Jul 31, 2008

Altair India announces strategic plans and roadmap for India

Bangalore, India: Altair India headquartered in Bangalore is expanding its product development centre. Yesterday the company announced its commitment to the region by sharing its strategic plans and roadmap.

Altair India is an off-shore Engineering Services arm of Altair Inc. and is involved in the execution of CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) solutions, Grid Computing Technology, Product Innovation Consulting and Business Intelligence Software for various customers worldwide.

Altair, headquartered in Troy, Michigan, a global provider of technology and services empowering client innovation and decision making.

Altair markets and supports its advanced suite of products in India and South-Asia, as an integral part of Altair's global development workforce; engineers at this center have contributed to the state-of-the-art technology in various software product lines. Altair is organized to support its four products and service offerings; Altair HyperWorks (A Platform for InnovationTM) PBS GridWorks (Enabling On-Demand ComputingTM), Altair ProductDesign (The Shortest Distance between Concept and Realty®) and HiQube (Elevating Data to KnowledgeTM) with over 1000 consultants serving more than 1,500 clients worldwide.

Speaking on the occasion, Nelson Dias, Executive VP- APAC, Altair, said, "Altair is driven by product innovation. The India product development centre is vital to Altair's global research and development activities which are a key contributor to Altair's worldwide customers".

Altair's focus in India is to deliver solutions that allow it's clients to rapidly experiment with their ideas by evaluating options and trade-offs in near-real time. As Altair continues to make significant investments in its core offerings and add innovative new technologies to its technology portfolio, it simultaneously, also helps in increasing the ability of its customers to be most competitive in their respective industries.

India offers tremendous potential for innovative product development and Altair's global experience can be leveraged , "The commercial product business unit of the company provides the clients an integrated suite of world-class design and analysis software featuring modeling, visualization, simulation and optimization capabilities as well as design process automation and manufacturing process simulation," says Pavan Kumar, Managing Director, Altair India.

Anark Releases Version 2.0 of Its 3D CAD Transformation Platform

BOULDER, Colo: Anark Corporation today announced Anark Core 2.0 — its innovative, automated 3D CAD transformation platform — that adds expanded conversion, transformation, and automation capabilities to cost-effectively prepare 3D product design data for visualization, simulation, CAE, and supply-chain-data-exchange applications.

The Anark Core platform is a robust software solution that quickly and easily transforms native 3D CAD data for use throughout manufacturing design, engineering, and support organizations. Unlike conventional CAD tools and translators, Anark Core enables users to automate the modification of 3D product structure and geometry, and export revised product data into high-precision B-rep and lightweight mesh formats. The system creates "recipes" that can be applied automatically to revised product design data, saving countless hours of labor each time product designs are changed.

"As the leading provider of 3D product visualization and configuration solutions for the residential and commercial interior design markets, we manage a high volume of disparate 3D product design data in order to effectively deliver our customer solutions," said Jean Mignault, CEO of 20-20 Technologies. "Anark Core 2.0 enables 20-20 Technologies and its supporting manufacturer clients, as an OEM partner of Anark, to automate this process to cost-effectively prepare and manage product design data for its world-class product catalog and configuration solutions."

"Leading manufacturers have embraced the Anark Core Platform, and we're committed to adding new and innovative capabilities, supporting additional native formats, and expanding its powerful PDM integration features," said Stephen Collins, President and CEO of Anark. "Our customers rely on Anark solutions to extract more value from their 3D product design data for use throughout the enterprise. Anark Core 2.0 further reduces the time and expense required to prepare use-case-specific product geometry, while providing automation to ensure the latest product design changes are reflected."

New Feature Highlights in Anark Core 2.0

    * Simple, drag-and-drop editing of product structure to facilitate the creation of multiple product representations from original assembly data — such as vendor-specific BOMs, or visualization and simulation-ready hierarchies
    * Quickly and easily remove B-rep face geometry to produce inner- and outer-mold-line representations for visualization, simulation, and OEM-supplier data exchange
    * New Core CAD Transformer Service enables PDM servers to fully automate Anark Core Server for change-list-driven transformation of CAD geometry
    * Import and convert visualization assemblies and geometry from CATIA® V5 CATPRODUCT, CATPART, and CGR files into multiple lightweight mesh formats
    * Import and convert assemblies and B-rep geometry from SolidWorks® and Inventor® formats
    * Import and export B-rep geometry in ACIS® SAT format

For a complete list of new features and enhancements in Anark Core 2.0, visit http://www.anark.com/core/.

Product Availability and Pricing

Anark Core 2.0 is now available for evaluation from the Anark website. Please visit http://www.anark.com/core/ to request a trial and download additional information.

About Anark Corporation

Anark Corporation provides powerful enterprise software and solutions to manufacturing organizations that need to cost-effectively utilize their 3D CAD data and other graphics assets for visualization, simulation, CAE, and supply-chain data exchange.

Anark helps market leaders such as Boeing, Cessna, Pratt & Whitney, Lockheed Martin, and Nvidia unlock the potential of their 3D data assets to save money, accelerate product development, and to collaborate and communicate more effectively and securely.

For more information please visit: www.anark.com


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Cimatron Group to Present New CAD/CAM Solutions for Tooling and Manufacturing at IMTS

Will Showcase New Versions for CimatronE and GibbsCAM
GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel: Cimatron Ltd. (NASDAQ: CIMT), a leading provider of integrated CAD/CAM solutions for tool making and manufacturing, will present new versions of the CimatronE and GibbsCAM product lines at the upcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which will take place September 8-13 in Chicago, Illinois.

"IMTS attendees will have a unique opportunity to get up to speed on the latest advancements in tooling and manufacturing," said Bill Gibbs, President of Gibbs and Associates and Cimatron Group North America. "It is also an exciting opportunity for the Cimatron Group to present the breadth and depth of our two product lines-CimatronE and GibbsCAM-under the same roof. We look forward to meeting with the industry's leaders at this important event."

CimatronE CAD/CAM Solutions for Toolmakers and Manufacturers - Booth D 3037

The CimatronE solution suite provides integrated CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool, and die makers, as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. CimatronE solutions streamline the entire design to manufacturing cycle, enabling tool makers and manufacturers to shorten product delivery time. Specialized applications for mold and die makers save time with high level of automation, while empowering the experienced user with full flexibility to control the entire process. The hybrid environment enables toolmakers to work in 2D or 3D and use surface or solid operations interchangeably to best match the task at hand.

New CimatronE applications and enhancements presented at the IMTS include solutions for die quoting and transfer die design, a new electrode CMM application, and many other new features and enhancements to CimatronE's mold and die design and NC applications.

GibbsCAM Solutions for Discrete Production - Booth D-3001

GibbsCAM solutions provide a broad range of CNC programming capabilities for milling, turning, mill-turn, rotary milling, tombstone-fixtured, wire-EDM, and multi-turret/multi-spindle machining. Modeling functionality tuned specifically for manufacturing supports the creation and manipulation of wireframe, surface, and solid geometries. Featuring an intuitive user interface, built-in associativity, and simulation capabilities, GibbsCAM empowers manufacturers to increase productivity and elevate responsiveness to customer requirements and design changes.

New GibbsCAM capabilities presented at the IMTS include advanced 3-axis milling functionality with support for high-speed machining (HSM).

The IMTS will be held September 8-13 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For information and registration, visit http://imts.com.

About Cimatron

With over 25 years of experience and more than 40,000 installations worldwide, Cimatron is a leading provider of integrated, CAD/CAM solutions for mold, tool and die makers as well as manufacturers of discrete parts. Cimatron is committed to providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions that streamline manufacturing cycles, enable collaboration with outside vendors, and ultimately shorten product delivery time.

The Cimatron product line includes the CimatronE and GibbsCAM brands with solutions for mold design, die design, electrodes design, 2.5 to 5 axes milling, wire EDM, turn, mill-turn, rotary milling, multi-task machining, and tombstone machining. Cimatron's subsidiaries and extensive distribution network serve and support customers in the automotive, aerospace, medical, consumer plastics, electronics, and other industries in over 40 countries worldwide.

Cimatron is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol CIMT. For more information, please visit the company web site at: http://www.cimatron.com.

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM

For over 20 years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs' goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support successful customers require.

In January 2008, Gibbs and Associates merged with Cimatron Ltd, (NASDAQ: CIMT) and is now operating as a Cimatron company. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call +1-800-654-9399, or visit the company on-line at http://www.GibbsCAM.com.

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Jul 30, 2008

CAD Schroer Releases MEDUSA4 Version 3.1

Intelligent Sketching, World Class 3D Interfaces, New Mechanical Handling and 3D Component Designer Modules
MEDUSA4 Version 3.1

Moers, Germany: CAD Schroer Group (CSG), the global engineering solutions provider, today announced the release of version 3.1 of its renowned MEDUSA4 Design Automation Suite. Version 3.1 introduces many new productivity tools, especially in the areas of drafting, 3D and plant design, along with a long list of improvements and enhancements.

"Our customers will be especially interested in further enhancements in our excellent 3D interfaces, including 3D DXF and colour support for STEP files, along with new options for controlling the display and import of layers, names, and attributes," explains MEDUSA4 Product Manager Mark Simpson. "Our Plant Design Application, MPDS4, sees the introduction of a brand new module called MPDS4 MECHANICAL HANDLING™, allowing easy placement and intelligent connection of interconnected components. From conveyor belts to cranes to fork lift trucks, installation designers can now easily select, lay out, configure, visualise and add intelligence to process machinery in their plant. This is a great addition to the MPDS4 FACTORY LAYOUT™ solution, which now allows users to place equipment in any 3D plane, and quickly achieve impressive 3D visualisations of installations based on fast 2D layouts. Another important highlight is the new 3D COMPONENT DESIGNER for easy creation of custom 3D components."

What's New in MEDUSA4 Version 3.1?
The MPDS4 Animation Definition Dialog allows users to define and save animation sequences, illustrating mechanical handling processes in a plant or factory.

New in MEDUSA4 2D Drafting
    SMART Draw™ - Intelligent Sketching
    CADConvert™ - Multi Paper Space AutoCAD® Drawing Conversion
    New Numbering/Un-numbering/Re-numbering Tool for Text on Sheet
    New Move-By-Grid Tool

New in MEDUSA4 3D
    3D Interfaces - New 3D DXF Import, Enhanced STEP Import

New in Other MEDUSA4 Add-On Products
    MEDPro™ - Support for Pro/ENGINEER® Wildfire 4, 64bit Support, Shaded Model Views
    MEDUSA4 PARAMETRICS™ - New Tool for Editing Dimension Values
    MEDUSA4 P&ID - Now with In-Line Labels and Reporting Enhancements
    MEDRaster Colour™ - Support for Raster Images inside Drawings Imported with CADConvert

New in MPDS4™
    Improved Graphics Handling
    New Mode (16+) for Displaying Models in More Detail

New in MPDS4 Add-On Products
    MPDS4 MECHANICAL HANDLING™ - A new Discipline for Intelligence in Interconnected Components
    MPDS4 3D COMPONENT DESIGNER™ - A New Design Application
    MPDS4 FACTORY LAYOUT™ - New Tool for Positioning Components in Any 3D Plane

"Customer loyalty is one of our hallmarks," explains Michael Schroer, the company's Founding Director. "We work hard to retain that loyalty by offering customers a sound partnership based on engineering know-how, and constant proof – by way of regular software updates and releases with innovative cost-saving productivity tools – that their maintenance money is well-spent."

EOS Rapid Manufacturing Offerings Expand at Ogle Model


Krailling, Germany: Rapid manufacturing and prototyping specialist, Ogle Models (Letchworth, UK), has introduced a flame-retardant plastic to the range of materials that it uses to produce components for customers. Designated PA 2210 FR, the powder is produced by EOS for use in its laser-sintering machines, of which Ogle operates three, two of which were bought in June 2008 as part of a £1 million investment.

The company believes it is one of the first RM/RP bureaus in Europe to run the fire-resistant material in its machines. Already it has produced two sets of parts for the cabin and fuel tank of an aircraft in quantities ranging from 50- to 200-off, said sales and marketing director, David Bennion.

The polyamide PA 2210 FR was especially designed to meet the flammability, smoke and toxicity standards for the civil aerospace industry. Airplane manufacturers like Boeing, Dassault, Embraer and others have successfully tested the new material. PA 2210 FR typically qualifies for "flying hardware" with wall thicknesses down to 2 mm.

In the telecommunications industry, Ogle has for some time been producing a fire-retardant, fiber-optic tray for communications towers using a combination of stereolithography (SLA) and vacuum casting. The process used to be time-consuming and relatively expensive. The same part is now laser-sintered in one operation using PA 2210 FR in quantities up to 180-off, without the need for tooling, resulting in a 30 percent cost saving for the customer.

Recent investment at Ogle's product development service centre in Letchworth has seen a near doubling of floor area, giving more space to develop both the traditional model making and CNC prototyping sides of its business. Clients include many blue-chip organizations such as Bentley and GlaxoSmithKline as well as leading design, building and architectural firms including Laing O'Rourke, Arup and KPF.

The first EOS plastic laser-sintering machine, an EOSINT P 385, was installed at Letchworth in 2000, but for the last 18 months it has been working to capacity, 24 hours a day. Ogle's rapid prototyping director, Steve Willmott, commented that the machine has been upgraded twice by EOS to take advantage of improvements in laser-sintering. The result has been a 30 percent increase in productivity and a 50 percent improvement in component quality.

A step-change in performance came with the installation of the two latest machines, a larger EOSINT P 730 with 700 x 380 x 580 mm build volume and a smaller 200 x 250 x 330 mm capacity FORMIGA P 100.

Said Mr. Willmott, "New control software makes these machines much easier to operate, as no guesswork or experience is needed to set the scaling factor that allows for shrinkage of the part.

"There is less of a problem in the X and Y axes as shrinkage is linear, but it is non-linear in Z. The latest EOS software applies compensation in all three axes automatically, making it quicker to set up a new job."

He went on to say that the twin-laser P 730 is 40 percent faster than earlier laser-sintering machines, producing components that look as though they have been moulded and with better dimensional accuracy and surface finish. Key to the improvement is the 0.12 mm standard layer thickness, down from 0.15 mm on the P 385.

Similarly the FORMIGA P 100 does everything that the large machine is able to, but within a smaller work volume, yet to even higher accuracy thanks to the 0.1 mm layer thickness. An early contract fulfilled by Ogle using this machine was for a customer in the medical sector, whose fine-tolerance nylon parts were previously made by SLA and vacuum casting in a longer lead time and at higher cost.

Series production of laser-sintered plastic components is becoming the norm at Ogle, in addition to ones and twos for prototype applications. A good example is the manufacture of parts in batches of several hundred for a thermal imaging camera used in search-and-rescue work.

From a CAD model supplied by the customer, laser-sintering is used to make the chassis that supports the thermal imaging screen and the electronics. No hard tooling is required, so any alteration in design is easily accommodated without additional expense.

A big advantage of additive layer manufacturing by laser-sintering is that the process is fully self-supporting, allowing parts to be built within other parts and with complex geometries that could not be realized any other way. These attributes lower the cost of production and at the same time offer unfettered freedom of design. Moreover, the resulting components are strong and rigid enough to be used in places where they may be subjected to mechanical and thermal stress.

By way of illustration, Mr Bennion described a project that Ogle carried out for a rally team. Prototype under-bonnet parts previously machined from aluminium and composites, specifically for the air inlet catch tank and head breather, were replaced by laser-sintered, aluminum-filled nylon, reducing both the weight and cost of the new car. The integrity of the parts was maintained during seven days of rigorous endurance and reliability tests in Europe, during which the car clocked up 1,400 km/870 miles.

IBM Broadens PLM Offerings to Help Companies Integrate, Simplify, and Speed Product Development

ARMONK, NY: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it will significantly increase product lifecycle management (PLM) resources by offering clients access to nearly 3,000 PLM practitioners across its software, services, research and development divisions.

Companies continue to aggressively invest in areas such as new product development. To help clients speed up new product introductions, IBM has intensified its PLM resources to include:

--  Ten Global PLM Centers of Excellence.
--  A Dassault Systèmes and IBM focused International Competency Center.
--  A team of more than 2,000 PLM service consultants and technology
--  A group of 60 PLM industry experts as part of IBM's research and
    development organization.

IBM is also deepening its commitment to sell and support Dassault Systèmes (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) PLM software offerings with the new V6 platform, which will help address a company's PLM business process challenges of global product development and manufacturing as follows:

--  Global Collaborative Innovation - ENOVIA provides an integrated
    platform for the management of a product lifecycle and its related business
    processes.  PLM business processes include among many compliance and
    governance, global sourcing, and management of a product's intellectual
    property.  The V6 platform also incorporates 3DLive, a 3-D environment to
    search, communicate and collaborate on product and manufacturing data over
    the Internet.
--  Virtual Product Design - CATIA is a product definition and simulation
    offering that includes elements of a product's system architecture.  This
    architecture outlines the structure and behavior of a product including
    physical concepts, detailed mechanical shapes, and product behavior
    components.  Using advanced simulation techniques, these components are
    tested to help predict product behavior and optimize product design.
--  Digital Manufacturing and Production - DELMIA provides a process
    development and simulation environment to help maximize manufacturing
    production systems.  From 3D processes and resource planning solutions to
    virtual programs to help better assign manufacturing resources using
    virtual design tools, DELMIA helps companies deliver customized, lean
    manufacturing systems.
--  3D Virtual Product Documentation - 3DVIA includes web-enabled
    offerings such as 3Dvia Composer, for use in the definition of 3D annotated
    content for technical publications, manuals and work instructions.  This
    content can be delivered as part of web-based applications or traditional,
    document-centric applications.

"As a company that develops products across multiple geographical regions, we seek to combine our collaborative development process, bill of materials requirements and digitally designed models into one platform that is easy to use and access," said Rick Sturgeon, executive director, Global Engineering Operations, for the Automotive Experience business of Johnson Controls, Inc.

"In evaluating the Dassault Systèmes' V6 portfolio, we see the promise of a platform based on a much improved user interface and ease-of-use," added Sturgeon.

"Clients can bet on IBM's expertise to help them integrate PLM applications into existing technology investments while ensuring that products will be delivered on time," said Albert Bunshaft, vice president, IBM Product Lifecycle Management.

The Future of PLM

IBM predicts the PLM segment will expand beyond the focus on engineering software to a multi-disciplinary enterprise practice integrating the following technology components:

A Common Platform: A traditional PLM environment typically includes anywhere from twenty to forty applications from authoring and simulation to business applications such as enterprise resource planning tools. Today's product development process requires careful orchestration of mechanical, software and electrical components into an integrated system often referred to as mechatronics. This orchestration takes place across a supply chain of hundreds of partners and suppliers who require a service oriented architecture (SOA) or common platform to make information sharing easy.

With Websphere Process Server, companies can build a SOA foundation to help integrate PLM applications with legacy and enterprise business systems.

Dassault Systèmes V6 applications are built on a SOA-compliant platform to ensure open access and effective integration to enterprise applications.

Tagging customer preferences in the Web 2.0 and virtual world:

Social networking and business intelligence tools will become an integral part of the PLM process. As companies aim to study market and customer needs, designers can use web-based tools, such as web logs and wikis, to collect user preferences.

By providing IBM Lotus Sametime instant messaging capabilities such as part of the Dassault Systèmes V6 user interface, engineering teams can instantly review and collaborate on product changes before resources are expended on manufacturing.

Second Life is emerging as an experimental design platform for industries with short design cycles such as fashion retail. A retail designer can use Second Life to test new concepts with consumers directly by quickly producing virtual samples and sharing them with targeted communities. The instant sharing of virtual samples will accelerate product feedback and reduce the number of turned down, physical samples that often end up as textile waste.

IBM's PLM Centers of Excellence ( http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/22624.wss) comprise the largest global network of PLM experts. In these Centers, companies can safely test new PLM concepts and develop a PLM business strategy using industry benchmarking studies to identify a company's current PLM performance levels against competitors or partners.

For more information about IBM please visit www.ibm.com and www.ibm.com/solutions/plm

For Dassault Systèmes please visit http://www.3ds.com.

IBM WebSphere, Information Management (DB2), Rational, Tivoli, and Lotus are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries or both.

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and 3D VIA are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries.

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Boeing and Siemens PLM Software Sign New Agreement to Extend Teamcenter Deployment

CHICAGO and PLANO, Texas: Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that Boeing, the world's leading aerospace company, has signed a new software license agreement for Teamcenter(R), Siemens PLM Software's digital lifecycle management solution.

Siemens PLM Software technology currently enables Boeing to access current and accurate digital information wherever and whenever required. Boeing uses Teamcenter on several key programs to enhance collaboration and improve workflow management.

Teamcenter to replace legacy systems

As part of this agreement, Boeing will work with Siemens PLM Software to retire and replace selected legacy systems with Teamcenter. Teamcenter is being used for bill of material management, configuration management, change management and document management.

"We are partnering with Siemens to enhance Boeing's product data management (PDM) capabilities. Siemens products and services will continue to support, and help us improve, the products and services we offer," said Nancy Bailey, Boeing vice president of IT Product Systems.

"We are proud that an industry leader such as Boeing is expanding the use of Teamcenter as a PDM platform," said Tony Affuso, chairman and CEO, Siemens PLM Software. "Boeing's expanded use of Teamcenter to replace select legacy systems strengthens Teamcenter's position."

Teamcenter powers innovation and productivity by seamlessly connecting people and processes with knowledge across the entire lifecycle. Teamcenter's comprehensive portfolio of proven digital lifecycle management solutions is built on an open PLM foundation. Teamcenter is the PLM industry's most widely used solution and consists of an integrated suite of applications that provide a wide variety of productivity enhancing technologies such as 3D visualization, collaboration, supplier management and collaborative product data management (cPDM) -- one of the fastest growing segments in the PLM industry.

Siemens PLM Software Leadership in Aerospace & Defense

Siemens PLM Software is used extensively by the top 15 Aerospace & Defense original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and has accrued more experience in Aerospace & Defense in mission-critical operations than any other comparable PLM product. With more than one million man-years of experience in delivering mission-critical operations on an unparalleled scale, Siemens PLM Software is now the de facto provider of PLM and facilitator of enterprise transformation for the Aerospace & Defense industry. For more information please visit www.siemens.com/plm/aerospacedefense.

About Boeing

Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. As a major service provider to NASA, Boeing operates the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The company also provides numerous military and commercial airline support services. Boeing has customers in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software's open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers -- from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. NX, JT and Teamcenter are trademarks or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Web site: http://www.siemens.com/plm/

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company Debuts Russia's First Paperless Aircraft Using Siemens PLM Software's Teamcenter Collaboration Solution

Teamcenter Provides the Product Data Management Platform, Including Digital Mock-Ups, to Enable the Internationally Designed and Manufactured Sukhoi Superjet 100 to Complete Maiden Flight in May

New Delhi, July 30, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that its Teamcenter® software suite enabled the production of Russia's first internationally-designed and manufactured, paperless aircraft. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company's Superjet 100 (SSJ100), marked its maiden flight on May 19, 2008.

Russia's new entry into the competitive and rapidly growing global regional jet market involved an international team of international partners and world-class aircraft systems suppliers throughout Western Europe and the United States. The goal for SCAC was to bring all system suppliers into a virtual enterprise on a global platform, implementing the latest design and manufacturing technology. The end result is an aircraft that consumes 10 percent less fuel than its nearest competitor, has a 10 percent lower overall cost of ownership and has the lowest price in its class. The SSJ100 also offers unprecedented passenger comfort in the regional jet category, with wider seats, wider aisles and larger storage bins.

To create this industry-leading aircraft, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and its partners worked within a single master data warehouse enabled with Teamcenter that included all 3D models and related data to completely define and digitally mock up any aspect of the SSJ100. This warehouse, or platform, enabled the company to create Russia's first aircraft from a paperless design process.

Siemens PLM Software's Teamcenter software suite, the world's most widely-used PLM portfolio, was central to SCAC upgrade effort and was among key factors in achieving first flight in a fast-paced development program for the SSJ100 regional airliner.

Teamcenter helped coordinate the efforts of approximately 1,700 engineers and manufacturing specialists in more than eight locations with a world-class team of partners across the globe.

"We set out with an aggressive plan and succeeded because of our collaboration with partners and suppliers powered by Teamcenter," said Viktor Soubbotin, President, Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. "The collaborative technology played a central role in bringing the SSJ100 into the air faster and at lower cost."

"Teamcenter gave SCAC a single synchronized knowledge platform for designing and manufacturing," said Paul Vogel, senior vice president and managing director for Europe, Middle East & Africa, Siemens PLM Software. "In large, geographically distributed projects, like SSJ100 everyone should work with a single source of data to keep the control over all design changes during production. Watching and working with Sukhoi over the course of the design process has been inspiring. We, in a sense, provide the paint brush and palette, but the designers at SCAC and their partners around the world are the artists. And they truly have created a masterpiece in their first global effort and they've done it in record time."

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software's open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

About Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) is a Sukhoi Company subsidiary headquartered in Moscow. Founded in 2000, SCAC aims to produce new models of civil aircraft. The Company's major project is production of a new Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional aircraft family. SCAC is focused upon the following scope of activity: design and development, marketing and sales, production, certification of the aircraft. Worldwide after-sales support and sales at mature markets is handled by Superjet International, a joint venture founded by Sukhoi Company and Alenia Aeronautica, SCAC's strategic partner. Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the globally recognized aviation industry leader, provides consultancy support to the project, while Snecma is a risk-sharing partner. SCAC has two branches at the production sites located in Komsomolsk and Novosibirsk and altogether employing 1,500+ people.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Teamcenter is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Siemens PLM Software Ships Version 6 of NX

New Release Provides the Power of Synchronous Technology and New Advanced Simulation Functionality
PLANO, Texas: Siemens PLM Software, a division of Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Version 6 of NX(TM) software is now available to Siemens customers worldwide.

"NX 6 promises to do two things. First, the work done to integrate Siemens PLM Software's synchronous technology should bring on-stream an incredibly powerful way of working that's unlike anything on the market today," said Al Dean, editor, DEVELOP3D Magazine. "When you consider background in knowledge-based design, automation, and complete process coverage, the addition of synchronous technology to NX software should make it an even more compelling solution. The second promising area in NX 6 is the addition of new levels of intelligence to the simulation environment and that's something on every users mind at the moment -- how to use simulation more effectively and more efficiently."

For design, NX 6 features Design Freedom powered by the breakthrough synchronous technology delivering up to a 100 times faster design experience than ever before. Synchronous technology combines with the existing NX capabilities so data does not need to be translated or rebuilt. This combines parametric and history-free approaches to speed design. NX 6 Design Freedom works naturally within existing user workflows for faster adoption.

For simulation, NX 6 delivers more than 350 user-driven enhancements encompassing 10 different applications for pervasive lifecycle simulation. NX 6 Advanced Simulation directly leverages Design Freedom powered by synchronous technology to enable the rapid evaluation of design modifications based on geometry from any CAD system. NX 6 combines unique 3-D geometry editing, automated abstraction and FE meshing tools with in-depth bottom-up finite element (FE) modeling and meshing tools. The new assembly capability for FE models enables engineers to integrate the separate simulation modeling efforts of distributed teams, such as suppliers and global design/analysis teams. NX 6 advanced simulation handles the most demanding CAE challenges, providing a 30 percent reduction in physical prototypes.

In addition, the NX 6 CAE user interface and FE modeling options leverage "skins" to look like NASTRAN(R), ANSYS(R), ABAQUS(R) or LS-DYNA(R).

Customers with ongoing maintenance contracts can now download NX 6 with synchronous technology at no extra charge at http://support.ugs.com/ . For more information, visit www.siemens.com/nx .

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software's open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm .

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers - from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. NX is a trademark or registered trademark of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. NASTRAN is a registered trademark of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the United States and in other countries. ANSYS is a trademark or registered trademark of ANSYS, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Abaqus is a trademark or registered trademark of Dassault Systemes or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. LS-DYNA is a trademark or registered trademark of Livermore Software Technology Corporation in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Web site: http://www.automation.siemens.com/

Surfware Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Camarillo, CA - July 28, 2008 -- Surfware, Inc. is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2008, based on 58 years of machining experience and innovation.

In 1950, Victor Diehl opened a mold shop in Southern California for machine tooling medical products. Victor and his son Alan pioneered numerous innovations in the industry and in1988, Alan, along with his sons Larry and Bryan Diehl, formed the software company Surfware.

Today, Surfware is among the top ten fastest-growing CAD/CAM software companies in the world. Surfware strives to be the world leader in machining software by setting the standard for speed, flexibility, ease of use, innovation and value. SURFCAM is used worldwide for mechanical design, surface modeling, solid modeling, reverse engineering, prototyping, mold-making, pattern-making and production machining.

Surfware's flagship product, SURFCAM Velocity, supports product design and NC programming of 2-, 3-, 4, and 5-axis machines. In addition, its patent-pending TrueMill® technology has been established as the world's only toolpath that intelligently manages tool load to dramatically increase productivity and tool life for all materials.

Some history --
Throughout the 1950s, Victor Diehl supported his family through his focus on precision mold products for the medical industry. In the 1960s, Victor and son Alan invested in NC (Numerical Control) machines to expedite tooling of components for aircraft manufacturing. Ten years later, Alan and his brother-in-law Jack Epps, a physicist, built a smart NC machine powered by a mini-computer.

In 1980, Bryan and Larry Diehl, Alan's sons, greatly influenced by the mathematical skills of their uncle Jack, joined the machining firm and wrote a UNIX program for surface modeling and machining. In 1988, Surfware, Inc. was formed by Alan, Larry and Bryan, and SURFCAM was launched -- the first PC-based modeling and NC programming software to be offered commercially to the industry.

Over the next decade, SURFCAM's features advanced along with the capabilities of the PC. Every release brought new firsts and functionality: first NURBS surface technology on a PC ; first PC-based four-axis simultaneous machining; first CAM system for 32-bit enhanced-mode Microsoft Windows, first PC CAM system with automatic rendering of blended surfaces; first to deploy new features in 2- and 3-axis rest machining.

In early 2000, Pat Patterson (Uncle Pat), assisted by Alan, began work on what would become the ground-breaking TrueMill technology, a completely new toolpath strategy that controls the load on the tool to significantly increase productivity (in some cases over 100%) and extend tool life for all materials, including aluminum, steels, titanium, Inconel and other exotics.

SURFCAM Velocity powered by TrueMill was launched in 2005, with internal instructions on how to limit the maximum stepover to cut optimally everywhere along the toolpath on any part geometry. The software was the 2005 winner of Industry Week's Technology Innovation Award. Since that time, in live demos and on customer sites, SURFCAM powered by TrueMill has continued to excel.

In 2008, Stephen Diehl, Alan's eldest son, became President and CEO of the company. According to Stephen, "I am honored and happy to announce our 20th anniversary. For almost six decades, my family and the Surfware team have focused on creating innovative, high-quality products that enhance the industries we serve. I am constantly amazed by the many beneficial uses that our customers have found for Surfcam and TrueMill. As the sole provider of the TrueMill technology that manages tool engagement to create superior toolpaths, we are committed to helping our customers become more efficient, profitable and successful."

SURFCAM is sold through an international network of dealers as well as through Surfware itself. "Many of our dealers have been with us since the beginning," says Stephen. "We are deeply grateful for their contributions, hard work and loyalty over the years. Dealers like Programming Plus in Wisconsin; Tangent Concepts Inc. in San Jose; CAMcad Technologies in Florida; Applied CIM Technology in Minnesota; CIM Solutions in Michigan; Online Resources in Indiana; DM Solutions in New Hampshire; Design & Software in Ohio; 3D Concepts GMBH in Germany; 3E Praha in the Czech Republic; Data Design in Japan and Remsi Finland/Oy Digima in Finland, to name just a few, have all been major contributors to Surfware's success."

"We were one of the earliest SURFCAM dealers," says Don McKillop, President of CAMcad Technologies. "When we started selling SURFCAM, Surfware's focus was on high-performance 3-D surface machining on a PC. Surfware, the CAM industry, and CAMcad have matured significantly since then, and Surfware has consistently been on the cutting edge of innovation, particularly with their TrueMill technology. We have customers who view SURFCAM and TrueMill as their secret weapon. We wish Surfware the best on their 20th Anniversary and continued success in the future."

Camarillo, California-based Surfware will present the newest release of its flagship software, Surfcam Velocity 4, at IMTS (International Manufacturing Trade Show) in September in Chicago. Velocity 4 is a major release with significant new features in 3-axis, 4/5-axis and TrueMill technology.

DP Technology teams up with NASCAR racing team Petty Enterprises

DP Technology, a leader in the industry of computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) and maker of ESPRIT® CAM software, has become an official sponsor and technology partner of Petty Enterprises, a NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) racing team based in North Carolina.

DP Technology continues to lead the pack on the racetrack with the sponsorship of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing teams, namely the No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge and the No. 45 Marathon/Wells Fargo/PVA Dodge, owned and operated by Petty Enterprises. These two NASCAR teams are the eighth and ninth sponsored by DP Technology.

"They came to us and wanted our software because they figured out it was the best software out there," said Bill Haas, vice president of special projects for DP Technology.

Having become unsatisfied with its previous CAM software due to "lack of improvements and growth versatility," Petty Enterprises was in the process of investigating various new CAM software packages when engineers from the company visited an ESPRIT booth at a machining industry trade show in North Carolina, according to Bobby Turner, design engineer for Petty Enterprises.

"While investigating, we also learned that an engineer in the office had used ESPRIT at a machine shop he worked at prior to Petty Enterprises," Turner said.

Petty Enterprises will use ESPRIT to write programming code for its HAAS V4 CNC machine, which is used to make several different kinds of parts for its racecars — ranging from the chassis and suspension to the body. "Pretty much everything except engine components," Turner said.

Petty Enterprises is currently in the process of implementing ESPRIT software which, when fully implemented, will improve the production of parts for the racing teams' vehicles. "It should save us some time and money, which in turn will allow us to spend more time improving parts and spending money in other important areas," Turner said.

The new partners have opted to join forces through 2010.

"We wanted to find software that would be easy to use, meet our current and future CNC needs, and have a support staff that could help us with training or any other technical assistance," Derrick Finley, technical director for Petty Enterprises, said. "Out of the different CAM packages we investigated, we found ESPRIT to be the software that best fit these needs. The support and training we have had thus far has been phenomenal, and the people at ESPRIT have been a great pleasure to work with."

The Web sites of both DP Technology and Petty Enterprises will be linked so that visitors to each site will be able to access the partner site.

ANSYS Named to S&P Global Challengers List

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa.— ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced that it has been named to Standard & Poor's prestigious annual Global Challengers List™, a roster of mid-sized companies that show the "highest growth characteristics." ANSYS was one of 13 U.S. information technology companies recently named to the global list of 300 strong performers.

Every year, the S&P Global Challengers List™ designates 300 mid-size companies that show the highest growth characteristics along dimensions encompassing intrinsic and extrinsic growth. These companies are expected to emerge as challengers to the world's leading companies. To be considered for the Global Challengers designation, a company must have a market value between $1 billion and $5 billion, and must have shown three-year share price gains, earnings per share growth, sales growth and employee growth in the last three years. The companies, broken down into nine sectors, are examined by Standard & Poor's using the company's public listing in its home country.

"This designation from Standard & Poor's labels ANSYS as 'likely to grow,' and 'offering stability as well as rapid growth opportunities.' It is indeed an honor to be among the 300 companies on the list," said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS, Inc. "It verifies that our long-established strategy of providing excellent value to our customers via best-in-class engineering simulation solutions is the right one for us. It has enabled our company to grow and provide exciting career opportunities for our employees, and it has delivered superior returns to our stockholders."

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

PTC Announces Winners of DesignQuest Challenge

Worldwide Student Design Competition Spotlights Innovation

NEEDHAM/; The Product Development Company®, today announced the winners of its 2008 DesignQuest Challenge. Sponsored by the PTC Global Education Program, the worldwide design competition provides students the opportunity to showcase their achievements in product design using PTC Pro/ENGINEER® or Pro/DESKTOP®. The competition was open to individual students and student teams attending academic institutions that are currently enrolled in the PTC Global Education Program. Each contestant had to be a registered student in the 2007-2008 academic year and was sponsored by a teacher at their school.

Students were invited to submit designs in two categories – K-12 and University – during the November 2007 - April 2008 competition. Each submission included a short description of the design, the problem it solves (or how it improves upon existing products), and why it is important. Finalists from each category were selected by the PTC Education team and then evaluated by a panel of judges from the PTC/USER community ( www.ptcuser.org) to select the Grand Prize Winner in each category. Each contestant was evaluated in the following criteria:

Solves Unique or Defined Problem
Innovative Design
Design Quality
Complexity of Design
Feasibility of Solution
Ergonomics/Ease of Use
The Grand Prize Winners:

K-12: Thayer Adsit Newburyport High School, MA - Hydrogen Engine

University: Mark Armstrong, University of Sunderland, UK - Archimedes Screw Propelled Vehicle

"It's always exciting to see the innovative designs developed by the students who participate in this competition," said John Stuart, senior vice president, global education and Eastern Europe SRL, PTC. "Furthermore, this competition demonstrates how industry leading tools like Pro/ENGINEER can be used in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs to inspire the next generation of engineers to develop great products."

Finalists entries may be viewed at: http://www.ptc.com/for/education/gallery/worldwide-design-challenge/

About PTC's Global Education Program

PTC's education program provides teachers and professors with complete learning solutions to prepare a new generation for success in a technological world. From secondary school to the university level, PTC gives students the ultimate in product development education by providing software, training and classroom materials to educators worldwide. Their education program is a part of a technological literacy movement that seeks to improve critical thinking and multidimensional problem-solving skills as well as preparing a growing number of students to become engineers.

About PTC

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) provides leading product lifecycle management (PLM), content management and dynamic publishing solutions to more than 50,000 companies worldwide. PTC customers include the world's most innovative companies in manufacturing, publishing, services, government and life sciences industries. PTC is included in the S&P Midcap 400 and Russell 2000 indices. For more information on PTC, please visit http://www.ptc.com.

Jul 29, 2008

COADE Releases Updated CADWorx Plant Design Suite 2009, Including New CADWorx Steel Professional Plus

HOUSTON- COADE announced the release of CADWorx Plant Design Suite 2009, the latest version of its CAD series for process plant design which incorporates new capabilities and performance-enhancing features and provides some real advantages for the AutoCAD-based plant designer.

In this latest release, CADWorx Plant Professional has enhanced valve top-works capabilities that allow users to place valve hand wheels, levers, actuators, and other items using specification-driven selection routines. Also improved are the placement and representation of piping insulation for more accurate collision checking, bills of material and insulation weights. New to the CADWorx line is CADWorx Steel Professional Plus. This new package quickly and accurately designs steel structures, employing parametric routines for creating stairs, ladders, platforms and hand-railings. It also includes capabilities for the creation of 2D deliverables in double- and single-line formats. Enhancements in CADWorx P&ID Professional enable process and instrumentation diagrams to be checked out and checked back into the main project database, and powerful multi-component editing provides users with additional benefits.

"We actively take the pulse of the market and listen to our users, and one thing that is very important in the marketplace is the drive for real efficiencies in the design process," stated Joe Dixon, product manager for COADE's Plant Design Solutions. "This latest release delivers on those requirements while making the operation of our products easier and more flexible than they have ever been," Dixon added.

The CADWorx Plant Design Suite for process plant design offers intelligent drawing to database connectivity, advanced levels of design automation and easy-to-use design tools. Because of these distinct advantages, it has been rapidly adopted by EPC firms and owner operators in the process, power, water treatment, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and semiconductor industries. CADWorx also offers the industry's first and only true bi-directional links between CAD and engineering analysis tools, linking CADWorx with COADE's industry-leading software programs for pipe (CAESAR II) and pressure vessel and exchanger (PV Elite) analysis and design.


COADE, Inc. is a provider of software for multiple plant design and engineering disciplines. COADE's aims are that design and engineering should share relevant information seamlessly, thereby maintaining accuracy and improving efficiency. COADE's product line conforms to those goals and includes: CAESAR II, the world's most widely used pipe stress analysis software; PV Elite for pressure vessel and heat exchanger design and analysis; CADWorx Plant Design Suite for intelligent plant design modeling, process schematics and automatic production of plant design deliverables; and TANK for the design and analysis of oil storage tanks. COADE, CAESAR II, CADWorx, PVElite, CodeCalc and TANK are registered trademarks or trademarks of COADE, Inc. For more information, visit www.coade.com.

For COADE, Inc.
Gary Carson, 1-713-668-8550
Vornel Walker, 1-281-890-4566

Advantech to offer engineers and designers 3D models of eAutomation Products

WILTON, New Hampshire – July 29, 2008 – industrial automation leader Advantech is now using the TraceParts Internet service to provide 3D product models, for engineers and designers, through their eAutomatioPro web site. Advantech's customers will be able to select the right product for their needs and then download 3D CAD models of the products into their designs.

Advantech provides Open HMI platforms, Industrial Ethernet, Automation Controllers, Automation Software, Embedded Automation Computers, Distributed I/O Modules, Plug-in I/O, and Industrial Communication solutions to a wide array of industries.

"Our customers around the world were asking for 3D models of our products to include in their designs", says Lynette Andersen, Marketing Manger Advantech Industrial Automation Group. "The catch was they wanted the models delivered in a wide variety of CAD system formats. TraceParts allows us to satisfy those needs."

"Advantech has been providing industrial automation and communication solutions for 25 years," said Bob Noftle, president of TraceParts, Inc. "They offer comprehensive system integration hardware, software, customer-centric design services, global logistics support and an industry-leading front and back office e-business infrastructure. TraceParts helps Advantech strengthen relationships with its customers by saving them time and helping them to make better design decisions faster than with paper-based catalogs."

About the Advantech Industrial Automation Group
Founded in 1983, the Industrial Automation Group of the Advantech Corporation is a pioneer in eAutomation technology; combining connectivity, flexibility and ruggedness with today's most reliable PC-based automation technologies. US operations for the Industrial Automation Group are based in Cincinnati, OH. For more information about the eAutomation Group please visit: www.advantech.com/ea

About TraceParts
TraceParts is a leading digital engineering content company, offering customers progressive business solutions through powerful web based products and services. TraceParts helps customers improve marketing efficiencies by increasing the value of their existing digital product data. The TraceParts Online CAD portal is freely available to millions of CAD users worldwide. For more information about TraceParts, please visit www.traceparts.com

Jul 28, 2008

Delcam’s PartMaker SwissCAM selected by Citizen as a preferred CAM system

CADCAM developer Delcam has entered into a strategic partnership with Citizen Machinery, the world-leading builder of Swiss-type lathes, to encourage the use of the company's PartMaker SwissCAM software by Citizen customers. Delcam and Citizen Machinery have entered into a signed agreement to collaborate on both technical and marketing activities in support of Citizen's customers world-wide.

As a Citizen-preferred CAM system, PartMaker SwissCAM will be referred to the company's customers and distributors world-wide as one of a few selected solutions for meeting the wide variety of machining needs of the company and its customers. PartMaker SwissCAM will also be featured on Citizen's machine-tool displays at trade shows and open houses around the world.

PartMaker SwissCAM has been the programming system of choice for many of Citizen's leading users for almost a decade, including such industry leaders as Smith and Nephew, Biomet, Medtronic, ITT and many others. PartMaker SwissCAM supports the full line of Citizen machines with robust, field-proven and well-supported post-processors, including all currently available Citizen models in the A, B, C, K, L, M and R series ranges, as well as older models no longer in production such as the E and F series machines. This comprehensive range allows users with a variety of Citizen machines to quickly switch their PartMaker programs from one machine to the next. Using the software's Full Machine Simulation module, Citizen users can simulate the machining process in 3D on any number of Citizen machines on their computer desktop before generating an accurate program.

"With Delcam's 350 international sales and support offices, we are comfortable in saying that Citizen's own staff, customers and dealers can now enjoy truly global support of their programming needs with PartMaker SwissCAM, a comfort level that has lead to consummation of this agreement," according to Geoff Bryant, Managing Director for Citizen Machinery in the UK.

"PartMaker SwissCAM has been dedicated to the productivity of Citizen users for the better part of decade," says Hanan Fishman, President of the PartMaker Division of Delcam. "The fact that Citizen is acknowledging this contribution by choosing to partner with PartMaker SwissCAM is very gratifying validation of our long standing commitment to the Citizen user community, a commitment we hope to deepen with this agreement."

"Choosing the correct software is more important than ever for Citizen users," claimed Mr. Fishman. "Part complexity is increasing, while manufacturing runs are getting shorter. The increased complexity makes it more difficult for companies to use manual methods to program their machines, while the shorter runs mean that the benefits of PartMaker software in reducing programming times and set-up times are more important than ever."

More on Citizen

Citizen Machinery has become a world leader in CNC Swiss turning through continuous innovations and the superior quality of Citizen machines. Because of its high regard for customers, Citizen focuses on maximizing satisfaction by addressing customer needs (including after-sales services) and increasing the value of collaboration.

Citizen Machinery looks to the future by continuing a reputation that has been built on solid relationships, being an innovative pioneer in the machine tool manufacturing industry and providing a valuable working relationship with customers.

More on PartMaker

PartMaker is a Knowledge Based Machining system, allowing it to provide a substantial gain in programming efficiency by remembering the tools, material and process information necessary to machine individual part features. It thus relieves the user from reentering the same features information for subsequent parts. It also improves productivity by placing the emphasis on tool management functions.

PartMaker pioneered the field of CAM software for Turn-Mills and Swiss-type lathes with its patented Visual Programming Approach for programming multi-axis lathes with live tooling. It assures quicker learning and easier use. It makes an extensive use of pictures to help the user describe tools, part features and machining data. Synchronization of tools working on multiple spindles is achieved by a few mouse clicks.

PartMaker Inc. is a subsidiary of Delcam Plc, the world's leading developer and supplier of complete CAM software solutions. Delcam Plc is publicly traded on the AIM exchange in London. While PartMaker is sold direct in North America by PartMaker Inc. PartMaker is sold overseas through a network of sales partner offices operating in over 80 countries.

28 July 2008

2008 International ANSYS Conference to Inspire Engineering

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 28, 2008— ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced its hallmark event, the 2008 International ANSYS Conference. A must-attend event for executives, managers and technical staff in a wide range of industries, the conference is scheduled for August 26 to 28 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

This is the 14th conference that ANSYS has staged since its inaugural event in 1983. During the last two decades, as simulation has become a critical element of the product development process, the content, breadth of technology and attendance of the International ANSYS Conference has grown as well. Companies from around the world, in a wide range of industries, are planning to attend the 2008 event. More than 800 people attended the last conference, held in 2006. ANSYS also will be hosting an analyst day in conjunction with the conference on August 26 for financial and industry analysts.

The International ANSYS Conference brings together engineers, analysts and management from all disciplines of simulation to learn about the future of engineering design simulation and analysis. Themed "Inspiring Engineering," this year's conference will showcase how global, innovative companies use engineering simulation to inspire their engineering designs, resulting in improved products and processes. The conference will demonstrate how the ANSYS vision and its powerful technologies meet the ever-changing needs of users who demand integrated, automated, scalable and multidisciplinary tools. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to see and hear how future capabilities from ANSYS will impact the industry, to try out the hands-on preview, and to exchange ideas with ANSYS team members, industry experts and colleagues from companies throughout the world.

"We believe simulation leads to inspired engineering. It powers the product innovation engine," said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS, Inc. "We see evidence of this every day as we engage with our customers around the world. Companies successful at leveraging simulation throughout the product development process have a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive global environment. The conference is a great opportunity for all of us to learn about the unique ways customers are innovating through Simulation Driven Product Development™."

The 2008 International ANSYS Conference will feature dynamic keynote presentations, technical sessions, management sessions, ANSYS Solves topics (which provide an inside look at the latest technologies from ANSYS and how this technology can be applied to help ensure success), and vendor exhibitions.

Keynote conference speakers will discuss the use of simulation as a vehicle for inspired engineering design:

* James E. Cashman III, President and Chief Executive Officer, ANSYS, Inc.: perspectives on the ANSYS vision for Simulation Driven Product Development
* Dipankar Choudhury, Vice President, Corporate Product Strategy and Planning, ANSYS, Inc.: product plans and roadmap
* Willem Toet, Head of Aerodynamics, BMW Sauber F1: strategic utilization of CFD for competitive advantage in automotive racing
* Jerry Young, Director, Materials and Structures Technology, Boeing – Phantom Works: challenges for advanced simulation in aerospace product development

Technical sessions will detail how product development professionals in specific industries and application areas have deployed simulation technology in their design process: academic, aerospace and defense, biomedical, chemicals, civil engineering, consumer products, electronics, knowledge management, large-scale analysis, materials processing, multiphysics simulation, nuclear power, oil and gas, optimization and Design for Six Sigma, power generation, semiconductors, sustainable and green technologies, and turbomachinery.

To highlight managerial concerns, a management roundtable will host a panel discussion at which innovative, successful and visionary ANSYS customers share how they have applied simulation technology to achieve significant success within their global organizations. This panel discussion, themed "Inspiring Engineering with Simulation," is a chance for attendees to hear from — and pose questions to — a diverse group of managers from leading global organizations, including Becton, Dickinson and Company; The Dow Chemical Company; Goodrich Corporation; Texas Instruments Incorporated; and Whirlpool Corporation.

A second roundtable discussion featuring thought leaders in high-performance computing (HPC) will examine how significant advances in HPC create an opportunity for ANSYS customers to improve their overall ROI concerning the use of simulation. Panelists will include representatives from ANSYS, Hewlett-Packard Company, Microsoft Corporation and Silicon Graphics, Inc.

The World of Inspiration Expo will provide a great opportunity to learn, get inspired and network with peers as ANSYS and its most valued partners provide hands-on demos, literature and displays of their innovative products. The hands-on area will give attendees the opportunity to work with the full range of software offerings from ANSYS, as well as preview the upcoming ANSYS capabilities. In addition, experts in disciplines from nonlinear, explicit, and fluid structure interaction to full multiphysics, meshing and electronics will be available to consult informally on problem solving and best practices. Formal presentations will be staged in the area as well, providing another opportunity to learn about the latest technology from ANSYS.

Siemens PLM Software Addresses Needs Identified in Global Design Strategies Research Report

New Aberdeen Group Report Finds Global Design is Integral in Meeting Market Demand for Product Development Across Five Key Industries

PLANO, Texas, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today responded to the findings of a series of Industry Sector Insight reports unveiled by Aberdeen Group. The reports were based on the findings of benchmark research entitled "Profitable Design Chains: Global Product Design Comes of Age" which identifies three key Best-in-Class themes for global product development initiatives -- protecting product intellectual property, designing in parallel, and coordinating global design teams. To further this research, Aberdeen looked at the global design strategies of five vertical industries and examined what these themes mean to each industry.

Released in June 2008(1) and spanning Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Consumer Packaged Goods, High Tech & Electronics and Machinery industries, the research identified key strategic initiatives and challenges specific to each industry and how manufacturers can best implement global design strategies to address these initiatives.

"The Aberdeen findings truly present an opportunity for manufacturers to re-focus their efforts on implementing new global design initiatives or improving upon the ones they have in place," said Leif Pedersen, vice president, industry marketing, Siemens PLM Software. "Manufacturers and companies across all industries are constantly faced with the challenges of cost pressures and market demand for rapid product development. As they look to maintain their competitiveness, they must embrace innovation and global design as a way to help them stay ahead of the pack."

"Our research indicates that companies are viewing global design more strategically," said Michelle Boucher, research analyst, Product Innovation and Engineering Practice, Aberdeen Group. "However, to realize the full potential of their global design strategies, manufacturers should re-assess their progress in implementing these strategies to adopt Best-in-Class practices so they can remain competitive in their respective marketplaces."

A summary of the Aberdeen Sector Insight report findings follows.

Aerospace & Defense

The report finds that while A&D manufacturers have begun to change how they think about global design, they are behind other industry averages across all key performance indicators. Furthermore, A&D manufacturers face the greatest consequences of losing product intellectual property given the complex nature of the components and subsystems involved. A&D manufacturers are behind the industry average in terms of implementing capabilities that would help to protect IP -- 44 percent compared with 69 percent respectively. As A&D manufacturers look to capitalize on the growing global workforce, it will be even more important for them to implement secure global design strategies that address this challenge and help better control who has access to the data as well as the amount of time that access is available.


With more and more automotive companies finding it hard to turn a profit, the report finds that lowering costs is the top concern. In keeping with this focus, meeting revenue targets is the area in which automotive manufacturers lagged behind the most compared to the industry average -- 55 percent compared to 67 percent. As automotive manufacturers address the challenge of lowering costs, they are taking advantage of different labor costs around the globe. Furthermore, automotive manufacturers are beginning to leverage a global workforce to not only reduce the cost of product development but to gain more insight into unfamiliar markets.

Consumer Packaged Goods

In a challenging retail marketplace, consumer package goods companies are constantly faced with the challenge of getting products to market faster while making sure costs are kept at a minimum. Working across multiple disciplines (R&D, marketing, packaging, sourcing, regulatory and manufacturing, among others), CPG manufacturers must successfully coordinate with these teams to ensure the successful launch of products within short time windows. Overall, CPG manufacturers indicate performance that is consistently at or below multi-industry average levels. While they are behind in meeting cost targets, they remain ahead of the industry average in meeting launch dates. In order to take full advantage of their global design networks and to remain competitive within the retail marketplace, CPG manufacturers must continually look to global design initiatives to help them get products to market faster in a cost-effective manner.

High Tech & Electronics

One of the biggest challenges that HT&E manufacturers face is getting products to market faster before technology becomes obsolete. Despite this recognition, the report finds that HT&E manufacturers are only slightly ahead of the industry average when it comes to meeting target launch dates. The majority of respondents report that they have had global design initiatives in place for over a year (71) percent. High tech manufacturers will need to capitalize on the opportunity for further improvement by leveraging these design chains to effectively accelerate the design process.


Global design is a newer trend for Industrial equipment manufacturers as only one-third of respondents to the study reported that their initiatives were less than a year old. Industrial equipment manufacturers fall behind the industry average across all metrics with a gap seen in the ability to meet product revenue targets (56 percent compared to 67 percent) and development cost targets (52 percent compared to 67 percent). Moving forward, industrial equipment manufacturers will need to learn from the experiences of other manufacturing industries with more mature global design processes in place.


Aberdeen Group examined the global design strategies of more than 170 enterprises. To gain an understanding of how manufacturers can best take advantage of global design chains, respondents were benchmarked according to their performance across five key performance indicators and divided among three performance categories: Best-in-Class (top 20 percent of performers); Laggard organizations (bottom 30 percent) and the Industry Average (the remaining 50 percent). These measures included the percent of products meeting targets for revenue, product cost, product launch, quality, and overall product development costs.

As companies look increasingly toward globalization, they must continually look to address the issues of protecting product intellectual property, designing in parallel, and coordinating global design teams. For more information about how Siemens PLM Software is helping customers address these issues and transform their process of innovation with product lifecycle management software solutions, please visit: http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/industries/index.shtml

Full reports can be found at the following links:

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-- Global Design Strategies in the Aerospace and Defense Industry: The Road to Safe, Effective, and Parallel Development http://www.aberdeen.com/summary/report/sector_insights/4925-SI-aerospace- defense-design.asp

-- Global Design Strategies for the Automotive Industry http://www.aberdeen.com/summary/report/sector_insights/4988-SI-global-design- automotive.asp

-- Global Design Strategies for Consumer Packaged Goods http://www.aberdeen.com/summary/report/sector_insights/4951-SI-global-design- strategies.asp

-- Global Design Strategies in the High Technology Sector http://www.aberdeen.com/summary/report/sector_insights/5045-SI-design- strategies-technology.asp

-- Global Design Strategies for Industrial Equipment Manufacturers: http://www.aberdeen.com/summary/report/sector_insights/4990-SI-design- industrial-equipment.asp

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software's open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit http://www.siemens.com/plm.

About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of Siemens Industry Sector, is worldwide leading in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers -- from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Jul 25, 2008


Mid-market NC Programming Software Delivers New Machining Features

New Delhi, July 25, 2008 – Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Version 6 of CAM Express software is shipping to customers worldwide. CAM Express is the full function numerical control programming software component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio. It covers a wide variety of programming requirements from high-speed machining to multi-function mill-turning to 5-axis machining.

"It [CAM Express version 6] contains a substantial number of important and distinctive new capabilities that will further Siemen's leadership position in the CAM software market and in CAM software technology," said Alan Christman, chairman, CIMdata. "It will likely set new industry standards in several key segments of CAM."

Substantial advances in 3-axis machining, feature-based automation and user experience

CAM Express 6 includes more capabilities across the critical 3-axis machining application space, including specific high-speed machining approaches, to enable:

- Simplified tricky tracing cuts with new cutting strategies for curve/edge and 3D profile cutting.

- Ten percent faster roughing cuts with the latest optimized corner rounding techniques.

- Smoother finish cuts with specialized point distribution in 3-axis surface milling.

- More effective toolpaths thanks to new editing and dividing techniques that apply shorter, stouter tools for deep cavities.

In feature-based automation, CAM Express 6 brings Tecnomatix® software technology to feature recognition and rule development to enable feature-based machining driven by configurable rules. Incremental process steps are defined and organized in a new Machining Knowledge Editor, without writing code or editing scripts. CAM Express also maintains production run quality with special support for measurement functions. CAM Express 6 provides direct programming of Renishaw® probing cycles, including the support of special solid tool representations and machine simulation of probing cycles.

CAM Express 6 includes four more tutorials that help new users get going quickly. In addition, this release provides an improved user experience through maximum graphics display and configurable shortcuts that help novices become power users.

"I really appreciate the improvements to [the] CAM Express interface," said Keith Irvine, CAD-CAM manager, Alto Packaging Limited. "I like the graphics images that give me a preview of what I would expect. These features make a really big difference in the smoothness of programming. In addition, the streamline operation provides some very distinct advantages for surface finish and high-speed machining in mold making."

For more information, visit www.siemens.com/plm/camexpress.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software's open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.

About the Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Jul 24, 2008

GEOMATE announces tolerance analysis wizard for Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Mechanical

San Jose, CA: GEOMATE Company today announced the release of ToleranceCalc 6.0 tolerance analysis software seamlessly integrated within Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Mechanical applications. ToleranceCalc 6.0 wizard empowers Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Mechanical users to attain design performance and manufacturing cost goals at more demanding product quality levels with unprecedented ease, speed, and accuracy.

ToleranceCalc 6.0 delivers powerful capabilities that have never been available before to Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Mechanical users - perform tolerance analysis of parts and assemblies with the same ease as spell checking at any stage of the design process. ToleranceCalc 6.0 concurrently delivers worst case and statistical analysis results for 1D and 2D vector chains that are defined using model geometry as overlay. For each analysis run ToleranceCalc 6.0 delivers complete sensitivity analysis results that enables users to develop sound tolerance allocation strategies to improve their chances of reducing product costs while achieving optimal product performance.

GEOMATE Company has over 12 years of research and development experience focused on developing next-generation geometry-synchronous calculation technologies. GEOMATE Company's groundbreaking matrix based geometry constraining technology coupled with high performance Monte Carlo analysis and reporting capabilities have made ToleranceCalc 6.0 a true breakthrough release and sets a new standard for tolerance analysis products on the market today.

ToleranceCalc 6.0 is an Autodesk Inventor 2009 certified application. ToleranceCalc 6.0 can also be used in the standalone mode in conjunction with all popular DXF compliant CAD applications.

Availability: Immediate
Price: Available on request
More Information: http://www.tolerancecalc.com