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.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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