November 07, 2005
PTC Posts Positive Results
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One of Romania's largest privately owned makers of gas regulators and control stations is implementing 32 licenses of SolidWorks Office Professional and SolidWorks Office Premium software. TOTALGAZ S.A. is also using SolidWorks PDMWorks product data management software and PDMWorks Advanced Server to manage TOTALGAZ's design documents. In 11 years of business, TOTALGAZ has become a leader in its market by designing and delivering standard and customized gas regulators and control stations in Romania and neighboring countries. Gas regulators are standard equipment in every customer's home or business, while control stations let gas providers centrally manage flow from their premises.
TOTALGAZ originally chose SolidWorks to replace Autodesk Mechanical Desktop.
Virgin Express will upgrade its first 737-300 with Blended Winglets in December at Sabena Technics. The remaining 3 Blended Winglet options will be installed at Sabena Technics during 2006. Payback, in fuel savings alone, is anticipated at about 2.5 years, on a per aircraft basis, or more than 100,000 gallons per year. Beyond the substantial fuel savings, Virgin Express is looking to measurably decrease engine wear, reduce noise and environmental emissions and project the image of an all-new fleet. Although Virgin Express leases its Classic Series 737s from GECAS, Blended Winglets will be purchased directly by the carrier. The fact that Virgin Express is buying Blended Winglets themselves,
and installing them on leased aircraft, is a testament to the value of Blended Winglet technology. The Blended Winglet payback is typically under 3 years but, once an aircraft has Blended Winglets installed, the fuel savings will be realized for the entire life of the aircraft. Today over 800 Boeing aircraft are in service with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets. Next year approximately 80% of new Boeing 737- 700/800 aircraft will be delivered with Blended Winglets. Blended Winglets are also certified for the Boeing 757-200. The company has plans to certify Blended Winglets for the 737-600 and 737-900 and is negotiating with prospective launch customers to certify Blended Winglets
for the 767-300ER, 717, and MD-80.
3D Systems Corp., a provider of rapid 3-D printing, prototyping and manufacturing solutions, announced that, as part of its continuing operational optimization program, it will consolidate its corporate headquarters, its principal R&D activities, and all other key support functions into a new facility that it plans to construct and lease in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The company expects to complete its move to this new facility by September 30, 2006. As part of this move, the company plans to close its headquarters in Valencia, Calif., and its facility in Grand Junction, Colo. The company said that it expects to consolidate most of the activities that it currently conducts in these two
facilities into its new headquarters facility. The company plans to maintain an Advanced Research facility in Valencia that will be focused on developing future technologies for next-generation products. The company also intends to establish an initial base of operations in Rock Hill and commence local operations there before the end of 2005.
Hexagon Metrology, the parent company of ROMER CimCore, will announce the North American debut of a patent-pending CNC articulated measuring arm at the Fabtech show. The pre-production arm incorporates the components of a ROMER Infinite measuring arm and applies CNC motion to create a measuring arm that combines the portability of an arm CMM with the programmability and repeatability of a fixed CMM. Articulated measurement arms have always manual devices. until now. The CNC version frees the operator from repetitive or awkward measuring tasks, which can be subject to operator fatigue, and thus affects the repeatability of the results. The CNC arm can be configured in many different ways,
depending on the application. Probing options include laser scanning non-contact probes, touch probes, or infrared tube measuring probes. The unit's weight, 88 pounds, lends itself to portability options not possible with a fixed CNC CMM.
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