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Software Update


(Concord, MA), a developer of 3D modeling software, for $85 million in cash, plus retention and an adjustment for working capital. The transaction was closed on April 30, 2014. On a non-GAAP basis, the transaction is expected to be neutral to slightly accretive to Ansys’ non-GAAP earnings per share in 2014, and accretive in 2015 and beyond.


SpaceClaim is the developer of an easy-to-use 3D model- ing software package designed to be used by any engineer during the product development process. The software em- ploys direct modeling, a departure from most traditional CAD software. SpaceClaim and Ansys have partnered in the past to offer customers the Ansys SpaceClaim Direct Modeler. With the acquisition, Ansys addresses unmet 3D model- ing needs in the conceptual modeling, manufacturing and 3D printing spaces, noted Jim Cashman, Ansys president and CEO. “In addition to driving innovation,” Cashman said, “the addition of SpaceClaim helps Ansys accelerate the growth of the simulation market by broadening our user base from ana- lysts and expert users to the millions of design and systems engineers in the industry.”


New Releases


ABB Robotics (Rochester Hills, MI) on April 28 introduced the Robot Studio Picking PowerPac, which combines two ABB software packages, RobotStudio and PickMaster 3, into a single bundle, greatly simplifying both the design and pro- gramming of complex robotic picking-and-packing systems.


software enables engineers to determine risks in designing picking lines, such as the variations in the product inflow, to be thoroughly tested and refined before costly mistakes are made on the production line.


The software allows for the improvement of existing lines configured using PickMaster 3 by recording current product flow with cameras and then feeding them into the Picking PowerPac for validation and optimization. With the software, users can configure the product conveyors, pick and place lo- cations, gripper functionality, definition of each product to be handled, and configuration of all products and components included in the picking system. ModuleWorks GmbH (Aachen, Germany), a supplier of CAD/ CAM components for toolpath generation and simulation, on May 2 announced availability of a new release of its CAM com- ponents. ModuleWorks 2014.4 adds a broad range of enhance- ments and includes new features for five-axis, MultiBlade ma- chining and simulation. The release is available to all partners from the customer download area at www.ModuleWorks.com.


Grants


Siemens PLM Software (Plano, TX) on April 16 announced it has made nearly $660 million of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at vocational high schools, technical community colleges and universities throughout Massachusetts. Students will now have access to the same Siemens’ PLM software used throughout global manufacturing to design, develop and manufacture products in automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, and electronics.


The Robot Studio Picking PowerPac from ABB Robotics simplifies design and programming of complex robotic picking and packing systems.


The RobotStudio Picking PowerPac boosts the perfor- mance of picking lines, allowing systems to be optimized in the 3D virtual world before being built in the real world. The


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The series of in-kind grants was established as a result of an industry need for skilled workers identified through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) and the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innova- tion Collaborative (MACWIC), an alliance of next-generation companies working to provide employer-led workforce training initiatives. Siemens Metals Technologies business, with its ad- vanced manufacturing facility located in Worcester, is a found- ing member of MACWIC and serves on the steering committee. The academic partnerships are designed to support MACWIC’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Certification Pathway, an advanced manufacturing certification program. Software Update is edited by Patrick Waurzyniak; pwaurzyniak@sme.org.


Image courtesy ABB Robotics


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