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Kuebler Releases Sendix 5000, 5020 Incremental Encoders

Kuebler’s Sendix 5000 and 5020 incremental encoders are designed to overcome two common threats to encoder lifecycle: heavy vibration loads and misalignment due to installation errors.

The mechanical design integrates interlocked bearings, outer bearings and large bearing size relative to the size of the encoder. Additionally, the encoders’ solid die-cast housing, with its IP67 protection rating, stays sealed even when subjected to harsh environmental conditions.

Other mechanical features that help avoid downtime and costly repairs to motor-driven systems include:

  • Temperature range of -40°C to +85°C
  • Shaft load capacity: 100 N (radial) and 50 N (axial)
  • Maximum speed of 6000 revolutions per minute
  • Magnetic field resistance
  • Optional seawater-resistant version

The Sendix 5000 and 5020 encoders are available in shaft and hollow shaft versions and are compatible with all U.S. and European standards. They also support M23, M12 or MIL cable connections, as well as Push-Pull, RS422 or Open Collector interfaces.

For more information, visit Kuebler website.

Singapore Construction Projects Selects HxGN SMART Build

HUNTSVILLE, ALDec 14, 2017 – HxGN SMART Build has been awarded a grant under Singapore’sConstruction Productivity RD&D Grant Call for building information modeling (BIM) (the Grant) and will serve as a collaboration platform to support virtual design & construction (VDC) practices for selected construction and infrastructure projects across the country. 

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) initiated the Grant in March 2017 as part of its drive to integrate stakeholders across the construction value chain through BIM collaboration and VDC practices in Singapore. BCA is an agency under the Ministry of National Development responsible for championing the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore, including buildings, structures and infrastructure.

PPM demonstrated SMART Build’s powerful functionality for multi-party collaboration, visualization and issue/task-based tracking and management. The solution also supports VDC practices, where the project partners are expected to collaborate closely to achieve best project outcomes by identifying and resolving issues in real-time before actual construction gets underway, by introducing work packaging to efficiently and transparently assign work to the field, track progress and issues in real-time to reduce rework, make timely decisions and improve productivity.

Mattias Stenberg, president of Hexagon PPM, said, “Hexagon PPM is focused on helping our customers in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction market realize the benefits of smart digital facilities and city infrastructure. We look forward to working with the BCA to shape change in building and construction across Singapore.”

HxGN SMART Build is a cloud and mobile construction management solution that intelligently links model, schedule and cost information to optimize construction planning and execution. Learn more about SMART Build at http://hxgnsmartbuild.com.

About Hexagon PPM

Hexagon PPM  is the world’s leading provider of asset life cycle solutions for design, construction, and operation of industrial facilities. By transforming unstructured information into a smart digital asset, our clients are empowered to visualize, build, and manage structures and facilities of all complexities, ensuring safe and efficient operation throughout the entire life cycle.

PPM is part of Hexagon (hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technology solutions that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial landscapes.

Tooling U-SME Joins CAN’s Allied Vendor Program

CHICAGO, IL, Dec 14, 2017 – CNA announced the selection of Tooling U-SME — a leader in manufacturing workforce education and development — as the newest member of its Allied Vendor Program.

As part of this partnership, CNA policyholders will have access to more than 500 of Tooling U-SME’s individual manufacturing classes, in both English and Spanish, mapped to specific competencies for every area, role and function. All learning resources are developed around professional standards and industry-endorsed certifications. Backed by over 85 years of hands-on manufacturing experience, Tooling U-SME is dedicated to helping build the current and next generation workforce.

“The manufacturing industry is at a juncture where a critical shortage of skilled workers threatens the future of the workforce,” said Brian Roberts, Consulting Director, Commercial Risk Control, CNA. “CNA is pleased to offer our policyholders with a solution that will help build high-performing employees who will help drive quality, productivity, innovation and higher employee satisfaction.”

In 2007, CNA developed its Allied Vendor Program to provide customers with access to additional risk control programming that creates safer, more secure work environments. This program remains a key resource for providing tools to assist policyholders in mitigating risk and delivering on CNA’s commitment to show its customers more than just an insurance policy.

“Our primary focus at Tooling U-SME is to prepare manufacturing employees to successfully compete in the industrial renaissance,” said Jeannine Kunz, Vice President, Tooling U-SME. “By partnering with CNA, we have a unique opportunity to reach even more of the manufacturing workforce so we can develop today’s and tomorrow’s skilled talent that will function effectively in a safe work place.”

To learn more about Tooling U-SME’s range of offerings visit http://ppc.toolingu.com/cna/ or, for a complete list of participating vendors, please visit the webpage for CNA’s Allied Vendor Program. 

About CNA

CNA is the eighth largest commercial insurer in the United States. CNA provides a broad range of standard and specialized property and casualty insurance products and services for businesses and professionals in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia, backed by 120 years of experience and more than $45 billion of assets.

For more information about CNA, visit their website at www.cna.com.

About Tooling U-SME

Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with more than half of all Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, as well as 600 educational institutions across the country. Tooling U-SME partners with customers to build high performers who help their companies drive quality, profitability, productivity, innovation and employee satisfaction. Working directly with hundreds of high schools, community and technical colleges, and universities, Tooling U-SME is able to help prepare the next-generation workforce by providing industry-driven curriculum.

A division of SME, a nonprofit that connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve their world, Tooling U-SME can be found at toolingu.com.

Kepware Releases KEPServerEX v6.4 for IoT

PORTLAND, ME, Dec 14, 2017 – Kepware, a PTC business developing industrial connectivity software, today announced the release of the KEPServerEX version 6.4 industrial connectivity platform. KEPServerEX version 6.4 includes new data collection capabilities, improved data access, and seamless integration with both traditional and industrial internet of things (IoT) systems, enabling users to easily manage and monitor their plant floor.

The new MQTT Client driver is a key component of the KEPServerEX version 6.4 release. Inclusion of this new driver enables users to collect data from sensor networks and other devices that utilize MQTT—and make that data available to the industrial automation devices and applications they rely on to run their plants efficiently.

“Many KEPServerEX users are now acquiring industrial data in their operational environments through new intelligent sensors and open-source or lightweight devices,” said Jeff Bates, Kepware product manager. “The MQTT Client driver and KEPServerEX seamlessly integrate data from these devices—enabling users to access new real-time data and provide a robust view of their plant floor operations.”

The MQTT Client driver included in KEPServerEX version 6.4 offers users a commercially available out-of-the-box MQTT to OPC UA translator. It uses innovative parsing tools to enable users to create tags from popular devices that utilize MQTT. With this new driver, KEPServerEX is able to securely subscribe to MQTT topics through any MQTT broker, receive updates as new device data is published, and make that data available over a variety of protocols.

“The enhancements in KEPServerEX version 6.4 are extremely valuable to any customer whose devices utilize the MQTT protocol, including customers of Wzzard Wireless Sensing Solutions,” said Mike Fahrion, CTO and VP of IoT Technologies at Advantech B+B SmartWorx. “There are significant benefits to making IoT Sensor data available in traditional industrial automation applications, and that is now possible with KEPServerEX.”

Along with the MQTT Client driver, KEPServerEX version 6.4 includes:

  • Siemens TCP/IP Ethernet Driver Read/Write Enhancements: Enables users of Siemens TCP/IP Ethernet drivers with Siemens S7-400 and S7-1500 controllers to perform read/writes more efficiently by configuring their Packet Data Unit (PDU) size up to the maximum levels supported by the controller. Users can now easily monitor high-fidelity data with high tag counts and high data change rates.
  • Store And Forward Capabilities With The ThingWorx Native Interface: Enables users to reliably transmit data between KEPServerEX and ThingWorx—even in the event of network instability. During communication disruptions between KEPServerEX and ThingWorx, the store and forward service collects data that ThingWorx had been requesting. Upon reconnection, the stored data is automatically forwarded to ThingWorx.
  • CODESYS Ethernet Driver Tag Browsing Capabilities: Users of the CODESYS Ethernet driver now have the option to select and import only relevant tags into their KEPServerEX projects. This enables users to more efficiently connect to and start streaming data from CODESYS devices.

About Kepware

Kepware is a software development business of PTC Inc. located in Portland, Maine. Kepware provides a portfolio of software solutions to help businesses connect diverse automation devices and software applications and enable the Industrial Internet of Things. From plant floor to wellsite to windfarm, Kepware serves a wide range of customers in a variety of vertical markets including manufacturing, oil & gas, building automation, power & utilities, and more. Established in 1995 and now distributed in more than 100 countries, Kepware’s software solutions help thousands of businesses improve operations and decision making.

Learn more at www.kepware.com.

About PTC

PTC has the most robust Internet of Things technology in the world. In 1986, they revolutionized digital 3D design. Now their leading IoT and AR platform and field-proven solutions bring together the physical and digital worlds to reinvent the way you create, operate, and service products. With PTC, global manufacturers and an ecosystem of partners and developers can capitalize on the promise of the IoT today and drive the future of innovation.

For more information, visit www.ptc.com.

progeSOFT Releases iCADMac 2018

CHIASSO, Switzerland, Dec 14, 2017 – ProgeSOFT SA announces the release of iCADMac 2018, the new version of a 2D/3D DWG/DXF-native CAD for general technical drafting on the MAC platform. This major release is an exciting moment long-awaited by MAC users who won’t renounce the AutoCAD look-and-feel, nor perpetual licensing solutions. iCADMac 2018 offers a host of new features, commands and options (see new features here) which have extensively extended CAD drawing capabilities combined in the CAD package with a series of handy add-ons, included for free, such as the PDF to DWG Converter, Block Libraries with over 20.000 blocks, 3D PDF export, Traceparts and Cadenas portals integration with free access to thousands of blocks etc.

(picture from iCADMac website)

The new version reads DWG 2018 and supports MAC OS from El Capitan to High Sierra. iCADMac 2018 users will have a great experience with the user interface design optimized with lighter dialog boxes, which make the software easier to use; improved menus for more efficient drafting with far less clicks, especially, thanks to more complete and functional context menus. And, finally, enjoy the new Dark theme!

Numerous enhancements will impress all iCADMac users. Designers will discover a dozen of new commands only in the ExpressTools menu to improve their text editing, create shapes based on specified entities, merge sheets to get a single layout, scale blocks, just to name a few. The whole list can be consulted on the official website www.icadmac.com/expresstools. A set of new options to the array commands have a special appeal: the array commands are now also command-line driven and beefed up with the brand new Array along a path option. Simply select a Line, PolyLine, Arc, Circle, Ellipse, or Spline as a path of an array and then align entities to get the desired appearance.

“ iCADMac 2018 is evolving to offer more CAD functionality and to fine-tune the existing features and commands so as to make your design process easier and more efficient also in the MAC environment,” commented Marco Lucini, CEO at ProgeSOFT SA.

Some of the iCADMac 2018 new functionality:

  • Speed up work with the new AutoComplete function with a suggestion list
  • Quick and easy in-place geometry editing through Multifunctional EntityGrips with contextual shortcut menus
  • New options in polyline editing (to taper the width of a polyline, to reverse its direction, to insert an additional midpoint vertex, to convert a polyline segment to an arc or a line)
  • Default layer for hatches and dimensions through the HPLAYER and DIMLAYER system variables
  • Trim hatches and gradients with the Trim and PowerTrim commands (trimmed hatches remain associative and behave as a single entity)
  • Create hatches out of images, blocks, external references and wipeout objects with the new SuperHatch command

To see the whole list of new features go to www.icadmac.com, you can watch a video presentation of iCADMac 2018 on YouTube here, while to download a 30-day fully functional trial version, please visit download page here.

About ProgeSOFT

ProgeSOFT SA is a private software company specializing in cost-efficient CAD solutions. With large experience of operation in the CAD industry, ProgeSOFT offers the versatile CAD platforms for Windows and MAC and applications for architectural, mechanical, electrical, GIS, HVAC/Piping and some other industries. ProgeSOFT is also a founder and executive member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

For more information, visit www.icadmac.com.

Remcom Updates XFdtd Electromagnetic Simulation Software

STATE COLLEGE, PA, Dec 14, 2017 – Remcom announces circuit co-simulation and expanded signal integrity capabilities in the latest update to XFdtd 3D Electromagnetic Simulation Software.

Surface mounted capacitor is updated during the FDTD simulation based on its SPICE model.

Circuit co-simulation facilitates a more realistic analysis of device performance by including imported circuit components within the electromagnetic simulation.  The schematic for a desired component may be imported into XF via a netlist file, with support for SPICE elements such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, coupled inductors, and subcircuits.  Netlist components can also be assigned as a matching circuit embedded within a feed, simplifying matching network design.

This release also introduces a nodal waveguide interface with enhanced options for computing S-parameters.  A user-defined reference impedance enables renormalized S-parameters to be computed for transmission lines that would typically display an impedance mismatch.  A nodal excitation is also available for simulations that do not require S-parameters to be collected.

XF users without an active Remcom Professional Support contract can upgrade to the latest version of Release 7 by contacting sales.

About Remcom

Remcom provides innovative electromagnetic simulation and wireless propagation software for commercial users and U.S. government sponsors.  Remcom’s products are designed to work together to provide complete and accurate results when modeling propagation with rreal-worlddevices in real world scenarios.  Remcom is committed to its customers’ unique needs, offering flexible licensing options for installations of all sizes as well as custom engineered solutions.

For more information, visit www.remcom.com.

 

Altair Partner Alliance Adds Tech-X’s VSim

TROY, MI, Dec 14, 2017 – Altair Engineering Inc. has announced the addition of Tech-X’s VSim to the Altair Partner Alliance (APA)’s software offering. VSim is a computational application for simulating electromagnetics in the presence of complex structures and dynamical charged particles. Because VSim supports massively parallel computing that scales to tens of thousands of processor cores, users are able to model complex geometries and more physical phenomena while still obtaining results within a reasonable amount of elapsed time.

Helix traveling-wave tube

Current VSim user, Jim Browning, professor at Boise State University, had this to say of VSim, “VSim FDTD-PIC simulation was useful in our magnetron research because of VSim’s powerful parallel capabilities and its ease of use for those researchers who are not experts in the setup and use of advanced simulations.”

VSim can be used to simulate a variety of problems on regular, structured, orthogonal meshes with embedded boundaries (cut cells) for complex geometries, which can be imported from CAD models or constructed in the VSimComposer front end. VSim functionality includes high-order methods, electron emission-both primary and secondary from cut-cell surfaces, dispersion control, sputtering, collisions, field ionization, and quasiparticle propagation. VSim has packages for specific application areas, including Electromagnetics (EM), Microwave Devices (MD), Plasma Acceleration (PA), and Plasma Discharges (PD). All packages come with rich sets of examples to assist in initial usage.

VSim for Electromagnetics can be used in the design cycle for electromagnetic, electrostatic, and magnetic devices. Simulate radar interactions, including ground penetrating radar, with the total-field/scattered-field method. Model propagation in photonic crystals and other optical devices as well as in waveguides. Compute oscillations and Q-factors in resonators and cavities.

“We are pleased to have Tech-X join the APA as VSim is going to permit Altair customers to address a new set of applications, while complementing the comprehensive set of electromagnetic simulation applications we have in HyperWorks including; FEKO, WinProp and Flux,” said Dr. Jordi Soler, director of Global Business Development, Electromagnetic Solutions at Altair. “VSim uses FDTD and particle in cell solvers to simulate particles and electromagnetics together and optimally covers applications including high power RF amplifiers and oscillators like klystrons, helix TWT amplifiers and magnetrons. Multipactor effects can be analyzed with VSim for microwave structures, such as waveguides and coaxial cables. These effects are important since they can degrade the performance and even damage the device. Other applications of interest are controlled plasma discharges (like magnetron sputtering), plasma environmental effects (including satellite surface charging), semiconductor photonics and particle acceleration by laser plasma and cavities.”

An introductory webinar for Tech-X will be held on December 19 at 10 AM ET. For more information about the software, please visit the product page for VSim.

About the Altair Partner Alliance

Altair’s HyperWorks platform applies a revolutionary subscription-based licensing model in which customers use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair-developed, as well as third-party, software applications on demand. The Altair Partner Alliance effectively extends the HyperWorks Platform from more than 20 internally developed solutions to upwards of 60 applications with the addition of new partner applications. Customers can invoke these third-party applications at no incremental cost using their existing HyperWorks licenses. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI.

For more information about the Altair Partner Alliance, visit www.altairhyperworks.com/apa.

About Tech-X

Tech-X is accomplished in the development of high-performance, massively-parallel computational software for simulation and design in research and engineering. Tech-X software can be run on systems ranging from Windows workstations with GPU acceleration to the largest supercomputers in the world. Tech-X areas of expertise include the interaction of electromagnetic fields with matter, state-of-the-art modeling, high-performance visualization and graphical user interfaces, software solution application areas, photonics, antennas, microwave devices (magnetrons), klystron, gyrotrons, TWTs, plasma processing reactors, and plasma thrusters.

Tech-X customers in the private sector include wafer fabrication equipment manufacturers, photonics designers, defense contractors, and high-power radiofrequency manufacturers. Tech-X has extensive experience in providing software solutions for the government in high-energy physics, fusion, and particle accelerators. Tech-X Corporation excels at transferring high performance computing technologies for government applications to solutions for the commercial sector.

About Altair

Altair is focused on the development and broad application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. With more than 2,000 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA and operates 69 offices throughout 24 countries. Altair serves more than 5,000 customers across broad industry segments.

To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

McNeil Offers Laser Scanning Capabilities

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Dec 14, 2017 – McNeil Engineering, a Sandy, UT -based engineering firm is now offering clients laser scanning capabilities. This relatively new technology can capture up to 50,000 survey points per second – providing a comprehensive, in-depth picture of any project.

In addition, the data collected can be uploaded into design programs like AutoCAD, providing architects and contractors amazing detail, accuracy and information that can be used to stay in compliance with codes and laws.

“In the modern, 21st-Century build environment, complying with federal, state and local rules and regulations is absolutely critical from the beginning of a project on. Failure to comply can lead to legal problems, fines and even the cancellation of construction altogether,” Matthew Roblez, S.E., SECB said.

“Laser scanning technology provides comprehensive data, and also ensures property owners have the information they need to make critical time and cost-saving decisions,” Roblez said.

McNeil Engineering has displayed its laser scanning capabilities on a number of national projects including The Wendover Airport in Wendover, Utah and the Roosevelt and Lexington Subway Stations in New York City, New York.

About McNeil Engineering

For over 30 years, McNeil Engineering has provided comprehensive design services including civil engineering, structural engineering, land surveying, high-definition scanning (HDS), landscape architecture and consulting services to the private and public sectors. The company is committed to delivering timely, responsive and economical design solutions to each and every one of their clients. For McNeil Engineering, project deadlines are an absolute, not a goal.

For more information visit mcneilengineering.com/contact/mcneil-engineering.