacturers make better products.

IMDEA Materials performs research into cutting-edge material science and engineering, and is a mark of excellence in material advancement. Its unparalleled insight into the modeling of basic alloys’ elasto-plastic behavior at the crystal level will contribute to metal ICME by improving the Digimat multi-scale modeling that underpins the 10X ICME solution.

Forming and shaping metal parts produces a variety of microstructures across the component, characterized by the grain size, shape and orientation. The integration of IMDEA Materials’ models into the 10X ICME ecosystem will equip users with the power to understand why those structures form, and how they will affect the final part’s performance. This intelligence can then be applied to enrich the solution’s integrated design, engineering and testing capabilities and help manufacturers make informed choices early in the product’s development – for example designing 3D print processes to improve the metal’s properties.

Laurent Adam, R&D director at e-Xstream engineering said: “Under our partnership with IMDEA Materials, we will continue to collaborate to enhance the building blocks for metals ICME. Currently, our R&D is focused on predicting how these advanced metals perform against certain stresses, like creep, as well developing efficient numerical methodologies to account for material degradation.”

Ignacio Romero, director of IMDEA Materials Institute, said: “Until now, ICME has largely been an academic exercise. One of IMDEA’s pillars is to collaborate with industry, sharing our knowledge of advanced materials to increase competitiveness and maintain technological leadership, so we are delighted for our results to contribute to the first industrialized ICME solution – an approach our research has shown has great potential to further the manufacturing industry as a whole.

“Our researchers’ expertise covers a wide range of simulation techniques at different scales, from the atomic level to the continuum, and is supported by high performance computing capabilities as well as state-of-the-art laboratories for microscopic characterization and in-situ mechanical testing. We are looking forward to the results of our, Hexagon and e-Xstream’s combined competences.”

About Hexagon | e-Xstream engineering

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. They are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Their technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

e-Xstream engineering, part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, provides Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) solutions to innovate and optimize product performance using the right materials and manufacturing process for the right application. Learn more at e-Xstream.com. Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division provides solutions that utilize data from design and engineering, production and metrology to make manufacturing smarter.

Hexagon has approximately 21,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.