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Programs (software) used with computer systems involved in the creation and manufacture of products; and hardware and software involved in the storage and transfer of information during design and production processes. Includes design and manufacturing software, process control, computer hardware, wireless devices and data acquisition and analysis.

Powershape Pro 2015

Delcam set to launch Powershape Pro 2015 CAD-for-CAM system at IMTS in Chicago downloadweblink

DelcamMon, 21 Jul 2014

At IMTS 2014 in Chicago on 8–13 September, Delcam will launch the 2015 version of its Powershape Pro CAD-for-CAM system for modelling for manufacture and reverse engineering. The new release will include improvements in direct modelling, surface modelling and reverse engineering, plus support for data from Creaform Handyscan handheld scanners.

H19 package

OMC introduces H19 range of low-cost optical transmitters and receivers for industrial use weblink

OMC UKThu, 17 Jul 2014

OMC has launched its H19 range of low-cost optical transmitter/receiver devices for polymer and large-core glass fibre systems, featuring a precision-machined metal ferrule that provides enhanced reliability for industrial applications.

Exhibition area

Altair concludes ATC conference focused on simulation, additive manufacturing and more weblink

Altair EngineeringMon, 14 Jul 2014

Altair Engineering has concluded the seventh European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), which brought together 600 engineers, managers and simulation experts and provided a range of technical workshops, product training sessions and ‘The Next Big Idea’ panel discussion.

Seco training

Delcam development team updates cutting tool knowledge understanding with STEP weblink

DelcamMon, 14 Jul 2014

Delcam has announced that it is putting members of its development team through the Seco Technical Education Programme (STEP) to update their understanding of the latest developments in cutting tool technology.

Intel NUC

Mouser Electronics offers Intel NUC with the E3815 Intel Atom processor board and kit downloadweblink

Mouser ElectronicsThu, 10 Jul 2014

Mouser Electronics is shipping the Intel NUC with the E3815 Intel Atom processor board and kit. The NUC is designed for compact intelligent systems that require high-performance data, graphics and media capabilities over a wide temperature range. Typical applications include digital signage, point-of-sale systems and kiosk solutions.

Valvemate controller

Nordson EFD introduces Valvemate controller for radial spray or spinner system applications weblink

EFD InternationalWed, 9 Jul 2014

Nordson EFD has introduced the 7160RA Valvemate controller. The controller is claimed to provide an intuitive way to program Nordson EFD’s 782RA internal radial spray valve and 7860C-RS radial spinner system.

EV6421M on/off temperature controller for DIN rail mounting

Aptifirst offers EV6421M DIN-rail-mountable on/off temperature controller downloadweblink

AptifirstTue, 8 Jul 2014

Aptifirst has introduced the EV6421M on/off temperature controller designed for DIN rail mounting. The controller is suitable for use in industries including foods, plastics, rubbers, pharmaceuticals, asphalt, defence, aerospace, catering and environmental monitoring.

Field bus range

TTI offers Amphenol's Atex Field Bus range for aerospace and defence applications and more downloadweblink

TTI EuropeMon, 7 Jul 2014

TTI is offering Amphenol’s Atex Field Bus range designed for device group II category 3G. Main target applications are aerospace and defence, oil and gas, process control and factory automation.

Fort Wayne

Case study: Minitab-driven methodology improves services for Fort Wayne citizens download

MinitabTue, 22 Jul 2014

Graham Richard, mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has formed an Executive Quality Council to apply a Minitab-driven Six Sigma methodology to improve services for citizens.

More product downloads

Technical guide extract: industrial communication — RS485 bus download

Socomec UPSWed, 16 Jul 2014

As this technical guide from Socomec UPS explains, an RS485 bus is defined by the standard EIA-TIA-485-A and the TSB-89-A application guidelines. A RS485 transceiver is from a standard point of view connected through three points on the network.

Factors driving early adoption of automated locker systems for asset management applications

White paper: Apex discusses management of mission-critical operational assets download

Apex Supply Chain TechnologiesTue, 15 Jul 2014

This white paper from Apex Supply Chain Technologies presents a discussion of the latest trends and opportunities for the management of mission-critical operational assets with cloud-based, self-service automated locker systems without a requirement for the RFID tagging of individual assets.

The need to combine two areas of physics: electromagnetics and mechanics

Technical article: magneto-vibro-acoustic analysis: a dedicated context inside Flux 11.2 download

CedratFri, 11 Jul 2014

A design office’s ability to assess and control vibration and noise levels generated by an electric motor during the design stage is a key asset — particularly for ensuring the end user’s comfort. This is especially true for electric powertrains on electric vehicles, and also when looking for higher performance in terms of power, efficiency, reliability, and — obviously — reduced material costs linked to the supply of magnetic equipment. During the past three years in the context of ...

Planview Enterprise 11

White paper: just-in-time resourcing — putting the 'lean' into services operations downloadweblink

PlanviewMon, 7 Jul 2014

This white paper from Planview provides an actionable guide to get the most out of your billable resources and put the ‘lean’ back into your services operations. 

CLPA logo

Technical article: conformance testing ensures clear, open communications download

CLPATue, 1 Jul 2014

The benefit of using networks that are built to open standards is that it removes the constraint of having to buy equipment from a single supplier. Instead, products can be purchased from many sources, confident that they will ‘plug and play’, communicating and working with everything else on the network because it has all been built and tested to the same standard.

Full architecture of new product development (2004)

White paper: seven mistakes to avoid when integrating NPD processes download

PlanviewMon, 23 Jun 2014

As companies experience maturity in some areas of their new product development (NPD) processes, they often begin to recognise gaps in other areas. This is a normal part of any organisation’s growth and development.

CC-Link IE

Technical article: Industrial Ethernet connects systems to improve energy efficiency download

CLPAWed, 18 Jun 2014

The drive to improve energy management has become so urgent that efficient installation and reliable operation have become imperative. Fortunately, there are many well-publicised technologies available to help. Here John Browett, general manager (Europe) of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), explains how Industrial Ethernet (IE) is playing a key role in providing efficient and reliable solutions.

Meeting today’s safety requirements on the plant floor means conforming to stringent international standards such as EN 13849-1 or EN 62061, according to the functional requirement and complexity of the system

Technical article: safety networks — the route from zero accidents to zero risk downloadweblink

CLPAWed, 11 Jun 2014

As global competition continues to increase, how can you meet ever-more stringent safety standards and still optimise productivity? As John Browett of CLPA explains, modern safety networks can hold the key.