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MAY 2018

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SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE Modern Machine Shop 137 API for Self-Driving Vehicles Simplifies Integration Otto Motors has released the Otto Industrial API with the intention of enabling a fully connected and optimized smart factory, including self-driving vehicles. The applica- tion programming interface (API) is an integration system that enables machine-to-machine communication and full industrial automation by simplifying the process of con- necting equipment and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to Otto. It con- nects self-driving vehicles to existing automation systems and processes, providing faster integration with indus- try-standard software and protocols. The company collaborated with Inductive Automation to integrate Ignition software as part of the API architecture. The software platform can translate different protocols to the ones needed to speak to PLCs within manufacturing environments, contributing to a closed-loop automa- tion system. The API enables Ignition to seamlessly access the data as OPC tags and to integrate them with built-in components and scripting. This process removes connectivity barriers that can interfere with the utilization of industrial self-driving vehicles. The system is designed to create a data-exchange connection between industrial machines from different ven- dors. The company says that this will lead to fuller integration of automation solutions in a smart manufacturing environment. | Otto Motors 844-733-6886 ottomotors.com Software Tests Robotics Programs Rethink Robotics' Sawyer Software Development Kit (SDK) is available on all Sawyer robots, with access to both the Intera manufacturing software and the SDK software. With a wide range of uses for research teams and corporate R&D laboratories, the system offers further compatibility with Robot Operating System (ROS) and other open- source robotics tools, as well as a solution to increase access to robotics in the classroom. The system includes several features that enable users to visualize and control how the robot interacts with its environment. It integrates with the Gazebo Simulator, which creates a simulated world that visualizes the robot and its contact with the environment, enabling researchers to run and test code in the simulation. | Rethink Robotics Inc. | 617-500-2487 rethinkrobotics.com Verisurf automates quality inspection and reporting on the shop fl oor, in the quality lab or out in the fi eld. Verisurf Quality Inspection Software combined with expert training and support delivers what you need to increase quality and productivity while lowering costs, now. Simple Align-Inspect-Report workfl ow makes Verisurf easy to learn, easy to use. Built on an open CAD platform with integrated GD&T, Verisurf supports all brands and models of Coordinate Measuring Machines and Scanners ensuring enterprise compatibility, fl exibility and reduced training costs. Get the power of Verisurf Quality Inspection Suite today, with fl exible purchase options to match your company's needs. Visit https://www.verisurf.com/inspect Quality Inspection Suite Increase Productivity - Reduce Rework - Lower Production Costs www.verisurf.com • 866-340-5551 CAD MEASURE REVERSE BUILD ANALYSIS CMM CMM CMM CMM CMM CMM CMM CMM CMM CMM CMM CMM AUTOMATE VALIDATE PROJECT See the difference at www.verisurf.com

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