Insights: Booth duty

For the most part, industrial tradeshows are necessary evils. People who don’t travel (especially spouses) seem to think they’re comprised of an endless array of fantastic locales, amazing meals and endless partying. The reality is more about sore feet and legs, unhealthy convention center food, excessively long customer dinners, and that dreaded phrase: “booth duty.”

WTWH Media Launches “Live Your Dream; Be An Entrepreneur” Contest

By Scott McCafferty, Co-Founder CLEVELAND, OH – WTWH Media, LLC, an integrated b2b media company serving the design engineer and renewable energy markets with 25 technology based web sites and print publications today announced an initiative to promote entrepreneurship and business in Cleveland, Ohio with the program, “Live Your Dream; Be an Entrepreneur.” Promoted across

Rosendin Electric awarded grand prize in “Win with Canadian Solar” Contest

At the Solar Power International exposition last week, Canadian Solar (, Nasdaq: CSIQ), a provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module, and other solar applications, announced that Rosendin Electric (, the nation’s largest private electrical contractor and a 100% employee-owned company, was selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the Win with Canadian Solar

Gerber Technology announces enhancements to annual software conference.

Ideation (i·de·a·tion) is defined as the process of creating new ideas. With this in mind, Gerber Technology aims to accomplish that at ideation2010 – providing customers the chance to participate in an interactive setting that fosters communication, creativity, and innovation. ideation2010 will be a 2-day event featuring panel discussions, informative breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, demonstrations,

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. offers updated TMB-8 catalog

Bal Seal’s catalog, “Sealing and Connecting Solutions for Lab Automation and Fluid Handling” is a 4-page catalog that outlines Bal Seal’s offering of custom-engineered, spring-energized sealing products for use in sampling equipment, pipettes, fluid micro-dispensers, precision syringe pumps, and other types of equipment common to analytical and lab auto industries. The catalog, which also contains

Free Online Design and Data Sharing Tools

Dassault Systemes plans to launch the DraftSight solution, a free, professional-grade 2D CAD product delivered using an open business model. Currently in public beta and available for download at, DraftSight gives you a better way to read, write, and share DWG files. Based on an advanced architecture, DraftSight is easy to use, generally takes

Guidebook Helps Solve Tough Problems

Worldwide design engineers seeking the most appropriate way to solve difficult optimization problems intrinsic to prototyping can get easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how to select the best-suited local or global optimization routines, from the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) Library, by using the Decision Trees for optimization (, a not-for-profit numerical software development organization,

XEROX Leverages Aras PLM for Global Product Development

Aras announced the on-demand availability of “Enterprise Open Source PLM and Global Product Development at XEROX.” In this recorded session, XEROX Office Products describes how it transformed worldwide product development processes with Aras PLM software suite.  XEROX Office Products has used Aras’s advanced PLM technology since 2008 to automate global engineering and supply chain processes

Potomac Valley Brick Launches 2nd Annual BrickStainable Design Competition

Teams of architects, engineers, material scientists, landscape architects, ecologists, students and others have another opportunity to design an sustainable building using clay brick as the primary material for BrickStainable Design Competition. Thanks to the success of the inaugural BrickStainable 2009 competition, Potomac Valley Brick will hold the competition once again this year. BrickStainable competition is held

Endeca joins PTC PartnerAdvantage Program

Endeca Technologies, Inc., a search applications company, announced that it joined the PTC PartnerAdvantage Program to provide a direct integration between PTC Windchill and the Endeca Information Access Platform (IAP). Combined with connectors to a range of ERP, PLM, SCM, as well as unstructured web and document content sources, customers gain an integrated view across disparate information sources in their

Stevens Team Places 3rd in 2010 IEEE/NIST Mobile Microbiotics Challenge

A team from Stevens Institute of Technology consisting of undergraduate student Sean Lyttle, along with graduate students: Wuming Jing, Xi Chen, and Zhenbo Fo and lead by Professors David Cappelleri, Jan Nazalewicz, and Yong Shi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, placed third in the Freestyle Competition of the IEEE/National Institute of Standards and Technology

Kaysun Receives Plastic Supplier of the Year and Lean Capstone Awards

Kaysun Corporation received the Plastic Supplier of the Year and Lean Capstone awards from Rockwell Collins, a supplier of communications and aviation electronics solutions to aerospace and defense companies worldwide.  This is second year in a row that Kaysun has received these awards from Rockwell Collins. Rockwell Collins’ Annual Supplier Conference awards recognize significant contributions

Ford Aims to Help Reduce Carbon Footprint of its Global Supply Chain

Ford’s supply chain approach builds on its success in measuring and reducing its greenhouse gases. Ford is working with World Resources Institute (WRI), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and the Carbon Disclosure Project in an effort to identify appropriate data from suppliers. Ford intends to share lessons learned and lead collaboration with other

Dassault Systemes and IBM Expand Global Alliance

Dassault Systèmes (DS) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced an expansion of their long-standing partnership and highlighted at IBM’s IMPACT 2010 the early deliverables of their Global Alliance, including financing solutions from IBM Global Financing, a joint competency center, and work on a PLM cloud computing proof of concept. The two companies continue to invest in

Gartner selects Aras as “Cool Vendor” for Enterprise PLM Software Solution

Aras announced that the company has been name a “cool vendor” by analyst firm Gartner, Inc. in the Cool Vendors in Product Design and Life Cycle Management 2010 report.  The report, written by Gartner analyst Marc Halpern, identifies vendors who are innovative, impactful, and intriguing. According to the report, “This year’s Cool Vendors in product

Eight straight years: Siemens PLM Software Named Among Top Supporters of HBCU-accredited Engineering Programs for 2010

Siemens PLM Software announced the company is ranked among Fortune 500 corporations and US government agencies in its support of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Engineering Schools in the US, according to a recent independent survey of the deans of those schools. This is the eighth consecutive year that Siemens PLM Software has been

Pepperl+Fuchs Hosting Two Seminars on The Fundamentals of Intrinsic Safety

Pepperl+Fuchs is hosting The Fundamentals of Intrinsic Safety (EX) Seminar on April 29, 2010, in St. Louis, MO, and on June 24, 2010, in Greenville, SC. In this educational, non-commercial training seminar Pepperl+Fuchs will provide an in-depth overview of the theory behind Intrinsic Safety (EX) protection and its proper application within the process industry. Registration

ANSYS Only Engineering Simulation Software Provider Named on Shareholder Performance Index

ANSYS, Inc., today announced that it has been named as the only engineering simulation software provider on this year’s Oliver Wyman Shareholder Performance IndexSM (SPI). This international ranking assesses the performance of firms in the communications, media and technology (CMT) industries. With an overall SPI score of 235, ANSYS placed 13th in the software and

ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics offers White Paper on Real-Time 3D Production Workflow & Rendering

StudioGPU announced today the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Quarterly, the official publication of the ACM SIGGRAPH organization, published a white paper in the February 2010 issue focusing on StudioGPU MachStudio™ Pro software. Called “Ending the Tradeoff of Time vs. Quality when Creating 3D Computer Graphics Content – Stepping Up the Production Workflow with Real-Time Rendering Software,”

AECOM Wins Environmental Industry Publications Awards

AECOM received four Business Achievement Awards from two leading environmental industry publications’ annual award competitions. The Climate Change Business Journal recognized AECOM for its Renewable Energy practice, and Arauco Carbon Footprinting Analysis (CFA) project. Citing Renewable Energy activities in 16 countries, CCBJ noted AECOM’s geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, marine/tidal, and organic waste to energy conversion projects in

Copyright Basics for Design Engineers…and Everyman

By Andrew Trew, Contributing Writer Have you ever wondered how J. K. Rowling turned a great idea about Harry Potter into a great business? A key ingredient in her success is the protection that copyright law provides for Rowling’s stories. Recently, Harry Potter hit the headlines again when a librarian marketed a dictionary of the

Busting 7 Big Myths about Manufacturing’s Smallest Technologies

Does machining or molding something so small that you can’t see it with the naked eye seem like science fiction to you? Then perhaps you are one of the manufacturing practitioners who need a few myths busted. While they may sound like futuristic concepts, in fact, micromanufacturing and nanomanufacturing are becoming the biggest thing in

The Solar Energy Dilemma

To make solar energy economically competitive, ways must be found to improve the efficiency of the cells and lower their manufacturing costs. Solar electricity generation is a growing, multi-billion dollar industry. Yet, the solar share of the total energy market is less than one percent of total energy consumption. Coal, natural gas, and oil cannot

Paybacks and Pitfalls in Patenting Medical Devices

Patents are closely tied to corporate success in the medical market. Quality patent protection for medical devices is the goal, resulting in excellent financial payback for inventors and manufacturers alike. However, alongside the paybacks are many pitfalls. Two issues are of particular concern. First, there are ethical and legal concerns about financial relationships between manufacturers

Illinois Manufacturing Jobs Jeopardized by Tax Hike Proposal

St. Charles, IL – “Illinois has a spending problem, not a revenue problem,” said Ron Bullock, owner of Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. and chairman of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. Bullock and other Illinois business leaders meet with Governor Patrick Quinn on March 25, 2009, in Springfield in response to the Governor’s proposal last week