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.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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