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InnovMetric releases PolyWorks® 2017, delivering a new control-centric reviewing workflow

QUEBEC, QC, Canada, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — InnovMetric Software Inc., the leading provider of universal 3D metrology software solutions, launched PolyWorks 2017, the latest release of the company’s universal 3D metrology software platform. PolyWorks 2017 delivers a new control-centric reviewing workflow – a key upgrade for all portable metrology and CNC CMM measurement specialists that need to share large metrology projects, containing hundreds of dimensional and GD&T controls, with colleagues, customers, and suppliers. It also provides a major technology upgrade for large-volume metrology applications, and a unique approach to real-time collision analysis for more efficient CNC CMM project setups.

Control-centric reviewing workflow

“Because they provide invaluable feedback on manufactured parts and on the performance of the manufacturing process, 3D measurements must be efficiently planned and executed by measurement specialists. Then, the results have to be thoroughly reviewed by manufacturing specialists to make informed engineering decisions. With 3D inspection projects designed for planning and executing measurements, time-consuming manipulations are required when sharing measurement results using standard 2D reports. For reviewers, interpreting results found in static tables and snapshots within extensive reports can be challenging, frustrating, and inefficient. Oftentimes, this traditional approach requires back-and-forth communication with measurement specialists to extract additional information from the 3D inspection project,” said Marc Soucy, President of InnovMetric. “With the new dimensional-control-centric approach in PolyWorks 2017, the PolyWorks|Inspector™ 3D metrology project is the report! By enabling measurement specialists to communicate results directly in 3D, considerable productivity gains are guaranteed for our customers. PolyWorks 2017 also empowers reviewers to investigate measurement results contextually in 3D with dynamic navigation tools.”

Using the new Control Reviewer in PolyWorks|Inspector™ or in the free PolyWorks|Viewer™, measurement specialists and manufacturing specialists can now:

  • Access a global list of dimensional controls sorted by characteristic index, making it the ideal tool to prepare first-article inspection reports.
  • Add custom controls to the global list of controls; for example, those measured using manual gauges.
  • Easily split an inspection project into small and logical groups of controls called Control Views.
  • Tie individual controls to specific data alignments and coordinate systems, enabling multicontextual Control Views.
  • Search, sort, and filter controls to highlight critical results.
  • Display control views automatically in 3D with the right point of view.
  • Generate formatted reports automatically.

Major technology upgrade for large-volume metrology applications

InnovMetric is proud to release its most significant technology enhancements for customers who need to assemble and inspect large structures such as those found in the aerospace, shipyard, and energy industries. Users can now:

  • Predefine and configure a list of laser tracker devices, and connect to multiple trackers simultaneously. With PolyWorks 2017, to guide assembly building in real time, switch the active tracker instantaneously and feed measured reflector positions to digital readouts.
  • Align point-to-object using a powerful technique that aligns points to different geometrical characteristics of matched objects (such as center points, axes, or surfaces) and control the alignment direction, weight, and participation to the scaling factor computation for each pair of matched geometries.
  • Probe surface features before their nominal components are defined or the part is aligned to the CAD model.

Real-time collision analysis for more efficient CNC CMM project setups

Measurement specialists who define probing and laser scanning paths on CNC CMMs now have access to a collision analysis engine that detects potential tool collisions with the part or the fixtures, and provides visual feedback on problematic tool paths in the Sequence Editor and the 3D Scene.

Thanks to two major innovations, the PolyWorks collision analysis approach stands out from competing CMM software products:

  • PolyWorks collision analysis is carried out in real time while the measurement sequence is created or edited, such as when new measurement objects are added to a sequence. This allows operators to immediately fix problematic tool paths and avoid accumulating issues.
  • PolyWorks collision analysis is performed both offline and online, and warns users about potential collisions even when they launch a measurement operation outside of the Sequence Editor. Traditionally, this feature is offered solely as an offline functionality in other software.

For more information about PolyWorks 2017, including products, demonstrations, and upcoming PolyWorks Conference events, please visit: www.innovmetric.com.

About InnovMetric Software

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Quebec, QC, Canada, with subsidiaries worldwide, InnovMetric Software Inc. is the leading provider of universal 3D metrology software solutions. The world’s largest industrial manufacturing organizations (Toyota, GM, Volkswagen, Honda, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, Apple, and many more) trust InnovMetric’s PolyWorks® software solutions and associated technical services to maximize the benefits of 3D measurement technologies for their engineering and manufacturing applications.

With its subsidiaries and joint ventures, InnovMetric has more than 250 employees in 14 countries: Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, India, Thailand, China, and Japan.

Contact: Patrick Castera
Tel: 1-418-688-2061
Email: pcastera@innovmetric.com
Website: www.innovmetric.com

YPO Global Pulse: Economic confidence across Africa subdued in first quarter of 2017

Economic sentiment in South Africa declines to seven-year low

JOHANNESBURG, 9 May 2017 YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organisation in the world, reported today that confidence among business leaders in Africa remained relatively unchanged in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q 2017). The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for Africa edged down for the second consecutive quarter, falling 0.3 point to 54.4.

Once again, African chief executives are among the least confident in the world, trailing their counterparts in every other region, with the exception of non-EU Europe, and far behind the Index’s global composite score of 62.5.

While there was little change in the overall score for Africa, there were marked shifts in sentiment within the region’s major economies. South Africa, which has the highest weighting in the region, dropped 5.1 points from 60.2 to 55.1, its lowest level since July 2009. Meanwhile, confidence in Kenya dropped 1.0 point from 52.2 to 51.2, its lowest level since October 2015.

Nigeria saw a significant improvement in outlook, jumping 12.7 points from 41.9 to 54.6, its highest level since October 2014. Zimbabwe also reported a more positive outlook, climbing 3.0 points from 42.7 to 45.7, although at this level it remains in deeply pessimistic territory.

“Business leaders in Africa are unsurprisingly concerned about the economic climate, both within the region and at a global level. With increased socio-political uncertainty in virtually every region in the world, the mood is likely to remain subdued in the second half of this year”, said YPO member, Loic Potjes, a Director at Securitas SA and Founder of Disruptive Leap, “Chief executives will remain extremely watchful in the coming months, closely monitoring economic indicators and looking to minimise risk as much as possible.”

Globally, the YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index edged up 0.3 point to 62.5 during the quarter under review, its highest level since January 2015. For the second consecutive quarter, the United States reported the highest level of confidence in the world, inching up 0.3 point from 64.6 to 64.9. Confidence in the European Union (EU) remained flat at 60.9, whilst Asia climbed 2.1 points from 61.2 to 63.3, its highest level since April 2015. Elsewhere, confidence in Latin America dropped 1.2 points to 57.1, while confidence in the Middle East and North Africa slumped 4.3 points from 59.5 to 55.2. Non-EU Europe reported the lowest level of confidence in the world, falling 2.5 points from 54.3 to 51.8.

Key findings in Africa

Economic conditions deteriorating

When asked to comment on how current business and economic conditions in Africa have changed over the last six months, African chief executives reported a worsening situation. More than half (55%) stated conditions had deteriorated in the previous six months, versus only 23% who reported an improvement.

Looking ahead to the next six months, more than a third (37%) of business leaders expected the economic climate to decline further, against 29% who believed conditions would improve.

Chief executives still positive about prospects for growth in next 12 months

Despite their concerns over the general economic conditions in the region, business leaders in Africa remained optimistic about the short-term prospects for their own organisations.

The YPO Sales Confidence Index for Africa climbed 2.9 points to 63.9. Almost two-thirds (61%) of respondents expected to increase turnover within their organization in the next 12 months, up from 54% in the final quarter of 2016. Only 12% of chief executives predicted a decline in revenues, versus 15% in the previous quarter.

The YPO Employment Confidence Index remained unchanged at 53.7. The majority of chief executives (59%) reported that staff headcount was likely to stay flat in the next 12 months, whilst almost a third (31%) expected to increase hiring and 10% expected their workforce to shrink.

The YPO Fixed Investment Index edged down 0.3 point to 57.3, its lowest level for a year.   More than a third of the participants (38%) predicted an increase in fixed investment in 2017, whereas only 11% expected to cut investment levels.

YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index
The quarterly electronic survey, conducted in the first two weeks of April 2017, gathered answers from 1,216 YPO chief executive officers across the globe, including 143 in Africa. Visit www.ypo.org/globalpulse for more information about the survey methodology and to view the results from around the world.

About YPO

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YPO is the global platform for chief executives to engage, learn and grow. YPO members harness the knowledge, influence and trust of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders to inspire business, personal, family and community impact.

Today, YPO empowers more than 24,000 members in more than 130 countries, diversified among industries and types of businesses. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people and generate USD6 trillion in annual revenues.

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One of five escaped lions captured

Pretoria � South African National Parks (SANParks) officials have managed to capture one of the five lions that escaped at the Kruger National Park on Monday.

The officials, assisted by the South African Police Service, are continuing to track down the remaining four lions.

According to SANParks spokesperson Rey Thakhuli, a resident was reported to have seen about five lions on the N4/Mananga Road crossing in Komatipoort, yesterday morning.

The person alerted the officials who then went out to chase the lions back into the park however it is believed that they had managed to find their way back to the area and had disappeared in the sugar cane farms about four kilometres away from the KNP, he said.

Earlier, SANParks urged residents of Komatipoort and adjacent areas in Mpumalanga to exercise extra caution as the lions were believed to be roaming the area.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Briefing on Nigeria

MS NAUERT: Thank you so much. Well, good afternoon, everyone, and thanks for joining us today for the call on Nigeria. We’re joined by Nathan Holt, the deputy director of the Office of West African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs. Thank you, sir, for joining us.

As a reminder, today’s call is on the record and it will be embargoed until the conclusion of the call. And with that, I’ll turn it over to our speaker, Deputy Assistant Secretary Murphy.

MR HOLT: Thank you.

MS NAUERT: Excuse me, Holt. (Laughter.) Pardon me.

MR HOLT: Murphy is a fine name. Thank you very much, Heather, and it’s a pleasure to be here. The title of our discussion is Nigeria, a critical U.S. partner. Nigeria is indeed a critical U.S. partner. Nigeria matters to us because it’s Africa’s most populous country, and depending on the price of oil, it’s either the biggest or the second biggest economy on the continent. With a current population of 182 million, Nigeria is projected to grow to over 400 million over the next few decades, which will leave it by the middle of this century as the fourth-largest country in the world. About half the population is Muslim. Nigeria has influence, as many of you know, not only as an economic power, as a military power. It’s got a vibrant emerging, entrepreneurial class which is the future of that country’s economy. It has also got a vibrant film and music industry which has influence well beyond its borders. And I’d like to point out it has traditions of democracy and free press and religious tolerance, all of which contribute to its resilience and its strength.

In 2015, Nigeria had a very important election. It elected Muhammadu Buhari as president. This represented the first time in Nigerian history that there was a peaceful, democratic transfer of power from one party to an opposition party. It was a milestone not only for Nigeria, but really for Africa as a whole. President Buhari’s electoral platform was that he wanted to fight insecurity, particularly the depredations of Boko Haram and other forces in the northeast. He wanted to grow the Nigerian economy, create jobs for its growing population, and he wanted to fight corruption.

Well, the nice thing about that agenda is that it meshes very well with our own. That is � those are areas of focus that very much are consistent with U.S. interests in Nigeria. We too want to partner with Nigeria and its neighbors to fight terrorism. We too support private-sector-led economic growth. And we are very much in favor of President Buhari’s campaign against corruption. With that as kind of an overview, I’d like to open it up to questions.

MS NAUERT: Okay, let’s take the first question, please.

OPERATOR: And once again, to ask a question, please press * then 1 on your touchtone phone at this time. The question and answer session is open. Once again, to ask a question, please press * then 1 at this time.

MR HOLT: As we wait � as we wait for further questions, a couple of additional points to make to sort of frame the conversation and set a little bit of the context. Nigeria is a very important place for us and it faces enormous obstacles, enormous challenges moving forward. I don’t want to give the impression that any of this is going to be easy. In fact, one of our ways of approaching this country is to point at that perhaps nowhere else on the continent, and maybe few places on the planet, is the gap between the upside potential and the downside risk greater. The future of Nigeria matters not just for Nigeria, but very much for its neighbors and I would argue for this planet. The good news is that on issue after issue, we’ve gone from a place where we were often not on the same page with Nigeria to a place where we see things very much in the same terms.

Some folks may be aware of the humanitarian situation in northeastern Nigeria and its neighboring countries in the Lake Chad Basin. We are a leading donor of humanitarian assistance there, as the countries involved struggle to deal with a food crisis, which is itself a consequence of the Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa insurgency. Many of you will have also followed the news of the release of the Chibok girls over the weekend. Obviously, that was a heartwarming and positive development for the young women involved and for their families. We’d like to point out that they’re among thousands of victims of Boko Haram and its offshoot, ISIS West Africa.

We are engaged with Nigeria and its neighbors not only to provide humanitarian relief to the victims of this insurgency, but to help them as security partners and as intelligence partners to address the security dimensions of this problem and to get at some of the drivers of insecurity. Because at the end of the day, I think we and our partners all recognize there’s no purely military solution. The end of the day, the hopes and aspirations of the people need to met; education and water and basic governance needs to be provided in areas where it has not been provided before. And it’s a joint effort. There are no easy solutions, but we’re in this for the long haul.

That’s a little bit of additional context. I’d like to point out that United States has worked closely with Nigeria. We provide a range of assistance to Nigerian authorities in their efforts to combat Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa. That includes intelligence sharing, training, advice on strategic communications, and various services to support victims of Boko Haram. And as I said, we’ve provided close to $500 million in humanitarian assistance over the last two years to those affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria and its neighbors � neighboring countries of Cameroon, Niger, and Chad.

Again, that’s an overview of where we are in a very important bilateral relationship for us. I’d like to point out as well that we’ve worked together closely in the United Nations. We’ve worked together on issues of arms proliferation, nuclear questions. So Nigeria has a voice in Africa that is quite influential. And I’ve worked on Africa for most of my professional career, and it’s very good to be in a good place with this group.

One of the critical consequences of the Boko Haram and ISIS West Africa insurgency, which has been going on since 2009, is that it has produced terrible, terrible consequences for the population. As the militaries have begun to coordinate their activities more effectively, they and other not just military authorities but civilian authorities have gained access to areas previously under the control of Boko Haram. And as that happens, we have all come to understand more clearly the true dimensions of the humanitarian crisis.

So the United Nations has pointed out that there are more people facing famine-like conditions in northeastern Nigeria and in neighboring regions. We’re working as hard as we can and as fast as we can to deliver food assistance and other support to those people. I’ve quoted the numbers on our own humanitarian assistance a couple of time. I think I would add that just on April 28th the United States announced an additional $30 million to support the people of northeast Nigeria through contributions to the World Food Program. The World Food Program, I would add, has expanded the numbers of people it is feeding by tenfold over the last two to three months. So the numbers have gone from roughly 200,000 to close to 2 million. The World Food Program needs additional assistance; we’re working with other donors and partners to get that assistance to them. It’s a collective effort, and none of it’s going to get fixed until the insurgency is defeated and the specter of terrorist violence is eliminated from that area.

I believe there are people online for questions, and I’m happy to answer.

MS NAUERT: And with that � thank you, sir. With that, we’ll take our first question, please.

OPERATOR: Then we go to Matthew Lee with the Associated Press. Please, go ahead.

QUESTION: Yeah, hi. Thanks for this. I realize you probably won’t be able to give an exact answer on this, but with all the discussions about cuts coming to foreign aid, cuts coming to U.S. assistance, U.S. payments to UN programs. Are you able to commit to the continued � continued robust U.S. assistance to Nigeria and other countries in West Africa?

MR HOLT: We’re, again, very � we are very pleased that we are the lead humanitarian donor in the Lake Chad Basin region. We’ve got a vigorous bilateral development assistance program that’s dominated by health assistance, including the PEPFAR program, which has really helped turn back the tide of HIV/AIDS not just in Nigeria but across the African continent.

You’re absolutely right, Matt; I’m not the person who can answer your questions about the future of the U.S. Government budget. We follow that process with great interest. But for now, the focus not only here at State but in partner agencies is to deliver the assistance that we do have available smartly and effectively so that it achieves the results that we intend.

QUESTION: Thank you.

MS NAUERT: Next question, please.

OPERATOR: And ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to ask a question, please press * then 1 at this time.

There appear to be no further questions at this time.

MS NAUERT: Okay. Thank you, everyone, for joining us today, and Nathan Holt, the deputy director of the Office of West African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs. Sir, thank you for joining us.

MR HOLT: Thank you, ma’am.

MS NAUERT: Thank you, everyone.

Source: U.S Department of State

High speed trains ready for take off

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma will later this morning unveil new high speed trains that will offer faster journey times and greater reliability.

The President will launch the new metro commercialised full train service as part of government’s transport modernisation programme and massive infrastructure development at the Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (Prasa) House in Hatfield, Pretoria.

The 20-year Modernisation Programme is aimed at revitalising the rail industry through training and skills development for both Prasa employees and young people interested in railways.

The programme will also focus on upgrading the current rail infrastructure, while continuing to deliver new trains for community use. Last week, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi visited Prasa’s Braamfontein depot in Johannesburg to inspect the AFRO 4000 locomotives.

Minister Maswanganyi said his mandate is to deliver efficient, reliable and safe trains to the South African public.

There is a huge demand from the South African public that they want the trains to get onto the tracks as soon as possible.

Somehow, we’ve been failing them with the delays and shortage of trains, especially in the Western Cape, where passengers end up vandalising our trains, which we discourage in the strongest terms.

The sooner the challenges are resolved, the sooner we see the trains transporting our people, he said.

In 2010, Prasa embarked on a 10-year capital investment programme to upgrade the signalling systems on its various Metrorail lines. In 2012, the agency launched its plan to refurbish and replace its current rolling stock. –

Source: South African Government News Agency