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Theorem Releases Visualize 3D SOLIDWORKS-JT v19.4

STAFFORDSHIRE, UK, June 26, 2017 – Theorem Solutions has announced the release of the latest version of their Visualize 3D SOLIDWORKS-JT product.

V19.4 supports SOLIDWORKS 2014, 2015 and 2016 along with Jtk 8.0.0.

Theorem’s Visualize 3D products are aimed at creating visualization data for users of digital mock-up, virtual reality or desktop applications.

Using JT with additional 3D PMI data as part of a model based definition process allows the user to reduce the overall design costs associated with the creation of conventional 2D drawings.

Sharing SOLIDWORKS data using the neutral ISO standard JT format allows organizations to protect the intellectual property of their designs while allowing users to explore the shape, and more easily understand the 3D definition. The IP protection can be enhanced by restricting the JT representation to be tessellated data only.

Enabling SOLIDWORKS users to create high quality JT files enables them to share JT data with their customers and suppliers, facilitating collaboration.

SOLIDWORKS and JT data can now be further utilized in augmented, mixed and virtual reality by using Theorem’s Visualization Experiences App for Digital Realities.

Theorem’s strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and Siemens ensures that there is parallel development between the latest releases of SOLIDWORKS, JT, and Theorem’s Visualize 3D products, allowing Theorem to continue to provide data solutions for SOLIDWORKS users wanting to create JT data.

About Theorem Solutions

Theorem Solutions works with engineering and manufacturing companies to reduce the cost of project collaboration with their customers, suppliers and internal departments.  The innovative and advanced data translation products and services provided also helps to protect the value of engineering data and the intellectual property it contains.

For more information, visit www.theorem.com.

ABB Introduces ZX2 AirPlus for Power Distribution

ABB continues to extend its AirPlus product range for medium-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), with the launch of the ZX2 AirPlus for primary power distribution.

The ZX2 with AirPlus insulation gas is an eco-efficient switchgear technology. This latest addition to the AirPlus series is designed for primary power distribution to ensure grid reliability, efficiency and safety. It shares the same compact dimensions and advantages of the established ZX2 switchgear, but boasts a global warming potential (GWP) of less than one.

The ZX2 AirPlus is suitable for demanding applications in single and double busbar configurations. It is available in IEC ratings up to 36 kV, with 31.5 kA short-circuit and 2,000 A nominal current.

AirPlus is a fluoroketone-based gas mixture for medium-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and is a climate-friendly alternative to traditional SF6, which is a potent greenhouse gas. It is the first and only ‘green’ alternative gas on the market for medium-voltage switchgear and is part of ABB’s ongoing strategy to develop eco-efficient technologies.

The first switchgear product to come to market was the SafeRing AirPlus, a secondary distribution ring main unit (RMU) available in IEC ratings up to 24 kV with 16 kA short-circuit and 630 A nominal current.

About ABB

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.

For more information, visit ABB website.

Abaco Systems Announces FMC134 RF Conversion Module

Abaco Systems has announced the FMC134 FMC+ FPGA Mezzanine Card Direct RF Conversion Module. It brings ADC performance and density: the card can operate as a 4-channel receiver at 3.2GSPS or a 2-channel receiver at 6.4GSPS. Using 16 of the available 32 high speed JESD204B lanes, the FMC134 is capable of a total maximum transfer rate of 200 Gigabits/second. It is fully compliant with the VITA 57.4 standard.

The critical I/O functionality provided by the FMC134 adds further strength and capability to Abaco’s growing mission ready systems offering.

The FMC134 is suited for applications including traditional and bi-static radar; multi-channel radar; digital beamforming; wideband receivers; wireless communication SDR; and signals intelligence receivers.

The FMC134 is built with expandability in mind. It supports FMC stacking, giving customers the ability to take advantage of unused signals for the possibility of up to eight ADC channels on a single FMC site at 3.2GSPS or four channels at 6.4GSPS.

The FMC134 includes two reference outputs and an external trigger input for multi-board synchronization.

For more information, visit Abaco Systems website.

KUNBUS Launches RevPi Core 3

KUNBUS has followed up the RevPi Core by launching the RevPi Core 3. Equipped with the latest Compute Module 3 from Raspberry Pi, it has a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor with 1 GB RAM and 4GB eMMC flash memory. RevPi Core 3 provides control applications like, for example, image processing.

Consisting of open hardware and software, the industrial PC RevPi Core 3 meets the EN61131-2 standard and, thanks to its modular structure, can be enhanced with digital and analogue I/O modules as well as suitable fieldbus gateways. The hardware therefore fulfils all the prerequisites for a small controller suitable for industrial use. Mounted in a DIN rail housing, the RevPi Core 3 has USB, ethernet and HDMI ports. The basic and enhanced modules both run on the standard industrial 24-volt power supply.

As its operating system, RevPi Core 3 is equipped with an adapted Raspbian Jessie with a real time patch and a variety of features. Amongst other things, the RevPi Core 3 has Master and Slave capabilities for the two communication protocols Modbus TCP and Modbus RTU.

Users of the predecessor model RevPi Core installed with Raspbian Wheezy have a lot to look forward to: from the start of June, Raspbian Jessie can be downloaded free of charge for RevPi Core users.

For more information, visit KUNBUS website.

ABB Releases ReliaGear UL 1558 Switchgear

ReliaGear UL 1558 low-voltage (LV) switchgear, from ABB Electrification Products division, features 100 percent-rated Emax 2 circuit breakers with embedded logic capabilities that make the switchgear safer.

“Smart” features enable ReliaGear UL 1558 LV switchgear to be integrated fully into smart grids, buildings and industrial plants. Some of these features include a synchro-check function integrated into the trip unit, automatic transfer scheme options, simultaneous or redundant communications, seven industrial protocols, a power controller function, a network analyzer, and generator protection functions. ReliaGear UL 1558 LV switchgear also has the main-tie-main breaker contained in one section and widths ranging from 18-38 inches and section depths of 72 or 84 inches.

Features of the ReliaGear UL 1558 LV switchgear that foster safety and reliability include safety shutters and insulating barriers between sections and around the bus compartment to isolate it from the cable compartment. Additionally, no ventilation is required in the front of the equipment. Optional safety features include arc flash detection, arc mitigation solutions and remote operation of circuit breakers with the Ekip Link system.

ReliaGear UL 1558 LV switchgear also features field-interchangeable trip units: Ekip for distribution protection and Ekip G for generator protection. Rogowski coils eliminate the need to replace current transformers when adjusting the circuit breaker current rating. Other features include standard built-in top and bottom horizontal wireways for control wires with no additional height and standard white paint mounting pans provided for each instrument compartment.

About ABB

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions.

For more information, visit ABB website.

Concept Laser, LAUAK to Partner for Additive Manufacturing

PARIS, France, June 26, 2017 – Concept Laser, a GE Additive company based in Germany, and LAUAK Group, an aeronautical company based in France, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to launch an alliance that will advance additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry. The agreement was signed at the Paris Air Show.

LAUAK will invest in Concept Laser additive machines as a reference customer for Concept Laser technology. Also, Concept Laser will work closely with LAUAK to implement additive processes and design new products.

“LAUAK sees the potential of additive manufacturing and I’m delighted they’ve chosen Concept Laser equipment to help the company on its journey,” said Frank Herzog, CEO of Concept Laser. “We will support them with equipment, processes, and people to allow them to meet their objectives.”

Concept Laser will support LAUAK during the implementation phase of the equipment into its manufacturing process. LAUAK will also present the Concept Laser machine to reference customers in its showroom, including the presentation of test objects for demonstration purposes. Concept Laser and LAUAK will collaborate to redesign components from the LAUAK portfolio.

Mikel Charritton, CEO of LAUAK said: “We see the huge potential in additive manufacturing and we want to use this technology to complete and improve our current manufacturing processes, as well as the manufacture of new components for the aviation industry.”

Additive manufacturing (also called 3D printing) involves taking digital designs from CAD software, and building them on an additive machine, layer by layer from metal powder. Additive components are typically lighter, more durable and more efficient than traditional casting and forged parts because they can be made as one piece, requiring less welds, joints and assembly. Because additive parts are essentially “grown” from the ground up, they generate far less waste material. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers.

About Concept Laser

Concept Laser is one of the world’s leading providers of machine technology for the 3D printing of metal components. The patented LaserCUSING process – powder-bed-based laser melting of metals opens up new freedoms when it comes to designing parts and systems. Concept Laser currently has the largest laser powder-bed additive machine on the market, the X LINE 2000R. In December 2016, GE acquired a 75% stake in Concept Laser, making it a GE Additive company. GE Additive also holds 76% of shares in Arcam AB, which includes electron-beam additive machine provider ArcamBM, additive material provider AP&C, and DTI, an additive service provider to the medical industry. As a notable user of additive technologies, GE recognizes the value and potential it brings to modern design and manufacturing.

For more information, visit www.geadditive.com.

About Lauak

LAUAK is a manufacturer of aircraft parts and structures, holding a Part 21 subpart G approval. The company was founded in 1975 and is today one of the major direct subcontractors for detail parts, sub-assemblies and assemblies for the aerospace industry. Key customers are aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Embraer and several major suppliers, including Aernnova, Daher Socata, Liebherr, and Safran. LAUAK currently employs 1,200 people located across five sites. Its know-how is linked to both metal and composites and its industrial performance is renowned among its key customers.

For more information, visit www.groupe-lauak.com.

Mastercam Partners with MachiningCloud

TOLLAND, CT, June 26, 2017 – Mastercam and MachiningCloud jointly announce that with the release of Mastercam 2018, Mastercam is now connected to MachiningCloud, thereby providing Mastercam users access to the cutting tool knowledge and product data available within the MachiningCloud.

This partnership provides Mastercam users access to MachiningCloud’s cutting tool product data from within Mastercam. Customers now have direct access to complete and up-to-date cutting tool product data, from the leading cutting tool manufacturers available on the MachiningCloud.

With the completed Mastercam MachiningCloud connection, key benefits are available to customers:

  • Search for tools from multiple manufacturers quickly in one place
  • Access manufacturer’s expert cutting tool recommendations
  • Quickly filter a universe of possibilities down to an optimum solution for a given workpiece
  • Import the selected product data into Mastercam for programming
  • Utilize the 3D models for simulation and 2D drawings for documentation

“The mission of MachiningCloud is to bridge the gap between physical cutting tools and digital shop software, and streamlining the programming process to save time and increase accuracy,” says Christophe Rogazy, director of product management for MachiningCloud.

“By bringing together valuable cutting tool data and knowledge in one application, this simplifies the cutting tool search process and gives users many more options and helps them make better tooling decisions. By joining forces on MachiningCloud, Mastercam ensures greater and more seamless flow of information throughout its customers’ shops.”

Says Rich Taft, product development at CNC Software, Inc.,”Accurate tool definitions are a critical factor in achieving safe and efficient toolpath motion. MachiningCloud offers a wide variety of tooling options that make it easy to import well-defined tools into Mastercam.”

About Mastercam

Developed by CNC Software, Inc., Mastercam is Windows®-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling and turning, 2- and 4-axis wire EDM, 2D and 3D design, surface and solid modeling, and Swiss machining. Privately owned and founded in 1983, CNC Software provides CAD/CAM solutions to more than 224,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including moldmaking, prototyping, automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer products, and much more. For more information, please visit www.mastercam.com.

About MachiningCloud

MachiningCloud is dedicated to leading a digital shift within the discrete manufacturing industry to deliver a new level of operational efficiency. Cloud-based applications, resources, services, knowledge, and digital product data from the world’s leading manufacturers of cutting tools, machine tools, workholding and specialty products are providing efficiency improvements by facilitating the flow of data to and from today’s data intensive shop-floor.

For cutting tool manufacturers and their customers, the MachiningCloud app is an Industry 4.0 solution delivering up-to-date cutting tool manufacturers’ product knowledge and data, fast-tracking cutting tool selection, CNC programming, simulation and shop floor operations.  By providing data from the world’s leading suppliers, MachiningCloud eliminates the hassles of searching through printed catalogs, telephone calls and multiple websites to find optimal tooling, while also removing the burden of manually typing tooling data into CAD/CAM software.

For more information about MachiningCloud, Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 solutions, please visit www.machiningcloud.com.