For years, PLM has been the big draw at Dassault. Lately, the 3-D design tool firm has been making noises about SLM (simulation lifecycle management), the idea of putting similar data management, application integration and process automation capabilities around the practice of simulation.
Dasssault this week produced another chapter in this SLM story. The company bought Engineous Software, a small Providence, RI, company for $40 million. Engineous’ FIPER software is some sort of distributed development environment that lets organizations access, execute and reuse design simulation tools and processes within an organization and externally with partners. Dassault’s SIMULIA [www.simulia.com] brand says the acquisition will further help integrate simulation practices into the overall product development process.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.