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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.

2SC0106T2A0-12 IGBT/MOSFET gate driver core includes Concept's Scale-2 chip set

Power IntegrationsThu, 24 Apr 2014

Power Integrations company CT-Concept Technologie has announced shipments of its first products to include its Scale-2 gate driver chip set. Scale-2 technology enables soft shutdown (SSD) to be implemented in the event of a short circuit without requiring additional components. This is particularly beneficial in applications with low stray inductance where full Advanced Active Clamping may not be necessary.

Partmaker Modeling 2014 has been released by Delcam’s Partmaker Division

Delcam introduces Partmaker Modeling 2014 3D CAD software for CAM applications downloadweblink

DelcamThu, 24 Apr 2014

Delcam has released Partmaker Modeling 2014, Partmaker’s 3D CAD software for CAM applications that gives users the ability to create 3D solid models from scratch as well as to repair and modify 3D engineering data of any origin.

M2talk video card

M2talk video card from Advantech-GPEG allows control of networked monitor systems weblink

Advantech-GPEGWed, 23 Apr 2014

Advantech-GPEG has introduced the M2talk video card, which gives users remote access and control of any networked monitor system without the need for costly additional wiring, communication ports or power supplies, enabling them to react to real-time events and interact directly with customers.

Orthomodel 2014

Delcam introduces Orthomodel 2014 for the design of custom orthotic insoles downloadweblink

DelcamTue, 22 Apr 2014

The 2014 version of Orthomodel software for the design of custom orthotic insoles is now available from Delcam. The release includes improvements to the user interface to improve workflow and reduce design times, enhancements to pad design and placement, a more sophisticated re-ordering process and faster and more reliable import of scan data.

Matrox Imaging Library training

Matrox Imaging schedules more classroom training for MIL processing tools weblink

Matrox ImagingTue, 22 Apr 2014

Matrox Imaging has scheduled another round of classroom training on the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) processing tools and the MIL/MIL-Lite environment. The session will be held on 16–20 June 2014 at the company’s headquarters in Montreal, Canada, and registration before 16 May qualifies for a 20 per cent saving on tuition.

Lead resistance calculator app

Seaward launches lead resistance calculator app to eliminate test errors weblink

Seaward GroupThu, 17 Apr 2014

Seaward has launched a user-friendly app designed to help PAT professionals carry out earth continuity testing efficiently and accurately.

Hyperworks Unlimited box

Altair Engineering's Hyperworks Unlimited appliance for CAE is Intel Cluster Ready downloadweblink

Altair EngineeringWed, 16 Apr 2014

Altair’s Hyperworks Unlimited appliance for computer-aided engineering (CAE) has been certified as Intel Cluster Ready, verifying the product’s status as a plug-and-play technology for high-performance computing (HPC).

Delcam Mach order

Delcam extends offer of free PC with orders of more than £10,000 through April weblink

DelcamTue, 15 Apr 2014

Following a positive response to its free hardware offer at the Mach 2014 exhibition, Delcam has extended its offer to include a free PC with all orders for more than £10,000 of the company’s software until the end of April. 

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Product brochure: industrial control system security from GEA Process Engineering download

GEA Process Engineering LtdTue, 22 Apr 2014

GEA Process Engineering aims to provide companies with the information they need to begin to generate a robust cyber-security practice for their control infrastructure.

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White paper: Autodesk collaboration and data management for AEC download

Man and Machine Thu, 17 Apr 2014

It used to be that architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) teams could take care of their collaboration and data management needs on an ad-hoc basis using whatever tools were at hand, such as file naming schemes, open firewall ports, VPN, FTP, or unmanaged file-sharing services. But these methods no longer scale to serve the burgeoning needs of the industry. This white paper supplied by Man and Machine explains how the Autodesk Collaboration and Data Management vision is to ...

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White paper: Tech-Clarity insight — the business value of simulation download

Man and Machine Wed, 9 Apr 2014

Over the last few years, manufacturers have focused on surviving the down economy and preparing to prosper as markets recover. Most have reduced cost and are running very lean. But as Tech-Clarity’s ‘Engineering’s Role in Surviving a Down Economy’ research reports, cutting costs cannot result in cutting quality in competitive markets. One strategy that is providing value in this environment is digital design validation using simulation technologies.

White paper: are you prepared for the end of Windows XP? downloadweblink

AmpliconThu, 3 Apr 2014

As one of the longest-standing operating systems, first released to computer manufacturers in August 2001, Windows XP is still the second most popular version of Windows, based on an installed user base as of 2013. The name XP is short for ‘experience’, highlighting the enhanced user experience. We have all become familiar with Windows XP over the decade. However, as we have been expecting, XP will soon disappear from our lives. The question to ask is, ‘are you prepared?’

Technology

Technical article: Project Manager Today — is simplicity the new innovation? download

PlanviewThu, 3 Apr 2014

Executive vice-president of products at Planview Patrick Tickle talks to Project Manager Today about the many available options to optimising business portfolios. He says that vendors are responding with new innovations in usability, flexibility and adaptability.

Four dimensions of digital prototyping expansion

White paper: digital prototyping — extending ‘right first time’ value beyond design download

Man and Machine Mon, 31 Mar 2014

Digital prototyping helps manufacturers get products right the first time by letting them define, design, develop and validate products in a virtual environment before committing to time-consuming and expensive physical prototyping. The technique enables them to efficiently develop high-performance, high-quality products and optimise them for form, fit and function.

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White paper: visualisation in automotive product development workflow download

Man and Machine Fri, 28 Mar 2014

Automotive OEMs and their suppliers are under pressure to design innovative and alluring vehicles — and bring them to market faster than the competition. To find and manufacture a single automotive product that exudes quality, is pleasing to the eye, and appeals to buyers, hundreds of conceptual design details must be vetted. Automotive designers must then shepherd the winning concept through design review, evaluate it for manufacturability, and plan for production — all to ensure a ...

Control signals

Technical article: control signals — which option is best? downloadweblink

Burkert Fluid Control SystemsWed, 26 Mar 2014

As process control systems continue to advance and the use of complicated networked solutions develops, is there still a requirement for the simple analogue signal? Chris Hoey of Bürkert provides an insight into selecting the correct control signals to produce the optimum process control system.

Inner workings of a common mechanical hard drive

White paper: Amplicon explores benefits of SDD technology over HDD systems downloadweblink

AmpliconWed, 19 Mar 2014

This paper from Amplicon looks at the benefits of solid-state drives (SDDs) over hard-disk drives (HDDs). According to the company, SDD technology has come on in leaps and bounds since it was first introduced during the 1980s. Now including features such as wear levelling, error correction and TRIM, SSDs can achieve read/write speeds in excess of mechanical hard drives. Reductions in the price per Gb of SDDs has also led to their use in modern computing platforms.