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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.

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. 

Planview set to present and participate in panel of experts at Ovum Industry Congress weblink

PlanviewTue, 15 Apr 2014

Planview will be presenting a session as part of the IT Transformation and Change Management track with customer Allianz, as well as taking part in a panel discussion at this year’s Ovum Industry Congress, taking place on 13–14 May at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel in London.

ArtCAM Pro

Delcam's ArtCAM Pro set to demonstrate distortion modelling at Sign and Digital weblink

DelcamFri, 11 Apr 2014

At the Sign and Digital exhibition, Delcam will be showcasing the latest release of ArtCAM Pro CAD/CAM software for artistic applications in signmaking. According to the company, the software makes it much easier to create complex designs, with a new approach called ’interactive distortion modelling’. This allows users to distort either vectors or reliefs within ArtCAM models by bending or stretching the design.

QR-Code Weld Wizard app for Android, IOS and Blackberry

Weld Wizard app from Fronius helps engineers optimise welding parameters weblink

Fronius UKThu, 10 Apr 2014

Fronius has introduced its Weld Wizard app for Android, IOS and Blackberry devices. The app is designed to help design engineers and work schedulers to identify and optimise welding parameters. The results are directly applicable to the real-life situation.

Hermle on-machine verification

Delcam set to demonstrate CAD/CAM systems at Hermle Open House weblink

DelcamMon, 7 Apr 2014

At this year’s Hermle Open House, Delcam will be demonstrating a range of its CAD/CAM software, including Powermill, FeatureCAM and Powerinspect.

Exactdress AE monitoring system

Schmitt offers acoustic emission monitoring system for profiled grinding wheels weblink

Schmitt Europe Mon, 7 Apr 2014

Schmitt Balancing Systems (SBS) has launched the Exactdress acoustic emission (AE) monitoring system. Exactdress enables precise monitoring of complex dressing operations for profiled grinding wheels.

Altair Engineering releases Hyperworks 12.0 Student Edition CAE suite weblink

Altair EngineeringFri, 4 Apr 2014

Altair has released Hyperworks 12.0 Student Edition, which the company claims is the most comprehensive computer-aided engineering (CAE) suite available to aspiring structural and mechanical engineers. 

Isight Design Gateway and workflow example

Application report: Cedrat software connection to Dassault Systemes' Isight downloadweblink

CedratWed, 16 Apr 2014

Many major CAD/CAE software components are available in Isight. This article presents two examples using the newly created Cedrat software components.

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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?’


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.

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White paper: developing a product innovation and technology strategy for your business download

PlanviewTue, 18 Mar 2014

Many companies lack a clearly articulated product innovation and technology strategy. Such a strategy is essential as it is strongly linked to positive performance in product innovation. In this white paper from Planview, a framework for developing a product innovation strategy is presented and the various steps of strategy development are described, from best-practice ways to define innovation goals and objectives through to the selection of strategic arenas.