HydroSpin Named Autodesk Inventor of the Month for Generator Solution
That Powers Water Monitoring Devices Inside Distribution Pipes
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Apr 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Autodesk,
Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has named Israel-based clean technology company
HydroSpin as Autodesk Inventor
of the Month for April 2012. The company used Autodesk
Inventor software and other Autodesk Digital
Prototyping tools to develop a micro-generator solution that
produces energy from the flow of water inside distribution pipes, saving
hundreds of hours of development time and hundreds of thousands of
The generators power a wide range of "smart water" devices that monitor
the movement and quality of water, along with other parameters,
throughout the distribution network. In turn, the devices transmit data
that might indicate a leak or a broken pipe, helping to prevent waste of
one of the world's most precious resources.
"The demand for safe and clean water is growing exponentially. With the
help of Autodesk design and simulation technology, we are creating a
solution that enables water monitoring devices to be deployed in
locations that do not have ready access to an electrical supply," said
Gabby Czertok, CEO of HydroSpin.
Simulating Performance Through Digital Prototyping
As a member of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program -- an initiative
that provides Autodesk Digital Prototyping software to emerging and
established clean tech companies -- HydroSpin was able to access a
variety of Autodesk tools that sped up the product development process,
while local Autodesk reseller Omnitech provided training and support.
HydroSpin used Autodesk Inventor software to support the design of its
generator -- which is similar in appearance to a fan-like turbine -- so
that it fit precisely within the confines of the Israel national water
company's detailed specifications without disrupting the flow of water.
This helped avoid the "head loss" that could cause customers to
experience weak water pressure.
Simulation CFD software, the design team was able to perform
extensive stress tests and flow simulations on the generator to ensure
that it could withstand the flow of water at a variety of pressures over
an extended period of time.
The company reports that Autodesk Simulation CFD was able to provide
insight on the long-term performance of its generator within a matter of
hours -- a process that otherwise would have required an actual generator
to be placed inside of a pipe for hundreds of hours at a cost of several
hundred thousand dollars.
"Clean technology companies like HydroSpin save significant time and
money when they incorporate Digital Prototyping tools into their
workflow. This kind of efficiency enables more resources to be dedicated
toward innovations that can have a real impact and create a better
world," said Robert
"Buzz" Kross, senior vice president, Design, Lifecycle and
Simulation at Autodesk.
About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program
Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the users of
Autodesk Inventor software, which takes manufacturers beyond 3D to
Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and
groundbreaking innovation. For more information about the Autodesk
Inventor of the Month Program, contact us at IOM@autodesk.com.
About the Clean Tech Partner Program
The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts,
innovations and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers,
providing world-class software to design, visualize and simulate their
ideas through Digital Prototyping. Clean tech companies in North
America, Europe, Japan, and Singapore are invited to apply to receive up
to $150,000* worth of software for only $50. Access to a collection of
Autodesk industry-leading software includes up to five licenses each of Autodesk
Product Design Suite Ultimate, AutoCAD
Revit Architecture Suite, Autodesk
Simulation Mechanical, Autodesk
Inventor Publisher and Autodesk
Vault Professional software. Get more
Founded in 2010 and based in Israel, HydroSpin has developed a unique
solution that incorporates in-pipe generators for generating electricity
from the flow of water inside pipes and powering smart water monitoring
and transmission devices. For additional information, visit www.hydrospin.net.
Omnitech is authorized as the only certified instruction center for
Autodesk products in Israel, serving as part of the Autodesk Training
Center. The Company, founded in 1979, is part of the Malam Team Group,
and it stands out in its ability to respond to the multihued range of
technological demands and to supply preferred technology solutions to
organizations of all sizes and to all sectors of activity. For
additional information, visit http://omnitech.co.il/.
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