IBM’s 20-year partnership with Dassault Systemes took an interesting turn this week. The pair, which for more than two decades has collaborated on developing and marketing Dassault’s 3D CAD and PLM suite, have slowly been backing away from their exclusive arrangement. Their independent streaks surfaced again this week when IBM inked a deal with UGS Corp. to co-market to its business partners UGS’ Teamcenter Express software, part of its Velocity series of pre-configured PLM aimed at SMB customers. IBM inked a similar co-marketing deal with PTC last year. Experts say the moves signal a broadening of IBM’s strategy to be more of an open PLM vendor and to push sales of its WebSphere integration and infrastructure platform. For its part, Dassault is focused this year on building out its own channel. Regardless of their individual agendas, the pair claim to be committed and their partnership strong.
Who knows, maybe non-exclusivity is the best bet for both parties.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.