National Instruments launches new version of LabView

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Latest version of LabView features 500+ new supported instruments, five new 64-bit add-ons, supports improved Python integration

National Instruments, a provider of platform-based testing systems that enable engineers and scientists, has launched LabView 2016 system design software.

NI says it empowers engineers to simplify development and effectively integrate software from the ecosystem into their systems.

The latest version of LabView introduces new channel wires to simplify complex communication between parallel sections of code. Available on both desktop and real-time versions of LabView, the channel wire method helps improve code readability and reduces development time.  Continue reading National Instruments launches new version of LabView

Energy and the IoT: Future-proofing Britain’s energy infrastructure

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Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial automation software expert Copa-Data UK, discusses the role the Internet of Things plays in the energy sector 

Few companies can afford to have their operations halted by unexpected downtime, but for the energy grid potential power failures could plunge parts of, or entire, countries into darkness.

The cost of ensuring that Britain can switch its lights back on, following a failure, has grown by £12 million in the past year alone.

Naturally, developed economies are not at high risk of power blackouts, apart from in the most extreme of circumstances. Continue reading Energy and the IoT: Future-proofing Britain’s energy infrastructure

Dassault Systèmes to acquire CST

Dassault Systèmes has entered into an agreement to acquire Computer Simulation Technology, a provider of electromagnetic and electronics simulation, for approximately €220 million. 

With the acquisition of CST, based near Frankfurt, Germany, Dassault Systèmes will complement its industry solution experiences for realistic multiphysics simulation on the 3DExperience platform with full spectrum electromagnetic simulation.

CST’s Studio Suite software is used by designers and engineers at more than 2,000 leading companies in the high-tech, transportation and mobility, aerospace and defense, and energy industries to evaluate all types of electromagnetic effects during every stage of electronic system design processes.  Continue reading Dassault Systèmes to acquire CST

Oxbotica launches universal driverless car software

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UK company Oxbotica says its driverless vehicles tech is ‘ground-breaking’

Oxbotica, the Oxford-based technology developer, has launched its new Selenium mobile autonomy software solution with a purpose built concept vehicle at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire.

Selenium can work in pedestrianised environments as well as roads and motorways, and is not reliant on GPS to operate – meaning it can easily transition between indoor and outdoor settings, over ground or underground. Continue reading Oxbotica launches universal driverless car software

Copa-Data to showcase software for smarter grids at Cigre

Copa-Data has launched its new zenon software and will be presenting it at Hannover Messe

Copa-Data, the international developer of the zenon software, is presenting its newest solutions for substation automation and substation HMI at the Cigre Session in Paris, from August 21-26, 2016.

JS automation and Copa-Data will jointly demonstrate the numerous possibilities of the software system for developing individual and ergonomic solutions within modern Smart Grids.

The Cigre Session 2016 is bringing experts from the energy industry together in Paris, with participants coming in from over 90 countries. Copa-Data has been offering its HMI/SCADA software in this environment for many years and continues to bring new innovative concepts for improved overview, safety and ergonomics in power plant and substation monitoring.  Continue reading Copa-Data to showcase software for smarter grids at Cigre

Onshape introduces programming language to its online 3D design application

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Onshape says FeatureScript is the first open programming language for adding new parametric CAD features

Onshape, the online 3D design software, is introducing a programming language to its application which the company says will enable designers to “create their own features that look, feel and behave just like Onshape’s built-in features”.

Onshape says it recognizes that the design challenges for each industry and every company are different. And this is one of the main reasons why Onshape is introducing FeatureScript, a new open programming language that lets CAD users create their own built-in parametric features or modify existing ones.

The company says FeatureScript will enable designers to change the way Onshape works. FeatureScript is the same language used to develop all of Onshape’s current features (Extrude, Fillet, Shell, Loft, and so on) and has already been used millions of times by Onshape users, perhaps without realizing it.

By making FeatureScript public – available to all Free, Professional and Enterprise Customers – full-cloud Onshape says it is now offering “the first truly customizable parametric CAD feature set”.  Continue reading Onshape introduces programming language to its online 3D design application

Airbus decides to use Dassault Systèmes 3D apps for advanced manufacturing operations

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Airbus is extending its use of Dassault Systèmes’ 3d design applications to its advanced manufacturing operations. 

Airbus, maker of airplanes and satellites among other aerospace products, undertook two years of testing before extending its use of Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform to its additive manufacturing programs integrating design, simulation and production.

Airbus Group will deploy Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative design and simulation applications as part of the “Co-Design to Target” industry solution experience, for the additive manufacturing of tooling, prototyping and parts for test flights and for production use on commercial aircraft.  Continue reading Airbus decides to use Dassault Systèmes 3D apps for advanced manufacturing operations

Siemens technology boss says digitization ‘one of the biggest growth drivers’

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Professor Siegfried Russwurm, chief technology officer at Siemens, says digital transformation is opening up great opportunities

The world has never been as networked as it is now. Whether in gas turbines, trains, manufacturing facilities or medical imaging technologies, our reality is taking on a digital dimension.

Digital change is sounding the bell for a paradigm change – in business as well as private life. As one of the world’s leading companies in digitalization, Siemens is playing an active part in this development. We’ve set a clear focus and identified digitalization as one of the biggest growth drivers to carry us into a successful future.

Even today, Siemens’ worldwide workforce includes about 17,500 software engineers, who contribute a wide range of industry-specific IT and software solutions to their work in electrification, automation and urban infrastructures. Continue reading Siemens technology boss says digitization ‘one of the biggest growth drivers’

Visual Components going through accelerated growth phase

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Visual Components is apparently going through a period of accelerated growth in which the company is attending numerous conferences and signing up a variety of partners from different parts of the world. 

Visual Components is an online 3D simulation platform which enables designers to create virtual factories and robotics and automation systems.

Started in 1999, the company’s platform integrates a robot programming application, an engineering tool and a sales tool, among other features.  Continue reading Visual Components going through accelerated growth phase

Flexible manufacturing in the modern age: Three steps to automated engineering

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Martyn Williams, managing director at Copa-Data UK explains how implementing custom machinery and combining industrial equipment with intelligent automation software can help companies implement fully flexible manufacturing. 

Increased demand for customised products and shrinking time-to-market expectations have contributed to the fundamental shift in how products are designed and created.

To fulfil today’s demand for smart products and customised design, manufacturers must break away from their outdated, mass manufacturing habits and explore the world of automated engineering.  Continue reading Flexible manufacturing in the modern age: Three steps to automated engineering

Humanoid robot sumo wrestlers invited to take part in crazy contest

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Let’s get ready to rumble!

No matter how bizarre we think things are, there’s always something even more bizarre than we imagined. 

In the latest challenge to our sanity, The Construct is organising what it says is a “humanoid sumo contest”. Yes, that’s what they said. Sumo, as in Japanese wrestling. With virtual humanoid robots. Within The Construct’s specially-created online environment.

As much as we admire The Construct’s technical achievements, we’re not sure if this apparently absurd idea is the right way to go about marketing what is actually a highly professional and capable cloud-based application for developing robots.

But be that as it may, The Construct has indeed set up a humanoid sumo contest, dojo and all, to see whose robot has the sheer girth and mid-riff elasticity to bounce opponents out of the ring.  Continue reading Humanoid robot sumo wrestlers invited to take part in crazy contest

‘Smart manufacturing is all about an intelligent connected supply chain’

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Lars Mohr Jensen, product manager at GateHouse Logistics, looks into the challenges of  the next industrial revolution and the implications on the connected enterprise

As it stands, factories are dumb – or at least far less intelligent than current technology could actually make them. The current industrial production is inflexible and too expensive and a root cause is supply chain invisibility.

But that’s about to change thanks to Industry 4.0, an initiative with its roots in Germany that aims to bring about the fourth industrial revolution. It heralds the era where manufacturing becomes intelligent and every link in the supply chain talks to each other and is connected.

The smart factory concept means industrial or manufacturing processes will be organized in a smart way compared to tired, traditional methods. In opens the era of intelligent manufacturing where the entire production chain, including suppliers, logistics and product life cycle management are connected across frontiers.  Continue reading ‘Smart manufacturing is all about an intelligent connected supply chain’

Faro launches high-resolution 3D ScanArm for engineering and design applications

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Faro Technologies, a provider of 3D measurement and imaging solutions has launched the Faro Design ScanArm, a portable 3D scanning solution tailored for 3D modeling, reverse engineering, and CAD-based design applications across the product lifecycle management (PLM) process.

The Faro Design ScanArm is portable 3D scanning solution tailored for 3D modeling, reverse engineering, and CAD-based design applications across the product lifecycle management (PLM) process.

As a limited-time promotional offer, the Faro Design ScanArm will be bundled with 3D System’s Geomagic software at a reduced launch price.  Continue reading Faro launches high-resolution 3D ScanArm for engineering and design applications

Stäubli to host series of events about robotics in automotive industry

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Screenshot of Stäubli Robotics Suite 2016

Stäubli will be hosting Automotive Technology Days 2016 in Novi, Michigan at the Suburban Collection Showplace from May 24th to the 25th.

The company says its Automotive Technology Days will be an “exciting event geared towards those automotive professionals who want to maximize profit and value in their workflows”.

Stäubli’s industry experts will be present to demonstrate how their top of the line robotic technology can improve productivity with clean, consistent, high performance robots. 

The company also wants to show off the latest version of its Stäubli Robotics Suite 2016, a PC software suite for robotics application development and maintenance.

Continue reading Stäubli to host series of events about robotics in automotive industry

Infosys to network all Kuka industrial robots in new global Cloud platform

The two companies say they will jointly develop Industry 4.0 solutions, while Kuka has established a new software company 

Kuka and Infosys say they will jointly develop solutions to support companies embracing Industry 4.0.

Kuka is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial robots, and Infosys specialises in software solutions for large businesses.

The aim of the collaboration is the development of a software platform that will allow customers to collect, evaluate and utilize data for improving their own processes.  Continue reading Infosys to network all Kuka industrial robots in new global Cloud platform