Mech-Tool Announces Appointments, Internal Promotions

DARLINGTON, UK, Jan 23, 2018 – One of the UK’s leading product manufacturer and global supplier of fire, blast and heat hazard solutions has further strengthened its already extensive team with a series of additional appointments and internal promotions.

Mech-Tool Engineering (MTE) has appointed a group planning manager and an operations and engineering director with internal promotions also taking place. Valued team members take on the roles of director of projects and Mech Tool Korea, production manager, senior project manager and head of finance.

Steve Thomas

New appointment Steve Thomas – group planning manager – joined the team in early November with over 20 years’ experience in the planning of many offshore Oil and Gas projects. His role is to support the planning team whilst developing the departmental function to ensure that project teams, and the wider business, are fully supported in all planning matters.

David Bursnoll joins MTE as the new operations and engineering director, encompassing overall responsibility for design, engineering, project management, planning, document control, production and all construction activities.

Speaking about the additional appointments, Anthony Jones, managing director at MTE said: “We are delighted to further expand our team of industry professionals and welcome our latest team members. We are firmly committed to driving the business forward as we strive to use our expertise and experience to provide renowned services to many ongoing and new projects, and I am confident that our latest appointments will bolster our already progressive team.”

Craig Bussey

Craig Bussey is a former manufacturing superintendent having joined MTE in January 2005 and is now taking on the role of production manager responsible for ensuring all existing and potential client production-based requirements and expectations are fulfilled in terms of delivery, timeliness, efficiency and quality.

Carl Roberts has been a valued senior member of the company for over ten years and has recently been appointed to the position of Director of Projects and Mech Tool Korea.  Carl will have overall responsibility for ensuring all major projects with MTE UK and Korea are completed on specification, to time and on budget.

Carl Roberts

Speaking about his new appointment, Carl said: “I feel privileged to be a senior team member of such a renowned, successful team. I am extremely passionate about the MTE company with every single member of the senior, design and engineering teams working together to not only create breakthrough innovations but also solve some of the industries toughest safety challenges.

“Over the next 12 months, there are many exciting opportunities across the globe for the oil and gas, process and in particular, offshore wind farm industries which we are absolutely certain MTE can support from its facilities both in the UK and Korea.”

Also, internally promoted, Craig Swainston takes on the role of senior project manager having worked for the company since November 2016. Craig will be providing day to day oversight and direction to the multi-disciplined internal production team reporting to the business unit director and ensuring that MTE discharge their contractual obligation, to manage & control the execution of specific projects from order acceptance through to final account submittal.

Kerry Shotton held the position of financial controller at MTE for over three years and has recently been appointed to the head of finance role, leading both the MTE and MTK finance functions.

About Mech-Tool Engineering (MTE)

Established in 1969, MTE has UK offices and manufacturing facilities in Darlington and Middlesbrough, Aberdeen and global offices in, Houston, UAE, Malaysia and India with fabrication facilities (MTK) in South Korea. The company has four distinct business units; design consultancy, fire and blast, modular solutions and HVAC solutions – working from initial design and consultation right through to manufacture of turnkey solutions and assistance with on-site installation. The company boasts an impressive client portfolio working globally with the leading oil and gas, process and renewable energy operators, engineering houses and construction yards.

ZWSOFT Offers CAD/CAM Technologies to Belt & Road

GUANGZHOU, China, Jan 23, 2018 – ZWCAD SOFTWARE CO., LTD. (ZWSOFT), a world-renowned and reliable CAD/CAM solutions provider, has been appointed a member of International Alliance of Skills Development for Belt & Road and BRICS Countries (IASDBR) and will contribute CAD/CAM technologies to Belt & Road and BRICS countries.

Together with representatives from BRICS and Belt & Road countries as well as professionals and talents from all walks of life, ZWSOFT participated in the signing ceremony and obtained a membership certificate.

“It’s a great honor for ZWSOFT to join the IASDBR. As the only Chinese enterprise which owns full intellectual property rights for both 2D and 3D CAD/CAM software, ZWSOFT will continuously develop ZW3D & ZWCAD and provide training that suits the Belt and Road strategic layout,” said Truman Du, CEO of ZWSOFT.

Success is Not Incidental

IASDBR was established to promote the education, skills and training among Belt & Road and BRICS countries.

Having satisfied the needs of 2D and 3D CAD/CAM designers and engineers for two decades with its powerful and easy-to-use ZW3D, ZWSOFT is deeply expected to cultivate international high-tech professionals and increase the local employment for international enterprises.

Empowered by unique Solid-Surface Hybrid Modeling technology and various design tools, ZW3D can unleash designers’ 3D design ideas which provides them more creativeness and opportunities. In addition, ZWSOFT’s professional technical team is always providing effective and timely assistance. All of these are helpful for vocational skill development, engineering capability training and intelligent technology innovation, so ZWSOFT was selected as an IASDBR member.

A Bright and Promising Prospect

Through IASDBR, ZWSOFT is planning to build and improve an international organization and international exchange platform for technical exchanges, standard coordination, skills training and certification among Belt & Road and BRICS countries.

With the support from Chinese Government, ZWSOFT can not only push forward infrastructure construction at home and abroad but also advance the process of global industrialization through its persistent and unremitting efforts.

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ZW3D, an integrated CAD/CAM solution designed for the complete product development process, features the fastest kernel for Solid-surface Hybrid Modeling, non-solid mold parting and smart CNC Machining tactics from 2-axis to 5-axis. It brings customers endless benefits such as reduced costs, optimized design workflow and improved efficiency.

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Vero Hires Kevin Wedderburn as Application Engineer

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK, Jan 23, 2018 – Vero Software has hired new application engineer Kevin Wedderburn to support customers who use the company’s SMIRT software products for the tooling industry.

Based in Vero’s Southfield, MI, office, Wedderburn will lend his extensive academic and practical expertise to the success of SMIRT users.

“I am really excited about joining the Vero team. I look forward to playing an instrumental role in supporting the SMIRT brand customers, both locally and globally,” Wedderburn says. “When I think of my role as application engineer, it pleases me to know that I will have the opportunity to learn a variety of cutting-edge software applications pertinent to the automotive tool and die industry. I am eager to use that knowledge to enhance our customers’ experience with our various software applications.”

Wedderburn graduated from Morgan State Universityin 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics, and went on to obtain a master’s degree in applied physics from North Carolina A & T State University in 2004.

He has since worked as a physics instructor and tutor at the community college level, and as a CNC machinist for the past five and a half years. Having gained a great deal of experience in CNC machining, Wedderburn has chosen to expand his manufacturing career in the support realm by joining the Vero team.

About Vero Software 

Headquartered in England, Vero Software designs, develops, and supplies CAD/CAM/CAE software radically enhancing the efficiency of design and manufacturing processes, providing its customers with exceptional value through high productivity gains and significantly reducing time to market.

The company’s world-renowned brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Machining STRATEGIST, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, Surfcam, WorkNC, WorkPLAN and VISI. Despite the diversity of application, these solutions have one thing in common: they all address the rising challenges of achieving manufacturing efficiencies and bring huge value to the operations in which they are deployed.

Vero has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network.

Vero is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

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ams Releases AS7265X 18-Channel Multispectral Sensor Solution

ams, a supplier of sensor solutions, has launched the AS7265X, an 18-channel multispectral sensor solution.

The 18-channel 3-chip calibrated visible through near-infrared chipset is designed for emerging spectral sensing applications such as horticulture, fluid quality/spectral component analysis and complex spectral identification, including anti-counterfeiting and authentication. This announcement brings the 2017 offerings from the AS726x multispectral sensing products to 4 solution sets, including 6-channel visible, near-IR, true color and 18-channel family members.

The AS7265x chipset consists of 3 6-channel sensor devices, each 4.5 x 4.4 x 2.5mm, in land-grid array packages with integrated apertures. The master-slave-slave architecture appears as a single logical device. The 18-channels span wavelengths from 410 to 940nm with 20nm filter widths.

The AS72651/652/653 chipset is calibrated at the factory, delivering a normalized 35 counts/µW/cm2 across the entire sensed spectrum. Combined with the filter stability over time and temperature, this allows a “calibrated-for-life” design that lowers both components and manufacturing costs, and enables these new application spaces.

The chipset is implemented in a master/slave/slave arrangement, each with six spectral sensing channels. Integrated intelligence enables the calibrated digital output and manages the interface to the host microprocessor via the selectable choice of I2C or UART interfaces. The combined set’s 18 channels are 20nm full-width-half-max, with wavelength centerpoints at 410, 435, 460, 485, 510, 535, 560, 585, 610, 645, 680, 705, 730, 760, 810, 860, 900 and 940nm.

Operating as a 3-chip set, the devices include electronic shutter capabilities with 3 independent 100mA LED drive controls, which means that device designers can accurately control multiple light sources to enhance the spectral sensing functions without added componentry.

For more information, please visit ams website.

Imagine Instruments Introduces Model WDRXL-24-420MA

Model WDRXL-24-420MA, from Imagine Instruments, has been specifically designed to be a wireless bridge between sensors and process instrumentation and controls.

This Wireless Analog Transmitter/Receiver System allows for remotely monitoring sensors or controlling process equipment from a distance up to 1 mile (LOS) line-of-site away using license free wireless 2.4GHz 802.15.4 communication. The DIN-rail mounted Transmitter/receiver set is powered by 12-24V DC and provides one 4-20mA analog signal input and output. When a 4-20mA input signal is connected to the transmitter the measurement is sent to the receiver via wireless communication. The measured analog current value is then recreated by the receiver which produces a matching current output. Both the transmitter and receiver are also equipped with one contact closure input that is used to control an open-collector output on the opposing unit for additional control or alarm functionality.

For more information, visit Imagine Instruments website.

Seeq Releases R19 for Visual Analytics Solution

Seeq Corp. has announced the release of its first update to the Seeq software application in 2018, staying on plan to provide four new releases each year. This is the eighth release of Seeq software in just the past 24 months, driven by input from customers expanding their use of Seeq.

Seeq is a visual analytics solution for engineers and scientists in process manufacturing organizations to rapidly wrangle, investigate, and share insights on production data. Target markets include oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, mining, food and beverage, and other process industries.

Recent releases of Seeq have focused on enabling larger deployments through scalability features in the software, and by making the Seeq application easier to use. Scalability features in R19 include parallelization of complex calculations across CPUs within a single server, administration tools for performance optimization, and increased control and visibility by users into their efforts with real time progress indicators.

R19 usability features are focused on capsules, the innovative data objects in Seeq for working with single or multi-dimensional time periods of interest. Users can now simply select capsules to define a custom group of capsules, for example choosing a set of capsules to define an optimized outcome or failure state. And users can leverage capsules when monitoring processes by seeing which capsules are currently “in process” to compare in-progress batches against historical averages of past results in real-time.

In addition to product development efforts, Seeq has received increased attention from leading industry and financial analyst firms. Darcy Partners, a technology research consultancy serving upstream oil and gas companies, highlighted Seeq as one of the most innovative advanced analytics firms serving the sector. Their research study looked at more than 100 data analytics vendors and concluded with an invitation sent to a select group, which included Seeq, to present before Darcy Partners’ clients at a technology forum in Houston on November 28, 2017.

Furthermore, Seeq was included by CB Insights in their first Demo Day at their Aha! Conference on December 12, 2017. Over 2000 firms applied to be a part of the Demo Day presenters, and Seeq was one of just 40 selected, and included in their AI category. The Demo Day event provided Seeq with an opportunity to present to the venture groups within process automation vendor organizations, venture capital firms, and members of the business and startup press.

Seeq continues to partner with many leading process automation firms including Emerson Electric, Inductive Automation, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, and OSIsoft—and provides support for all the leading historians—which makes it the most widely accessible and extensively used data analytics solution among process manufacturing companies. Supported historians include GE Proficy, AspenTech IP21, Emerson DeltaV Continuous Historian, Ovation DCS Historian, Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk, and Schneider Electric WonderWare Historian and Citec SCADA.

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