Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blank Panel cover
The purpose of the Blank Panel cover is to protect the drive's connection surfaces. ABB ACS310 Drive is delivered with a panel cover as standard. In addition there are two alternative control panels available as options; Basic and Advanced.

Basic Control Panel
The basic control panel features a single line numeric display. The panel can be used to control the drive, set parameter values or copy them from one drive to another.

Advanced Control Panel
The advanced control panel features a multilingual alphanumeric display for easy drive programming. The control panel has various assistants and a built-in help function to guide the user. It includes a real time clock, which can be used during fault logging and in controlling the drive, such as start/stop. The control panel can be used for copying parameters for back up or for downloading to another drive. A large graphical display and soft keys make it extremely easy to navigate.

Panel Mounting Kits
To attach the control panel to the outside of a larger enclosure, two panel mounting kits are available. A simple and cost-efficient installation is possible with the ACS/H-CP-EXT kit, while the OPMP-01 kit provides a more user-friendly solution, including a panel platform that enables the panel to be removed in the same way as a drive-mounted panel. The panel mounting kits include all hardware required, including 3 m extension cables and installation instructions.

TransMagic, Inc., a leading developer of 3D CAD data exchange solutions announces today the release of TransMagic R8 SP4, which grants clients the highest quality and control available for CAD interoperability and data conversion processes.  An absolute powerhouse, this release of their flagship product, EXPERT XL-64, is packed with new technology that is revolutionizing the reuse of 3D CAD data. The XL-64 option transforms a 64-bit computer into an incredible workhorse capable of processing extremely large CAD datasets, over 2 gigabytes.  This release combines power, control and quality into a single solution, overcoming file size and complexity barriers.

There is much more to file translation than merely file formats.  The accuracy and downstream usability of the conversions are just as imperative.  Think about the difference between a foreign language dictionary versus a foreign language interpreter.  In the same manner, there is no comparison between EXPERT XL-64 and its closest competitor.  Along with multi-gigabyte compatibility, this release offers accelerated graphics technology, upgraded translators, additional file options and formats.  In conjunction with feature enhancements such as an optimized Fast Bounding Box, upgraded Auto Repair Wizard, and advanced large model visualization, R8 SP4 can be supercharged with the XL-64 technology option.  TransMagic’s attention to detail creates a timesaving technology in R8 SP4, focusing on efficient and economical solutions.

“TransMagic R8 SP4 allowed me to import a 150MB plus file of an engine block head.  I rate TransMagic a 10 on large file performance – Very Fast and Robust,” stated Alan Pike, VP of Involve Test and Control.  “TransMagic R8 SP4 allows you to access more memory, which is why I would recommend this product to anyone.”

For companies dealing with mega-CAD files and complex datasets, EXPERT XL-64 is the preemptive solution that can, with a single click, shrink several days of work down to minutes.  Today, TransMagic’s R8 SP4 represents an oasis in the 3D CAD industry where full spectrum data translation and reuse complexities become routine.

“The CAD interoperability landscape is rapidly changing – now our customers are routinely translating 1 GB files and larger.  That demands genuine muscle on the foundation of a solid 64-bit app,” stated Todd Reade, CEO of TransMagic.  “On a lighter note, it’s a hot summer.  Have a cold lemonade, buy some extra RAM and let TransMagic do the heavy lifting!”

TransMagic, Inc., developer of high quality, user-friendly 3D CAD data exchange software today announced that its TransMagic PowerPack has achieved Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.’s Gold Product Certification.  This achievement signifies world class quality and value for users of SolidWorks® software and enables seamless collaboration across SolidWorks user company divisions. 

The TransMagic PowerPack for SolidWorks combines the design power of SolidWorks software with the multi-CAD freedom of TransMagic to unleash true design freedom.

With the PowerPack installed, CATIA, JT files and more can be imported and exported seamlessly from SolidWorks software, eliminating barriers to collaboration.  TransMagic’s signature CAD Repair technology automatically fixes many types of errors, conditioning models to a higher level of accuracy.  One unique aspect in TransMagic’s PowerPack is the ability to save files into specific versions of key formats, such as CATIA or JT.  By specifying both file type and version number, precise compatibility with downstream applications is now possible with very high success rates.

TransMagic, Inc., a leading developer of 3D design data repair and conversion software, announced today the release of TransMagic R8 service pack 5 (sp5). TransMagic grants clients access to the latest technology and product enhancements for seamless 3D data exchange. TransMagic provides the ultimate universal 3D interoperability platform to preserve design data accuracy and reusability for years into the future.

The new release includes many notable enhancements that empower users of 3D data to get the most from any 3D design file. The enhanced Assembly Browser in TransMagic now offers access to more metadata and information than ever before. These new features are optimized to assist professionals to quickly find and use the data they need. In addition to processing massive files, TransMagic R8 sp5 turns multi-gigabyte assemblies into a virtual design database, allowing parts and sub assemblies to be exported and re-used, on demand, for any purpose.

“TransMagic is more than a product – it’s a system to cut waste, increase throughput and help you design the future. By eliminating the barriers to access and re-use of your engineering data, TransMagic offers improved design efficiency throughout the product manufacturing cycle,” said Todd Reade, CEO of TransMagic.

TransMagic, Inc., a leading developer of 3D data conversion and CAD geometry repair software, unveils TransMagic Release 9 (R9), the fastest and most reliable solution to maintain 3D data integrity across business applications. The focus of R9 is on usability enhancements, quickly finding and repairing errors in the geometry, and customizing workflow. In this release, TransMagic delivers high quality support for updated CAD versions along with customer requested enhancements, including metadata output, point mesh creation and XL-64 high-speed processing. TransMagic language support now includes Spanish, Portuguese, English and German.

R9 offers a new and improved PMI++ option to identify metadata stored in a model and output it in XML. The XML output can be stored, viewed or utilized by other software applications making it an ideal tool for integration with business systems. PMI++ supports product manufacturing information (PMI, aka FTA, GD&T), assembly hierarchy, part names and other metadata stored in a model. Models can also be converted to a polygon point mesh which can protect intellectual property.

TransMagic R9 offers updated bidirectional support for CATIA V5 R21, Parasolid V24 and ACIS R22, in addition to support for all major 3D CAD formats including SolidWorks, NX, Creo Elements, Inventor and more. TransMagic Repair tools enable the highest data exchange fidelity on the market today. The enhanced Auto Repair Wizard now provides better visibility on problem geometry so errors can be resolved with advanced tools such as MagicSurface.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve thousands of companies over the past 10 years. The many success stories of our customers are heartwarming,” commented Todd Reade, CEO of TransMagic. “TransMagic R9 can cut hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of wasted time and energy for companies worldwide where precise 3D data is needed in downstream applications.”

In the new TransMagic ribbon style interface, features are organized into groups and tabs to maximize their utility. The ribbon interface provides quick access to over 100 productivity tools, file settings, model properties and multiple rendering and visualization options. Models can be opened, viewed or converted in separate tabbed windows. Manufacturing professionals can create their own custom toolbars to map workflow processes more efficiently. Customize the TransMagic environment by choosing different ‘styles’, background color, shadows, facet resolution, and create product images for documentation or marketing.

XL-64 (64-bit) is now available in all TransMagic products, offering performance gains up to 50% over 32-bit processing. A big advantage of TransMagic XL-64 is the ability to convert multi-gigabyte data sets that were previously not possible.

The installed language of R9 can be easily re-configured into Spanish, Portuguese, English or German with the “Interface” menu. For convenience, TransMagic automatically installs the native language of the operating system, if available.

Hirose (Distribution: MSC Vertriebs GmbH) has drawn from their pioneering design expertise to introduce the new highly developed super speed ZX360 USB 3.0 connector. These connectors meet with the requirement for better performing connectors with superior high speed transmission capability.

ZX360 connectors are designed with super speed in mind. The data transmission speed has been increased to an incredible 5 Gbps allowing much faster, seamless data transfer rates and enables uncompressed transmission of high definition moving pictures. The structure of the receptacle is in two joined sections, the first section features a USB 2.0 interface to allow for a power charge connection and the other is the USB 3.0 for super speed transmission. The innovative style of the plug allows the cable to be soldered internally to a small printed circuit board (not supplied) instead of directly on to the contacts to reduce the mechanical stress applied to the contacts.

More power is delivered by ZX360 allowing the current capacity to be increased to 900 mA. Durability is not compromised in any way and 10,000 mating cycles can be achieved. Backward mating compatibility with USB 2.0 is guaranteed.

The range currently consists of a Type-B receptacles and plugs. Type-AB receptacles and Type-A plugs are being planned. ZX360 is particularly suited for small handheld applications requiring high speed such as medical equipment, measuring equipment, MP3 players, notebooks and many other compact devices.

MSC now offers a starter kit for the dual Ethernet Physical Layer (PHY, part number µPD60620) from Renesas Electronics. The µPD60620 device enables real-time data transmission and reception without failure.

In addition to high-speed link-up and link-down control mechanisms, which can be used for instance in robotics, the device also offers a large number of diagnostics and monitoring functions. These include, among others, the support of real-time protocols such as PROFINET, SERCOSIII and EtherCAT that require fast link-loss recognition.

The Ethernet Physical Layer µPD60620, provided in a small LQFP80 package, is compatible with all standard Ethernet communication protocols and is also compliant with the IEEE802.3 standard.

MSC now offers the SiT9121 and SiT9122 MEMS-based differential oscillators from SiTime. These differential oscillators feature a high stability of up to ±10 ppm and only 500 femtoseconds of integrated RMS phase jitter. They are ideally suited for use in centralized and edge routers, SATA / SAS / Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), cloud storage systems, servers, wireless base stations and 10G Ethernet switches.

Both the SiT9121, designed for the frequency range 1 MHz to 220 MHz, and the SiT9122, for use in the high-frequency range 220 MHz to 650 MHz, are configurable to individual customer requirements. The frequency, which is programmable with up to 6 decimal places of accuracy, guarantees the highest level of accuracy.

Furthermore, 50,000 g shock resistance, 70 g vibration resistance as well as a mean time between failures (MTBF) of 500 million hours ensures the highest reliability even under harsh environmental conditions.

The differential oscillators are equipped with configurable LVPECL and LVDS signaling levels and are offered both in the extended commercial temperature range from -20°C to +70°C and in the industrial temperature range from -40°C to +85°C. The devices operate optionally with a supply voltage of 2.5 V or 3.3 V. In addition, the SiT9121 and SiT9122 are available in industry-standard packages with dimensions of 5.0 mm x 3.3 mm and 7.0 mm x 5.0 mm respectively and are 100% drop-in replacements for differential quartz oscillators without any design or layout changes.

Furthermore, as with all MEMS-based  products from SiTime, the SiT9121 and SiT9122 differential oscillators feature very short lead times. As a rule, samples are shipped within 48 hours ex factory and production quantities are delivered within 3 to 5 weeks.

With the release of two new series, AM1L-FZ and AM1LH-FZ, customers of MSC Vertriebs GmbH now have a choice of 185 surface mount 1 watt DC/DC power supplies from Aimtec to meet the needs of diverse and demanding applications.

The AM1L-FZ offers input ranges of 3.3, 5, 12 and 24 VDC that step across, step up or step down to single and dual outputs of 3.3, ±5, ±9, ±12, ±15 VDC. In comparison, the AM1LH-FZ series differentiates itself with surface mount pins that exit the case at a higher level, which can reduce the risk of possible corrosion, thus extending the longevity to the pins. Input voltages of 5, 12 and 24 VDC also step across, up or down to single and dual outputs of 3.3, ±5, ±9, ±12, ±15 VDC with low ripple and noise.

Both series provide input to output isolation options of 1000 VDC or 3000 VDC at efficiency rates as high as 83% which is ideal for battery powered applications where heat generation must be kept at an absolute minimum. Designed for a cold start up at -40 °C, these robust and compact converters operate at full load up to +85 °C for use in outdoor applications.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Super FF coating (Fine and Flat) on Sumitomo’s new grades AC820P and AC830P is not only more wear resistant than conventional coatings, it also reduces the possibility of chip adhesion due to its smoothness.  Combined with newly developed carbide substrates, the AC800P series offers higher speed capabilities and a greater resistance to breakage than conventional carbide grades when machining steels and stainless steels.

The AC820P excels in general purpose machining and is available in a wide variety of chipbreakers, including the new high efficiency EGE.  For interrupted applications, the AC830P is the first choice among P30 grades. Its exceptional toughness can sustain more impacts than conventional P30 grades.

Sumitomo introduces the solid carbide GS Drill Series – the new “Global Standard” in solid carbide drilling. With an advanced carbide substrate and highly wear resistant DEX coating, the GS Drill Series allows for increased feed rates and running speed. The DEX coating has alternately stacked AlCr and SiNi coating layers that not only provide high heat resistance, but also exceptional chipping resistance. 

Another feature of the GS Drill is wider flutes to accommodate for excellent chip evacuation when machining steels, stainless steels, cast irons, super alloys, and non-ferrous materials. Also with its newly configured point geometry, the GS Drill reduces cutting forces and promotes stable drilling.  

The GS Drill Series is available in external coolant and coolant-through styles. External coolant drills are available in 2XD and 4XD lengths, while coolant-through drills are offered in 3XD, 5XD and 8XD lengths.

New from Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc., the SumiMill GOALMILL Milling Cutter finishes cast iron with exceptional accuracy.

The GOALMILL provides excellent surface finishes through the use of tangentially mounted inserts accompanied by easily adjustable axially mounted wiper inserts. Each insert offers eight indexes when using single-handed cutters. Four indexes can be used on the periphery pockets, and flipping the insert on its side allows for four more indexes in the finishing cartridge. A total of 12 indexes can be used when employing both right and left hand cutters.

GOALMILL cutters are available for roughing (<50Rz) semi-finishing (<18Rz) and finishing (<12.5Rz). Left-handed cutters are made to order.

Sumitomo Electric Carbide, Inc. announces the latest addition to its coated carbide grade lineup – insert grade AC420K.

ISO classified as a K20 grade, the AC420K performs exceptionally in cast iron roughing applications involving medium to heavy interruptions. The AC420K is a new black Sumitomo Super FF (Fine and Flat) CVD coated grade. Its ultra-thick coating layers of TiCN for wear and chipping resistance, and Al2O3 layers for excellent wear and heat resistance drastically improve conventional cast iron grade tool life.  Additionally, the flat surface of the Super FF coating provides excellent chip adhesion resistance.

Along with the AC420K, Sumitomo added the EGZ chipbreaker to its product lineup. The EGZ is a groove style chipbreaker that is ideal for medium- to light-roughing depth of cut (0.070”-0.200”) applications with a feed rate range of 0.004-0.020 IPR.  

Nanomotion's new FBR60 piezo-electric miniature rotary stage is now from available from Heason Technology.

Providing an exceptionally compact footprint and low profile for precision motorised rotary positioning, the stage has a 60 mm diameter rotating element and overall height of just 35 mm and features a high-stiffness cross roller bearing construction, twin piezo-electric motors that provide zero backlash direct-drive, and an integral non-contact optical encoder with micropositioning resolution options of 5 or 0.5 arc-sec.

Available in standard, vacuum and UHV versions, the FBR60 has an overall accuracy of 10 arc-sec with speeds to 360 degrees/sec and direct load capacity to 5 kg. A central through aperture may used for underside cable or services entry for user devices, which are conveniently mounted on the rotating platen via a matrix of M2.5 threaded holes. The stage may be used independently or as a part of a multi-axis positioning set-up with Nanomotion's FB series linear and goniometric stages allowing nanometre level translation for all six degrees of freedom.

Nanomotion's ceramic motor technology has no intrinsic magnetic field or moving parts and is well suited to ultra-clean and vacuum environments such as those found in semiconductor, biomedical and photonics automation systems. Ceramic motors feature an inherent braking and holding capability and are well proven where high dynamic performance motion control calls for fast settling times and optimum in-position stability.

Nanomotion's HR series high force ceramic motors are used throughout the FB range. A complete range of dedicated 20 kHz servo drives are also available from Nanomotion, and Heason also offers other compatible drives together with a complete range of motion controllers for nano scale linear and rotary positioning.

Aaxeon Technologies is proud to announce the release of our new FCU-280x Series of 10/100/1000BaseT to 1000BaseSX/LX Gigabit Fiber Media Converters.  Aaxeon’s Gigabit media converter series FCU-280x (FCU-2802SC, FCU-2802SC-S10, and FCU-2805SFP) supports conversion between 10/100/1000Base-T and 1000Base-LX/SX networks. With three types of connectors, SC, SFP, and WDM, single-mode or multi-mode media can be provided by the FCU-280x series for efficient Gigabit fiber network construction. The Ethernet signal allows the connectors to link up easily, efficiently and inexpensively.

The FCU-280x series can be used as a standalone unit when powered by it's DC adapter or used as a slide-in module to Aaxeon’s 19-inch 16-Slot media converter rack chassis. These media chassis can supply power to the FCU-280x and permit the fiber-optic network to be maintained at one location. Since the FCU-280x series fully complies with IEEE 802.3 10Base-T, IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX, IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T and IEEE 802.3z 1000Base-LX/SX, the installation of this Gigabit media converter is quick and easy using a simple plug and play feature. The FCU-280x series also supports flow control and back pressure in half-duplex to eliminate the chance of packets loss.

Features include:
  • Complies with IEEE 802.3 10Base-T, IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX, IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T, IEEE 802.3z 1000Base-SX/LX
  • TP port supports 10/100/1000Base-T auto-negotiation and auto-MDI/MDI-X
  • Layer 2 key features:
    • IEEE 802.3x Full-Duplex Flow-Control and Back-Pressure in Half-Duplex eliminate the chance of packets loss
    • Supports auto MDI/MDI-X function
    • Store-and-Forward mechanism
    • Non-blocking full wire-speed forwarding rate
  •     Media conversion between 10/100/1000Base-T and 1000Base-SX/LX
  •     Fiber media allows both multi-mode fiber and single-mode fiber use SC/ LC/ WDM connectors
  •     Wall-Mountable design
  •     LED indicators for network diagnose easily
  •     Provides DIP switch for LFP function (Disable / Enable) setting
  •     Choices of fiber connector from SC, LC and WDM, multi-mode / single-mode fiber for 1000Base SFP interface
  •     2-Year Warranty

Aaxeon Technologies is proud to announce the release of our newest line of IP67 rated Industrial Managed Ethernet Switches. Each of the IP67 switches is available in an extended operating temperature model that can withstand temperatures of -40°C to 75°C. The units are EN50155 compliant and Class 1, Division 2 rated which makes them suitable for railway applications as well as hazardous location environments, respectively.

There are three models in Aaxeon’s new product range. The LNX-800N-67-T has 8 x 10/100TX ports, while the LNX-1002Nx-67-T (x: M- Multi-mode, S- Single mode) has 8 x 10/100TX and 2 x 100FX ports. The models are designed with circular M12 connectors for Fast Ethernet interface, and provide rugged construction which complies with IP67 standards, therefore, making the equipment ideal for damp, dusty, and other harsh industrial environments.

The IP-67 Managed Industrial Switch Models boast a backup power solution with dual power inputs and management features that include VLANs, IGMP Snooping, IPv6 support, Port Trunking with LACP, LLDP, SSH, SSL, and route redundancy through RSTP or from Aaxeon’s proprietary ring. The Switches reduce installation costs, ensure real time operation, increase network reliability, and are compact enough to be mounted anywhere, making them suitable for space-constrained environments and an ideal choice for many industrial applications.

  • Back-Plane (Switching Fabric): 2 Gbps
  • Supports Ethernet Ring Redundancy Function
  • Recovery Time <10ms
  • IPv6 Management
  • Wide-Range Redundant Power Design
  • TFTP Firmware Update & System Configuration Restoration/Backup
  • EN50155 Compliant

Advantech, the embedded platform and integration services provider, announces the introduction of a new industrial-grade, Mini-ITX motherboard supporting the latest AMD® G-Series processors. AMD G-Series feature intelligent performance, power efficiency, and integrated AMD HD Graphics with DX11 support. AIMB-223 is capable of SATA RAID 0, 1, 5 & 10 to ensure reliable storage and system protection for network-intensive applications.

AMD’s “Fusion” Architecture Accelerated Processing Unit
AMD's Fusion family of processors is considered an APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) because it integrates a CPU and a discrete-class GPU on the same die, thereby improving graphics data bandwidth while reducing power consumption.

Maximum Connectivity for Minimum Resources
The AIMB-223 board comes with high connectivity and a variety of expansion options including: a single PCIe x1 and PCI expansion slot, six serial ports, four SATA III 600 MB/s connectors, and eight USB 2.0 ports. Dual display output is supported with several output interface options: VGA, HDMI, and LVDS (LVDS supports 3.3V, 5V, and 12V for large sized panels). AIMB-223 also comes with software RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 support, offering abundant data storage and reliable data protection, as well as dual PCI Express based Gigabit (Realtek 8111DL) Ethernet ports delivering up to 1000 Mbps of bandwidth for network-intensive applications. AIMB-223 has designed in both ATX12V and DC IN power to provide a low total cost solution. All this connectivity is packed into a space-saving, power-efficient, and cost-effective Mini-ITX form factor.

Dual Display and Excellent Graphics Performance
With the graphics engine integrated onto the processor chip, these two-chip solutions provide enhanced graphics performance compared to previous AMD platforms. The integrated graphics controller includes AMD’s first Fusion architecture accelerated processing unit which can also support dual channel 24-bit LVDS for large sized panels.

Integrated Intelligent Software API
Advantech provides drivers and APIs for different operating systems including GPIO, SMBus, watchdog timer, hardware monitor, panel backlight on/off, and brightness control. Supported operating systems include Windows 7, Windows XP, XPEmbedded, Windows CE, and Linux—hardware drivers for these OS are readily available. AIMB-223 is available now; please contact your local sales or visit the website ( for more information.

Advantech (2395.TW), a leading global manufacturer of embedded platform solutions, is releasing the ITM-5112, a 12" SVGA Industrial LED monitor with fully flat resistive touchscreen.

Following ITM-5115 series, ITM-5112, provides customers with a complete selection of industrial grade display solutions. The basic ITM-5112,R M is a stand-alone monitor display with VGA/DVI interfaces; the ITM-5112, C series with an optional Box Computer in the rear is an all-in-one total solution; and the ITM-5112,R L and P series allow quick and easy integration with Advantech pluggable Embedded Box Computers via a 36-pin LVDS input interface and 164-pin golden finger connections.

Highly Efficient LED Backlighting
While most other industrial displays still use CCFL backlights, Advantech's ITM-5112, backlight panel takesadvantage of the reduced power consumption and increased display brightness offered by LEDs. The highly efficient ITM-5112, LED backlight provides a bright display with a wide dimming range, yet realizes a 20 ~ 30% reduction in power. Specifically designed for industrial applications and harsh environments, the ITM-5112, supports operating temperatures from -20 to 60° C, exceeding industrial standards, and the flat-sealed front panel has IP54 dust and liquid protection. The absence of an inverter makes for highly reduced EMI emissions.

More Flexibility, Better Stability
The ITM-5112, industrial monitor is both rugged and elegant, with the side frame rails tidily concealing a variety of peripheral connection cables. The fully flat front touch screen delivers a crisp viewing experience while allowing for easy cleaning. Panel, wall, desktop, and swing-arm VESA mounting are all supported, to accommodate a variety of application needs.

The touch screen, front bezel logo, and installation accessories can be fully customized, saving SI time and effort and shortening time-to-market. ITM-5112, is ideal for kiosk/POI use, HMI equipment controller monitor or other self-service equipment. For added flexibility, more Advantech Embedded Box IPCs designed to co-operate with the ITM-5112, will be available soon.

Last but not least, ITM-5112, is a complete product line that offers a variety of selections: standalone monitor, all-in-one computer, or even all-in-one computer with choice of OS system. ITM-5112,R M series (stand-alone monitor) and ITM-5112,R C series (all-in-one Embedded Box IPC) are available now, and will be followed by ITM-5112,R L series (LVDS interface) and ITM-5112,R P series (Pluggable Embedded Box IPC) in 2012/Q1.

Advantech, a leading service and solution provider, announced at the Intelligent Planet & Internet of Things Expo, that its UTC and HIT series of touch computers and infotainment terminals includes the latest multi-touch technology, near field communications (NFC), and integrated payment systems. HIT-W121, HIT-W151, and HIT-W181 infotainment terminals with full-flat displays ranging from 12” ~ 18”, have eye-catching designs, provide a natural viewing experience and feature projective capacitive touchscreen (PCT) panels running Windows 7, Linux or Android operating systems. UTC-515 and UTC-521 Ubiquitous Touch Computers, powered by high performing, dual-core Intel® Atom™ D510 processors, provide interactive user experiences while consuming low-power with quiet, fanless operation. Ready as integrated payment POS devices and with NFC-capable RFID inputs, they accept transaction requests from Android, Symbian and other smart phones, seamlessly integrating with applications like Google Wallet. They offer stylish solutions for displays in public spaces, hotel lobbies, and can be found in airports, restaurants, theme parks, hotels, and more.

Multi-Touch Technology with High Durability Affords a Better User Experience
PCT touch is a fast-response, highly sensitive, multi-touch technology. It allows intuitive interactive use, with two fingers supporting zoom, flick, and rotate functions. Light transmission is excellent (up to 90%), and the Advantech iServices Touch Computers full-flat panels use chemically-tempered, 7H-rated panels for better durability. Older technologies are limited to smaller displays; the latest PCT touch technologies allow users to interact with displays from 15.6” and up. This makes the new Advantech displays stellar performers in public spaces and self-service applications. PCT touch is available on systems running Windows 7, Linux and Android operating systems.

Near Field Communication Supports Smartphones in Retail and Self-Service
RFID is built into all UTC and HIT series products, allowing NFC-enabled devices such as an iPhone equipped with Google Wallet to complete transactions with a wave over a contact-less reader. NFC is the industry’s latest trend in integrating payments between consumer handheld devices and backend POS devices. An NFC-ready UTC touch computer is an ideal addition to a food service court looking to offer self-service ordering and interactive menu queries.

Advantech, the embedded platform and integration services provider, announces the introduction of a new Intel® Atom™ N455/D525 PICMG 1.0 full-size single-board computer, the PCA-6012. This SBC is ideal for embedded applications that required a balance of performance and lower power. The Intel® Atom™ single core N455 and dual core D525 processors feature an integrated graphic and memory controller (GMCH) all on the same chip. This new architecture decreases memory latency and offers higher performance with even more power savings. PCA-6012 offers high reliability and is resistant to heat and dust, perfect for critical application environments.

PCA-6012G2 SKU is designed around an Intel® Atom™ D525 dual core CPU, and brings new-generation computing capability with a maximum of 4 GB of DDR3 800 MHz memory, and dual Gigabit Ethernet LAN for high capacity networking applications. PCA-6012VG SKU features a fanless, single core Atom™ N455 CPU with a maximum of 2GB of DDR3 800 MHz memory—making PCA-6012 ultra reliable for all kinds of high-temperature and dusty environments.

PCA-6012 has an integrated graphic core based on the Intel® Embedded Gen 3.5+ graphic technology with 224 MB shared memory. This feature makes PCA-6012 capable of handling complex and intense 2D/3D graphic processing tasks without an additional graphics card. VGA and LVDS dual video outputs also make it suitable for applications requiring dual display or digital panel display capabilities.

PCA-6012 provides a rich array of I/O interfaces: it has three SATA ports (300 MB/sec) for mainstream SSDs (Solid State Disks), HDD and ODD connections; and legacy I/O connections: one IDE, one PS/2, one FDD and one parallel port. It also has a CF socket on G2 SKU, two Gigabit Ethernet LANs, and two COM ports. Through the LPC Bus, an optional COM port module (P/N: PCA-COM485-00A1E) is also available to give an extra four RS-485 ports with auto-flow control capability. PCA-TPM provides security support via TPM 1.2 solution.

Most extension-slot type backplanes are compatible with PCA-6012. In addition to board-level products, Advantech also offers rack-mount and wall-mount chassis options with PCA-6012 joining the product portfolio. Advantech now offers a one-step complete system level solution for industrial customers. PCA-6012 is the ideal computing platform for today’s industrial applications. Contact your local sales representative or visit the Advantech website to find out about this and other exciting embedded products.

SonTek is pleased to announce the release of the new SonTek-IQ – a hi- tech flow meter built specifically to address the needs of the open channel irrigation market.

The SonTek-IQ was developed in partnership with the Irrigation Training and Research Center at California Polytechnic State University and Art Schmidt at the University of Illinois and was funded in part by a SBIR grant from the US Department of Agriculture*. The goal of this collaborative effort was to develop a low-cost, yet highly accurate flow meter to meet the need of monitoring water deliveries in the numerous irrigation turn-outs in the U.S. and abroad.

The project leveraged SonTek’s renowned expertise in pulsed acoustic Doppler technology and included never-done-before flow modeling in small irrigation canals. The result is a device that is easy to install, precise and the perfect fit for highly variable flow found in irrigation environments.

“The SonTek-IQ is an accurate 21st century solution to a centuries old problem: How much water is being delivered to the field?” said Mike Cook, Product Manager for the SonTek-IQ. “The new SonTek-IQ and SonTek-IQ Plus can installed in a turnout with minimal effort, is easily integrated with common protocols and will provide unmatched data quality in open channels.”

The SonTek-IQ determines flow velocity using four acoustic pulsed Doppler beams configured in a way that allows the instrument to profile water velocity in three dimensions (3-D). The system also incorporates SonTek’s proprietary “SmartPulseHD”, an intelligent processing scheme originally developed for the award-winning RiverSurveyor product line.

Software Toolbox Inc. today announced the release of the pure .NET managed code version of their Symbol Factory product family. Symbol Factory .NET is a .NET component for engineers and developers building machine HMI applications in Visual Studio .NET 2003 and 2005 using Visual Basic (VB) or C# languages. Users simply drop the components on the Windows Form in Visual Studio, set properties with a point-and-click user interface, and pass machine & process data to the objects to control their configured animations. Users may choose from over 4,000 professionally created objects in over 60 categories. Multi-level color and blinking animations are just a point-and-click configuration step.  Optional drag & drop OPC client interface available for users of OPC DA data sources. Free demo version available at Runtime free distribution licenses only US$795.

"This is one of the most significant releases in the Symbol Factory family this year," said John Weber, President of Software Toolbox Inc. Weber adds, "Machinery OEMs building their own user interface applications can put their energy into their application specific requirements, and leave the artwork to our team by licensing Symbol Factory.NET for their development team. No OEM building, system integrator, or user building their own machine user interface should be without this powerful tool."

Kepware, the world leader in communication software for automation, announces with its long standing partner Software Toolbox, the world leader in 3rd party add-in software for Wonderware products, the expansion of their relationship by naming Software Toolbox as their official "Center of Excellence" for supporting and promoting the use of Kepware OPC technology and native interfaces with Wonderware products. Software Toolbox has marketed and supported the TOP Server OPC & I/O Server, a branded version of the KEPServerEX, to their global customer base, with a specific focus on Wonderware distribution channels, users, integrators and OEMs. The "Center of Excellence" endorsement is designed to clearly let the market know how Kepware and Software Toolbox serve users of Wonderware with Kepware's OPC technology and Software Toolbox's Wonderware focused expertise and support.  To prevent confusion of TOP Server and KEPServerEX as competing solutions, the TOP Server branding will now include the tagline "Powered by Kepware".

The Top Server OPC & I/O Server incorporates the latest generation of Kepware's OPC server technology and, allows users to quickly setup communications from equipment to control systems using a wide range of available "plug-in" device drivers and components.  Software Toolbox has marketed and provided technical support for Kepware Technologies products since 1996, forming a partnership with Kepware in 2001, and creating the TOP Server brand to grow the presence of Kepware's technology in the Wonderware space. Software Toolbox, working with the global Wonderware distribution channel, has installed thousands of licenses with Wonderware InTouch, InSQL/Historian, and System Platform/Application Server, including major Wonderware users such as SAB Miller, Campbell Soup, Chevron/Texaco, Dow, and more. Software Toolbox's support of Wonderware includes application notes, videos, training, and a technical support team focused on the application of Kepware products with Wonderware software products.

"The support team at Software Toolbox has proven to be highly competent and responsive to their clients and users should know that when they buy TOP Server, in addition to Software Toolbox's excellent support, they are getting the full backing of the Kepware team working in close partnership with the Wonderware experts at Software Toolbox," Says Roy Kok, VP of Marketing and Sales for Kepware Technologies . "TOP Server and KEPServerEX are identical from a technical standpoint and because Software Toolbox always releases TOP Server in step with KEPServerEX, users of TOP Server will have immediate access to our latest technologies. Additionally, the Software Toolbox development team has created products which add value to the TOP Server solution. Beyond demonstrating another level of technical competency this shows their commitment to this endeavor" he added.

"Many customers think TOP Server is a competing technology to KEPServerEX. This announcement clarifies that Software Toolbox and Kepware have been partners for years" said John Weber, President of Software Toolbox. He continues, "Software Toolbox offers a variety of connectivity products as well as graphical, wizard, and HMI object add-in products that enable it to offer a one-stop shop for 3rd party products for automation applications. Because we have a wide range of complementary offerings specific to the Wonderware market and other products that add-value to Kepware's products, we are ideally positioned to continue to focus on the Wonderware market for Kepware,"

"We have been aware of both Kepware's and Software Toolbox's product offerings and relationship for many years," says Craig Resnick, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group. "This is a move designed to make it clear to the marketplace that these two companies share the same technology and are not competitors. This move will help provide the marketplace with additional clarity and visibility regarding both Kepware and Software Toolbox, while allowing these companies to show support for each other's technologies and strengths. Although the OPC server technology offered by both Kepware and Software Toolbox is identical, these companies can now provide the marketplace with specific choices based on differences in available HMI/SCADA technology, add-ins and complementary offerings, product support, or user preference. Offering the marketplace a greater number of choices is a positive thing, which should ensure that this announcement will be well received."

Visual Components Oy and Software Toolbox Inc. are proud to announce a cooperation agreement where INGEAR OPC Servers will be available as a trial version for customers using Visual Components PLC Add-on software.

Visual Components' PLC Add-on software connects their 3DCreate digital factory model with the INGEAR OPC servers, allowing controls engineers to simulate and verify new production logics destined for the shop-floor very cost effectively.  The INGEAR OPC Servers provide standards based connectivity to Rockwell/Allen-Bradley, Modicon/Schneider, Omron, and GE Fanuc PLCs for the Visual Components PLC Add-on software.

Visual Components PLC Add-on introduces control validation to the design process. Control engineers can test shop floor logics in a safe and convenient environment at full production speeds. Errors are caught in the digital factory instead of during installation and ramp-up. This shortens the overall project time significantly. "We chose the INGEAR OPC server product line as it comes with excellent customer support from Software Toolbox, was easy to implement and it supports a variety of different PLC controllers" says Craig Lybeck, Visual Components Sales Director.

Software Toolbox today announced that it has been named one of the first Endorsed Partners in the new Wonderware Innovation Partner Program. The Endorsed Partner level is reserved for Wonderware's closest business relationships. Software Toolbox was chosen to provide technical support services to Wonderware, their channel, customers, VARs and OEMs for new device communications options announced today by Wonderware and Kepware. Software Toolbox was chosen by Wonderware to provide these services and as an Endorsed Partner because of their unique expertise and experience in providing device integration support to the Wonderware channel and their customers, OEMs and VARs for nearly 10 years.

The focus of Wonderware's partner program is in response to customer and partner demands for increased collaboration in the delivery of innovative, yet sustainable real-time operations management solutions - across a wide range of vertical industries. The new program is designed to facilitate improved collaboration and innovation across all parties.

Thomas Muth, Director of the Wonderware Innovation Partner Program commented, "Wonderware and its channel have had a strong relationship with Software Toolbox for many years supporting and providing additional device connectivity for Wonderware products. As one of Kepware's leading resellers and support providers, customers should benefit immediately from the expertise that the combination of Software Toolbox and Wonderware provides."

John Weber, President of Software Toolbox Inc. adds, "We are honored to be chosen for this elite partnership level in the Wonderware Innovation Partner Program and look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Wonderware, their channel, and their clients. The Wonderware channel and clients around the world trust and depend on Software Toolbox to provide the support services that help make device integration a success. Wonderware's choosing Software Toolbox to provide support services for the new Wonderware branded products from Kepware is a testament to the value and expertise that our team brings to clients around the world and serves to further validate and extend our relationship with Wonderware."

Sandvik Coromant launches an extension to its range of Silent Tools milling adaptors.

Available in lengths 4-5xD these new dampened adaptors can provide more than 50% productivity increases over undampened assemblies. The full benefits of the patented dampening mechanism can be seen when applied to a wide variety of milling operations.

The adaptors will enhance surface finishing significantly, even with increased cutting data, allow longer engagement milling cycles through increased temperature limitation and the possibility to channel coolant through the arbor, increases tool life.

For all types of heavy machining operations in large components, Coromant Capto size C10, improves performance by allowing higher feeds and greater depths of cut. A flange diameter of 100 mm means a coupling suitable for heavy loads providing extreme stability in milling and turning applications.

Designed to increase removal capacity at higher torques, the C10 gives the entire tool set up higher bending strength. The C10 includes a wide range of holders and adapters from shrink fit, SL adaptors and ER- chucks to tap adaptors.

Coromant Capto is the true universal modular tool system. The most stable tool holding system on the market that makes it possible to use only one system for the entire workshop, regardless of machine type: turning centre, machining centre, multi-task machine; manual or fully automatic.

The tool system permits standardization, reduces inventory costs, and simplifies physical and administrative handling of tools. The unique polygon shaped Coromant Capto coupling, introduced in 1990, has proven its excellence over the years and is now an ISO standard (26623).

With the new quick change clamping units from Sandvik Coromant you can maximize the amount of actual machining time on your machine.

The clamping units utilize Sandvik Coromant’s quick change tooling system, Coromant Capto®, which has been proven to dramatically reduce downtime with setup and tool changing efficiency. These new products are equipped to channel high pressure coolant from the latest CoroTurn HP cutting heads to reduce temperature and improve chip control.

With Coromant Capto Quick change driven tool holders all application areas can be covered with one clamping unit. The reduced need for dedicated units saves turret space and changeover time.

Sandvik Coromant has released a free catalog App for the iPad that is designed to offer you the best tools in your machining applications that are easy to choose and easy to use.

This will provide engineers, programmers and machinists a convenient resource for finding the right inserts for your drilling, turning, threading and milling operations. CoroKey offers first choice recommendations for all material classifications in Steel, Stainless Steel, Iron, Nickel based alloys Super alloys and hard materials. With CoroKey you get the safe, reliable cutting data right on the first cut.

The CoroKey App considers the work piece material and the type of operation to be performed and will guide you to the correct grade and geometry for your specific material group.

The CoroKey insert guide is based on the principle “easy to choose, easy to use” and helps you to select the best insert for the job using this basic information. The App works with both metric and inch measurements.

Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced the ongoing expansion of the Aras Community Project Site at The enhancements expand the use of open innovation techniques in the development of the Aras open source PLM solutions. New functionality enables ideation through crowdsourcing along with enhanced abilities for PLM solution co-creation, giving enterprise PLM architects, corporate IT organizations, Aras partners and other Community Members worldwide the ability to participate.

The purpose of the Aras Community project site, which is powered by the Aras Innovator PLM platform, is to provide an online area where user-driven innovation can occur. The new capabilities being announced include the ability to submit ideas for PLM solution projects, vote on ideas, add reviews and participate in discussions about ongoing solution projects, as well as improved site navigation, search, viewing and software download functionality.

Future project site enhancements will include the ability to claim ownership of project ideas, assemble private project teams and participate in secure collaborative development using either open public areas or “invitation only” restricted areas.

The introduction of functionality for PLM solution ideation and self-sufficient collaborative development further underscore Aras’s leadership role in redefining the PLM market.

“We understand that the next generation of innovation in PLM will come from the millions of people around the world that use PLM software every day. We are creating an environment where those people can participate by contributing ideas, sharing best practices and taking action to transform their businesses. We want to enable companies to innovate anywhere, anytime. It just makes sense,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras.

Uson L.P., the pioneer developer of automated leak detection equipment for the automotive, industrial, medical device and packaging industries, announced today that it has re-launched the Testra pD, a low-cost, compact, automatic leak tester.

"The Testra pD enables manufacturing engineers take the first step to automating leak testing," said Ray Enger, director of engineering and development, Uson, L.P. "It's simple, easy to operate and can be used immediately with minimal training. The Testra pD provides non-destructive and non-subjective testing that can be part of any quality control process that verifies the leak integrity of a product during production. And the results are traceable and repeatable."

Available in a single pressure range of 0-60 psi with manual pressure regulation, the leak tester has an easy-to-navigate software menu, which facilitates program set up and operation. Its memory can store up to 99 test programs making it possible to switch from one product to another quickly without establishing new test parameters, Enger explained.

The Testra pD operates on the principle of pressure decay whereby the test part is pressurized with air to a known pressure, allowed to stabilize and then monitored for a pressure drop. The result can be displayed as a pressure drop or by programming the leak tester to calculate the volumetric leak rate. Accept or reject decisions are made in seconds based upon pre-programmed limits according to the leak rate specification for the test product.

Users can interface the Testra pD with automation or PLC control via the on board I/O and can collect data via the machine's RS232 serial port. The tester is backed by a one-year warranty, which can be extended through service agreements.

XP Power today announced an addition to its ECS family of ultra compact single output industrial and medical AC-DC power supplies. Believed to be the smallest 60 W unit currently available on the market, the ECS60 extends the power density benchmark already set by the ECS series. Measuring just 50.8 x 76.2 x 26.7 mm (2 x 3 x 1.05 inches), the ECS60 unit takes up 25% less space than the current industry 2 x 4 inch footprint.

Featuring a no load power of less than 0.5 W, this highly efficient convection cooled unit, typically between 87% - 89%, helps customer’s end-product comply with internationally recognized energy efficiency standards. The series also meets XP Power’s ‘green power’ limits. The ECS series now covers the power ranges of 25 W, 45 W and 60 W in 2 x 3 inch formats and 100 W in a 2 x 4 inch size.

The ECS60 has an extremely wide input voltage range, from 80-264 VAC, and provides the nominal outputs of +12, +15, + 24 or +48 VDC. A +5 VDC / 8 A output model is also available.

Capable of delivering full power output from - 20 degrees C to + 50 degrees C without the need for any external fans or forced airflow, the unit can operate up to + 70 degrees C with derating. Provision for a Class I or Class II input gives the designer the option of choosing to use an input ground if required. A covered version of the ECS60 is available for Class I installations. Overvoltage, overload and short-circuit protection features are included as standard.

The unit meets UL60601-1 / EN60601-1 medical equipment safety standards and UL60950-1 / EN60950-1 standards for IT and industrial equipment. It also complies with the EN55011 / EN55022 level B standard for conducted emissions without the need for additional filtering components.

The ECS series of power supplies suit designers of medical, IT or industrial equipment. Applications cover a wide variety, such as test and measurement, broadcast equipment, communications and data storage. The medical safety approval makes it suitable for products such as portable medical devices, home healthcare devices and personal drug delivery equipment.

The ECS60 is available from Farnell, Newark & element14 or direct from XP Power and come with a 3 year warranty.

XP Power announced today the launch of the VEH series of low cost “green” single output external AC-DC power supplies. Extending XP Power’s V-Brand product range aimed at high volume cost sensitive applications, the series consists of 5 power levels providing 20, 40, 60, 90 or 120 Watt output, and catering for the popular nominal output voltages from +12 to +48 VDC.

The VEH series are Energy Efficiency Level V rated and are highly efficient, up to 89%. They meet the stringent requirements of global energy efficiency standards such as EISA2007, CEC2008 and the European ErP Directive for a no-load power consumption of less than 0.5 W. In addition, the VEH20, VEH40 and VEH120 units achieve a no-load consumption of less than 0.3 W. The VEH20, VEH40 and VEH60 are also approved as a Limited Power Source (LPS).

All models meet the internationally recognized safety approval standards for IT and commercial equipment IEC/UL/EN/CSA 60950-1. The VEH60 series is also approved with China Compulsory Certification (CCC). All ranges meet EN55022 Class B limits for both conducted and radiated emissions.

Class I construction is standard on all models, and Class II construction is available on the 20 W model along with an IEC320-C8 input connector.

The VEH20 and VEH60 are also available with an optional IEC320-C6 input connector.
In addition to this low cost series of external power supplies, XP Power manufactures and sells the largest range of external / desktop power supplies in the industry. Six additional unique series with output power ratings from 8 to 250 Watts are available for all types of applications including those requiring medical safety approvals.

To help designers keep up to date with the changing energy efficiency legislation, XP Power provides a number of useful resources and information on their web site. This can be found here

In addition, XP Power applications and support staff can assist customers in understanding the various “green” initiatives. To make contact with your local XP Power office or representative use the list of locations provided here

The VEH series is available from Farnell, Newark & element14 or direct from XP Power.

XP Power today announced the DLG series of constant voltage and constant current LED drivers aimed at a broad range of outdoor lighting, security and machine vision applications. These IP67-rated waterproof units are highly efficient, up to 90%, and generate less waste heat than competitor products resulting in an extended operating lifetime. Compliance against the IP67 specification guarantees no ingress of dust, total protection against contact with live parts and immersion in water to a depth of 1 metre.

The series covers the power ranges of 50, 75, 100 and 150 W. Across the range, models are available with constant voltage outputs of +12, + 24, +36 or +48 VDC. A +15, +30, +54 or +57 VDC output is also available, depending on power range Constant current outputs vary from 1.05 to 11.0 A and is model dependent. Accommodating a wide range of input voltage from 90- 305 VAC, they can be used in many outdoor applications and, in particular, suit nominal 277 VAC applications in the US.

The DLG series carry the internationally recognized lighting safety standards of EN61347 and UL8750. In addition, the DLG100 and DLG150 models carry UL/EN60950 making them suitable for a broader range of applications such as data communications and CCTV. The series also comply with the EN55015 Class B specification for conducted and radiated emissions.

The DLG series is available from Newark, Farnell & element14, approved regional distributors, or direct from XP Power and come with a 3 year warranty.

XP Power today announced the JHM10 series of board mounted compact isolated 10 W DC-DC converters. Meeting the ANSI/AAMI ES60601-1:2005 / IEC60601-1 3rd edition medical safety standard and having a maximum leakage current of 2uA, the series meets the stringent international regulatory requirements for patient connected medical equipment. The converters have a reinforced input to output insulation at a working voltage of 250VAC and provide an isolation of up to 4,000 VAC for up to 1 minute, and up to 5,000 VAC for up to 10 milliseconds (defibrillator proof) and, as required by the 3rd edition, have two means of patient protection (MOPP). Isolation capacitance is 20 pF.

The series comprises of three ranges accepting wide 2:1 inputs of 4.5 to 9 VDC, 9 to 18 VDC or 18 to 36 VDC with either single or dual outputs. Single outputs are +5, + 12, or +15 VDC, and duals provide +/- 5, +/- 12 or +/- 15 VDC. The regulated outputs vary no more than +/- 0.3 % under all input conditions and less than +/- 2.0 % under all load conditions. Outputs can be trimmed up to +/- 10% of stated nominal output.

Measuring just 31.75 x 20.32 x 16.5 mm (1.25 x 0.8 x 0.65 inches) these miniature converters fit a standard DIP 24-pin out footprint, keeping board space to a minimum and making them suitable as a drop in replacement part for use in older designs.
The JHM10 series meets EN55011 & EN55022 level A standards for conducted and radiated EMI without the need for any extra external components. Able to operate in most environments, the series can accommodate temperature from – 40 degrees C to + 80 degrees C without any additional heat sinking or forced airflow. The units de-rate above + 50 degrees C and the maximum case temperature is + 100 degrees C.

Suiting a wide range of patient connected medical applications the JHM10 series is perfect for any design that requires a high level of voltage isolation, a low isolation capacitance together with a low level of leakage current.

The JHM10 series is available from Newark, Farnell and element14, approved regional distributors, or direct from XP Power and come with a 3 year warranty.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Majenta Solutions Ltd. successfully exhibited at the recent TCT 2011 show at the Birmingham NEC.TCT participation enabled Majenta to promote and inform users about the key features and benefits that can be gained from the latest Autodesk 2012 suite of products, offering hands-on product advice covering new tools, products, software usage, upgrades, subscription, product migration and user product training through Majenta’s high acclaimed and Autodesk accredited Training Academy. Majenta also showcased their newly introduced reverse engineering and 3D Inspection products from Geomagic (Geomagic Studio & Geomagic Qualify), along with the latest haptic solutions from SensABLE, and product cost management software from aPriori.

As one of Europe’s leading providers of product development, manufacturing, product lifecycle information management software, reverse engineering, haptics and 3D inspection software solutions, Majenta generated a high level of attendance. Mark Channen, Marketing Manager at Majenta Commented "I would like to thank all of those who came along to the Majenta stand, for product information, hands-on demonstrations with our leading industry experts, and of course, those who came along for a free software health-check, in order to ensure full operational efficiently with their current software".

Majenta Solutions Ltd., one of Europe’s leading providers of product development, manufacturing, product lifecycle information management software and IT infrastructure solutions, will offer a free Autodesk Moldflow webinar on the 27th of October and a free one-day workshop (Birmingham) on the 3rd of November.

Majenta is an Autodesk Gold Manufacturing partner, and has made significant investment in achieving Moldflow reseller accreditation. Recently commenting on this new accreditation, Dave Downes, Operations Director at Majenta said “Environmental design issues and value engineering are making effective plastic product design ever more important across our extensive customer base, and UK industry as a whole. We aim to deliver ‘best-in-class’ Moldflow plastic simulation solutions, backed with Majenta’s comprehensive service and support”.

As part of Majenta’s investment in Moldflow plastic design solutions, industry expert Neal Symms was appointed in August, as Simulation Consultant for Moldflow. Neal will be hosting the free to attend Moldflow webinar and workshop as a product introduction, aimed at design engineers, process engineers, tooling engineers, new users of Moldflow Plastic Adviser and any staff who need to understand how part & mould design can affect final part quality and cost, and are interested in designing parts, not only for function, but also for ease of manufacture, thus enabling parts of acceptable & consistent quality to be produced cost effectively. The workshop will consist of a technical overview followed by a hands-on test-drive experience, and attendees may bring their own CAD geometry (optional), to fully experience part design optimisation first hand.

Attendance is expected to be high for both events, so Majenta recommend that you register your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Corel today announced the release of Corel® PaintShop™ Pro X4 the latest version of its award-winning photo editing software. The trusted choice of millions of photographers worldwide, PaintShop™ Pro delivers 'DSLR' power at a 'point-and-shoot' price while offering an uncompromising depth and selection of pro-quality tools to expertly manage, adjust, edit and share your entire photo collection.

New Release Delivers Faster Performance, More Photo Editing Power and Exciting New Creative Effects

PaintShop Pro X4 includes over 75 new and enhanced features designed explicitly to meet the needs of today's photographers. With new photo editing features, dramatic improvements in speed and performance, enhancements to the user interface and convenient ways to share through social media, PaintShop Pro X4 delivers the depth of professional features and range of creative possibilities that our community was asking for at a lower price point than other professional editing software.

"We worked closely with our user community throughout the development process for PaintShop Pro X4," said Craig Copley, Senior Product Manager for PaintShop Pro. "Our users are diverse, engaged and incredibly passionate about photography. While they use PaintShop Pro for a variety of creative purposes, all of them share a desire for artistic freedom and the ability to achieve their vision quickly, with tools that are intuitive, powerful and efficient. With the community's input and support, we believe we have a release that delivers the depth and range of features that makes this a fantastic upgrade for our users."

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 Includes Over 75 New and Enhanced Features:

Corel PaintShop Pro X4 offers major advancements in professional editing power, performance, usability and sharing. Feedback from the PaintShop Pro community helped isolate the development priorities for this release and directly influenced the impressive set of new features and enhancements within the following four categories:

Professional Editing Power
  • New! HDR Tools – Completely redesigned to bring you the latest technology in high dynamic range photo production, the new HDR module provides tools to merge photos and create picture-perfect exposures with stunning contrast. With built-in presets to get you started, images look their best in no time. This module also saves you time with the option to process large batches of HDR exposure brackets quickly.
  • New! Photo Blend – Create the perfect composition by easily selecting people, objects or areas from a series of images. The Photo Blend tool is a new and powerful option for photographers who want to produce compelling group shots or creative scenes where one person appears in multiple poses.
  • New! Fill Light and Clarity – The Fill Light tool lets you work quickly to bring out underexposed areas without affecting the overall brightness of your image, while the Clarity tool makes it easy to enhance subtle yet important details.
  • New! Selective Focus – Enhance the depth of field in any image or easily create the look of miniatures and small-scale models with the new Selective Focus tool.
  • New! Vignette Tools –Often used in wedding and portrait photography, the Vignette tool provides a classic portraiture style by applying a soft, faded border around the outer edge of photos.

Today at Pepcom® Holiday Spectacular!® in New York, Corel announced the release of its new Photo & Video X4 Ultimate Bundle. Designed for photographers and video enthusiasts who are passionate about capturing life’s moments, Corel’s new photo and video solution brings together two award-winning software packages in one compelling bundle. The perfect complement to any HD-DSLR purchase, Corel’s new Photo & Video X4 Ultimate Bundle enables users to push their creativity to new levels and apply more advanced effects to their favorite photos and HD-videos.

“With more people purchasing DSLR cameras and working with photo and video on a daily basis, we wanted to provide a “one stop” solution that offers more high-end editing tools and effects for users who want to create great looking photos and videos,” said Shawn Cadeau, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing at Corel.  “We’ve worked closely with our customers to ensure that both PaintShop Pro X4 and VideoStudio Pro X4 deliver the speed, quality and performance that our users have come to expect. With the new Ultimate Bundle, we’re bringing together two of our best-loved software packages and providing some additional high-end tools for DSLR users who want  to take their photos and HD-video from average to amazing.”

Corel’s new Photo & Video X4 Ultimate Bundle brings together PaintShop Pro X4 Ultimate and VideoStudio Pro X4 Ultimate.

About PaintShop™ Pro X4 Ultimate:

The trusted choice of millions of photographers worldwide, PaintShop™ Pro delivers an uncompromising depth and selection of pro-quality tools to expertly manage, adjust, edit and share your entire photo collection. With new photo editing features, dramatic improvements in speed and performance, enhancements to the user interface and convenient ways to share through social media, PaintShop Pro X4 includes over 75 new and enhanced features designed explicitly to meet the needs of today’s photographers. The Ultimate version of PaintShop Pro lets users enjoy added creative possibilities with the inclusion of more than 250 effects and styles from Nik® Color Efex Pro™ 3.0, a choice of 21 free high-quality images from Fotolia (7-day subscription period), a selection of top rated Picture Tubes™ to embellish favorite photos, and a custom photo book* from Blurb®.

About VideoStudio® Pro X4 Ultimate:

Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X4 is powerful video editing software that lets anyone create and share professional-quality videos. With outstanding speed and easy ways to bring great-looking movies to the screen, VideoStudio Pro X4 combines power and simplicity to break down the barriers to video editing. The Ultimate edition offers action-sports videographers, HD-DSLR shooters and video editing buffs an expanded set of high-end tools and plug- ins to take their creativity to new levels.  With the inclusion of advanced tools such as ProDAD Mercalli SE, for extreme image correction and video stabilization, and Boris Graffiti 5.3, the industry standard for video effects creation, VideoStudio Pro X4 Ultimate provides video production enthusiasts with powerful tools to maximize their creativity.

Bonus FREE WinZip® Pro download – File compression, sharing, encryption and backup

Ease of sharing and peace of mind are especially important when working with photos and videos. With the Photo & Video X4 Ultimate Bundle, users will also receive a copy of WinZip® Pro, the world’s number 1 compression utility. With WinZip, it’s easy to quickly zip and unzip large photo or video files, share and protect your work.

Today Corel announced the release of Corel® MotionStudio 3D™ , the latest addition to the company’s Digital Media product line. A complete 3D titling and animation application, MotionStudio 3D makes it easy for home video enthusiasts, graphics professionals, and web designers to enhance their projects with sophisticated title effects, motion graphics and 3D animation. MotionStudio 3D features an intuitive user interface and an Easy Pallet which allows users to quickly apply 3D pre-sets to their text, graphics, or Web- based projects. Optimized for the latest GPU and CPU chipsets, MotionStudio 3D delivers a fast and responsive experience to users, allowing them to apply effects and view their changes in real- time.

Bringing Hollywood Home

With MotionStudio 3D, it’s easy for anyone to apply Hollywood- style effects to their home video productions. Users can create memorable title sequences by making text bounce, twist and explode. They can also create and embellish 3D objects by adding realistic motion blur and lighting, as well as particle effects such as fire, smoke and snow. When their video project is complete, editors can easily export their work directly to VideoStudio Pro X4 or any other video-editing software.

“Title sequences are one of the most important visual elements in setting the tone, look, and feel of a film,” said Greg Wood, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Digital Media at Corel. “Now that 3D and motion graphics are no longer a fad, but a staple in Hollywood productions, video editing enthusiasts are following suit. MotionStudio 3D puts these advanced tools into the hands of video editing consumers, cracking open a range of new creative possibilities for the home video producer.”

New Dimension of Graphic Design

In addition to video production, MotionStudio 3D is ideal for designers looking to author 3D graphics for print, web or Flash®. With its support for both vector and raster formats used in popular programs such as CorelDRAW®, users of MotionStudio 3D can import their custom designs and quickly convert them into 3D objects for banners, logos and animation. With dedicated 3D tools and exceptional hardware acceleration, users can edit in real-time and maintain their creative flow.

“We all want our work to stand out from the crowd and with MotionStudio 3D, graphic designers and web developers now have a powerful, affordable and efficient way to experiment with new creative effects that will add a signature element to their projects,” added Wood.

Today Corel announced the newest version of the world’s leading Blu-ray™ and DVD player software, Corel® WinDVD® Pro 11. Designed for anyone who enjoys watching movies, WinDVD Pro 11 delivers a smooth and pure video experience, whether you’re watching a Blu-ray 3D™ Hollywood blockbuster, an AVCHD™ video file or an HD home movie.

Optimized for the latest GPUs and CPUs from AMD, Intel®, and NVIDIA®, WinDVD Pro 11 delivers outstanding speed and performances, as well as stunning picture clarity. The new release also features improved battery life, making it easier to enjoy your favourite movies at home, or on the road. The latest release also includes new 2D to 3D conversion tools; powerful surround sound settings, SD to HD upscaling capabilities, and an integrated online movie search engine, unique to WinDVD, for searching popular video sources such as NetFlix and Hulu™ (currently available in North America only).

In direct response to customer requests, WinDVD Pro 11 now includes a revamped user interface, featuring new right click accessible settings and playback controls that only appear when hovered over. By removing unnecessary distractions and unwanted complexity, the WinDVD team at Corel has created a sleeker, more enjoyable full screen environment for movie watchers who want to immerse themselves in the viewing experience.

“With the release of WinDVD Pro 11, we wanted to impress our users with outstanding quality and performance, and provide them with an elegant and intuitive viewing experience, free of the clutter found in other playback solutions,” said Jacques Lamontagne, Senior Product Marketing Manager for WinDVD. “With new features including upscaling and custom sound settings, and a revamped user interface, today’s movie lovers can take their viewing experience to a new level, one far beyond standard DVD or Blu-ray systems.”

Audio Precision, the recognised standard in audio test and measurement, today broke audio production test speed records with a new multitone analyser thatreturns 19 key audio measurements in 1.2 seconds. The multitone analyser is available in the upcoming release of APx500 v 2.7.

This milestone of comprehensive audio test in less than two seconds means production line managers no longer have to choose between high speed or high quality when specifying their audio test equipment. They will be able to achieve reliable, consistent results with a minimum number of test stations, ensuring lower defect rates at a lower cost per unit.

“Being the recognised industry standard, AP analysers are used in production around the world. Companies trust our results for their accuracy and reliability,”says Dave Schmoldt, President of Audio Precision. “Now we offer that reliability in 1.2 seconds, on an analyser that starts at $6200 in the US. It’s very easy to demonstrate the return on investment for any size production line.”

The new APx multitone analyser returns the following results in graphic or tabular data form: Level, TD+N Level (total harmonic distortion and intermodulation distortion plus noise), Noise Density Spectrum, Gain, TD+N Spectrum, Noise RMS Level, Relative Level, Crosstalk, Signal to Noise Ratio, Deviation, Crosstalk at Tone, DC Level, Phase, Total RMS Level, Frequency Shift, Phase at Tone, RMS Level at Tone, FFT Spectrum, TD+N Ratio, and Maximum Level at Tone. Speeds of 1.2 seconds are attainable using the APx API (application programming interface), the typical implementation on an automated production line. When the APx graphic UI is controlling the APx, speeds are closer to 2.5 seconds for 19 results.

The new APx v2.7 software powers all APx analysers, including the new APx515 production test audio analyser, the APx525 high performance audio analyserand the APx585 multichannel audio analyser.

The board of directors at Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test and measurement, this week completed its review of 2010, and concluded that 2010 was AP’s best year on record in terms of both sales and unit volume shipped. As part of this review process, they awarded the accolade of 2010 Sales Partner of the Year to their Chinese distributor AP Technology, for achieving truly exceptional growth over the past 12 months. Finally, the company is also announcing today that it is expanding its team of sales engineers in the US in the first half of 2011 to serve all US customers directly, rather than through independent representatives.

Last year saw the most successful product launch in AP’s history: the low cost APx515 production test audio analyzer. Also in 2010, R&D customers widely adopted the new BW52 ultrahigh bandwidth option and AG52 high performance generator option for the APx525 audio analyzer. 

“2010 was a great year thanks to a combination of new products and pent-up demand from 2009,” says Dave Schmoldt, “But this year we’re forecasting sales of APx515 alone to be three times that of 2010 and we’re introducing some exciting new measurement capabilities that have some pent-up demand of their own, so 2011 should be pretty hot too.”

Elsewhere, AP announced it is expanding its team of sales engineers in the U.S. In addition to the factory in Beaverton, Oregon and offices in Los Angeles and the Bay Area of California, new offices are being opened in the Boston / Cambridge metro region and in Dallas / Austin, Texas. From these hubs, AP sales engineers will be able to serve AP’s U.S. customer base directly instead of working through an intermediary network of independent reps.

“We are looking forward to establishing even closer relationships with our customers in the U.S,” says Schmoldt. “This move will give our customers better access to the full extent of AP's resources: more up-to-date solutions, more training, and all the other benefits a direct line to the Factory brings.”

Audio Precision, the recognised standard in audio test, has reached a multi-year licensing agreement with CSR, the owner of the aptX audio codec. The deal permits AP to add the aptX codec to AP’s recently launched Bluetooth  wireless technology test option for the APx family of audio analyzers.

The award-winning speed and ease of testing offered by the APx range is now available to all the manufacturers worldwide who have adopted the aptX codec in their Bluetooth  audio devices, including the makers of phone handsets, headsets and hands-free devices. The APx Bluetooth  option now supports A2DP, HFP, HSP, and AVRCP profiles and aptX, SBC and CVSD codecs.

"Systematic test is the key to good design, and AP is constantly adding the features and technologies our customers need to test their designs systematically,” explains Tom Williams, Audio Precision's VP of Marketing. "For our customers designing Bluetooth  devices, that means an analyzer with an integrated Bluetooth  radio and native support of codecs. Many of our customers are aptX licensees, so it just makes  sense to add aptX to our Bluetooth  option.”

Via the Bluetooth  option, an APx audio analyser can run over 30 acoustic and electronic tests in seconds. “Even switching between the codecs you wish to test is simple and fast,” adds Tom Williams.

“The inclusion of our aptX codec in Audio Precision’s Bluetooth  test suite clearly reflects its growing acceptance by the industry as the de facto standard for achieving high fidelity stereo audio with Bluetooth  devices,” said Noel McKenna, senior director of aptX for CSR. “Audio Precision is one of the world’s leading test and measurement companies and an important member of the aptX ecosystem, and we are pleased to welcome them to the aptX family.”

Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test, today announced the availability of their advanced HDMI I/O option for their APx525 family of two and four channel audio analyzers.

The HDMI option for APx analyzers had previously been available only for the eight-channel APx585. The new configuration is designed to match the needs of smartphone, tablet and set-top box manufacturers who require digital multichannel interfaces such as HDMI, but only have need for two channels of analog audio. The APx525 family now supports HDMI, Bluetooth and the digital serial option, allowing comprehensive test of all inputs and outputs of modern audio devices.

The APx HDMI option allows engineers to measure HDMI audio quality and audio format. All standard audio measurements are available or users can verify bit accuracy of bitstream mode, even for lossy codecs. The APx metadata recorder alerts the user when a source’s EDID doesn’t match the audio format being received by the analyzer. Conversely, users can arbitrarily edit APx’s source EDID to test a sink’s error-handling capability. In addition to generating linear / PCM audio streams, APx can stream lossless formats (such Dolby TrueHD™ or dts-HD Master Audio™) and compressed formats (such as Dolby Digital™ and dts Digital Surround™) from pre-encoded audio test files.

“APx’s advanced HDMI testing capability has been fundamental to the improvement of A/V receiver design over the past four years,” said Tom Williams, VP of Sales and Marketing at Audio Precision. “Now HDMI is becoming standard on a new class of audio devices, consumers expect high-definition performance. An APx525 with HDMI, Bluetooth, and the Digital Serial interface gives smartphone and set-top box designers everything they need to meet the challenge.”

Applied Motion Products of Watsonville, CA have just released a new line of High Torque Integrated Stepper Motors with built-in CANopen communications.  The STM24 Series is a Nema 24 frame hybrid step motor series with holding torque rated to 340 oz-in .

CANopen is a standardized communication protocol for use in distributed automation control systems.  It is a popular fieldbus option for applications that require the transmission of time-critical data to and from the devices on the network.

The STM24 CANopen Integrated Motors adhere to CAN in Automation (CiA) specifications DS301 and DSP402.  Profile Position, Profile Velocity, and Homing modes are fully supported at data rates up to 1 Mbps.  Applied Motion also provides specific CANopen objects for executing stored Q programs* and accessing internal data registers in the products.

Each STM integrates a NEMA step motor, microstepping drive and controller into a single device, offering savings on space, wiring and cost over conventional motor and drive solutions.

The "S" version models accept step and direction, analog input, joystick control, and streaming host commands using the SCL language. "Q" version models add stand-alone programmable operation using the Q programming language. This versatile language includes high-level features such as complex motion, multi-tasking, conditional programming, math functions, register access, and more. Both S and Q models offer RS-232 or RS-485 communication.

An optional 4000 count encoder, integrated into the motor housing, provides stall detection and stall prevention.  Applied Motion's proprietary stall prevention algorithm monitors rotor lag and automatically reduces speed and acceleration to avoid motor stalls, allowing 100% torque utilization.