Caterpillar to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform

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That’s not a toy truck… a Caterpillar autonomous truck next to a real truck

Caterpillar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, much of which is robotic or autonomous, is to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience software. 

Dassault says the industrial giant has chosen the platform because its powerful 3D mock-up capabilities and product lifecycle management (PLM) features were essential to its requirements.

Dassault has been particularly keen to demonstrate its software’s simulation capabilities, having launched “single source for speed” system, featuring Simulia applications. These will enable enable Caterpillar to virtually evaluate the performance, quality and durability of future products before committing to physical prototypes, says Dassault.  Continue reading Caterpillar to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform

Onshape launches commercial online 3D design software

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Company adds more than 100 enhancements during ‘highly successful’ beta tests 

Onshape, the ground-breaking cloud-based 3D design software, has launched commercially, after many months of beta testing.

The company last year raised around $150 million in total funding to start the business and now looks set to repay its investors.

Onshape says its beta test has been “highly successful”, and included 400,000 user hours in more than 150 countries. Continue reading Onshape launches commercial online 3D design software

National Instruments to launch ‘new, smarter’ design and test solutions

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Company says it has made advances in a number of areas 

National Instruments, a provider of automation test equipment, says it will demonstrate “new, smarter microwave design and test solutions that address the entire product lifecycle” at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium next month.

NI says developing next-generation internet of things (IoT) wireless devices and 5G infrastructure challenges the way engineers develop smaller, faster and smarter products. Continue reading National Instruments to launch ‘new, smarter’ design and test solutions

Epson Robots launches new 6-axis industrial robot

Epson’s new C8 series of industrial robots
Epson’s new C8 series of industrial robots

Epson Robots has expanded its 6-axis robot line-up with the introduction of the new Epson C8-Series industrial robots.

The company says the new robot has more reach, faster speeds, and greater payload, adding that its “SlimLine” design enables the Epson C8, C8L and C8XL robots to provide “superior performance for even the most demanding and complex applications”.

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Michael Ferrara, director of Epson Robots, said: “Our Epson C4-Series robots have been in the market for a couple of years now and have been extremely well received for a wide variety of applications.

“One of the key factors for the C4-Series success has been the unique Epson SlimLine Design which results in slimmer arms, less overall weight, and a small footprint while providing high performance motion with higher payload curves.” Continue reading Epson Robots launches new 6-axis industrial robot

‘Ergonomic design saves time and money, and is less annoying’

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Robert Holloway, head of order fulfilment at industrial automation parts supplier European Automation discusses the importance of ergonomics for facilities using industrial automation.

Kettles that release red hot steam onto their handles, cupboard drawers that don’t quite slot in and of course, those pesky USB sticks that take three or four attempts to insert before realising you had right the first time. These niggles are part of everyday life and albeit annoying, their poor design is usually pretty easy to ignore.

But in industry, the bad design of manufacturing environments and equipment is much more significant than a few seconds wasted twisting a USB stick.

As part of the modernisation of manufacturing facilities, industrial automation has become invaluable. The undeniable benefits of increased productivity, improved efficiency and reduction in costs have meant that automation has quickly secured its place as a reigning champion of manufacturing operations.  Continue reading ‘Ergonomic design saves time and money, and is less annoying’

Exploring the art of the possible: Engineering design experts host Dassault Systémes webinar

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Dassault Systèmes says its Simulia delivers realistic simulation applications that enable users to explore real-world behavior of product, nature and life

Product lifecycle management (PLM) expert Design Rule has teamed up engineering design software expert SSA Analysis to host an online webinar that explores best practice for users of Dassault Systémes design and simulation software.

The webinar will explore the benefits of two core Dassault software applications: CAD design product Catia V5 and engineering simulation software Simulia.

The webinar, entitled Simulia and the art of the possible, will take place on Friday, March 18, at 10.30 GMTContinue reading Exploring the art of the possible: Engineering design experts host Dassault Systémes webinar

New version of Ansys software released

ansys 17Ansys software has launched the 17th version of its popular design application for engineers.

The company says, “Engineers across disciplines – from structures to fluids to electromagnetics to systems – will realize step-change improvements in the way they develop products using the newly released Ansys 17.0”.

Ansys adds that this next generation of the engineering simulation solution “sets the scene for the next quantum leaps in product development, enabling unprecedented advancements across an array of industry initiatives from smart devices to autonomous vehicles to more energy-efficient machines”.

The company says Ansys 17 is the most feature-rich release in the company’s 45-year history, and delivers “ten times” improvements to product development productivity, insight and performance. Continue reading New version of Ansys software released