The pendulum-powered motion converter, developed by ArcSling LLC, produces electricity by harvesting kinetic energy resulting from rocking and swinging motions. The unit can also be pushed or pulled to generate electricity manually.

Equipped with two 5V USB ports and a 12V port, the unit can be used to charge cell phones, tablets, and most GPS and Bluetooth devices. The ArcSling Motion Converter can also be used for charging external battery power packs to store energy for later use.

Different from large-scale wave energy converters, ArcSling’s device promotes distributed energy generation and storage that does not rely on utility companies.

“ArcSling’s technologies harness the naturally-occurring kinetic energy that surrounds us. They have the potential to be vital to the globe as the world searches for cleaner energy solutions,” ArcSling founder, Clyde Igarashi says. “The motion converter is the first stage of ArcSling’s plans. Powering smaller devices represent great possibilities and opportunities.”

ArcSling is also working with partners to scale up their technologies for bigger devices. www.arcsling.com

Assurance 360 improves uptime and productivity by 40%

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The Assurance 360 program, part of Honeywell’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) portfolio of technologies, goes beyond traditional transactional maintenance and support approaches that prescribe quantities of materials or labor.

Plants have reduced incidents, improving uptime and productivity by as much as 40%. Production waste has fallen up to 30%, cutting operating expenses and increasing output, helping plants reduce total cost of ownership by up to 20%.

A global network of performance experts provides on-site maintenance and support to Assurance 360 customers in refining, petrochemicals, mining, and similar industries. This software as a service (SaaS) approach allows manufacturers to focus on core business operations. www.honeywell.com

Siemens to acquire Mentor Graphics

Siemens will acquire Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion. Mentor will be part of the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software business of Siemens’ Digital Factory (DF) Division, providing automation technology and PLM software. Siemens expects to achieve synergies through a combination of revenue growth and anticipated margin expansion, with total earnings before interest & tax (EBIT) impact of more than 100 million euros within four years from closing the transaction.

Mentor Graphics, headquartered in Wilsonville, Oregon, has more than 5,700 employees with annual revenue of approximately $1.2 billion with an adjusted operating margin of 20.2%. Mentor serves a diverse customer base of marquee systems companies and IC/semiconductors companies with 14,000+ global accounts across communications, computer, consumer electronics, semiconductor, networking, aerospace, multimedia, and transportation industries. Mentor strategic industry segments include IC design, test, and manufacturing; electronic systems design and analysis; and emerging markets.

“Combining Mentor’s technology leadership and customer relationships with Siemens’ global scale and resources enable us to serve our customers, and unlock opportunities for our employees,” says Walden Rhines, Mentor CEO. www.mentor.com; www.siemens.com