Reverse engineering, inspection, design, and modeling software — The 2014 release of its new, comprehensive reverse engineering, inspection, design, and 3D modeling software reinvents the engineer’s desktop by providing accurate and comprehensive precision engineering capabilities. The release includes updates to Geomagic Design X (formerly Rapidform XOR), Geomagic Design Direct (formerly Geomagic Spark), Geomagic Verify (formerly Rapidform XOV), Geomagic Control (formerly Geomagic Qualify), and Geomagic Freeform software as well as the availability of new Dynamics and Simulation tools for Geomagic Design. Dynamics for Geomagic Design is a kinematics and dynamics simulation tool that builds and tests functional virtual prototypes of designs on the computer and simulates the design’s full-motion behavior. This includes complex motion types such as conveyor belts, pulleys, ropes, and bushings. Simulate for Geomagic Design adds the power of finite-element analysis with stress, strain, deflection, vibration, buckling, and heat-transfer analyses. Users perform FEA on parts by defining the boundary conditions manually, or using the integration with Dynamics for Geomagic Design to automatically transfer the boundary conditions from a motion analysis, including dynamic contact, into the FEA simulation. 3D Systems, 430 Davis Dr., Suite 300, Morrisville, NC 27560, (919) 474-0135, Visit www.3dsystems.com
Encoder testing software — New adjustment and testing software (ATS) Version 2.8 provides an easy-to-use platform to diagnose encoder faults and evaluate encoder output signals. The signals can be evaluated on a bench workstation or while the encoder is connected to a machine’s control without the need of an oscilloscope. Sine commutation of servomotor encoders is also possible. For quick and efficient mounting of an incremental encoder, a PWT mode lets users evaluate signal amplitude and reference-mark signal. While mounting the LIP 200 and LIC 4000, the output signals can be electronically compensated for the highest quality signal for subsequent electronics. Heidenhain Corp., 333 E. State Pkwy., Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 490-1191, Visit www.heidenhain.us
“Smart engineering” software — Automation Studio 4 software keeps quality high, engineering costs low, and time to market short. A System Designer tool configures hardware easily and with fewer errors with its visual editor and lifelike representations of hardware components. The tool’s automated plausibility check configures basic parameter settings and offers highly effective functions for reusing entire parts of a system.
A bidirectional EPLAN Electric P8 interface lets users integrate ECAD projects with hardware configurations designed in Automation Studio, reducing the amount of work required and eliminating one possible error source that arises from having two sets of master data. Applications are generated automatically from simulation data to test development results at an early stage.
Full project-modularity support makes it possible to split a project into a series of autonomous modules, allowing a software-engineering team to work on modules simultaneously and load them to the hardware separately, shortening development time and making it easier to integrate external developers into the process and reuse parts of the system that have already been tested.
A SmartEdit feature generates context-related suggestions from function libraries and existing program sections. Visualization templates also accelerate user interface design.
B&R Industrial Automation Corp., 1250 Northmeadow Pkwy., Suite 100, Roswell, GA 30076, (770) 772 - 0400, Visit www.br-automation.com
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