October 19, 2009
Siemens PLM Software Releases NX 7.0
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SolidWorks Helps Design that Matters Create Low-Cost, Low Maintenance Infant Incubator for Third World
The next step after designing a product is usually manufacturing it – unless you’re
potential users all over the world without the expense of transporting a physical prototype.
MagnaFlow, a leading manufacturer of high-performance exhaust systems and catalytic converters, uses Autodesk Inventor to develop automotive components that not only help engines operate more efficiently and consume less fuel, but also reduce the amount of toxic emissions that are released into the environment. For helping reduce the overall environmental impact of automobiles, MagnaFlow was recognized as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for September 2009. The company's exhaust systems boost engine performance by expelling exhaust gases quicker than a standard exhaust system. This creates less workload for the engine, making it run more efficiently. The company's catalytic
converters help to reduce the toxicity of exhaust emissions by converting carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons into less harmful substances, such as carbon dioxide or water. MagnaFlow also uses Autodesk Showcase visualization software.
Siemens PLM Software Purchases Rulestream Engineer-To-Order (ETO) Software Technology and Brand Assets
Siemens PLM Software announced the purchase of the Rulestream software technology and brand assets, an engineer-to-order (ETO) software application for streamlining the business processes associated with custom-built products. Siemens PLM Software will offer the solution to its customers under the Rulestream brand name and assume full responsibility for ongoing software development and support. ETO business processes are employed by a large and growing number of manufacturing industry segments, including power generation, HVAC, fluid flow technologies, heavy equipment, machinery, and the automotive and aerospace supply base. The increasing demand for customized or customer-specific product configurations creates a common set of challenges for these companies. There is constant competitive pressure for ETO manufacturers to increase the number, accuracy and win rate of their bids, while reducing order engineering lead time and optimizing resource utilization in manufacturing. Through ongoing software enhancements and support, Siemens PLM Software will continue to build business value for both current and future Rulestream customers. The addition of Rulestream to the Siemens PLM Software product line will reinforce and augment the investments made in Rules Based Design and Knowledge Based Engineering through the NX and Teamcenter application suites. For more
Verisurf Software announced it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). Under the agreement, Verisurf will become SpaceX’s software standard for real time information regarding surface variance on composite tooling, to perform crucial final acceptance inspection, and to create surface deviation reports for the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles, as well as the Dragon spacecraft programs. SpaceX cited Verisurf’s ease of use, proven industry experience and leadership in expanding the use of 3D CAD data into complex aerospace assembly and inspection processes as the reasons for the exclusive agreement. SpaceX is developing a
family of launch vehicles and spacecraft intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space transportation, ultimately by a factor of ten. With the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 vehicles, SpaceX offers highly reliable/cost-efficient launch capabilities for spacecraft insertion into any orbital altitude and inclination. Starting in 2010, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will provide Earth-to-LEO transport of pressurized and unpressurized cargo, including resupply to the International Space Station.
Hexagon Metrology announced that it has acquired all the outstanding assets and technical intellectual property of Mahr Multisensor GmbH. Hexagon Metrology will reorganize the business, and has agreed to employ certain technical service, development and application engineering staff from Mahr Multisensor GmbH. The vision business unit and products will be integrated into Hexagon Metrology, the world’s largest industrial measurement group, incorporating the leading industry brands Brown & Sharpe, CE Johansson, CimCore, CogniTens, DEA, Leica Geosystems (Metrology Division), Leitz, m&h Inprocess Messtechnik, PC-DMIS, ROMER, Sheffield and TESA. “This acquisition will
further enhance our worldwide product offering in multisensor vision technology and confirms Hexagon Metrology’s commitment to offer the widest range of measuring systems for all industrial applications,” said William Gruber, CEO and President of Hexagon Metrology.
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