October 11, 2010
New Survey Shows Industrial Sector Moving Forward
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The Week’s Top 5

At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.

Strong results at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 signal a strong comeback in manufacturing. Total registration for the six-day event, which ran from Sept. 13-18 at McCormick Place in Chicago, was 82,411. IMTS covered 1,137,375 square feet of exhibit space with 1,728 companies exhibiting in 1,180 booths. Event management said, “Customers came with very specific objectives and were looking for solutions to make them more productive.” “Sold” signs on machines also could be seen throughout the show. Along with the healthy traffic on the show floor, other highlights for attendees and exhibitors included the Emerging Technology Center, the Advanced Manufacturing Center, the re-invented Industry & Technology Conference, a Manufacturing Museum, and the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Student Summit. This year, IMTS management hosted the first-ever Industry Inspiration Day to kick-off the all-new IMTS Industry & Technology Conference. On Monday, renowned experts from the aerospace, medical, automotive and energy industries presented the keynote program on manufacturing innovation to an overwhelming audience of manufacturing professionals. From Tuesday through Friday, conference participants attended sessions that explored five topic tracks including materials engineering, machining technology and trends, alternative
manufacturing processes, metrology and plant operations. IMTS 2012 will run Sept. 10-15, 2012.

Dassault Systemes announced that electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has committed to Dassault Systemes' V6 PLM. Tesla is beginning its upgrade to V6 with implementation of the ENOVIA V6 collaboration solution. Improvements and predefined templates in the latest ENOVIA release have enabled a successful pilot of the core solutions in just over a month, paving the way for a successful production implementation. Tesla is working with Dassault Systemes' partner Idex Solutions to migrate Tesla's IP and management processes to the ENOVIA V6 environment. Phase two of the implementation will involve the launch of the DELMIA digital manufacturing solution in late 2010. Future phases will
migrate Tesla's product authoring solution from CATIA V5 to CATIA V6. Additionally, Tesla is using the CATIA ICEM solution for Class A surfacing, DELMIA Human for occupant ergonomics, plus solutions from Dassault Systemes software partners. Tesla initially selected Dassault Systemes' CATIA PLM Express and ENOVIA SmarTeam over competitive solutions in 2007. Since then, Tesla has piloted numerous Dassault Systemes software and partner solutions, leading to today's enhanced relationship for the development of the upcoming Model S sedan.

Actify announced the introduction of an open source SharePoint-based solution developed in collaboration with Aras, Razorleaf, and Microsoft. The Collaborative Product Development (CPD) solution enables product data assets normally constrained within a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) or Product Data Management (PDM) system to be shared throughout the enterprise and to its customers, suppliers, and partners globally, improving collaboration and cycle times by fostering speed to decision -- visually. The CPD solution combines the capabilities of Actify's DesignShare, including a new Silverlight based 3D viewer, and Aras' Innovator suite by utilizing SharePoint Server 2010 Business
Connectivity Services, PerformancePoint services, workflow, and search to form an end-to-end companion for PLM and PDM. To realize the project, Microsoft brought together a team of specialists, including Actify, Aras, and systems integration firm Razorleaf Corporation, who specialize in the integration of SharePoint to PLM and PDM applications. The solution is available on Microsoft 's Codeplex open source community at

"Anyone who doubts that the recovery in US manufacturing is happening should have been at IMTS,” claimed Delcam’s North America President, Glenn McMinn, when the exhibition closed last week. He reported that the booth had generated more enquiries, from a higher-quality audience, than any previous show in the series of biannual events. "After the recent recession, companies are looking to invest again,” he said. Delcam’s full range of CAM systems is now made up of PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based machining, PartMaker for Swiss-type lathes and turn-mill equipment, and ArtCAM for routing and engraving. Together, the complete set of
programs comprises the world’s most comprehensive collection of machining software; giving Delcam an unrivalled ability to provide solutions to all of a company’s programming needs. Earlier this year, Delcam further extended its range with the addition of its first integrated CAM system, Delcam for SolidWorks.

Siemens PLM Software and ZWCAD Software announced the licensing by ZWCAD of Siemens PLM Software’s D-Cubed software for use in ZWCAD Professional software. With more than 180,000 users worldwide, ZWCAD Professional is the first application based on the IntelliCAD software targeted for integration with the D-Cubed 2D DCM (Dimensional Constraint Manager). It offers comprehensive design and drafting capabilities, drawing (dwg) file import/export, and extensive application programming interfaces that support a growing community of partner applications. ZWCAD Software is a member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium and Open Design Alliance. The 2D DCM is offered to members of these
organizations with the 2D DCM Teigha software wrapper, an interface that can help them integrate the 2D DCM rapidly into their applications.

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Review Article
  • Trade Barrier Exchange is a better indicator October 12, 2010
    Reviewed by 'Stephen J. Schoonmaker'
    Although the information on the manufacturing sector of the economy is welcome news, it is important that your readers understand that international trade barriers are, by far, the most important factor in whether the US will have any industrial/manufacturing capacity. And, trade barriers are traded on a Trade Barrier Exchange every day. This is called the currency market.
    The currency market is not realy a market. It is not "policed" in any way. Who would do it? The UN? Ha-ha. Currency trading is the playground of those with a hankering for cornering and manipulating markets. You buy a bunch of Brazilian money because you know somebody in the Brazilian government that knows that a good crop report is coming; the next day your buddy announces the good news, your Brazi-money goes up, and bingo, money for nothing. This happens every day. And whether GM builds a factory in Brazil, China, or Mexico is manipulated in the exact same way. GM's future choices are vastly influenced by their perception of the currency "market".
    Right now you can go to Yahoo Finance and plot the US Dollar against other currencies. You can do this against the Yen and the Euro and see what is happening with a somewhat-market-forces-based trade barrier (the values go up and down - but Japan in particular has admitting to manipulating it). Then you can plot against the Communist Chinese currency (Yuan/Remimbi). Here you will see a constant/controlled value within ranges that are "pegged". The US and Chinese government collude to make this so (US lends to China via Treasury Bills). The Chinese signed World Trade Organization papers to not peg their currency, but the plot does not lie (like they apparently do).
    Changes in these trade barriers completely dictate the future. They are trade barriers because they act precisely the same as tarriffs. When you exchange the money from one currency to the other; the value of one versus the other can give you different values (just like a tax). If you are China (like Japan and Korea before it), you make sure your currency is "weak". This means the dollar is "strong" (sounds good but its bad). Your dollars buy more if you travel to Asia (CEO's say yippee here since they love to travel over there and act important). But it makes their stuff cheap here, as expected (Investors say yippee here since closing factories and opening strip malls is what they really like).
    Why not show the plots of currency values on your web site? This is the real indicator for our industrial future. Interestingly, if every factory in America were to do a wildcat strike all at once, it would probably sink the dollar by 25% on the Trade Barrier Exchange. This would make imports 25% more expensive here, and ironically the GM executives would probably move production back to the US.
    Stephen J. Schoonmaker

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