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.

Aero Glass Wins Auggie Award for ‘Best App’

SAN DIEGO, CA, June 23, 2017 – Aero Glass, a leading developer of augmented reality (AR) smart glasses solutions for aviation and automotive applications, was named the Auggie Award 2017 winner for “Best App” at the 8th annual Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2017.

Taking place earlier this month in Silicon Valley, the AWE Auggie Awards recognized Aero Glass for its AR smart glasses solution that provides general aviation pilots and car drivers a true 3D, 360-degree view of navigation and safety features.

Pilots using Aero Glass will see features that are otherwise invisible such as airspaces, airways, procedures, navigation points, airports, taxiways, terrain, other aircraft and weather. Car drivers would simply follow a virtual car on the real road for navigation guidance to find their desired destination instead of looking at their GPS display inside the car. With Aero Glass, pilots and drivers can keep their eyes outside with key information overlaid transparently within their field of view.

“We are very proud to have won the ‘Best App’ Auggie Award at AWE this year,” said Ákos Maróy, founder of Aero Glass. “The AR field is heating up with many top companies and start-ups entering the space. With our many years of R&D, major corporate partners, and advanced AR solutions for both the aviation and automotive markets, we believe we are well-positioned for future growth and success.”

“This year’s crop of contestants was fierce, with every company submitting ingenious ideas and experiences worthy of recognition in this evolving industry,” said Ori Inbar, founder and executive producer of AWE. “AWE’s Auggie Awards gives the AR + VR community the kind of visibility and validation that can easily turn into the next ‘big thing’ for enterprise, businesses and consumers, and we thank all of our entrants, judges, sponsors and partners for supporting the 2017 contest.”

AWE is the world’s largest and longest-running conference and expo dedicated to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The AWE Auggie Awards celebrate companies and products deploying a full spectrum of AR & VR technologies designed to drive economic growth and shape the future of computing.

To view a video featuring the winning Aero Glass solution, visit https://vimeo.com/214587313.

For more a complete list of 2017 Auggie Awards winners, visit http://www.augmentedworldexpo.com/page/1007706/auggie-awards.

About Aero Glass

Based in San Diego, CA and Budapest, Hungary, Aero Glass is an award-winning developer of AR solutions for the general aviation and automotive industries, revolutionizing the way people fly and drive. The company was selected to be part of the Airbus Bizlab, a start-up accelerator run by the international aerospace pioneer. Aero Glass is partially funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

For more information regarding the company, visit https://glass.aero/.

Altair Acquires Carriots for IoT

TROY, MI, June 23, 2017 – Altair has acquired Carriots S.L, an Internet of Things (IoT) technology company from Madrid, Spain founded in 2011. The company is the developer of Carriots, a complete IoT application enablement platform (AEP) to rapidly connect and manage devices, collect and analyze data, and build intelligent applications together with enterprise business systems.

Carriots is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) designed for internet of things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) projects

“Combining Altair’s software suites with Carriots’ solutions for the IoT will provide our customers with the complete stack of technology they need to create, simulate and manage their new connected products over complete lifecycles,” says Miguel Castillo founder of Carriots. “We are joining forces with a leader in product design and engineering, and as part of the Altair team we can now better help organizations capture the full value of IoT.”

The Carriots platform offers customers the freedom to choose their own hardware or infrastructure provider, tailor and build custom applications, integrate with third party solutions and corporate IT systems or on-board devices directly to Carriots as a turn-key Platform-as-a-Service offering. Carriots offers free trial access for customers to fully develop proof of concept IoT applications, which can be scaled to millions of devices with a commercial agreement (https://www.carriots.com/joinus). Key advantages of the Carriots platform are the speed of deployment and scalability for broad use cases ranging from smart cities, energy, and agriculture to consumer products and logistics.

James R. Scapa, Altair’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, notes that, “As connectivity and intelligence become part of almost everything with which we interact, performance optimization has evolved to be a continuous process throughout a product’s lifecycle. We are combining Altair and partner technologies with the Carriots platform to become a leader in IoT, including applications to support our customers’ digital twin strategies.”

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. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, MI, USA and operates 67 offices throughout 23 countries. Today, Altair serves more than 5,000 corporate customers across broad industry segments.

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

Hitachi Construction Selects PTC Service Parts Management

NEEDHAM, MA, June 23, 2017 – PTC announced that Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. has adopted PTC Service Parts Management (SPM) SaaS to optimize its global service parts inventory.

SPM SaaS from PTC is an integral solution in the Servigistics service lifecycle management (SLM) offering and provides world-class service parts inventory optimization. The solution is available on PTC’s flexible and scalable cloud platform, accessible from anywhere in the world via the Internet.

Hitachi Construction Machinery is a leading construction machinery OEM that manufactures, sells, rents, and services construction and material transportation machinery and products for the sustainable environment. It manages more than 400 supply chain locations and delivers hundreds of thousands of service parts to customers in more than 170 countries/regions in a timely manner. As part of its current business transformation initiatives, Hitachi Construction Machinery is implementing systems, including SPM SaaS from PTC, that realize its ideal technology profile in 2020.

In 2015, Hitachi Construction Machinery implemented Service Information Viewer from PTC, part of the Servigistics solution, which allows users to immediately access appropriate and necessary information from service documents, including service manuals. As a result, the efficiency of diagnosing failures in the field has significantly improved.

With SPM SaaS, Hitachi Construction Machinery aims to further improve customer satisfaction and increase sales/inventory optimization by utilizing advanced functionalities, such as Multi-Echelon Optimization that optimizes supply chains with a multi-level structure, and Connected Replenishment that automatically integrates lower-level inventory locations and immediately updates order plans for higher-level locations. Hitachi Construction Machinery also plans to leverage IoT technology in the future.

Hitachi Construction Machinery has begun production use of SPM in Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and UAE and plans to expand its use of SPM to more locations in the future.

“Hitachi Construction Machinery is currently working on enhancing the whole value chain by leveraging parts service. SPM SaaS from PTC will support customers and partners across the globe as a system, which provides required parts and services in a timely manner,” said Takashi Takeda, general manager, spare parts division, Hitachi Construction Machinery. “Together with PTC, our project team members were able to implement an important system to support our customers and partners around the world in just 11 months. We look forward to continuing to work closely with PTC in the future.”

“Better managing its parts inventory is a strategic means toward achieving service excellence and, ultimately, improving the customer experience,” said Steven Caldwell, vice president, product management, SLM segment, PTC. “Addressing this complexity requires a modern, scalable SPM system that can aggregate information from across the enterprise. PTC is honored to support Hitachi’s business goals.”

Hitachi Systems Ltd. is a long-time PTC partner, delivering solutions that leverage the PTC portfolio. Hitachi Systems provides a wide range of customer implementation services, including understanding business processes through a set of customer interviews, managing and responding to post-implementation inquiries, and reporting cloud resource utilization. Hitachi Systems supported Hitachi Construction Machinery’s implementation of SPM SaaS from PTC and will continue its support during the post-implementation phase to ensure smooth operation of the system.

About Hitachi Systems, Ltd.

Hitachi Systems is a leading IT service provider specializing in developing and implementing business systems for customers of diverse sectors and sizes. We also operate, monitor, and maintain those systems by using a multi-tiered service infrastructure comprising data centers, network and security operations centers, contact centers, and a nationwide network of around 300 service sites. Ever since the dawn of the Japanese IT industry, we have been at the forefront of the IT revolution, using our rich experience to provide end-to-end services ranging from consulting customers on their systems needs to designing, implementing, operating, and maintaining systems to operating a help desk, all with the goal of supporting customers’ business management and day-to-day operations. Hitachi Systems assists customers with their digital transformation needs and works with them in creating new value by delivering unique services that leverage our diverse human capital and advanced IT solutions. We strive to become a global service company that earns the complete trust of customers.

Please visit http://www.hitachi-systems.com for more details.

About PTC

PTC has the most robust internet of things technology in the world. In 1986 we revolutionized digital 3D design, and in 1998 were first to market with Internet-based PLM. 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.

Dassault Partners with AVIC

LE BOURGET, France (Paris Air Show) and SHANGHAI, China, June 23, 2017 – Dassault Systèmes and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) announced the signing of a contract to establish a Sino-French Industry Joint Innovation Center that will operate across the complex system lifecycle specific to the aviation industry and its entire industrial chain.

The signing of this cooperation agreement is another major step forward since the signing of an MOU by the two parties in March of this year. Dassault Systèmes and AVIC will strive to make the center a major pillar of the “Made in China 2025” and “Industrie du Futur” cooperation framework through sustained investment by both companies. The Sino-French Industry Joint Innovation Center will be located in the China Aviation Industry Science and Technology Park of Zhongguancun, Beijing. As of now, both China and France have completed the Innovation Center’s top-level design.

The center will focus on leveraging resources from both companies to create an innovation ecosystem spanning industry, academia, researchers and users. It will facilitate the introduction of advanced digital technologies to transform the traditional design-manufacture-test model into a new design-virtual synthesis-digital manufacture-physical manufacture model, making it possible to create innovative environments such as immersive experiences (VR+AR), dynamic simulation, additive manufacturing, and multi-robot advanced manufacturing. The center will serve as an incubator for innovative technologies to be used by China’s manufacturing industry, helping to guide and drive China’s industrial transformation.

Dassault Systèmes is a leading global supplier of 3D design software with strengths in the Aerospace & Defense industry.  Its solutions are extensively used by the top 20 aircraft manufacturers in the world, including Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Cessna Aircraft and their primary contractors. Dassault Systèmes’ solutions have been used by China’s aerospace industry for nearly 30 years to help drive the advancement of its domestic aircraft sector, and Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA suite of applications has become an essential fixture at Chinese aircraft manufacturers.

With nearly 30 listed companies and over 500,000 employees, AVIC is a key partner for Dassault Systèmes in China. AVIC has very strong R&D capabilities, with an advanced scientific research system consisting of 33 research institutes including the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (CAE), a large team of academics and nationally recognized experts, many national key laboratories, and leading science laboratories.

In their nearly 30 years of collaboration, Dassault Systèmes and AVIC have extensively applied software technologies to China’s aviation product development and manufacture chain, and have built an expertise center and a sector for product lifecycle management (PLM) technology support and services.

The founding of the Sino-French Industry Joint Innovation Center marks yet another milestone in the ongoing efforts by both companies to deepen their partnership in new ways. Both companies leverage Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to jointly build and promote integrated solutions for the complex lifecycle of aviation products that incorporate on-demand development, system architecture and design, engineering modeling and simulation, virtual testing, and digital manufacture.

“The Experience Economy ushers in a new industrial revolution in the Aerospace industry with the emergence of highly modular, connected, and smart production environments, as well as new business models based on fast interaction with users. This 3DEXPERIENCE Center will be a leading incubator of a future manufacturing paradigm, innovative industrial solutions, and new skills for the engineers of tomorrow, leveraging Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE innovation platform,” said Bernard Charlès, vice chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “Our objective is that it will advance the future industrial development plans of both countries, and successfully become a key component of their new industrial cooperation framework.”

Mr. Zhang Xinguo, deputy general manager of AVIC, said: “The complexity of aviation systems is growing exponentially, and traditional document-based system engineering can no longer handle the challenges of such complex systems. System engineering model-based continuous development will be a key driver in the transformation of the development model used in China’s aviation industry. I hope that the founding of this joint innovation center can leverage Dassault Systèmes’ global leading solutions to explore a set of innovative methodologies and best practices that will fuel innovation and development within China’s aviation industry.”

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 220, 000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.

For more information, visit www.3ds.com.