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Gerber Introduces Tool Kit for MCT Cutter

Gerber Technology announced the debut of a new tool kit designed specifically for packaging and finishing applications at SGIA. This is in conjunction with their acquisition of MCT Digital announced on Oct 1, 2018. The combination of these companies unites the engineering expertise and innovation of two leading players in the sign and graphics and packaging industries.

This year represents Gerber’s 35th year participating in SGIA and it will celebrate this achievement with demonstrations of two Gerber MCT Cutters with TigerVision software each showing the systems versatility in the sign and graphics and packaging markets. One system will showcase wide-format, high-speed laser cutting and the other will show its mechanical toolsets including a new line of packaging tools including a 5Kw router, 6-inch creasing wheel, and heavy-duty oscillating knife. These tools are designed to address corrugated triple and folded carton, foam and triple wall packaging materials.

The Gerber MCT Cutter will be on display at the SGIA show Oct 18 – 20 at booth #417 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About MCT Digital, Inc

MCT is an integrated solutions provider of hardware and software finishing solutions for the sign and graphics and packaging markets. Located in New Berlin, Wisconsin, MCT and its leadership team have been innovating in the sign and graphics and packaging segments for over 30 years. In 1999, through his company Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering (MGE), Steen Mikkelsen launched i-cut vision for digital die cutting and in 2002, launched a version for print-to-cut workflows. In 2007, MGE was sold to Danaher’s Esko division. In 2011, Steen’s son Nik founded MCT and launched the CutGuru website for parts and consumables for finishing products. In 2016, they launched their first cutting system and launched their current high-performance cutting system along with their TigerVision print-to-cut software, creating a seamless customer experience.

MCT sells directly in the U.S. and Canada, and through distribution in Latin America, Australia, India, New Zealand, Italy and Scandinavia. MCT also owns and operates CutGuru.com – supporting 1,200+ customers worldwide with application know-how and cutting blades, router bits and cutting mats/conveyors.

About Gerber Technology

Gerber Technology delivers software and automation solutions that help apparel and industrial customers improve their manufacturing and design processes and more effectively manage and connect the supply chain, from product development and production to retail and the end customer. Gerber serves 78,000 customers in 134 countries, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in apparel and accessories, home and leisure, transportation, packaging and sign and graphics. The company develops and manufactures its products from various locations in the United States and Canada and has additional manufacturing capabilities in China. 

Based in Connecticut in the USA, Gerber Technology is owned by AIP, a New York based, global private equity firm specializing in the technology sector and has more than $3.0 billion assets under management.

Microchip Announces EMC181x Temperature Sensor

Microchip Technology announced five 1.8V temperature sensors, including the five-channel temperature sensor with standard lead spacing. The EMC181x temperature sensor family also introduces system temperature rate-of-change reporting, a feature that provides advanced warning on how the temperature of a system is fluctuating.

Monitoring temperature at multiple locations with a single, integrated temperature sensor is intended to reduce board complexity and simplify design. The EMC181x temperature sensor family offers a variety of remote channels at 1.8V operation to fit different design needs, ranging from two to five channels. The family is suitable for applications migrating from 3.3V systems to lower voltage rails, such as battery operated IoT applications, personal computing devices, Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). Additionally, the EMC181x family is register and voltage compatible with Microchip’s 3.3V EMC14xx temperature sensors, making migration to 1.8V testable and achievable. With the three-channel sensor available in an 8-pin 2 x 2 mm footprint and the five-channel in a 10-pin 2 x 2.5 mm footprint, the sensors can also reduce the number of devices needed for remote temperature monitoring.

With the ability to measure the system temperature rate of change, the EMC181x devices offer two-dimensional temperature sensing. In addition to reporting on the regular temperature, the feature notifies customers of the rate of temperature change in a system and shares data that can help regulate applications. Intended for closed control loop systems and other applications that prioritize lower voltage rails, the system provides an early notification of rising or falling temperatures, protecting against potential system failure.

The ADM00773 evaluation board provides everything needed to demonstrate the 1.8V three-channel two-wire EMC1833 temperature sensor and gives functional insight into the other EMC181x family members. It facilitates evaluation of programmable features such as rate of change, temperature alert limits and Resistance Error Correction (REC), in addition to providing off-board temperature measurements and data logging. The evaluation board connects to a PC through a USB interface board and comes with the Microchip Thermal Management Software Graphical User Interface (GUI).

For more information, visit Microchip website.

Centric Wins Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award

CAMPBELL, CA, Oct 19, 2018 – Based on its analysis of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for the retail, fashion, apparel, and consumer goods industries, top consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan has recognized Centric Software with the 2018 Product Leadership Award. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions to fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury and consumer goods companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards acknowledge companies in regional and global markets that demonstrate outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and exhaustive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry. Based on market feedback, Centric was evaluated against six other major PLM vendors and determined to be the clear winner of the Product Leadership Award.

Frost & Sullivan notes that Centric offers a uniquely positioned product that fulfills critical needs for retail, fashion, apparel and consumer goods companies. According to Kiravani Emani, Industrial Automation & Process Control senior research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, “A common challenge for these businesses is that most traditional PLM solutions are designed for heavy, harsh, asset-intensive industries, whereas they need modern industry-specific PLM solutions that are agile, flexible, and user-friendly. Centric Software’s strong global presence and ability to outpace competitors is underpinned by its expert team of specialists who design and build PLM solutions for fast-moving consumer goods industries.”

“Retail, fashion and consumer goods companies need solutions that enable complete visibility and control across the value chain and deliver the right product to market at the right time to maximize revenue,” Emani continues. “Centric’s flagship Centric 8 PLM platform has excelled in this arena, creating a unified platform to oversee and operate everything from design to distribution.”

Centric is also commended for developing solutions that facilitate entering new markets and managing global operations. Frost & Sullivan emphasizes Centric’s commitment to digital innovation.

“Centric Software’s unceasing product development activities are a pillar of strength, delivering top-notch innovative solutions that address both present and future industry needs and set the company ahead of its closest competitors,” says Emani. “Recent additions, including Skyline architecture, Centric Visual Innovation Platform (CVIP), Centric AI Image Search and Adobe Connect Illustrator, are helping transition end users towards a new era of digitalization.”

Frost & Sullivan notes that Centric’s customer retention rate of 99% is a testament to the company’s capabilities. Centric is enjoying sustained revenue growth rates, adding significant numbers of new customers each year and expanding into fresh territory, such as Latin America, at an impressive pace. Centric’s continuous development of new features and upgrades to enrich user experience is also highlighted in the assessment.

“Centric Software excels repeatedly as determined by the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Research program,” concludes Emani. “The company’s commitment to continuously innovate and enhance product capabilities is the cornerstone of its success in sustaining a strong market position. Given Centric Software’s incessant expansion of software capabilities, deep-rooted industry expertise and steady progress in entering new markets, we firmly believe this company will retain a secure foothold in the global PLM software industry. For its strong overall performance, Centric Software has earned Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 Product Leadership Award.”

“We are delighted that Frost & Sullivan has once again recognized Centric’s strong company mission and unique product vision,” says Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric Software. “This award is a testament to the entire Centric team and to our commitment to innovating for the retail, fashion, apparel and consumer goods industries with solutions that offer unparalleled visibility, constant evolution, and transformative digital tools.”

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation, and leadership. The company’s Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO’s Growth Team with disciplined research and best practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages more than 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses, and the investment community from 45 offices on six continents.

To join our Growth Partnership, please visit www.frost.com.

About Centric Software

From its headquarters in Silicon Valley and offices in trend capitals around the world, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, and consumer goods. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) is a visual, fully digital collection of boards for touch-based devices like iPad, iPhone, and large-scale, touch-screen televisions. Centric VIP transforms decision making and automates execution to truly collapse time to market and distance to trend. Centric’s flagship product lifecycle management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, business planning, quality, and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB packages extended PLM, including innovative technology and key industry learnings tailored for small businesses.

Centric Software has received multiple industry awards, including the Frost & Sullivan Product Leadership Award in Retail, Fashion, and Consumer Goods PLM in 2018 and Frost & Sullivan’s Global Retail, Fashion, and Apparel PLM Product Differentiation Excellence Award in 2016 and 2012. Red Herring named Centric to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

For more information, visit www.centricsoftware.com.

Osram, Rifiniti Partner for Smart Building IoT

WILMINGTON, MA, Oct 19, 2018 – Osram, a global high-tech lighting company, is teaming up with Rifiniti, a leader in workplace analytics software, to offer smart building IoT solutions to the commercial real estate industry that improve operational efficiencies, occupant comfort and the bottom line. The solutions guide major real estate decisions such as capacity planning and conference room rationalization and combine rich data based on the smart lighting technology infrastructure by Osram with powerful workplace analytics software by Rifiniti. As part of the partnership, Osram will offer Rifiniti Optimo software as a solution (SaaS) to Encelium® Extend light management system end customers.

Osram sensors, including the new SensiLUM wireless sensor embedded in luminaires, serve as ideal data nodes on a smart lighting network such as the Encelium® Extend Light Management System (LMS) by Osram. Lighting and environmental data is collected from these nodes and stored on Osram’s new cloud platform, Lightelligence™ and accessed via an API by third-party analytics software developers offering SaaS for smart building applications beyond lighting. Rifiniti offers Optimo workplace analytics software solutions including capacity planning and conference room rationalization that enable businesses to optimize commercial office space and boost efficiency while providing employees with flexible, modern workplaces.

The partnership with Rifiniti further demonstrates Osram’s commitment to a growing ecosystem that is embracing the digitalization of commercial space with valued software applications that reduce costs and delight end customers.

Check out Osram’s Digital Systems Blog at info.osram.us/blog

“Building strong partnerships is a critical part of developing effective smart building IoT solutions for commercial real estate environments,” said Tom Shottes, CEO Osram Digital Systems group, Americas Region. “The world of IoT is growing exponentially, and partnering with organizations whose products and expertise complement our own keeps us and our end customers at the forefront of IoT. Today, we are able to offer best-in-class smart lighting solutions as well as additional smart building IoT applications that our end customers have identified as valuable from a cost savings, increased efficiency or improved working environment perspective.”

“Osram has a strong history of innovation in lighting, and its luminaire components and light management systems have created an ideal infrastructure for collecting data that enables our space optimization applications. Lighting is ubiquitous and offers granular coverage across all spaces including conference rooms and individual offices in contrast to other data options that are limited to zones,” said Irina Mladenova, president and customer success officer, Rifiniti. “By teaming up, we are able to offer facility operations teams the most efficient and effective lighting and data analytics solutions to meet their current and future needs.”

About OSRAM

OSRAM, based in Munich, is a leading global high-tech company with a history dating back more than 110 years. Primarily focused on semiconductor-based technologies, our products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality to autonomous driving and from smart phones to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM uses the endless possibilities of light to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. OSRAM’s innovations enable people all over the world not only to see better, but also to communicate, travel, work and live better. OSRAM has approximately 26,400 employees worldwide as of end of fiscal 2017 (September 30) and generated revenue of more than €4.1 billion. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED400; trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at www.osram.com.

About OSRAM SYLVANIA

OSRAM SYLVANIA is part of OSRAM Americas, a group of OSRAM companies located in North and South America. As a leader in lighting solutions and services specializing in innovative design and energy-saving technology, the company sells products under the brand names OSRAM, Traxon, ENCELIUM and SYLVANIA. The portfolio ranges from high-tech applications based on semiconductor technology, such as infrared or laser lighting, to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. The OSRAM SYLVANIA and OSRAM Americas regional headquarters is located in Wilmington, MA.

For more information, visit www.osram.us.

Eagle Point Adds McNeel Content to Pinnacle Series

for Grasshopper, Rhinoceros

DUBUQUE, IA, Oct 19, 2018 – Eagle Point Software Corp. continues to expand their Pinnacle Series content library with the recent addition of McNeel content for their design tools Grasshopper and Rhinoceros.

Grasshopper is a visual programming language and environment that runs within the Rhinoceros 3D CAD application.

Rhinoceros (typically abbreviated Rhino, or Rhino3D) is a commercial 3D computer graphics and CAD application software.

This addition adds to the asset library subscriptions for Adobe, Autodesk, Health & Safety, Microsoft and Bluebeam that are currently available in Pinnacle Series.

“Adding content for Grasshopper and Rhino is something that stemmed from our clients. Our clients are interested in these products and we strive to bring them all content that is relevant to them. We noticed an increased interest and mention of Grasshopper and Rhino so we knew it was an addition we needed to make,” John Biver, president & CEO at Eagle Point.

Pinnacle Series is the industry leading AEC learning and productivity solution that focuses on bringing continuous learning, knowledge capture/sharing, and productivity increases to design firms around the globe.

Pinnacle Series is developed by Eagle Point Software Corporation, a company dedicated to bringing productivity to the AEC market. Eagle Point’s status as one of the longest running members of the Autodesk Developer Network, coupled with its 35 years of history in the AEC marketplace and knowledge of Autodesk products makes Eagle Point uniquely qualified to deliver unparalleled results.

Please reach out to Eagle Point’s media contact for inquiries regarding this release.

About Eagle Point Software

Since 1983, Eagle Point has been focused on increasing the productivity of its clients. Over the last 35 years our products have evolved but their focus has not changed. Eagle Point’s Pinnacle Series is the most awarded productivity platform in the Autodesk ecosystem.

Pinnacle Series is a robust platform that provides personalized learning opportunities, acts as a hub to capture and share knowledge and keeps users productive by answering their questions as they go through their daily work.

For more information, visit eaglepoint.com.

Tecplot 360 2018 Release 2 Available

BELLEVUE, WA, Oct 19, 2018 – Tecplot, Inc. has announced the general availability of Tecplot 360 2018 Release 2.

Georeferenced image of Puget Sound (Salish Sea) with vertical transect. Image created with Tecplot 360

This release will benefit geoscientists who work with results from numerical models such as FVCOM (Finite-Volume Community Ocean Model), ROMS (Regional Ocean Modeling System), WRF (Weather Research Forecasting Model) and Telemac (Loaders for ROMS, WRF and Telemac are available upon request, contact support@tecplot.com). Highlights that will benefit general Tecplot customers include new colormaps, handy Python scripts, updated Excel add-in, and a CONVERGE output file loader. See all of what is new.

“In our research [of the Geoscience market], we’ve found that most geoscientists spend an inordinate amount of time writing and modifying scripts to evaluate their simulation output,” says Scott Fowler, Tecplot 360 product manager. “We’ve also found that many with 3D model results are missing important features in their data because they use tools that do not easily support viewing and exploring the full 3D data.”

Unlike script-based post-processing, Tecplot 360 allows geoscientists to quickly view and analyze full 3D models in an interactive user interface – without the need to write scripts. Tecplot 360 allows a quick and thorough exploration of XY, 2D and 3D results, which ensures that important information is neither missed nor overlooked.

Automation can speed analysis, and Tecplot 360 has a rich Python API known as PyTecplot. The Tecplot 360 Python API can generate images, movies and perform advanced analysis. Python scripts may be recorded based on user actions, which accelerates understanding of the API.

Unlike open-source solutions, Tecplot 360 comes with a responsive and knowledgeable Technical Support Team.  Tecplot’s website reports a 96.4% response time within one business day, and a 61.3% immediate response time.

Key features in this release for geoscientists are:

  • FVCOM loader for netCDF data.
  • ROMS, WRF, Telemac loaders available on request.
  • Georeferenced image import to help communicate the location of your data (see video).
  • Shapefile import to give additional context to the location of your data (see video).
  • Vertical transect (curved slices) computation for vertically projecting a 2D plane along a prescribed path (see video).
  • New colormaps for creating beautiful plots.
  • Load-on-Demand technology for loading huge datasets.

Tecplot 360 2018 Release 2 is available for download as Free Trial Software, or for customers through the MyTecplot Customer Portal.

About Tecplot, Inc.

Tecplot, an operating company of Toronto-based Constellation Software, Inc. (CSI), is the leading independent developer of visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists. CSI is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:CSU). CSI acquires, manages and builds software businesses that provide mission-critical solutions in specific vertical markets.

Tecplot visualization and analysis software allows customers using desktop computers and laptops to quickly analyze and understand (local or remote) information hidden in complex data, and communicate their results to others via professional images and animations. The company’s products are used by more than 47,000 technical professionals around the world.

For more information, visit www.tecplot.com.