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By APICS staff | July/August 2012 | 22 | 4
Industry WatchAutomation
Opto 22 unveils the Opto aPAC, an application for monitoring and managing the company’s SNAP PAC System using mobile devices running the Android operating system. The application provides real-time access and information to authorized automation professionals. It also is the first Android-based mobile app for automation and control that requires no initial configuration. 

Cloud computing
Accellos announces the latest version of AccellosOne Workspace, its composite application framework that provides the foundation for its current and future products. The framework includes Microsoft technology, an embedded video training center, unlimited user-definable field extensions, externally facing portal enhancements, integrated report management, and distribution.

Camstar Systems Inc. has released a cloud-based solution—the New Product Introduction (NPI) Accelerator—that helps design, test, and quality professionals accelerate the innovation and NPI processes. The solution provides access to critical-to-quality data during product design and prototype stages, helping avoid delays and risks associated with data from varied sources. 

Mobile computing
DRS Technologies Inc. has added three mobile tablets to its product portfolio. The ARMOR X7et and the ARMOR X7ad are thin, lightweight tablets. The seven-inch, multi-touch tablets are designed to make it easier for workers to use mobile computing in rugged environments.

Industry WatchOnset Computer Corporation has released the HOBO UX90 Motor On/Off Logger, a matchbox-sized, LCD-display data logger for monitoring run times of motors, pumps, compressors, and other equipment. The logger provides a simple and convenient way to record up to 340,000 equipment on/off cycle changes and uses powerful graphing and analysis software to convert the recorded data into time- and date-stamped graphs.

Wavelink Corporation has made available the Velocity mobile enterprise browser to provide fast, reliable delivery of web-based applications to rugged mobile devices. Velocity is engineered to address key traditional browser shortcomings such as poor performance, connection interruptions, lack of scanner support, and narrow operating-system platform support. 

Product life cycle management
Infor has integrated its Infor10 Product Lifecycle Management Process and Lawson M3 ERP Enterprise using Infor10 ION to seamlessly share data and information. Company leaders say these tools bring new levels of speed and visibility to companies in process manufacturing industries and help customers introduce products to market faster and at a lower cost while ensuring compliance.

Eucon and Servigistics have launched the combined aftermarket price optimization offering Pricing Manager. This offering helps meet complex product management requirements with its unique combination of proven pricing software and aftermarket expertise. By combining Eucon’s research expertise with Servigistics’s software, the tool is an innovative solution for the automotive market.

Service management
IFS has acquired Metrix, a global vendor of advanced solutions for service management and mobility. Metrix software is used by customers worldwide to automate mobile field service, streamline repair processes, improve customer service, and increase profitability. The company has developed a mobile framework that offers built-in industry expertise, out-of-the-box use, and robust field force automation functionality.

Shop floor
Ansell Limited relaunches its PowerFlex 80-813 Gloves with improved increases. Workers who face the risk of arc flash now have additional protection with the improved PowerFlex 80-813 gloves, which combine flame resistance, cut protection, and ergonomics. The gloves also feature an exclusive cut-resistant yarn to achieve protection in wet, oily, and dry work environments. 

Industry WatchKelley has launched the iFAN system, designed to give facilities the option of networking their high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans and controlling them from a centralized location. iFAN was created to ensure maximum performance, functionality, and savings from large HVLS fans. The fans are networked to a touch-screen computer, complete with custom graphics representing the facility’s exact fan layout. 

Laser Design Inc. has unveiled its most automated inspection-grade, three-dimensional (3D) scanning system, the SURVEYOR Auto Gage 3D. The tool completes high-speed part inspections in minutes with minimal operator training, is versatile enough for inspection and reverse-engineering applications, and is fast enough for factory-floor verification uses. 
 
Technology
Connected Nation has launched its improved broadband mapping tool, My ConnectView, which offers unmatched views of the technology landscape across multiple states. 
The tool features more interactive data layers; additional tools to explore data; and the ability to create, print, and share custom maps. 

MIR3 Inc. has released Intelligent Notification v3.0. This version features a completely redesigned graphical user interface, quick-launch, and three new product configurations. The quick-launch feature enables administrators to grant one-click access to users in order to compose and launch notifications from a single screen. Usability has been enhanced with a recommendation engine that will guide through the notification process. 

Industry WatchWarehousing
AccuteX EDM introduces the SP-300iA 5-Axis CNC Wire EDM. This machine features the latest microsparking technology, the MST-II function that provides exceptional part finishes. The work-piece mounting table is made of hardened stainless steel, offers easy accessibility, and is designed as a standard clamping system.

Crown Equipment Corporation unveils the Crown WP 3000 Series Walkie Pallet Truck. This durable electric pallet jack provides the maneuverability and control vital for demanding applications where pallet trucks must maneuver in tight spaces, withstand impacts, deliver power on demand, and give operators controlled performance. The truck incorporates proven technology such as AC traction and e-GEN braking. 

Industry WatchSapient Automation has released the ViperTilt tray delivery system available on the Viper Vertical Lift Module. The solution provides ergonomic order picking of parts and items for better ergonomics, accuracy, and productivity in operations in automated storage and retrieval systems operations. The tilt tray design enables operators to easily reach parts stored in the front and rear of the tray.

Ventyx has added three-dimensional visualization with hot-pointing capabilities to its Ventyx LinkOne electronic parts catalog and maintenance manual. With this new functionality, WebView 3.7 significantly enhances the ability of maintenance managers and other end users to graphically traverse a product assembly for faster, more accurate parts ordering. 

Industry WatchWesley International introduces the Battery Mule battery station. The Battery Mule is an all-in-one battery changing, charging, and watering station in one complete, mobile unit. It enables easy removal of a depleted battery pack from the electric vehicle. The battery station is intended for use with stock chasers, burden carriers, tow tractors, and personnel carriers.

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