Daily Archives: September 27, 2018

Updates from Autodesk

GTXRaster CAD Series: Incorporated into “Full” AutoCAD
GTX – With over 34 years in the Technical Imaging industry, GTX has provided engineering professionals the best Windows® based products in the market to accommodate scanned paper drawings – black and white or color images. GTX will significantly enhance your ability to handle scanned drawings, maps and other raster images and bring them into your modern CAD, EDM or GIS environments.

These new product releases, the GTXRaster CAD 2019 Series*, known as the “AutoCAD for raster” and the windows standalone, GTXImage CAD™ Version 21 Series, are a unique, cost-effective solution for bringing legacy drawings into your digital environment. You can modify and enhance scanned raster archives with the speed and flexibility of both raster and vector editing techniques. Whether your requirement is for raster cleanup, 2D CAD drafting, hybrid raster/vector editing or full automatic raster-to-vector conversion with intelligent text recognition, total flexibility is provided by these product series. more>

Updates from datacenter.com

Distribution basics
Hans Vreeburg – One of the most important factors in choosing a data center, is the right distribution to your cabinet. You need the best and safest way to get your basic requirements. Each room is its own compartment: an event in one room should have no effect on the other rooms in the data center.

Let’s start with the most familiar one: power. Whether you use a single feed or multiple, you need a way to get the power to your equipment. I think all data centers should use busbars: the only system that offers flexibility and is future proof. Ideally, the power distribution should be installed above the cabinets. This creates even more flexibility and prevents human errors: we all have witnessed the wrong cabinet being disconnected because of the dim-lit, small, environment that’s underneath a raised floor. Talking about the raised floor: that’s an outdated way to get the required power to a cabinet.

A raised floor can cause a lot of confusion, because it’s dark and offers limited working space; raising the risk of human error. But why do these errors occur? Most of the times something had to be done quickly and the wrong black power cable was traced. An elevated position gives you more control over who can reach the power distribution. You can even use advanced camera software to prevent and/or control people accessing it. more>

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Updates from Siemens

Using NX and Learning Advantage to enable students to develop the professional skills required by industry
Siemens – With 1,700 employees and 15,000 students, Luleå University of Technology in northern Sweden is a thriving center of teaching and research that collaborates with businesses, educational institutions and public bodies across the world.

The Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics is home to a range of engineering courses that encompass materials, mechanics, power and sustainable energy. For engineering students within this department, the study of computer-aided design (CAD) is a basic requirement. However, students from other departments can select CAD as an optional subject. These include electrical engineers and space engineers, plus those studying subjects such as business administration and computer science. According to Peter Jeppsson, senior lecturer at Luleå University, CAD is a very popular choice.

The department has well-equipped workshops with a range of tooling machinery. Jeppsson describes the ethos of the department: “At the university we teach CAD software and engineering theory at the same time, not as separate subjects. We give students the opportunity to solve real-world problems and make better products by considering overall function, performance, production and lifecycle. We use computer-aided design and simulation for every aspect of a product.” more>

Updates from GE

Can You Hear Me Now? New GE Voices Site Gives Employees, Partners A Place To Learn And Speak Up
By Maureen O’Hagan – When William “Mo” Cowan was named GE’s president of global government affairs and policy in August, he came with a unique perspective, forged through experience that few can claim: He had served for a time as a U.S. senator, filling John Kerry’s empty seat when Kerry became secretary of state.

Cowan now has at his disposal a powerful tool to amplify that engagement. The company just relaunched GE Voices, an online hub where employees, suppliers and others connected to GE can learn more about — and speak up about — some of the key policy issues affecting the company today. Subscribers — there are more than 75,000 of them — can access explainers to see how hot policy issues like tax reform and tariffs affect them personally.

Front and center on the site is an interactive map showing the company’s broad presence in the United States. The first thing you’ll notice is that the GE family is everywhere you look, with dots representing GE’s manufacturing and research facilities, suppliers, educational partners and venture companies stretching from Maine to Florida, New York to California, Alaska to Hawaii. There are dots in all 50 states. more>