Category Archives: CAD-CAM-CAE

igus Introduces E2.1 Series of Energy Chain

igus introduced the E2.1 series chain, which adapts to the requirements of a machine. The chain is designed for silent operation, and in the future, users will be able to choose the energy chain or the correct energy tube for cable guidance for over 850 different variants.

The new generation of the two-section energy chains was developed to improve on the preceding E2/000 series. The E2.1 series offers filling of the e-chain from the side or top, along the inner or outer radius, with a chain opener or screwdriver. In this process, one meter of the e-chain can be opened in two seconds.

These features make the E2.1 chain suitable for use in general engineering, woodworking, metalworking, and in machine tool construction. In addition to an inner height of 10.15 and 26 millimeters, users can also expand the inner height to 38 and 48 millimeters.

As design feature of the E2.1 e-chain is the lens-shaped brake at the stop-dog of the chain links. Compared to the previous generation, noise emissions are reduced by up to 10 decibels due to the brake design.

To match the design of the interior of the chain, igus offers a complete interior separation range consisting of lean separators with rounded edges for long service life of hoses and cables.

For “side-mounted” applications there are notch separators that ensure a custom-fit installation. The notch separator engages in a narrow integrated grid in the crossbar and guarantees a secure fit.

The E2.1 is also equipped with a QR code. Integrated directly into the e-chain, it offers the machine builder online information about the chain, including assembly instructions, or how to identify and order spare parts, with a scan using a smartphone or tablet.

For more information, visit igus website.

Keynote Speaker Announced for ZIW Americas 2019

WESTFORD, MA, Feb 19, 2019 – Zuken has announced Stephen Collins, chief executive officer at Anark Corp., as Keynote speaker for Zuken Innovation World (ZIW) Americas 2019. ZIW is part of their series of annual conferences taking place around the globe. These conferences bring together our customers, partners and industry professionals for networking, learning, and sharing of innovative ideas.

Stephen Collins will speak on “Digital Transformation and the Digital Thread”, explaining the benefits of a connected, collaborative, information-rich digital thread spanning the product life cycle, along with the challenges associated with its implementation. Collins will illustrate how digitalization of different phases of the product life cycle can offer new efficiencies not available in a document-based development process.

Collins is a 25+ year IT industry veteran and entrepreneur with an extensive background in 3D visualization, Model Based Enterprise, and PLM software and solutions. He is an experienced operator with strong sales process, marketing, business development, technology licensing, and equity financing experience.

During his tenure at Anark, Stephen helped guide Anark through its evolution from innovative 3D web visualization and digital media technology developer to emerge as a fast-growing, leading provider of automated technical enterprise content management, visual collaboration, and digital thread solutions that enable leading global manufacturers to communicate and collaborate more effectively and securely throughout engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, and field service operations.

Education and Innovation

The ZIW conference combines education, networking and innovative ideas offering a fun and interactive experience for our participants. Zuken is broadening the agenda by adding an E/E digital engineering track covering topics focused on Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), digital thread, digital twin, artificial intelligence and more. Participants will hear case studies from customers and partners on current challenges and experiences they are facing and how they address them with Zuken’s solutions. Embedded within the two-day agenda, participants can attend Zuken University classes focused on upcoming software releases and advancing product knowledge and skills. The popular Expert Bar will return offering 1:1 access to Zuken’s technical experts and a hands-on look at the latest product releases.

Event Highlights

  • Expanded customer and partner participation including: Ansys, Applied Materials, Intel, Anark, Continental, Vitech, Keysight, Komax, PTC, SiliconExpert, and others
  • Two-day agenda with 40 technical classes and a new E/E digital engineering track
  • Zuken University classes focused on Zuken software release plans, highlights, how-to instruction and more
  • Technology Showcase featuring our partner solutions and the Zuken Expert Bar
  • Zuken 360, an open Q&A with the Zuken leadership team

For more information, or to register for the event, see

About Anark Corp.

As the industry leading provider of automated technical ECM and visual collaboration software, Anark empowers global manufacturers to come to market faster, with higher quality products, at substantially reduced costs by ensuring that every knowledge worker along the Digital Thread has access to the right information at the right place at the right time. The Anark ECM platform helps market leaders such as General Electric, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson, Hydro-Quebec, TE Connectivity, Cisco, Ericsson, and the US Department of Defense to easily transform, publish and manage critical engineering, manufacturing and operational data into powerful, role-specific 3D PDF documents and HTML5 web content that can be consumed on virtually any desktop, mobile, or wearable device to enable secure, connected, information-rich data exchange and collaboration throughout the extended enterprise.

For more information, please visit

Creaform Expands Dimensional Management Services

Creaform today announced that it is extending its dimensional management services to its entire global audience. Dimensional management is an engineering methodology used for preventative quality assurance, which ensures the functionality, producibility, repeatability and performance of any given product according to specific requirements. This proven methodology allows manufacturers to guarantee quality while mitigating production waste and costs as well as product returns.

Additionally, Creaform Engineering’s unique approach consists of applying dimensional management best practices right from the start of a project in order to mitigate errors during assembly, which can increase costs, impact time-to-market and cause significant product recalls.

The company’s enhanced dimensional management services help clients address critical manufacturing challenges, including:

  • Identifying assembly functional elements and critical dimensions
  • Analyzing variations and distribute tolerances according to manufacturing processes
  • Applying functional tolerances (GD&T) according to ASME Y14.5
  • Solving assembly problems related to dimensional management issues

Dimensional management services can be offered in conjunction with the engineering team’s wide range of services for a complete, turnkey solution. Moreover, Creaform Engineering has a proven track record in helping clients in many different industries benefit from its advanced expertise in dimensional management. Ultimately, this improves quality and decreases costs by evaluating designs through the entire product development process — from the initial concept to series-production readiness.

For more information about Creaform Engineering’s services, visit their website.