National Instruments Announces New Embedded Vision System for Automated Visual Inspection  
National Instruments announced the release of a new embedded vision system that gives manufacturing engineers and system integrators the ability to build high-speed real-time machine vision systems for applications such as sorting products, verifying assembly and inspecting packaging. The NI EVS-1464RT Embedded Vision System is a high-performance, multicore controller capable of processing images from multiple IEEE 1394 and GigE Vision cameras. Additionally, the EVS-1464RT features an extended temperature range, a real-time operating system, a solid-state hard drive and a fanless design, making it ideal for use in harsh industrial environments.
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Agilent Technologies Offers MATLAB Software with Agilent Sampling Scopes   Pinpoint's New Roll & Receiver Mounts Adapt to Many Machines
SANTA CLARA, CA Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the availability of MATLAB® data analysis software with the purchase of Agilent 86100C DCA-J oscilloscopes. Combining Agilent oscilloscopes and MATLAB data analysis software enables engineers to confidently analyze, visualize and filter signals. Users are able to obtain high-quality instrumentation and data-analysis software from a single source, simplifying work processes and saving engineers' time. "Many of Agilent's customers already use MATLAB software, and it is extremely important to them," said Scott Sampl, vice president and general manager of Agilent's oscilloscope business. "Our customers can now quickly and easily buy a complete hardware and software solution from Agilent, which gives them more time to focus on creating and testing high-quality designs."   Peabody, MA -- Pinpoint Laser Systems announced the introduction of a new set of Microgage Receiver Mounts that can adapt to a wide variety of production machinery and equipment. The Roll Mount, shown in the attached photo, is specifically designed for mounting the Laser Microgage Receiver on a roll or shaft surface for checking height, profile or parallelism to other nearby shafts and rolls. This particular mount has two parallel mounting bars that are fully adjustable inwards or outwards to accommodate shafts or roll surfaces of different diameters. The Microgage Receiver is supported on a stainless steel post and can be adjusted up or down for placement on many machines. A pair of locking collars allows the receiver to be turned on the post while still maintaining a precisely fixed height above the roll or shaft surface.
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Eliminate Labor Costs, Increase Black Oxide Finishing Throughput Using Birchwood Casey's New Automated TRU TEMP Black Oxide System   Phoenix Contact's Screw Terminal Blocks Feature Integrated PE Foot
Eden Prairie, Minnesota: High quality black oxide finishes, with zero/minimal labor cost, are easily achieved when using the new Birchwood Casey CNC (computer numerically controlled) TRU TEMP® finishing system. The non-polluting, low temperature process is now available in a user-proven, integrated programmable hoist and tank line to automatically process iron and steel components with a high quality black oxide finish. Designed specifically for handling the patented TRU TEMP process, this self-controlled tank line eliminates the labor costs normally required with manual hoist lines. The CNC process line eliminates process guesswork and generates highly repeatable results. The standard, 110-gallon tank line system produces 4000 to 6000 lbs of finished parts per 8-hour shift and the line can be sized and configured to accommodate any volume of work or production capacity.   MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - Phoenix Contact's screw-connection terminal blocks are now available with an integrated PE grounding foot. The integrated PE foot is available in 6.2 mm versions of the UT 4 knife disconnect, diode and fuse terminal blocks. The UT 4-PE series saves space while providing a reliable termination for grounding the shields commonly used in shielded twisted-pair wires for analog and digital sensors. The functional blocks also provide options to disconnect (HEDI) or use a universal lever-style fuse holder (HESI) for 5x20 plugs with or without light indication. A compact design with uniform dual-bridge channel delivers power distribution quickly and effectively with robust FBS push-in jumpers. The UT series is part of Phoenix Contact's CLIPLINE Complete system, which features standardized push-in bridging, marking and testing accessories for all connection technologies.
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Free Tool Guides You to Right Statistical Analysis Every Time   Tokai Riki Mfg Streamlines Design Process and Reducing Man Hours by 20% with CATIA
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Statistics can be complicated and daunting, but the statistical analysis of data is at the heart of proven business improvement methods such as Lean and Six Sigma. As more businesses search for ways to boost efficiency—and profits—in the current economic climate, Minitab Inc. is offering a free tool on its Web site that can help quality professionals be sure they're making the best use of their data. Minitab's Method Chooser is set of interactive decision trees that walk you through the key choices in determining the most appropriate statistical tool. Each decision point includes brief but informative details and illustrations to help you make the right choice. "We developed the Method Chooser to help people involved in quality improvement find the statistical techniques that will give them the best, most meaningful information from the data they collect," says Michelle Paret, product manager at Minitab.   Tokyo, Paris - Dassault Systèmes, a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced that Tokai Riki Mfg. Co., Ltd. (RIKI) has deployed Dassault Systèmes' CATIA to streamline the design process while reducing man-hours by 20 percent. In addition, as a provider of key auto parts for major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in Japan, RIKI has also improved collaboration with customers by building a new design review system utilizing CATIA 3D data. As a manufacturer of auto parts such as wiper arms and blades, link motion part, and water valves, RIKI was facing pressure to meet automakers' requirements for design and quality while remaining cost-competitive. In the past, RIKI needed to convert 3D data provided by OEMs to 2D before any design could start, which generated extra time and effort. With the use of CATIA software, RIKI successfully migrated from 2D to 3D template-based design.
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Micro Focus Launches Modernization Workbench v2.1   RadarFind Introduces Customized RFID Tag to Track Medical Telemetry
NEWBURY, England --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Micro Focus, a leading provider of enterprise application management and modernization solutions, launched Modernization Workbench v2.1, a decision–making tool enabling CIOs to understand, analyze and control existing IT applications, aiding the modernization process and improving flexibility, stability and efficiency. The Modernization Workbench gives managers and analysts insight into how their business-critical applications are structured, allowing business-users to identify corporate priorities and quickly translate these into development actions. It provides deep insight into complex applications (from COBOL to Java), giving development teams a centralized knowledgebase of intelligence about their application portfolio and greatly accelerating the execution of development and modernization activities.   DevicesMORRISVILLE, N.C. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- RadarFind Corporation, a healthcare technology company offering a patented enterprise-wide Real Time Location System (RTLS) for tracking medical equipment and patients, is introducing a new location tracking capability for cardiac telemetry devices – the first of its kind in the RTLS industry. Development of the innovative location tag is evidence of RadarFind continuing to distinguish the company as the only provider of RTLS solutions purposely designed and engineered for hospitals. From its technology platform to new location and tracking tags, RadarFind continues to support its hospital partners and rapidly respond with custom applications specific to the healthcare environment. Most recently, RadarFind worked with WakeMed Health & Hospitals of Raleigh, N.C. to develop new system performance enhancements. Today, the company is collaborating with Mary Washington Hospital of Fredericksburg, VA, to create an asset-tracking tag designed specifically to fit cardiac telemetry units.
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HP ProCurve Delivers Converged Networking Solutions for Enterprise Customers   Braintech Supports Vision Guided Robotic Accuracy Tests
PALO ALTO, Calif., HP ProCurve announced new converged wired and wireless networking solutions that allow customers to drastically simplify delivery of multiple IP-based services by combining centralized network operations with a discrete in-wall access device. The HP ProCurve MSM317 Access Device integrates an 802.11b/g wireless access point and a four-port wired Ethernet switch. It is designed to be installed in a standard wall electrical outlet and centrally managed by any HP ProCurve MultiService Mobility controller. Two new HP ProCurve MultiService Mobility controllers give enterprise customers centralized control and management of a network of MSM317 devices or any HP ProCurve wireless access points. The controllers deliver consistent services anywhere on the network, allowing customers to implement security, roaming and quality of service policies.   MCLEAN, Va -- Braintech Inc. is actively supporting an applied research project at a national research laboratory to evaluate the accuracy of visual sensors that measure position and orientation in manufacturing applications in real time. Braintech has loaned a copy of eVisionFactory (eVF™), its award-winning Vision Guided Robotic (VGR) software product, for the exercise to create a procedure that would lead to standards for measuring the accuracy of robotic/vision sensors that provide real-time position and orientation information. "For this research and exercise, Braintech set up its vision software on the FANUC Robot in the Intelligent Systems Division's lab at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Intelligent Systems Division is in NIST's Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory," Braintech CEO Rick Weidinger said.
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Cognex Connect Ensures Seamless Connectivity between Vision System and Automation Controls   Emerson introduces AMS Suite: Global Performance Advisor for Real-Time Equipment Performance Analysis of Turbomachinery
Cognex Corporation announces Cognex Connect™, the most comprehensive suite of communications capabilities ever offered in a vision system. Cognex Connect enables out-of-the-box connectivity between Cognex In-Sight® vision systems and virtually any major PLC, robot, HMI and Fieldbus system commonly used in factory automation. A simple point and click configuration interface makes it easy to control multiple vision systems from any network PC, and allows users to easily transfer data and images to an enterprise file server or display them in the user's own operator interface.   KNOXVILLE, TENN -- The release of AMS Suite: Global Performance Advisor extends Emerson's Online Machinery Monitoring solution for analysis of equipment performance. With AMS Performance Advisor, users can predict performance of assets by identifying, in real-time, performance deterioration of critical machinery. Emerson's Online Machinery Monitoring solution combines protection, prediction, and performance monitoring with process control leading to improved availability and performance. A key component of the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, the complete solution includes hardware, software and services and is targeted for key equipment, such as compressors, gas turbines, steam turbines, boilers, HRSG, heat exchangers and pumps.
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FlexLink and Montech Agree to New Distribution Partnership for the Montrac Monorail Pallet System   X-Rite and Alwan Announce Industry's First Automated Standardization Solution: IntelliTrax with Print Standardizer
The Montrac monorail pallet based conveying system is recognized for its high-tech production logistics applications in manufacturing, assembly, and test processes. It is used within the electronics, health care, and plastics industries in clean room applications up to class 10. FlexLink and Montech have entered into a partnership to increase their business potential in North and South America with FlexLink becoming the exclusive distributor of Montrac for North & South America. The Agreement delivers a valuable addition to FlexLink's offer and provides access to a larger market for Montech and is effective 1 June 2009.   Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA and Lyon, France –– X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, and Alwan Color Expertise, a world leader in standardization and color management implementation, have joined forces to deliver the graphic industry's first automated press quality control and standardization solution featuring award-winning technologies from Alwan and X-Rite including: Alwan's Print Standardizer software based on their CMYK Optimizer engine, and X-Rite's IntelliTrax, the industry's choice for automated press-side color control. Designed to address the graphic industry's ever growing need for standards compliance, it provides an affordable and easy to implement standardization solution within the G7™ workflow for analog and digital presses.
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Plex Systems: Enterprise Resource Planning, Manufacturing Execution System, Supply Chain Management
Since 1995, Plex Systems, Inc. of Auburn Hills, Mich., has maintained a singular vision -- to drive significant cost, quality and productivity improvements for manufacturers, from the shop floor to the top floor. Plex Systems is the leading provider of an easy-to-use, online solution for the manufacturing enterprise. Its fully-integrated, on-demand software solutions have resulted in a near100 percent customer retention and solution implementation success rate. Plex Systems serves a global cross-section of manufacturing industries (OEMs and suppliers), particularly automotive, medical device, and aerospace and defense companies.
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