Remcom Updates XFdtd 3D EM Simulation Software

STATE COLLEGE, PA, Aug 11, 2022 – Remcom announces expanded capabilities within its schematic editor in the latest release of XFdtd 3D EM Simulation Software, including support for diplex matched antennas and new efficiencies aimed at streamlining antenna design workflows and shortening design cycles.

XFdtd’s schematic editor is a novel electromagnetic simulation tool that combines matching network analysis with full-wave results, making it ideal for complex antenna design applications involving multi-state and multi-port aperture or impedance tuners and corporate feed networks with digital phase shifters.

The latest release builds on the previous framework with additional antenna configurations and time-saving options in the schematic editor’s interface, simplifying analysis of a matching network’s impact on FDTD results. In particular, the capability to connect two voltage sources to a single antenna improves workflow efficiency for diplex matched antenna use cases. System and radiation efficiencies can be effortlessly computed from a single schematic for both operating modes.

Other enhancements include the ability to compute averaged SAR for dynamically tuned antennas leveraging multi-port impedance and aperture tuners. Schematic matching network simulation fidelity has also increased with the inclusion of microstrip models and substrate definitions.

Additional updates are aimed at fostering a more intuitive and collaborative experience for engineering teams. XFdtd now incorporates frequency bands showcasing the benefit of the FDTD method for producing many broadband results using a single run. Most commonly used bands are included in the Frequency Band Library to streamline user input. Users can also define their own custom bands and add them to the library, import bands from external files, and export bands.

For more information on the latest release of XFdtd, please visit Remcom’s website. XFdtd users without an active Remcom Professional Support contract can upgrade to the latest version by contacting sales.

About Remcom

Remcom provides innovative electromagnetic simulation and wireless propagation software for commercial users and US government sponsors. Remcom’s complementary products work together to provide complete end-to-end design and analysis of complex devices in real world scenarios, simplifying EM analysis for a wide variety of applications including antenna design and placement, 5G MIMO, outdoor and indoor mmWave planning, mobile device design, biomedical, microwave, automotive radar, and more. Remcom is committed to its customers’ unique needs, offering flexible licensing options for installations of all sizes as well as custom engineered solutions.

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Evolve Additive Appoints Jeff Blank as COO

MINNETONKA, MN, Aug 11, 2022 – Evolve Additive Solutions (EAS), a global leader in the manufacturing of capital equipment and 3D printed production AM parts, announced the appointment Jeff Blank as the company’s chief operating officer. More recently Mr. Blank was the chief operating officer at NanoVox / Vadient Optics.

Jeff Blank (Photo: Business Wire)

As an industry veteran, Jeff has a diverse engineering and business background with a master’s in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and MBA from the University of Portland. After spending two decades delivering printers for Tektronix and Xerox Corp., Jeff moved to 3D Systems to run their worldwide engineering and product delivery organization. Jeff specializes in scaling reliable and cost-effective products from concept to commercial success, in hardware, software, and materials.

In Jeff’s role he will be responsible for bringing together engineering and operations and on delivering a robust and reliable product roadmap that will enhance company growth.

“I am very excited to join this team and be part of bringing this revolutionary technology to market,” said Jeff Blank, “EAS and STEP will bring high-precision true thermoplastic parts to production customers in ways unheard of up until now. I am looking forward to bringing my experiences in both 2D and 3D product development to the organization and accelerating our path to growth.”

“The addition of Jeff to our executive team will further advance our mission to deliver innovation manufacturing solutions to our customers,” said CEO Joe Allison, “we have tremendous growth opportunities with Jeff’s leadership, energy and deep knowledge.”

Evolve’s STEP (selective thermoplastic electrophotographic process) technology sits alongside traditional manufacturing processes, such as injection molding, on the manufacturing floor and augments an organization’s production capabilities allowing freedom of design and faster time to market with “toolless” production. Evolve’s ecosystem and products and services includes hardware, software, materials, services and applications consulting.

About Evolve Additive Solutions

Evolve Additive Solutions is transforming how the world manufactures. Founded in 2017, the company offers Additive Manufacturing production equipment, materials, software, service, consulting and application servicesEvolve allows for manufacturing flexibility, creating uniquely functional products while increasing speed to market and efficiency securing supply chains. Evolve’s patented STEP (selective thermoplastic electrophotographic process) technology is able to efficiently produce commercial grade production parts and create unique products that cannot be manufactured with traditional methods. The company is headquartered in Minnetonka, MN with a materials technology center based in Rochester, NY.

Emerson Launches TESCOM AGI H2 Valve Series

Emerson has launched the TESCOM Anderson Greenwood Instrumentation H2 Valve Series for hydrogen applications up to 15,000 pounds-per-square-inch (psi) (103.4 megapascal (MPa)). The new solution reliably isolates process pressure in high pressure gas applications such as hydrogen fueling stations and tube trailers, reducing fugitive emissions and improving safety.

The Series 15,000 PSI DBB and Hand Valves are hand-operated with a maintenance-free design, which minimizes downtime.

As it moves from tank to pump, hydrogen is transferred at pressures of up to 15,000 psi (103.4 MPa). To protect personnel and prevent leaks, it must be effectively controlled and isolated. The Double Block Bleed (DBB) valve’s positive double block arrangement provides two layers of positive shutoff that shield maintenance staff from high pressure during instrument maintenance. Its modular design reduces the number of potential leakage points, and the reinforced sealing technology reduces the risk of fuel entering the atmosphere through the valve stem.

Among the cleanest fuels when produced using renewable resources, compressed hydrogen gas is used to power fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). In 2021, 142 new hydrogen refueling stations began operating, the biggest increase in a single year, raising the total to 685 active stations worldwide. And, in January 2022, Global Market Insights Inc. predicted that the FCEV market will exceed $15 billion by 2027. To meet this growth demand, fueling station original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must source reliable, high-performance components to ensure overall equipment effectiveness and ensure station safety.

The hand-operated, maintenance-free design of the hand valves and double block and bleed valves in the H2 Valve Series minimizes maintenance and downtime. With low operating torque and adjustment-free seal technology, these hand valves deliver a low cost of ownership in a compact solution.

For OEMs looking to safely minimize risks for operators, the H2 Valve Series provides several safety features. Each valve has a convenient QR code, allowing operators to quickly access the valve’s specs during maintenance and installation. The product also ensures that no high-pressure liquid or gas is released during maintenance. The valves are compliant to the ISO 19880-3 hydrogen fueling standard.

With this new 15,000 psi (103.4 MPa) product line, Emerson offers a comprehensive portfolio of TESCOM solutions for safe and precise operation of hydrogen fueling stations.

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About Emerson

Emerson, headquartered in St. Louis, MO (USA), is a global technology and software company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. For more information visit

168 Manufacturing Partners with Six N American Distributors

168 Manufacturing has announced partnerships with six new North American distributors for its FullShop Automated Coolant Management Systems.

These distributors, which will bring 168 Manufacturing’s flagship FS120 series and newer FS40 series of automatic coolant delivery systems to end users across the US and Canada, are:

  • Tool Technology Distributors – US (California)
  • Lindco Springfield – US (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont)
  • Christensen Machinery – US (Michigan and Wisconsin)
  • PTSolutions – over 20 locations across the US
  • Edge Production – Canada (British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan)
  • Drillmex Inc – Canada (Quebec)
  • Canadian Tooling Solution – appointed sales agent for all of Canada

168 Manufacturing’s FullShop systems monitor and replenish all CNC sumps with optimized top-off ratios. Easy to install and maintain, these turnkey units consist of a centralized pumping station, controller, distribution manifolds and level sensor that drops into the machine tool sump. In addition to incorporating state-of-the-art software, the machines are compatible with a coolant health app that lets users collect, visualize and track coolant parameters from a smartphone, tablet or desktop.

About 168 Manufacturing

A brand that represents “simply more CNC production,” 168 Manufacturing designs and develops practical automation technologies that improve machine shop efficiency and enable more productive CNC machining. Their current product offering includes the FS120 and FS40 series of FullShop Automated Coolant Delivery Systems, which replenish properly mixed coolant concentrations at the machine tool sump. 168 Manufacturing is a brand of precision tool technologies, an advanced manufacturing company headquartered in Brainerd, MN.

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Nemetschek Q2 Revenue Up 6% to €204M with €47M Profit

MUNICH, Germany, Aug 11, 2022 – The Nemetschek Group, has announced results for its second quarter and H1 2022. For the second quarter of 2022, the company reported revenue of €203.8M with net income €46.5M.

“Customers along the entire lifecycle of buildings rely on our innovative and collaborative solutions as well as our expertise to support them in their digitization strategy. At the same time, we are currently seeing an extremely high demand for the solutions of our Media segment,” says Yves Padrines, CEO of the Nemetschek Group. “Due to the increase of the share of recurring revenues, which will further accelerate in the second half of the year based on the start of the transition of our US brand Bluebeam, the quality of our business has improved. It is substantially more resilient and better plannable compared to the past. Based on our strong business performance in the first two quarters of the year, we confirm our outlook for the year 2022,” Padrines continued.

A complete chart of the financial results is available here.

About the Nemetschek Group

The Nemetschek Group is a pioneer for digital transformation in the AEC/O and the media & entertainment industries. With its intelligent software solutions, it covers the entire lifecycle of building and infrastructure projects, guides its customers into the future of digitalization and enables them to shape the world. As one of the leading corporate groups worldwide in this sector, the Nemetschek Group increases quality in the building process and improves the digital workflow for all those involved. Customers can design, build, and manage buildings more efficiently, sustainably and resource-saving. The focus is on the use of open standards (OPEN BIM). The portfolio also includes digital solutions for visualization, 3D modeling, and animation. The innovative solutions of the brands ALLPLAN, Bluebeam, Crem Solutions, dRofus, FRILO, Graphisoft, Maxon, Nevaris, RISA, SCIA, Solibri, Spacewell and Vectorworks in the four customer-oriented segments are used by approximately 6.5 million users worldwide. Founded by Prof. Georg Nemetschek in 1963, the Nemetschek Group today employs around 3,500 experts all over the world.

Publicly listed since 1999 and quoted on the MDAX and TecDAX, the company achieved revenue amounting to EUR 681.5 million and an EBITDA of EUR 222.0 million in 2021.

SPEC Releases SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 Benchmark

GAINESVILLE, VA, Aug 11, 2022 – The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) announced the availability of the SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 benchmark, a key update to the worldwide standard for measuring graphics performance based on professional applications. The SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 benchmark now includes support for Windows 11 and enhanced support for 4K resolution.

The SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 benchmark enables hardware and software vendors and consumers to measure the 3D graphics performance of systems running under the OpenGL and DirectX application programming interfaces. Unlike most application performance benchmarks, the SPECviewperf 2020 benchmark utilizes workloads, called viewsets, that accurately represent the real-world graphics content and behavior of professional applications, eliminating the need to install the applications themselves.

The viewsets included in the SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 benchmark represent the latest versions of 3ds Max, CATIA, Creo, Maya and SOLIDWORKS. The benchmark also includes datasets representing real-world medical applications.

Updates in SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1

  • Support for Windows 11
  • Enhanced support for 4K resolution – When 3840×2160 resolution is selected, it is more prominently featured in the GUI and results files to make clearer that the benchmark was run at 4K resolution.

“The SPECviewperf 2020 benchmark continues to evolve with the industry to make sure it provides the most relevant information about the performance of professional graphics workloads,” said Ross Cunniff, chair of the SPEC Graphics Performance Committee. “Version 3.1 is an important update to the benchmark because it aligns with the adoption of Windows 11 by OEMs that are now installing it on new PCs.”

Available For Immediate Download

The SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 benchmark is available as a free download to everyone except vendors of computers and related products and services that are not members of the SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance Group (SPEC/GWPG). Non-member computer product and service vendors can purchase the benchmark for $2,500. SPEC/GWPG members include AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lenovo and Nvidia.

About SPEC

SPEC is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance for the newest generation of computing systems. Its membership comprises more than 120 leading computer hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, research organizations, and government agencies worldwide.