Jun 27, 2010

Gibbs and Associates Grants Over $750,000 in Software to Purdue University

Five College of Technology Campuses Receive GibbsCAM Software & Services.

Moorpark, CA - Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software for programming CNC machine tools and a Cimatron company, announced today that it has granted Purdue University’s College of Technology sixty-five seats of its GibbsCAM software to run on five networks at the university’s Indiana campuses in West Lafayette, Kokomo, New Albany, Columbus and South Bend. GibbsCAM software now supports computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) courses in Purdue’s College of Technology, where more than 5,500 students are pursuing technical degrees. Among the various undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered by the College of Technology, including a PhD program, are Bachelor of Science degree programs in mechanical engineering technology and manufacturing engineering technology, within which students will use GibbsCAM throughout their studies.

“We are grateful to Gibbs and Associates for this generous grant,” said Dr. Henry Kraebber, Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) Professor and Department Chair. “The donation of GibbsCAM is very important to the Purdue Engineering Technology programs, because the software significantly extends the CAM software capabilities available to Purdue students and faculty across our statewide facilities. GibbsCAM users have been able to generate good 3-axis CNC programs to make parts with just a few hours of instruction, significantly less time than with other software. Our students now have access to this powerful and robust industrial CAM package and, through its easy-to-use interface, drive machine tools with up to five axes in simultaneous motion.”

“Purdue’s College of Engineering Technology shares a strong and dedicated affiliation with industry, helping manufacturers improve competitiveness and increase profitability through education and research,” said Robb Weinstein, Gibbs’ Senior VP, Sales and Strategic Planning. “We are very happy to assist a university that supports manufacturing in meaningful ways, including the preparation and technical education of future employees.”

The grant, excluding training services, is valued at $758,475, and includes modules for 3-axis milling, rotary milling, lathe turning, 5-axis milling and turning, and machine tool simulation; ACIS and STEP readers; CATIA and UG/NX (Siemens) translators; and software maintenance. It also includes postprocessors for the various Haas, Emco, Hurco, Fryer and Mazak machine tools within Purdue’s College of Technology.

MSC.Software and Simufact Strengthen Partnership to Provide Integrated Solutions for Simulating Manufacturing Processes

Respected CAE Simulation Software Leaders Join Forces to Provide Customers with Enhanced Manufacturing Simulation Applications.

SANTA ANA, CA - MSC.Software has announced an expanded partnership with Simufact to continue licensing MSC's software technology in order to produce superior simulation software for manufacturing engineers.

According to this agreement, Simufact, a leader in solutions that simulate metal forming and other manufacturing processes, will continue to power their leading Simufact.forming application with MSC Marc and MSC Dytran nonlinear CAE technologies, both used by product engineers around the world. The MSC products will also power the forthcoming Simufact.welding product to be released this summer.

"We are very excited about our partnership with Simufact," said John Janevic, VP of Strategic Operations at MSC.Software. "Both companies have years of experience in the simulation software industry and therefore together can deliver even more value to our customers. We are very excited about the new applications that Simufact will be introducing this year, which embed MSC solutions for simulating critical manufacturing processes."

Michael Wohlmuth, Managing Director of Simufact Engineering GmbH also agrees. "It is important to take advantage of opportunities that will improve the ability for engineers to simulate complex manufacturing processes using computer based methods. Our partnership with MSC is beneficial to product manufacturers as our combined solutions continue to propel technological improvements in this growing area while enabling us to consistently exceed customer expectations."

Teamcenter “unified”: Siemens PLM Software’s Next Generation PLM Platform - A New White Paper from CIMdata

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — CIMdata announces the availability of a review of Teamcenter 8, a Siemens PLM Software collaborative Product Definition management (cPDm) solution. The review traces the roots of Siemens PLM Software’s next generation Teamcenter “unified” platform—from a set of integrated PLM enabling applications to a new extended enterprise-enabled four-tier unified architecture that incorporates the latest in technology and business functionality. The paper describes Teamcenter 8, which represents the second major release of the “unified” platform, and how it is the culmination of many years of steady development and evolution of the Teamcenter suite. Additionally, customer testimonials from Ford, ELTA Systems Ltd., and LM Wind Power are included to provide their experience in transitioning from earlier versions of Teamcenter, what the solution is being used for, and what type of benefits the company is receiving. This review also provides an overview of the Teamcenter 8 product suite.

Today’s Teamcenter, starting with the release of Teamcenter 2007, has a four-tier unified architecture that incorporates the latest in technology and business functionality. Since its release, Siemens PLM states that there are currently more than 2,000 installations of Teamcenter on the unified architecture (i.e., an installation of Teamcenter 2007 or later versions). Siemens estimates that this represents 30%-40% of its customers that had implemented earlier versions of Teamcenter to provide core PDM functionality. Siemens PLM customers interviewed by CIMdata indicated that they are happy with their transition to the unified version of Teamcenter. They stated that they have been able to reduce customizations and cost while obtaining broader and improved functionality and higher performance.

“There have been some misconceptions that the current version of Teamcenter is simply a combination of the older Teamcenter Engineering or Teamcenter Enterprise,” said Ken Amann, CIMdata Director of Research. “While Teamcenter 8 incorporates value-added capabilities of earlier versions of both Teamcenter Engineering and Teamcenter Enterprise, this latest Teamcenter is built on a modern, robust architecture, and incorporates a significant level of new technology and functionality—it is definitely not the next version of an existing solution.” he stated.

For more information please contact CIMdata at +1(734) 668-9922. Copies of the Teamcenter “unified” paper are available at no cost through the CIMdata website.

Autodesk Inventor Helps West Hills Construction Deliver Renewable Energy Solutions

Digital Prototyping Aids Design of Energy Generation Technology for Large Facilities.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif — Autodesk, Inc has named West Hills Construction, Inc., as the June Autodesk Inventor of the Month for its successful use of Autodesk Inventor to deliver energy efficiency, management, storage and distributed generation solutions.

Using a combination of technologies, West Hills Construction helps customers not only reduce their energy use, but also generate energy onsite from renewable resources. The result has both environmental and economic benefits for all involved.

West Hills Construction was recently contracted to design an energy management system using photovoltaic (PV) arrays for a 37-foot-tall, 86,000-square-foot building that desired onsite energy generation. West Hills Construction used Autodesk Inventor software for Digital Prototyping to optimize every aspect of the design and construction of the massive energy management system.

Digital Tools at Every Stage
Following training provided by Autodesk Gold Partner KETIV Technologies, West Hills prepared a 2D site diagram of the energy management system using AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical and AutoCAD Mechanical software, before importing it into Inventor software.

To seamlessly manage the data throughout the design, West Hills Construction used Autodesk Vault Professional software, together with Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk 3ds Max Design and Autodesk Maya software to create client presentations with superior visual fidelity.

“Every step of the way, we have Autodesk Digital Prototyping tools to help make us more efficient,” said Rusty Wood, vice president of West Hills Construction’s energy division. “We can perform an analysis to confirm the feasibility of a design. We can then generate production-ready models that enable clients to see exactly what we’re building for them.”

Such capabilities reduce the need for outside consultants to be involved in the process, and significantly reduce costly change orders later in the development cycle. As the firm prepares feasibility studies for a major new project with a global food processing company — a project that promises to offset the company’s reliance on the electrical grid while reducing its overall energy costs — Digital Prototyping has never been more valuable.

“West Hills Construction is using Digital Prototyping to outpace the competition,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Whether accelerating an existing project timeline or helping to win new business, Digital Prototyping brings a powerful advantage.”

EDSA Power Analytics Gateway Introduced

First Power Analytics Platform to Make Data From All Electrical Power Vendors Systems Interoperable.

EDSA® Power Analytics Gateway™ Facilitates Real-time Predictive Analytics from Major Building Management and Power Quality Systems.

SAN DIEGO, Calif – EDSA, the leading developer of power analytics solutions for the design, testing, and management of complex electrical power systems, today unveiled its patented EDSA® Power Analytics Gateway™ (or EPAG™), now the industry’s leading data integration platform that allows electrical energy monitoring and management systems from major vendors to exchange data. This technology is being deployed in mission-critical applications ranging from datacenters to oil drilling platforms to microgrids around the world.

EPAG solves one of the most vexing problems facing electrical system operators: the lack of networkability between competing vendors’ systems, which prohibits the sharing of data between them. Power equipment and monitoring systems from different manufacturers typically use proprietary, vendor-specific communications protocols that prevent power quality meters, breakers, transformers, generators, and their proprietary monitoring and communications systems from sharing data among one another. The absence of open communications protocols has left operators in the position of having to work with multiple information systems themselves, or manage their operations with incomplete information about the status of the electrical power infrastructure.

“EPAG is an architecture that provides for multiple interconnect standards and protocols from web services to OPC. The optimized structure works with virtually any major building management system (BMS), power management, or data acquisition system bringing Paladin Power Analytics to those customers. This vendor neutral strategy eliminates the need to add another redundant data acquisition system,” said Mark A. Ascolese, Chairman and CEO of EDSA. “The result is our users get the benefit of EDSA’s patented, industry-leading Power Analytics and simulation capabilities for almost half the costs… and in one easy-to-use dashboard.”

EPAG gives facility and electrical system operators an anything-to-anything networking solution that, when used with EDSA’s Paladin® Live™ or Paladin Smart Grid™ platforms, aggregates all of the real-time data being generated by formerly-proprietary equipment and systems within their infrastructure. Or, put another way, a single, seamless body of information can now be created from industry-leading management systems such as the OSIsoft® PI System®, Square D® SMS®, Siemens® Apogee®, Eaton® Foreseer® , Honeywell® Niagara Framework® , Johnson Controls® Metasys® , Viridity Energy’s Vpower®, Dassault Enovia® and Catia® systemsand others or directly from discrete sensors or intelligent devices.

Aggregating Data Essential for Accurate Analytics
Armed with this virtually limitless supply of power systems data, EPAG enables Paladin Live and Paladin Smart Grid to make highly-accurate predictions about the operational state of power infrastructure, by not only attaining access to real-time data, but by comparing data results back to the original design model; variations between the as-is and as-designed readings allow operators to isolate and preempt potential problems at their earliest stages, and ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency.

The assimilation and interpretation of data from a myriad of data-generating sources is essential in any type of predictive planning; two of the better-known examples are Business Analytics and Power Analytics.

• Business Analytics are the science of using advanced mathematical models to make remarkably accurate predictions about the financial health of individuals, businesses, or governments. These mathematical models rely on data from a wide range of sources – financial databases, payroll records, inventory systems, MRP systems, etc. – in order to allow aggregated “composite” calculations to be made from the resulting information, such as P/E ratios, DSO, EBITDA etc.

• Power Analytics operate in much the same way, in order to assess the “health” of an organization’s electrical power infrastructure. However, instead of monitoring complex financial data, Power Analytics compares power readings from components throughout the power network back to their corresponding component specifications in the original design model. Any variations are automatically detected and communicated in understandable summary fashion. By identifying and isolating electrical power problems – or just sub-optimal performance or energy inefficiency – Power Analytics allows facility operators to ensure the highest possible levels of power system reliability and the lowest possible levels of problems.

By serving as a universal translator for any data acquisition system, BMS, or data-producing component in an electrical network, EPAG ensures that no clue that could point to downstream operational power problems is overlooked.

The EDSA Power Analytics Gateway is an integral part of all standard Paladin platforms.

Emirates Aluminum Standardizes on Intergraph® SmartPlant® Foundation for World’s Largest Single-Site Smelter

Intergraph chosen to manage life cycle engineering documents and data for $5.7B UAE project.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – Emirates Aluminum Co. Ltd. (EMAL) has selected Intergraph® SmartPlant® Foundation as its standard life cycle document and data management solution for the operation of the world’s largest single-site aluminum smelter in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi.

The US$5.7 billion, six square-kilometer site project is making history by being the largest greenfield aluminum smelter project ever built at once and one of the largest industrial projects in the UAE outside the oil and gas sector.

SmartPlant Foundation will help EMAL manage the vast amount of engineering data that is needed for such a large project. EMAL will organize its plant data using SmartPlant Foundation and integrate it with existing maintenance systems to optimize operations and efficiency over the life cycle of the smelter. By preserving the integrity of the data, EMAL will avoid redundancy and save valuable time and money.

EMAL chose SmartPlant Foundation because of its superior technical and data integration capabilities, widespread industry adoption and ability to scale for large projects. Intergraph’s local distributor, ATHEEB Intergraph Middle East LLC, was instrumental in EMAL standardizing on SmartPlant Foundation and will be providing support services for this and future projects.

SmartPlant Foundation is the ISO15926-compliant document and data management solution within Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise. Its life cycle data management enables a smoother handover for engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) to owner operators and for owner operators to more easily maintain, modify or expand their plants. The solution permits electronic management of all project and plant engineering information, integrating data on the physical asset, work processes, and regulatory and safety imperatives to facilitate enhanced global decision support capabilities.

“We’re using SmartPlant Foundation (SPF) because it allows us to easily transfer data throughout the systems in phase one of the EMAL Smelter,” said Salman Abdulla, EMAL Vice President, Operations. “SPF provides a complete solution for sharing engineering data and integrates document management with engineering tools. Local support from Intergraph’s Abu Dhabi office will help us to achieve a well managed and integrated electronic data/document management system.”

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power and Marine president, said, “SmartPlant Foundation is the industry standard solution for managing tremendous amounts of data over the lifetime of a project and is well-suited for the most challenging capital projects, such as the world’s biggest aluminum smelter.”

The Taweelah smelter project consists of two phases. Phase one started production in December 2009 and once finished EMAL will produce 750,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum and 1.5 million tonnes annually at the end of phase two.

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph the No. 1 overall engineering design 3D software and process engineering tools (PET) provider worldwide according to its PET Worldwide Outlook Market Analysis and Forecast through 2013.

Autodesk Updates Second Quarter Business Outlook and Introduces Long Term Business Model Target

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc has updated its business outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 and introduced its target long term business model.

Autodesk indicated that it is pleased with global demand levels, including EMEA. As a result, the company is raising the bottom end of its second quarter business outlook.

“While our near-term outlook is balanced by our cautious view of the pace of the global recovery, we continue to be optimistic about long term growth,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “At our Investor Day event today we will discuss the reasons for our confidence in our target long-term business model.”

At today’s Investor Day event, key members of Autodesk’s senior management team will deliver presentations that provide insight into Autodesk’s current customer base; illustrate the company’s long-term opportunities for growth; provide perspectives on how technology trends will influence its markets; and outline how Autodesk intends to capitalize on various industry trends.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2011 Business Outlook

The following statements are forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations and which involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are set forth below.

Revenue is now expected to be between $445 million and $460 million. The previously provided guidance range for revenue was $435 million to $460 million.

On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share are now expected to be in the range of $0.14 and $0.17. Previously provided guidance for GAAP earnings per diluted share was $0.12 to $0.17. On a non-GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $0.25 and $0.28, excluding $0.06 related to stock-based compensation expense, $0.04 for amortization of acquisition related intangibles, and $0.01 related to restructuring charges. Previously provided guidance for non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was $0.23 to $0.28.

Second quarter outlook assumes an effective tax rate of 26 percent for our GAAP results and an effective tax rate of 27 percent for our non-GAAP results.

Long Term Business Model Targets

Based on its business strategy and expectations about the global economy, the company set a target long-term business model of 12-14 percent compound annual revenue growth and non-GAAP operating margin of at least 30 percent. Targeted attainment of the business model is approximately five years. Autodesk is not able to provide targets for GAAP operating margins at this time because of the difficulty of estimating excluded GAAP items that would affect our operating margin, including charges related to stock-based compensation expense and amortization of acquisition related intangibles.

Investor Day Webcast

Autodesk will host its annual Investor Day meeting today at 11:30 a.m. ET. The live audio broadcast with slides can be accessed at http://www.autodesk.com/investors. A webcast replay and podcast replay of the event will be available beginning later today on our website at http://www.autodesk.com/investors. This replay will be maintained on our website for at least twelve months.

Autodesk Software Helps Remedy Entertainment Create Thrilling Mystery of “Alan Wake”

Autodesk 3ds Max, MotionBuilder and Mudbox Software Used for Previsualization, Modeling and Animation on Top-Rated Game Release.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - 3D art creation and animation software from Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) played an integral role in Remedy Entertainment’s production of their recently released video game, “Alan Wake.” Compelling storytelling and atmosphere are the cornerstones of the “psychological action thriller” game. Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk MotionBuilder and Autodesk Mudbox software were used to help create environments, characters and in-game animations accentuating the eerily realistic mood and tone of the title.

The game takes a new approach to the traditional action-adventure game, introducing an unconventional hero — suspense writer Alan Wake — in the investigation of his wife’s disappearance. It uniquely employs light as a gameplay element — using it as a weapon against Alan’s enemies, called “the Taken,” as well as to denote whether or not he is in danger. As a character steps into the darkness, danger lurks, while light signals safety to the player.

“With ‘Alan Wake’ we were keen to build memorable characters, environments and cinematic sequences that would not only tell the story, but also establish the right mood and tone for the game,” said Sami Vanhatalo, lead technical artist, Remedy Entertainment. “Autodesk tools helped us do just that. We devised a faster and more efficient workflow that allowed our artists to create multiple iterations and add more realism to scenes.”

Faster, More Interactive and More Artistic Character Development

Remedy artists first modeled the game’s characters using 3ds Max software and then brought them into Mudbox software for detailing. “The characters are all primarily humanoid, so we wanted them to look and feel organic. Mudbox was the ideal tool to help accomplish this,” commented Vanhatalo. “Had we built these characters solely in a more traditional polygonal modeling package, it would have felt like more of an engineering process. With Mudbox our workflow is much more interactive and artistic.”

The characters were then animated using MotionBuilder software, with a blend of motion capture and keyframe animation. For the Taken, Remedy’s artists used the software to help process motion capture data and then blended it with supernatural movements that were hand animated in the application.

“We were able to achieve much better results with MotionBuilder, in a much faster way,” said Henrik Enqvist, animation programmer, Remedy Entertainment. “Building complicated character rigs is a huge time and resource drain on our animation team, but with MotionBuilder we get an out-of-the-box working IK rig that our artists love to use.”

Dynamic Environments Enrich Gameplay Experience

Dynamic environments are an essential part of the game, as interactions with Alan’s surroundings often determine outcomes in “Alan Wake”. Remedy built all of the environments, vehicles and physics-related simulations for the game using 3ds Max software.

Environments are also a key component to the moods created in the game. For example, as danger approaches, the forests darken and become more animated. The dynamic forest environments include tree branches, leaves and terrain that react to player interactions and wind effects, and were carefully constructed using complex shaders and simulations.

Looking to the Future

“Alan Wake” is the first installment of a bigger story that aims to pave the way for future game sequels. Remedy Entertainment is currently integrating the 2011 releases of 3ds Max, Mudbox and MotionBuilder software into its pipeline.

“The only sure thing in the game industry is change. As a developer you’ve always got to be on your toes looking out for new workflows and ways to do things faster and better,” added Vanhatalo. “We will probably always be heading toward creating even more interesting plot lines, characters and more complex animation. It’s important to have the latest Autodesk technology available in 3ds Max, Mudbox and MotionBuilder to help us take our work to the next level.”

Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite

The primary Autodesk software tools used by Remedy Entertainment on “Alan Wake” are available as part of the Autodesk 3ds Max Entertainment Creation Suite, which offers 3ds Max software with both MotionBuilder and Mudbox software. 3ds Max provides a comprehensive, integrated 3D modeling, animation, rendering and compositing solution. Mudbox helps artists sculpt highly detailed models more quickly and intuitively. MotionBuilder provides artists with a real-time animation engine for more interactive creative feedback and efficient handling of large amounts of animation data. The complementary toolsets enable artists to expand creative capacity while improving production quality and efficiency. The Autodesk suggested retail price for the Entertainment Creation Suite is US$4,995*. For more information, visit www.autodesk.com/entertainmentcreationsuites.

*International pricing may vary.

Autodesk Inventor Helps West Hills Construction Deliver Renewable Energy Solutions

Digital Prototyping Aids Design of Energy Generation Technology for Large Facilities.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc has named West Hills Construction, Inc., as the June Autodesk Inventor of the Month for its successful use of Autodesk Inventor to deliver energy efficiency, management, storage and distributed generation solutions.

Using a combination of technologies, West Hills Construction helps customers not only reduce their energy use, but also generate energy onsite from renewable resources. The result has both environmental and economic benefits for all involved.

West Hills Construction was recently contracted to design an energy management system using photovoltaic (PV) arrays for a 37-foot-tall, 86,000-square-foot building that desired onsite energy generation. West Hills Construction used Autodesk Inventor software for Digital Prototyping to optimize every aspect of the design and construction of the massive energy management system.

Digital Tools at Every Stage

Following training provided by Autodesk Gold Partner KETIV Technologies, West Hills prepared a 2D site diagram of the energy management system using AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical and AutoCAD Mechanical software, before importing it into Inventor software.

To seamlessly manage the data throughout the design, West Hills Construction used Autodesk Vault Professional software, together with Autodesk Showcase, Autodesk 3ds Max Design and Autodesk Maya software to create client presentations with superior visual fidelity.

“Every step of the way, we have Autodesk Digital Prototyping tools to help make us more efficient,” said Rusty Wood, vice president of West Hills Construction’s energy division. “We can perform an analysis to confirm the feasibility of a design. We can then generate production-ready models that enable clients to see exactly what we’re building for them.”

Such capabilities reduce the need for outside consultants to be involved in the process, and significantly reduce costly change orders later in the development cycle. As the firm prepares feasibility studies for a major new project with a global food processing company — a project that promises to offset the company’s reliance on the electrical grid while reducing its overall energy costs — Digital Prototyping has never been more valuable.

“West Hills Construction is using Digital Prototyping to outpace the competition,” said Robert “Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Manufacturing Industry Group at Autodesk. “Whether accelerating an existing project timeline or helping to win new business, Digital Prototyping brings a powerful advantage.”

BUNKSPEED Launches Next-generation Bunkspeed SHOT 3D Rendering Software with mental images iray® Technology

Single NVIDIA Quadro GPU based system delivers 12x speed-up for ray tracing.

CARLSBAD, Calif - Bunkspeed has announced the release of Bunkspeed SHOT™, a completely redesigned “interactive photograph for 3D data” software application
Bunkspeed was first to bring interactive ray tracing to the market in 2007 which revolutionized rendering, by empowering anyone to create photographic-quality images, but it was limited to using only the CPU. The new Bunkspeed SHOT™ leverages the power of NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs) and is built on the massively parallel computing architecture of NVIDIA CUDA™ to dramatically accelerate the user’s workflow. Even the most complex scenes render interactively, and in real-time.

Bunkspeed SHOT™ incorporates mental images’ innovative iray® technology to provide an interactive, 3D rendering solution that brings the power of the GPU to creative professionals everywhere, enabling rapid and fluid feedback. Bunkspeed SHOT™ provides stunning, photorealistic accuracy, and empowers users to intuitively create the highest quality image output without the steep learning curves required of other rendering products.

Bunkspeed SHOT™ with iray® also enables users to scale up rendering over multiple NVIDIA GPUs or machines. An entirely new level of performance and realism is now a reality at less than 20% of the cost for achieving the same level on multiple CPUs.

“As a user of the previous generation software from Bunkspeed, I knew the standard set at the time was tough to beat,” said Peter Crowther, a UK-based, computer graphic artist and illustrator. “Bunkspeed has done it again. Bunkspeed SHOT™ offers breakthrough usability, performance and quality, and is a pleasure to use. I went straight out and bought a ‘Personal Super Computer’ with a Quadro 5800 and three Tesla 2050’s for a total of 1584 CUDA to utilize what SHOT has to offer. The solution has dramatically accelerated my workflow. I am rendering at speeds unimagined just a couple of years ago, and for unbiased interactive rendering it's simply revolutionary. This truly is another revolution in power and performance and has increased my efficiency significantly.”

The re-imagined, all new interface of Bunkspeed SHOT™ further simplifies the rendering process. The workflow and user experience is more intuitive -- packed with more features, interactive lighting, superior shadows, and rendered images that require no quality settings.

Designers, engineers and marketers, and photographers, without expertise in rendering will be impressed with how fast and easy it is to create stunningly realistic images. Architects and interior designers will be equally amazed by how quickly they can render their ideas and designs.

“With the introduction of Bunkspeed SHOT™, the next-generation “3D interactive photograph”, we have eliminated the last of the traditional boundaries associated with 3D rendering by delivering a software solution that allows anyone with creative desire to easily create photo-realistic images from any 3D digital data”, says Philip Lunn, Bunkspeed founder and CEO
"With its innovative new SHOT software, Bunkspeed is the first to integrate and bring our interactive iray rendering technology to market,” said Rolf Herken, CEO and CTO of mental images. “SHOT combines unprecedented ease of use with the most accurate simulation possible. Leveraging the power of the GPU, iray provides creative professionals with the simulated digital camera they could only dream of in the past."

“Only NVIDIA delivers the truly interactive ray tracing experience when running Bunkspeed SHOT™ with iray® technology,” said Jeff Brown, general manager, NVIDIA Professional Solutions Group. “Our collaboration with Bunkspeed has resulted in a solution that is designed for the growing community of professional designers and digital artists that demand real-time solutions that easily make their work flow.”

Pricing and Availability
Bunkspeed SHOT™ integrated with iray® rendering technology leverages NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions to enable a combination of unprecedented power, elegance and accuracy. Bunkspeed is raising the bar once again, enabling users to continue to "Render them speechless"™. Bunkspeed SHOT™ is available today starting at $995.

New Autodesk Factory Design Suite Accelerates the Factory Design Process

Software Suite Extends the Benefits of Digital Prototyping to the Factory Floor.

Autodesk announced that the Autodesk Factory Design Suite — a comprehensive new 2D and 3D solution that simplifies layout of manufacturing facilities and production machine lines — is now available. Autodesk Factory Design Suite enables manufacturers to create accurate digital factory models, enabling better decisions before factory build-out and helping to save time and money.

Core products in the suite include AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Navisworks and Autodesk Vault software. In addition, new Autodesk Factory Design Utilities offer a factory-specific work environment that helps factory designers spend more time innovating rather than drafting.

By integrating 2D layout data with 3D models of factory equipment, the Autodesk Factory Design Suite helps manufacturers create digital prototypes of their factory, predict problems, and reduce risks early on in their factory plans to help improve profitability.

Key features of the Autodesk Factory Design Suite include:

* Integrated 2D/3D Visual Layout — Users can reuse existing 2D layout data in a 3D visual layout environment to try different what-if scenarios by dropping 3D factory models on top of a 2D floor plan.
* Extensive Library of Factory Assets — The suite includes a library of parametric, factory-specific content such as conveyors, material handling equipment, safety fences and other objects. Users can also create factory assets or easily import factory assets from suppliers to include in the factory layout.
* Virtual Exploration with 3D Visualization and Analysis — The software enables users to explore factory layouts with 3D virtual “walk-throughs” and “fly-throughs” and to analyze the digital factory model for clashes and space constraints.
* Design Efficiency with Laser Scan Workflows — Modern laser scan workflows replace manual tape measures to help speed the layout process.

Autodesk Factory Design Suite will be available in Premium and Advanced editions:

* Autodesk Factory Design Suite Premium 2011: Includes AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Navisworks Simulate, Autodesk Vault and Autodesk Factory Design Utilities software.
* Autodesk Factory Design Suite Advanced 2011: Includes AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Navisworks Manage, Autodesk Vault and Autodesk Factory Design Utilities software.

Autodesk Accelerates Design and Visualization with New Design Suite Family

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc unveiled a family of software suites for visual, factory and plant design. The new suites will offer increased functionality, interoperability and provide users with a superior user experience through a simpler, more cost-effective purchasing and deployment process.

“The design suites make it much easier for Autodesk customers to accelerate their design processes and benefit from the wide range of Autodesk design, visualization and simulation technologies,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk President and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers will also benefit from increased interoperability and productivity through access to new features and web services that will only be available as part of the design suite family.”

The suites for visual, plant and factory design are the first releases of the new family of design suites aimed to address industry workflows. The design suites will provide strong interoperability between the products, and a range of capabilities for design and visualization. The first three suites are:

* Autodesk Design Suite is for architects and designers working with AutoCAD software who desire enhanced concept design, sketching and best-in-class 3D visualization capabilities. The primary products in this suite include AutoCAD, 3ds Max Design and Alias Design.
* Autodesk Factory Design Suite is for machine and equipment builders, system integrators and manufacturers who design, visualize and simulate layouts of machine lines and entire manufacturing facilities. Autodesk Factory Design Suite helps manufacturers make better layout decisions by creating a digital prototype of the factory before equipment is installed and commissioned. The primary products in this suite include AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault and Autodesk Navisworks.
* Autodesk Plant Design Suite is for plant designers and engineers who need integrated plant design and whole-project review capabilities for plant design projects. The primary products in this suite are AutoCAD, AutoCAD P&ID, AutoCAD Plant 3D and Autodesk Navisworks.

Each suite will be available in several editions, with each edition offering progressively broader and more sophisticated capabilities.


The Autodesk Design Suite and the Autodesk Factory Design Suite are now available in select countries in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. The Autodesk Plant Design Suite will be available in July.

Jun 24, 2010

Ping Fu of Geomagic selected by Fast Company as one of 100 most creative people in business

Geomagic's "groundbreaking 3D modeling software" erases boundaries between physical and digital worlds.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Ping Fu, president and CEO of 3D software company Geomagic, officially joined the likes of futurist Ray Kurzweil, HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins, and interface designer Yugo Nakamura when she was honored today at a ceremony in New York City as one of Fast Company magazine's 100 most creative people in business.

The 100 people selected "reflect the breadth of new ideas and new pursuits at display in our business landscape," says Fast Company editor Robert Safian. Fu placed 75th on the list.

"Ping Fu has designed a better life for herself and all of us with groundbreaking 3D modeling software," says the June issue of Fast Company. "Her latest technical feat easily converts any physical object, from a human foot to a golf course, into a 3D model."

Geomagic software, with its ability to erase the boundaries between physical and digital worlds, is at the center of a design and manufacturing revolution that is turning mass manufacturing into mass customization. Applications of Geomagic software include ensuring the safe return of the NASA space shuttle, digital processes at Timberland that speed design and cut waste by 75 percent, and individualized appliances developed at Shriners Hospitals for Children for less-invasive treatment of cleft palate, an application that won the "Rapid Technologies That Will Change the World" award from Desktop Engineering magazine.

"I'm honored to accept this reward on behalf of Geomagic and its customers throughout the world, who continually motivate and inspire me," says Fu. "We provide the technology, but it's our customers who develop the creative applications that help make the world a better place to live and work."

CIMdata Announces the Appointment of Peter Bilello as President

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — CIMdata, Inc., a global strategic PLM management consulting and research firm, announced today that Peter A. Bilello has been named President. Mr. Bilello succeeds Ed Miller, who passed away on June 6, 2010. Mr. Bilello, who has been acting President since Mr. Miller went on medical leave, has been serving as CIMdata’s Vice President since July 2008. Mr. Bilello, who joined the company in 1997 as a Senior Consultant, served as CIMdata’s Director of Consulting Services for five years prior to becoming Vice President.

Commenting on Mr. Bilello’s appointment, Mr. Alan Christman, CIMdata’s Chairman said, “This promotion recognizes the outstanding contributions that Peter has made to our team over the last fourteen years and the key leadership role he has played in defining and supporting CIMdata’s expanding business and global operations.” He added that, “in many ways Peter provides stability and continuity by representing the past, present, and future of CIMdata. Under his leadership, CIMdata has expanded its presence in a number of emerging markets, including China, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, India, and South Africa. He has also been instrumental in the development and expansion of our consulting and educational services for industrial companies. PLM Transformation and our new CIMdata Leadership assessment-based certificate programs are two such examples. CIMdata, led by Peter, is in an excellent position to build upon its 27 years of service to the PLM user and supplier community.”

“I am proud and humbled at the same time to be taking over CIMdata’s Presidency from Ed Miller. He was a colleague and friend for many years and will be missed, but the business he helped build continues with a strong management team,” commented Mr. Bilello. He went on to say, “Over the years, CIMdata has attracted and retained a very senior group of directors and consultants who continue to shape the company’s growth.” With Mr. Bilello’s promotion to President, CIMdata has also promoted Mr. John MacKrell to Vice President. Mr. MacKrell has been a key resource for CIMdata since 1990. He joins Mr. Christman, who has been CIMdata’s Chairman since 2005 and a world-renowned NC specialist since joining CIMdata in 1992, and Mr. James Watch, Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Gerard Litjens, who has been with CIMdata since 2000 has been named CIMdata’s Director of European Operations. Mr. Litjens has been a valued leader of CIMdata’s growing European business for many years. Finally, Mr. Ken Amann, CIMdata’s Director of Research since 2001, rounds out CIMdata’s management team.

Mr. Bilello has more than 22 years of experience in the development of information technology solutions for research, engineering, and manufacturing organizations worldwide. He has held various positions in Product Lifecycle Management strategic direction, analysis, selection, and implementation, CAD/CAM/CAE/CIM implementation, synchronous and lean manufacturing consulting, and software engineering. In addition to the management position he has held in CIMdata, Mr. Bilello held various management positions in two of his previous employers, Perot Systems and EDS.

Mr. Bilello’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Physics from the California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters of Science in Engineering degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from The University of Michigan.

ESI opens a new R&D Center for the simulation of Composites design, manufacturing and performance in Bordeaux, France

Paris – To reinforce its Composites activities, ESI has recently opened its sixth French office, grouping its expertise in this field in a single location: Bordeaux. The new office, located in Bordeaux AEROPARC, managed by Bordeaux Technowest and the regional and departmental institutions, is ESI’s new worldwide Research & Development Center for the simulation of Composites design, manufacturing and performance.

Offering dedicated industrial software enabling the simulation of the design, performance and manufacturing of composites components, ESI’s Composites Simulation Suite allows the realistic description of the formed part that enables accurate mechanical performances analysis. With industry-oriented applications especially for Aeronautics, Automotive, Energy and Marine industries, ESI’s Composites Simulation Suite responds to its customers’ needs by reducing tooling and process costs, minimizing material waste, increasing productivity and speeding-up time-to-market.
Why Bordeaux?

There are two main reasons behind this choice.

First of all, the combined interests of the Aquitaine and the Midi-Pyrénées regions have resulted in South-Western France offering the most powerful competitiveness cluster for Aerospace activity in Europe: the Aerospace Valley. Indeed, with 94 000 employees, the cluster is Europe’s largest employer for Aerospace and related activities. The region is also home to the largest aerospace companies in the world, with all civil and military activities represented, including which Airbus, Dassault Aviation and EADS Astrium.

Second, Bordeaux is a prime location for Innovation and R&D; counting 11 000 researchers and the highest R&D expenditure per inhabitant in France. Scientific R&D being one of the key priorities for the region, Bordeaux Technowest enables close partnerships between innovative companies and research centers in the aeronautics and aerospace sector, and thus helps strengthen the aviation cluster in connection with its industry partners including CEA, CNES, ONERA, Snecma Propulsion Solide, and THALES. Bordeaux AEROPARC and Bordeaux Technowest intervene in financial development as well as technological transfer and assists in the set-up and implementation of new enterprises.
ESI’s initiatives in Bordeaux

ESI’s Composites activities will see further rapid development thanks to new collaborations which will be soon created with local research centers. Some of ESI’s key objectives in Bordeaux are to:
- Set-up strong partnerships with the local scientific community (R&D projects, material databases, cloud computing , …)
- Develop training courses in the field of composite materials with the universities of the Aquitaine region and provide access to academic licenses
- Facilitate the access of small, medium enterprises and innovation centers in the region to ESI software and services
- Foster innovation especially, in the aerospace and wind energy sectors.

The opening ceremony of ESI's new worldwide R&D Center in Bordeaux will take place on Friday June 25th 2010. To attend, please contact marketing.composites@esi-group.com.

Contact information:
ESI Group – R&D Composites Center
Aero business center Aeroparc
25 avenue Marcel ISSARTIER
Boite 20005
33702 Mérignac Cedex

Tel. : +33 (0) 5 35 54 05 11

New free guide from Sescoi on investing in CAM software

Sescoi’s new “Investing in CAM Software” guide helps engineers to examine their motives for investing in CAD/CAM software, the benefits they should reasonably expect, and the software features they should be looking for. Download your free copy at: http://www.sescoi.com/fileadmin/en/pdf/WhitePaper_investing-in-CAM__EN.pdf

By evaluating the reasons for purchasing new CAM software, engineering companies will be able to decide which type of system is most suitable and establish whether CAM software will meet the longer term growth demands of their businesses. For particular applications, specialist add-ons such as WorkNC’s Auto 5 automatic 5-axis programming or its Feature Recognition module can produce staggering productivity improvements.

Advice on evaluating the supplier, its training, support and development mechanisms is included in the guide. Working in partnership with a CAM software supplier will ensure that there is flexibility within the chosen system and that the supplier is prepared to customize the system for the customer’s benefit. Additionally, some CAM software vendors can offer complementary products such as Sescoi’s WorkPLAN ERP software and its WorkXPlore 3D CAD viewer which encourages collaborative working. The integration of these extra systems with the CAM software can produce a revolution in working methods.

Benchmarking and visiting reference user sites help to measure how well a CAM software handles and manipulates CAD data, its ease of use, the quality of the toolpaths it generates, the effectiveness of its simulation and collision avoidance, and helps to verify the quality of the after sales service. Sescoi’s trials show that the machine cycle times for the same component can be very significantly shortened with WorkNC, saving cost and adding to the available machining capacity. Similarly, the most optimized toolpaths will greatly improve the quality of the finished part, extending the capabilities of a company immeasurably.

The guide explains the benefits that shop floor programming can bring to a business and the importance of ease of use, such as WorkNC’s automated ‘One Button CAM’ methodology, in making this work. It also describes how the speed of calculation, the configuration of the licenses and multi tasking capabilities can all help to maximize productivity by greatly reducing programming times.

By considering the points outlined in the guide in relation to their own companies, engineers may find that the gains in productivity which they expected from CAM software can be significantly more than anticipated.

New Discovery Channel Series Highlights Exa Corporation Technology

Burlington, MA - Exa® Corporation, a global innovator of fluids simulation (CAE/CFD) solutions for product engineering, today announced that its PowerFLOW® software was used and highlighted in the first episode of the new Discovery Channel series, Ultimate Car Build-Off. In this first episode, the teams competed to redesign a minivan into a new vehicle with supercar-like performance. Exa’s Director of Aerodynamics, Dr. Brad Duncan, demonstrated Exa PowerFLOW and educated the teams on the benefits of fast, aerodynamic simulation and evaluation.

"We wanted to take advantage of cutting edge technology to give the teams a new design tool," commented Tod Mesirow, Executive Producer, Ultimate Car Build-Off. "We were thrilled Exa brought their vehicle aerodynamic simulation software and put it to great use in the series premiere episode."

With only four days to use their fabricating skills to rework a minivan, in this first episode, the teams had the ability to virtually test their designs before physical modifications took place using Exa PowerFLOW. “This Ultimate Car Build-Off competition was a perfect application fit for our software,” remarked Dr. Duncan. “Our automotive industry customers already perform rapid, early-stage design optimization testing every day; it was fun to demonstrate how fast virtual design changes and results visualization based on PowerFLOW simulations can be performed. The teams appreciated the fact that their ideas could be digitally created and tested in hours—allowing them to easily eliminate aerodynamic under-performers.”

About the Ultimate Car Build-Off
The Discovery Channel’s newest series, Ultimate Car Build-Off, follows mechanics from all over America as they battle it out to build the most innovative vehicle and win US $100,000. It highlights the incredible design and fabricating abilities of the participants and demonstrates how their creative skills are pushed to the limit. Hosted by professional car builder Lou Santiago and North American Rally Champion Andrew ‘ACP’ Picard, the final project builds are showcased and judged by legendary car designer Chip Foose. In the first episode, watch as mechanics from two garages – Hollywood Hot Rods and Pure Vision – go head-to-head with just four days to transform a mini-van into a super-car. The finished article is put on display at Willow Springs Raceway and the winner moves on to the next battle in Los Angeles.

Nemetschek North America Expands Vectorworks Software Distribution to China

Columbia, Maryland — Nemetschek North America (NNA) has announced a new partnership with Mad Macs Technology Distributions Limited to distribute Vectorworks® software to China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

"Bringing Vectorworks technology to designers in China is the logical next step for our company as we continue to grow and expand our global presence," said Sean Flaherty, CEO of NNA. "We look forward to working with Mad Macs in this capacity, and we are confident they will be a strong partner for us in the Asian marketplace."

In addition to the distribution of Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, and Spotlight software, the Mad Macs team will offer a full range of services such as pre- and post-sales technical support, maintenance, and training.

"Having been a reseller of Vectorworks in Hong Kong and China since 2000, it is with great honor that we are now a distributor for China," said Cecil Fung, general manager of Mad Macs. "Being a Vectorworks distributor gives us greater sales, marketing and technical flexibility that can create new opportunities in places where they didn't previously exist. We are committed to making Vectorworks one of the top AEC platforms in China."

With the addition of Mad Macs, NNA has 30 distributors serving more than 85 countries throughout the world.

Live Webinar: XEROX to Present on Enterprise Open Source PLM and Global Product Development

Fortune 500 High Tech Leader Details How Advanced PLM Software Suite from Aras Drives Cross-Functional Collaboration and Streamlines Processes throughout Product Lifecycle.

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland – Aras®, an enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider,today announced that the Live Webinar “Enterprise Open Source PLM and Global Product Development at XEROX” will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm Eastern U.S. time (11:00 am Pacific U.S. time).

Live Webinar
Enterprise Open Source PLM and Global Product Development at XEROX
June 30, 2010 at 2:00pm Eastern
Register at: http://aras.com/plm/001131

The live webcast is part of the MarketKey PLM Innovation 2010 online series and will describe how XEROX (NYSE: XRX) office products has transformed their product development process worldwide with the Aras enterprise open source PLM software suite. XEROX leveraged the advanced PLM technology from Aras to automate global engineering and supply chain processes and connect legacy systems for a comprehensive approach to cross-functional PLM including new product development and introduction, RoHS and REACH environmental compliance, Design for Six Sigma, product analytics and more.

Webinar attendees will learn:

* How XEROX took control of their own destiny and quickly accomplished PLM business objectives

* How to leverage today’s progressive PLM strategies and how to achieve real results

* Why the elimination of PLM license costs is only the beginning of the enterprise-wide benefits of open source PLM

XEROX Corporation is a $22 billion global leader in business process and document management with 130,000 employees in 160 countries. XEROX provides leading-edge document technology, services and software along with business process and IT outsourcing services for companies around the world.

MathWorks Extends Support for Texas Instruments’ C2000™ Piccolo™ Microcontrollers

Speeds Development Time of Low-Cost, Energy Efficient Applications with Model-Based Design.

NATICK, Mass. - MathWorks and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced continued collaboration to provide customers extended support for design of cost-sensitive, energy-efficient applications. Engineers using TI’s TMS320C2000™ Piccolo real-time control microcontrollers (MCUs) can now adopt Model-Based Design to support the full development chain – from algorithm development to production code generation. Adding support for the low-cost, high-performance Piccolo MCU family, the Target Support Package product from MathWorks now offers rapid turnkey implementation, early verification and shorter time-to-market for digital motor control, digital power, lighting, renewable energy and other applications requiring real-time control. For more information about Piccolo, go to www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-pr-lp, and for more information on MathWorks’ Model-Based Design tool, go to www.mathworks.com/C2000.

The 32-bit Piccolo MCU family offers a broad range of performance, flash, analog integration, and control-oriented peripheral options to meet the varying demands of cost-sensitive, real-time control applications. Design engineers can now execute their MATLAB and Simulink algorithm code across all F2802x/F2803x Piccolo devices for rapid prototyping and production deployment of embedded systems. Model-Based Design with production code generation creates a direct connection between the development environment and implementation platform, helping engineers to identify and fix design problems at the system level and easily generate efficient C2000-specific code.

“Creating energy efficient designs is quickly becoming the single most important part of the embedded development landscape. Model-Based Design helps embedded developers reach the market faster with innovative products that harness the low-cost, high performance and control-oriented peripherals of Piccolo MCUs,” said Ken Karnofsky, MathWorks senior strategist for signal processing applications.

“TI and MathWorks share a common commitment to provide developers with the tools and support they need to simplify design of innovative end products that are reliable, energy efficient and cost effective,” said Sangmin Chon, C2000 worldwide marketing director, TI. “The integration of our tools within Model-Based Design further demonstrates that commitment and allows more customers to speed development from initial rapid prototyping all the way to production.”

Find out more about TI's Piccolo MCUs and MathWorks by visiting the links below:

* Piccolo MCUs: www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-pr-lp
* MathWorks C2000 support: www.mathworks.com/C2000.
* MathWorks Target Support Package: www.mathworks.com/products/target-package
* MathWorks Model-Based Design: www.mathworks.com/model-based-design
* TI MCU videos: www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-pr-v
* High-Voltage motor control system block diagram: www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-mc-pr-ee
* Solar Power Inverter system block diagram: www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-pr-v
* TI’s microcontrollers: www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-pr-mcu-lp
* TI E2E MCU community: www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-pr-v
* TI eStore: www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-pr-es

Pricing and Availability

The Target Support Package is available immediately. List prices start at $3000. More information, including international pricing, is available at www.mathworks.com/products/target-package. TI’s Piccolo MCUs start at sub $2.00 in volume and can be immediately ordered at www.ti.com/mw-piccolo-pr-es.

CIMdata projects Geometric as a rapidly growing CAM software vendor in 2010

Scottsdale, Arizona : Geometric announced that it has been identified to be one of the fastest growing CAM software vendors in 2010, according to the recently released NC Software and Related Services Market Assessment Report, Version 19, by leading management consulting and technology research firm, CIMdata, Inc. The assessment is based on the projected revenue growth.

Geometric’s CAM software, CAMWorks® with Machining Intelligence is the most advanced CAM programming software available for getting products to market faster, more efficiently, and within budget. CAMWorks is a next generation best-of-class CNC programming solution for producing molded parts from solid models.

"We are pleased to be projected by CIMdata as a one of the fastest growing CAM vendors in 2010", said Dr. Vinay Kulkarni, Vice President and Head, Desktop Products at Geometric. “Geometric has been consistently providing the CAM community with the latest enhancements and features, accompanied with timely support; and is committed to continuously developing CAMWorks to help drive innovation in the manufacturing industry”.

Tech Soft 3D Names Phil Spreier Product Manager for CAD Translation Technologies

New Hire Brings Strong 3D Translation and Modeling Background to Key Position.

BERKELEY, CA - Tech Soft 3D, a provider of component technology to the engineering software industry, welcomes Phil Spreier as the new Translation Solutions Product Manager. Phil will drive the product direction of the popular 3D CAD translation and PDF publishing components, which will be repackaged and licensed in pure library form by mid-summer.

For over 17 years, Phil has been involved in the engineering, sales and management of 3D Modeling and Translation technology. Most recently, he built and strengthened strategic partnerships worldwide as Director of Channel Development for Spatial.

"Phil has the unique qualifications and perspective to maximize the impact of this technology," says Tech Soft 3D CEO, Ron Fritz. "Under his leadership, we're confident this powerful new offering in the Tech Soft 3D suite will continue to thrive and support superior data exchange throughout the industry."

The 3D CAD translation suite and PDF publishing SDK allow development teams to create applications that access data from over 25 popular 3D formats and publish rich 3D PDF files in the industry-standard PRC and U3D formats.

"We were very pleased to learn that Phil Spreier is joining the Tech Soft 3D team," said Scott Collins, SVP of Product Development at Anark. "Having worked with Phil extensively over the years, we are confident of his deep understanding of 3D CAD component technology, and the interoperability issues facing PLM software companies and their manufacturing customers."

Phil will be based in the Business Development office in Bend, Oregon, and work closely with the technology's original development team in Lyon, France.

PBS Works 10.4 Increases Accuracy and Predictability for HPC Capacity Planning and Forecasting

Latest release of PBS Professional and PBS Analytics introduces redesigned backfill scheduling, job start time intelligence, and a new license analytics module.

TROY, Mich – PBS Works, a division of Altair Engineering, Inc. and a global leader in software solutions that make high performance computing (HPC) faster, simpler and smarter, announced today the availability of PBS Works™ 10.4, the company’s suite of on-demand computing technologies. PBS Works 10.4 provides customers new capabilities to streamline workload management, allowing easy creation of intelligent policies for managing distributed, mixed-vendor computing assets, including applications, as a single unified system.

The new version of PBS Professional®, the foundation for PBS Works, offers customers a next-generation backfill scheduling system with the ability to accurately predict job start times. PBS Analytics 10.4 introduces a new standalone resource utilization data analysis and visualization module, License Analytics. License Analytics can be deployed within any IT environment and is an easy-to-use solution that supports data-driven planning and decision-making. Together, the enhancements allow customers to maximize information technology (IT) investments by enabling more accurate forecasting and capacity planning decisions.

The improved backfill scheduling system ensures that multiple top-priority jobs start as soon as possible, regardless of backfilling by smaller jobs, honoring enterprise policies while maximizing throughput.

The estimated job start time feature offers customers more control and predictability of job schedules and timelines by informing users of the time a job will start, taking into account all aspects of site scheduling policies. The PBS status command “qstat” displays jobs by run priority, making it very simple for users to understand their job’s place in the queue.

“With this release, we have invested significantly to provide businesses with more visability and planning tools for all levels throughout the enterprise,” said Dr. Bill Nitzberg, chief technical officer for PBS Works.

The new license analytics module in PBS Analytics enables customers to maximize software license use by allowing chargebacks to cost centers, greater accuracy in capacity growth planning, and reduction of spending via sharing of licenses. While most analytics software measures use only by time period, the license analytics module integrates data from multiple sites and sources, including usage data by software, vendor, feature, project, group and cost center, into a cohesive interactive dashboard view.

“With reduced IT budgets, it is increasingly important for companies to get the most out of their IT assets, and PBS Analytics helps them achieve this,” said Nitzberg. “Measuring use, denials, costs and performing what-if simulations provides customers with the information they need to make smart decisions about their IT spending. ”

PBS Works 10.4 also includes an updated version of PBS Catalyst, a tool that simplifies the submission and management of jobs running on PBS Professional compute nodes. Since there are no complicated commands to learn or scripts to write and maintain, PBS Catalyst increases productivity for users by allowing more time for value-added research and analysis. To best meet demanding and varied requirements, PBS Catalyst comes in two forms: a Web-based version that allows users to easily submit work to remote PBS Professional compute nodes, as well as a powerful desktop client version that enables users to submit jobs to local and remote systems.

PBS Works 10.4 is now available from Altair and its channel partners. Visit www.pbsworks.com to learn how PBS Works makes high-performance computing faster, smarter and more productive.

Invention Machine Launches Small and Mid-Market Innovation Initiative In EMEA

BOSTON – Invention Machine has announced the expansion of its reseller network to help European small and medium businesses (SMBs) adopt a sustainable innovation process. Invention Machine Goldfire is fast becoming the innovation platform of choice for SMBs as it allows them to design and deliver cost efficient products quickly and consistently. By adding a network of new resellers, Invention Machine can now help boost and accelerate innovation initiatives in Europe.

“The recent downturn has made European companies -- large and small enterprises-- realize that in order to remain competitive in the global market, they need to do more than just cost reduction,” said Pierfrancesco Manenti, EMEA research director, IDC Manufacturing Insights. “European manufacturers today must restructure their businesses through product innovation, streamline and sustain product development process and foster closer relationships with key customers.”

Goldfire, the innovation intelligence platform, combines proven innovation workflows and collaboration capabilities with precise access to corporate and external knowledge, enabling users to design a repeatable and sustainable innovation process. It identifies, validates and ranks ideas and helps deliver the right products the first time, mitigating innovation risks.

With the integration of Goldfire within their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) portfolio, these resellers can help small and medium enterprises deliver measurable return on innovation, fuel product pipelines and accelerate market expansion. Companies joining Invention Machine’s SMB reseller network include:

ABISSE is a leading French provider of PLM, CAD, CAM, CAE, & data management solutions headquartered in Nantes, France, with offices in Paris, Lyon, and Toulouse. With Goldfire, the company expects to support the innovation needs of their diverse customer base and vertical industries, including food, packaging and special machinery.

BCT Technology is a German-based Value Added Reseller (VAR) and software partner for PLM, PDM & CAD solutions serving customers in different industries around the world. They selected Goldfire to address the innovation challenges faced by their customers in Germany and Switzerland.

Concurrent Engineering and its sister company Honeycomb Solutions is a leading provider of PLM and product development solutions across the UK and Ireland. With Goldfire, Concurrent can help their customers deliver competitively differentiated products, faster and more cost efficiently.

EIT is a leading Italian provider of CAD and PLM software with multiple offices across Italy. With Goldfire, EIT can now increase productivity and innovation efficiencies of the more than 700 customers that they currently work with.

Keonys is a leading provider of 3D and PLM solutions dedicated primarily to serving small and medium businesses in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Keonys provides solutions and services to more than 1,000 customers in multiple sectors, including academic & research, aeronautic, automotive, consumer goods and high-tech. With Goldfire, Keonys plans to infuse innovation into every step of the PLM process, thereby driving and sustaining their customers’ innovation process.

Steinhilber Schwehr (recently merged with ASCAD), is a leading German PLM solutions provider and IT systems integrator serving more than 3,200 customers in the manufacturing and retail industry. With Goldfire, Steinhilber Schwehr and ASCAD, can offer integrated innovation capabilities along with their existing PLM portfolio.

Team Engineering is a reseller of PLM software in the U.K. and works with more than 200 companies. With Goldfire in its portfolio, Team Engineering customers can now leverage the powerful innovation platform to drive growth and productivity.

NET AG is an IT systems integrator and leading supplier of PLM solutions in the German market and also offers related services, consulting and value-added software products to its customers. By adding Goldfire to its portfolio, NET AG customers can now accelerate their innovation initiatives.

Technia is a world-class supplier of PLM solutions in Northern Europe and the Americas, and a subsidiary of the Addnode group, a Nordic IT company. Technia selected Goldfire to further support their customers PLM and innovation strategy, and positively impact their bottom line.

Econocap is a leading PLM solutions provider and VAR, with operations in Sweden and Norway. They decided to collaborate with Invention Machine so they could offer innovation capabilities to their customers in the Nordic region.

“The integration of Goldfire with our partners’ existing portfolio, positions them as major players in a market that’s primed for innovation excellence and growth,” said Mark Atkins, CEO, Invention Machine. “These partnerships with Invention Machine will also vastly benefit the SMBs as they can now speed-up their innovation agenda and improve their standing in today’s global economy.”

MSC.Software and Simufact Strengthen Partnership to Provide Integrated Solutions for Simulating Manufacturing Processes

Respected CAE Simulation Software Leaders Join Forces to Provide Customers with Enhanced Manufacturing Simulation Applications.

SANTA ANA, CA - MSC.Software has announced an expanded partnership with Simufact to continue licensing MSC's software technology in order to produce superior simulation software for manufacturing engineers.

According to this agreement, Simufact, a leader in solutions that simulate metal forming and other manufacturing processes, will continue to power their leading Simufact.forming application with MSC Marc and MSC Dytran nonlinear CAE technologies, both used by product engineers around the world. The MSC products will also power the forthcoming Simufact.welding product to be released this summer.

"We are very excited about our partnership with Simufact," said John Janevic, VP of Strategic Operations at MSC.Software. "Both companies have years of experience in the simulation software industry and therefore together can deliver even more value to our customers. We are very excited about the new applications that Simufact will be introducing this year, which embed MSC solutions for simulating critical manufacturing processes."

Michael Wohlmuth, Managing Director of Simufact Engineering GmbH also agrees. "It is important to take advantage of opportunities that will improve the ability for engineers to simulate complex manufacturing processes using computer based methods. Our partnership with MSC is beneficial to product manufacturers as our combined solutions continue to propel technological improvements in this growing area while enabling us to consistently exceed customer expectations."

COMSOL Announces Chemical Reaction Engineering Module

New Module for COMSOL Multiphysics provides a single environment for modeling and simulating reaction systems and processes.

BURLINGTON, MA — COMSOL Inc, the developer of the market leading COMSOL Multiphysics simulation environment, today releases the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module. This new module is built on the COMSOL platform to create a single environment where engineers and scientists obtain highly accurate studies of material transport and chemical reactions of a wide assortment of chemistries under different operating conditions. Users can simulate reaction systems ranging from micro-reactors in biotechnology to unit operations in chemical processes and gain essential knowledge early in the development phase. The net result is more cost-effective and efficient development cycles for both products and processes.

“The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module is suitable for a diverse range of product and process development applications,” says Henrik von Schenk, Chemical Engineering Product Manager with COMSOL. “It’s particularly useful in the design of sensors for analytical instruments as well as for designing catalysts and filters in automotive exhaust systems. The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module will be especially valuable when developing products and processes in industries like consumer products, fine and specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and bulk chemicals.”

The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module, which combines functionality of two earlier modules, the Chemical Engineering Module and the Reaction Engineering Module, leverages the newly re-engineered COMSOL version 4 architecture to deliver major new functionality and superior usability. With the new module, engineers and scientists can investigate chemical reactions under the controlled conditions of perfectly mixed systems in laboratory studies. Since reactions are directly accessible in a single easy-to-use interface, users can study the influence of multiple concentration and temperature variations in real operating conditions.
“The fusion of our premier chemical engineering capabilities into a single dedicated solution offering an all-inclusive, easy-to-use environment is a great convenience for our customers,” says von Schenk. “Productivity jumps with the new workflow and the ease with which users can manage species, reactions, and material and energy transport in one simulation.”

The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module’s easy-to-use customizable interfaces for defining chemical reactions, mass and energy transport, and porous media flow help users simulate reacting systems accurately. Fully integrated in the COMSOL Multiphysics model set up, the chemical reaction interface enables users to simply type in their chemical reaction formulas. The software then automatically computes the reaction kinetics as well as defines the mass and energy balances. When done, the resulting mass and energy balances are ready to be used to solve the reactor models for perfectly mixed systems of batch reactors, semi-batch reactors, CSTR, and plug-flow reactors.

Users can easily move up from these smaller, less computationally demanding simulations of perfectly mixed reactor models to larger-scale simulations of time- and space-dependent models. “The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module helps you make smart design decisions quickly using comparisons between ideal reactor models and detailed time and space simulations,” explains von Schenk. “It lets you handle simulations beginning at a simple level, which makes it easy to evaluate the chemistry of a system and find reaction time scales, temperatures, and ideal operating conditions. Then, you can use the identical model to run full 3D simulations for investigating and designing processes and reactors in real-world operating conditions.”

The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module provides interfaces for mass transport that describe species transport by diffusion, convection, and migration in dilute and concentrated solutions. These interfaces can also describe transport in free and porous media. Based on principal physics effects that come as standard interfaces in COMSOL, laminar flow and heat transfer can be included in the simulation as well. Still, no matter what physics effect is involved, model set up is quick and follows the same intuitive operations. Users can also add and remove chemical reactions and species as well as change reaction mechanisms on the fly. Users can maintain several studies each with different chemistries and different operating conditions in the same model.
Import Thermodynamic Property Data Into COMSOL

The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module is compliant with CAPE-OPEN standards for modeling, simulating, and designing the operations of chemical processes. Additionally, it has the ability to read CHEMKIN® files, which define complete reacting systems, including physical and thermodynamic properties, for combustion, atmospheric chemistry, and other gas-phase reacting systems.

With the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module’s built-in CAPE-OPEN Wizard, users can combine components from multiple third-party software vendors in their COMSOL simulations. An integrated CAPE-OPEN browser makes finding and selecting thermodynamic and physical property information in external property data packages easy. This flexible combination of openness and ease of use can lead to high-fidelity descriptions of such properties as viscosity, density, heat capacity, and other thermodynamic properties for gases and liquids.
Chemical Reaction Engineering Module Highlights

• Automatic generation of reaction kinetics, mass, and energy balances from chemical reaction formulas
• Allows combinations of perfectly mixed reactor models to detailed time- and space-dependent descriptions in one model
• Extensive interfaces for simulating mass transport by diffusion, convection, and migration in dilute and concentrated solutions as well as in free and porous media
• Functionality for investigating different chemistries and operating conditions by adding and removing reactions, chemical species, and mass transport effects in different studies in a single model
• Predefined chemical reactor types such as batch and semi-batch reactors, CSTR, and plug flow reactors for continuous volume and variable volume simulations
• User-defined functions and expressions that extend usability for defining arbitrary reaction kinetics and for describing physical properties as a function of composition and temperature
• CAPE-OPEN interface for rapid thermodynamics and physical property calculations through connecting to third-party chemical engineering simulation software
• CHEMKIN file import for combustion, atmospheric chemistry, and other gas-phase reacting systems


The Chemical Reaction Engineering Module is available for the Windows, Linux, and the Macintosh operating systems directly from COMSOL and from COMSOL’s global network of distributors on June 28, 2010.

Users of the Chemical Engineering Module with a current software license subscription will receive a one-time upgrade to the Chemical Reaction Engineering Module plus the COMSOL CFD Module at no additional cost.

Flow Science Wins Two Business Awards

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO: Flow Science has recently been awarded two awards for excellence: the Employer of the Year, awarded by the Santa Fe Professional Business Women and the Business Excellence Award by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

The Santa Fe Professional Business Women organization (SFPBW) honored local businesses for their implementation of family-friendly policies and programs. SFPBW annually pays tribute to employers who meet criteria such as family-friendly employee policies, financial assistance for training or education courses, health care or financial assistance for health care, flexible work arrangements, and female employees who hold mid and upper-level management positions.

According to Kathy L. Jahner the event’s chair, “Many companies are changing policies to reflect the demographic shift of women spending more time in the paid labor force and men wanting to spend more time with their families. Many quality work policies are being implemented with positive results for businesses and employees.” She added, the employers honored this year reflected “strong investments” in work/life policies and programs.

The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce presented Flow Science with the Business Excellence Award in the over 25 employees category as part of their annual 2010 Santa Fe Business Awards. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported on the winners that, “The businesses serve as examples to the rest of the community and set the bar for business practices in Santa Fe.”

SOPAL Selects V6 PLM Express and 3DVIA Composer

V6’s Lifelike Experience Capabilities Facilitate Innovation for a Fast Response to Changing Market.

DASSAULT SYSTÈMES SWYM CONFERENCE – Vélizy-Villacoublay, France – Dassault Systèmes (DS) has announced that SOPAL, a Tunisian manufacturer of complex and distinctively styled kitchen and bath fixtures, is using V6 PLM Express and 3DVIA Composer to cover the entire development process of its line of faucets and related equipment. Based on the unique V6 platform, SOPAL has adopted a PLM strategy for all of its products, from initial styling of new equipment to product phase out and end of life. Using Dassault Systèmes’ solutions, SOPAL can manage all of its product information, such as technical specifications, design data, manufacturing data, regulatory constraints and sales throughout the entire lifecycle.

SOPAL chose V6 PLM Express for its superior handling and lifelike visualization of sophisticated surfaces, enabling its designers to create the complex shapes in CATIA V6 that give its faucets a distinctive and attractive look. DELMIA’s V6 Machining Solution will be used to produce their tooling and speed up the entire process. This multi-brand implementation of V6 PLM Express allows SOPAL to keep track of each product and makes the data available to anybody in the company with a need to know.

With trends in faucet design changing often, SOPAL felt it had to remain flexible and reactive to market demand.

“Knowing how to detect new trends and delivering products that respond to these changes is of prime importance. Part of bringing the right product to market, while shortening delivery times as much as possible, is being able to see that product first, in a lifelike experience,” said Moez Regayeg, manager, SOPAL. “We used the lifelike visualization enabled by V6 to create an interactive 3D experience. We even went one step further with 3DVIA Mobile, and published the actual lifelike models of our products for viewing on customers’ iPhones.”

SOPAL chose 3DVIA Composer to quickly and easily document the assembly process, and deliver it in an interactive 3D experience, complete with animated procedures. SOPAL uses 3D animation to explain to architects, construction companies or the final customer how their products should be installed and how they function. To gain worldwide exposure, SOPAL recently published its product portfolio on the 3DVIA.com website, the DS online solution for searching, uploading & sharing ideas in 3D. “3DVIA will help promote our products worldwide,” said Regayeg.

V6 is key to enabling collaboration between SOPAL’s different departments and with subsidiaries. Working together accelerates the development process, fuels innovation and helps avoid mistakes. “As more people collaborate on a design and share ideas on the fly, changes are made, which is why they need to know that they are working on the latest and right version of a design,” said Regayeg.

“V6 covers all our needs in design, manufacturing, and documentation management all on the same DS V6 collaborative platform,” concluded Regayeg.

Kinematic Automation Uses SolidWorks to Automate the Manufacturing of Life-Saving Diagnostic Products

Medical industry manufacturer reducing R&D costs, time to market, and scrap by up to 50 percent.

CONCORD, Mass., USA – A drop of blood and a plastic strip the size of a matchstick can give a diabetes patient a world of life-or-death medical information.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. customer Kinematic Automation of Sonora, Calif., makes the precision machines that make these strips – for diabetes as well as cholesterol, pregnancy, HIV, and toxin testing. These systems treat, slice, and package test strips at rates of up to 50 strips per second each, with a total of approximately 8 billion produced per year. Approximately half the world’s glucose strips are produced by Kinematic Automation machines.

“This is a highly competitive industry,” said Kinematic Automation Mechanical Design Engineer Patrick Grimes. “It’s vital to be first to market with the most reliable, serviceable, and highest-quality machines. SolidWorks® software helps us achieve these goals by enabling us to quickly model designs, communicate our intent to customers, make the necessary changes, and collaborate with our manufacturing team.”

Kinematic Automation machines can have 5,000 parts. In designing them, the company has used SolidWorks to:

* Shorten time to market by 30-40 percent;
* Reduce development cost by 25 percent; and
* Cut scrap and rework costs by 50 percent.

The company has also implemented SolidWorks Enterprise PDM data management software to automate the engineering change order (ECO) workflow and render it paperless. The automation of this previously tedious process will save the company time, money, and labor.

“We’re a lean company that is increasingly competitive nationally and internationally,” said Grimes. “Not only are we competing against other vendors, we’re competing against diseases that can be halted, reversed, or managed with the help of the proper diagnostics. SolidWorks is a critical ingredient in our life-saving mission.”

Dassault Systèmes Launches Online DraftSight Community

DraftSight Delivers Collaborative Services and Unprecedented Ability to Create, Edit, Share, and Manage DWG Files.

DASSAULT SYSTÈMES SWYM CONFERENCE – Vélizy-Villacoublay, France – Dassault Systèmes (DS) has announced the availability of an open, online community accessible through DraftSight.com, aimed at providing all computer-aided design (CAD) users access to new services and products to unlock valuable data stored in billions of DWG files. Building on Dassault Systèmes’ vision of enabling social innovation, the launch of this community comes as a direct result of customer demand and marks the next step in bringing DWG file management and storage into an easy-to-use, online, service-oriented environment.

In conjunction with the debut of the DraftSight community, Dassault Systèmes is also launching the DraftSight solution, a free, professional-grade 2D CAD product delivered using an open business model. Currently in public beta and available for download at 3ds.com, DraftSight provides users with a better way to read, write and share DWG files. Based on an advanced architecture, DraftSight is easy to use, generally takes only a few minutes to download and runs on multiple operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Mac OS and Linux support will be available later this year). DraftSight is available for all users, including CAD professionals, students and educators.

“PLM 2.0 is about using the power of community for collaborative innovation,” commented Pascal Daloz, executive vice president, Market Development & Strategy, Dassault Systèmes. “Together, DraftSight and DraftSight.com will unlock the valuable data stored in DWG files and help reinvent the CAD market by simultaneously integrating data, people and technology. An interactive, user-driven environment such as DraftSight.com enables the collaborative innovation at the heart of product design and in spurring industry growth.”

With the DraftSight community, Dassault Systèmes showcases its strength in delivering not just industry-leading products, but also timely collaborative services to CAD users worldwide. Within the online community, users can learn by interacting with members and letting their opinions be heard about specific topics, challenges or anything they’re passionate about when it comes to CAD and DraftSight. In addition, community members will have the opportunity to share ideas and participate in DraftSight’s transparent, open product development process. Through the global community experience, DraftSight users can choose from a variety of support options, including Community Support and fee-based, Value-Added Support packages that offer telephone, email and remote desktop support.

According to Aaron Kelly, senior director, DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes, “DraftSight was developed in response to comprehensive customer interviews that showed an overwhelming need for the ability to share DWG files. When our customers express the challenges they’re facing, we listen and do our best to deliver. The community created through DraftSight.com and the immediate availability of the DraftSight product, represent a natural next step in our efforts to drive user-based knowledge sharing and high-quality service that will provide real value to our customers and all CAD users around the globe.”

“C.G Bretting Manufacturing is on a quest to eliminate waste and improve productivity”, said Dave Vedder, director of Engineering at C.G. Bretting Manufacturing Company. “As a SolidWorks customer, several months ago we approached them with a concern that their 2D editor product was slow and not customizable. In turn, the company invited us to participate in Dassault Systèmes’ DraftSight alpha program where we provided input to the user interface, core features and participated in early testing. With DraftSight, C.G. Bretting Manufacturing has improved productivity and eliminated waste associated with legacy DWG files. Our experience with DraftSight is a solid example of Dassault Systèmes’ continued commitment to their customers. DraftSight will provide an excellent solution for companies that have 2D needs.”

“To continue our productivity enhancement program with success, we’re always looking to improve our tools and processes,” said Marcel Gerber, head of VPLM Competence Center at Bobst Group. “We were happy to join the DraftSight beta testing program and were very pleased with the results. DraftSight went above and beyond our expectations, providing an easy to use solution with excellent support for our day-to-day needs. This launch will help us phase out several legacy systems and accelerate the standardization of one single 2D CAD solution worldwide, beside our main development process based on CATIA. DraftSight will improve our capacity to maintain machine documentation from our large installed-based product and allow us to easily communicate with our partners.”

Dassault Systèmes Expands its V6 Portfolio to Design Smart Products

Acquisition of Geensoft to Digitally Validate Embedded Software in Intelligent Vehicles.

DASSAULT SYSTÈMES SWYM CONFERENCE – Vélizy-Villacoublay, France – Dassault Systèmes (DS) has announced a new step in its systems strategy with the acquisition of Geensoft, the leading provider of innovative embedded systems development solutions, for 5.5M€. The V6 portfolio is expanded by adding the capacity to model and generate the entire vehicle control software system, allowing a validation loop by connecting the physical equipment with the digital mock up.

Most companies across industries are facing significant challenges mastering the growing complexity of systems and complying with stringent quality and safety regulations, while controlling costs and delivery time. In recent years, DS has heavily invested to meet strong customer demand for multi-disciplinary integration and collaboration, and thereby support its customers’ transformation strategies.

“I am delighted to have Geensoft’s team of experts join Dassault Systèmes,” said Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president, Products, Research & Development, Dassault Systèmes. “Together we will make the virtual product closer to the real world.”

“As chairman of the Modelica Association,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Otter, Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR Research Center Oberpfaffenhofen. “I am very enthusiastic about this acquisition, which will further boost the smooth integration of Modelica and AUTOSAR provided through the EUROSYSLIB and MODELISAR European Research projects. Modelica is the winning language for multi-disciplinary systems modeling and simulation. You will now be able to generate embedded code directly from Modelica and run it in the context of the virtual product model.”

DS’s V6 PLM platform delivers a unique collaborative environment that will bring together multiple systems engineering disciplines, working with literally hundreds of disconnected domain specific tools today. By leveraging Geensoft technology on the V6 platform, and exploiting the power of 3D together with information search technology, DS is positioned to deliver a new class of PLM systems engineering solutions.

“We are a long-time user of the Geensoft tools, including the AUTOSAR Builder, ControlBuild and Reqtify embedded solutions,” said Patrick Sudan, director of Automation, PSA Peugeot Citroën. “The integration of Geensoft’s innovative capabilities around modeling with DS’s systems engineering solutions and the ability to leverage models in embedded electronics and automation for development, integration and validation is very good news for corporate customers, such as PSA. By providing integration in the PLM design environment, we believe this acquisition has the potential to significantly improve the overall efficiency of our vehicle design process in the future.”

“We couldn’t dream of a better partner than DS to expand the reach of our solutions worldwide. Our customers, such as PSA Peugeot Citroën, Alstom and Airbus have already started to transform their embedded systems design approach. Integration with PLM will open new horizons for many companies in different industries looking to federate their innovation efforts,” said Marc Frouin, CEO, Geensoft. “The implementation of end-to-end solutions for the modeling of functions and architecture, including embedded code, for the automotive, rail, and aerospace industries, will enable us to facilitate the delivery of new innovative products to the market and streamline development time and cost.”

CADENAS Presents the New Version 9.01 of the Strategic Parts Management System PARTsolutions

New functions enhance user friendliness and efficiency of PARTsolutions.

Augsburg: CADENAS GmbH, a leading software supplier in the area of strategic parts management, introduces the newest version of the PARTsolutions software. The new version 9.01 has already been released at the end of May. Many new functions and smarter features, such as enhanced search functions or automatic adjustment of the window layout to the table forms, further simplify the use of the CADENAS software.

The intuitive service of CADENAS' PARTsolutions version 9.01 now supports engineers and constructors even more in their daily affairs. Components and standard parts can now be found, reduced and managed much more comfortably. CADENAS' strategic parts management system also improves company processes and contributes to effective and lasting cost reduction.

Improvements in PARTsolutions V9.01:

* New search functions: If a term is not found, similar sounding terms are automatically suggested. In addition, a list of similar terms shows up after a successful search, in order to further improve the results.

* The window layout automatically adjusts itself to the selected table formats in the new version.

* The function "Searching with a sketch" can now be found in the index tree as well. PARTsolutions users can thus easily access this search function.

* The connection tool PARTconnection, has now been completely integrated into PARTsolutions.

* With 2-D derivation, users now receive completed sketches with several views, as well as DIN and ISO frames in various paper sizes.

Dassault Systèmes’ V6R2011 Now Available

New Collaborative Creation, Collaborative Innovation and Academia Solutions Headline Latest Release.

DASSAULT SYSTÈMES SWYM CONFERENCE – Vélizy-Villacoublay, France – Dassault Systèmes (DS) has launched V6R2011, the latest release of its PLM 2.0 platform as part of its Lifelike Experience strategy. Today’s release includes unprecedented new advances in collaborative creation with 874 new features, additional collaborative innovation enhancements, as well as an entirely new V6 Academia solution.

V6R2011 delivers new capabilities in collaborative creation, one of the key tenets of PLM 2.0. It includes CATIA advancements in systems functionality and content, such as various automotive-focused Modelica libraries, as well as Lifelike Human and Lifelike Conveyor, two new DELMIA production solutions for enterprise resource modeling. SIMULIA V6R2011 delivers to designers the power of Abaqus technologies for complex assemblies. 3DVIA Composer continues to extend its competitive advantage in 3D lifelike technical publishing experience. Finally, V6R2011 also updates Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Express offer with new key attributes for the mid-market.

V6R2011 features new capabilities in collaborative innovation, extending the depth of ready-to-use solutions in its eleven target industries, including CPG, fashion, high tech, aerospace & defense, and automotive. These ENOVIA-based solutions deliver a strategic foundation for all communities to participate in the product lifecycle online.

“To properly design and build Meyn’s industry-leading poultry processing equipment, we need as ‘lifelike’ an experience as possible,” said Steef Klein, chief information officer, Meyn Food Processing, the leading Dutch food processing technology manufacturer. “There are many reasons to choose V6: from an IT perspective it lowers the PLM IT total cost of ownership; it is able to manage our complete product portfolio, which is a mix of legacy 2D and advanced CATIA 3D models, but most of all it enables collaboration, which gives us the possibility to create business networks, not only in Research and Development, but throughout the whole enterprise. V6 brings a better understanding of the complex industrial processes in the poultry processing industry and, therefore, this new technology acts as an enabler to enhance equipment design and production.”

“Lifelike experience is about putting the customer’s voice at the heart of collaborative creation and collaborative innovation. V6 is the best way to do that. Its platform and solutions, at their core, give our customers a unique competitive advantage,” said Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president, Products, Research and Development, Dassault Systèmes. “The power to ‘See What You Mean’ cuts across language barriers, enterprise barriers, and value stream barriers, to create an innovative, collaborative product development culture within a company.”

In addition to addressing current and prospective users, Dassault Systèmes addresses future PLM users with a new V6 offer for educational institutions. The V6 for Academia solution is tailored to the needs of universities and research facilities in a ready-to-use environment engineered for rapid deployment. Because understanding and practicing the entire range of PLM domains is crucial to future engineers, V6 for Academia includes CATIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA, ENOVIA, and 3DVIA in an integrated collaborative platform.