Arena Solutions announced this week CEO Michael Topolovac is resigning from his post and will be replaced by former Agile GM Craig Livingston.
Topolovac, who co-founded the software company with Eric Larkin, will remain active within the company on its Board of Directors. The announcement has raised speculation that Arena may be preparing to enter the mergers and acquisitions market. Agile was acquired by Oracle in April 2007.
While at SolidWorks World 2008 in San Diego, Arena, which delivers hosted PLM software tools, announced an intention to deliver an integrated PLM product that will support SolidWorks 2009 and PDMWorks Enterprise. Arena PLM currently works with SolidWorks CAD and engineering data via an integration with PDMWorks Workgroup. The new integration will allow more enterprise-wide engineering data from SolidWorks to be handled in a single central repository via Arena’s hosted on-demand PLM software.
Arena’s hosted PLM software provides PLM tools via an online hosted system. Prices start at $400 per user, per year for the read-only version and up to $1,600 per user, per year for the full version. The company claims it has more than 15,000 users.
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.