Category Archives: CAD-CAM-CAE

Flow-Cal Releases FLOWCAL Enterprise v10

Flow-Cal has announced the release of FLOWCAL Enterprise version 10.0. This release introduces the user interface (UI) and the first phase of enhancements to aide upstream and midstream companies in meeting new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) compliance requirements.

First launched in 1995, FLOWCAL Enterprise was developed as a corporate solution to help oil and gas companies manage the enormous amounts of data collected from flow computers and other EFM devices. With Version 10, FLOWCAL is beginning the transition to a more modern interface and development platform, while still maintaining the features used to automate and streamline measurement operations.

The launch of FLOWCAL 10 includes a new main menu and a customizable dashboard that prominently displays commonly used features. The FLOWCAL design will be implemented throughout other areas of the application over multiple releases.

In addition to the technology and UI improvements, FLOWCAL 10 provides several enhancements to help operators comply with recent changes to BLM regulations. FLOWCAL 10 includes new fields such as FMP Number, Lease, CA and PA numbers, volume tiering designations and heating value uncertainty, as well as gas quality enhancements and numerous updated reports. Through a phased approach, FLOWCAL 10 will continue to deliver additional features to help identify, track, and generate reports related to BLM meters.

The next release of FLOWCAL 10 is planned for May 2018 and will include the latest set of newly designed screens, such as the Exception Viewer, along with phase two of the BLM enhancements.

About Flow-Cal, Inc.

Flow-Cal, Inc., a Houston-based software developer, is the industry-leader in measurement data management for natural gas and petroleum liquids. Flow-Cal’s software is used throughout the industry to validate, recalculate, store and report measurement data from field devices, and link that information to users and stakeholders throughout an organization.

Hexagon Manufacturing Releases PC-DMIS 2018 R1

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has launched PC-DMIS 2018 R1 measurement software. PC-DMIS 2018 R1 allows users to easily convert AutoFeatures to points or quickly use the measured hits for new constructions and dimensions, available for Plane, Circle, and Cylinder AutoFeatures. By converting each hit to a vector point, Optimize Path can be used to enhance the order of point measurement, reducing the number of probe tip changes and overall measurement time. New support for Q-DAS Traces enables easier analysis of PC-DMIS data. The new QuickSet control allows users to use both QuickFeature and GD&T Selection and still have the ability to modify measurement strategies.

Enhanced speed of QuickFeature measurement enables users to create multiple circles and cylinders with just one click, optimized for bolt hole patterns or whenever surfaces contain multiple features of the same size and shape. The latest edition also introduces improved Flush and Gap AutoFeature workflow for point cloud inspection. This improved workflow makes it even faster to extract multiple Flush and Gap AutoFeatures from an existing cloud of points object, most helpful when inspecting sheet metal seams. INSPECT has also been improved to include CAD and LIVE views from PC-DMIS and the ability to create Playlists including one or more routines to be executed a specified number of times.

Other notable improvements within PC-DMIS include a new CAD Rotation Widget for resizable one-click CAD rotation, Added (M) for Coaxiality/Concentricity, Leica Absolute Scanner LAS laser scanner support, improved 4K monitor support, improved QuickFeature laser support, Datakit 2017.3 implementation, user interface refresh, and improved tracker user experience. PC-DMIS 2018 R1 is available to download immediately. More information is available through local Hexagon commercial operations and dealers.

About Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is a metrology and manufacturing solution provider.For more information, visit

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is part of Hexagon (, a global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

Curtiss-Wright Launches FTP215 Exlar Electric Actuator

Curtiss-Wright’s Sensors & Controls Division has announced the release of its newest Exlar brand electric actuator, the FTP215. This high-force electric rod-style press actuator is designed for press applications as it offers forces up to 36 tf, making it a replacement for hydraulic cylinders.

The Exlar FTP Series actuator allows machine builders to meet increasing performance demands, while minimizing maintenance and downtime.  Based on planetary roller screw technology, the FTP Series offers high force in a small package.

With continuous force ratings to 36 tf (metric), 40 tf (short), speeds to 351 mm/sec (13.8 in/sec), and stroke lengths from 150 mm (6 inches) to 600 mm (24 inches), the FTP Series can be applied across a wide range of pressing applications.

The FTP215 features include:

  • High capacity planetary roller screws offering up to 15X the life and significantly higher shock load resistance than a comparably sized ball screw
  • IP65S (min.) environmental protection
  • Idler pulley design greatly simplifies motor installation and belt tensioning / maintenance
  • Rigid circular front mounting flange simplifies installation

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About Curtiss-Wright Corp.

Curtiss-Wright Corp. is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. The company employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide.

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Digi-Key Updates Common Parts Library for KiCad EDA Tool

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN, Feb 20, 2018 – As part of their ongoing effort to offer engineers the best electronic design automation (EDA) tools and design aids, Digi-Key Electronics, a global electronic components distributor, announces the beta release of a library consisting of nearly 1,000 common parts for use by the open source, KiCad schematic capture and printed circuit board tool on their website.

KiCad Symbols (PRNewsfoto/Digi-Key Electronics)

Digi-Key analyzed which parts are the top 1,000 that users of KiCad would likely need and created a library that binds the schematic symbols and printed circuit board footprints together into atomic elements, while adding several fields including part numbers and links to datasheets. The library is distributed under the same license as KiCad’s main library, thereby making it available for anyone to use for their own designs.

“With more restrictive licensing or licenses that don’t align with some of our customers’ needs, some users are looking to find a replacement EDA tool and are flocking to KiCad which is the most popular, open source option available,” said Randall Restle, VP, applications engineering. “Now, electrical engineers and students have a choice they can stick with forever without fear of restrictive licenses.”

The recent update comes as a precursor to the final release coming in early 2018.

For more information about KiCad as well as the company’s full portfolio of EDA and design tools, visit the Digi-Key website.

About Digi-Key Electronics

Digi-Key Electronics, headquartered in Thief River Falls, MN, USA, is an authorized global, full-service distributor of electronic components, offering more than 6.8 million products, with over 1.4 million in stock and available for immediate shipment, from over 750 quality name-brand manufacturers. Digi-Key also offers a wide variety of online resources such as EDA and design tools, datasheets, reference designs, instructional articles and videos, multimedia libraries, and much more. Technical support is available 24/7 via email, phone and webchat.

Additional information and access to Digi-Key’s broad product offering can be found by visiting

EOS to Offer ALM HP 11-30, FR-106, PA 640-GSL for 3D Printing

From March 2018 Onwards

KRAILLING, Germany, Feb 20, 2018 – EOS, the world’s leading technology provider in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, is expanding the range of materials by offering European distribution of three high-performance polymers for additive manufacturing (AM) from ALM, a wholly owned subsidiary of the EOS Group that focuses on providing customized material solutions for the additive manufacturing market. These special-purpose materials are already being successfully deployed by several companies in North America and are also highly attractive for the European market due to their properties.

Design-Study EOS (Source: EOS)

Dr. Tobias Abeln, chief technical officer (CTO) at EOS explains: “EOS is broadening its range of available materials, while also opening up new application areas for industrial 3D printing at the same time.” He goes on to say: “ALM materials – like EOS materials – are going through extensive quality testing in order to fulfill high customer requirements, particularly from even highly regulated industries. As of February 2018, ALM received its formal ISO 9001:2015 certification that specifies the requirements for a quality management in organizations. “

The following new materials will be available as from March 2018 onwards.

ALM HP 11-30: Carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide 11 material

ALM HP 11-30 is a carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide 11 material. Its specially integrated carbon fibers give it high strength, impact resistance, and an increased elongation at break for a fiber reinforced material. Uniquely for a fiber reinforced material in AM, parts made using this material display well-balanced, comparable mechanical parameters in all three dimensions. The material is highly suited for components subject to mechanical wear that require a minimum level of toughness. ALM HP 11-30 is therefore of special interest for automotive industry applications, particularly for motorsport.

ALM FR-106: Flame-retardant polyamide 11 material

As a flame-retardant polyamide 11, ALM FR-106 is an ideal addition to the existing EOS portfolio of flame-retardant materials. With its combination of high toughness and good strength, ALM FR-106 broadens the application range for powder-based AM materials. As such, the material is particularly suited for use in the aerospace industry and also meets rigorous FAR 25.853 aviation standards. Its well-balanced properties and good detail resolution make it an interesting material for a great many other applications in which outstanding flame-retardant properties and thin wall thicknesses are an advantage, such as housings or casings and hard-wearing fasteners.

ALM PA 640-GSL: Polyamide 12 material filled with hollow glass microspheres and carbon fibers

ALM PA 640-GSL is a polyamide 12 material filled with lightweight glass microspheres, providing practically the same properties as a normal glass filled polyamide, but with substantially reduced weight (component density: 0.82g/cm³). With its microsphere and carbon fiber filling, ALM PA 640-GSL is particularly suitable for applications that require extremely low weight, high strength, and rigidity in one product. At the same time, ALM PA 640-GSL features increased thermal resistance and excellent surface quality. Application fields include the aerospace, shipping, sports, model making, and motorsport sectors. The material’s enhanced thermal stability also makes it suitable for applications in which components are exposed to high temperatures.

Technical information and material data sheets for ALM materials are available on the ALM website.

About ALM

Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) specializes in material research, development and consultation for industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Founded in 2004, ALM remains focused on providing customers with application-specific, quality-tested materials and engineering support to meet the most complex product specifications and production requirements. ALM offers the largest selection of laser sintering solutions with onsite capabilities to produce standard and specialized materials in varying quantities. Based in Temple, Texas, ALM is a wholly owned subsidiary of EOS Group.

About EOS

EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.

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Boston Engineering Named IoT ThingWorx, PTC Platinum Partner

WALTHAM, MA, Feb 20, 2018 – Boston Engineering announced that PTC has elevated the company to Platinum Solutions Partner and has formally named it an Internet of Things (IoT) ThingWorx Solutions Partner. The news reflects pressing business requirements to develop and manage smart, connected products across Boston Engineering’s commercialgovernment, and medical clients.

IoT initiatives typically falter because organizations can’t align the “Internet” (data and connectivity) with the “Things” (physical products) to improve service and other operations. Boston Engineering bridges this gap by combining new product development consulting with PLM solutions that provide the product development tools, managed services, and strategy to enable powerful IoT and augmented reality (AR) capabilities.

“IoT and augmented reality advancements are providing organizations with unprecedented opportunities to gain deeper business insights, to plan with added confidence, and to roll out new programs quickly,” said Bob Treiber, president and co-founder of Boston Engineering. “Boston Engineering is uniquely positioned to develop innovative products and to align smart product capabilities with your business requirements today and in the future.”

“Boston Engineering has been a valued PTC partner for more than a decade, and we look forward to added collaboration as we help organizations use IoT to improve performance and competitiveness,” said Kerry Grimes, divisional vice president, PTC Partner Network.

Boston Engineering began more than 20 years ago as a product design and development firm. When asked to join PTC’s partner network in 2006, Boston Engineering formally expanded its offerings to include Product Development Systems Services (PDSS) and PTC software reseller services. Today, Boston Engineering is largest PTC reseller in the Northeast, and has longstanding clients nationally.

ThingWorx is the industry-leading industrial innovation platform that is designed to deliver IoT applications and AR experiences that unlock the value of the converged digital and physical worlds.

About PTC

PTC has the most robust Internet of Things technology in the world. In 1986, PTC revolutionized digital 3D design, and in 1998 PTC was first to market with Internet-based PLM. Now PTC’s leading IoT and AR platform, and field-proven solutions bring together the physical and digital worlds to reinvent the way you create, operate, and service products. With PTC, global manufacturers and an ecosystem of partners and developers can capitalize on the promise of the IoT today and drive the future of innovation.

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About Boston Engineering

Boston Engineering provides product design and engineering consulting across the entire product development process – from concept through connected product capabilities. Certified for ISO 9001 and ISO 13485, the company’s industry expertise includes defense & security, medical devices, robotics, and commercial products. Boston Engineering is also an Internet of Things (IoT) ThingWorx Partner and a PTC Platinum Partner. Founded in 1995, Boston Engineering is headquartered in Waltham, MA. with an additional office at UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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CIMdata’s President Peter Bilello to Present at PI PLMx Hamburg

ANN ARBOR, MI, Feb 20, 2018 – CIMdata, Inc., the leading global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces that its president, Peter Bilello, will make a presentation at PI PLMx Hamburg entitled, “PLM’s Place Within an Enterprise Application Architecture.” PI PLMx Hamburg will take place at the Grand Elysée Hotel, Hamburg, Germany on February 19-20. Mr. Bilello’s presentation will take place during the afternoon of day 2 of the conference, on February 20.

Like other applications, a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution can and should play a major role in an enterprise’s overall application architecture. It is critical that an organization understands the role PLM should play within its application architecture, and what processes are and should be within its scope.

At the core, an enterprise’s application architecture should be governed by the organization’s Business Platform that defines and manages the organization’s business regulations and legal requirements, mission statement, core values and beliefs, and strategic business plan. That Business Platform also needs to provide oversight and governance, as well as enable the organization’s enterprise innovation management processes through which it determines where and when it will focus its innovation resources.

In general, input into an enterprise application architecture (EAA) is from an organization’s suppliers and the output is to its customers. In the middle are the functions that the enterprise needs to perform to create value. This presentation will investigate this important topic, as well as describe a comprehensive EAA model and PLM’s place within it.

Mr. Bilello has more than 26 years of experience in the development of business-enabling IT solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. He has participated in PLM analysis, selection, implementation, and training; CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM implementation and management; synchronous and lean manufacturing consulting; software engineering; and general data management strategy development and support. He has authored numerous papers and research reports on PLM and related topics, and his articles, commentaries, and perspectives have appeared in publications throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

For more information about the presentation or to request a meeting with Mr. Bilello, please visit:

About CIMdata

CIMdata has been leading the global PLM economy since 1983. Started by Julius Dorfman, Robert Johnson, and David Penning, CIMdata has evolved into the leading independent global strategic management consulting and research authority focused exclusively on the PLM market.