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Industry Tools--March/April 2015

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March/April 2015

Featuring the latest products, services, and announcements from supply chain and operations management companies


Automation Service now is offering a series of three Rotork electric actuators that arecompatible with its line of remanufactured control valves. The tools include the IQ, CVA, and CMA ranges of electric actuators. The IQ range features a double-sealed enclosure; non-intrusive infrared commissioning; data logging; predictive maintenance capabilities; an advanced-display, Bluetooth communications interface; and an absolute encoder. The CVA range actuators are designed for the demands of process control—specifically, continuous modulating control valve applications. The CMA range delivers a series of sizes suitable for linear, quarter-turn, and rotary control valve and pump applications.  

FactoryTalk Batch software now is available from Rockwell Automation. It is designed to ease the process of creating and modifying batch management by improving the approval process for changes and automatically tracking the genealogy of recipes. Security-authority binding features also help manufacturers protect their intellectual property. Administrators can use the software to assign specific people or roles to approve recipes before they advance to the production line. This structured approach provides approval traceability and enables quality control managers to more easily manage recipes.

Coding and scanning

has released the Joya X2 Self-shopping device with two-dimensional (2D) omnidirectional scanning capabilities. This ergonomic tool gives consumers direct control of their shopping experience via imaging technology that enables accurate reading of both one-dimensional and 2D codes. Shoppers can scan products of interest and access pricing, store offers, and promotions. Coupons and codes on mobile phones also are read by the imaging technology. The device is ideal for inventory management functions, product query, queue-busting, and other applications requiring interactivity with a host system.

Computer-aided design

KISTERS has released version 2014.2 of 3DViewStation, a computer-aided design (CAD) visualization and engineering collaboration software tool. Version 2014.2 ships with a Microsoft Office-compliant user interface and is intended to provide streamlined functionality. The latest developments offer three-dimensional (3D) CAD authoring and publishing capabilities.

Data analysis and management

Data Dynamics Inc. has announced the latest version of its software product, StorageX, which helps users manage large data assets across multivendor storage silos. This centralized, policy-based storage-management platform discovers, analyzes, optimizes, migrates, and manages content across the data life cycle. The StorageX intelligent cloud storage management platform is designed to deliver true data portability, usability, and insight for business agility, operational efficiency, and competitive leadership.

Imperva Inc. has launched SecureSphere 11.0 to provide a new layer of enterprise security for physical and virtual data centers. It is a real-time, agent-based solution designed to keep high-value data assets in big data deployments safe, yet accessible. The solution supports two of the Hadoop distributions, Cloudera and Hortonworks. This release aims to protect data in all repositories, fix deficiencies in data silos, and reduce security risks.


enVista has partnered with Empower Software Solutions, a human resources and workforce management solutions provider. The partnership couples Empower’s workforce management technology, EmpowerWFM, with enVista’s supply chain and workforce management consulting, employee change management training, and industrial engineering services. EmpowerWFM will provide detailed store staffing schedules based on historical information and forecasts to optimize sales per square foot in retail stores. enVista will apply its proprietary engineered labor standards, enCompass, to compute an accurate head count and generate a staffing plan.

IFS has released its extended business software suite, IFS Applications 9. Applications 9 offers enhancements in terms of agility and usability, as well as capabilities tailored to support customers in IFS’s target industries. IFS Applications 9 has been thoroughly tested, both internally as well as in the field. Delivered in the form of an early-adopter program, IFS is working with several global end-user companies based in the US, Scandinavia, and Europe, which represent diverse industries including service management, high-tech, industrial manufacturing, and offshore contracting.

Material handling

AMETEK Prestolite Power
has released an advanced wireless battery identification device (WBID) that continually reads and stores information about lift truck batteries. The company also has updated DataLink 2, its data analysis software used in conjunction with WBIDs and battery charger interface devices. The WBID and DataLink 2 are designed to improve warehouse efficiency by gathering data wirelessly, monitoring battery usage, and identifying potential problems that could lead to downtime. The WBIDs also provide critical information to extend battery life, solve service issues, and help with warranty claims.

Mobile computing

Schneider Electric
has introduced Wonderware SmartGlance 2014 R2 mobile reporting software. The updated version includes features that enable monitoring, visualizing, and analyzing real-time plant and industrial process data via mobile devices. These features include support for wearable technologies, a modern user interface for any browser, self-serve registration, facility in multiple time zones, and full import and export capabilities for faster deployment. MyAlerts notifies users of process events so they can stay current with real-time information based on configurable thresholds for tag reports.

Shop floor

has introduced the Cordless 21.6V mechanical pulse tools EYFMA1J and EYFMA1JR for general assembly and large machinery manufacturers. The EYFMA1J 21.6V mechanical pulse tool is intended to offer improved efficiency through enhanced torque control. This cordless power tool reaches torques up to 400 newton meters with no reaction to the operator. The EYFMA1JR adds a wireless feature to enable error proofing with Panasonic’s optional receivers. The mechanical pulse tool weighs 7.7 pounds, incorporates a high-capacity 21.6V 4.2Ah Li-ion battery pack, and offers the durability of a brushless motor and hybrid switch.

Transportation and logistics

UTi Worldwide Inc. has announced a strategic partnership with Beijing Changjiu Logistics Co. Ltd. to serve the logistics needs of global automotive original equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the Chinese automotive market. The partnership gives each company the ability to cross-sell each other’s core capabilities to automotive enterprises and should give Changjiu clients faster entry into global markets through UTi’s international network of supply chain and transportation services.


Integrated Systems Design (ISD)
has announced Heavy Weight Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs), a generation of VLMs designed to handle up to 2,204 pounds per tray. VLMs can save up to 85 percent of otherwise wasted floor space and provide ergonomic access to materials. Every tray’s height is automatically scanned and stored in under four-inch increments, with lighter capacity models optimizing in half-inch increments. The unit also can automatically shuffle the trays and re-optimize to find additional capacity.

DecisionPoint Systems has designed a mobile warehouse management system to help transform warehouse operations into paperless, real-time operations while reducing errors, improving efficiencies, and ensuring greater transaction accuracy. With APEXWare, handheld mobile computers and vehicle-mounted computers with integrated bar code scanners can help facilitate accurate and efficient pick and put-away functions. The system interface also can assist employees who struggle with English by enabling them to more easily track inventory, maximize warehouse space, and eliminate inaccurate paperwork.

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