Autodesk offer to acquire Delcam

imageAutodesk (USA) has announced its intention to acquire Delcam (Birmingham, UK). The companies offer complementary ranges of software, with Autodesk’s programs for design, engineering and entertainment able to be combined with Delcam software for design, manufacturing and inspection for several industries, including automotive, packaging, plastics, footwear and sports equipment.
Delcam has more than 30 offices worldwide and approximately 700 employees. On completion of the acquisition, Delcam will become a subsidiary of Autodesk. Renishaw (UK), an industrial metrology and additive manufacturing equipment company, which holds around 20% of Delcam, agreed to sell for the best offer for all Delcam shares.

SimpoEdge free trial program for Solid Edge users

imageSIMPOE, the French specialist in plastic injection simulation software, announced a free trial program for its SimpoEdge injection solution fully embedded into Solid Edge® software from Siemens PLM Software. With SimpoEdge, Solid Edge users have access to intuitive, fast and affordable tools to optimize the design and the manufacturing process of plastic parts, without ever leaving Solid Edge.
SimpoEdge solutions address the complete plastic injection process, from filling to part warping and advanced cooling analysis.

The SimpoEdge free trial program will end on December 31, 2012. The program includes the SimpoEdge ENG package. SimpoEdge software is available for download through registration here.

Better control with zenon Analyzer

imageThe zenon Analyzer, the new reporting software from COPA-DATA is designed to display all the vital information from manufacturing processes or energy management with a clear overview and in graphical form. Launched at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011 trade fair (Nuremberg, 23-25 November), zenon Analyzer provides dinaming reporting functionalities, in order to monitor and adapt processes and decisions to volatile prices, fluctuating demand and other fast changing factors.
Dynamic Production Reporting analyzes all relevant data obtained from production. The reports generated provide those responsible for production and management with a comprehensive and transparent overview of previous activity as well as the current manufacturing situation. These reports use both real-time data and historical data for evaluations. Useimagers can a pply standardized, pre-defined templates to deploy the tool quickly and efficiently. There is also the capability to adapt the pre-defined reports or to define individual reports to precisely portray the company-specific requirements. The reports can also be used as a basis for quality control as well as adherence to compliance requirements.
Companies can deploy the zenon Analyzer as either an independent and freely-configurable application or in conjunction with zenon as the HMI/SCADA solution. The software can be easily integrated into existing automation solutions or IT infrastructures – without adaptations or changes needing to be carried out on existing machines or equipment. The zenon Analyzer compiles the data from various machines, production stages and equipment consistently and provides all relevant information quickly and with a clear overview. As a result, users can view OEE and KPI figures, such as material use, downtimes, or energy consumption.

TopSolid’Mold with CadMould simulation

image_thumb[2]The direct link with the CadMould software allows TopSolid’Mold users to directly benefit from the advantages of plastic simulation. The partnership  between Missler Software and SimCon offers TopSolid’Mold users an optimised tool for the design of plastic parts and can be used in the early stages of the design process to evaluate the feasibility, quality and cost of parts and injection molds.

Wittmann redefines robot control

image The IPC based R8 control from Wittmann (Vienna, Austria) facilitates complex interactions between robot and injection molding machine and helps to increase the productivity of any work cell. FUNCTIONALITIES IN DETAIL

CAMPUS® 5.2 at K 2010

The well know plastics database CAMPUS, from M Base (Aachen, Germany) will be presented at K 2010 in Dusseldorf in Version 5.2. Some of the new features are: new properties based on cooperation with the automotive industry (VDA) and new online datasheets in 10 languages. [Link to CAMPUS on this page – right column] Continue reading