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Green Ocean Energy Ltd, a UK-based renewable energy company, is using technology from ANSYS to develop devices that will reliably generate renewable power from the motion of the seas. The project’s complex development process includes rigorous technical requirements, severe environmental conditions and strict product delivery deadlines. Green Ocean Energy identified the engineering simulation tools from ANSYS as a critical element in getting the product to market. With rising fuel costs and environmental concerns, governments and organizations around the world are focusing on clean, safe, sustainable, and alternative energy sources for power generation. Green Ocean Energy is developing two innovative devices that will harness the waters of the north Atlantic: the Ocean Treader and Wave Treader. They are designed to bob on the surface of the ocean while waves cause attached floating arms to move up and down to power on-board generators. Electricity is sent back to shore via underwater cables. Each machine is designed to produce 500 KW of electricity — enough to power 125 homes — so a farm of 30 such devices would have a rating of 15 MW. Hydrodynamic and structural analysis tools from ANSYS are being applied to address one of the primary challenges: reaching a balance between structural strength and weight restrictions. With an expected 25-year design life,
the machines must withstand rough waters and gale-force winds; conversely, structural members must be lightweight to keep production costs within budget and to allow for sufficient floatation.



Siemens PLM Software announced that Siemens AG has adopted Teamcenter software as its corporate-wide standard for product data management (PDM). Teamcenter will serve as the foundation for Siemens’ PLM process. The PDM software tools in Teamcenter deliver core functionality for the complete PLM process. As Siemens’ new corporate standard, Teamcenter will address functional areas in engineering and product design – such as product structure management, configuration management, product structure workflow and release management – in all of its deployments throughout the Siemens global enterprise. The decision to standardize on Teamcenter is effective immediately and applies to all
Siemens units and majority holdings.



MIE Solutions released version 10.4 of its production control software for the manufacturing industry. MIE Trak can be used for quoting, estimating, order entry, quote letter, router, work order, costing, purchasing, receiving, raw material, inventory, shipping, invoicing, and finished goods, scheduling, tracking, accounting, EDI module, shop overview, shipping and invoicing reports, human resource, quality control, document management, RFQ management, asset management, preventive maintenance, nesting and QuickBooks integration. This is a continuation of new releases each 4-5 months shows that there has been great improvement in the product and its capabilities. This is one of the
largest feature releases that include a new human resources module and a new quality control module. MIE Trak 10.4 has just been released which covers over 100 new enhancements and changes to the 10.3 released product.



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