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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.


Omega Engineering introduces iNET-400 expandable modular data acquisition system downloadweblink

Omega EngineeringWed, 1 Oct 2014

Omega Engineering has introduced the iNET-400 expandable modular data acquisition system: a low-cost card cage that attaches to Windows computers via USB 2.0. 

Intel Edison

Small Intel Edison computer is now available from Mouser Electronics weblink

Mouser ElectronicsWed, 1 Oct 2014

The Intel Edison, available from Mouser Electronics, is powered by a 22nm Intel Atom system on chip (SoC) that includes a dual-core, dual-threaded central processing unit (CPU) running at 500Mhz and a 32-bit Quark microcontroller (MCU) running at 100Mhz. Measuring only 35.5 x 25 x 3.7mm, the Intel Edison includes 1GByte of RAM and 4Gbytes of Flash and supports dual-band 801.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and 2.1 EDR.

If the cable of the cavity pressure sensor Type 6183C is damaged, it can be replaced on site by the user

Kistler set to show systems for inspecting injection moulding processes at Fakuma

Kistler InstrumentsTue, 30 Sep 2014

At this year’s Fakuma event from 14–18 October 2014, Kistler will present sensors and systems for inspecting the quality of injection moulding processes. Visitors will also be able to see the newly developed CoMo DataCenter 2.0, which is claimed to offer diverse and sophisticated options for documenting and evaluating production data from the CoMo Injection System.

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Delcam set to highlight the 2015 version of PowerMILL CAM software at JIMTOF in Tokyo downloadweblink

DelcamFri, 26 Sep 2014

At JIMTOF in Tokyo from 30 October to 4 November 2014, Delcam will exhibit version 2015 of its PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining. The latest release includes improvements to the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy, improved collision checking to also cover near misses and more efficient raster finishing.

T24-BSue compact USB telemetry base station

Applied Measurements introduces T24-BSue compact USB telemetry base station downloadweblink

Applied MeasurementsFri, 26 Sep 2014

Applied Measurements has added the T24-BSue compact USB telemetry base station to its T24 wireless telemetry acquisition range. The device is manufactured in tough plastic, providing excellent environmental protection whether the device is being used indoors or outdoors.

Matrox Design Assistant 4

Matrox set to demonstrate imaging software and hardware products at Vision 2014 show weblink

Matrox ImagingWed, 24 Sep 2014

At Vision 2014, Matrox Imaging will feature live demonstrations of all product lines including Matrox Design Assistant 4 (DA 4) and Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) vision software, the 4Sight GPm range of industrial imaging computers and the Radient series of frame grabbers.

Simulation workshop

IDAC set to host free one-day FEA and CFD simulation workshop on 22 October 2014 downloadweblink

Integrated Design and Analysis ConsultantsTue, 23 Sep 2014

On 22 October 2014, IDAC will run a free one-day finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation workshop in Croydon.

Fluke Connect app

Connect app turns smartphone into Fluke tool with no need for equipment weblink

Fluke (UK) — Industrial ToolsTue, 23 Sep 2014

Fluke’s free Connect app turns a smartphone into a Fluke tool without the user having to purchase any equipment. It enables the user to securely share images and data and communicate in real time with other authorised personnel using the same app without leaving the field.

Case study: Murray City Power, Utah

Case study: system maintenance, testing and documentation with ADMO download

OMICRON electronicsFri, 12 Sep 2014

Murray City Power in Utah is using Omicron’s ADMO: a database software for central planning and management of all maintenance activities for protection systems.

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CC-Link is a de-facto standard in the flat-panel display industry

White paper: Gateway to China — the world's fastest-growing economy downloadweblink

CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)Wed, 1 Oct 2014

Burgeoning industrial development throughout China will be one of the most influential driving forces that will determine global growth in the decades ahead. For ambitious companies in Europe, access to this vast marketplace is an essential step to enable them to capitalise on new opportunities for business growth. CLPA has a pivotal role both to create and to support greater European involvement in expanding Chinese market sectors through a groundbreaking initiative.


White paper: create class-A surfaces with Autodesk Alias Surface download

Man and Machine Mon, 22 Sep 2014

This white paper from Man and Machine discusses how Autodesk enables a more advanced workflow that helps automotive companies reduce rework and produce design iterations faster. Designers own their designs further into the development process, creating production-quality, reusable NURBS surfaces that can be used by the engineering team. The ability to create Bezier surfaces can help the engineering team improve surface quality up to class-A standards.

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White paper: superior, efficient and complete automotive concept design download

Man and Machine Tue, 16 Sep 2014

In today’s automotive marketplace, design has become the key competitive advantage for many manufacturers and suppliers. For these companies, top business initiatives include streamlining the conceptual design process, increasing the number of iterations, developing desirable designs and building brand equity. Global brands, global design and rapidly shifting market trends are contributing to a change in automotive styling. Designs must resonate with many different customers and raise ...


White paper: BIM uncovered — collaborate effectively and deliver better design downloadweblink

Man and Machine Mon, 15 Sep 2014

It takes many activities and skills to bring the ideas and designs of architects/engineers to fruition. In this white paper, Man and Machine discusses building information modelling (BIM) — which attempts to standardise the creation and exchange of information to make the design, construction and operational management of a facility or infrastructure asset more efficient.

Static eccentricity: the rotor axis is shifted from the stator one, the rotor turn around the rotor axis with velocity ω1

Technical article: eccentricities faults in a rotating machine analysed under Flux downloadweblink

CedratFri, 12 Sep 2014

In the present energy efficiency context of electrical machines, diagnosis of rotating machines is increasingly studied. Designers seek to include the on-line, non-invasive diagnosis and typical signatures of the rotating machine’s faults in the stator winding currents, torque, leakage magnetic field, and so on. Among the rotating machine’s faults, seven to 10 per cent are located in the rotor and some of these faults are eccentricities. These faults generate electromagnetic torque ...

Autodesk Alias Surface

White paper: create class A surfaces with Autodesk Alias Surface download

Man and Machine Fri, 12 Sep 2014

Today’s successful automotive manufacturers and OEMs must design innovative, alluring vehicles — and bring them to market faster than their competitors. To drive consumer interest, they need to develop interiors and exteriors that are perfectly smooth, pleasing to the eye and pleasant to the touch. Leading automotive companies rely on Autodesk Alias Surface for technical surfacing tools to create these high-quality, accurate and precise surfaces.

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White paper: shift from information technology to intelligent technology downloadweblink

Sandvik CoromantWed, 10 Sep 2014

In the third instalment of its ‘Looking Ahead’ series about future manufacturing challenges driven by technological, demographic and environmental changes, toolmaker Sandvik Coromant explores the ramifications that keeping pace with — or falling behind — the coming technology shifts will have on the success of businesses. According to Sandvik Coromant’s white paper ‘Manufacturing Intelligence’ and its video ‘Looking Ahead’, we are now on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution, ...

White paper: verifying the IEC 61850 configuration and assessing the network download

OMICRON electronicsMon, 1 Sep 2014

When commissioning a power utility automation system with IEC 61850, some new testing tasks need to be performed. This article — by Dr Fred Steinhauser of Omicron — describes how by using the configuration information in standardised SCL format and applying modern measurement equipment, the verification of the communication setup is even easier to perform in comparison with other protocols.