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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.

PowerMILL verification

Delcam set to present PowerMILL 2015 R2 programming software at MetalTech show downloadweblink

DelcamMon, 18 May 2015

Delcam will demonstrate the 2015 R2 version of its PowerMILL programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining at the MetalTech exhibition, which is due to be held in Kuala Lumpur from 20–23 May.

FeatureCAM turning head

Delcam launches 2015 R3 release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software downloadweblink

DelcamThu, 14 May 2015

Delcam has launched the 2015 R3 release of its FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software. The system includes a range of enhancements to deliver high-quality results on all types of machine tool, including complex mill-turn equipment and five-axis machining centres, while retaining fast programming times.

Parting and grooving application

Sandvik Coromant introduces First Choice: a free e-service tool for production engineers weblink

Sandvik CoromantThu, 14 May 2015

Sandvik Coromant is offering an online tool recommendation service for production engineers looking to improve efficiency and agility in parting and grooving machining operations. Known as First Choice, the free e-service is part of the company’s strategy of combining the latest technologies with improved levels of support in order to deliver advanced parting and grooving solutions.

PowerMILL 2015 R2

Delcam set to showcase CAM software at Manufacturing & Engineering North East downloadweblink

DelcamWed, 13 May 2015

At the Manufacturing & Engineering North East exhibition, Delcam will show how its software and services can help manufacturing companies to increase productivity, improve quality and reduce lead times. The exhibition will be held at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on 8–9 July.

Robot polishing

Delcam set to demonstrate machining with tools and robots at Paris Air Show downloadweblink

DelcamTue, 12 May 2015

Delcam will demonstrate the latest developments in machining with both machine tools and robots at the Paris Air Show.

PowerMILL Advanced Simulation

Delcam set to host webinars on PowerMILL Advanced Simulation & Verification module downloadweblink

DelcamFri, 8 May 2015

Delcam will host two webinars on the Advanced Simulation & Verification module in the 2015 R2 release of its PowerMILL programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining. The webinars will be held on 13 May at 09:00 and 16:30 (UK time).

Equator INTUO button interface

Renishaw's Equator flexible gauge is available with INTUO gauging software weblink

RenishawTue, 5 May 2015

The Renishaw Equator flexible gauge is now offered with INTUO gauging software, combined with a range of industry standard Renishaw probes. INTUO simplifies and automates the gauging of a wide variety of parts, removing dependence on the skill of manual gauge users. 

SPOT Server — multiple monitors

LAND SPOT Server Software allows users to compare data from multiple thermometers weblink

Land InstrumentsFri, 1 May 2015

AMETEK LAND has introduced a new addition to its SPOT range of non-contact infrared thermometers designed to enable the simultaneous storage and analysis of data from up to 40 spot thermometers. The new LAND SPOT Server Software builds on the features of the SPOT Viewer to enable users to be able to compare live and historical data from multiple thermometers.  

instruNET series

Data sheet: instruNet series direct sensor to data acquisition — iNet-100 series download

Omega EngineeringThu, 21 May 2015

instruNet provides tens of microvolts of absolute accuracy instead of tens of millivolts, at the same cost and at the same throughput rates as typical general-purpose data acquisition boards.

More product downloads

Stent pattern 'unrolled'

Technical article: laser raster‐scanning patterns on cylindrical workpieces downloadweblink

AerotechThu, 21 May 2015

A large number of cylindrical laser processing applications program the laser writing campaign as if the two axes are both, in fact, linear in nature. In other words, the cylindrical pattern is ‘unrolled’ to make the shape a more typical flat workpiece. While this technique might ease the motion control programming burden, often the resulting pattern cycle time suffers due to the many directional changes the rotary axis, in particular, must undergo during laser processing. 

Globe

Technical article: EtherNet/IP programming — programming with RSLogix 5000 downloadweblink

AerotechThu, 14 May 2015

EtherNet/IP is a communications protocol developed by Rockwell Automation, and is currently managed by the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA). It is designed for industrial automation applications. The Aerotech Ensemble and Soloist controllers have an EtherNet/IP plugin that can be installed. The controllers have four tasks. This plugin runs on Task 3 of the controller. It also takes up the Talk 4 slot for communications. This is not inherent in the interface. Therefore, user ...

Braided cable

Technical article: Industry 4.0 — realising the revolution downloadweblink

IgusFri, 8 May 2015

Again this year Industry 4.0 will be the focus topic of many a seminar, conference and exhibition. In this article, Justin Leonard, director at igus, asks: ‘Will the “smart factory” concept ever become reality?’

Signal analysis in a hybrid system using the DANEO 400

Technical article: hybrid signal analysis in protection and automation systems download

OMICRON electronicsWed, 6 May 2015

Modern protection and automation systems for electrical power systems are increasingly using communication protocols to transfer information. In the mid-term, more and more hybrid systems and systems distributed across large distances will be implemented. In this context, hybrid means that protection and automation systems will operate simultaneously with classical secondary quantities and conventionally wired binary status signals.

White paper: using web technology for competitive advantage downloadweblink

ECi Software SolutionsThu, 30 Apr 2015

This white paper from ECI Software explores how manufacturers leverage the web for internal efficiency, enhanced customer service and increased sales.

EtherNet/IP programming

Technical article: EtherNet/IP programming — programming with RSLogix 500 downloadweblink

AerotechWed, 29 Apr 2015

EtherNet/IP is a communications protocol developed by Rockwell Automation, and is currently managed by the Open DeviceNet Vendors Association (ODVA). It is designed for use in industrial automation applications. The Aerotech Ensemble and Soloist controllers have an EtherNet/IP plugin that can be installed. These controllers have four tasks. This plugin runs on Task 3 of the controller. It also takes up the Task 4 slot for communications. This is not inherent in the interface. This leaves ...

White paper: 10 steps to choosing the right ERP software for your organisation downloadweblink

ECi Software SolutionsWed, 22 Apr 2015

Selecting new enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a huge undertaking for a business. It’s expensive and creates the need for some organisational change. Employees have to be trained on an unfamiliar technology and some business processes have to be adapted. It’s a bewildering project that requires attention to many details. Therefore, it’s best to have a plan to help you organise your requirements and to skilfully manage all the information that is available on ERP systems ...

coffee

Technical article: gauge linearity and bias — wake up and smell your measuring system download

MinitabFri, 10 Apr 2015

There are a host of possible explanations that might help explain seemingly contradictory study results, according to Minitab. Perhaps the studies utilised different designs, different statistical methodologies, different survey techniques, different confounding variables, different clinical endpoints or different populations. Or perhaps there’s something even more fundamental at play. The proverbial elephant in the room of any statistical analysis. The essential, pivotal question upon ...