Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Design is capable of carrying heavy loads at high capacity, velocity and acceleration while still excelling in wear resistance. PBC Linear has a new line of cost-effective easy-to-specify linear guide systems. Integral V Technology systems feature a patent pending process that allows for tighter tolerances without additional cost. The design itself is capable of carrying heavy loads at high capacity, velocity and acceleration while still excelling in wear resistance.

IV-T also has a growing number of configurations and a wide range of uses with custom orders available. This versatile product is yet another in a long line of innovative products in PBC's history. With the 20 different configurations already available - and more being developed each week - the IV technology is truly versatile in its application. Products in IV technology include snap-in, bolt-on, integrated and compact configurations. All of which allow for easy installation, and what really sets this product and company apart from others is that Pacific Bearing is willing to work with companies to integrate the IV-technology into their extrusions.

PBC's engineering team is fully prepared to adapt or modify the customer's base design with the new Integral V technology to ensure a successful product. The hardened steel V-raceway allows for a high load capacity, rigidity and wear resistance. The rail is constructed of lightweight aluminium partnered with hardened steel V raceways that are mechanically inserted to create high contact loads and wear resistance; thereby lowering production and replacement costs.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Ricardo has received a contract from Gaz Group to upgrade the UMZ-4216 engine to Euro-4 emissions standards. Gaz Group, Russia's largest automotive manufacturer of light commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, cars, diesel engines, powertrain components and road construction equipment, has announced that it will award Ricardo the contract to upgrade the UMZ-4216 engine to Euro-4 emissions standards.

The contract win was secured in a competitive bidding process, and will see Ricardo co-operating with Gaz's OAO UMZ subsidiary. At present, UMZ-4216 engines manufactured by Ulyanovsk Motor Works are installed on Gazelle light commercial vehicles from Gaz Group. One of the engine's main advantages is its high torque at low speed, which gives the vehicle good acceleration and manoeuvrability in light commercial vehicle applications.

The first phase of the upgrade programme will involve a detailed analysis by Ricardo of the technical feasibility of upgrading the UMZ-4216 engine to Euro-4 emissions levels. This phase of work will be completed by the end of 2008. Commenting on this new contract with Gaz, Ricardo CEO, Dave Shemmans, said: "This contract win underscores our developing business relationship with Gaz Group, one of Russia's largest commercial vehicle and powertrain manufacturers".

"It also demonstrates the growing importance of the Russian market to Ricardo, as the country seeks to upgrade its automotive industry and technology to become a leading player on the world stage". "We are delighted to have secured this contract and look forward to working with Gaz on this exciting programme".

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

InnoCielo Publisher and its modules make it possible to automate the publishing process, triggered by predefined document lifecycle events or on an ad-hoc basis. BlueCielo ECM Solutions has released InnoCielo Publisher 2008, the latest version of the optional Publisher add-on for the InnoCielo Meridian Enterprise ECM solution. InnoCielo Meridian Enterprise automates the rendering and publishing of engineering content. In the publishing process, engineering documents are rendered into universally readable formats and stored in a target system such as a Windows folder, an FTP site, Microsoft SharePoint, Documentum or InnoCielo Meridian Enterprise itself.

InnoCielo Publisher and its modules make it possible to automate the publishing process, triggered by predefined document lifecycle events or on an ad-hoc basis. InnoCielo Publisher is used with InnoCielo Meridian Enterprise by companies such as Areva TandD Systems, Huntsman, Johnson Controls, Pfizer and Siemens in energy/utilities, manufacturing, oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and other vertical markets. "InnoCielo Publisher is a useful extension to InnoCielo Meridian Enterprise which we currently use to manage about 280,000 technical documents".

"InnoCielo Publisher provides us with a standard approach to the high-volume printing of our project documentation and integrates with our system to produce neutral PDFs for easy distribution", said Alan Painter, Business Manager - Secondary Systems of Areva TandD Systems. "With InnoCielo Meridian Enterprise at the front end, InnoCielo Publisher operates invisibly in the background and sends our publishing requirements to our servers in a wholly automated process, cutting out the need for manual, time-consuming effort".

"InnoCielo Publisher and its additional modules make it much easier for organisations to distribute information to departments outside of Engineering in neutral, accessible file formats". "Approved documents are also available to collaboration partners at the right time through the right medium", adds Martijn Janmaat, BlueCielo's CEO. "With the entire information exchange process being automated, companies will experience benefits such as shorter turnaround times, greater efficiency and better protection of their intellectual property if external parties are involved".

InnoCielo Meridian Enterprise users can access the publishing queue from the PowerUser or OfficeUser desktop clients, allowing publishing jobs to be viewed, restarted and cancelled. The Generic PDF Rendering module can render documents in most popular CAD (AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, MicroStation, SolidWorks), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, TXT, HTML), image (JPG, PNG, RLC, BMP, TIF, PCX) and fax (CAL, GP4, MIL, RAS) formats into the standard Adobe PDF format.

InnoCielo Publisher can be run from all supported Windows operating system environments, including Windows Vista. Tracing, logging and error handling have been enhanced to greatly improve stability and traceability. The optional PDF Merge module allows multiple documents in different source formats and linked by references or properties to be consolidated into a single PDF rendering. This is particularly useful for documents such as assemblies and sets of project documentation.

The optional Developer module allows one to develop and use custom rendering and publishing options. This module, in combination, with the InnoCielo Publisher Standard Edition replaces the InnoCielo Publisher Framework. In addition to the new modules above, standard InnoCielo Publisher modules are available for native rendering from AutoCAD, Inventor and Microsoft Office and for publishing to InnoCielo Meridian Enterprise, the Windows file system and SmartZIP.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Jofra IPIs can be used as a calibration reference or in applications where high-accuracy pressure measurement is required, from safety valve checks to system pressure verification. Ametek Calibration Instruments' Jofra range of industrial pressure indicators (IPIs) is now ATEX and CSA-certified for use in potentially explosive environments in the field or in calibration laboratories. ATEX is the primary intrinsically safe standard in the European Union, while CSA refers to relevant Canadian and USA standards.

Accurate to +/- 0.05% FS, the IPI can be used as a calibration reference or in applications where high-accuracy pressure measurement is required, from safety valve checks to system pressure verification. This new certification will allow the IPI to be used in any industry where there is a risk of flammable gases. These include oil refineries, offshore platforms, chemical plants, gas production plants, oil and gas shipping.

Intrinsically safe Jofra IPI indicators are available in 10 different pressure ranges. They combine the simplicity of an analogue gauge with the accuracy and easy to read display of a digital calibrator to provide versatile and easy to use units with a fast and straightforward setup, intuitive functions, application flexibility and a long battery life. An RS232 interface is supplied as standard which can be used for configuration, calibration and to transfer measurement data from the gauge.

It enables the Jofra IPI to be used as a pressure reference with JofraCAL software, which in turn provides control of a complete calibration procedure, storage of results and a calibration audit trail through hard-copy certificates. Once the gauge is configured, settings can be locked and password protected to prevent unauthorised changes.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Software enables installers to print their own cable, patch panel and data jack labels using an office laser printer. Sharpmark's label printing software is now available free to download from the company's website. It enables electrical installers to organise and label their systems clearly and professionally. This allows maintenance and trouble-shooting to be completed quickly and efficiently with minimum downtime.

Sharpmark software enables installers to print their own cable, patch panel and data jack labels using an office laser printer. There is no need for custom printers to produce clear, professional-looking labels that are durable and easy to read. Using Sharpmark software is intuitive and requires no training. It is preloaded with all the Sharpmark label part numbers and standard templates to fit components from many manufacturers. Users can also create their own job from scratch, selecting the part number and layout of choice.

Sharpmark software has complex number-generating capabilities to cater for all types of numbering schemes using numeric and alpha sequences as well as fixed text. The user just enters the start point and end point of the sequence and the software completes the rest. Its versatility also enables many layout options for each label, importing data from spread sheets and word processors as well as graphics.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

LOTAR is working on long-term archiving of digital product data in the automobile and aerospace industry in order to save this data securely for years. Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe - Standardisation (ASD-STAN) and ProSTEP iViP signed a co-operation agreement on 1st July, 2008. The two standardisation organisations aim to release standards faster on an international scale for the automobile and aerospace industry with the support of the Long-Term Archiving and Retrieval (LOTAR) group.

LOTAR is working on long-term archiving of digital product data in the automobile and aerospace industry in order to save this data securely for years. "Thus we are reaching a new quality in the area of standardisation ", said Gunter Lessmann, Director of ASD-STAN, which is based in Brussels.

"In doing so we make sure that the working results of the LOTAR project can be transferred into standards on a European as well as international level at the same time". LOTAR is developing a standard on long-term archiving of digital product data in the automobile and aerospace industry under the patronage of ASD-STAN and ProSTEP iViP. It is establishing methods, processes and models for the archiving of 3D geometric data and product structure information.