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Axiomtek Releases IPS960-511-PoE Machine Vision Controller

Axiomtek launched the IPS960-511-PoE, its integrated vision controller optimized for machine vision applications. Featuring a multi-core CPU, IP40-rated design, camera communication interfaces, real-time vision-specific I/O with microsecond-scale and LED lighting control, this machine vision controller provides an all-in-one solution that addresses the needs across various machine vision platforms and automatic inspection cases.

Axiomtek’s IPS960-511-PoE is powered by the LGA1151 socket the 7th & 6th generation Intel Core (Kaby Lake/Skylake) and Celeron processors (up to 65W) with the Intel H110 chipset. The intelligent vision system comes with dual DDR4-2133/2400 un-buffered SO-DIMM sockets for up to 32GB of system memory as well as supports camera interfaces for connecting industrial cameras, including four IEEE802.3at PoE LAN ports and four USB 3.0 ports. Its vision I/O integrates a range of isolated I/O interfaces and real-time controls essential to machine vision applications, including trigger input, LED lighting controller, camera trigger, as well as an encoder input for conveyor tracking. The IPS960-511-PoE also supports lighting dimming control to identify object characteristics for different inspection. Two swappable 2.5″ HDDs are available for extensive storage needs.

To ensure performance in harsh environments, the highly flexible IPS960-511-PoE platform system supports an operating temperature range of -10°C to +55°C. Its setup and design allow installation in space-constrained environments. It comes with front-accessible I/O connectors, including two Gigabit LAN ports, four PoE ports, four USB 3.0 ports, one Real-time vision I/O, one VGA, one HDMI, one 3-pin terminal block, and one audio (Mic-in/Line-out). The IP40-rated IPS960-511-PoE comes with one I/O module slot with a choice of four different types of I/O modules – a 4-port RS-232/422/485 module (AX93511); a 4-port isolated RS-232/422/485 module (AX93516); an 1-port GbE Ethernet, 2-port USB 3.0 and 2-port RS-232/422/485 module (AX93519); and a 2-port isolated RS-232/422/485 and 8-in/8-out DIO module (AX93512).

For more information, visit Axiomtek website.

ZWSOFT Releases ZWCAD 2020 Open Beta

GUANGZHOU, China, Apr 25, 2019 – Not long after ZWCAD 2020 Close Beta was released in ZWorld 2019, its Open Beta is available now for you to have a test.

As was stated by Daniel Huang, ZWCAD product manager in ZWorld 2019, “We have spared no effort to make ZWCAD stronger at almost every aspect, based on the feedback from our users and the understanding of the industry,” so, what will ZWCAD bring you this time?

Multi-core Processor: Faster and Faster

Through efficiency tests, ZWCAD 2020 Beta just got even faster, improving by 45.5% compared with ZWCAD 2019, which has already been 150% faster than 2 years ago.

Figure 1. The speed of creating a block with 40,000 objects in ZWCAD 2020 (left) and ZWCAD 2019 SP2 (right)

What’s the secret behind it? The answer is multi-core processing technology. It helps increase the speed of opening drawing especially the large ones, and creating blocks especially the ones with numerous objects. Moreover, in 32-bit Operation System, up to 2.6GB memory can be released, enabling you to open the large drawings more smoothly.

Figure 2. The Large Memory Switch for releasing memory

Manage PDF Underlays with Ease

The PDF Underlay Manager palette is now ready for you to better manage all the attached PDF Underlays in your drawing. They can be attached, detached, opened, etc. in this palette, and their information such as status, size, type, etc. can also be checked.

Figure 3. The dialog box of PDF Underlay Manager

In one word, it will help you manage PDF Underlays more conveniently, and take full advantage of the PDF Underlay feature.

TK: Handy In-command Tracking

Previously, if you want to place a point, say, the starting point of an object to a specific location, you need to draw some auxiliary lines. Now, with the in-command TK Tracking, you can locate the object with a virtual auxiliary line in the middle of your drawing or an editing command. Thus, the drawing efficiency and accuracy have been greatly improved.

Figure 4. Use TK Tracking after activating the Circle command

More User-friendly Annotation Scale

When there are too many annotation scales being stored in one single drawing, it will take a long time to load and display the annotative objects.

Figure 5. The prompt asking whether you need to reset the Annotation Scale List

Now, a prompt will pop out when opening such kind of drawings, reminding you to reset the scale list to the default state by removing the unneeded custom scales, and thus improving the efficiency and smoothness of dealing with annotative objects.

Figure 6. The Annotation Scale List before (left) and after (right) resetting

Lisp Debugger – Work on ZWCAD Lisp Conveniently

If you are a lisp-writer, you can’t miss the Lisp Debugger, which was developed based on Visual Studio Code from Microsoft. It helps you debug and modify your lisp programs easily. It is a true friend and helpful companion for all developers working on ZWCAD Lisp.

Figure 7. ZwLisp in Microsoft Extensions Marketplace

Data Extraction – All You Need are Well Organized by a Few Clicks

It enables you to extract various data including quantity, layer, area, diameter, length, color, etc. from objects by filters. All these extracted data will be shown in a table or be exported to a .csv/.xls file. It helps you easily acquire the data you need from the drawing, and it is especially useful when numerous data need to be extracted at one time.

Figure 8. Extract the data of the circle

For every version of ZWCAD, they neither rush to realize a large number of new features, nor the “fantastic” or trendy ones. They provide it, because you or the industry you are in may need it. Why not have a try to experience it yourself? More importantly, your voice are valuable to them, so if you have any comments, welcome to tell them.


Developed by ZWSOFT CO., LTD. (Guangzhou), which has helped 900,000 users from 90 countries create amazing things, ZWCAD is a powerful, reliable and DWG compatible CAD solution for worldwide users. Available in 15 languages, it provides innovative, collaborative and customizable features to designers and engineers in various industries such as AEC and MFG.

PTC Q2 Revenue Down 13% to $290M with $44M Loss

BOSTON, MA, Apr 25, 2019 – PTC reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter 2019. Second quarter revenue was $290M and GAAP net loss was $44M.

Comparative analysis based on PTC’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source PTC website)

Comparative analysis based on PTC’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source PTC website)

“We are pleased with our second quarter financial performance with revenue, margin and EPS at or above the high end of our guidance range,” said James Heppelmann, President and CEO, PTC. “Bookings growth of 18% year over year in constant currency was driven by a strong quarter for IoT, with IoT bookings growth well above the estimated 30-40% market growth rate. With our subscription business model transition complete, we were pleased to deliver Subscription bookings mix above 90%.”

A complete chart of the financial results is available here.

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.

Dassault Q1 Revenue Down 8% to €959M with €158M Profit

VÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Apr 25, 2019 – Dassault Systèmes has announced IFRS unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. This quarter’s revenue stood at €958.9M with €158M Profit.

Comparative analysis based on Dassault’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source Dassault website)

Comparative analysis based on Dassault’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source Dassault website)

Bernard Charlès, Dassault Systèmes’ vice chairman and chief executive officer commented, “With the purpose of imagining sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing product, nature and life, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform makes us a partner of choice for the world’s largest businesses and for small and medium-sized firms in all sectors as they transform themselves in the Industry Renaissance underway.

“BHP, a world leading resources company and the largest mining company in the world, has decided to establish a long-term partnership with Dassault Systèmes to digitally transform the mining industry, a world first in the sector, using the 3DEXPERIENCE twin to improve sustainability and predictability, and empower the workforce of the future.

“In Life Sciences, the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world as well as small innovative research labs, are adopting our solutions, led by BIOVIA, to transform their industry, and drive improved patient outcomes through end to end innovation.

“For the mainstream market, we introduced 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS, a new business applications family that brings the platform advantages to small and mid-sized companies -improved collaboration, manufacturing efficiency, business agility and an empowered workforce. 3DEXPERIENCE.WORKS will leverage our POWER’BY strategy, which is proving very effective in enabling companies to connect their existing software investments to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and benefit from the platform’s full innovation capabilities in terms of business operations and business model.”

A complete chart of the financial results is available here.

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported.  Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The Group brings value to over 250,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.

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Dassault Partners with BHP

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Apr 25, 2019 – Dassault Systèmes and BHP, a world-leading global resources company, have engaged in a long-term strategic partnership to leverage the application of digital technologies to mining.

Combining the experience and resources of each company, the ambition is to unlock value by applying technologies proven in other industries to the core mining fundamentals of geoscience and resource engineering.  The partnership intends to create a new level of understanding of resource and operational potential, underpinned by both companies’ commitment to safety and sustainability.

“BHP and Dassault Systèmes share the same vision and ambition for the mining of the 21st century,” said Bernard Charlès, vice chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes.  “By digitalizing all operations from planning to exploitation, our 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides the full ‘digital twin experience’ of the end to end processes; a unique collaborative innovation environment for holistic optimization.  This transformational approach provides market agility, improved predictability, sustainable mining innovation, and significant cost reduction all along the life cycle; a proven track record that has transformed the manufacturing industry to date.”

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 250, 000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.

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Hexagon’s Mfg Launches LightRunner

for Automated 3D Optical Measurement

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division launched LightRunner, a new advanced positioning tool that transforms automated 3D optical measurement by eliminating mapping time during the setup and measurement of parts. 3D optical measurement systems enable manufacturers to rapidly capture rich data sets from large surfaces and assembly features for defect detection and process control, making them essential in industries including automotive and aerospace. Until now such systems typically required a lengthy mapping process during setup, with each new part referenced by the placement of markers before automated measurement could begin.

This approach is time-consuming, so Hexagon has developed LightRunner’s patented pattern projection technique and advanced software algorithms to improve productivity and shorten cycle times by removing mapping and robot stabilisation time. LightRunner automatically projects millions of reference points on to a part’s surface to provide constant absolute positioning for high-speed, non-contact, 3D optical measurement systems, providing confidence in the results without the need for CMM correlations. The LightRunner solution also accelerates initial part programming and eliminates the need to store reference panels or the use of reference frames on the fixtures, reducing operator workload and minimising training requirements for shop-floor users.

LightRunner is available worldwide from today with the 360° Cell, Hexagon’s turnkey solution for automated 3D optical measurement. Visitors to Control, the international trade fair for quality assurance running 7-10 May 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany, can see the tradeshow premiere of LightRunner at the Hexagon booth in Hall 5. More information is available via 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. Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at