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Computer Productivity Tools

Computer Productivity Tools

Plant modeling software

ObjectARX-based plant design and modeling software is the latest upgrade to the AutoPLANT(R)Plant Design Workgroup Version 1.5. It features improved visualization, so piping and plant design engineers can review their 3D CAD plant models. It can also accommodate building cable trays, tubing, and tube fittings, as well as structural, process, and instrumentation design and management, and fluid flow analysis.

Rebis, 1600 Riviera Ave., Suite 300, Walnut Creek, CA 94596; FAX (925) 933-1920; www.rebis.com.

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Desktop monitor

This high-resolution, 15.7-inch SXGA-LCD is designed for use as a desktop monitor, including applications in e-business, multi-tasking, full-motion video, and multimedia games. It uses side-mounting technology to apply screws from the side, not the front, for mounting the LCD inside a monitor, producing a narrower edge.

LG.Philips LCD; 6133 N. River Rd., Suite 1100, Rosemont, IL 60018; www.lgphilips-lcd.com.

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Project management

Enterprise(R)project management software, recently released, is a scalable project planning and scheduling suite that allows engineering companies to balance resources, budgets, and costs. It can help reduce the risk of new product development by evaluating projects both individually and in relationship to each other, the company says.

Primavera Systems Inc., 3 Bala Plaza West, Suite 700, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004; FAX (610) 949-6944; www.primavera.com.

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Component management software

The Lava-CIS component management system can save time and money, freeing engineers from manually re-entering part attributes in a bill of materials. Instead, Lava-CIS exchanges information within and between companies by interfacing to ODBC databases, ERP, and PDM systems. Users can add parts to their schematics, load new parts into the database, then use "feasibility mode" to ensure the two lists match.

PADS Software Inc., 165 Forest St., Marlborough, MA 01752; FAX (508) 229-8717; www.pads.com.

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CAD interoperability

The CADScript technology allows engineers to access native CAD data and functionality, regardless of source or platform. It is intended as an enhancement for native CAD APIs, not as a replacement. To speed translation, it eliminates compiling and linking of multiple executables for each CAD version and hardware platform, and can be used against any API once the code is written.

International TechneGroup Inc., 5303 DuPont Circle, Milford, OH 45150; FAX (513) 576-3994.; www.iti-oh.com.

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Inventory control software

Spectrum 1000(TM)inventory control software provides a method of efficiently picking and managing order fulfillment, stockroom, and manufacturing operations. It automates horizontal or vertical carousels, light-directed picking devices, and power columns, and is designed for high-throughput applications. It incorporates an Oracle(TM)database to reduce the demand on the host ERP system.

White Systems Inc., 30 Boright Ave., Box 100, Kenilworth, NJ 07033; FAX (908) 272-5920; www.whitesrs.com.

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Linux drivers

This series of open-sourced Linux software drivers for high-performance interconnect cards is designed for connecting clusters of servers for parallel processing, distributed database, and high-availability applications. Each driver has two modules; the interconnect resource manager (IRM), and the shared-memory driver and library API (SISCI), both written as kernel modules that can be dynamically installed or uninstalled.

Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, 3609 East Thousand Oaks Blvd, Suite 209, Westlake Village, CA 91362-3624; FAX (805) 371-9785; www.dolphinics.com.

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Thin servers

The MCH-102, -103, and -104 are compact thin servers, just 1.75 inches high, on a 19-inch rackmount chassis. They can be configured with single board computer (SBC), embedded computer board (ECB), or an ATX/MicroATX form factor motherboard. They are designed for rugged, space-critical use with Internet service provider (ISP) and computer telephony integration (CTI) applications.

Mitac Industrial, 42001 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538; FAX (510) 656-2669; www.mitacinds.com.

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Cantilevered load calculation

The Static Calculation Arm/Manipulator Program allows engineers to calculate the vertical and lateral forces created by cantilevered loads. To avoid premature wear in materials handling systems, the program collects parameters input by the user, then lists the components needed to absorb any compression load, such as end caps.

Mannesmann Dematic Corp., 24541 Maplehurst Dr., Clinton Twp., MI 48036; www.dematic-us.com.

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Mold engraving software

ArtCAM 4.5 is a software tool for creating artistic 3D engraved and embossed effects in injection-molded products. It permits the transfer of decorative 3D design to the interior surface of the tool's modeling cavity. And it can create CNC-machineable 3D relief models, rather than true 3D objects.

Delcam, 3270 Electricity Dr., Windsor, Ontario, Canada N8W 5- 5J1; FAX (519) 974-8170; www.delcam.com.

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