Optimize Machine Design With a Software Solution From Dassault Systèmes and Rockwell Automation  
MILWAUKEE and Paris, - Rockwell Automation and Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. plan to broaden their work together by developing a joint mechatronic solution for machine builders that helps allow mechanical, electrical and controls design engineers to work together to analyze, optimize, simulate and select machine designs in a virtual design and production environment before committing to a final machine design. Machine builders will benefit from the joint solution through increased machine value, improved machine sustainability, and greater innovation agility. The solution allows designers to test various component selections and designs virtually, rather than building and testing multiple physical prototypes. As a result, they can select the design that provides the highest machine throughput, thus improving the machine’s effectiveness.
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Conversion of 3D CAD data into XVL v10, the Industry´s Most Lightweight 3D Format, Now Available   Emerson´s Project Expertise and PlantWeb® Architecture Improves Production Efficiency for Pernod Ricard Nordic in Denmark
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Lattice Technology®, developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL® format, today announced Version 6.0 of its XVL Converter applications, delivering the tools to convert 3D CAD data into the industry´s most lightweight, most accurate 3D XVL format, plus new Converters for 64-bit CAD applications. The XVL Converter applications are available as both Plug-ins to 3D CAD seats or as stand-alone processors (known as Converter Servers). They seamlessly and accurately convert 3D CAD data into the XVL format, which enables the 3D data to become immediately usable and flexible for downstream uses, and compact enough to be rapidly distributed around a dispersed or global manufacturing operation.   AUSTIN, TX - Emerson Process Management´s project execution expertise and digital automation solutions have enabled Pernod Ricard Nordic, market leader within the Northern European spirits market, to increase the accuracy and speed of recipe changes. This has led to improved production efficiency and product consistency, as well as reduced waste at a new bitters blending facility in Aalborg, Denmark that previously was located at Dalby. As part of a project to consolidate production at its Aalborg site, Pernod Ricard Nordic installed a new blending facility to replace one located elsewhere in Denmark. As the main automation contractor, Emerson was responsible for the front-end engineering and design (FEED), and the implementation of the new automation system. PlantWeb® digital plant architecture, incorporating the DeltaV™ digital automation system with HART® communications and intelligent devices, was installed.
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GIGABYTE Accelerates Product Development Cycle By 30% With PTC Windchill 9.0   Siemens PLM Software Announces Femap 10.1
NEEDHAM, MA - PTC, the Product Development Company®, today announced that GIGABYTE Corporation, a leading consumer electronics manufacturer, has deployed Windchill®, PTC's content and process management solution, to accelerate product development in its NetCom division. As a result of the implementation, product development hours have been reduced by up to 30%, helping GIGABYTE to increase competitive advantage through tighter integration with its supply chain and faster time to market. The Windchill deployment expands GIGABYTE's existing relationship with PTC as a long time user of Pro/ENGINEER® for product design. Established in 1986, GIGABYTE Technology, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics accelerators has expanded its product portfolio to include more diverse digital products including Notebook and desktop PCs, digital home appliances, networking servers, communications, mobile and handheld devices.   PLANO, TX - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the latest release of Femap® software which provides new finite element (FE) modeling and visualization tools for increased productivity. Femap is a PC-based CAE modeling solution and the finite element analysis (FEA) component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio. "Femap is known in the industry as a functionally rich finite element application," said Bill McClure, vice president, Velocity Series, Siemens PLM Software. "This new release significantly enhances the usability of Femap in many areas, including visualization, modeling and analysis management, results processing, including increased program performance."
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National Instruments Enhances Embedded System Design by Extending Platforms to Digital Embedded Sensors   Misumi Unveils New Minature Linear Guides for Motion Control Machinery and Systems
Austin, TX - National Instruments announced the availability of free communications intellectual property (IP) blocks for the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module that make it possible to add serial peripheral interface (SPI) and inter-integrated circuit (I2C) devices to embedded systems developed on NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware platforms. National Instruments also has been working with component suppliers such as Analog Devices to develop drivers for common components such as microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors so that engineers and scientists quickly can integrate accelerometers, gyroscopes, temperature and other sensors into their embedded systems. "With the new embedded sensor drivers for Analog Devices MEMS sensors, we are giving LabVIEW users an easy way to integrate ADI´s state-of-the-art sensors into their embedded devices," said Bob Scannell, business development manager at Analog Devices.   Misumi USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Misumi Corporation, part of Misumi Group, Inc. announced the addition of several new Miniature Linear Guides to its expansive family of high quality, configurable linear motion components. The new Miniature Linear Guides feature dowel holes on rail and block for fast, easy positioning. The new components include Misumi Product Numbers: SSELBP, SSEBMP, SSEPWP and SSELBWP. Linear Guides of all sizes are used in a wide range of factory automation and motion control machinery and systems. With the new Miniature Linear Guides, engineers can select from among several design options, depending on their application requirements and technical specifications.
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Oasys Design System Signs WorldWide OEM Agreement to Integrate Concept Engineering´s NlView Visualization Engine   Worldwide Aerospace Supplier, LISI AEROSPACE, Chooses HyperWorks to Streamline Development Processes for Fastener Systems
FREIBURG, Germany -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Concept Engineering announced that Oasys Design Systems, Inc., developer of the RealTime Designer full-chip physical register transfer-level (RTL) synthesis product, has signed a worldwide OEM license for Concept Engineering´s Nlview™ visualization engine. Nlview is integrated into RealTime Designer to power its debugging GUI. Design engineers using RealTime Designer bundled with Nlview benefit from a high-performance, high-capacity debugging cockpit and from very detailed visual feedback about the RTL code and the physical synthesis process. By automatically generating easy-to-read schematic diagrams from RTL code and RTL code fragments, Nlview gives design engineers quick and detailed feedback about the RTL design running through the Oasys physical synthesis process. Cross-probing between schematic and other design views makes it easy to understand and fine-tune the physical synthesis process.   TROY, MI - Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that empowers client innovation and decision-making, announced today that LISI AEROSPACE, one of the leading providers of aeronautical fasteners and assembly components, has chosen the HyperWorks simulation platform in combination with its non linear simulation tools to reduce the time needed to develop new fastener systems. "When selecting a new CAE product suite, we were strongly focused on finding a powerful toolset that would streamline our pre- and post-processing activities," said Antoine Villet, FEA simulation engineer, LISI AEROSPACE. "In HyperWorks we found the tool suite we were looking for and throughout the entire benchmark and selection process Altair´s support was outstanding..."
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China National Chemical Engineering Co., LTD. Expands Use of Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise Solutions   Schott Systeme Significantly Reduce CAM Toolpath Calculation Times
HUNTSVILLE, AL - China National Chemical Engineering Co., LTD. (CNCEC), one of China´s largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) concerns, has expanded the use of Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise design and engineering software to five of its operating companies to further increase productivity and cost savings and to accelerate project schedules. An existing Intergraph customer, CNCEC had already experienced the benefits and productivity gains using Intergraph´s next-generation 3D modeling and visualization, information management, instrumentation, and piping and instrumentation diagram software solutions. Now, CNCEC will expand use of these solutions, including SmartPlant 3D, further into five more companies within the CNCEC group: China Tianchen Engineering Co, Ltd.; Sedin Engineering Co. Ltd.; East China Engineering Science and Technology Co., Ltd.; China Hualu Engineering Co., Ltd.; and China Chengda Engineering Co., Ltd.   Munich, Germany - German CAD/CAM developer Schott Systeme GmbH have announced the inclusion of parallel processing functionality within the latest release of their CAD/CAM software 'Pictures by PC 3.4', providing significant reductions of up to 60% in toolpath calculation times. With machining strategies becoming ever more complex, especially when employing high end 5 axis simultaneous milling and engraving techniques such as those offered by Schott Systeme, toolpath calculation times naturally become longer. However the Schott Systeme team have recently rewritten their software to ensure that the latest 32 and 64 bit versions can parallel process toolpath calculations. By dividing the processing of toolpaths over multiple cores in a computer's CPU, the software has instant access to the extra processing power offered by dual and quad core PC's.
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Schunk´s New Adapter Plates for its Quick-Change System   Fairchild Semiconductor Launches IntelliMAX™ Design Tool
Morrisville, NC - Schunk has developed new adapter plates for its quick-change system for the SWS series. These have up to 14 valves integrated in them, depending on the size. The adapter plates are mounted between the quick-change head and robot flange, establishing the connection between these two components. The new adapter plates contain all the valves that are needed for actuating the SWS, and are supplied with compressed air via a central connection. The valves are actuated by a central electrical connection which also allows interrogation of the locking and unlocking status of the SWS as well as the proximity switches of the grippers used. The adapter plates will in future be supplied in the complete package matching the particular adapter head.   San Jose, CA - Fairchild Semiconductor provides designers of portable applications a web-based simulation tool to quickly and accurately assess the performance of advanced load switches in actual application circuits. The IntelliMAX design tool is unlike other simulation tools because it offers an intuitive, user-friendly environment containing models of Fairchild´s advanced load switches in pre-defined application circuits. This feature enables designers to quickly and easily adjust the circuit component values to more closely approximate their applications´ operating conditions. By using the tool´s interactive graphical user interface (GUI), designers can examine the performance most important for their application. This simulation environment expedites product selection and validation, enabling designers to improve their systems´ robustness, while getting their products to market faster. Fairchild´s comprehensive portfolio of highly integrated IntelliMAX advanced load switches combine protection, control and fault monitoring functions in compact packaging to reduce complexity in power management designs and accelerate time-to-market.
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Austriamicrosystems & HiWave Inc. Introduces the HW-RFR900T: A Low Cost, High performance, Globally Compliant UHF RFID Reader Modul   SYSPRO ERP Software to Set Tempo at Taylor Guitars
Unterpremstaetten, Austria and South Korea - austriamicrosystems, a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for automotive, communication, industrial and medical applications and HiWave Inc., a market leader in the development of WCDMA transceivers announced the release of the HW-RFR900T UHF RFID Reader Module equipped with austriamicrosystems "Simply Gen 2" UHF RFID technology. HiWave leveraged this to develop a competitive, world wide shippable solution in a timeframe they could not achieve with any other solution. The competitive price point means that reader costs are no longer the barrier to implementation or Gen 2 market development.   COSTA MESA, CA -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SYSPRO, a leading, worldwide provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, announced today that El Cajon, Calif.-based Taylor Guitars is ready to go live with its SYSPRO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software implementation. The company selected SYSPRO software to streamline company processes and provide in-depth visibility into company operations. According to Taylor Director of Information Systems, Matt Major, "Taylor had been utilizing multiple systems that were not fully integrated. We realized that the only way to have the functionality we require as we continue to innovate and evolve as a business was to implement an enterprise wide solution as a foundation for our future." Taylor´s choice of SYSPRO software is indicative of the software’s ability to meet the exacting needs of a variety of specialized manufacturers in a variety of vertical industry segments. These companies buy into SYSPRO’s PragmaVision™ positioning of offering affordable enterprise software solutions that are both pragmatic and visionary.
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GF AgieCharmilles: One Brand - One Promise - Achieve More  
GF AgieCharmilles is the world's leading provider of machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and moldmaking industry and to manufacturers of precision components. The products range from electric discharge machines, high-speed and high performance milling machines, including clamping and paletization systems, services, spare parts and expendable parts, consumables and automation solutions. As a globally active group, GF AgieCharmilles, a consortium belonging to the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland), maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3,319 employees generated sales of CHF 1,080 million in 2008. Markets served by Agie Charmilles include: Aeorospace, automotive, medical, micro and mold/tool/die manufacturing.
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