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PTC Appoints Kathleen Mitford as Chief Strategy Officer

BOSTON, MA, Jan 17, 2020 – PTC announced that Kathleen Mitford has been appointed to be the company’s chief strategy officer. In this role, Kathleen will oversee key functions including PTC’s strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), strategic alliances, corporate marketing, and academic groups.

Kathleen Mitford (Image source: PTC website)

“Kathleen possesses outstanding vision, clarity of thought, and a talent for getting things done,” said Jim Heppelmann, president and CEO, PTC. “Her decade-plus years of experience at PTC, many successes across the company, and valuable contributions made as a member of our executive leadership team make her the ideal person to lead PTC’s strategy. I look forward to continuing our close collaboration.”

Kathleen takes the helm of PTC’s strategy organization after her successful tenure as executive vice president, products, during which time PTC and its innovative technologies were consistently recognized with leadership positions in such areas as the industrial internet of thingscomputer-aided design, and product lifecycle management. As EVP, products, Kathleen led an international team comprised of several thousand software developers, with major R&D hubs in the United States, Israel, and India.

“PTC has made great strides and has enjoyed significant market success, and I look forward to helping us pursue even higher levels of growth,” said Kathleen. “During the early days of my career at PTC, I helped create our strategy organization and now look forward to leading our next phase of development.”

Kathleen received numerous awards in her previous role, most recently being recognized with the 2019 Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s Tech Excellence Leadership Award. In addition to serving on the board of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Kathleen participates in a variety of panels, lending her knowledge and expertise to future innovators. She is also a passionate champion of inclusion and diversity as well as causes dedicated to accelerating women in technology.

Kathleen’s appointment follows the retirement of former chief strategy officer, Barry Cohen, Ph.D.

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.

For more information, visit PTC.com.

Maplesoft Releases MapleMBSE 2020

WATERLOO, Canada, Jan 17, 2020 – Maplesoft announced a new release of MapleMBSE, the software that enables companies to employ a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) process within their design projects without requiring every stakeholder on the project to be an expert in complex MBSE tools. The latest release, MapleMBSE 2020, offers improved workflow for creating and documenting models.

MapleMBSE provides a streamlined, Excel-based interface to the systems model with task-specific views for editing the model directly, thereby ensuring consistent information and knowledge sharing across the design group. The familiar Excel interface enables subject matter experts to obtain and analyze the information they need to make decisions, and to feed the results back into the model. By eliminating the need to funnel everything through a small number of systems engineering tool experts, MapleMBSE democratizes the engineering process and significantly reduces the overhead, time, and errors that typically come with using a standard systems engineering tool. The new release provides more flexibility in working with the model, including the ability to view and edit previous revisions of the model easily to support experimentation and “what if” scenarios, to revert changes and return to a previous state, and to create, view, and modify documentation for model elements for improved transparency and traceablity. In addition, improved performance means the time to load a MapleMBSE model has been significantly reduced.

“Most project stakeholders aren’t trained to use complex MBSE tools, nor should they have to be. In the past, true stakeholder involvement has been very difficult to achieve, and yet it is vital to the success of the project and the organization. With MapleMBSE, it is easy for all stakeholders to contribute to the systems engineering process,” says Paul Goossens, vice president of MBSE Solutions at Maplesoft. “This new release further improves the workflow to support efficient and effective model development and communication.”

In addition to connectivity with Teamwork Cloud from No Magic, which allows customers to seamlessly access models created in a number of different tools, including MapleMBSE, MagicDraw, and Cameo Systems Modeler, the new release also has ability to integrate MapleMBSE with the latest release of IBM Rational Rhapsody, as well as other SysML-based tools.

MapleMBSE customers include Nissan, Honda, NASA JPL, Sandia Laboratories, and Lockheed-Martin Space Systems.

For more information, visit MapleMBSE.

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft has provided mathematics-based software solutions to educators, engineers, and researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for over 30 years. Maplesoft’s flagship product, Maple, combines the world’s most powerful mathematics engine with an interface that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve mathematical problems. Building on this technology, the product line includes solutions for education and researchsystem simulationcalculation management, and systems engineering. In 2018, Maplesoft spun off its online education product line into a separate corporation, DigitalEd.

Maplesoft products provide modern, innovative solutions to meet today’s technical challenges, from exploring math concepts on a smartphone to reducing development risk in complex engineering design projects. Maplesoft products and services are used by more than 8000 educational institutions, research labs, and companies, in over 90 countries.

Maplesoft is a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Group. For further details, please visit www.maplesoft.com.

Radica Launches Electra Cloud

IPOH, Malaysia, Jan 17, 2020 – Radica Software Sdn. Bhd. announced the immediate availability of Electra Cloud, fully browser-based electrical CAD software that allows engineers to create, edit, and share 2D electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic schematic drawings with team members. Electra Cloud works on all computer operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Apple Macintosh, as well as on any mobile devices such as smartphones. An easy-to-use software, Electra Cloud does not require extensive training, and furthermore, it helps engineers complete schematic drawings between 300% and 500% faster than traditional software currently available in the market. Electra Cloud is now available directly at https://cloud.radicasoftware.com.

An important advantage of Electra Cloud is that it allows users to collaborate on their drawings with team members located anywhere in the world in real-time, with just a browser and no additional software required.

Thomas Yip, CEO and founder of Radica Software said, “Software offerings in the electrical CAD industry have not seen much changes despite their long existence. So, we are thrilled to offer Electra Cloud, a breakthrough solution for engineers around the world. We’re saying this because Electra Cloud can be accessed from anywhere using a web browser and users no longer need to have a software installed on their computer to access electrical drawings like previously. This, sets Electra Cloud apart from ECAD products in the market.”

Team dashboard which is a key feature in Electra Cloud allows team members of the same project will always have access to the latest version of drawings, for teams to work effectively together. It enables easy sharing, commenting, chatting and collaborative editing.

In addition, Electra Cloud also comes with file version control feature that saves changes made in real-time automatically, allowing collaborators to revert to previous revisions without worrying about losing any previous work.

Electra Cloud contains all the necessary automated tooling including automatic tagging, circuit reuse, real time cross reference, extensive set of NFPA/JIC and IEC symbols, PLC modules, automatically generate bill of materials, terminals, panel layout and others.

“Electra Cloud makes design collaboration much simpler and easier. For instance, previously, recipients must have the same CAD software or a viewer to collaborate on a drawing, but that is not an issue anymore. With a click of a button, users of Electra Cloud can now share drawings with any authorized team members regardless of their location and they can edit, comment and chat about the designs using a web browser only,” Yip commented.

“It is a great concept, and it is great that you then have access from anywhere,” said Joseph Stieha (Electra Cloud Beta user), from PowerTech Water Inc, based in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Pricing: Electra Cloud is available for a free 30-day trial after which users can choose to downgrade to a Free Plan or continue to use Electra at USD99 per user per month, USD999 per user per year for Electra Standard (without hydraulic and pneumatic tools) and USD1499 per year for Electra Professional with hydraulic and pneumatic tools.

Radica Software also plans to release an offline version of Electra Cloud especially to those users who are concerned about privacy and would prefer to work entirely offline.

About Radica Software Sdn. Bhd.

Founded in 2005, Radica Software focuses on developing smart and fast electrical computer-aided design or ECAD software for electrical engineers. Electra helps improve productivity and work efficiency for engineers in the electrical, control and automation. In 2020, Radica Software launched world’s first fully browser-based electrical CAD software. Since its inception, Electra has been used by engineers from all around the world including in Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, South Korea, and USA.

Radica Software is headquartered in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. Visit Radica Software’s website at www.radicasoftware.com.

EMA Launches CADSync with Native SOLIDWORKS Connector

ROCHESTER, NY, Jan 17, 2020 – EMA Design Automation, a full-service provider and innovator of electronic design automation (EDA) solutions, announced CADSync, providing a streamlined way to accurately pass high-fidelity design data and changes between Cadence PCB and SOLIDWORKS. “This patent pending technology provides native bidirectional collaboration and traceability,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Design teams can now work in concert for early communication and data sharing, enabling them to successfully launch mechatronic products on time and on budget.”

EMA CADSync

The current state of ECAD/MCAD ‘collaboration’ typically involves throwing large STEP files over the wall hoping each team can derive the data they need. This results in inaccuracy, miscommunication, delays, and even design re-spins. CADSync is the first and only native, bi-directional conduit between SOLIDWORKS and OrCAD/Allegro PCB Editor, providing a connection between ECAD and MCAD domains and eliminating the need for any middleware. PCB designers now have in-tool access to leverage native CAD data structures for maximum performance, efficiency, and accuracy, versus other solutions using common interchange formats.

CADSync includes a unique PCB toolkit for SOLIDWORKS which enables SOLIDWORKS teams to work on PCB features in their native design environment, while automatically capturing the data needed to properly specify changes and requirements in Cadence PCB. Since ECAD data is communicated to SOLIDWORKS using native solid parts, features, and assemblies, MCAD designers can also easily simulate and manipulate PCB elements in context of the mechanical assembly, which is not possible using traditional interchange format methods.

“Traditional ECAD/MCAD interface solutions either have a heavy server configuration that accompanies the product, or they have limitations in what information can be synchronized between the mechanical and electrical domain-CADSync has neither,” said Dan Fernsebner, PCB product marketing director, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. “It’s incredibly simple to deploy and easy to use, immediately empowering engineering cross-domain collaboration.”

“CADSync is a product truly driven by our customers’ needs to collaborate effectively and operate efficiently across the entire product development cycle,” added Marcano. “The EMA development team included both electrical and mechanical domain experts with over 20 years of experience in this space to ensure this product provided the best experience for both sides and delivered on the promise of a true, collaborative mechatronics design environment.”

CADSync is available worldwide exclusively through EMA. To get a free trial or for more information, visit go.ema-eda.com/cadsync.

About EMA Design Automation, Inc.

EMA Design Automation is a trailblazer in product development solutions offering a complete range of EDA tools, PLM integrations, services, training, and technical support.  EMA is a Cadence Channel Partner serving all of North America. EMA develops Ultra Librarian, TimingDesigner, CircuitSpace, CIP, EDABuilder, and a host of custom solutions to enhance the OrCAD products, and all are distributed through a worldwide network of value added resellers.  EMA is a privately held corporation headquartered in Rochester, NY.

Visit EMA at  www.ema-eda.com for more information.