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Willow integrates with Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability

REDMOND, WA, Dec 6, 2022 – Willow, a leading provider of digital twin solutions for critical infrastructure and real estate has announced its integration with Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability.

This integration will allow corporations who own or manage facilities of any kind, to achieve an accurate and holistic view of their sustainability footprint, by connecting their buildings to the Cloud.

The Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability empowers users to accelerate sustainability progress and business growth by bringing together a set of environmental, social and governance capabilities across the Microsoft Cloud portfolio with solutions from their global ecosystem of partners. The Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability works across multiple industries and can be customized to specific industry needs through integrations such as Willow’s.

Willow has developed a connector that enables the seamless exchange of precise data between WillowTwin and the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability. In doing so, users receive accurate emissions calculations to be included in their overall emissions reporting. Subsequently, real-time insights can be used to drive actions, through the WillowTwin, to reduce future emissions.

This integration will streamline sustainability reporting for any corporations who own and/or manage facilities, providing accurate and contextual sustainability insights at both a macro portfolio level, as well as at an individual facility level, including insights into carbon intensity and emissions over time, right alongside the existing energy intensity and usage.

The integrated cloud solution solves a key industry challenge in the reporting of sustainability targets. Today, corporations often lack a single source of truth for their data, rely heavily on static reports, and have limited access to real-time or contextual data. As sustainability reporting requirements become instituted and more stringent, corporations require data solutions that can span multiple built assets and report in a normalized manner.

“Sustainability is a global priority,” said Bert Van Hoof, president, and chief operating officer of Willow. “The metrics behind the built environment’s impact are undeniable: globally, it generates 30 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions, and in densely populated regions this can be as high as 70%1.” “Corporations are now faced directly with the challenge of how to comply with and adapt to the shifting requirements of sustainability management and reporting. But in order to make a genuine impact, they must fully account for the influence their facilities have on their company footprint,” he continued.

Elisabeth Brinton, corporate vice president of Sustainability at Microsoft added, “By integrating Willow with the Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, any company that owns or manages facilities can now move closer to having sustainable IT infrastructure and reduce the environmental impact of operations.”

Willow’s digital twin software, WillowTwin assembles and structures data across static, spatial and live data sources, into a virtual replica of the built form. Through the twin, users can drive savings through operational efficiency and cost reductions, transform their sustainability management, and improve IoT/Operational Technology security across their facilities. To learn more about Willow’s relationship with Microsoft please contact Willow.

1. World Green Building Council, OECDHBR

About Willow 

Willow is a leading provider of digital twin solutions for critical infrastructure and real estate. Willow’s digital twin software, WillowTwin assembles and structures data across static, spatial and live sources, into a virtual replica of the built form. Through the twin, users can drive savings through operational efficiency and cost reductions, transform their sustainability management, and improve IoT/operational technology security across their assets. Willow is a global technology company with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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Polyplastics Develops Void Prediction Technology

TOKYO, Japan, Dec 5, 2022 – Polyplastics Co., Ltd., a leading global supplier of engineering thermoplastics, has developed unique CAE analysis technology that predicts the occurrence of vacuum voids in injection-molded products made of DURACON POM. This new CAE tool can predict the risk of voids forming before creating the mold, thus helping to reduce trial samples, shorten the development cycle, and reduce energy usage.

Polyplastics’ void prediction technology takes into consideration changes in variables, including temperature and pressure during the resin solidification process when using DURACON (R) POM. This technology verifies the shape, molding conditions, and effects of changes in the gate position in advance, and visualizes the size of voids as well as the positions in which they form.

One type of molding defect is hollow pockets, called voids, which form near the center of thick injection-molded products. Parameters such as volume shrinkage, which is produced as output from flow analyses, had conventionally been used for void prediction, but the accuracy of this method has been problematic since the actual phenomenon can’t be re-created.

The new void prediction technology is an entirely new method that links flow analysis with structural analysis to predict the formation of voids according to strain arising inside molded products, taking into consideration mold shrinkage, elastic modulus, and distribution of pressure in the resin solidification process. Since it can predict voids with high accuracy before the mold is built, the technology promises to reduce the development cycle, cut down on product development costs, and reduce energy consumption for simulations.

Polyplastics is offering the new technology as part of its overall technical support for current POM customers.

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About Polyplastics

Polyplastics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in the development and production of engineering thermoplastics. The company’s product portfolio includes POM, PBT, PPS, LCP, PET, COC, and LFT. The company has the largest global market share of POM, LCP, and COC. With more than 50 years of experience, the company is backed by a strong global network of R&D, production, and sales resources capable of creating advanced solutions for an ever-changing global marketplace.

ENEOS Selects AVEVA Asset Information Management

TOKYO, Japan, Dec 1, 2022 – AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, announced that the Japanese energy company, ENEOS Corp., has deployed AVEVA Asset Information Management (AIM) and other systems to support its digital twin platform for refineries. ENEOS has developed a sophisticated information aggregation system to leverage 3D data of some equipment in its plants.

ENEOS has set out to “establish a stable and efficient refinery operation system through the use of digital and energy-saving technologies,” as stated in its 2040 company vision. ENEOS aims to centralize the data using refinery digital twins and utilizing big data and AI technologies to enhance the efficiency and the sophistication of its maintenance operations.

To build a digital twin infrastructure for refineries, it was necessary to digitize equipment information across the plants. This included design drawings, specifications and the repair history of each facility, while aggregating the data into a software platform.

ENEOS implemented AVEVA Asset Information Management (AIM) as a platform that can be linked to the company’s other systems in Japan and overseas, such as data management infrastructure and facility management tools. AVEVA AIM centralizes equipment asset information and describes and contextualizes it across the entire plant lifecycle, from design to operation and maintenance. AVEVA’s Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) tool, point cloud data management software and AVEVA Point Cloud Manager were also deployed for converting to an intelligent P&ID and for integrating digitized information. Accenture helped ENEOS design, develop and deploy the digital twin platform, which captures and utilizes equipment information to deliver the expected value, and build a prototype of the first refinery digital twin. Data implementation and system operation at each business site is being carried out with JGC JAPAN Corp.

ENEOS is unifying equipment data at the Kawasaki Refinery and Sendai Refinery, creating 3D models of existing equipment, and building a data platform that will serve as a digital twin platform. In the first instance, ENEOS plans to improve facility management operations by centralizing data using digital twins. It will also leverage big data and analytics based on related information to implement an application for enhanced maintenance operations. The Japanese oil major is also considering further deployments at other refineries.

Naoya Yamato, deputy general manager, Mechanical Engineering Department of ENEOS, said: “By building a foundation using digital twins, we have created an environment where equipment data can be accessed more quickly and easily. Based on preliminary verification results, it has been confirmed that this system can reduce the time spent on facility management tasks by approximately 10%. “In addition, we believe that the 3D model of the plant and intelligent P&ID developed in conjunction with the construction of the digital twin will be the foundation for visualization of advanced and complex data analysis results that can be intuitively understood by personnel. We would like to combine this with more advanced measures in the future to lead to even greater results.”

Masaki Kogure, vice president, head of Japan, AVEVA K. K., said: “As part of its long-term vision, ENEOS has formulated a roadmap to realize the future vision of its refineries and is promoting the introduction of digital technologies. AVEVA provides solutions for combining plant engineering and operation data, enabling the maintenance and integration of all data sources on the manufacturing sites, while supporting ENEOS to improve the sophistication and efficiency of refinery maintenance operations using digital twins.”

Satoshi Yamazaki, managing director, Industry X, Accenture, said: “Accenture’s industry knowledge, engineering expertise and technology skills have helped ENEOS identify opportunities to better utilize, inspect and repair its oil refineries, and verify use cases for its facilities. We are committed to supporting ENEOS as it enhances and rolls out the new digital twin platform across its refinery operations to become more efficient, safe and sustainable.”

Toshiaki Fukuda, general manager, Digital Innovation Office, JGC Japan Corp., said: “To build the digital twins of refinery plants, it is not enough only to install the solution IT system, but organizing and annotation of the document, information and data to conduct the maintenance tasks, and the quality of the P&ID to be linked are important. These keys make the service launch and best use smoothly in this ENEOS digital twin project. In this meaning, this project was challenging for us. The knowledge and abundant experience of engineering in JGC Japan Co. helped us to decide the pipeline break points and chose the suitable P&ID objects for the correct P&ID. Our engineering capacity will meet the needs of the digital twins which are increasing more and more.”


AVEVA is a global leader in industrial software, sparking ingenuity to drive responsible use of the world’s resources. The company’s secure industrial cloud platform and applications enable businesses to harness the power of their information and improve collaboration with customers, suppliers and partners.

Over 20,000 enterprises in over 100 countries rely on AVEVA to help them deliver life’s essentials: safe and reliable energy, food, medicines, infrastructure and more. By connecting people with trusted information and AI-enriched insights, AVEVA enables teams to engineer efficiently and optimize operations, driving growth and sustainability.

Named as one of the world’s most innovative companies, AVEVA supports customers with open solutions and the expertise of more than 6,400 employees, 5,000 partners and 5,700 certified developers. With operations around the globe, they are headquartered in Cambridge, UK.

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Aspen Technology Releases aspenONE v14

BEDFORD, MA, Nov 16, 2022 – Aspen Technology, Inc., a global leader in industrial software, today announced the availability of its latest aspenONE software release, V14. The new release delivers advanced intelligence and guidance capabilities that improve decision-making abilities and further boost operational excellence. In addition, V14 enables customers to accelerate sustainability projects with more than 100 sample models and to manage Scope 1 and 2 emissions for reducing carbon footprints.

“It’s a critical time for companies to optimize efficiency and sustainability across their operations,” said David Arbeitel, senior vice president of products at AspenTech. “Our customers are uniquely positioned to support the dual challenge of meeting the increasing demand from a growing population in a more sustainable way. The new capabilities in V14 will help customers streamline progress toward sustainability goals and operational excellence for stronger business outcomes.”

Accelerate Progress Toward Net Zero Goals

aspenONE V14 includes more than 100 sustainability sample models to jumpstart progress in the areas of emissions management, hydrogen economy, carbon capture, materials circularity, bio-based feedstocks and renewable energy. V14 automates CO2 emissions data collection from multiple sources for decarbonization compliance/reporting and enables customers to model these emissions in operations to achieve sustainability targets.

Achieve New Levels of Operational Excellence

A key value delivered by the V14 release is enhanced operational decision-making. With two new offerings – Aspen Virtual Advisor (AVA) for DMC3 and Aspen Unified Reconciliation and Accounting (AURA) – plus new capabilities and multiple enhanced integrations between existing solutions, the new release provides actionable guidance/real-time augmented intelligence and prioritizes anomaly and failure alerts based on severity and operational risk. In addition, V14 minimizes material losses with fast, efficient mass and volume balance and evaluates planned downtime options to enable better decisions that minimize impact on production and order commitments.

“AspenTech’s new release of V14 shows a commitment to innovation with new software to accelerate customers’ sustainability programs,” said Peter Reynolds, principal analyst, ARC Advisory Group. “With progress to further unify planning, scheduling, production accounting and maintenance functions, users can break down silos and extract more value from software. AspenTech is demonstrating industry leadership by adding unique AI capabilities with the application of cognitive analytics to address age-old issues with knowledge transfer and operator acceptance of systems like Advanced Process Control.”

The newest release of aspenONE V14 software is currently available. To learn about all new products and capabilities, visit their release page

About Aspen Technology

Aspen Technology, Inc. is a global software leader helping industries at the forefront of the world’s dual challenge meet the increasing demand for resources from a rapidly growing population in a profitable and sustainable manner. AspenTech solutions address complex environments where it is critical to optimize the asset design, operation and maintenance lifecycle. Through their unique combination of deep domain expertise and innovation, customers in capital-intensive industries can run their assets safer, greener, longer and faster to improve their operational excellence.

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SoftInWay Partners with Launch Canada

Supports Next Generation of Rocketry Engineers

BURLINGTON, MA, Nov 2, 2022 – SoftInWay has announced its support of Launch Canada in the 2023 Launch Canada challenge. Hundreds of students from universities across Canada will be able to leverage the same software used worldwide by engineering professionals in the space industry. With access to the AxSTREAM.SPACE software bundle as well as training materials and expert advisers, students in the competition will enjoy the state-of-the-art design tools needed to make their creative rocketry ideas a reality.

Earlier this year, Launch Canada blazed a trail for young engineers wanting to pursue their passion for rocketry at the organization’s first competition. Teams from any Canadian institution of higher education are eligible to apply and join Canada’s growing rocketry community. Those selected will have to design, develop, manufacture, and ultimately launch their rockets. Now, Launch Canada’s students will be diving into the most advanced area of rocket propulsion: the development of a small cryogenic turbopump. Canada has never developed such hardware before, few students ever attempt it, but with AxSTREAM.SPACE, these students aim to be the first, all the while taking practical engineering education to a whole new level.

“We are very excited about this partnership”, remarked Launch Canada’s president and founder Adam Trumpour. “With the help of AxSTREAM.SPACE, participants in Launch Canada will have the tools to generate breakthrough rocket designs providing them with the experience to drive Canadian innovation and technological development in the space and rocket sectors as they advance in their careers. Each one of us at Launch Canada is grateful for SoftInWay’s assistance, and we look forward to pushing the envelope of what students can accomplish.”

As a company that provides a wide range of engineering services to startups and industry leaders in the space industry, SoftInWay’s experience is likely to prove invaluable to teams that take on the challenge. “SoftInWay has been supporting student involvement in propulsion system and turbomachinery development for over a decade”, said SoftInWay’s chief operations officer Valentine Moroz. “We view it as a privilege to be in a position to help these bright minds flourish, and we are honored that Launch Canada has partnered with us for its 2023 challenge. It is wonderful to see the Canadian rocketry community booming and we’re thrilled to play a part in it”.

The AxSTREAM.SPACE bundle is particularly well-suited for engineering teams developing liquid rocket engines as it includes modules to model liquid rocket engine cycles, design turbopump components and rocket nozzles, and perform rotor dynamics analysis and bearing design. Students in the launch Canada competition will be leveraging its turbopump and rotor dynamics capabilities.

About SoftInWay, Inc.

SoftInWay, Inc. is a global R&D engineering company specializing in the development of efficient turbomachinery components and systems. Its integrated and automated software platform AxSTREAM covers all steps of turbomachinery design, redesign, analysis, and optimization (including complete 3D design, thermodynamic cycles, rotor dynamics, and secondary flow and cooling system simulation). SoftInWay also offers several engineering services and educational courses, available both online and in a classroom-style setting.

SoftInWay supports more than 500 companies worldwide, and works closely with OEMs, service providers, utility companies, universities, research laboratories, and government organizations.

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About Launch Canada

Launch Canada is a Canadian non-profit whose mission is to support and advance the science, engineering and business of rocketry and space launch in Canada, and to use the excitement of rocketry to educate students and the general public in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and empower them to become leaders of tomorrow. It unites Canada’s passionate student rocketry community with academia, industry and government to unlock the full innovative potential that comes from collaboration.  And it promotes awareness of Canadian talent internationally, facilitates international collaboration, and showcases Canada as an ideal partner for the international space launch community.

Launch Canada hosts a major annual university rocket competition, and works with visionary partners to create unique opportunities for hands-on learning.

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