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AutomationDirect Announces IronHorse MTCP2 Motors

IronHorse MTCP2 industrial duty motors are designed to meet the efficiency requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. MTCP2 motors are offered in T-Frame (1 to 300 hp) and TC-Frame/C-Face (1 to 30 hp). C-face kits are available for motors over 30hp.

These motors are available in 1200, 1800, & 3600 RPM and have TEFC (Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled) enclosures with cast iron frame and ribbed design for cooling. The motors feature full length, cast iron mounting feet, steel fan cover, and cast iron junction box with rubber gasket and rubber dust cover.

MTCP2 motors have ball bearings (1-75 hp) or roller bearings (100-300 hp) with maintenance free bearings on 10 hp and below. V-ring shaft seals are used on the drive end and opposite drive end. The motors are electrically reversible and have Class F winding insulation.

About AutomationDirect

In business since 1994, AutomationDirect is a distributor offering thousands of industrial automation products for electrical control systems, including PLCs, operator interfaces, AC drives, motors, stepper systems, sensors, motor controls, enclosures and more.

For more information, visit AutomationDirect website.

Forming Technologies Releases FormingSuite 2019

Forming Technologies Inc. (FTI) has announced the worldwide release of FormingSuite 2019. Designed for sheet metal cost estimators, design engineers, tooling designers, and advanced planning engineers in the automotive, aerospace, consumer product and electronics industries, FormingSuite 2019 delivers new customer-driven features for costing/estimating parts, developing method plans, and formability simulation.

FormingSuite’s ability to provide extensive valuable information on many topics including formability, material cost, tooling cost, springback, etc. has led to the introduction of a new, comprehensive reporting system that automatically generates a single report summarizing an entire project in either Excel or PowerPoint format.

Demand for utilizing FTI expertise in quoting and estimating tooling for sheet metal components has resulted in powerful enhancements and functionalities to COSTOPTIMIZER Professional (COP). COP’s ProcessPlanner solution brings the tooling and manufacturing method planning activities to the lead position in the industry by addressing critical customer challenges. To provide the flexibility needed by the global automotive marketplace, ProcessPlanner now supports regional settings to customize both die sizing and costing. Advancements such as improved die load for flanging operations, die estimation parameters for tandem process and user defined shut height settings for each die in tandem lineup are amongst a multitude of new features. FormingSuite 2019 also improves stamping feature recognition, process generation, process validation, simplifies process editing and produces better-quality reports.

FormingSuite 2019 brings advances in material cost modeling as this release introduces users to a new, easier and more flexible method for creating and editing variable addendum on blank shapes by interactively morphing (dragging) curves. Focus has been on improving support for DFM and KPR studies with customizable results ranges for numerical results (major, minor, thickness strains, safety margin) to address organizational standards for formability as well as improved reporting which include springback results. Cost Optimization layout editing adds support for cropping two different parts during optimization. A powerful new Progressive Nesting Web Simulation solver has also been introduced to provide engineers fast and accurate simulation to understand the impact of web design on the cost and method plan.

FASTIncremental users can now import scanned data to replace tooling meshes and now have more precise controls for timing of tools and cams. Materials can be defined with full anisotropic (plastic strain ratio) accounting for the rolling direction of the sheet material with r0 (parallel), r45 (diagonal) and r90 (transverse) as determined through material testing. Large organizations can now use FASTIncremental with a networked LS-DYNA solver.

About Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence 

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

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

About Forming Technologies Inc.

Forming Technologies Inc., a division of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, is the developer of computer aided engineering software for design and simulation of sheet metal components. Since 1989, FTI has provided OEMs and suppliers in the automotive, aerospace and appliance industries with innovative software and training solutions designed to reduce development time and material costs. FTI has trained over 12,000 engineers in Formability and Die Design and is considered the Best in Class around the world for their industry training programs.

For more information on Forming Technologies Inc., visit the company website at

Perceptron Announces Laser Line Scanner V7

PLYMOUTH, MI, Dec 14, 2018 – Perceptron, Inc., a leading global provider of 3D automated metrology solutions and coordinate measuring machines, announced the release of the V7, the latest generation of its laser line scanner, which features a blue laser, high acquisition rate and large field-of-view.

Perceptron has been developing laser line scanners and sensors for more than 30 years, and the V7 is the latest sensor in the family. The V7 seamlessly integrates into Perceptron’s TouchDMIS software for both point cloud acquisition as well as feature extraction. The V7 offers customers increased accuracy and faster inspection. The V7 sensor’s blue laser line creates a unique value proposition by capturing accurate data on a multitude of difficult materials, including dark and reflective surfaces without the typical powder spray or stickering. The V7 scanner combined with a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) and TouchDMIS software form a complete and seamless product offering for measurement and reverse engineering applications.

“The V7 scanner is a versatile tool for CMM users to quickly scan features and freeform surfaces,” said Rick Van Valkenburg, Vice President Global Sales and Marketing for Perceptron. “The ability to optimize the scanner, software and CMM provides the best possible solution for our customers. Perceptron’s three decades of experience with measurement algorithms enables us to generate pristine point clouds for reverse engineering and provide rapid feature measurement directly in TouchDMIS with the V7 sensor.”

Perceptron has already accepted three orders for the V7, and customer delivery is scheduled at the end of the month.

About Perceptron

Perceptron develops, produces and sells a comprehensive range of automated industrial metrology products and solutions to manufacturing organizations for dimensional gauging, dimensional inspection and 3D scanning. Products include 3D machine vision solutions, robot guidance, coordinate measuring machines, laser scanning and advanced analysis software. Global automotive, aerospace and other manufacturing companies rely on Perceptron’s metrology solutions to assist in managing their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce costs. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, USA, Perceptron has subsidiary operations in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Silverside Detectors Selects Onshape for CAD

CAMBRIDGE, MA, Dec 14, 2018 – Silverside Detectors, a developer of next-generation nuclear radiation detection technology for the defense and homeland security market, has chosen Onshape as its primary CAD system. Onshape is a new-generation cloud design platform that combines CAD, data management, workflow, and real-time collaboration tools to speed up product development.

Dedicated to the emerging needs of security agencies, law enforcement, and private infrastructure, Silverside fuses expertise in detection physics, product engineering, and manufacturing to deliver a versatile building block for countering nuclear terrorism.

“We switched to Onshape because we urgently needed help with data management,” says Silverside VP of Hardware Engineering Philip Taber. “With our previous CAD system, we’d have engineers trying to figure out which version was the latest version of a design. With separate files for the front, back, the side plates and the base, each part would get a letter and number code so we could try to keep them straight, but they’d get all mixed and matched.”

“Onshape allows us to keep everything much more organized without needing a PDM system,” Taber adds. “Onshape probably cuts our design time in half because we’re designing our parts together in one place versus flipping back and forth between files. We can make changes without worrying about breaking the assembly.”

Silverside’s Li-6 neutron detectors are the next-generation of technology for sensing nuclear material, meeting performance standards at a fraction of the cost. The modular detector design allows plug-and-play integration in a range of detection systems, from ports to vehicles to backpacks.

“Silverside Detectors is genuinely making the world a much safer place,” says Onshape CEO Jon Hirschtick. “We’re proud that Onshape is playing a role in speeding up the production of their nuclear radiation detectors and getting them deployed on the ground as quickly as possible.”

Taber adds that his design team also highly values Onshape’s In-Context Design feature, which allows engineers to edit parts in the context of a higher-level assembly without them unpredictably changing due to motion.

“With our previous CAD system, I had to be extremely cautious when editing moving parts because something would accidently break on me,” he says. “With Onshape, the software gets out of my way. It lets me make these changes and everything just works.”

About Silverside Detectors

Silverside fuses physics, product design, and public policy expertise to develop solutions that make people, businesses and cities safer. The proprietary, lithium-based thermal neutron detection technology is used by the U.S. government and private sector for next-generation protection against nuclear terror threats.

Developed with funding from the Department of Defense (DARPA), Silverside is creating new products for both security markets and neutron research applications. Silverside is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For more information, visit the company’s website,

About Onshape

Onshape is a new-generation cloud design platform that speeds up product development. It’s an all-in-one system that combines CAD, release management, workflow, collaboration, and a cloud platform API with over 50 applications. Onshape helps extended design teams work together faster and helps executives make better business decisions with real-time analytics and unprecedented visibility into their company’s design and manufacturing processes.

Thousands of companies rely on Onshape to modernize and streamline their product development cycle. Onshape users in 170+ countries have logged over 5 million hours modeling advanced robotics, biomedical devices, industrial machinery, agriculture equipment, and consumer products. With 1 in 8 sessions occurring on mobile devices, Onshape is the world’s first anywhere, anytime CAD system.

Founded in 2012, Onshape has raised $169 million from Andreessen Horowitz, NEA, North Bridge, and other leading investors. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Onshape leadership team includes the original creators of SOLIDWORKS® and other proven leaders in cloud infrastructure, data security, and mobile. For more information, contact dgarnick(at)

MathWorks Introduces Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox

NATICK, MA, Dec 14, 2018 – MathWorks introduced Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox, which is now available as part of Release 2018b. The new toolbox equips engineers working on autonomous systems in aerospace and defense, automotive, consumer electronics, and other industries with algorithms and tools to maintain position, orientation, and situational awareness. The toolbox extends MATLAB based workflows to help engineers develop accurate perception algorithms for autonomous systems.

Object pose (image source: MathWorks website)

Engineers working on the perception stage of autonomous system development need to fuse inputs from various sensors to estimate the position of objects around these systems. Now, researchers, developers, and enthusiasts can use algorithms for localization and tracking, along with reference examples within the toolbox, as a starting point to implement components of airborne, ground-based, shipborne, and underwater surveillance, navigation, and autonomous systems. The toolbox provides a flexible and reusable environment that can be shared across developers. It provides capabilities to simulate sensor detections, perform localization, test sensor fusion architectures, and evaluate tracking results.

“Algorithm designers working on tracking and navigation systems often use in-house tools that may be difficult to maintain and reuse,” said Paul Barnard, marketing director – Design Automation, MathWorks. “With Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox, engineers can explore multiple designs and perform ‘what-if analysis’ without writing custom libraries. They can also simulate fusion architectures in software that can be shared across teams and organizations.”

Multiplatform radar detection generation (image source: MathWorks website)

Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox includes:

  • Algorithms and tools to design, simulate, and analyze systems that fuse data from multiple sensors to maintain position, orientation, and situational awareness
  • Reference examples that provide a starting point for airborne, ground-based, shipborne, and underwater surveillance, navigation, and autonomous systems
  • Multi-object trackers, sensor fusion filters, motion and sensor models, and data association algorithms that can be used to evaluate fusion architectures using real and synthetic data
  • Scenario and trajectory generation tools
  • Synthetic data generation for active and passive sensors, including RF, acoustic, EO/IR, and GPS/IMU sensors
  • System accuracy and performance standard benchmarks, metrics, and animated plots
  • Deployment options for simulation acceleration or desktop prototyping using C-code generation

To learn more about Sensor Fusion and Tracking Toolbox, visit

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 4000 people in 16 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.

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Granta Design Announces GRANTA MI v12

CAMBRIDGE, UK, Dec 14, 2018 – Granta Design announced GRANTA MI version 12, the latest release of its industry-leading materials information management software. Engineering enterprises are increasingly investing in Digital Twin strategies to enable decision-making and support innovation with an accurate virtual representation of the real product. To be meaningful, the Digital Twin must accurately represent the materials from which the product is made.

GRANTA MI Version 12 includes new plot types in the MI:Mat Analyzer app, plus trend identification and easy export to text and CSV files.

GRANTA MI Version 12 brings the materials-enabled Digital Twin closer, with new capabilities to manage vital materials data, ensure traceability, and apply it in design and simulation. These are particularly useful for emerging material and process technologies like Additive Manufacturing (AM). This latest release also helps users to assess and ensure regulatory compliance, while enhanced integration with PLM and CAD enables the deployment of accurate materials definitions throughout the product lifecycle.

Materials Engineers can more easily understand processes and represent this insight accurately in digital form. GRANTA MI captures data generated during testing and development projects, now with improved options to link to large data files such as the CT scans used in AM projects. Correlations between process and materials parameters can be visualized to help understand, and thus optimize, performance. Version 12 includes new plot types in the MI:Mat Analyzer app, plus trend identification and easy export to text and CSV files.

Report quickly on restricted substance regulatory compliance for the products and parts described by both production and legacy BoMs (Bills of Materials). MI:BoM Analyzer 3.0 and the new MI:BoM Store enable enhanced and dynamic analytics, including scenario analyses. Capture and link vital data on materials, specifications, and substances, and connect it to BoM data to identify product risks and track them as legislation changes.

Integration technologies ensure GRANTA MI is the ‘gold source’ for materials-enabled Digital Twins, spanning multiple design and simulation tools and vendors, and providing consistent materials assignments. Coverage is extended to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, in addition to Teamcenter and Windchill PLM. Synchronization between different systems is improved, for example, via new Creo-Windchill interoperability for materials.

GRANTA MI Version 12 helps you to enable robust business processes, supported by enhanced workflow capabilities, and backed up by tools to ensure data integrity and quality at the enterprise level. New search features, for example, enable swift access to the data you need, supporting large databases that may contain millions of materials records.

The library of materials reference data available with GRANTA MI has also been updated, with the latest versions of trusted references such as CAMPUS Plastics, MMPDS, and ASM Medical Materials. The up-to-date data modules can be added to GRANTA MI installations, offering access to the Senvol Database for additive manufacturing machines and materials; JAHM Curve Data to support simulation; globally-recognized safety and quality guarantee for plastics, UL Yellow Cards; and more.

Watch our webinar on-demand for a closer look at materials-enabling the Digital Twin through GRANTA MI version 12: More details on the value of materials data management are available in this video overview:

“The integration of controlled materials information throughout the enterprise enables decision-making, and is a key component of ensuring Digital Twins are accurate, useful virtual representations of physical assets,” commented Rob Davis, head of product management at Granta Design. “With GRANTA MI Version 12, we have new capabilities across workflows, compliance, and analysis that bring the materials-enabled Digital Twin closer than ever before.”

For insight into how GRANTA MI Version 12 helps to minimize the risk of REACH and other restricted substance regulations, join our no-cost webinar on January 16, 2019:

On January 31, 2019, we’ll take a closer look at the new capabilities for Additive Manufacturing:

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.

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