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SUPPLY CHAIN PRESS RELEASES
 Take to the cloud with new IndySoft version
IndySoft has taken calibration management to the cloud with its latest release, Version 11. Asset management is made easier with the release with over 120 new features, performance enhancements, improved interface and a new cloud-based subscrip- tion model.
It is designed to meet the needs of a diverse array of businesses in the calibra- tion, tooling and preventive maintenance arenas. The version was on show at the Sensors & Instrumentation Exhibition at the
Birmingham NEC in September.
Cloud-based software offers many advan- tages over on-premise software. Operational agility is frequently noted as a key driver of
going to the cloud. Flexibility is built in so users can quickly and easily scale based on business needs. There may also be financial benefits as perpetual licenses require a lot of front end capital, whereas cloud subscriptions provide cheaper monthly options and include support.
Because there is no on-premise hardware required, and set-up and management is much simpler, an expensive IT department or outsourced IT services are not needed. www.indysoft.co.uk
 SPEED ON BIKES HITS NEW RECORD
Renishaw has helped Paralympian Karen Darke and Ken Talbot break world records for both female and male arm powered speed at the World Human Powered Speed
Challenge in Neveda recently (46.05 mph and 51.86 mph respectively). They did it on bikes built under the ARION4 project run by Liverpool University's Velocipede Team (ULV). Renishaw additively manufactured the central titanium support (CTS), a component that is the backbone of the transmission system. It allows riders to put in as much power as possible without worrying about the structural integrity of the front of the bike. www.renishaw.co.uk/additive www.ulvteam.co.uk.
BLOGGING ON...
High Gain, which has been a leader in the supply of high speed machining systems for almost 25 years, has re-launched its web- site. It details products and services and hopes to be producing monthly blogs on customers they are assisting, as well as case studies to view and download. www.highgaintech.com
FREE DUMMIES
Protolabs has produced a free Digital Manufacturing for Dummies e-book. The comprehensive book is described as an essential guide to the major 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding tech- nologies frequently used in digital manufac- turing. It shows how digital manufacturing can fit into every stage of the product life cycle. If you’ve never read the e-book your- self you can download it for free if it’s some- thing that might interest you.
3D ACADEMY
The Stanford Marsh Group has announced a new division - The 3D Print Academy - to its design and manufacturing services. The Academy is the only Stratasys accredited 3D print training centre to open in the UK and will provide enhanced 3D printing courses from beginner to advanced. This builds on its current services offered by GTMA's Tri- Tech 3D with courses designed to take addi- tive manufacturing knowledge to a higher technical degree. www.tritech3d.co.uk
TWO ARE FLYING
Two GTMA suppliers, Perfect Bore Manufacturing and Engis (UK), are part of a project backed by funding from the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP). The lead partner is advanced surface coating technology com- pany Hardide Coating and the project is to develop a grinding and super-finish technol-
ogy for the Hardide-A coating that is a proven direct replacement for Hard Chrome Plating (HCP). Hardide is lead partner sup- ported by Airbus and the two GTMA suppli- ers. A second project to develop the pro- cessing of an ultra-low temperature coating to increase the range of aerospace substrate materials also involves Perfect Bore Manufacturing. NATEP is a £14.4m pro- gramme to mature 40 aerospace technolo- gies in the UK. www.pbm-ltd.com www.engis.com
SPOT ON IN STOKE
Bowers Group has supplied Stoke City Football Club with several sets of Baty Harpenden Skinfold Calipers to accurately assess the body composition of its football
players. The caliper is a precision instrument designed for use in the performance of Skinfold thickness measurements, from which estimates of body fat are derived. It has been used worldwide for over 40 years on projects of international importance. The calipers take three measurements every six weeks from the tricep, abdominal, thigh, and calf, in line with ISAK recommendations. The club uses body assessment software devel- oped in house, and ensures calibration is to the highest levels. www.bowersgroup
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