Teknor's Polystyrene / Bioplastic Hybrid Lets Molders Add Renewable Content while Still Obtaining Excellent Product Performance  
Pawtucket, RI - A new compound based on patented technology for blending plant-based starch with other polymers provides processors of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) with the opportunity to incorporate content from renewable resources in a variety of injection molded applications, it was announced today by the Bioplastics Division of Teknor Apex Company. Terraloy™ BP-18003A is a blend of thermoplastic starch (TPS) with HIPS, with up to 30% TPS content. As an alternative, Teknor Apex also offers a new masterbatch, Terraloy™ MB-18003A, with TPS content ranging up to 50%. Both products are for use in typical HIPS applications such as cutlery, disposable razors, and other consumer products. "The new Terraloy products are the first polystyrene / starch blends that make it possible to effectively substitute for 100% HIPS in many applications," said Edwin Tam, manager of new strategic initiatives.
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GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms Introduces Proficy SmartStart for Production Efficiency - Enabling Business Results in As Little As 30 Days   CoCreate 16.5 Now Tightly Integrated into the PTC Product Development System
Charlottesville, VA - GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions, today introduced Proficy® SmartStart for Production Efficiency, a powerful, out-of-the-box software and services solution that can demonstrate results in as little as 30 days. Proficy SmartStart helps manufacturers to identify operational inefficiencies, perform root cause analysis and manage and improve production operations in real time. It is a low-risk offering that utilizes industry best practices and enables users to explore and evaluate the full functionality of Proficy. "In today's challenging economic climate, manufacturers need to reduce their capital investment, optimize asset utilization and maximize return from resources," said Ryan Cahalane, Product Manager for GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms' Proficy SmartStart. "To achieve these goals, users need a proven solution that enables operations to be extremely efficient, highly flexible and cost effective. Proficy SmartStart provides an optimal way to get started with the Proficy platform, enabling rapid results but also providing the right basis to support the full Operational Excellence journey with Proficy."   Needham, MA - PTC, The Product Development Company, today announced the launch of CoCreate 16.5, the latest release of its market-leading explicit modeling software. CoCreate 16.5 is integrated with a wide range of key solutions comprising the PTC Product Development System (PDS). With this release, PTC further expands value for customers by allowing CoCreate users to benefit from the industry's broadest and best product development system. With CoCreate 16.5, CoCreate customers can now derive even greater value from their models and drawings through enterprise viewing and visualization, automated technical illustration creation, powerful tools for engineering calculations, advanced simulation capabilities, enterprise PLM, and more effective collaboration with teams using Pro/ENGINEER. The CoCreate family of products is integrated with ProductView, Arbortext IsoDraw, Mathcad and Pro/ENGINEER. Companies using CoCreate Drafting can use the new Windchill Workgroup Manager for CoCreate Drafting for all the benefits of enterprise PLM in a 2D environment. PTC is also introducing CoCreate Advanced Mechanica® for simulation experts.
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Geometric SAS Adds HyperWorks Suite as a Preferred CAE Tool Set   Russian Company, Parallels, Will Help Autodesk Users to Run Windows Applications on Mac OS X
Troy, MI - Altair Engineering, a leading global provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that Geometric SAS, the French subsidiary of Geometric Limited, a leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Engineering services and Offshore Product Development (OPD) solutions and technologies, has added the HyperWorks platform to its preferred set of CAE tools. HyperWorks will be used to provide finite element (FE), optimization, and modeling services to all of Geometric's European customers, especially in the automotive industry. "Geometric SAS has been using HyperWorks for over a year now and benefitted by its unparalleled speed and flexibility. HyperWorks allows us to develop and compare many design conditions in a highly interactive and visual environment. Its ability to handle large models allows a much finer mesh, and simulations that are precise. HyperWorks' graphical user interface is easy to learn, and supports the direct use of CAD geometry and existing finite element models, thus reducing redundancy," said Avinash Salelkar, vice president and head of the Engineering Services business at Geometric.   San Rafael, CA - Autodesk announced an agreement with Parallels to make Parallels Desktop for Mac Autodesk's preferred Mac virtualization software. Autodesk will now support use of AutoCAD software, AutoCAD LT software, Autodesk Inventor Professional software, Autodesk 3ds Max software, Autodesk 3ds Max Design software and the Autodesk Revit software platform for building information modeling (BIM) on Mac OS X via Parallels Desktop. Autodesk added official support for these products on the Mac via Boot Camp earlier this year. Parallels, Inc. is a privately-held virtualization technology company with offices in the USA, Germany, UK, France, Japan, China, Russia and Ukraine. According to Expert Magazine Parallels, founded and headed by Segrey Belousov, now has 300 full-fledged developers in Moscow, 200 in Novosibirsk, and 150 technical support specialists in Novosibirsk as well. Marketing, finance, sales, and management are located in the USA.
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VSE Tunes Up Flowmeters Virtually with ANSYS Engineering Simulation Software   New Servers and Workstations Further Expand Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System
Southpointe, PA - ANSYS, Inc., a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced that German flowmeter manufacturer VSE Volumentechnik GmbH uses tools from ANSYS to improve the performance of its industrial flowmeters. Fluid dynamics analysis enabled the company to virtually identify and troubleshoot specific noise, vibration and pressure loss problems, resulting in the elimination of excessive gear wear and worker discomfort. VSE's flowmeters are used to measure critical fluid flows in a wide range of applications, from pharmaceutical processing to power generation to automotive manufacturing. "Because our instruments are designed to operate in small, fluid-filled spaces, it is difficult to analyze them under actual working conditions," said Axel Vedder, technical director at VSE Volumentechnik. "Software from ANSYS allowed us to assess the performance of our flowmeters in a virtual environment that accurately replicated real-world operating conditions. We were able to quickly identify, and address, the relevant design issues."   MILWAUKEE - Rockwell Automation has introduced a series of servers and workstations that help engineers more efficiently build a process automation system. With pre-installed software and a pre-configured operating system, the new visualization servers and operator workstations for the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx Process Automation System helps significantly reduce the time and costs associated with specifying, procuring and installing system hardware and software. Comprehensive documentation is provided to walk users through system startup, helping to minimize the time from initial hardware installation to a running solution. The workstation's consolidated activation scheme simultaneously enables the necessary capabilities, providing additional time savings. The workstations and servers are also pre-engineered and tested together as a system to help ensure process performance requirements are met. This step helps reduce errors, such as installing or configuring software in the wrong order or using inappropriately sized hardware.
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Lattice's New Product Delivers On-demand Multi-CAD Formats for XVL Applications, Using Adobe 3D OEM product   Midwest Products Chooses Integrated SYSPRO Solution Over Microsoft Dynamics
San Francisco, CA - Lattice Technology®, developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL® format, today announced the upcoming release of Lattice3D Dataway. Lattice3D Dataway seamlessly delivers multiple 3D CAD data files, on demand, directly into Lattice Technology's powerful XVL applications. Once 3D data is in XVL, it can be quickly and efficiently used for Digital Mockup (DMU) activities and in rapidly creating accurate, high quality 3D technical documents for downstream manufacturing disciplines. The data can be saved into common document formats such as PDF, XVL, Excel and HTML as required by the user. It is the first commercially-available product developed using the Adobe 3D OEM platform. Lattice3D Dataway allows 3D CAD data from all major MCAD, 3D PDF and industry standard formats to be read directly into the XVL Studio and Lattice3D Reporter applications. Once the data is in XVL Studio it can be rapidly used for creation of MBOMs, 3D assembly animations, simulations and instructions, high quality 2D illustrations, 3D parts lists and more. When complete, the 3D manufacturing data can be read out to 3D PDF or XVL for use across the supply chain, shop floor, support, maintenance and repair and other departments in manufacturing.   Costa Mesa, CA - SYSPRO, a provider of visionary ERP Software for the manufacturing pragmatist, has today announced that the company has signed Hobart, IN-based Midwest Products Co. The sale was made by SYSPRO reseller ProSource of Deerfield, IL. Midwest Products is a leading worldwide supplier of quality raw materials, accessories and kits which are sold through distributors and retailers. The company's products are utilized for leisure, educational and professional pursuits, from model airplanes and boats to architectural and educational projects. According to Donna Giricz, Midwest Controller, the company sought an ERP solution to accommodate current needs as well as meet the demands of future growth resulting from new product introductions and added sales channels. After an extensive search of ERP solutions, the choice narrowed to SYSPRO and Microsoft Dynamics. "The decision to go with SYSPRO was based on the ability of the software to extend the enterprise," says Giricz, citing the availability of integrated solutions such as EDI [Electronic Data Interchange], Customer Relationship Management [CRM] and CyberScan Shop Floor System.
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Dassault Systemes and IBM Announce Intent to Integrate IBM PLM Sales Operation into DS   Cypress Provides Solutions IP for New PSoC 3 Devices and Revolutionary PSoC Creator IDE
ARMONK, N.Y and VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France - IBM and Dassault Systèmes today signed an agreement under which DS intends to acquire IBM sales and client support operations encompassing DS's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software application portfolio, as well as customer contracts and related assets, for approximately $600 million in cash. DS and IBM have also defined the next steps in their long-standing relationship, and plan to establish DS as an IBM Global Alliance Partner and expand their services partnership. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2010, subject to the execution of local agreements and completion of regulatory processes and applicable labor relations requirements in various countries. While the transaction is being completed, both companies expect their existing operations, including customer service and product availability, to continue as usual. After completion of the transaction and integration of the two companies' PLM operations, DS PLM customers will benefit from simplified engagement and support processes for DS's market-leading PLM product portfolio.   San Jose, CA - Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced the availability of over 30 intellectual property (IP) elements for its new PSoC® 3 programmable system-on-chip architectures. The embedded design resources include example projects, application notes and solution overviews, all of which enable engineers to quickly implement designs using the unique new PSoC Creator™ integrated development environment (IDE). The solution IP Elements are available for free at www.cypress.com/go/psoc3. The new solution IP Elements help engineers to quickly design with features of the PSoC 3 architecture such as the direct memory access (DMA), analog peripherals, and communication interfaces. These new elements also provide design examples for using PSoC 3 power management, LCD segment display, CapSense® buttons and sliders and much more. The new PSoC 3 architecture extends the world's only programmable analog and digital design platform, and the IP Elements assist embedded designers to quickly take advantage of the integration and flexibility of the new platform.
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DENSO, Freescale and TRW join forces to form Distributed System Interface (DSI) Consortium   Siemens PLM Software Appoints CADEM as Sole Distributor for NX Software in Singapore
TOKYO - DENSO Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor and TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. have joined together to form an industry consortium to drive further development and deployment of the Distributed Systems Interface (DSI) standard. DSI is the automotive industry's most widely adopted bus standard used to connect remotely placed sensors to the main airbag electronic control unit (ECU) in automobiles. The consortium will actively seek broader industry participation to enhance the capability of bus systems, while also expanding the range of applications beyond automotive and into industrial control and networking. Consortium members will be free to use the DSI standard and will be able to influence the development of future generations of the DSI standard. "With the establishment of this consortium, we expect acceleration in the development of advanced competitive DSI standards that have higher performances and lower costs, as well as help expand the DSI standard in the market," said Mitsuhiko Masegi, DENSO's managing officer responsible for the Information & Safety Systems Business Group.   SINGAPORE - 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 that it has appointed CADEM Technology Center Pte. Ltd. as the sole Singapore distributor of NX™ software, Siemens PLM Software's flagship digital product development solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAD/CAM/CAE). Under the terms of this agreement, CADEM will market, license, manage and support the distribution of NX in Singapore. Siemens PLM Software is enabling and extending its reach and coverage of the NX product line in a systematic and comprehensive manner. CADEM will provide users of NX with professional support and also provide both software and industry domain-based training. CADEM is a well established technology solution provider in Singapore that has many years of experience and is credited with the successful implementation of Product Data Management Solutions and CAD/CAM/CAE Solutions in many companies.
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Altera Continues Its 2X to 3X Compile Time Advantage with Quartus II Software Version 9.1   Day-Timer Improves Its System and Personnel Productivity With Migration, Modernization Tools from Alchemy Solutions
San Jose, CA - Altera Corporation announced the release of Quartus II software version 9.1, the industry's number-one software in performance and productivity for CPLD, FPGA and HardCopy® ASIC designs. New features and enhancements within Quartus II software v9.1 reduce compile times 20 percent versus the previous software release, while continuing to deliver on average 2X to 3X faster compile times compared to competing high-density 40-nm and 65-nm designs. New to the software is a Rapid Recompile feature, which significantly improves compile times for small design changes, as well as support for Altera's newly announced Cyclone® IV FPGAs. Quartus II software v9.1 builds upon the productivity advantage Altera consistently delivers with its design software. The software provides the industry's fastest compile times for high-end FPGAs, averaging a 20 percent reduction annually over the past five years. The compile time advantages in the latest release are driven by more efficient place and route algorithms, improved multiprocessor support and faster timing-driven synthesis.   Bend, OR - Alchemy Solutions, Inc., provider of legacy modernization solutions, today announced that Day-Timer, Inc. has turned to Alchemy to drive down mainframe costs and make its business more productive. Using Alchemy's legacy migration and modernization tools, Day-Timer, the leader in personal productivity improvement, has migrated its ERP software to Windows Server and the Microsoft .NET Framework, saving $725,000 in the process. In addition to dramatic mainframe savings, Day-Timer has improved its own business productivity, and reports that batch processing is 10 percent faster and developers 25 percent more responsive to business needs. Besides minimizing mainframe MIPS, eliminating the printing of mainframe green-screen reports saved the company an additional $22,000 in paper costs alone. As the world-renowned maker of personal productivity tools, Day-Timer anticipated the economic slowdown that began in 2008, and embarked on an enterprise-wide cost-saving effort. With annual costs running $725,000, the mainframe system was an obvious target. Day-Timer was running its applications on an IBM 2086-130 with CICS and batch COBOL applications, and VSAM data.
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MedPlast Inc: One of the Nation's Premier Sources of Precision Custom-molded Components  
Headquartered in Tempe, AZ, the MedPlast organization has over 20 years of experience servicing the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets, as well as targeted consumer/industrial markets, where thermoplastic and elastomer material expertise are important. With five world class manufacturing facilities located in Arizona, Iowa, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, MedPlast provides certified clean room manufacturing and assembly in cGMP, ISO-13485 compliant environments. The company operates on a six sigma manufacturing philosophy with certified black belt and green belt teams empowered to drive quality, productivity and safety in the workplace. We emphasize a data driven approach using scientific molding techniques. "We are pleased to be in a position to offer our innovative product solutions for manufacturing complex custom components to the healthcare and consumer/industrial markets. We will continue to tackle the tough projects that other manufacturers are unable to handle, bringing compliance, partnership, and solutions to our customers," says Harold Faig, CEO of MedPlast.
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