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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.

EMKA AGENT E wireless swinghandle gets added RFID swipe card security

EMKA's AGENT E swinghandles have added RFID swipe card security downloadweblink

EMKAFri, 28 Nov 2014

Central network wireless control, coupled with RFID transponder swipe card technology, adds higher levels of security to EMKA’s programme 3000 AGENT E battery-powered electronically controlled swinghandles for data cabinet protection.

SPS Drives 2015

CLPA set to focus on Industry 4.0 and CC-Link IE at 2014 SPS/IPC/Drives fair downloadweblink

CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)Fri, 21 Nov 2014

On its stand at the 2014 SPS/IPC/Drives fair on 25–27 November, the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) will focus on the concept of Industry 4.0 as one of its major themes. The company will be found in Hall 2 on Stand 2-540 at the event in Nuremberg.


Mouser Electronics' support site gets engineers' designs to market faster

Mouser ElectronicsFri, 14 Nov 2014

Mouser Electronics, in conjunction with its recent global release of MultiSIM BLUE, is offering a full-featured support site with documentation, downloads, video tutorials and a user forum to get engineers’ designs to market faster.

Microchip PIC32MZ microcontroller

Mouser offers PIC32MZ 32-bit embedded connectivity microcontroller series weblink

Mouser ElectronicsFri, 14 Nov 2014

Mouser Electronics has announced the availability of the PIC32MZ 32-bit embedded connectivity (EC) microcontroller series from Microchip Technology, with a 200MHz MIPS core rated at 330DMIPS and an interrupt latency of only 10 cycles.

PM rib machining

Delcam set to preview PowerMILL rib-machining module at Euromold download

DelcamFri, 14 Nov 2014

Delcam will preview a new rib-machining module for its PowerMILL CAM system on stand H57 in Hall 8 at the Euromold exhibition, which will be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from 25–28 November. The new module, which will be available as part of the PowerMILL 2015 R2 release scheduled for January 2015, will speed up and simplify the machining into tooling of cavities to form ribs.

Cabinet security software

EMKA introduces Control Cockpit real-time cabinet security software for ELM systems downloadweblink

EMKAFri, 14 Nov 2014

EMKA has introduced its LAN-based Control Cockpit real-time cabinet security software for electronic locking and monitoring (ELM) systems.

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Rittal set to showcase RiMatrix S data centre for small to medium-sized enterprises downloadweblink

RittalThu, 13 Nov 2014

At DatacenterDynamics Converged London 2014, Rittal will showcase its RiMatrix S data centre for small to medium-sized enterprises. Packed into a shipping container on the back of an articulated lorry, the data centre will also appear at a series of roadshows.

IQCloud interface

VERICUT users can now download Iscar tool assemblies and use them within the software

CGTechWed, 12 Nov 2014

CGTech, developer of VERICUT software for simulating CNC machine tools, has announced that as a result of the CGTech-MachiningCloud-Iscar partnership, VERICUT users can directly download Iscar tool assemblies and use them within VERICUT software with minimal effort.

Scorpion VisionX 3D measuring wheels

Product brochure: Scorpion VisionX OEM solution for Scorpion Vision Software download

Scorpion VisionWed, 26 Nov 2014

Scorpion VisionX is designed for OEMs and systems integrators who need to provide advanced and robust machine vision features. 

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White paper: advantages of panoramic view of pipeline demand and resource capacity download

PlanviewFri, 28 Nov 2014

This white paper, commissioned by Planview, is based on the 2014 Resource Management and Capacity Planning Benchmark Study. Topics discussed are: ‘A panoramic view of demand and capacity gives top performers an advantage’, ‘Four unique practices of product development top performers’ and ‘Will solving the resource capacity problem be the next competitive differentiator?’

Motion-centric machine design

White paper: tailored automation solutions for performance-driven machinery download

AerotechFri, 21 Nov 2014

Today’s machine builders confront a new era of risks, as globalisation increases competition and the internet rapidly disseminates information about products and markets. The highest priority for designers of performance-driven machinery is to reduce the various risks confronted across the machine design, development and maintenance lifecycle.

Schematic of the finite element analysis (FEA) for a PMSM.

White paper: simulation and fault detection in PMSM under dynamic conditions download

CedratThu, 20 Nov 2014

As Cedrat explains in this paper, the permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) is becoming popular in high-performance applications as compared with other types of AC motors. A short circuit between turns is the most critical fault in a machine; it is quite difficult to detect and almost impossible to remove. There are a number of techniques used to detect turn-to-turn faults.

Transformer description and results obtained

White paper: how to perform faster and more accurate simulations download

CedratTue, 18 Nov 2014

In recent years, the requirement for accurate virtual design has grown constantly. However, greater computational efficiency means less time to get results while performing rapid, detailed analyses on a device. The overall goal is to have a streamlined, automated and customised model creation and simulation process. This is even more important with FEM software, where simulation run times are usually very high.

White paper: five future challenges for industrial Ethernet switches downloadweblink

AmpliconTue, 18 Nov 2014

The benefits of IP convergence, such as enhanced efficiency, improved manageability and lower cost of ownership, have long been the driving force behind the growth in the number of industrial Ethernet deployments for supervisory and control level applications. According to studies conducted by IMS Research, the global number of industrial Ethernet nodes at supervisory and control levels will continue to grow at an average rate of 15 per cent from 2010 to 2015. However, the number of ...

'Power factor calculation by the finite element method'

Technical article: power factor calculation by the finite element method download

CedratFri, 14 Nov 2014

Analytical methodology remains the most important daily work tool of motor designers. The use of analytical tools is important because it reduces calculation time — especially during optimisation. However, there are some important phenomena that are not always evaluated, particularly when ECM (equivalent circuit models) are involved. For these, numerical methods derive the best results. The use of finite element analysis is very important because it provides detailed simulation and ...

Factory of the future

White paper: improving operational processes by deploying operational intelligence download

DELMIA AprisoFri, 14 Nov 2014

Global market and industry dynamics are driving a profound transformation in the manufacturing industry. These formidable challenges are pushing manufacturers to rethink their plant floor operations, making effective factory management essential. The intelligence-intensive factory of the future is underpinned by IT and operations technology creating real-time decision-making environments enabling operations teams to improve and speed up their decision-making. This white paper from DELMIA ...

'Prototyping process: choosing the best process for your project'

Technical article: prototyping process — choosing the best process for your project download

Proto LabsTue, 4 Nov 2014

The purpose of this white paper is to explore the advantages and shortcomings of the major prototyping processes available to today’s designer.