Invention Machine, a provider of innovation software, has come out with a connector module to sync up with PTC’s Windchill PLM platform.
The new Connector to PTC Windchill module provides direct access to engineering content housed within Windchill for users working with Invention Machine’s Goldfire Innovator software. Goldfire which integrates a problem analysis workbench with a patented semantic knowledgebase, helps engineers and scientists put structure around the innovation process. The software can be employed to help with such steps as organizing ideas, researching prior patents, exploring potential new markets and competition as well as evaluating risk so the most lucrative ideas are capitalized on.
The addition of the Connector to PTC Windchill lets companies bring better ideas into the Windchill-based PLM processes, Invention Machine officials say, while also allowing Windchill users to leverage Goldfire Innovator to get the most out of an organization’s design content.
The bottom line of the partnership, according to officials in both companies: To help engineers deliver innovative products to market faster.
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.