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MxD Selects Anark’s Manufacturing Collaboration Platform

The Digital Manufacturing Institute (MxD) has selected Anark to demonstrate a visionary solution for supplier collaboration. This project seeks to modernize acquisition and supply chain activities to improve acquisition and production lead times for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Additional objectives include improved decision traceability, synchronized version control, and a standard communication framework across sourcing activities.

While file based technical data packages are intended to contain all the necessary data about a product, these files lack context and insight from the experts that create them. The evolution from Technical Data Packages to a Technical Data Portal connects product data with the people and conversations that matter in a single digital platform.

Over the next year MxD and Anark will demonstrate how an integrated supplier portal that features contextual collaboration can help the DoD and suppliers of all sizes resolve procurement issues before they happen. The solution will solve supply chain challenges as outlined in the MxD RFQ 21-19 entitled TDP Data Exchange Demonstration.

About MxD

MxD (Manufacturing x Digital) is where innovative manufacturers go to forge their futures. In partnership with the Department of Defense, MxD equips US factories with the digital tools, cybersecurity, and workforce expertise needed to begin building every part better than the last. As a result, their approximately 300 partners increase their productivity, win more business, and strengthen US manufacturing. MxD is also the National Center for Cybersecurity in manufacturing as designated by DoD.

About Anark Corp.

Anark is a leading provider of technical content collaboration software, empowering leading global manufacturers such as Boeing, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Allison Transmission, Ericsson, Cohu, Cisco, and the US DoD to communicate and collaborate more effectively and securely, throughout engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, and field service operations. As a result, customers yield reduced delivery risk and material waste, and higher-quality products and services with substantial cost.

For more information, visit Anark website.

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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IKO Offers AutomationWare Electric Actuators

IKO International has announced the US availability of the Mech Series of E-actuators as part of its distribution partnership with AutomationWare.

With AutomationWare’s Mech Series E-actuators, engineers can obtain accurate, controllable movement for almost any performance and size requirement. The series features an advanced ball screw transmission system to handle a wide range of dynamic loads and speeds with exceptional thrust performance. The units come with integrated brushless or high-speed stepper motors and an integrated feedback encoder.

In addition, the Mech Series delivers positioning accuracy to ±0.01 millimeter. Users can reduce space and cost by coupling the motors to the gearboxes or specify a sensorless version that uses motor control criteria to detect the correct position.

Versions and sizes include:

  • Mech Value in sizes 16-25-32. These feature a high-quality ball screw.
  • Mech Force in sizes 50-63-80-100-125-150. These deliver thrusts up to 190 kN force.
  • Mech Plus in sizes 50-63-80-100-125-160. These combine high dynamic load and compact size.

Users can also monitor their Mech Series actuator using AutomationWare’s AwareVu platform to ensure real-time control of temperature, vibrations and other production process anomalies.

IKO is the US distribution partner for AutomationWare. For more information, visit

About IKO

IKO is a provider of needle roller bearings and linear motion rolling guides and was the first company in Japan to initiate technical developments on the needle roller bearing. Compared with traditional ball bearings and other roller bearings, the needle roller bearing is small in size and light, but offers a very high load capacity. Needle roller bearings help to make the overall equipment more compact, thus saving money and resources. IKO has also developed a range of linear motion rolling guide units for applications that require extremely high levels of precision, such as semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

For more information, visit IKO website.

Keinavo Joins Altair’s Channel Partner Network

TROY, MI, Dec 6, 2022 – Altair, a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI), announced that Keinavo has joined Altair’s growing channel partner network. Keinavo, which has offices in Lugano, Switzerland, will offer all of Altair’s data analytics solutions to its customers in Switzerland. Keinavo has major customers in sectors like banking, insurance, industry, and public service, and offers expertise, consulting, and training focused on data.

“Keinavo has deep expertise in data analytics and the SAS language and we are proud to have them as a valued channel partner. This combination – and their work related to the integration of Altair SLC in complex environments – makes Keinavo a trusted partner that will be key for Altair’s growth in Switzerland,” said Haroun Mokdad, managing director, Altair Switzerland. “We look forward to providing great opportunities for any company looking to modernize their legacy data analytics platforms.”

Keinavo has been providing auditing, consulting, and training services focused on big data, analytics, business intelligence, system integration and optimization, data management, and platform and business process management throughout the EMEA region since the early 2000s.

“We are extremely pleased to strategically partner with Altair, a leading global technology company, and look forward to further supporting our clients with the best possible solutions and technology throughout project lifecycles,” said Johann Kerdal, chief executive officer, Keinavo.

Altair works with a global network of channel and technology partners. To learn more or to become a partner, visit

About Altair

Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future.

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Ansys Announces GF Certification for RedHawk-SC, RaptorH, HFSS

PITTSBURGH, PA, Dec 6, 2022 – Ansys  announced that GF has certified Ansys RedHawk-SCAnsys RaptorH and Ansys HFSS semiconductor tools for its flagship 22FDX platform. The GF certification enables chip designers to reduce costs by eliminating wasteful safety margins and improving system performance, without compromising reliability or risking unexpected and damaging interactions between design elements.

Ansys RaptorH modeling the electromagnetic coupling on a radio frequency (RF) semiconductor chip

GF’s 22FDX platform is a popular choice for Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobile, and automotive markets, and GF’s certification ensures that Ansys tools provide unparalleled predictive accuracy in verifying the correct functioning of ultra-low power, high-speed and radio frequency (RF) designs.

RedHawk-SC uses sophisticated, proprietary algorithms to verify a chip’s power supply integrity and electromigration reliability for both digital designs and analog designs. RaptorH and HFSS analyze electromagnetic coupling to verify high-speed performance. The Ansys tools were certified by GF to provide predictively accurate results for 22FDX following extensive testing on a broad array of test cases and real-life design examples.

“The certification of Ansys’ Redhawk-SC, RaptorH and HFSS products enables our joint customers to use these popular signoff tools with full confidence in their predictive accuracy,” said Richard Trihy, vice president of Design and Technology Enablement at GF. “Through our collaboration with Ansys, customers can push the boundaries of ultra-low power design and feature integration of our unique 22FDX platform.”

“Ansys is committed to staying on the forefront of process technology development and supporting our foundry partners, as well as our customers, in their choice of optimal silicon technology,” said John Lee, vice president and general manager of the electronics, semiconductor and optics business unit at Ansys. “Our latest certification reflects the importance our ongoing relationship with GF and enables us to provide our customers with the support they need throughout the design process.”

About Ansys

When visionary companies need to know how their world-changing ideas will perform, they close the gap between design and reality with Ansys simulation. For more than 50 years, Ansys software has enabled innovators across industries to push boundaries by using the predictive power of simulation. From sustainable transportation to advanced semiconductors, from satellite systems to life-saving medical devices, the next great leaps in human advancement will be powered by Ansys.

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AMC Bridge Opens Office in Chennai, India

WALTHAM, MA, Dec 6, 2022 – Expanding its presence in the global IT market, AMC Bridge started operating in India. The office in Chennai will become the first company development center in South Asia.

For more than 20 years, AMC Bridge has been specializing in the development of engineering software. Solutions the company develops for its clients are used in the aircraft industry, engineering, robotics, architecture, and industrial construction. According to Boris Shoov, executive vice president, “Expanding our operations into the Indian market is more than just a promise of success, since this country is rich with mature software developers experienced in engineering software. Additionally, India is recognized for its highly developed and fast-growing IT sector.”

“AMC Bridge is going global, and entering the India’s IT market opens an exciting page in the company’s history. This is a logical step in the development of the company as a sustainable and reliable business that operates in a dynamic technology market. We believe that it will be beneficial for our existing teams, new specialists who join us in India, and for our clients,” says Boris Shoov.

AMC Bridge in India is headed by Karthikeyan Karamchandran. His deep technical knowledge and experience working in management positions, particularly at one of the biggest engineering software vendors, will help him lead the company’s operations in India.

“As a company that provides services to large market players in the software industry across the world, AMC Bridge is driven by professionalism, mutual respect, business ethics, and teamwork. We believe that everything can be learned if you have the passion and commitment, so we welcome people with willingness to learn, commitment to deliver the best, quality consciousness, and reliability,” says Karthikeyan Karamchandran, managing director of AMC Bridge in India.

It is planned to create the core local team by the beginning of 2023.

About AMC Bridge

AMC Bridge is a global software development consultancy serving engineering, manufacturing, and construction industries. Since 1999, they have enabled digital transformation for their clients by creating custom software solutions that eliminate data silos, connect complex applications, unlock internal innovation, and democratize cutting-edge technologies. AMC Bridge’s software development experts use extensive experience with APIs of the majority of engineering software solutions and platforms, as well as in-depth knowledge of computational geometry, 3D visualization, and other advanced technologies, to solve clients’ critical business needs.

Epic Games Selects HOOPS Exchange

to simplify CAD Data import into Unreal Engine

BEND, OR, Dec 6, 2022 – Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of engineering software development toolkits,  announces that Epic Games has chosen HOOPS Exchange to enable CAD data import into their solution, Datasmith, a collection of tools that allows Unreal Engine customers to import entire pre-constructed scenes or complex assets and assemblies from industry-standard design applications into Unreal Engine.

Although perhaps best known as the developer of the wildly popular online video game Fortnite, Epic Games is also the team behind Unreal Engine, a real-time 3D creation tool that powers the world’s leading games and has also been adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, simulation, and other fields.  With this expanded usage outside of the video game market, came increased challenges. Automotive or aerospace customers who wanted to use Unreal Engine found it challenging to actually get their data into Unreal Engine, because CAD data is created for manufacturing – it’s not created for interactive visualization.

To solve this problem, the company decided to build Datasmith, a collection of tools that allows Unreal Engine customers to import entire pre-constructed scenes or complex assets and assemblies from industry-standard design applications into Unreal Engine, making their workflows easier when it came to importing and preparing CAD data for visualization.

The company knew that beyond creating a streamlined pipeline for getting content into Unreal Engine, the success of the product would hinge on its ability to support the widest possible range of 3D design applications and file formats, given the extensive selection of applications in use by its customer base. This requirement made a compelling case for leveraging HOOPS Exchange on the back end of Datasmith.

Benchmarking Reveals the Best Choice

In earlier versions of Datasmith, which was first released in 2017, the company relied on a data translation SDK from a vendor other than Tech Soft 3D, because members of the team had used it in the past and were already familiar with it.  For the most recent release of Datasmith, the Unreal Engine team took the time to fully benchmark a variety of SDKs to find the best one. As a result, they wound up switching out the CAD translation SDK they had previously been using in favor of HOOPS Exchange, an SDK that provides import of over 30 CAD formats – including CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, Revit, and others – through a single API, providing fast and accurate CAD data translation.

New Workflows Simplified

The ability to easily bring in CAD data through Datasmith to Unreal Engine supports a variety of workflows for the company’s customers, in areas ranging from initial engineering efforts to marketing. Automotive companies, for instance, are able to bring in actual 3D CAD models and interact with them through virtual reality to perform an engineering review. Alternatively, they might bring in data to assist with design visualization or to get a head start on creating renderings and animations that can be used as marketing imagery.

The virtual workflows in particular have only become more essential over the past few years, as people have been forced to find new ways of working together in response to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.

VR use cases especially gained in popularity during the pandemic. Teams who were working remotely – and oftentimes on different sides of the globe – had to find a way to collaborate on cars and aircraft and other complex projects. Now that those people are familiar with VR tools and have seen the value they provide, they might not want to go back to less immersive collaboration tools, like PowerPoint.

That pattern is good news for Unreal Engine, and, by extension, for Datasmith. As momentum continues to build, the company can focus on its core competencies as it moves forward, while leaving the CAD import to Tech Soft 3D.

About Tech Soft 3D

Tech Soft 3D is the leading global provider of development tools that help software teams deliver successful applications. Established in 1996 and headquartered in Bend, OR, Tech Soft 3D also has offices in California, France, England, Japan and Norway. The company’s toolkit products power more than 500 unique applications running on hundreds of millions of computers worldwide.

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Siemens Launches SiTecSkills Academy in Germany

MUNICH, Germany, Dec 6, 2022 – Siemens is launching an academy for continuing education that will focus on technical up- and reskilling. At 19 regional training centers across Germany, the SiTecSkills Academy will make a comprehensive, certified portfolio of qualification measures available in new areas of digitalization and sustainability. This initiative aims to enhance employee skillsets to meet the requirements of the digital transformation within the work environment. The Academy primarily aims to provide training to employees in manufacturing, service, sales, finance, controlling and business support functions. In doing so, the SiTecSkills Academy supplements the portfolio offered by the Siemens Professional Education training unit by providing targeted occupational and technical learning opportunities. Thus, the Academy seamlessly fits into Siemens’ existing continuing education offerings. The new aspect is that this offering is available to both internal and external partners within the learning ecosystem.

“Through targeted up- and reskilling, we can ensure that the competencies of our people are always up to date. In this way, we’re not only ensuring their long-term employability, but also our company’s long-term competitiveness,” said Judith Wiese, chief people and sustainability officer and member of the Managing Board at Siemens AG. “Since the ‘shelf life’ of knowledge is rapidly shortening in today’s world, in particular in the areas of IT and digitalization, we need to continuously integrate lifelong learning as a fundamental element within our work processes. The personal motivation and great eagerness to learn that our people display show us that we’re on the right track in this regard.”

Structural transformation and digitalization are bringing tremendous change to the working world: studies show that almost half of all jobs today will change significantly by 2030. As a result, Germany’s labor market is expected to have five million fewer specialists than needed. The requirements for digital skills are rising in nearly all occupational profiles and job descriptions.

As a result, the goals must be to ensure that employees have the skills needed to stay relevant to the labor market over the long term, and to convey core competencies that the economy needs to secure and enhance companies’ competitiveness. The programs that SiTecSkills Academy offers are among the contributions that Siemens is making to master the larger societal challenge caused by structural change, digitalization and a shortage of skilled workers.

“As a certified partner, we not only offer learning solutions that focus on technical qualification programs for specific target groups, but also professional consulting for our own businesses and for external business partners,” said Thomas Leubner, Head of Siemens Professional Education. Depending on the different levels, the portfolio is offered in digital, in-person and hybrid formats as needed. “By taking this approach, we are preparing all target groups for the digital age or are empowering them on the job,” explained Leubner.

Already since several years, Siemens has been using the #NextWork methodology, which the company developed internally, to systematically look ahead three to five years to analyze the changes that are expected to arise in jobs, tasks and skills. The company uses this methodology to analyze which businesses will be facing the largest transformations – and will thus also have the largest need for qualification measures – and which qualifications make sense for the employees from an operating perspective.

The SiTecSkills Academy works in cooperation with the experts from #NextWork. This collaboration makes it possible to design individualized developmental paths for the learners and implement concrete training measures. Since #NextWork first began, its projects at Siemens have examined around 70,000 critical job profiles and the related activities.

Back in 2017, Siemens successfully began working together with Siemens Professional Education at the company’s location in Regensburg, Germany, to systematically give manufacturing workers who had received no vocational training or had been trained on the job the opportunity to obtain credentials – as mechatronics specialists, for example. Ever since then, the portfolio of offerings has been continuously supplemented in a way that was designed to meet concrete needs, and it has now been made available across Germany. Today, this offering, which is also open for participants from outside Siemens, includes 15 different qualifications programs. They range from certificate courses (for certification in data analytics or as a specialist for service or for digitalization and automation) to measures for learning new occupations (for instance, to become a technician for mechatronics, electronics, or automation technology, or a commercial specialist for digitalization management), and they extend all the way to academic opportunities for earning higher-education degrees (for example, a bachelor of data science or master of science in artificial intelligence).

In fiscal 2022, it was already the case that as many as 2,000 employees successfully took part in about 170 training programs for continuing education or for retraining in a new occupation. The participants achieved a success rate of 97.8 percent. They acquired vocational credentials, for example, as technicians for mechatronics, electronics or automation technology.

With 6,400 apprentices and students in cooperative education programs, Siemens is one of the world’s leading providers of occupational training in the private sector. For more than 100 years, the company has been giving young people entering the workforce the opportunity to obtain credentials for the latest technical and commercial occupations or to earn a degree in cooperative education programs.

Further information on the SiTecSkills Academy is available at

About Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, a globally leading medical technology provider shaping the future of healthcare. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power.

In fiscal 2022, which ended on September 30, 2022, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €72.0 billion and net income of €4.4 billion. As of September 30, 2022, the company had around 311,000 employees worldwide.

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IMSI Design Releases FloorPlan 2022

NOVATO, CA, Dec 6, 2022 – IMSI Design, a leading software developer of Home Design and CAD titles for over 30 years, announced the release of new Windows versions for all of its award-winning FloorPlan Home & Landscape Design software titles. These products are available now through the and websites.

“Our return to the original FloorPlan brand name underscores our commitment to providing comprehensive and value-priced home and landscape design software for consumers and professionals alike. The new Custom Workshop Pro toolset adds true 2D and 3D CAD design capabilities and greatly expands file interoperability to CAD and graphics file formats. This powerful set of tools lets you create any type of object – interior and exterior design fixtures, furniture, or household objects, and then save them to your library for reuse. This is a real game-changer!” said Bob Mayer, president of IMSI Design. “In addition, the new 360o Online Viewer is a great way for users to collaborate on their designs,” added Mayer.

To view videos showcasing the product’s new and enhanced features, click here.

FloorPlan 2022’s new and improved features include:


64-Bit Version – Experience faster performance with new 64-bit processing. Handles large files with ease and provides for faster graphics rendering.

Home Design

Layout Manager 2D/3D – Layout mode allows you to build a presentation of your design into construction documents. Create a custom sheet set. Easily add or reorder pages. Title block page allows you to create a title block displaying borders, company and customer information, etc. The elements on the title block sheet will automatically be displayed on all sheets of your layout.

Enhanced and Additional New Railing Styles Deck, Railing and Stair Options – 16 new railing styles. Offset spindles, glass, wire, composite, and custom material sections. Improved control over deck construction methods. Can now specify fascia height on decks, post width and height.

Custom Railing Styles

Custom Posts – Option to set individual deck posts as support post that extend to ground and set post height for staircases.

Other Features

AEC & CAD Symbols Library – 1146 new 2D CAD symbols added to library. Enhanced control over symbol groups such as snapping, grouping/ungrouping.

Additional Print Scales – Added additional print scale options. 35 available scales (up from 4 Metric and 4 English).


Photo Rendering (Luxcore) – The new photo rendering engine is a physically based rendering (PBR) solution exploiting state-of-the-art algorithms that simulate the flow of light according to physical equations. Also introduced are a new set of physically based materials with parameters based on the optical properties of metals, glass, matte, glossy, and transparent surfaces.

Glass Window & Door Panes – Glass panes added to windows, doors, and skylights for more realistic look in standard rendering. Photo rendering using glass effect that replicates real life double pane window glass characteristics.

Interoperability PDF Import 2D – Added a new file filter to support importing 2D PDF files into FloorPlan.

Availability and Pricing

The FloorPlan 2022 for the PC product line is available now from both and

  • Home & Landscape Pro – $199.99 USD, $299.99 with Custom Workshop Pro
  • Home & Landscape Deluxe – $99.99 USD
  • Instant Architect – $49.99 USD
  • Express – $29.99

About IMSI Design

IMSI Design is a global leader in home design and in mechanical and architectural CAD desktop software for the PC and Mac, and a pioneer in mobile app solutions for the AEC (architectural, engineering, and construction) industry. With over 16 million products distributed since 1988, IMSI Design products include the award-winning TurboCAD, DesignCAD, TurboFloorPlan, TurboViewer, TurboReview, and TurboSite families of precision design applications for desktop and mobile.

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