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3D Vision Pro support
The alternative 3D PluraView

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In April of 2019 Nvidia discontinued driver support for 3D Vision Pro technology with Nvidia GPUs, which delivered the Nvidia 3D Vision Kit with active shutter glasses, and 3D Vision-ready monitors for stereoscopic images for gamers, film fans and photographers. However, the 3D Vision Pro and Quadro graphics solutions are also supported by a variety of professional applications, e.g. Siemens NX, Adobe Software, Autodesk CAx, Dassault Systems, Agi, DA / TEM, Intergraph, Erdas and Landmark. Now, Nvidia has signaled that the support for 3D Vision will be completed soon.

With the termination of 3D Vision Pro, there is an increasing demand for high-quality visualization solutions in the ever-growing professional 3D / VR market. Schneider Digital meets this with its innovative, passive stereo monitor series 3D PluraView.

The flicker-free reference: the stereo monitor 3D PluraView

The 3D PluraView from Schneider Digital is the passive 3D stereo system with the highest user satisfaction and user acceptance of all 3D systems currently on the market. Launched in 2016, the monitor has quickly established itself as a 3D stereo reference in the 4K 10Bit version with a 28 “screen diagonal.

With its eye-friendly stereo appearance, the 3D PluraView is designed for the highest-end 3D stereo professional. Since 2005, with its proven beam splitter technology, it offers the highest quality for stereoscopic display on desktop monitors and ensures a perfect 3d stereo experience with high-resolution visualization in daily continuous use, even in daylight.

Since the PluraView 3D has two screens, there is a separate display for each eye of the user and thus a separate image in full resolution and brilliant brightness. The image separation is done by a passive polarizer glasses. Unlike active systems such as the 3D Vision, the flicker-free monitor is suitable for regular, permanent work, even in 3-shift operation. 3D PluraView – For all professional 3D applications The PluraView 3D stereo monitor is ideal for all stereo software applications in a wide range of industries: GIS, mapping, photogrammetry, oil & gas prospecting, molecular research and design, CGI / 3D video editing, CAD / mechanical engineering, crystallography / Biochemistry, laser scanning / industrial measuring, simulation & VR training, 3D city model visualization archeology, computed tomography and surgical planning.

Any software that supports 3D Vision can also be used with the 3D PluraView stereo monitor. This makes the transition to this proven visualization solution risk-free.

As a low-cost entry-level model, we recommend the 3D PluraView Compact 22 “Full HD for 2,980.00 €. For more information about the 3D PluraView monitor, compatibility, and uses.

Professional advice, solutions and support

Important Information for users of Nvidia Quadro Graphics Solutions: According to Nvidia, the latest driver to support the 3D Vision Pro solution in April 2019 got the identifier 418.XX. All subsequent versions do not provide driver support for the third dimension.This means that any problems that arise with Windows updates could still be resolved by April. From now on, users of 3D-Vision depend on the available driver versions. As an authorized Nvidia partner, we are happy to advise you on the optimal graphics solution, especially for 3D / VR use in your software application. Simply contact us by phone at +49 (8025) 9930-0 or write an e-mail to info@schneider-digital.com.

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AR solution in the App Store
Augmented reality app enables 3D interior view of pumps

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Based on the freely scalable 3D model, it is possible to display the complex inner workings of the pump and examine the model from all directions and viewing angles. Picture: Lewa
Based on the freely scalable 3D model, it is possible to display the complex inner workings of the pump and examine the model from all directions and viewing angles. (Picture: Lewa)

After the augmented reality app (AR) from LEWA, the Leonberg, Germany-based pump manufacturer , attracted lots of attention at the Achema 2018 and Hannover Messe 2019 trade shows, the range of applications is now being expanded. The app was originally intended for use during trade shows only, but it is now being offered to all interested users as a free download from the Apple App Store as of July 2019. After the AR app was launched at the leading trade fairs mentioned above, Lewa received many inquiries from customers and interested parties concerning individualized options for use. “The level of interest in the app and the frequent inquiries surprised us, since the program was originally developed to improve the visualization of the mechanics of our pumps at trade fairs,” reported Thomas Bökenbrink, Lead Product Manager Pumps at Lewa. The AR solution was further developed for Hannover Messe 2019 to display the model of an Ecoflow process diaphragm pump in the new LDZ drive size with three different pump heads on a tablet, and show how the pump can be freely positioned within virtual space. Using ground plane detection, the tablet’s camera detects the floor of the relevant room and positions the model inside the room on the screen. The pump can be viewed from all directions and viewing angles, and clearly shown thanks to the 3D depiction of the complex inner structure of the pump. The model is also freely scalable, enabling the size of the pump to be adapted to the available space. In addition, the app can animate pump operation and its behavior in exceptional situations.

“With pump visualization, we have the ideal virtual training and trade show exhibit. We can also imagine using in the service and maintenance segment to better explain the functions of the pump based on the virtual model,” said Bökenbrink as he explained the versatile app’s options. In the first version, available in the Apple App Store as a free download under the name “orange showroom,” the model of the Ecoflow process diaphragm pump in the new LDZ drive size is initially available for virtual viewing. The app runs on all Apple iPads with iOS 12.0 or later, the app is not available on the iPhone. Lewa is planning to successively add other pump types in the application. “To us, our AR app represents a big step forward with regard to the simple, clear visualization of our products. It enables us to always have our pumps on hand and produce them as a digitally savvy way to explain our pumps based on their virtual representation,” Bökenbrink summarized.

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Speed controllers with push-lock system

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SMC´s Featured Products Video: AS-A & AS-FS – Speed controllers with push-lock system

With the AS-A & AS-FS series, users can easily and quickly set the speed of the pneumatic drive.

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Expansion of the Lyon location
Expertise for advanced analysis

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Advanced analysis: Endress+Hauser expands competence center in Lyon. Picture: Endress + Hauser
Advanced analysis: Endress+Hauser expands competence center in Lyon. (Picture: Endress + Hauser)

Endress + Hauser has expanded its center of competence for advanced analysis in Lyon, France. The Group invested 2 million euros in a new production facility and office space to meet the growing demand in the area of advanced process analyses.

From Lyon, around 20 employees support Endress + Hauser sales centers across Europe in the application and sales of advanced analysis technology, with a focus on the project business and after-sales services. Ten sales centers across Europe already have specialists on board to handle this complex field of activity.

Customer-specific manufacturing

The new 630-square-meter production facility will be used for customer-specific manufacturing and the assembly of complete analysis systems. Rounding out the facility are offices, rooms for factory acceptance tests and space reserved for future use. The adjacent 1,500-square-meter office building, which opened in 2017, is also home to the Endress + Hauser France regional sales office. With a total of 7,000 square meters, the property offers sufficient space to grow the location even further.

Strategic focus

“The expansion of the Lyon location allows us to do an even better job of bringing our expertise in the field of process analysis to our customers,” emphasized Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress + Hauser Group, during the dedication ceremony on 17 July 2019. “This is an important strategic goal for us and helps our customers acquire more information from their processes.”

Analysis portfolio expands

Advanced analysis provides immediate information related to material properties and product quality. The company continuously develops its analysis portfolio to provide online monitoring of quality parameters, for example through spectroscopic techniques. This allows customers to reduce time to market and optimize their processes. Customers in industries such as life sciences, chemical, food & beverage and oil & gas can benefit the most from Endress + Hauser’s advanced analysis portfolio.

Advanced technologies

The Lyon location combines the expertise of the firm and its subsidiaries Kaiser Optical Systems and SpectraSensors under one roof. The Raman analyzers from Kaiser Optical Systems are used to examine the composition and material properties of liquids, gases and solids and enable the real-time measurement of product characteristics. SpectraSensors is a leader in the field of TDLAS technology, which can be used to reliably measure trace-level concentrations of gases.

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