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Micromechanics design software updated

March 14th, 2012

AnalySwift LLC (Logan, Utah, USA), a provider of high-­fidelity modeling software for aerospace and energy composites and other advanced materials, has announced the release of the newest version of its general-­purpose micromechanics code, SwiftComp Micromechanics 3.0. This is the latest version of SwiftComp Micromechanics, also known as VAMUCH, a micromechanics tool capable of saving users engineering time for heterogeneous structures and materials, particularly composites.

Primary among the new features are the program’s multiphysics capability. SwiftComp can be used to homogenize heterogeneous materials that have coupled or uncoupled responses to mechanical field, electric field, magnetic field, and thermal field. It not only predicts elastic, conductive, dielectric, magnetic, and diffusive properties of heterogeneous materials, but also coupled properties such as coefficients of thermal expansion, pyroelectric, pyromagnetic, piezoeletric, piezomagnetic, and/or eletromagnetic properties, as well as the local fields corresponding to these multiphysical responses.

The efficiency and capacity of SwiftComp Micromechanics 3.0 has been significantly increased. For instance, it can compute much larger models with many more degrees of freedom in a more efficient way. For some large models, up to one hundred times increase in efficiency is possible.

This newest version can now model Unit Cells (UCs) with curved edges or surfaces and also relax the restriction that the origin of the coordinate must be at the UC center. Furthermore, it can also model temperature-­dependent materials with or without assuming small temperature variations. For example, a single run can generate a series of temperature-­dependent effective properties.


Software alliance aims to combine engineering design and mapping

January 26th, 2012

An example of Autodesk Inc.’s AutoCAD Map 3D 2012 software is shown above. The computer-aided design and building information modeling vendor has entered into an alliance with Pitney Bowes Software, which makes MapInfo line of geographic information systems products.

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Computer-aided design software maker Autodesk Inc. has announced an alliance with Pitney Bowes Software Inc. that will bring geographic information systems (GIS) from MapInfo to Autodesk users.
With the alliance, the companies are aiming to provide software to infrastructure professionals that will provide GIS, building information modeling (BIM) and asset management through all phases of projects.
Autodesk software is useful for aggregating data from DWG files (the format for AutoCAD drawings), survey data and GIS, said Rich Humphrey, director of the civil infrastructure business line at San Rafael, Calif.-based Autodesk.
“We’re good at aggregating that in the BIM environment and editing that GIS data to do some analytics,” he said.
“But, where we had a weakness, is where Pitney Bowes’ strength is, which is how do I take all that data that has been aggregated by the Autodesk, in an engineering-friendly environment, and use it to do much more detailed GIS and business analytics so people can make better decisions leveraging that data?”
Pitney Bowes Software is a division of Pitney Bowes Inc., whose core products include postage meters, copiers, scanners and barcode products.
Its current software includes technology from Troy, N.Y.-based MapInfo Corp. (which it acquired in 2007) and Lanham, Md.-based Group 1 Software Inc., which it acquired in 2004.
James Buckley, Pitney Bowes Software’s senior vice-president and general manager for customer data and location intelligence, said his firm and Autodesk plan to integrate their products so there is better data flow and they plan to target the transportation, mining, natural resources industries, plus local governments.
“Our teams will work together on making that user experience much better than it would be and (packaged) in a way that it wouldn’t be if you just went out and bought all the products independently,” he said.
Buckley added that in the long term, the companies may collaborate on new software.
“But short-term, it’s really how do you put the products together in a way that’s compelling and adds value to the customers?” he said.
Humphrey said the firms will probably allow Autodesk users to launch web content services from Pitney Bowes and have a “clean download” of data into Autodesk software.
He added they are working on a workflow product for the mining industry that would allow users to pull in data during the exploration phase.
“Autodesk is really good at taking the next step and saying, now that I know where the resources are, how do I go and design and then construct the mine development and the construction of the infrastructure and plant and conveyance systems around that?” he said.
“It’s very representative of the BIM story. Instead of losing data fidelity as you go from one phase to the next, you actually get into the construction phase, which with a mine is really a large land development project.
“The contractor will be able to leverage all that information that was early on in the exploration phase, environmental planning all the way to detailed design.”


Arbon Energie Use Siemens Software to Design Smart Grid Business Stratetgy

January 16th, 2012

Siemens developed this software tool in order to support utilities, cities and building operators in the implementation of an intelligent energy supply network. In addition to strategic advisory services from the Smart Grid experts at Siemens with all their know-how, the emphasis is on analysis of the existing processes and technologies in the power supply network prior to its transformation into a Smart Grid. The aim is to find the best solution for an intelligent network and to build it up professionally with minimal risk and appropriate budgets.

Arbon Energie AG from the town of Arbon on Lake Constance in Switzerland is deciding on its future Smart Grid business strategy in cooperation with Siemens. The structural framework and guidelines are provided in the form of the consulting and analysis tool Smart Grid Compass developed by Siemens. This tool supports the development of intelligent distribution networks in both strategic and technological terms. It analyzes not only network operation, customer service, equipment management and personnel deployment, but also the consumption and generation performance of the existing power supply system. Errors can be avoided as early as the planning stage, instead of having to be put right with considerable difficulty during later setting-up or operation of the Smart Grid.

After taking stock of the existing situation, the tool is used to identify potential in the network for onward development in the direction of a Smart Grid, from which the Siemens consultants (together with the power provider) derive development plans and action to be taken. The next step is to produce roadmaps for implementation of the strategy and further development of the Smart Grid at Arbon Energie. “Our consulting and analysis tool helps power providers to minimize the risks associated with setting up and expanding a Smart Grid. It is an aid in drawing up efficient budgets and in obtaining clearance from the regulatory authorities”, stated Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Smart Grid Division of the Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector.

“The collaboration with Siemens is excellent and we are benefitting from the know-how of the experts. Our network analyses look most promising. We are planning to put the findings of the consulting tool into practice as soon as possible, so that we can continue our pioneering role in turning our network into a Smart Grid”, commented Jürgen Knaak, managing director of Arbon Energie AG. And this Swiss company is well on the way to that objective: It was back in early 2009 that Arbon Energie started by installing a Smart Metering solution from Siemens, laying the foundation for its future intelligent network. For this, Arbon utilized the Smart Grid functions of the consumption data recording and distribution network automation system AMIS, thereby modernizing its distribution systems and satisfying the reliability and efficiency demands imposed by the liberalized electricity market regulations for the future of energy supplies in Switzerland.

Energy-efficient, eco-friendly solutions for setting up intelligent power supply networks (Smart Grids) are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2011, revenue from the portfolio totalled nearly EUR30 billion, making Siemens one of the world’s largest suppliers of eco-friendly technologies. In the same period, the company’s products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 320 million tons, an amount equal to the total annual CO2 emissions of Berlin, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, New York, Singapore and Tokyo.


Aeromatrix Selects MSC Software’s Solutions for Design and Development of Aero-Structures

January 11th, 2012

MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced that Aeromatrix Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has successfully implemented computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation for design and development of aero-structures in their various ongoing projects.

MSC Software solutions will help Aeromatrix in substantiating the hand calculations which go into preliminary sizing and analysis followed by several cycles of design and weight optimization. Tata Technologies, an MSC business partner, studied the need of Aeromatrix Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and recommended MSC Nastran and Patran as the best CAE solution for stiffness analysis and weight optimization analysis.

Mr. Praveen Bakshi, CEO, Aeromatrix Info Solutions Pvt. Ltd., said: “We are very confident in MSC Software’s solutions helping us streamline our virtual analysis and testing requirements for airworthiness certification. Our solutions provider Tata Technologies has been a trusted advisor all through, adding tremendous value by identifying and advising us on the best solutions for our project.”

Mr. Wishwas Julka, Vice President of PLM Solutions – Asia-Pacific, Tata Technologies, said: “We are happy to be able to justify our role as a trusted advisor and help Aeromatrix gain from our experience. Tata Technologies possesses more than 25 years of automobile and aerospace domain expertise which finds its way into each and every solution that we provide for the benefit of our customers.”

“MSC’s leadership position in the Aerospace industry and strategic partnership with Tata Technologies were key attributes for Aeromatrix to deliver their projects successfully using MSC Nastran & Patran,” said Sridhar Dharmarajan, Sr. Director & Country Manager, MSC Software India.


CADavenue Unveils Sheet Metal Design Software for Version 4

December 28th, 2011

CADavenue recently upgraded Plate ‘n’ Sheet, a sheet metal design application, to create ducting transformations more easily for Steel Fabricators and HVAC designers alike. Once designed, the results can be exported to CAD or a CNC Plotting Device.

Plate ‘n’ Sheet/Version 4 provides many additional features while maintaining the program’s simplistic approach to sheet metal design. The new version includes more shapes and project categories to select from. Additionally improved automatic dimensioning and material costing has also been added.

Although AutoCAD is not required, Plate ‘n’ Sheet is able to export a 3D wire-frame model and 2D views of the model directly from the program. AutoCAD LT is now supported using the the ‘Export to DXF’ method.

The sheet metal software is used to design, calculate and unfold pipe and tubing parts often used for hoppers, nozzles, ventilation hoods, and HVAC pipe work systems.

“Many HVAC designers ask us how to easily create 2D patterns such as a square-to-square, square-to-circle, cones and segmental bends out of sheet steel. Our simple answer for them is to have a look at Plate ‘n’ Sheet,” owner Victor Abella explains.

Plate ‘n’ Sheet can be used for various industries such as piping, heating ventilation and air conditioning duct work.

Typically without sheet metal design software like Plate ‘n’ Sheet you would need to create 3D transformations first, then flatten them out into patterns. Other methods may include creating complex triangulations or drafting projections on paper.

“Learning to use our sheet metal software couldn’t be any easier. We’ve even built in a help messaging system to let you know if a size is not valid or conflicts with another size,” explains Victor.

The process contains 4 steps unfolding defined below:

1) Clicking on a shape that defines the part or transition to be calculated.
2) Entering the dimensional values that define your ducting shape.
3) Previewing the 3D model using typical Orthographic views.
4) Printing directly or exporting to a DXF file (use it with a profile cutter).

Plate ‘n’ Sheet generates these patterns given the dimensional constraints entered in the dialog boxes provided. Then export or print the project to a flattened template and onto a 2D plane.


Software promises speedier FPGA design

December 15th, 2011

Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (LSCC) has unleashed its Lattice Diamond 1.4 software that the company says is ideal for Lattice FPGA products. The design software boasts usability enhancements that make FPGA design exploration easier and cuts time to market, added the company.

The Lattice Diamond 1.4 software enhances support for the MachXO2 PLD family by providing final production timing, power models and bit-streams for the entire family. This includes the latest wafer-level chip scale packaged version of the LCMXO2-2000U and LCMXO2-1200U devices that are geared for very high volume, cost- and power-sensitive applications. Moreover, customers can begin designing with the low cost, low power mid-range LatticeECP4 FPGA family, noted LSCC.

The design environment enables users to easily explore design alternatives as they target the type of applications ideally suited for the MachXO2 PLD family. Lattice Diamond 1.4 software includes final data for timing, power, package and bitstream based on the actual silicon characterization of all the MachXO2 devices, stated the company. The final simultaneous switching output (SSO) data is available for all packages (except the wafer-level chip scale package of the LCMXO2-2000U).

Lattice Diamond 1.4 software provides a report of device resources used by level of design hierarchy following either the synthesis or the map step (a process that maps the synthesis output to the device resources). Device resources can therefore be reported out as both logical (registers) and physical (slices) elements. This feature helps users quickly understand what parts of their design are using scarce device resources so that they can optimize the design for the targeted device. This information can be exported to a text or a CSV file to enable analysis in other tools.

To improve timing closure productivity, users can now set up the multiPAR placement and routing tool to stop after either trying a maximum number of seeds (or starting points) or when the last seed run has resulted in timing closure—whichever comes first. In order to perform design exploration even faster, these multiPAR tasks can now be distributed to run in parallel on computers with a multicore CPU.

In addition, users can employ the Run Manager tool to process multiple implementations (or design structures) in parallel and accelerate timing and utilization results for these multiple implementations. Users can individually control the maximum number of implementations and multiPAR processes that can be run simultaneously. With Lattice Diamond 1.4, LSCC stated that users can also compare run reports of multiple implementations side by side and easily determine the best implementation for their design.

Lattice Diamond 1.4 software also aids users who want to migrate their designs later to a lower cost device within the same device family while preserving the existing board layout. This capability has now been extended to all the Lattice device families supported by Lattice Diamond software.

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Lattice Diamond software is an intuitive user design environment that enables users to complete their design more quickly, touted the company. The pin assignment Design Rule Check (DRC) engine has been redesigned and implemented for the LatticeECP3, MachXO2 and LatticeSC device families to provide real-time as well as on-demand DRC during pin assignment and configuration, and a user-friendly report that helps identify and correct pin usage issues, continued LSCC.

In addition, users of the Lattice Synthesis Engine (LSE) tool can now create and edit Synopsys Design Compiler (SDC) synthesis constraints in the Lattice Design Constraints graphical editor. The editor automatically populates design clock, port and net names and provides real time syntax and semantic checks. It generates an SDC file that can be used with LSE.

Included with this release is the new Diamond Deployment Tool. It uses an intuitive wizard approach to create the appropriate device programming file in the format required by the user’s deployment method. Along with Diamond Programmer, the tools include features of ispVM System software, but with a more intuitive workflow.

Lattice Diamond software incorporates Synopsys’ Synplify Pro advanced FPGA synthesis for Windows and Linux. Aldec’s Active-HDL Lattice Edition II simulator is also included for Windows. In addition to the tool support for Lattice devices provided by the OEM versions of Synplify Pro and Active-HDL, Lattice devices are also available in the full versions of Synopsys Synplify Pro and Aldec Active-HDL. Mentor Graphics ModelSim SE and Precision RTL synthesis also support Lattice devices.

Lattice Diamond 1.4 software is available for download for both Windows and Linux. Once downloaded and installed, the software can be used with either the Lattice Diamond free license or the Lattice Diamond subscription license. The Lattice Diamond free license can be immediately generated upon request from the Lattice website and provides no cost access to many popular Lattice devices such as the MachXO2 and MachXO device families, the LatticeXP2 and LatticeECP2 FPGA families as well as the Platform Manager devices. The Lattice Diamond free license enables Synopsys Synplify Pro for Lattice synthesis as well as the Aldec Lattice Edition II mixed language simulator.


JSC KUZNETSOV Standardizes on Siemens PLM Software for Design and Development

September 7th, 2011

Siemens PLM Software and LANIT, a Siemens PLM Software reseller partner, today announced that JSC KUZNETSOV, one of Russia’s aviation and space motor building leaders, has standardized on Siemens PLM Software’s technology for the design and development of its products.

JSC KUZNETSOV management decided to begin comprehensive implementation of PLM-technologies at the company under the program for a new line of gas turbine engines based on gas generator with high energy efficiency creation. The new PLM system based on Siemens PLM Software’s NX™ software, a leading integrated solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE), and Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used PLM system, will help JSC KUZNETSOV boost the production of new and modified products and save product design, development and production costs.

LANIT was chosen to provide implementation support based on past successes at JSC KUZNETSOV as well as its extensive experience of implementing PLM technologies at Russia’s leading aviation and heavy industry enterprises. LANIT’s well established software design ideology and streamlined production process served as decision-making factors in the selection.

“Implementing PLM-technologies at JSC KUZNETSOV is a complex project, we have to build the whole infrastructure from scratch, deploy new equipment and software, and educate and train our engineers,” said Alexander Shishov, IT Director, JSC KUZNETSOV. “The time and money spent on this effort is well worth the effort. It will allow us to reach our objective of creating a digital model of a universal gas generator using NX and at the same time creating a complete reference system in Teamcenter, which will provide a launching pad for our technology department.”

“Siemens PLM Software is pleased that JSC KUZNETSOV selected our industry-leading technology as its PLM foundation,” said Steffen Buchwald, senior vice president and managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Siemens PLM Software. “As a leading PLM supplier it is our goal to continue to supply superior technology and industry-specific knowledge to help our customers, in all industries, find success in the new global economy and turn more ideas into successful products.”

“LANIT is pleased to be selected to help implement this new PLM system for JSC KUZNETSOV,” Sergey Mariin, PLM Department director at LANIT. “The Siemens PLM Software based PLM system will help JSC KUZNETSOV bring the company to a new operation level and help boost its products quality.”


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