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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.

Intel DK50 gateway

Mouser Electronics releases Intel DK50 series gateway solution for the 'Internet of Things' weblink

Mouser ElectronicsMon, 1 Sep 2014

Mouser Electronics has released the Intel DK50 series gateway solution for the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT). The Intel DK50 uses the Intel Galileo Arduino-certified development board, which is based on the Intel Quark SoC X1000 processor.

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Mouser expands distribution accord with Adlink Technology into Europe weblink

Mouser ElectronicsMon, 1 Sep 2014

Mouser Electronics, an authorised distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, has greatly expanded its agreement with Adlink Technology to distribute Adlink products across Europe.

Materialise's 3-Matic STL software is now available to users of Altair's Hyperworks weblink

Altair EngineeringMon, 1 Sep 2014

Altair has announced that rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing expert Materialise has joined the Altair Partner Alliance, making 3-Matic STL software available to Hyperworks users. With 3-Matic STL, users can make design modifications directly on STL, scanned and computer-aided design (CAD) data in preparation for 3D printing.

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Mouser Electronics supplies industrial switches and HMI systems from EAO weblink

Mouser ElectronicsFri, 29 Aug 2014

Mouser Electronics has announced that it is now distributing EAO’s range of high-quality industrial switches and human-machine interface (HMI) components. EAO’s HMI components and systems are suitable for applications in industries including transportation, machinery, heavy-duty and speciality vehicle, lifting and moving and automotive.

Type A connectors

Molex's USB 3.0 Type A connectors available from TTI provide high durability weblink

TTI EuropeTue, 26 Aug 2014

TTI is offering Molex’s USB 3.0 (also known as Superspeed) Type A connectors, which meet high-durability class requirements of 5,000 mating cycles. The devices are said to be ideal for computer, consumer and car product applications.

Crispin Shoemaker

Delcam Crispin set to host first Footwear Technology Forum in Milan weblink

DelcamTue, 26 Aug 2014

Delcam Crispin is running its first international Footwear Technology Forum for designers and manufacturers of all types of footwear that are looking for new technology to improve their businesses. The forum will be hosted at the Hotel Hermitage in Milan on 14–15 October.

M301 DMM mini-rack

Telonic Instruments launches flexible Rigol M301 mini-rack for data logging weblink

Telonic InstrumentsTue, 26 Aug 2014

Telonic Instruments is offering the flexible Rigol M301 DMM mini-rack with easy educational videos, optimised for general-purpose temperature, resistance and voltage scanning.

Rittal launches three accredited seminars to support customers' CPD weblink

RittalTue, 26 Aug 2014

Rittal has launched three accredited seminars to support customers in their continuing professional development (CPD). The seminars have been reviewed and assessed by the Chartered Institute of Building Engineers (CIBSE) to ensure the technical content is of a high standard and offers valuable CPD to delegates. All attendees will receive a certificate as evidence of their participation.

Product brochure: enterprise manufacturing intelligence solution from Apriso download

DELMIA AprisoThu, 28 Aug 2014

The Delmia Apriso global EMI solution provides a global framework and approach to gather and report on up-to-the-minute data.

More product downloads

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.

The Iron Triangle

White paper: field and professional services in era of economic and human resource hurdles downloadweblink

PlanviewMon, 1 Sep 2014

Within both field and professional services, the growing consensus among industry experts publishing trends and best practices shows optimising service resources as the key to driving both revenue and profitability. Several factors have fostered this harmony among odd couples, the most prevalent being the correlations each has derived regarding new, potential revenue without the need for additional staffing.

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White paper: fostering business growth through competitive data-centre strategies downloadweblink

RittalMon, 18 Aug 2014

As this Rittal-sponsored white paper explains, competitiveness in a global economy requires continuous innovation and accelerated go-to-market cycles, as well as agility in deploying resources. This is particularly true for midsize companies that have to leverage technology to gain an advantage over peers and larger corporations.

Total Product Life Cycle

Technical report: balancing innovation, quality and compliance while improving profit download

DELMIA AprisoFri, 15 Aug 2014

The medical device industry has always been dependent upon product innovation to drive growth. With today’s aging global population and expectations for living to an older age, the medical device industry is poised for a sustained period of extreme growth fuelled by a level of innovation that is scheduled to accelerate. Most companies are growing. Nearly all are innovating at an increasing pace. The common challenge is how medical device manufacturers and their suppliers can simultaneously ...


White paper: how industry leaders use people, processes and technology to drive innovation download

PlanviewTue, 12 Aug 2014

Companies want to raise the bar on innovation from incremental improvement to the kind of innovation that shows up in the annual report.

Technical guide extract: industrial communication — RS485 bus download

Socomec UPSWed, 16 Jul 2014

As this technical guide from Socomec UPS explains, an RS485 bus is defined by the standard EIA-TIA-485-A and the TSB-89-A application guidelines. A RS485 transceiver is from a standard point of view connected through three points on the network.

Factors driving early adoption of automated locker systems for asset management applications

White paper: Apex discusses management of mission-critical operational assets download

Apex Supply Chain TechnologiesTue, 15 Jul 2014

This white paper from Apex Supply Chain Technologies presents a discussion of the latest trends and opportunities for the management of mission-critical operational assets with cloud-based, self-service automated locker systems without a requirement for the RFID tagging of individual assets.

The need to combine two areas of physics: electromagnetics and mechanics

Technical article: magneto-vibro-acoustic analysis: a dedicated context inside Flux 11.2 download

CedratFri, 11 Jul 2014

A design office’s ability to assess and control vibration and noise levels generated by an electric motor during the design stage is a key asset — particularly for ensuring the end user’s comfort. This is especially true for electric powertrains on electric vehicles, and also when looking for higher performance in terms of power, efficiency, reliability, and — obviously — reduced material costs linked to the supply of magnetic equipment. During the past three years in the context of ...