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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.

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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.

Schréder Selects PTC Cloud

BOSTON, MA, Feb 19, 2019 – PTC announced that Schréder, a leading independent outdoor lighting manufacturer, is moving its PTC Windchill product lifecycle management (PLM) solution from on-premises to the PTC Cloud. With this move to Software as a Service (SaaS), Schréder will be able to focus on accelerating product innovation and development with the peace of mind that comes with continuous systems and security optimization through PTC-owned upgrades and updates.

For 111 years, Schréder has been designing lighting solutions—from highways, tunnels, and residential streets to pedestrian areas, monuments and more. The company is an expert in Lightability solutions and has been at the forefront of innovation. Lightability reimagines the way light is used through efficiency, innovation, sustainability, and expertise.

Having already leveraged PTC’s Windchill PLM solution to manage its complex product lifecycle, Schréder is now embracing a cloud strategy. Schréder will use PTC’s Cloud Migration Service to de-customize and efficiently move its on-premise data to the PTC Cloud. In addition, the move to a managed subscription service will make software and related costs more predictable and help Schréder keep up with the most current releases.

“Our products light up some of the world’s most historic sites, from Rome’s Coliseum to the Channel Tunnel. Product development has been fundamental to more than a century of success, and our relentless passion for innovation means we are always on the lookout for new ways to maximize our processes and technology,” said Jean-Jacques van Gils, group IT manager, Schréder. “As part of our cloud strategy, we decided on PLM in the PTC Cloud to reduce our IT infrastructure and operating environment costs, free up stakeholders to work on other tasks, and accelerate our time to market.”

PTC Windchill, an industry-leading PLM application suite, makes it easier than ever to break down organizational barriers. Windchill leverages multi-system data orchestration for a consolidated, accurate view of product information, including the associative BOM, multi-CAD data, and visualization management. With a flexible, open, and integrated architecture, Windchill is easy to upgrade and designed for performance and scale. PTC Windchill has been recognized as a leader in PLM by Forrester and Quadrant Knowledge Solutions.

PTC’s PLM Cloud solution is a flexible SaaS solution for companies looking to run their environments on the latest hardware and latest operating system versions, with flexible network connections, high security, disaster recovery, and more. The PTC PLM Cloud solution provides proven, closed loop and enterprise-class, IoT-ready PLM capabilities that enable companies like Schréder to achieve greater scalability and improved time-to-value.

“Moving from on-premises to the cloud is a smart, strategic business decision for any company to make. Not only can it help cut costs, but it also frees up stakeholders to focus on how to improve the business, rather than waste time maintaining an enterprise system,” said Kevin Wrenn, divisional general manager, PLM Segment, PTC.

The SaaS offering is being implemented in conjunction with PTC’s partner Ad Ultima Group.

About Schréder

Schréder is a worldwide leader in intelligent outdoor lighting solutions. The company, founded in 1907, is present in over 35 countries spanning 5 continents. Their tradition of engineering means we have been at the forefront of innovation throughout their history. The latest wave of urbanism means city centres are becoming more vital than ever: connectivity is crucial. Experts in Lightability, we propose lighting infrastructure that will play a pivotal role in building Smart Cities and future communication networks.

For more information, visit

About PTC

PTC unleashes industrial innovation with award-winning, market-proven solutions that enable companies to differentiate their products and services, improve operational excellence, and increase workforce productivity. With PTC, and its partner ecosystem, manufacturers can capitalize on the promise of today’s new technology to drive digital transformation.

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Gray Construction Selects Beck’s DESTINI Estimator

DALLAS, TX, Feb 19, 2019 – Beck Technology, leading software and service firm for the commercial design and construction industry, announced that Gray Construction has chosen DESTINI Estimator as its new enterprise-wide pre-construction platform.

Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, Gray Construction has been one of the leading industry pioneers in design-build integration. Since their formation in 1960, Gray has expanded into multiple offices both in the U.S. and internationally. The company specializes in engineering, architecture and construction services, with projects spanning across a variety of markets including manufacturing, automotive,  food and beverage, and distribution. Gray Construction’s team needed to find an estimating solution that could keep up with the pace of their growth and align with their company-wide standards.

The multi-year enterprise agreement will enable the company to utilize DESTINI Estimator in all of its estimating efforts.

“At the rate that our company is growing, we needed a platform that is dynamic and adaptable,” said David Florence, vice president of Pre-Construction Systems and Services at Gray Construction. “We definitely feel like DESTINI Estimator is a system that can shift according to our individual needs, and we’re excited to see where it takes us.”

“Gray Construction has been a forward-thinking company since their inception in 1960, and we believe Estimator will only strengthen their culture of innovation,” said Cheyanne Hampton, account executive at Beck Technology. “We are looking forward to collaborating with them and learning from their experiences and their input.”

About Beck Technology

Beck Technology empowers the AEC industry to make smarter choices through innovative software solutions and expert consulting. Clients, ranging from government agencies to Fortune 500 companies as well as local, regional, and global construction firms, count on Beck Technology tools to conceptualize and estimate projects with unmatched speed, precision, and customization. Beck Technology’s DESTINI Profiler software is in use by 40 percent of the ENR Top 400 General Contractors and its DESTINI Estimator software is the only purpose-built platform created exclusively for architects, owners, and developers.

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