This new software allows 3D factory structure and equipment design, working with installed versions of AutoCAD 2000, 2000i, 2002, 2004 and 2005. The update comes enhanced with three software modules that cover all of Rexroth's assembly products. The MASsoft module offers wall and ceiling profiles and connectors and new lean roller section components for easier manufacturing workstation layouts. The MGEsoft module offers enhanced CAD support of aluminum framing with improved Special Finish functionality, a new and improved "look and feel" interface and an automated 3D export functionality. The latter is for third-party, 3D software users to save FMSsoft modules in .sat format, and open them as 3D solids. The third module, TSsoft, adds to the TS4plus conveyor products with new positioning units like leg site, plus easy-to-use macros that draw entire conveyor systems using user-specified parameters. TSsoft also has pallets and leg sets for VarioFlow and TS1 conveyors, plus carousel drives, locate units, pallet transfer kits, pallet divert modules and pallet merge kits for VarioVlow. Users can get immediate pricing and ordering for FMSsoft-generated aluminum framing parts lists through a built-in Web link. The software, free for download for Rexroth customers, includes bending and load analysis tools, ergonomics analysis functions for workstations designed with the software and human models from the fifth percentile female worker to the 95th percentile male.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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