Altair One Released for CAE

TROY, MI, May 11, 2021 – Altair, a global technology company providing solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI) announced general availability for a host of new features and functionality in Altair One, a fully integrated platform that brings together the company’s entire product suite and HPC capabilities to facilitate seamless collaboration and faster time-to-market. Eliminating the boundaries between CAE and data analytics, Altair One delivers access to a unified development environment and offers multi-disciplinary teams the on-demand HPC critical to complete complex projects quickly and efficiently.

Access a broad set of applications in Altair One and launch in the cloud or download to desktop

“Altair One provides a modern, single pane of glass approach to leverage HPC and cloud resources for running computational science applications anywhere and everywhere at scale, which is key to optimizing outcomes and achieving faster time-to-value,” said James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “With the launch of Altair One, we are empowering our customers with all the software and tools to seamlessly manage hybrid on-premises and cloud HPC resources to process workloads in the most cost-efficient and fastest way possible.”

The instant availability of Altair’s HPC resources means that designers, engineers, and data scientists can run their complex projects without any need for the support of in-house HPC infrastructures. Altair One offers the ability to provision turnkey, scalable appliance clusters across all major cloud providers including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and Google Cloud Platform in just a few mouse clicks.

Securely upload, access, store, and manage data using the Altair One drive

The launch of Altair One establishes a robust roadmap of progressive development in features and functionality. By providing organizations the flexibility to seamlessly migrate workloads between cloud providers and on-premises environments, Altair One empowers teams to pivot quickly and embrace new technology while avoiding vendor lock-in.

Anytime, anywhere access to world-class tools and HPC

Altair One is a single portal for Altair’s products, accessible anywhere via standard workstations, PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. Users also have access to exclusive Altair One tools including:

  • Altair DesignAI – Combines physics-based simulation-driven design and machine learning-based AI-driven design to create high-potential designs earlier in development cycles
  • Altair Material Data Center – A multi-domain material properties repository to help create sustainable, efficient, minimum-weight designs

“Altair is a leader in simulation, HPC solutions and workload management. Altair One is a key differentiator because of its ability to provide seamless access to the cloud and delivers unmatched value for Altair’s customers,” said Nidhi Chappell, GM Workload Optimized Compute, Microsoft.

“The integration of Altair One with Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure provides customers the ability to leverage fast and scalable computing in a highly secure environment – including bare-metal HPC servers and GPUs – for complex simulations,” said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Together, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Altair One put the power of HPC at the fingertips of customers everywhere – without having to purchase expensive hardware, leading to improved productivity and optimized resource utilization.”

Altair One allows you to provision turnkey, scalable appliance clusters with the cloud provider of your choice in just a few mouse clicks

Data-driven development with AI- and ML-enabled analytics

Altair One facilitates a truly data-driven approach to product development. Designers, IT specialists, and the C-suite can build deeper insight and reach better decisions faster with Altair’s AI and machine learning (ML) enabled data analytics and data management tools. Diverse teams can work on the same models, with ubiquitous access ensuring effortless knowledge sharing and data transfer. The full value of both current and historic simulation and analysis is therefore realized.

Flexible, scalable HPC support

Altair One provides simple HPC access portals for end-users and intuitive management portals for IT administrators. Powered by Altair PBS Works, Altair One leverages the same workload management technology used by many of the world’s Top 500 HPC systems and foremost supercomputing centers. Altair One does not require additional capital expenditures on complex IT and can scale immediately in response to peaks in workload.

Flexibility is further enhanced by Altair Units, Altair’s patented, subscription-based licensing model that allows organizations to pay only for what their employees need, when they need it.

Additional notable features in Altair One include the ability to:

  • Launch applications in the cloud instantly with zero download
  • Run complex HPC solver jobs in the cloud within a simple, intuitive user experience
  • Provision turnkey, scalable appliance clusters in just a few mouse clicks
  • Securely upload, access, store, and manage data using the Altair One drive

For more information about Altair One, visit https://www.altair.com/altair-one/ or register to attend the Altair HPC Summit May 11-12, 2021.

About Altair

Altair is a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in the areas of simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI). Altair enables organizations across broad industry segments to compete more effectively in a connected world while creating a more sustainable future.

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

Volume Graphics Releases Industrial CT Software v3.5

CHARLOTTE, NC, May 11, 2021 – The latest version of Volume Graphics’ high-end CT data analysis software suite, version 3.5, brings enhanced capabilities to manufacturers looking for better ways to inspect parts and improve designs—however they are made.

Particularly in the automotive, aerospace and defense industries, engineers exploring novel materials and manufacturing methods are increasingly turning to CT scanning to achieve a more accurate, non-destructive evaluation of product robustness and performance. Volume Graphics is a leading developer of software technology that interprets CT data from scans of almost any material to detect, analyze and visualize minute structural deviations that might affect part quality.

Version 3.5 now provides even more powerful automated design-geometry adjustment and repair tools that can be used to correct and/or offset issues that stem from the manufacturing process itself. Moldmakers, casting shops, and additive manufacturing (AM, aka 3D printing) providers alike can employ the software to detect and visualize material and/or design defects or distortions—and then employ sophisticated capabilities to correct their CAD designs, compare values against nominal limits and ensure that final part quality meets applicable industry standards.

Here are some of the highlights in version 3.5 of Volume Graphics’ CT data analysis software suite (which includes VGSTUDIO MAX, VGSTUDIO, VGMETROLOGY, VGinLINE, and myVGL):

A Completely Reworked Manufacturing Geometry Correction Module: This software module benefits all those who work with some kind of mold, i.e., injection molders or casters. Enhancements in usability, with continuous updating and feedback on quality, give the CAD designer valuable information that can be used to improve manufacturability. Filtering out points that can cause erroneous compensation results, the software fine-tunes surface fitting and provides compensations that are within tolerances, enabling the user to immediately see if their design changes are compatible with mold-making.

Image 1: Manufacturing Geometry Correction Module. When compensating a geometry, a new filter option in Volume Graphics’ industrial CT software version 3.5 allows users to find fit points that cause inaccurate compensation results. 

Enhanced Mesh Compensation: For those working in simulation and AM/3D printing, this module now provides easier navigation and understanding of the relationships between elements for better interpretation of part warpage, deformation and displacement—and automatically compensates designs to correct for such deviations from manufacturing intent. Mesh updating is 10X faster, with improved results when scan and reference objects differ greatly in size or show other significant deviations. There are a greater number of control points for more granular and accurate results. In the case of lattice structures and other complex geometries, a uniform control-point placement function ensures full analysis of a design. The software can also shorten the 3D-print-and-test process by automatically running two sequential design-compensation results to move a design for AM closer to nominal before the first print.

Image 2: Enhanced Mesh Compensation. A new compensation mesh color overlay in Volume Graphics’ industrial CT software version 3.5 helps users to clearly visualize, analyze and annotate any displacements in the compensation mesh.

New Porosity and Inclusion Analysis of Castings: This is one of the most significant features in Version 3.5—CT scans of cast parts can now be inspected for porosity and compliance with Reference Sheet P 203 of the Federation of German Foundry Industry (BDG). With the help of the BDG P 203 porosity key, users can perform a 3D evaluation of detected volume deficits both in the complete casting and in freely defined sub-areas, such as functional areas with special attributes. The software enables inspection of multiple, different regions of interest in a part to see if porosity is within tolerances and whether there are any post-machining issues in the finished part. The data from this analysis is then ready for Q-DAS process control.

Image 3: New Porosity and Inclusion Analysis of Castings. Usability improvements in the P 203 analysis, in Volume Graphics’ industrial CT software version 3.5, include combining the generation and editing of global and freeform porosity keys in one dialog. A new BDG P 203 name field allows users to add a comment for each porosity key.

Capability enhancements support engineering across many industries

Other enhancements in version 3.5 strengthen existing functionalities that support science, R&D, medical device development and other industries in addition to automotive and aerospace & defense. Among these is advanced reporting, which is now more user-friendly and fully integrated with viewing. The powerful nominal/actual comparison module has also been made more user-friendly with easy-to-understand visualization of deviations of scanned objects from their reference data sets. For a full list and explanation of all the new developments, please see dedicated web pages for VGSTUDIO MAX 3.5VGSTUDIO 3.5VGMETROLOGY 3.5, and VGinLINE 3.5.

About Volume Graphics and Hexagon

Volume Graphics GmbH has been developing software for non-destructive testing based on industrial computed tomography (CT) for over 20 years. Customers around the world, e.g., from the automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries, use Volume Graphics software for quality assurance in product development and production. In addition to its headquarters in Heidelberg, the company has branches in the USA, Japan, Singapore, and China. Further information can be found at: www.volumegraphics.com

Since 2020, Volume Graphics has been part of Hexagon.

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. They are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Their technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future. Hexagon has approximately 21,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.

L-com Unveils Short Length, High-Flex Cat5e Cable Assemblies

IRVINE, CA, May 9, 2021 – L-com, an Infinite Electronics brand and a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has introduced a new line of short length, high-flex Cat5e Ethernet cables for use in cramped, confined space applications.

L-com’s short, flex Cat 5e cables assemblies feature a high bend radius that is able to be routed in small spaces without loss of performance. These new Ethernet cable assemblies are available in 15cm to 10m lengths and feature SF/UTP double-shielded TPU jackets with RJ45 connectors. Each assembly has been fluke tested to channel standards and are wired to the TIA 568B.

L-com’s new short, high-flex cable assemblies are perfect for use in tight spaces and are designed to bend or be routed at tighter angles than standard cables. These cables can be used in myriad applications including data centers, Enterprise networks, industrial networks and in any application where space is an issue.

“These new cables were specifically designed to address Ethernet connectivity applications where cables need to be installed in tight areas where sharp angles are required. Many times, connections in panels, enclosures and on DIN rails are very close to each other and using standard cables would impact performance since they exceed their specified bend radius,” said Dustin Guttadauro, product manager.

L-com’s new short length, high-flex Cat5e cable assemblies are in-stock and available for same-day shipping.

About L-com

L-com, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, MA, is ISO 9001: 2015 certified and many of its products are UL recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics brand.

About Infinite Electronics

Based in Irvine, CA, Infinite Electronics offers a broad range of components, assemblies and wired/wireless connectivity solutions, serving the aerospace/defense, industrial, government, consumer electronics, instrumentation, medical and telecommunications markets. Infinite’s brands include Pasternack, Fairview Microwave, L-com, MilesTek, ShowMeCables, NavePoint, INC Installs, Integra Optics, PolyPhaser, Transtector, KP Performance Antennas, RadioWaves & Aiconics. Infinite Electronics serves a global engineering customer base with deep technical expertise and support, with one of the broadest inventories of products available for immediate shipment.