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Manufacturing Software
A manufacturing ERP software and MES developer with an ongoing, proactive commitment to its product and relationships announced new software features designed to resolve two modern manufacturing challenges: The desire to grow capacity without increasing resources and the need to adhere to strict industry compliance and regulations. According to the U.S. Federal Reserve, plastic and rubber manufacturing capacity utilization is up nearly 10 percent since 2012. To keep up with demand, manufacturers are seeking ways to increase capacity without adding floor space, equipment or personnel. Using automation, such as the company's native planning, scheduling and process monitoring modules, manufacturers can add capacity using their existing plant and equipment. Additionally, the firm's real-time automation functions instantaneously collect production data and automatically relay it to the ERP solution for tracking and analysis, allowing manufacturers to adapt production schedules to real output in real time. 2014 was the worst year on record for automotive recalls, more than double the previous year. The medical industry did not fare much better, with the largest single-day recall of medical devices ever recorded occurring in September. Compliance, risk management and quality control are challenges that manufacturers cannot avoid. But with the company's end-to-end lot and serial traceability and embedded quality management suite (complete with electronic signatures, audit tools and secure document control), manufacturers can find relief from the changing regulatory environment.

IQMS
www.iqms.com

Post date: 4/23/2015

 
Video Gauge Software
A major upgrade to the company's Video Gauge software, used with the firm's high resolution, video based measurement systems, has been announced. The systems are used throughout industry and academia to measure strain, displacement, rotation and other important parameters in materials, civil engineering structures and complex assemblies while under test. Improved usability is a main focus of the Video Gauge V5, particularly around generating precise 3D measurements. It is possible to use pre-calibrated camera pairs to generate measurements at the micron level within minutes of turning the system on. This is said to have eliminated the difficult and time-consuming setup process that is required with other 3D measurement systems. For those interested in measuring shear strain, a new measurement has been introduced. The measurement allows shear strain calculation via both the traditional plus/minus 45 degree gauge approach, and also via precise measurement of change in angle.

Imetrum
www.imetrum.com

Post date: 4/23/2015

 
Advanced Warehouse Management System
An advanced warehouse management system, Advanced WMS, is a rule-based directed pick and put away distribution system that rivals Tier 1 WMS programs. Features in the Advanced WMS package include a directed task monitoring system that reduces labor and savse time with rule-based, directed pick up and put away transactions. Wave management drives productivity gains with task interleaving tools that replace deadhead trips with milk runs for JIT pick up. A dock scheduler and staging allow users to schedule one dock or two dozen based on pick tickets or expected receipts with this graphical calendar display. Users can easily manage expected receipts based on vender ASN information or PO releases. With slotting optimization, users are able to assign inventory classes to their items and then store them in the most optimal locations in their warehouse based on speed of movement. Users are able to reduce out of stock and expired materials or parts with LIFO, FEFO and FIFO options. What sets the Advanced WMS package apart is said to be the fact that it is native to the IQMS ERP solution. Rather than integrating a third-party WMS into a core ERP package, IQMS customers gain the capabilities of a Tier 1 WMS solution with the added benefits of being completely integrated into an ERP solution for business-wide traceability, accountability and efficiency.

IQMS
www.iqms.com

Post date: 4/23/2015

 
High Speed Wireless Bridge
A 1.3 GB point-to-point high speed wireless bridge is offered by the company. The carrier-class wireless networking bridge provides more than 1 GB of data transmission. The system operates in the 5 GHz band and is effective for up to 10 miles line-of-site distance. The new product will provide a valuable alternative for backhaul or connecting buildings at unprecedented speeds. The FCC recently approved the use of high power transmitters at 5.15 – 5.25 GHz in addition to 5.725-5.850 GHz. The AvaLAN 5 Ghz product family now has twice as many channels resulting in twice the amount of data capacity. This is important when scaling larger deployments and allows smaller sites to minimize interference with more channels to select between. There are not many options to get this kind of speed and flexibility in a point-to-point wireless bridge and no better value in a cost/performance ratio, according to the manufacturer. The firm is said to provide a cost effective solution that can be trusted to run the most critical infrastructure, and is said to be widely known for its fail proof solutions, continueing to innovate and add to its growing product line so its OEMs and critical infrastructure customers can stay on top of their game. The company also offers its new 4.9 Ghz product line. These solutions are said to provide a clear frequency for public safety applications. The 4.9 GHz band is coveted for its low background noise and the FCC licenses this spectrum to municipalities for public safety applications. The AvaLAN 4.9 GHz Ethernet radio is fully optimized for video surveillance applications to ensure peak performance. The AW49200 can also be configured for operation in the unlicensed 5GHz bands as needed. The company is said to be continuously asked about connecting other devices, such as Ethernet I/O, IP-Camera or other Ethernet devices and is now providing its own line of industrial POE Ethernet switches. Two different power inputs at the terminal block avoid interruption caused by power down. When the primary DC power input fails, the backup power input will take over immediately to guarantee non-stop operation.

AvaLAN Wireless
www.avalanwireless.com

Post date: 4/15/2015

 
Cure time reduction in rubber injection molding
Cure time reduction in rubber injection molding A calculation program for the estimation of bulk temperature attained in the injection process, as well as the cure time reduction (cure time calculator) are said to be of practical significance since they can be systematically deployed by manufacturers processing elastomers for optimization purposes. An empirically verified program was created to calculate increases in temperature of rubber compounds during the injection molding process. An additional model enables users to estimate potential cure time reduction, even before process optimization has been carried out. A software assisted cure time reduction ensuring complete crosslinking enables significantly shorter cycles, minimizing energy requirements. Additionally, the potential for increasing bulk temperature by means of superposed shear and extensional heating in a conical die was practically recorded and predicted using the program. Compression heating in rubber compounds was scientifically investigated for the first time. Practical experiments showed that the injection work is the main influencing factor on the temperature increase of the rubber compound also having a major influence on the curing time. Further optimization of the conical die geometries resulted in no additional technological improvements. In addition, the potential of compression heating in rubber compounds for the reduction of heating times was investigated. The measured values for the compression heating induced by pressure increase of 1,800 bars were 10°C. It was concluded that compression heating is not suitable for cure time reduction. Investigations of the calculated potential for cure time reduction depending on the thickness of the molded part showed that the heating time of molded parts with a thickness of less than 4 mm could hardly be reduced at all.

Maplan GmbH
www.maplan.at

Post date: 1/19/2015

 
Retread software system
TreadWear is a software program that can track each tire's progress throughout the retread process and is specifically designed and developed to address the unique needs of retread manufacturers. It is said to be easily installed and adapted to most current shop hardware and does not rely on an internet connection for functionality. The interface is said to be easy to used and its intuitive design allows for speedy interaction. Elements of the system include low set-up costs, personalized reports, and more.

Marangoni Tread North America
www.na.marangoni.com

Post date: 10/7/2014

 
Sigmasoft Virtual Molding
Sigmasoft Virtual Molding Sigmasoft virtual molding technology is said to be a unique approach in the injection molding industry, according to the company. Customers analyze and optimize their processes and molds, increasing efficiency, productivity and part quality, while simultaneously reducing the associated time, material and energy consumption. With Sigmasoft virtual molding one can identify and resolve problems before they even appear. Sigmasoft virtual molding is also a tool for customers to communicate their know-how reproducible towards customers and suppliers at the right moment, consequently reducing development times and minimizing their risks. The effective planning and optimization of the later injection molding process already in parallel to the geometry design and the mold development makes troubleshooting unnecessary for customers at the real start of production.

Kalypso Ultra Technologies
http://www.sigmasoft.de

Post date: 8/26/2014

 
Visual Tracking System Improves Process Flow
The Visual Management and Control Board system consists of heavy-gauge, color-coded file jackets with crystal clear fronts. Magnetic, adhesive or Velcro backings enable pockets to be quickly affixed, arranged and rearranged on manufacturing whiteboards as Visual Management and Control Boards. Sealed on two or three sides, plastic pockets protect important documents and permit easy insertion and removal of printed materials as necessary. The system is said to be ideal for Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, 5S, warehouses, office environments and classrooms.

StoreSmart
www.storesmart.com

Post date: 8/26/2014

 
Interface Public-Members (IPM) Mobile App
Interface Public-Members (IPM) Mobile App IPM is an online and mobile application enabling right holders to provide Customs officers with real-time data on their products. Customs officers can access this information anywhere in the world via a simple and secure interface available in their national language. IPM can also be considered as a permanent training tool: Customs officers can log on to its e-learning facility at any time and learn about a variety of products, brands and the distinguishing features between counterfeit and genuine products. The latest version of IPM offers new features such as the possibility to use mobile devices to scan barcodes found on millions of products, enabling customers to search the products database in a more time-efficient manner. The unique product identifier embedded in the barcode will facilitate access to multiple databases, providing trusted sources of product information. Furthermore, scanning the barcodes will enable automatic connection to any authentication services linked to the product controlled.

World Customs Organizations
www.wcoipm.org/

Post date: 8/26/2014

 
Fife OI-TS Operator Interface
Fife OI-TS has a color touch-screen D-Max operator interface for direct control and operation of the SE-46C digital line-guide sensor. The operator interface allows the operator to visually see the exact color representation of the web right on the interface itself. It has a touch screen equipped with color symbols and multiple languages. For edge and line guiding on a slitter rewinder, guiding into print, rewinding on a printing press or simple movable sensor center guiding on a blown film extruder, the OI-TS fits the requirement, according to the company.

Maxcess
www.maxcessintl.com

Post date: 8/26/2014

 
Enhanced YS1000 Series Single Loop Controllers
Enhanced YS1000 Series Single Loop Controllers YS1000 series single loop controllers feature a new TFT LCD with improved display characteristics and a design that facilitates easy maintenance, according to the company. Single loop controllers are used in a wide variety of industrial facilities such as power plants, oil refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical plants, and iron and steel plants. These controllers receive temperature, flow rate, pressure and other types of measurement readings from sensors and send corresponding instructions to control elements such as valves in order to maintain these values within a desired range. Each control loop has its own controller. The YS1000 has an improved LCD screen and online replacement; there is no need to switch off the controller before replacing the display. The YS1000 is used for operation, monitoring and control of production facilities.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com

Post date: 8/15/2014

 
Automate EHS Program Reporting With Microsoft SharePoint To Save Time And Cut Costs
SharePoint is a cost-effective software solution offering an array of data collection, process automation and reporting opportunities that can alleviate the administrative burden of manually transcribing and entering stacks of EHS program inspection forms into Microsoft Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and Access databases. Microsoft SharePoint is widely used by manufacturers of all sizes. A whitepaper discusses how manufacturers can use this existing resource to automate data processing and reporting requirements, meet diverse EHS program needs, and otherwise benefit EHS program management. Case studies outline the success of SharePoint implementation for EHS program compliance requirements including accident/incident reporting, compliance calendars, inspections, corrective actions and compliance documentation. With some initial development, SharePoint’s inherent functionality and ease of use make it particularly useful for developing a variety of EHS management applications to automate the gathering, tracking and collating of program information, according to the company. By greatly increasing the efficiency of these routine administrative tasks, EHS managers are freed to focus on program analysis and forward-thinking initiatives.

EH&E
www.eheinc.com

Post date: 8/15/2014

 
Plant Resource Manager (PRM) R3.12 Released
PRM is a software package that is capable of centrally managing large amounts of data from plant monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment, thereby allowing their status to be monitored and diagnosed online. With PRM R3.12, self-diagnostic information is now displayed in a more intuitive, easy-to-understand format based on the NAMUR NE107* recommendations, and network functions have been enhanced for upstream oil and gas applications. With this new release of its PRM package, the firm aims to expand its share of the maintenance market.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com

Post date: 8/15/2014

 
MasterFormat 2014 Updated
Updates are now available for MasterFormat, a product used to organize construction documents for commercial, industrial and institutional building projects in the United States and Canada. Among the revisions in this update is the addition of “selective demolition” sections to most divisions of the format, providing guidance for companies and project managers who need to incorporate demolition into their plans. Additional changes in the 2014 edition include renaming division 40 from “process equipment” to “process interconnections,” and overhauling its content, reorganizing “process liquid pumps” in division 43, moving “manufactured planters” and “site seating and tables” to division 32 to better align with other site-based work and renaming their former division 12 location to “interior public space furnishings” to address similar types of furnishings used in indoor settings, revising “equipment” in division 11 to update, simplify and rationalize its content and organization and expanding “agreement forms” in section 00 52 00 to improve alignment with standard forms of agreement.

CSI and CSC
www.csinet.org

Post date: 8/15/2014

 
Financial Management In China Conquered With IQMS
When an injection molder first established its facility in China, it outsourced its financials to a Chinese CPA. The sub-contracted CPA was only managing the People's Republic of China (PRC) tax law side and not providing any data to the molder to help it make better business decisions. Through the use of the ERP and MES software solution, EnterpriseIQ, the firm brought its financials in-house and now receives business intelligence data in real time, while saving the costs associated with outsourcing its financials and remains up to code with China's strict tax regulations. Despite cultural differences and a large geographical distance, the company demonstrated that through a concentrated effort and investment in training and resources, one can utilize ERP software to the fullest and take advantage of all that a comprehensive system has to offer.

IQMS
www.iqms.com

Post date: 8/15/2014

 
Additional Languages Added To FIFE-500 Web Guide
Additional Languages Added To FIFE-500 Web Guide Support for Czech and Vietnamese has been added to the FIFE-500 web guide. A web guide for narrow and medium applications, the FIFE-500 is easy to use and install, according to the company, featuring an operator-friendly color-touch screen and support for 16 languages to simplify operation and reduce the time necessary for training.

Maxcess
www.maxcessintl.com/fife500

Post date: 8/15/2014

 
Simulation For Elastomer Processing
The latest functionality of the company's 3D injection molding simulation softare SigmaSoft has been released. The focus is on reduction of development and production costs using these new developments in process simulation. Many factors in elastomer injection molding have an influence on product quality and costs. Here it is of little help to solely focus on a single aspect; part design, material, mold design or molding process. To ensure a competitive advantage, the entire system must be considered simultaneously. Only when everything is optimized during the design phase, before the mold is shipped, can the largest cost savings be achieved. By means of process simulation, molding feasibility and initial process parameters can be evaluated. Parting line and venting channels can be developed, as well as the optimal type and position of the injection point. Where are weld lines acceptable, where must they be avoided? How much injection pressure will be required? Ultimately, the complete mold and process must be optimized. What wattage and heater design is most beneficial? Where is the best thermocouple location for each heater? Do inserts need pre-heating and how will they influence the curing? How long is the curing cycle, and what areas of the part cure late and why? These questions are all related to the mold design and the production process and they are all important factors regarding part quality. The simulation results provide answers to all of these questions in a clear and meaningful way, allowing injection molders a way to virtually test the mold before it is built. Costs can be reduced significantly during development, and existing processes can continuously be improved, while substantially reducing material waste and improving quality.

www.3dsigma.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Enterprise Operations Solution
Release 10 of Fast/Tools is offered, said to be the latest version of a web-based real-time operations management and visualization software package that brings revolutionary changes to real-time process information intelligence. Originally developed in 1978 for a large gas collection, processing and distribution system in the Netherlands, Fast/Tools has evolved from SCADA and HMI software to an enterprise-wide solution used by the company's customers worldwide in over 10,000 installations. Cost-effective Enterprise solutions are provided where operator and engineering clients are served from Fast/Tools web servers without the requirement for external databases or thick clients. Fast/Tools architecture is very efficient on system resources, able to scale from small deployments of a hundred points to over a millions points enterprise solution with two hundred thousand points plus updates per second on a single server (based on actual deployments). Information model (process hierarchy) allows items (tags) to be segmented in up to 128 levels and 255 characters to better match enterprise topologies and naming conventions. New RDBMS interfaces to the enterprise environment allows seamless bidirectional use of traditional database based information within the Fast/Tools environment and process data within the database environment. Wireless mobility solution enhancements extend Fast/Tools support to portable touchscreen devices through HTML5 based displays that include process visualization, reporting, and trending. Enhanced ProSafe-RS support for upstream oil and gas applications where it is now possible to easily support gas flow rate calculation functions in the ProSafe-RS safety instrumented system and reporting and data retaining capabilities in Fast/Tools. Distributed temperature sensing support is offered for DTSX200 where advanced trending supports distance versus temperature in addition to temperature versus time to allow for accurate display of temperature in both linear (e.g., down hole) and three dimensional (e.g., wrapped LNG vessel) configurations.

Yokogawa Corporation of America
www.yokogawa.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Laser Micrometer Interface
The NetLinc laser micrometer interface is available from the company. The NetLinc interface streamlines the setup process by enabling transmission of measurement data via a standard Ethernet cable. Simply plug one end of the cable into any PC, laptop, or all-in-one box running Total Vu software, and the other into the NetLinc micrometer’s Ethernet port. The NetLinc interface can also connect a micrometer to plant networks, streaming the data to a Total Vu PC via standard Ethernet TCP/IP. Connectivity of the NetLinc interface is incorporated directly into most of the company's micrometers. To use the NetLinc interface with existing micrometers, customers can add an external box. With a network switch for extra Ethernet ports, add multiple boxes to a PC. This company is the preeminent manufacturer of accurate and adaptable non-contact laser and ultrasonic systems for OD, ID, wall thickness, eccentricity and concentricity across many industries including wire, cable, medical and other tubing, hose, pipe and fiber. The firm’s systems can provide a time-to-payoff in a few months, by reducing scrap and waste, shortening start-up times, ensuring product quality, and through process improvement and optimization.

LaserLinc
www.laserlinc.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Analog Data Logger
The Hobo UX120-006M analog logger provides twice the accuracy of previous models, and flexible support for a wide range of sensors This provider of data loggers announced a new high-performance, LCD display data logger for building performance monitoring applications. Starting at $139, the Hobo UX120-006M analog logger provides twice the accuracy of previous models, a deployment-friendly LCD, and support for up to four external sensors for measuring temperature, current, CO2, voltage, and more. This enables energy engineers, facility managers, and others to easily and affordably solve a range of building performance applications, including energy audits, building commissioning studies, and equipment scheduling optimization. The next-generation Hobo UX Series platform is said to have been a major step forward for the company in terms of providing customers with an ideal combination of deployment ease-of-use, measurement accuracy, and convenience. With this latest model, the UX120-006M, customers can now have a simple and reliable amp logging solution with twice the accuracy and memory for less than $150. These features will enable customers to manage projects with the logging frequency they need, without having to get into complicated deployments setups involving multiple loggers for a single task. The Hobo UX120 analog logger streamlines building performance monitoring applications in a number of ways. For example, it features an easy-to-view LCD that visually confirms logger operation and battery status, eliminating the need to connect the logger to a computer to view the information. As the logger records, the LCD provides a near real-time readout of the current measurements as well as minimum, maximum, average, and standard deviation statistics. On-screen alarms can be set for each channel to notify users when a sensor reading exceeds high or low thresholds. The logger also features a large memory capacity capable of storing 1.9 million measurements. This enables the loggers to be deployed for longer periods between offloads. Firmware is user upgradeable, and the logger offers start, stop, and restart push buttons to make installation fast and easy. Once data have been recorded with the Hobo UX120 analog logger, it can be easily viewed in graph form and analyzed using Onset’s HoboWare Pro software. Time-saving tools allow users to batch-configure and readout dozens of loggers in a fraction of the time it would take with previous generations, a particular advantage in large-scale monitoring projects. The software also features a Bulk Export tool that allows users to export data files to text format for use in spreadsheets.

Onset
www.onsetcomp.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Rugged Mobile Computer
A manufacturer of rugged mobile computers and smartphones announced the launch of its brand new Nautiz X4 rugged handheld. The Nautiz X4 is a multipurpose compact handheld computer built for the mobile worker. It enables efficient and reliable data collection in the toughest environments. The Nautiz X4 is a compact and lightweight rugged handheld computer that is optimized for efficient field data collection. It has been designed and developed specifically for mobile workers in tough environments in industries such as warehousing, logistics, transportation, utility, field service, security and public safety. Measuring only 156 x 74 x 25.5 millimeters (6.1 x 2.9 x 1.0 inches) and weighing a mere 330 grams (11.6 ounces), the Nautiz X4 is a true ergonomic work tool and one of the thinnest and lightest handheld computers in the rugged-device sector. It features a high-brightness, sunlight-readable resistive touchscreen for reliable computing in challenging worksite environments, and comes complete with either a high-performance 1D laser scanner or a 2D imager for super-fast and accurate scanning and barcoding tasks. The device also features a 5MP camera with auto focus and LED Flash. The Nautiz X4 has an IP65 Ingress Protection rating, which means that it is impervious to dust and highly resistant to water; the unit can be used in dusty work environments as well as in heavy rain, and can be rinsed off if dirty. It also meets stringent MIL-STD-810G military test standards for overall durability and resistance to humidity, shock, vibration, drops, salt and extreme temperatures. Mobile data collection is performed in warehouses as well as outdoors, in all kinds of weather and for long work hours. It may be cold and it may rain or snow. So the field worker needs a computing tool that can not only handle adverse weather conditions, but is also ergonomic and user-friendly, according to the company. The Nautiz X4 is a new rugged handheld computer that merges ultimate mobility with true field functionality in a handy package and at a very attractive price, according to the company. The Nautiz X4 rugged handheld computer has an integrated u-blox GPS receiver that provides professional-grade navigation functionality. This handheld also offers multiple connectivity options, such as high-powered 3G and excellent Wi-Fi capability. It has a high-speed 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of flash memory, and it runs Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5, the operating system of choice for professional users in the targeted industries, which includes Microsoft Office Mobile.

Handheld Group
www.handheldgroup.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 
Barcode Reader Software
DataMan 5.2 software has been released with expanded tuning and scripting capability as well as a new test mode for its popular DataMan 300 and 503 series of barcode readers. The new software significantly increases read rates by decoding lower resolution 1-D codes and extending intelligent tuning capabilities to all symbologies, including Aztec, MaxiCode and PDF417. The software release includes the high-performance Hotbars algorithm, which handles both 1-D and PDF417 barcodes. The DataMan 5.2 software release extends the easy-to-use 2-D intelligent tuning capability that was introduced by the popular DataMan 300 Series. This intelligent tuning capability decreased set up time while increasing read rates for Direct Part Mark (DPM) code reading applications. This software release extends that advanced capability to other symbologies, such as 1-D barcodes, MaxiCode and QR codes. These new tuning capabilities bring proven, industry-leading technology to code reading applications in consumer products, logistics, food, beverage and automotive. This new release also includes added capabilities to the scripting feature of the DataMan 300 for advanced logic and decision making in the reader, and 1-D barcode quality metrics for users to optimize their processes. The DataMan 5.2 software release is said to give the DataMan 300 and 503 readers a significant performance boost in both capability and ease of use. The field-proven intelligent tuning has been extended to all symbologies, making setup as simple as pushing a button. For more difficult applications, the enhanced scripting engine allows the logic and decision making to be done within the reader. This simplifies the PLC code integration into the factory network and is said to save customers time and money.

Cognex
www.cognex.com

Post date: 3/6/2014

 

 
 
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