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Trimble Launches TSC7 Controller Field Solutions

for Land, Civil Construction Surveyors

SUNNYVALE, CA, Apr 20, 2018 – Trimble announced today the Trimble TSC7 Controller, a new field solution for land and civil construction surveyors. The TSC7, combined with specialized software, defines the next generation of data collection and computing for mobile workers.

Trimble TSC7 controller and Trimble Access 2018 (Image courtesy of Trimble website)

The Trimble TSC7 brings powerful enhancements to the field and was designed based on customer feedback. It provides a tablet experience with a physical keyboard and a sunlight readable 7-inch touchscreen that supports pinch, tap and slide gestures. Users can interact with the TSC7 intuitively, easily zooming, panning and selecting items on the large touchscreen. Front- and rear-facing cameras allow users to video conference their office from the field for on-the-job support, and capture high definition videos and images that provide valuable context to their data and clients.

The TSC7 also leverages the power of Windows 10 Professional, driven by an Intel Pentium 64-bit quad-core processor. The processor and operating system make it easy to process data in spreadsheets and run office software programs. An ergonomic form factor, IP68-certified rugged design and optional, user-interchangeable modules make the TSC7 a flexible solution for all surveying applications.

Trimble TSC7 for Land Surveyors

In addition to the innovative TSC7 Controller, Trimble announced a new version of its industry-leading field software. Trimble Access 2018. The software features a new UI and powerful graphics capabilities to deliver enhanced workflows for field surveyors. Access 2018 has been redesigned with even more intuitive menus and screen navigation to take advantage of the TSC7’s 7-inch touchscreen and computing power, while leveraging software workflows, which include applications for general survey, roading, tunnels and pipelines.

Access 2018 also integrates with the Trimble Sync Manager application to enable cloud-based data management between the office and the field. Surveyors can quickly start working by downloading preconfigured jobs in the field with DXF maps and CSV files linked ready to start surveying. Sync Manager also integrates seamlessly with Trimble Business Center software and is compatible with other industry office software platforms.

“Today’s surveyors are managers of geospatial intelligence,” said Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial. “Data has more depth and complexity than ever before, and surveyors’ reputations depend on transforming that data into valuable, reliable information for their clients. The TSC7 and Access 2018 form the new backbone of our field solutions ecosystem, and give our users a leading edge to be data experts.”

Trimble TSC7 for Civil Engineering and Construction

In addition to the TSC7 Controller, Trimble is also releasing two new rover systems for civil engineering and construction applications—the Trimble Siteworks Positioning System for Construction Surveyors and the Trimble Siteworks Positioning System for Supervisors.

Both systems feature new Trimble Siteworks Software, next generation survey software tailored for construction workflows. Completely redesigned from the ground up, Siteworks Software features a new interface that is optimized for ease-of-use and productivity. Configurable views, colorful graphics and natural interactions and gestures make Siteworks software intuitive and easy to learn.

“Siteworks gives customers the ability to work with larger, more complex 3D data sets more effectively in the field,” said Scott Crozier, general manager of Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division. “Powerful hardware, intuitive software and the latest advances in site positioning technology from Trimble prepare contractors for the future of 3D construction.”

Trimble Siteworks Positioning System for Construction Surveyors

The Trimble Siteworks Positioning System for Construction Surveyors is comprised of the Trimble SPS986 GNSS Smart Antenna, the TSC7 Controller and Siteworks Software. It enables construction surveyors to work with complex 3D models, collect large data sets faster, visualize complex 3D models more easily and work day or night efficiently.

Trimble Siteworks Positioning System for Supervisors

The Trimble Siteworks Positioning System for Supervisors is comprised of the SPS986 GNSS Smart Antenna, the Trimble T10 Tablet and Siteworks Software. It enables construction supervisors to run full office software packages, including Business Center – HCE and Microsoft Office, and to work easily with data and 3D models in the field without carrying a laptop.

Availability

The Trimble TSC7 Controller running the current version of Trimble Access field software will be available worldwide in May 2018 through Trimble’s Geospatial distribution partners. The Trimble Access 2018 BETA program will open to applicants in early May 2018. For more information, visit geospatial.trimble.com/TSC7_Access.

The Trimble TSC7 Controller, Trimble Siteworks Software and both Trimble Siteworks Positioning Systems are available now worldwide through the SITECH distribution channel. For more information, visit construction.trimble.com/siteworks.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.

For more information about Trimble, visit www.trimble.com.

FARO Q1 Results, Conf Call on Apr 26, 8:15AM ET

FARO has announced that after the market closes on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 it will release its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018. In conjunction with the release, Dr. Simon Raab, president and CEO, and Bob Seidel, chief financial officer, will host a conference call and simultaneous live audio webcast on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:15AM Eastern Time.

Persons wishing to access the conference call may do so by dialing +877-876-9177 (US) and +785-424-1669 (International) and using the passcode FARO or by logging on at www.faro.com/Q1-2018earnings. Alternatively, you may also access the call via FARO’s website, www.faro.com, clicking on Investor Relations, conference calls, and the relevant date.

Replays of the conference call will be available beginning April 26, 2018 through June 26, 2018 by calling +1-800-839-4014 (US) or +1-402-220-2983 (international). No code is required. If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on www.faro.com.

About FARO

FARO develops and markets computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and complex structures within production and quality assurance processes. The devices are used for inspecting components and assemblies, rapid prototyping, documenting large volume spaces or structures in 3D, surveying and construction, as well as for investigation and reconstruction of accident sites or crime scenes.

FARO’s global headquarters is located in Lake Mary, FL. The company also has a technology center and manufacturing facility consisting of approximately 90,400 square feet located in Exton, Pennsylvania containing research and development, manufacturing and service operations of its FARO Laser Tracker and FARO Cobalt Array Imager product lines. The Company’s European regional headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany and its Asia Pacific regional headquarters is located in Singapore. FARO has other offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Turkey, the Netherlands, Switzerland, India, China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and Japan.

More information is available at http://www.faro.com.

EON Reality Education Announced for Augmented, Virtual Reality

IRVINE, CA, Apr 20, 2018 – EON Reality, the world leader in virtual reality based knowledge transfer for industry and education, announced the formation of EON Reality Education, a non-profit focused on advancing the cause of augmented and virtual reality (AVR) education and research. Bertil Andersson, the former president of Nanyang Technological University and EON Reality board member, will chair EON Reality Education and help establish a global AVR R&D Network.

Bertil Andersson at the EON Experience Fest 2018 explaining his vision for the future of education.

Central to EON Reality Education’s mission will be aiding EON Reality in executing its Human 2.0 vision by identifying and proposing areas of research to elevate man and machine interaction via AR and VR. EON Reality Education will also guide and commision research and development projects with partner institutions to better understand the cognitive benefits of AVR, enhance the AVR ecosystem through AI and other emerging technologies, and on improving knowledge transfer based on continuous assessment. These advancements will be combined with the EON Learn for Life Program to help those in less developed regions of the world better compete in the global job market.

“The AVR Platform will help reshape education and knowledge transfer as we know it. By establishing EON Reality Education, we will be able to bring the developments that EON Reality has made over the past five years to the broader public,” said Bertil Andersson, chairman of EON Reality Education. “Helping guide research into key areas of AVR need for knowledge transfer will strengthen global AR and VR developments for enterprises and academic institutions. This will take us closer to establishing ‘Classroom 3.0,’ which will prioritize blended digital learning through immersive and experiential learning.”

A key component of EON Reality Education is the curriculum developed by EON Reality over the past five years for the VR Innovation Academy (VRIA). The non-profit will continue to develop the curriculum and support the growing number of VRIA’s globally as well as its partner institutions with support. Additionally, EON Reality Education will charter new courses and pilot new educational materials that will further strengthen AVR education. EON Reality Education will also partner with researchers to help quantify the benefits of AVR in the classroom and the workplace.

Marcin Kasica describing how the VR Innovation Academy operates and educates new AVR professionals.

“I’ve seen first hand how the VRIA program can change lives,” said Marcin Kasica, director of Global Education and Training. “Students whose parents did not have much of an education but wanted to better themselves and those looking to move careers from the industries of the past to that of the future all found the VRIA as an answer to their needs. I am proud to have been such a key part of this program and honored to continue to help it make its impact felt. By innovating our AVR curriculum and partnering with key academic partners we will have a lasting effect on AR and VR education.”

EON Reality Education is launching at the EON Experience Fest 2018 in Laval, France. For updates on this initiative please watch www.eonreality.com.

About EON Reality

EON Reality is the world leader in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) based knowledge transfer for industry and education. EON Reality’s success is tied to its belief that knowledge is a human right and should be available, accessible, and affordable for every human on the planet. To carry this out, EON Reality, since 1999, has developed the de-facto standard for augmented reality and virtual reality based knowledge transfer software that supports devices from mobile phones to large immersive domes. EON Reality’s global app development network, with twenty-two locations worldwide, has created the world’s leading AR/VR library for knowledge transfer with over 7,000 applications. Over 36 million people worldwide have downloaded these applications.

For further information, visit www.eonreality.com.

Granta Design Opens Office in Nürnberg, Germany

CAMBRIDGE, UK, Apr 20, 2018 – Granta Design announced the opening of a new office in Nürnberg to provide its many customers throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland with even greater sales and services support. This is the latest step in Granta’s long-standing work with industry in the region, which includes supporting leading companies such as Continental Automotive, Sulzer, ABB, Rheinmetall Automotive, MTU, RUAG, and BMW Designworks to manage and apply vital information about their materials.

With the opening of the new premises, located within Sirius Business Park, the expanding German team will now be able to offer even better support for its CES Selector, and GRANTA MI software and resources. The German sales organization is led by senior account managers David Campbell and Josef Schebeske.

Recent additions to the German technical team include Judith Schellenberger-Wockatz and Tobias Haushahn. With a background in computational fluid mechanics, Judith began her career as a CAE (computer-aided engineering) engineer, before most recently working for a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Tobias worked as a scientific researcher studying what we can learn from the mechanical behaviour of plants, and most recently in the area of CAE software, focused on applications such as topology optimization and additive manufacturing.

Granta’s vice president of global sales, Thomas Weninger, also works out of the Nürnberg office. He said: “All of us at Granta are proud of the strong and successful relationships we’ve built up with our German-speaking customers. The opening of this new office reinforces our commitment to offer the best possible support, and to drive forward the application of materials intelligence in the region.”

The office address is:
Granta Design Ltd
c/o Sirius Business Park
Katzwanger Str. 150
90461 Nürnberg
Germany

Most recently, the German team has been preparing for the Automotive Material Intelligence Forum, which will be held in Munich on May 15-16. Joining Keynote Speaker Automobili Lamborghini are presenters from CIM Data, imat-uve, Dassault Systèmes, Ansys, PTC, and Granta Design.

About Granta Design

Granta Design is the leading provider of software to manage and apply information about engineering materials. Granta helps hundreds of engineering enterprises to develop corporate ‘material intelligence’ by capturing vital data, analyzing it, and using the resulting knowledge to make smart material decisions. Granta serves sectors as diverse as aerospace, automotive, medical devices, consumer electronics, and industrial equipment. Customers realize multi-million dollar benefits in reduced cost, enhanced product performance, improved quality, and faster design turnaround. Granta also provides resources to support the teaching of materials in science, education, and design courses at over 1,000 universities and colleges worldwide. Granta was founded in 1994 as a spinout from the University of Cambridge.

For more information, visit www.grantadesign.com.

Bosch Rexroth Updates Linear Motion Designer

Bosch Rexroth announced the latest version of the Linear Motion Designer. The update is designed to enhance user guidance, databases and additional calculations for the dimensioning of Rail Systems and Screw Drives.

When dimensioning the mechanical components for linear movements, the users first enter process data, such as dynamics, masses, and forces. They can also specify the required life cycle. The tool provides instructions for optimum dimensioning. The Linear Motion Designer has recently been updated with calculations that round off dimensioning: Algorithms assess the maximum drive torque at the screw journal as well as the load rating of the end bearing.. After the dimensioning is complete, the user will have checked the drive train dimensions technically as well.

The Linear Motion Designer is an integral part of the digital engineering and procurement chain from Rexroth. Once dimensioning is complete, the user can skip directly to the configurator to obtain a CAD model. The data is automatically saved and does not need to be reentered manually. Further detailed information on the upgrade can be found in the online catalog.

For more information, visit Bosch Rexroth website.

Hexagon Manufacturing Releases BLAZE 600A 3D Optical Solution

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has announced the release of BLAZE 600A, a fully-automated 3D optical measurement system designed for use with robotic installations on the shop floor. Based on Hexagon’s proven white light scanner technology, BLAZE 600A combines high-resolution digital imaging technology with blue light LED illumination to rapidly deliver high-accuracy freeform surface and feature data. Its large measurement field efficiently captures high-density point cloud data, while enhanced projection technology enables virtually any material or surface type, including shiny, painted and reflective surfaces, black parts and composite materials, to be scanned without the need for surface preparation.

BLAZE 600A is optimized for shop-floor measurement so manufacturers can reduce the time spent transporting workpieces from the production area for inspection. Easy to use and offering fully-automated scanning, the system requires a maximum of one operator. Fast data capture provides near-total immunity to the effects of vibration or changes in ambient light, ensuring accurate measurement even in changeable workshop conditions. To minimize downtime and maintenance costs, BLAZE 600A’s high-data-rate cameras, projector unit and electronics are robustly designed for heavy industrial use, while all optical components are protected by a rigid, temperature-stable housing. The system is available in two projection configurations and supports several measurement field size settings without compromising accuracy on larger fields of view. Different data acquisition modes can also be selected to ensure the best possible results for each inspection task.

BLAZE 600A is available to order worldwide from today. More information is available through local Hexagon commercial operations and dealers.

About Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is a metrology and manufacturing solution specialist. For more information, visit HexagonMI.com.

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

Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries.

Hexagon has approximately 18,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.1bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.