ENGINEERING TECH

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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ISC | February 04, 2022

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Aerospace and defense materials continue to challenge toolholding

cutting tool engineering | December 14, 2021

From Rene 41, 718 stainless steel and 625 Inconel to titanium and carbon fiber, the materials used in the aerospace and defense industry sector as well as space exploration continue to present significant toolholding challenges. Magnifying these challenges are complex workpiece geometries with deep cavities, features that require long tool overhangs, and jobs requiring small-diameter cutters. Toolholding is just as important as the machine that runs it, and sub-par tooling can keep a machine from running at its full potential. For these reasons, shops turn to high-quality, precise toolholding. Because many of these materials are hard on cutting tools, shops constantly strive for the longest possible tool life. 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