Agile Robot Can Climb Inside Jet Engines

Design News | February 01, 2019

Researchers at Harvard University have used inspiration from the Japanese paper art of origami, among other things, to develop a robot that can climb on various surfaces that are difficult for humans to traverse, making the machine well-suited for use in aerospace and other applications.
Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are at the forefront of current robotics work. The latest invention from researchers at the facilities-a micro-robot called HAMR-E with electro-adhesive foot pads, origami ankle joints, and a specifically-engineered walking gait-shows this innovation.

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The Department of Home Affairs and the Engineering Council of South Africa briefed the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the gazetted "Critical Skills List" and the regulatory functions of the ECSA, especially as it related to the recruitment of foreign engineers to work in SA. In the aftermath of the uproar caused in engineering circles by the employment of 34 Cuban engineers, both the Department and the ECSA expressed their commitment to a fully regulated industry and to managing the influx of foreign engineers, because statistics showed that 52% of economically active engineers practised unregistered currently.

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The Department of Home Affairs and the Engineering Council of South Africa briefed the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on the gazetted "Critical Skills List" and the regulatory functions of the ECSA, especially as it related to the recruitment of foreign engineers to work in SA. In the aftermath of the uproar caused in engineering circles by the employment of 34 Cuban engineers, both the Department and the ECSA expressed their commitment to a fully regulated industry and to managing the influx of foreign engineers, because statistics showed that 52% of economically active engineers practised unregistered currently.

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TriMech Acquires Adaptive Corporation and Forward Vision

TriMech | November 08, 2021

TriMech, a leading provider of engineering design and additive manufacturing solutions, announced it has acquired Adaptive Corporation and Forward Vision. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. TriMech is a portfolio company of The Halifax Group, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity investor.Headquartered in Richmond, VA, TriMech helps clients design better products via a broad suite of engineering- and manufacturing-related solutions and services. The company works with leading software and hardware partners including Dassault Systèmes, Stratasys, and Artec, among others, throughout the central and eastern United States and Canada. In addition to its product portfolio, TriMech delivers expert technical support, training, consulting, implementation, additive manufacturing, and staffing services to its customers through its world-class engineering staff. The acquisitions of Adaptive Corporation and Forward Vision expand TriMech's Dassault Systèmes portfolio offering to include CATIA, DELMIA, SIMULIA and ENOVIA. Adaptive is known for its strong capabilities in advanced CAD and simulation, product lifecycle management (PLM), metrology, and Creaform portable 3D scanners. The Forward Vision team specializes in CATIA, DELMIA, and FlexSim and has expertise in robotics, ergonomics, factory scheduling, throughput simulation, and logistics workflows. Both companies have clients in transportation and automotive, aerospace and defense, and industrial equipment. "We aim to be our clients' trusted technology partners. By bringing together great teams with new product offerings and expertise, TriMech will deliver wider solutions and deeper industry knowledge. Growth by acquisition is part of our long-term strategy to help our clients manage rapid digital transformation." -Marcel Matte, President and CEO of TriMech Adaptive will continue to operate under the name Adaptive – A TriMech Company. The Forward Vision team will join Adaptive's sales and support teams. Senior management at Adaptive and Forward Vision will remain in place. Wayne Tanner, Adaptive's President, will serve as General Manager of Adaptive – A TriMech Company, reporting to Ted Lee, TriMech's Chief Services Officer. Forward Vision's President Joe Hugan and Vice President John Moran will serve as Product Managers for TriMech's Robotics and Discrete Event Simulation teams, continuing to support clients with their existing teams. As part of these acquisitions, TriMech also announced it is acquiring the Dassault Systèmes and EASA Software clients of Front End Analytics. These clients will now be supported by the experienced team at Adaptive and TriMech. After transitioning these clients, Front End Analytics will continue as an independent business focused on its Physics Informed Machine Learning and AI solutions. "The demand for increasingly sophisticated technology has accelerated as engineers and manufacturers introduce or improve products to meet market needs. Our combined client base will have access to more solutions that involve critical areas of their business." -Adaptive's President Wayne Tanner Forward Vision President Joe Hugan commented, We have always thrived by working closely with each other and with our clients. As part of TriMech, our people will have more opportunities to collaborate, learn, and grow, making us better able to meet our clients' needs and ensure their success. About TriMech Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Richmond, VA, TriMech provides computer-aided design and engineering software, additive and subtractive manufacturing solutions, and associated training, consulting, and staffing services for a variety of industries. Its tools support 3D modeling, simulation, virtual replication, collaboration, and information intelligence applications. The company has 32 locations across the central and eastern U.S. and Canada and serves more than 15,000 active clients. For more information, please visit www.trimech.com. About The Halifax Group Founded in 1999, The Halifax Group is a private equity firm that partners with managers and entrepreneurs to recapitalize and grow lower middle-market businesses with total enterprise values generally between $50 million and $300 million. Halifax specializes in equity recapitalizations, corporate carve-outs and management buyouts and invests across a variety of industries, including outsourced business services, health and wellness, and franchising. The firm is headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.thehalifaxgroup.com.

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Aktion Acquires Central Consulting Group

Aktion,Central Consulting Group | June 02, 2021

Aktion Associates, Inc. is a national ERP software reseller and IT infrastructure provider focused on the Construction, Distribution, and Manufacturing industries. Aktion Associates announced today the acquisition of Central Consulting Group (CCG), which Deltek's largest US solutions partner with 1,100 customers, effective June 30, 2021. For well over a decade, Aktion Associates has been assisting businesses in developing cloud and managed service IT strategies. Its Cloud and Managed Services offerings are designed for the industry applications it supports, including the Construction, Distribution, and Manufacturing sectors. Aktion Cloud and Managed Services will now be uniquely packaged to assist Deltek clients in moving critical workloads to the cloud while modernizing, simplifying, and managing the remaining infrastructure. About Aktion Aktion Associates Inc. is a nationwide ERP software reseller and IT infrastructure supplier specializing in the Construction, Distribution, and Manufacturing sectors. Accounting, Estimating, ERP, Project Management, Service Management, eCommerce, Mobile, Analytics/Reporting, HR/Payroll, Document Management, and Inventory are some of the vertical-specific business solutions we offer in collaboration with innovative technology providers. Company-owned data centers provide secure Cloud/Hosting, Disaster Recovery, and Backup Services, and the Network Operations Center (NOC) monitors and supports Managed Services, clients in real-time. Aktion is a supplier of IT infrastructure for IBM, HP, Lenovo, Cisco, VMware, and Microsoft technologies. Network engineering, software engineering, and on-premise IT support are among the other deliverables. About Central Consulting Group Central Consulting Group (CCG), Deltek's largest Vision/Vantagepoint partner, has assisted hundreds of architectural, engineering, construction, and professional services firms worldwide to maximize their software investment effectiveness since 2002. CCG has assisted clients with their move to Deltek Vantagepoint, the next generation of Deltek, Vision/Vantagepoint cloud migrations, and implementing, training, tailoring, customizing, and integrating Deltek ERP Software. In addition, CCG experts address business problems and provide ongoing assistance throughout the project and software lifecycle.

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The JF Petroleum Group Acquires Dykstra Construction, A Premier Florida General Contracting Firm

Dykstra Construction | February 08, 2022

The JF Petroleum Group, a MidOcean Partners portfolio company and the premier provider of fueling system solutions in North America, announced that it has acquired Dykstra Construction. Headquartered in Plant City, Florida, Dykstra Construction is a commercially certified, multi-industry contractor specializing in commercial and convenience store construction and petroleum equipment installation and repair. The acquisition of Dykstra Construction will strengthen The JF Petroleum Group’s Southeast Region’s market leadership position in the petroleum equipment industry and enhance its ability to serve customers by adding additional turnkey services to its retail and commercial construction offerings. Keith Shadrick, CEO of The JF Petroleum Group, stated, “Given the growing demand for construction services throughout our Southeast and Gulf Coast Regions, this acquisition will significantly enhance our ability to provide best in class turnkey construction solutions to our customers. We will also enhance the offerings and capabilities that Dykstra Construction has today through organic growth and additional bolt-on acquisitions, delivering a greater value proposition to their existing client base. Dykstra Construction is widely recognized in the state of Florida for its exceptional quality, expertise in fuel system design and installation, general contracting and their additional wide range of service offerings that are in high demand. We are proud to welcome Darry Dykstra and the employees of Dykstra Construction to The JF Petroleum Group family!” I look forward to continued growth in our industry, as well as the opportunity to work with The JF Petroleum Group to branch out into new sectors offering clients a truly turnkey experience. This is a great environment for employees of Dykstra Construction to thrive.The JF Petroleum Group is a great fit for us moving forward given our trusting relationship and shared values. Barrett Gilmer, Managing Director at MidOcean Partners, stated, “The acquisition of Dykstra Construction is yet another demonstration of our commitment to building the North American petroleum equipment industry’s leading solution provider in The JF Petroleum Group. Additionally, this acquisition expands the robust service offering we offer today in one of the nation’s leading high growth market areas.” -Darry Dykstra, founder of Dykstra Construction. About JF Petroleum Group The JF Petroleum Group (formerly Jones & Frank) is a leading provider of turn-key distribution, construction and service solutions to the North American fueling infrastructure industry. The company serves retail fueling stations, commercial and government fleets, and emergency power customers through its network of 40 branch offices, 4 distribution centers and over 1,200 employees located across the United States. The JF Petroleum Group represents the premier products in the fueling infrastructure marketplace, including Gilbarco Veeder-Root, VeriFone, OPW, Franklin Fueling and Containment Solutions. To learn more, visit www.jfpetrogroup.com. About MidOcean Partners MidOcean Partners is a premier New York-based alternative asset manager specializing in middle-market private equity and alternative credit investments. Since its inception in 2003, MidOcean Private Equity has targeted investments in high-quality middle-market companies in the consumer and business services sectors. MidOcean Credit Partners was launched in 2009 and currently manages a series of alternative credit strategies, collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), and customized separately managed accounts.

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