Nov 28, 2008

Custom-Fit project to present latest RM developments at Euromold

Members of the Custom-Fit project will present the latest developments in rapid manufacturing and mass customisation on stand E90 within Hall 6.1 of the Euromold exhibition to be held in Frankfurt from 3rd to 6th December. Visitors to the stand will also be able to have a personal body scan undertaken using equipment supplied by project member Human Solutions.

Custom-Fit is the largest project on rapid manufacturing currently being undertaken in Europe, and probably the largest in the world. It is an industry-led, research project supported by the European Community and coordinated by CADCAM developer Delcam. With a total of budget of 16 million Euros, including a funding of more than 9 million Euros from the Commission, both the project members and the Commission believe that the project outcomes will benefit both society and industry in Europe.

The members of the consortium are made up from a broad base of organisations across Europe, in the fields of manufacturing, design, scanning, materials and consultancy. In addition to Delcam, other leading participants in the project include TNO Industrial Technology research centre in the Netherlands, the Spanish toy industry association AIJU, rapid prototyping specialists Materialise from Belgium, and the rapid prototyping research departments at Loughborough and De Montford Universities in the UK. The aim of the project is to develop systems for the production and supply of personalised custom products or components.

A range of components made during the project will be on display on the Euromold stand. These include customised motorcycle helmets and seats, a special seat for a toy car for a disabled child, and interior and exterior prosthesis. The collection illustrates not only the practicality of the technology being developed but also the wide range of applications that exist for customised manufacturing.

Delcam seeks extra resellers to accelerate growth

Delcam’s John Sare is seeking more Sales Partners for FeatureCAM and PartMaker

Delcam is seeking additional Sales Partners in selected areas of Europe to broaden the sales of its FeatureCAM and PartMaker CAM systems. Both software ranges have seen significant increases in sales since being acquired by Delcam. However, Business Development Manager John Sare believes that both products are capable of achieving further growth.

"Both FeatureCAM and PartMaker experienced the greatest levels of success in the USA before they joined the Delcam organisation. The plan for both products initially was to grow revenue by supporting them in as many countries as possible where Delcam operated,” explained Mr. Sare. "The first stage in this process was to introduce them to the existing Delcam sales channel. We needed to recruit and train the staff to sell and support the products, in particular within our larger subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, France and the UK.”

"We have seen increased sales of both FeatureCAM and PartMaker as a result of those efforts,” reported Mr. Sare. "However, our goal is to provide comprehensive coverage throughout all regions of Europe in order to reach our maximum potential for sales growth. To put it simply, even though Delcam already has the world’s largest CAM sales and support organisation, we still have room for more growth.”

"After working extensively with the FeatureCAM and PartMaker teams, I am confident that the products have become even more competitive since they were acquired by Delcam because of the increased resources focused on their development,” claimed Mr. Sare. "FeatureCAM now includes enhanced capabilities for demanding 3D milling applications, plus the powerful five-axis programming that has been a trademark of Delcam for years, while PartMaker has consolidated its position as the leading software for multi-tasking, multi-turret machines and Swiss-type lathes. These developments have expanded the horizons of both products. This has been demonstrated by the record levels of visitors to our exhibition stands, which prove that there is a strong level of interest in, and demand for, the software.”

DesignTech Systems Ltd and Autocluster Development and Research Institute announce a tie up to provide cost effective solutions to SMEs.

DesignTech Systems, a leading CAD/CAM/CAE and Product Lifecycle Management solution provider in India with offices and channel network spread all over the country, has tied up with Autocluster Development and Research Institute, an establishment set up by the Government of India in Pune, to provide cost effective simulation software and services to auto component makers to help reduce operational costs and development duration by 50 per cent.

Autocluster Development and Research Institute was established under Industrial Infrastructure Up gradation Scheme (IIUS) of the Government of India. In addition to targetting services and transfer of technology to manufacturing industries in the region, it also ensures that benchmarks are set with reference to new products, quality and component testing.

According to Mr.V.M. Rao, Managing Director, Autocluster Development and Research Institute, the tie up between the two establishments will make available the software that DesignTech has and AutoCluster will leverage technology to the end users.

Mr. Vikas Khanvelkar, Managing Director, DesignTech Systems Ltd said that the latest development in manufacturing simulation technology will help their vendors to function in single or two stages instead of a longer trial and error method before finalising any design.He added that DesignTech solutions can bring down cost and time savings up to 50 per cent and enable single stage design .The current lull in the economy has resulted in SMEs looking at effective cost cutting solutions and reduced time cycles while maintaining global standards at the same time.

Emphasising the need to maintain high quality standards Mr. Sanjay Daga, Vice-President, Operations, DesignTech Systems Ltd. said that DesignTech's solutions help their vendors or manufacturing units to improve on quality while they save on production cost.In addition, it ensures that quality components are taken care of right at the beginning.

DesignTech Systems Ltd has 1800 customers spread across industry segments.Alongwith working on cutting edge technologies they also enable customers derive returns on their investments. DesignTech also has a very strong Engineering Services practice and provide services to many manufacturing companies in India and abroad.

Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation Streamlines Product Lifecycle Management With New Technology

ecVision Delivers Solution to Increase Supplier Collaboration and Visibility for Sourcing Teams

ISELIN, NJ : Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, the global apparel industry giant, is enhancing its supply chain management capabilities with a revolutionary product lifecycle management (PLM) system to support its extensive sourcing operations. Provided by ecVision, XpressCommerce® will be deployed as an online solution used by sourcing teams in the United States, Latin America and Asia to collaborate on global product design and development tasks.

The web-based, role-based application serves as a common platform to consolidate pre-production tracking data, standardize product costing, and provide a means of collaboration across the globally-distributed network. ecVision's strong reporting capabilities will be enhanced by the data consolidation created through integration to an external product design (PDM) system. The system will provide the retailer with a comprehensive supplier management process ensuring that brand quality, competitive pricing and better product delivery dates are achieved.

"We believe this technology will tightly mesh our supplier and sourcing operations around the world while delivering greater value chain benefits to our customers," says Don Grant, Group Vice President IT at PVH. "We are impressed with ecVision's agility to work with our internal teams at multiple levels to implement a solution that will enhance our sourcing operations."

Future phases of additional functionality ecVision will deliver include more robust and detailed costing, cross-functional calendaring, and supplier capacity planning tools. To learn more about ecVision's solutions, visit www.ecvision.com.

About Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation:

Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation is one of the world's largest apparel companies. It owns and markets the Calvin Klein brand worldwide. It is the world's largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, IZOD, ARROW, Bass and G.H. Bass & Co., and its licensed brands, including Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, unlisted, A Kenneth Cole Production, BCBG Max Azria, BCBG Attitude, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, JOE Joseph Abboud, Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY and Timberland. Visit www.pvh.com.

About ecVision:

For 10 years, ecVision has provided web-based solutions that connect retailers to their supplier network, and delivers the key functions of product lifecycle management (PLM) and supply chain execution (SCE) systems in a single solution. With XpressCommerce®, retailers are able to be more flexible with changing consumer trends, increase margins, improve productivity of their global supply network, and quickly deliver quality items to their customers.

Industry-leading companies, including Phillips-Van Heusen, New Balance, JCPenney, Abercrombie & Fitch, BonTon, Leed's, Timberland and others, use ecVision's award-winning software to transform their supply network collaboration and visibility. Headquartered in New Jersey, ecVision has offices in Hong Kong and China, in addition to a partner network in 15 countries providing local support. Since 1998, ecVision has connected suppliers and vendors from all around the world.

Riverbed to Participate at Autodesk University 2008

Riverbed Spokesperson to Discuss WAN Optimization on Industry Panel

SAN FRANCISCO, CA : Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the technology and market leader in wide-area data services, today announced that it will participate at Autodesk University taking place December 2 - 5, 2008 at The Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas. Attendees can visit Riverbed (booth #304) to learn how Riverbed® Steelhead® appliances offer designers and engineers the ability to collaborate across long distances as if they were in the same office, sharing enormous CAD files with ease. Additionally, a Riverbed spokesperson is participating in a panel discussion featuring competing WAN optimization vendors.

"For firms with distributed offices or a global presence, sharing and collaborating on large CAD documents can often lead to significant delays in accessing drawings during normal file open and save operations," said Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing and alliances. "Many firms estimate that design engineers can spend one-quarter to one full hour a day on remote file operations, dramatically reducing the available working time per person. These delays impact productivity and overall time-to-market for customers, and, ultimately, delivery to the client."

When using the Riverbed WAN optimization solution, enterprises using Autodesk applications can experience up to 100X increased application acceleration and bandwidth utilization reduction by up to 98%. Whether users exchange CAD files via FTP, email, or through a remote-file shares, Steelhead appliances can considerably improve the speed with which those files move over a WAN. To learn more about Riverbed solutions and how they compare to alternatives, conference-goers can attend the industry panel discussion moderated by IT Director/CAD Manager for Wright-Pierce and Riverbed customer Ray Sirois:

What: Panel Discussion: "Wide Area Solutions Shoot Out"
When: Friday, December 5, 2008 at 10:15 a.m.
Who: Alan Saldich, vice president of product marketing and alliances at Riverbed joined by vendors with competing WAN optimization alternatives

In addition, attendees can visit Riverbed in the exhibition hall:

What: Riverbed Exhibiting at Autodesk University
When: Tuesday, December 2: 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 3: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.,
11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 4: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: The Venetian Resort Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

Booth #304

Steelhead Products

Riverbed solutions enable organizations of all sizes to overcome a host of severe problems, including poor application performance and insufficient bandwidth at remote sites. By speeding the performance of applications between data centers, remote offices and mobile workers by five to 50 times and in some cases up to 100 times, the Riverbed award-winning Steelhead products enable companies to consolidate IT, improve backup and replication processes to ensure data integrity, and improve staff productivity and collaboration. Steelhead products have been deployed in organizations ranging from the world's largest corporations with offices around the globe to small companies with a couple of sites that are just miles apart. To learn more, view Riverbed's demo: www.riverbed.com/pr/jack.

About Riverbed

Riverbed Technology is the technology and market leader in wide-area data services solutions for companies worldwide. By enabling application performance over the wide area network (WAN) that is orders of magnitude faster than what users experience today, Riverbed is changing the way people work, and enabling a distributed workforce that can collaborate as if they were local. Additional information about Riverbed (NASDAQ: RVBD) is available at www.riverbed.com.

Riverbed Technology, Riverbed, Steelhead, RiOS, Interceptor, and the Riverbed logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Riverbed Technology, Inc. All other trademarks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Nov 27, 2008

Infotech Enterprises Limited appoints Professor J. Ramachandran as Additional Director

Hyderabad : Infotech Enterprises Ltd (IEL), a leading technology solutions provider with global headquarters at Hyderabad has announced the appointment of Professor J. Ramachandran as additional director on the board.

Prof. Ramachandran is BOC Chair Professor of Business Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. A qualified Chartered and Cost Accountant, Professor Ramachandran obtained his doctorate from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His major research interest is in the area of internationalization of firms from emerging economies. A former member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Professor Ramachandran has been the Harry Reynolds Visiting International Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; and a Visiting Professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, USA.

“We are delighted to have Professor Ramachandran on the board. The wisdom gained out of his vast experience would be of immense value in guiding Infotech through its growth in the near future”, said Mr. B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech Enterprises Limited.

About Infotech Enterprises

Infotech Enterprises Limited, (listed as INFOTECENT in BSE - Bombay Stock Exchange and in NSE - National Stock Exchange), a Global Technology Solutions provider, offers Engineering Services and Geographic Information Services to manufacturing, aerospace, transportation, telecom, utilities and government customers worldwide. Infotech currently employs over 7800 professionals across 25 global locations. Revenues for last fiscal year were USD 167.5 Million. Please visit www.infotech-enterprises.com for more information.

ESI Group and Optimal Solutions Software Partner to Reduce Time Required for Complex Design Studies

Sculptor time-saving technology available for CFD-ACE+

PARIS : ESI Group (ESIN FR0004110310), a pioneer and world-leading supplier of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announced today its partnership with Optimal Solutions Software to reduce the time required for complex design studies. With the combination of ESI Group’s CFD-ACE+ computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solution and Optimal Solutions Software’s SculptorTM, the world’s leading Computational-Aided Engineering (CAE) real-time design deformation technology, users benefit from the ideal solution to improve productivity and overall speed.

ESI Group’s proven solution CFD-VisCART allows users to quickly and easily mesh complex geometry. This automated, easy to use meshing solution can generate a mesh for a complete car overnight compared to days or weeks using other tools. As design studies are evaluated, Sculptor is then used to quickly deform the mesh in real-time for subsequent runs. This is all completed without having to go back to the CAD model or do any additional re-meshing. The benefit to the end-users is the potential for them to save weeks or even months in a typical automotive aerodynamics analysis for a new car program.

“The partnership with Optimal Solutions Software further solidifies ESI Group’s value proposition of reducing the total time required to execute complex design studies”, said Joseph Strelow, Director of Design and Analysis Simulation for ESI Group. He added: “The solution begins when a CAD model is delivered and finishes when a final design is approved. We’re now able to assist in reducing development times by up to 30% due to recent advances in ESI’s CFD-VisCART and CFD-ACE+ Multiphysics products. Combining these with Sculptor’s morphing technology provides our customers with an even more powerful solution.”

“Our customers are continuously searching for better tools to help them improve their designs for maximum performance. Using traditional tools and techniques for this ongoing improvement effort requires more and more time which translates to more money,” stated John Jenkins, VP Sales & Marketing for Optimal Solutions Software. “This partnership gives our customers a powerful CAE solver linked to a revolutionary deformer/optimizer so that they can quickly and easily improve their designs without the increase in time and money required in the past. Our customers are saving tens of thousands of dollars while coming up with better designs in less than 25% of the time that it would have taken them using their old design improvement approaches.”

About ESI Group

ESI Group is a world-leading supplier and pioneer of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes that take into account the physics of materials. ESI Group has developed an extensive suite of coherent, industry-oriented applications to realistically simulate a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune manufacturing processes in accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the environment’s impact on product performance. ESI Group’s offer represents a unique collaborative solution with an open virtual engineering environment known as the Virtual Try-Out Space, enabling virtual prototypes to be improved in a continuous and collaborative manner while eliminating the need for physical prototypes during product development. The company employs over 700 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 30 countries. ESI Group is listed in compartment C of Euronext Paris. For further information, visit www.esi-group.com.

About Optimal Solutions Software LLC

Optimal Solutions Software, LLC, is the developer of a unique technology which performs optimal shape design for the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) industries. With the recent launch of Sculptor V2, OSS continues to improve the tools which allow our users to improve their engineering designs in the most cost-effective, timely manner.

Using proprietary Arbitrary Shape Deformation (ASD) technology, the user can easily and intuitively change the shape of a model in a smooth and controlled manner—in real time. Major changes that previously took months now take days; and previous days’ changes are now achieved in hours or even minutes.

Optimal Solutions’ Sculptor suite of software products enables design engineers to reduce the need for costly physical testing and prototyping. Companies that design components with fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and/or chemically-reacting flows, including combustion, aero-elasticity, as well as structural design, will benefit from using Sculptor products. www.optimalsolutions.us

Nov 26, 2008

Infotech Enterprises Ltd to sell Clarizen's Web-based project management solution in Germany

Leonberg: Infotech Enterprises Ltd., a leading provider of engineering services and distributor of software solutions in the field of CAD visualization and digital design communication, has forged a partnership agreement with Clarizen, the provider of a web-based project management solution. Info Tech will sell these online project management "software-as-a-service" - (SaaS) application in the German market.

The Clarizen SaaS solution can be fully integrated into Microsoft Outlook, Autodesk AutoCAD system and the SolidWorks CAD system. This makes it an ideal solution for small and medium enterprises, offering a cheap, very effective solution for multi-site cooperation. Clarizen enables them to use existing systems and simultaneously organize and manage geographically dispersed workers.

"In today's time companies are looking for intelligent and efficient solutions to improve the collaboration with geographically dispersed employees," says Harald Gueffroy, business development manager for Infotech Enterprises Ltd. "Clarizen offers all the possibilities that are demanded by our customers, including the acceleration of project cycles and adhering to budgets - two big advantages in the current economic situation. "

"Clarizen's online project management solution allows enterprises with globally distributed teams, resources and customers, to conduct operations faster, better and cheaper." said Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO and co-founder of Clarizen. "The partnership with Infotech Enterprises Ltd. is for us an important step as we enter new markets for our product and the company's opening in the German market offers the possibility of our inexpensive and highly functional solution in order to meet their needs of collaboration and project management".

Infotech Enterprises Ltd. is the solution of Clarizen on 3 - 6.12.2008 at EuroMold in Frankfurt, Hall 8.0, Stand J39. In addition, the joint marketing and sales activities designed to strengthen the partnership between Clarizen and Infotech Enterprises will be intensified

About Clarizen

Clarizen is a leading global provider of collaborative online project management software that allows businesses to easily manage all of their projects and resources in a single environment. Clarizen’s online project management tools facilitate true team collaboration and project execution, ensuring data is always up-to-date and aligned with business objectives. No complex software or hardware installations are required due to Clarizen’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) structure, resulting in immediate business impact as teams and projects get up and running instantly. Clarizen’s intuitive user interface and innovative e-mail integration capabilities ensure quick and smooth adoption by users, keeping everyone on track with up-to-date project data.

WorkNC revives the ancient skills of the Japanese armorer

The most widely recognized element of traditional Japanese armor worn by Samurai warriors is the ornate helmet, the ‘Kabuto’. Adorned with family crests, sculptures and mythical images, the Kabuto has symbolic significance in Japanese culture. TOMCO, a Japanese company specializing in high speed CNC machining manufactured a scale model of a Kabuto to demonstrate its expertise using Sescoi’s WorkNC CAM/CAD software.

Starting with an original Kabuto, the TOMCO engineers captured the shape with a laser 3D scan before manipulating the model in CATIA V5, ready for CNC programming in WorkNC. Working from a solid block, they used WorkNC’s powerful roughing, semi-finishing and finishing routines to machine the intricate details on the outside of the helmet, taking account of the available tooling and the capabilities of the machine tool itself. Repeating the process on the inside of the Kabuto required the use of WorkNC’s Auto 5 automated 5-axis toolpaths. These enabled the machine to reach deep into the helmet using the shortest possible cutters for rigidity while avoiding collisions between the machine, the job, the tool and its holder. The machining video showing the process and WorkNC’s high speed machining techniques can be seen at www.tomco-web.co.jp/01_html

The Kabuto is the latest in the series of stunning showpiece items machined by Japanese WorkNC users. Sescoi worked in collaboration with CAMbrain Co Ltd to manufacture a ‘robot hand’ from a solid aluminum block on a Mori Seiki 5-axis machining center, while engineers from the Kawanami Ironworks won the Gold prize in the Die and Mold Machining section of Mori Seiki’s Cutting Dream Competition Awards 2007 with a ‘silver jacket’ machined from 5052 aluminum. The three showpiece items demonstrate the skills of the Japanese engineers and the capabilities of WorkNC. All the parts required collision free 5-axis toolpaths to make it possible to cut the extremely complex shapes and precision to produce the fine detail and achieve the exceptional surface finish.

The Kabuto had pride of place on Sescoi’s stand at the recent JIMTOF show and drew in a large number of visitors who were fascinated by the detail and complexity of the model. European engineers will be able to see the Kabuto for themselves and catch a glimpse of Japanese culture by visiting Sescoi at EuroMold in Hall 8 stand F22.

About Sescoi

For over 20 years, Sescoi has been developing software solutions renown for their quality, reliability, ease of use, and automatic features, as well as for world-class technical support and service.

Sescoi has established sales and support offices across the United States, Europe and Asia in order to serve thousands of local and international customers from a range of industries.

Sescoi's software solutions include:

* WorkNC, a range of automatic CAM/CAD solutions for 2 to 5-axis milling,
* WorkNC-CAD, a uniform CAD solution for the entire manufacturing process
* WorkXPlore 3D, an advanced 3D data visualization, interrogation and analysis solution
* WorkPLAN Enterprise, a new generation ERP solution for custom manufacturers
* MyWorkPLAN, a cost effective and easy to use job management system.

With many years' business, engineering and software development experience, Sescoi understands customers’ requirements, helps them master the challenges of new software implementation and build their business long-term.

Bunkspeed Adds Bentley Motors As Customer

Luxury carmaker to capitalize on real-time rendering and driving simulation

Los Angeles, CA – Bunkspeed, developer of the world’s fastest 3D rendering technology, today announced Bentley Motors as its newest customer. The British luxury carmaker has recently implemented Bunkspeed’s advanced automotive visualization product, HyperDrive, as well as the first all digital camera for 3D data, HyperShot.

Bentley’s Concept Design Team decided to look into the future and prepare a vision for the virtual development of vehicles as part of the design process. Existing digital methods had been a long-term frustration and needed improvement. Many of Bentley’s designers were too busy to pick up some of the newer and more productive digital tools. This contributed to a lengthy workflow.

“The principal task was to create a desire in the designers, to work independently in the digital medium, whilst building an organization that allows this interest to thrive,” says Jim Shaw, head of the Bentley concepts team. “Bunkspeed was unique among many companies competing for a place in the designer’s workplace. They have focused intensely on making it very easy for creative people to create compelling, imagery for the design decision process.”

Shaw reports that in the past, workflow to develop early concepts varied from designer to designer according to their preference of tools. Some used exclusively digital tools, for example, while others work in more traditional clay process. A new, comprehensive visualization platform would need to provide not only a quicker and more effective process, but also simplicity of method, one that designers could easily learn and put to use. After a thorough evaluation and benchmark, Bunkspeed technology proved to be such a solution.

Richard Gilmartin, Digital Designer took to the Bunkspeed software right away, using it as a next step after his designs are modelled in Alias Studio. “We anticipate the availability of the animation function within HyperMove. Giving movement to a car in a digital environment really adds interest in a viewing and breathes life into the model.”

Michael Check, Bunkspeed’s President of Automotive and Transportation states, “Given Bentley’s high expectations for world-class design, we are extremely pleased to have Bentley Motors as a customer. We look forward to collaborating with them in the future to improve our software and make it align even more closely to the needs of the automotive designer.”

About Bunkspeed

Bunkspeed is a leading global provider of visualization software and services for design, engineering, and marketing. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, our advanced visualization technologies leverage digital engineering assets and contribute to enlightened decision-making in the digital design process. Our clients gain a cost effective way to deliver sales and marketing imagery, and realize significantly reduced product development costs. Bunkspeed’s customers include Nissan, Ford Motor Company, Volvo, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Land Rover, Pininfarina, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz Advanced Design North America, and BMW Designworks. For more information on Bunkspeed’s products and services, please visit: www.bunkspeed.com.

About Bentley Motors

Bentley has produced acclaimed motor cars since 1919, making it one of the most respected brands in the automotive world. Located in Crewe, England since 1946 and owned since 1998 by Volkswagen AG, Bentley Motors is dedicated to making responsive and powerful Grand Tourers with the stamina to cross continents at pace, and drive in refined comfort and style. For more information, please visit: www.bentleymotors.com.

ASCON expands its presence in East Europe

ASCON Group, developer and integrator of award-winning CAD/AEC/PLM solutions, continues its advancement in East Europe

The company already has stable partnership in East Europe countries — certified partners, TECHSOFT s.r.o. and Usługi Informatyczne "SZANSA", offer users of professional CAD systems full-functional set of services for installation, support, maintenance and training of KOMPAS-3D. Now as a result of successful collaboration ASCON and its partners launch Czech and Polish beta-versions of latest powerful, professional, easy-learning Mechanical CAD solution at a reasonable price KOMPAS-3D V10. Since now all the users of KOMPAS-3D in these countries are able to experience even more abilities and advantages of professional solution for 3D solid modelling, 2D Drafting, Design and release of drafting documentation, as well as wide range of novelties and add-ons (such as piping, animation, kinematic and dynamic analyses, 3D model recognition system, extended import/export opportunities and many others).

ASCON partners constantly arrange KOMPAS-trainings and take part in different events in East Europe. 15 November 2008 professional, powerful and cost-effective solution for MCAD, KOMPAS-3D V10, was presented in Podlesice, Poland, by Usługi Informatyczne "SZANSA". Many participants, primarily in such industries as automotive, machining, engineering and also education paid a lot of attention to KOMPAS both during the presentation and the KOMPAS workshops. Also the company opens a contest for users: an author of best model made in KOMPAS-3D V10 LT will get prize — full-functional professional version of the solution for one year period.

You are able to download reduced version of powerful solution for familiarization and home usage KOMPAS-3D LT at ascon.net/download.php absolutely for free.

"KOMPAS is a cost-effective and reliable tool, — said Gabriela Ciszyńska-Matuszek, Usługi Informatyczne 'SZANSA' — "Currently during the trainings, even the people who make the modeling of solids in KOMPAS for the first time point out that KOMPAS is unusually friendly for users. And that is true thanks to wide range of features and applications available in KOMPAS — one can divide the impossible to execute task on finite number of simply operations. I hope that with release of polish version of KOMPAS-3D more and more users can take the advantage of using it."

"Due to world economic situation industrial companies even more try to use their budget effectively. ASCON offers them all the functional of Professional, Powerful 3D and 2D Modelling at just fraction of the cost of similar brand-known solutions and now KOMPAS users in East Europe could experience it in full power. With help of our partners, TECHSOFT s.r.o. and Usługi Informatyczne 'SZANSA', we provide CAD users with cost-effective solution which already helped thousands of enterprises saved millions euros. Not only the budget is the case, but also convenient interface, powerful assembly design,compatibility with all known CAD systems, easy-learning and usage, stable and instant local technical support", — said Irina Voronkina, International Business Development in ASCON.

To learn more about the software, download free Demo versions of KOMPAS-3D V10, take part in trainings or request trial of the solution please, visit ascon.net

Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended 3D Update Now Available

Adobe has released a new update for Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. A free downloadable executable contains several updated dynamic link libraries (DLLs) that provide support for more recent versions of CAD file formats when using Adobe® Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and Adobe 3D Reviewer.

The update, which is available at [http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4073], improves the 3D CAD translators to support new versions of several CAD formats.

The update also includes a number of bug fixes related to the IFC importer introduced in Acrobat 9 to support the exchange of 3D models between Architecture, Engineering, and Construction firms.

It also fixes a number of bugs related to CAD format import in Acrobat 9 Pro Extended and 3D Reviewer.

Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended - 3D Update Available

New Supported CAD format versions with this update:

CAD Format & Supported Versions

Dassault Catia V5 (Up to R19)
Autodesk Inventor (Up to 12.x and 2009)
CoCreate OneSpace Designer (V3 to V2008)
Siemens NX (Up to NX 6)
Siemens Parasolid (Up to 19)

PTC to Speak at the NASDAQ OMX Investor Program in London on December 3, 2008

NEEDHAM, Mass. -PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, today announced that management will speak at the NASDAQ OMX Investor Program in London on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at 8:30am (GMT).


PTC to present at NASDAQ OMX Investor Program


Wednesday, December 3, 2008, at 8:30am (GMT)




The presentation will be archived for public replay until December 8, 2008 at www.ptc.com/for/investors.htm.

The presentation will include management’s discussion of PTC’s business and outlook, which may include material projections and other forward-looking statements regarding PTC’s anticipated financial results and growth, as well as the development of PTC’s products and markets and other future events. Please note that statements made in the presentation are as of the date of the presentation and PTC does not assume any obligation to update any statements made or the archived presentation. In addition, any forward-looking statements about PTC’s anticipated financial results and growth, as well as about the development of products and markets, are based on current plans and assumptions. Actual results in future periods may differ materially from current expectations due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including those described from time to time in reports filed by PTC with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including PTC’s most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K.

fe-safe™ provides fatigue life evaluation for lift truck design

Sheffield: NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc ("NMHG") has adopted fe-safe™ and the Verity® in fe-safe™ module, from Safe Technology Ltd. The software will be used to predict the durability of welded structures, castings and individual components in order to provide an understanding of fatigue life earlier in the development process.

fe-safe™ is an advanced suite of durability analysis software for Finite Element models and was chosen due to its strong technical foundation and comprehensive capabilities for identifying fatigue hotspots and predicting fatigue life. NMHG considers the Verity® structural stress method incorporated into fe-safe™ to be the most advanced weld fatigue analysis methodology currently available.

fe-safe™ and Verity® in fe-safe™ will be used by the Product Evaluation Department of NMHG’s Virtual Test Group.

About NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc
Based in the USA, NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc . designs, engineers, manufactures, sells, services and leases a comprehensive line of lift trucks, including warehouse trucks, counterbalanced trucks and large capacity cargo and container handling trucks, and aftermarket parts marketed globally under the Hyster® and Yale® brand names.

About Safe Technology Ltd
Based in the UK, Safe Technology Ltd is a privately owned company dedicated solely to the development and sale of the fatigue analysis software suite, fe-safe™. fe-safe™ and its specialist modules are sold and supported directly by offices in the UK and the USA and by a worldwide network of independent distributors.

Aras Achieves Microsoft “Front Runner” Status for Advanced PLM Solution Suite

First PLM Solution Enabled on Microsoft SQL Server 2008

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland : Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced that the Aras Innovator solution suite for Product Life Cycle Management [PLM] is enabled on Microsoft SQL Server 2008, earning the company Front Runner status from Microsoft Corp. Aras, the most advanced enterprise PLM solution available, in combination with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 helps enable customers to innovate and collaborate more effectively to develop new products faster. SQL Server 2008 provides the trusted, productive and intelligent Data Platform for the Aras business-critical applications.

“Microsoft remains committed to the success of our broad ISV partner community who drive innovative solutions to market,” said Mark Jewett, marketing director, SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. “The Front Runner program was designed to provide our partners with the best development environment possible and give them the technical and marketing tools they need to be successful over the long term.”

“Aras supports SQL Server 2008 because it’s an extremely powerful database platform and a significant advance forward,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “Achieving Front Runner status enables us to deliver the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite to customers within the same timeframe as the launch of SQL Server 2008. As a result, we are uniquely positioned to help our customers get the most from their PLM investment.”

Aras delivers a comprehensive suite of solutions for product lifecycle management, enterprise quality management, and global supplier management. The Aras solutions are enterprise open source on the Microsoft platform which enables companies to drive business improvement initiatives forward in the face of a challenging economy and IT budget reductions. The enterprise open source format from Aras provides freedom from licensing to:

· Remove the up-front capital expense for licenses which eliminates corporate expense risk
· Enable companies to validate solutions prior to commitment and without purchasing licenses
· Deliver unlimited users with no incremental license expenses

About Aras

Aras® is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source solutions. Aras delivers the most advanced model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquartered in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com

EADS PHENIX Program Brings New Approach to Global Product Development: 3D Collaborative Design and Manufacturing Solutions Play Key Role

EADS Chooses IBM and Dassault Systèmes for Collaborative 3D Design and Manufacturing to Help Reshape the Future of Aerospace and Defense Products and Services

VÉLIZY, France & ARMONK, N.Y : IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Paris:DSY) (NASDAQ:DASTY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced EADS’ commitment to IBM and Dassault Systèmes’ product lifecycle management (PLM), for 3D collaborative design and manufacturing applications and services. EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, is streamlining product design and manufacturing processes through the use of collaboration tools to make key product information more easily accessible to suppliers and partners worldwide.

Aerospace and defense companies face new global manufacturing challenges as they extend their network of partners and suppliers around the globe. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like EADS are developing more sophisticated products that rely on deeper integration between the mechanical, electrical and software components of product development. For example, components of an aircraft are made in different locations, making an OEM’s ability to share reliable data and design plans with global suppliers key.

To address these challenges, European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co., or EADS, launched a worldwide program named PHENIX, which stands for PLM Harmonization ENhanced Integration and eXcellence. Partnering with IBM and Dassault Systèmes, EADS’ goal is to integrate Dassault Systèmes’ tools such as product design (CATIA), digital manufacturing (DELMIA) and collaborative solutions (ENOVIA-VPM) into EADS’ PLM processes as key enablers for excellence and harmonization.

The IBM Dassault Systèmes applications are currently deployed across EADS, a company known for its Airbus commercial aircraft, special mission and military aircraft, satellite launchers and space services and platforms for missile systems. These applications contribute strongly to support engineering and manufacturing industrial processes from end-to-end.

With its PLM platform, EADS is addressing key industry challenges by:

* Deploying a‘3D Master Reference,’ digital mock-up approach to help streamline industrial product development programs by increasing collaboration across multiple divisions and tapping into the collective knowledge of international teams.
* Turning complex 3D design and manufacturing processes into tested and repeatable models to achieve optimal results in manufacturing through the integration of 3D and simulation technologies.
* Predicting product behaviors using virtual group validation and resolution techniques that support speedy decision-making and help shrink product design cycle times.
* Creating an easy flow of key design and data information to promote the correct interpretation of product definitions, reducing costly design mistakes in the early stages of product development.

“We’re leveraging a long standing relationship with IBM and Dassault Systèmes, to create harmony in PLM practices across 3D design and manufacturing teams at EADS,” said Jean Botti, EADS Chief Technical Officer. “An increased focus on sharing a 3D master definition and collaborating across our divisions will reinforce our globally integrated approach to product development. IBM and Dassault Systèmes bring indisputable value to the transformation process underway with our PHENIX program. This is in synergy with the recent EADS choice of another key PLM building block of the global PHENIX solution.”

“We share IBM and Dassault Systèmes’ PLM vision of using 3D technologies to effectively communicate and collaborate on new product development,” said Jean-Yves Mondon, EADS vice-president and head of the PHENIX program.

“This collaboration reflects the strength of our long-term partnership with EADS,” said Etienne Droit, executive vice president, Dassault Systèmes. “New PLM technologies from Dassault Systèmes, such as PLM 2.0 and DS V6 solutions, will offer EADS the capacity to extend the strategic value it has placed on collaborative innovation. With new online product creation and life-like simulation tools, companies will simplify PLM platforms and reduce technology costs.”

“IBM has the expertise and resources to help companies become more globally integrated, said Albert Bunshaft, vice president, IBM Product Lifecycle Management Solutions. “As EADS gives partners and suppliers more responsibility for deploying products in new markets and consumer tastes become very local to a region of the world, the use of defined PLM business practices will become paramount for managing on-going market change.”

IBM and Dassault Systèmes have experience in translating complex 3D design and manufacturing processes into tested and repeatable models for successful product development and manufacturing. Whether it is building the largest passenger aircraft in the world or delivering technology used in the International Space Program, IBM and Dassault Systèmes are teaming up to contribute to the transformation of PLM processes into initiatives for product excellence around the globe.

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

Dassault Systemes Announces DS Design Studio Creation

VÉLIZY, France : Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Paris:DSY) (NASDAQ:DASTY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced the launch of DS Design Studio. The mission of the DS Design Studio is to capitalize and propagate design excellence throughout Dassault Systèmes and its offerings. The well-known industrial designer Anne Asensio is leading the DS Design Studio, and her team of design professionals helps customers gain a competitive edge by integrating innovative design directly to the heart of PLM.

DS Design Studio has been working with CATIA R&D to create an offer that directly adresses designers’ specific needs within a global collaboration environment. This offer, the CATIA Design Studio Solutions Portfolio, includes a dedicated set of intuitive state-of-the-art applications for designers to express their creativity and explore more innovative ideas in 3D. A virtual clay modeling approach enables them to start from scratch as well as from 2D sketches. Exact shape outputs are immediately available as sharp and efficient communication support. Design integrity is shared and fully understood by all involved extended project team actors, all the way from marketing to engineering and manufacturing. This provides a truly integrated approach from ideation to production, in a streamlined and optimized way, for team resources and energy to be fully dedicated to innovation.

“DS Design Studio helps to place design intent at the heart of the PLM flow. Our goal is to help designers preserve their original intent throughout the PLM process. Through global 3D immersive design reviews, we take design innovation to a new level,” says Anne Asensio, vice president of design experience, Dassault Systèmes. “Traditionally design and PLM are understood as segmented worlds, but actually they belong to each other.”

The European Union estimates that more than 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined in the product conception phase. To help companies and designers ensure eco design right from the start, CATIA Design Studio relies on the CATIA V5 Knowledgeware infrastructure. CATIA federates corporate assets, enabling project actors to take advantage of eco-design practices from initial project ideas to product recycling, with environmentally compliant design in mind.

For more information about DS Design Studio and CATIA Design Studio, please visit the dedicated website: www.3ds.com/designstudio

Nov 25, 2008

L&T Infotech to provide Value Engineered SAP Solutions

Augments its $100M+ ERP business with SAP Global Services Partnership

Mumbai: Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd (L&T Infotech) recently announced their SAP® global services partnership. This partnership places L&T Infotech in a select group of global IT consulting firms that provide end to end strategy to execution services.

L&T Infotech has achieved this status through its consistent, high-quality implementation and support services for SAP solutions spanning over 15 years across North America; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia Pacific. L&T Infotech, through its dedicated centers of SAP excellence, has built an extensive repository of tools, accelerators and industry best practices that are used in enabling clients derive high value from their SAP investments.

“This partnership marks a major milestone and recognition of L&T Infotech’s achievement and realization of investments made in people and processes since the inception of its SAP practice, a decade ago” said Mr. Sudip Banerjee, Chief Executive Officer, L&T Infotech, “L&T Infotech strongly subscribes to SAP’s vision of making every customer a best-run business and is committed to delivering services and expertise that support this. We have initiated a joint global go-to-market plan with SAP to leverage this partnership and bring the benefits of our mutual strengths to customers.”

As an SAP global services partner, L&T Infotech will invest in joint marketing resources and strategic planning to support the growth with SAP and serve customers worldwide. L&T Infotech and SAP will pursue growth in the Oil & Gas, Hi-Tech, Engineering & Construction, Manufacturing and Insurance industries through joint market development, developing Intellectual Property and deploying rapid and reusable implementation frameworks that reduce the Total Cost of Ownership for customers. L&T Infotech’s global centers of excellence will support this joint Go-To-Market plan by providing thought leadership and developing tools and technologies for accelerated solutions for its customers.

To further bolster this partnership, L&T Infotech and SAP will develop and deploy solutions aimed at addressing key customers concerns in today’s difficult economic environment such as Liquidity Management, Inventory Optimization, Energy Data Management, Procurement Savings, Workforce Management and Business Planning & Consolidation.

As a build up to this Global Service partnership, L&T Infotech’s Global Delivery & Support infrastructure has also been certified by SAP for its Applications Management processes. This certification makes L&T Infotech the first offshore services provider to have achieved this status.

Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd (L&T Infotech), one of the fastest-growing IT services companies, is ranked by NASSCOM among the top 10 software and services exporters from India in 2008. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of $ 7 billion Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), India’s largest technology-driven engineering organization, which was ranked as India’s Best Managed Company-2008 in a survey conducted by Business Today-Ernst & Young. L&T has also been rated as No. 1 in quality in a 2008 survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal Asia. L&T Infotech is differentiated by its unique Business-to-IT Connect, which is a result of its rich corporate heritage. A full-services IT firm with a blue-chip client roster, it offers comprehensive, end-to-end software solutions and services in the following industry verticals:

1) Banking & Financial Services
2) Insurance
3) Energy & Petrochemicals
4) Manufacturing (Consumer Packaged Goods, High-tech, Industrial Products, Automotive, Chemicals & Process, Media & Entertainment and Retail)
5) Product Engineering Services (Telecom)

L&T Infotech delivers business solutions to its clients, leveraging its substantial domain experience and depth in technologies from vendors including SAP AG, Oracle, Microsoft, EAI, and DW/BI. In addition to application outsourcing (e.g., application development, maintenance and support), L&T Infotech has strong capabilities in infrastructure management (IMS), testing services, end-to-end integrated engineering services, and embedded system solutions.

L&T Infotech’s vision is to provide world-class service to clients in its areas of focus, offering solutions that are based on business and technology insights. (For more information, visit www.Lntinfotech.com)

Nanotechnology Pioneer Shortens Concept-to-Manufacturing Process With Autodesk Digital Prototyping

Autodesk Names Elmarco as Inventor of the Month for November 2008

SAN RAFAEL, Calif : Autodesk has named Elmarco Ltd. (Elmarco), a Czech-based manufacturer of industrial machines for the production of nanofibers, Inventor of the Month for November 2008.

Elmarco relied on Autodesk Inventor software to develop its Nanospider line of machines, which make the production of nanofiber textiles possible on an industrial scale. Nanofiber textiles are highly breathable but have pore sizes that are small enough to prevent micro particles, bacteria or even viruses from passing through, making it ideal for air filtration systems in medical settings or in chip fabrication plants.

The Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Autodesk Inventor software--the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping. A digital prototype allows users to design, visualize and simulate a product before it is built, reducing the reliance on constructing multiple physical prototypes.

"Inventor of the Month Elmarco is the first--and only--company in the world to offer customers machines for the industrial production of nanofibers," said Robert "Buzz" Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. "Inventor has helped Elmarco unleash its innovation in the nanofiber industry."

Many times smaller than a human hair, nanofibers have a diameter of 200 to 500 billionths of a meter. The Nanospider machine produces these nanofibers through a patented electrospinning process, in which a rotating drum is partially submerged in a polymer solution and placed in a high-intensity electrostatic field. The resulting nanofibers are highly desirable for filtration and acoustic applications.

Simplifying with Digital Prototyping

Autodesk Inventor played a key role in helping Elmarco simplify the concept-to-manufacturing process of the Nanospider machines that mass-produce these nanofibers. The 12-member Elmarco design team uses Inventor to create 3D models of the spinning units and the overall machine body that it can easily share with other members of the organization, or reuse for later designs.

"Autodesk Inventor is easy to learn and very user friendly," said Jan Cmelik, chief designer at Elmarco. "By leveraging its capabilities, we're able to reuse existing designs for approximately 80 percent of the parts on our industrial production line."

For the remaining 20 percent of the parts that must be custom developed--such as chemical distribution vehicles--Elmarco is able to take advantage of the powerful piping and tubing functionality in Inventor software, which helps pipe runs comply with design standards. Streamlining the process further, models of purchased components can be easily imported into Inventor to complete the final assembly. Because the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping employs a single digital model through all stages of production, it allows Elmarco to use Inventor software's visualization tools to give demonstrations of the machine to customers, decreasing review times and improving Elmarco customers' understanding of the design.

About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program

Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the more than 700,000 users of Autodesk Inventor software, the foundation for Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and groundbreaking innovation. For more information about Autodesk Inventor of the Month, contact - IOM@autodesk.com.

About Elmarco Ltd.

Elmarco Ltd. is a leading producer of high-tech solutions for the nanofiber industry. Founded in 2000, Elmarco is headquartered in the Czech Republic and has annual revenues of US$23.3 million. For more information about Elmarco, visit www.elmarco.com.

Dassault Systemes Launches V6R2009x

Highlights Production-Proven Collaborative Platform and New Industry Solutions

PARIS : Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Paris:DSY) (NASDAQ:DASTY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today launched V6R2009x, the latest release of its new platform. Release 2009x demonstrates the continuing momentum of the V6 portfolio and its production proven online collaborative platform. Today’s announcement further substantiates PLM 2.0 – PLM Online for All.

“From leveraging online communities, such as 3DVIA.com, to integrated requirement, functional, logical, and physical definitions of products, the V6 platform is harnessing the collective intelligence of all participants in a product’s lifecycle,” said Dominique Florack, senior executive vice president, products, research and development, Dassault Systèmes. “V6R2009x delivers key functionality, such as compliance capabilities for environmental and FDA regulations, and a new BOM configuration solution to manage product unit effectivity.”

Today’s release delivers important industry-specific solutions for customers in the consumer goods, high-tech, industrial equipment, life sciences, automotive, and aerospace industries. Numerous companies are already experiencing the potential of V6, including Skanska in the architecture industry, Procter & Gamble in consumer packaged goods, Nikon in high tech, Pacific Brands in apparel, Hoffman Enclosures and Schuler in industrial equipment, Johnson Controls and novero in automotive, Piaggio Aero Industries in aerospace, and others.

“We believe innovation is the result of collaboration, and we’ve found V6 strongly embodies this philosophy,” said Ken Moro, the executive in charge of Nikon Corporation’s Industrial Design Initiative. “From what we’ve seen in our preliminary experiences with CATIA V6, Dassault Systèmes has put the values of collaboration and innovation at the core of its online design solution. Global collaborative innovation is a driving force in today’s market and Dassault Systèmes’ V6 is taking it to new levels.”

As with the previous release of V6, Release 2009x is designed to extend the value of customers’ existing PLM assets. Dassault Systèmes continues to develop and make available transition scenarios for its varied user base, including customers with mixed DS and non-DS applications. Support for collaborative design scenarios between V4/V5 and V6 enables gradual adoption of V6 for an OEM and its supply chain. Further, DS plans additional releases of its popular V5 line of solutions, such as the recently announced V5R19, whose functionality enhancements are synchronized with and available in V6R2009x.

V6R2009x New & Enhanced Solution Highlights

Lifelike Experience – 3DVIA V6 applications are designed to deliver highly realistic or “lifelike” experiences online, thereby enabling new classes of users to imagine, interact and engage with 3D content in new ways. V6R2009x and 3DVIA Composer enable new communities of users in customer service, technical training and maintenance operations to leverage their company’s strategic PLM investments and reuse this information to create compelling 3D-based composite documents for all types of products. This now includes functional tolerancing and annotation (FT&A) data, all directly accessed from V6 solutions without requiring reverse engineering.

Collaborative Innovation – ENOVIA V6 provides an open, online collaborative environment, on a single IP management platform, for all product lifecycle activities. It federates all product-related knowledge no matter where it resides. V6R2009x introduces a new configuration management solution which supports product unit effectivity for aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of new ENOVIA solutions for various sectors, such as CPG, retail, footwear and apparel, life sciences and industries concerned with REACH, RoHS, and FDA regulatory compliance.

Virtual Design – CATIA V6 enables the full spectrum of next generation collaborative virtual design, including shape design, mechanical and equipment engineering, as well as systems engineering integrating requirement, functional, logical and physical product definitions. V6R2009x’s new enhancements include advanced systems simulation within the 3D digital mockup, the “design anywhere, anytime” ability to capture and send intended design changes to offline collaborators, as well as “grid” and “solid” composites design approaches for optimized design and mating with non-composite structural parts.

Realistic Simulation – SIMULIA V6 provides industry communities, from designers to simulation specialists, with a unique collaborative environment for performing lifelike simulation and virtual product behavior testing to make well-informed, performance-based decisions. One of this domain’s key V6R2009x enhancements is the ability to leverage composite material lay-ups created within CATIA to simulate the structural behavior of the product design under dynamic loading, helping to predict the onset of buckling and failure.

Digital Manufacturing and Production – DELMIA V6, powered by V6’s single platform for IP management, delivers a collaborative, lifelike digital manufacturing environment for creating and sharing manufacturing IP and optimizing and executing virtual production systems. V6R2009x delivers a fully-integrated automotive body-in-white weld point management solution for easier collaboration between engineering and manufacturing as well as OEMs and their suppliers, a virtual NC machine simulation capability that extends out DELMIA V6’s NC machining portfolio, as well as robotic workcell and related motion path definition capabilities.

A complete list of functionality enhancements in R2009x is available at www.3ds.com.

2D ZWCAD Exceeds 150,000 Licenses

Guangzhou, China: ZWSOFT (ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd.) today announced that it has shipped the 150,000th license of ZWCAD, China’s leading 2D design software. Since its launch ten years ago, ZWCAD has outsold many other 2D design tools, including those that have been on the market longer.

“As a cost-effective and powerful solution, ZWCAD is a natural choice for CAD users,” said Truman Du, CEO of ZWSOFT. “ZWCAD has become the rising star for designers of all types. We are predicting further sales successes at an exponential level as an increasing number of CAD users identify with the benefits our productive and cost-effective drawing solution.”

ZWCAD’s success is due to a number of factors. For those acquainted with designing in AutoCAD, the familiar user interface of ZWCAD means that they can operate ZWCAD quickly and seamlessly, without the downtime of relearning. True DWG compatibility enables translation-free collaboration with clients and the supply chain.

What’s more, the improved speed, greater stability, enhanced features, and specific local support of ZWCAD is helping grow the number of our customers. Various language versions including Chinese, English, Japanese, Czech, Spanish, and Polish have already been implemented to meet the requirements of customers all over the world.

Now, a burgeoning number of CAD developers are using ZWCAD 2008i Professional as their platform for programming vertical applications. More professional applications will be ported to ZWCAD 2009, the next version that is due to be released in January, 2009.

About ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd.

ZWSOFT is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, with branches in Beijing, Shanghai, and Wuhan. As a leading supplier of CAD software solutions, the company employs more than 300 staff and is supported by an international network of partners, distributors, and resellers.

ZWCAD is ZWSOFT’s flagship product. It meets the needs of a broad base of target groups in 2D/3D design industries with 150,000 users throughout the world. ZWCAD is the leading brand in China's CAD industry, and it competes successfully in over other 75 countries.

Lattice Technology Releases Lattice3D Reporter Version 2.1

New Version Improves Performance and Handling of 3D CAD Data and Linked Parts lists in Microsoft Excel

San Francisco, CA. : Lattice Technology, developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL® format, today announced the availability of an upgrade for Lattice3D Reporter, a digital manufacturing application that allows 3D CAD data, process information and linked parts lists to be shared in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

Lattice3D Reporter is a very easy-to-use application that rapidly inserts 3D data into a spreadsheet, and allows parts lists, BOMs and process instructions in the same spreadsheet to inter-relate to the 3D parts in the assembly. Assembly and disassembly animations saved in the 3D data can also be displayed, while the user can choose to display the 3D data in shaded, edge and illustration modes depending on their corporate standards and preferences. Users are required to convert their 3D CAD data into XVL prior to using Lattice3D Reporter.

Improved Data Handling

Lattice3D Reporter V 2.1 delivers even better functionality than before by allowing the same 3D data to be used across multiple worksheets in the file, thus reducing potential file size, and now has vastly improved data handling capabilities that reduce the Excel file size by 75%, memory usage by 80% and file opening times by 90%.

Improved features in Lattice3D Reporter V2.1 also include:

Creating a Parts Lists based on the disassembly tree – If a disassembly tree has been created in the XVL data, that data can be used to automatically create an inter-related parts list. This disassembly data also allows Lattice3D Reporter to automatically create exploded views of the 3D data inside the application.

Image Printing Improvements – Change the resolution of images in the 3D spreadsheet to deliver higher quality paper prints of your data.

Snapshot Image Improvements – Select higher or lower resolution for display of 3D ‘snapshot’ images that are in Illustration mode, depending on your needs and standards.

3D spreadsheets created using Lattice3D Reporter can be viewed using the Free Viewer for Lattice3D Reporter, supplied at no charge by Lattice Technology. This allows enterprises to rapidly share fully-functional data via Excel across their extended operations.

3D XVL data can be rapidly edited to create motion simulations, disassembly animations and process instructions using the XVL Studio application. These saved data can then be rapidly reviewed in the 3D spreadsheet.

Purchase it in a Package Deal!
Customers interested in using 3D spreadsheets can opt to purchase a package which includes XVL Studio, Lattice3D Reporter and one XVL plug-in Converter and benefit from up to 15% off the list prices of the products. To find out more see http://www.lattice3d.com/insider/insider_packages_Q308.html

About Lattice Technology, Inc.

Founded in 1997 with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, USA, Lattice Technology provides global companies with proven digital manufacturing solutions for 2D/3D design data across the manufacturing enterprise. With Lattice Technology’s XVL applications, engineers and manufacturers can perform design review, simulate assembly processes, automate creation of 3D parts lists / BOM’s and create animations with even the largest 3D assemblies. Lattice's standards based XVL (eXtensible Virtual world description Language) technology provides secure, highly accurate and compressed 3D files that can be used, shared and easily supported by partners, suppliers, and internal departments in a lightweight browser-based solution. XVL is unmatched in performance, compression and accuracy. For more information, visit www.lattice3d.com/.

Optimal AEC Debuts NetSPEX 4.0 for CAD Standards Management

Stanwood, WA - Optimal AEC announces the next release of its flagship product, NetSPEX™, a CAD standards management solution for AutoCAD and MicroStation. Demonstration previews can be seen at this year’s Autodesk University.

The major enhancement in NetSPEX 4.0 is the support of AutoCAD 2006-2008 and MicroStation V8 2004 Edition and V8 XM. Other enhancements build on a mature foundation of software with enterprise-style management principals. NetSPEX 4.0 allows CAD managers to easily develop and edit CAD standards for enterprise-wide distribution in a single- or multi-CAD platform environment.

“Our latest version of NetSPEX is feature-rich in both standards management and standards conformance and placement,” said Garrett Galbreath, President of Optimal AEC. “We think CAD managers and their users will be impressed with the thought we’ve put in to the tools NetSPEX makes available.” Those tools include support for remote and disconnected users, import/export of standards, CAD resource file management, automated standards documentation, layer management, component management, single entry for multiple CAD platforms and others.

Optimal AEC will be showing the latest version of NetSPEX at Autodesk University on December 2-5 in booth 206.

About Optimal AEC, Inc.

Optimal AEC emerged from the desire to provide the most innovative and user-friendly CAD standards management tools to the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) communities. With software technology such as the NetSPEX™ family of products, Optimal AEC creates management and productivity tools for CAD users and managers, no matter the company size. For more information, visit http://www.optimalaec.com.

Nov 24, 2008

Delcam adds Tribrid Modelling to PowerSHAPE Pro CAD software

Delcam has extended the range of triangle modelling options within its PowerSHAPE Pro CAD software to create a more comprehensive Tribrid Modelling system. Tribrid Modelling enables CAD models to be created from solids, surfaces and triangles and so offers a more complete design solution than hybrid modelling using just solids and surfaces. Full details on the new version can be found on the PowerSHAPE Release Centre at http://releasecentre.powershape.com/ .

The Release Centre provides customers and prospective users with a comprehensive overview of the enhancements to the software. Chris Lawrie, PowerSHAPE Product Manager explained: “With any new release we create a huge amount of written material. Often, users are only interested in a small number of the enhancements that might be critical to their application. Finding specific details through print can be quite difficult. The Release Centre provides an interactive video experience that lets the user pick and choose the sections that they want to watch. There are video demonstrations that show the user the key new features, and, more importantly, how to use them. This will help users get up to speed with the benefits of the new version much more quickly.”

The main applications of the new version of PowerSHAPE are expected to be in the medical area, since most data from medical scanners is generated as triangle files, both when creating internal prostheses and when manufacturing external customised aids like orthotics. Haptic arms and similar sculpting devices also produce triangle files so PowerSHAPE Pro will be able to combine designs from this equipment with extra solid or surface data, for example when producing moulds from the sculpted models.

The key addition in the new release is the ability to undertake Boolean operations between pairs of triangle files, or between triangle models and solids or surfaces. PowerSHAPE Pro was one of very few CAD systems able to perform Boolean operations between solids and surfaces. The ability to combine all three file types makes the software even more flexible. The new release can also offset triangle files, making it possible to add thickness to a scanned surface.

The new functionality provides a considerable expansion of the previous ability to add triangle files of logos, branding, textures or other 3D decorations onto the surfaces of PowerSHAPE Pro models. This effect was rather like sliding a transfer over the surface of an object, although it did give the added advantages that the decoration could be scaled or stretched to fit any given area and that the result would be fully three-dimensional. Tribrid Modelling enables all three forms to interact within any design, limited only by the imagination of the user.

The other main development focus has been on improving the ease of use of the software. This becomes apparent as soon as the user starts to sketch the outline of any new design. The Intelligent Cursor both speeds and simplifies geometry creation by giving constant feedback, automatically highlighting items such as the centre-points of lines and circles, plus any potential intersections between lines.

The outline sketch can be converted into a fully-surfaced model using Delcam’s unique Smart Surfacing technology. Like other CAD systems, PowerSHAPE Pro provides a number of alternative methods for constructing a surface from a given set of lines, arcs or points. With Smart Surfacing, the choice of method is made automatically by the software to give the best possible surface. If the user is unhappy with the automatic selection, or is simply curious to see other options, he can scroll through the alternative solutions.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Smart Surfacing is that the software’s choice of surfacing method is updated automatically as extra information is added to the selection. As any additional lines or points are selected, the chosen surfacing method is reviewed and the surface regenerated if an alternative solution has become more appropriate.

Any set of surfaces can be converted into a finished model with a variety of powerful and reliable filleting and blending commands. The user simply needs to specify the desired fillet radius and the software will show a series of tracks where fillets of that size will fit. Some or all of the possible fillets can then be created with a single command. In PowerSHAPE Pro, even variable-radius fillets and intersecting or overlapping fillets can be created quickly and easily.

“The addition of triangle modelling represents another significant development for PowerSHAPE Pro,” claimed Delcam’s CAD Product Manager, Chris Lawrie. “It adds even more flexibility to a design system that was already one of the most powerful products for the creation of complex shapes in a fully-detailed 3D format. It really does open infinite possibilities to the creative designer.”

Tangshan Railway Significantly Improves Data Accuracy and Design Efficiency with PTC Product Development System

Windchill Implementation Integrates Product Development with ERP

NEEDHAM, Mass : PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, today announced that Tangshan Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd (TRV), a subsidiary of China CNR Corporation Ltd., has successfully deployed the PTC® Product Development System (PDS) consisting of Windchill® for collaborative design and management platform, and Pro/ENGINEER®, PTC’s 3D CAD/CAM/CAE solution, to significantly improve its design accuracies and efficiencies.

As the first railway vehicles manufacturer in China, TRV develops and manufactures passenger vehicles for railway and metropolitan transportation. In recent years, TRV has introduced a number of the world’s leading technologies for the manufacturing of high-speed trains to China. Today, CRH3 350km/h high-speed train produced by TRV is already running on Beijing-Tianjin inter-city railway, and has set a new train speed record in China. The CRH3 trains are soon expected to run on the Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway line as one of the leading vehicles operating on the route.

TRV required a digital design and manufacturing platform to meet the increasing complexities of its product designs. The PTC PDS allows TRV to achieve distributed, cross-enterprise collaboration on data acquisition and product information, centralized management of design and manufacturing data. Additionally, Windchill seamlessly connects to multiple mechanical or electrical CAD applications, desktop applications and the SAP ERP system, leading to significant improvements in data accuracy and design efficiency. The integration with the 3D digital design of the previously isolated design and manufacturing data management platforms has helped TRV to improve the product development process. PTC PDS has also allowed TRV to enable concurrent development with Changchun Railway Vehicles Equipment Co. on a train project.

BPLead, PTC’s Gold Value Added Reseller (VAR) in China, also provided business process optimization and control consulting services for TRV to meet its specific requirements for railway vehicles manufacturing. With a view to further enhance its independent innovation capabilities and meet the increasingly complex design requirements, TRV decided to deploy an integrated design and management platform for the development of the high-speed train.

“With the help of PTC’s Product Development System and the professional service of BPLead, Tangshan Railway Vehicles has successfully established a digital design and manufacturing platform. The accurate transfer of design data to ERP has greatly improved the company’s design, manufacturing and information management capabilities. The project has set a new example of concurrent R&D process and digitalized manufacturing for China CNR Corporation,” said Song Yubin, head of the IT Department at Tangshan Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd.

“Chinese manufacturing enterprises are not exempt from the global competitive pressures to develop high quality products in reduced timeframes and as such must continually evaluate their product development processes to ensure that they have optimal leverage from all resources possible,” said Robert Kocis, divisional vice president, Worldwide Chanel Sales, PTC. “With PTC’s PDS, TRV has implemented an enterprise PLM solution that is able to increase the overall efficiencies of its product development processes by enhancing its ability to collaborate across departments, improve its data accuracy and integrate with its ERP solution.”

About Tangshan Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd

As a part of China CNR Corporation Ltd., Tangshan Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd was formerly known as Tangshan Locomotive and Rolling Stock Works. Established in 1881, it is regarded as the foundation for railway transportation equipment manufacturing in China, being the manufacturer of China’s first steam locomotive called “Rocket”. Today, the company’s product lines include 300km/h high-speed train, railway passenger cars (25G, 25T), urban rail cars (subway, light rail) and special vehicles (military vehicles, tilting trains, maglev trains). Tangshan Railway Vehicles Co., Ltd is currently cooperating with Siemens Transportation Systems Group (TS) to produce 350km/h high-speed trains. It has achieved the honor of becoming one of the first 103 innovative pilot enterprises in China.

Autodesk Releases Updated Tool for Precision Drawing and Drafting

AutoSketch 10, From the Makers of AutoCAD, Allows Designers of All Experience Levels to Create Industry-Standard CAD Drawings

SAN RAFAEL, Calif : Autodesk, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced the release of AutoSketch 10, 2D drafting software with basic CAD tools that allow anyone to create precise drawings quickly. AutoSketch 10 is designed to allow for the simplified creation of AutoCAD software-compatible drawings, including design concepts, product specifications and floor plans.

The newest release of AutoSketch is enhanced to work with the Windows Vista operating system and brings file format compatibility into alignment with Autodesk's full line of products. AutoSketch can now read DWG files v2.5 and greater and save files to AutoCAD 2004 and 2008 DWG file formats, letting designers more easily share drawings and convert older files to the latest version.

"AutoSketch 10 provides an elementary drawing environment for hobbyists, DIY home remodelers, and small businesses," said Guri Stark, Autodesk vice president, AutoCAD and Platform Products. "This release of AutoSketch is a versatile and affordable drawing tool that has been brought up-to-date in response to customer requests for Windows Vista and DWG compatibility."

Customizable toolbars and grids in AutoSketch 10 allow users to create a flexible and efficient workspace for straightforward drawing. AutoSketch 10 provides a series of tutorials and drawing wizards to help new users get started quickly. Content libraries within AutoSketch also offer designers of all experience levels the simplicity of ready-made, drag-and-drop content.


AutoSketch 10 is now available English in North America and Australia and New Zealand and will soon be released in German More information can be found at http://www.autodesk.com/autosketch.

novero Selects Dassault Systèmes V6 Solution for Managing Development of Connectivity Solutions for Automotive Industry

German Automotive Supplier Leverages ENOVIA PLM Solution to Integrate Data and Manage Complexity of Mechatronics Products

LOWELL, Mass - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Paris:DSY) (NASDAQ:DASTY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced today that novero GmbH, a leading provider of connectivity solutions for the automotive industry, has selected DS’s ENOVIA V6 PLM solution to manage its key design applications and product development processes while also integrating with existing IT systems. This approach will simplify the complexity of the design process enabling novero to collaborate more closely with key suppliers to bring products to market faster and more cost effectively.

Established in June 2008 as a spin off from Nokia Automotive, novero is focused on delivering high speed cellular and multimedia solutions for a number of the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. To help grow the business and establish a competitive advantage novero selected a number of ENOVIA’s PLM products including the ENOVIA Designer Central solution which will enable its designers to manage information, including mechanical and electrical data from CATIA V5, and collaborate more efficiently within ENOVIA’s single IP reference. To facilitate a cross-disciplinary engineering approach, novero will also deploy the ENOVIA Engineering Central solution to eliminate the traditional process and data communication barriers that often exist between mechanical, electrical and software engineering disciplines.

“As a lean, medium-sized business we are committed to reducing complexity while emphasizing the essential elements of product design which is essential to ensuring our market leadership position. In order to do this we have to tackle the complexity of our mechanical, electrical and software environment by establishing best practices for all of our core business processes,” said Razvan Olosu, founder and CEO, novero. “In working with Dassault Systèmes we are confident that we have a PLM strategy that will help us to grow and to successfully drive the development of new, innovative products.”

By adopting the ENOVIA V6 PLM solution, novero is implementing a single platform for IP management that will enable them to enhance global collaboration regardless of location, function or business process. Based on a flexible service oriented architecture (SOA), this approach supports an adaptable business model by allowing easy integration with standard ERP systems.

“We are pleased that novero has chosen to work with Dassault Systèmes. Given the unique business environment and the complexity of efficiently integrating mechanical, electrical and software data into one system, it is imperative that companies drive new product development by harnessing the process of innovation,” said Andy Kofoid, vice president, sales & services EMEA, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “The V6 strategy demonstrates Dassault Systèmes’ commitment to helping customers of all sizes manage the entire product development lifecycle from implementing collaborative business processes to managing data and offering users a lifelike 3D design experience.”

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) and Dassault Systèmes’ ADRs may be traded on the US Over-The-Counter (OTC) market (DASTY). For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

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

Roadside Romeo: Autodesk Software Shapes India's First Mainstream 3D Animated Film

Autodesk Products Employed across Digital Film Pipeline for Bollywood and Hollywood's First Co-Production

SAN RAFAEL, Calif : Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that Indian animation and visual effects powerhouse Visual Computing Labs (VCL), a division of Tata Elxsi Ltd., used Autodesk Maya software as the lead 3D modeling, animation and visual effects tool on Roadside Romeo. VCL also relied on the Autodesk Flame visual effects system to create the film, while Prime Focus used the Autodesk Lustre system for the final color grade. A joint production of Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures, Roadside Romeo is India's first 3D animated mainstream feature film, as well as the first Hollywood-Bollywood co-production.

Roadside Romeo tells the tale of a pampered puppy whose owners move, leaving him behind to fend for himself on the streets of Mumbai. In the classic Bollywood tradition, the 95-minute film comprises 1,400 shots, approximately 40 scenes, and five song-and-dance numbers. The film features the voice talents of top Indian actors, including Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Javeed Jaaferi.

"Our goal with Roadside Romeo was to create a quality production that would set the standard for future 3D animated Bollywood movies," said Pankaj Khandpur, creative director at Visual Computing Labs. "The high quality we achieved with this film has much to do with the Maya software's robustness, flexibility and interoperability. Maya is the backbone of our animation pipeline and has been an integral part of our workflow since we officially opened our doors in 2002. An additional benefit is the large talent pool of Maya artists."

Involved from the project's inception, VCL was instrumental in developing the look and feel of the characters. "Our team handled all the pre-production, character and background design and storyboards," continued Khandpur. "The Maya software's advanced character rigging is one of our favorite features. We chose to design our characters in a 'squash and stretch' style; this meant a character might walk with a bounce and have more elasticity in the way its body reacts to movement. Maya lent itself beautifully to this animation style. Flame is also key to our digital film pipeline. Maya meshes seamlessly with the Flame system."

During the 21-month production schedule, VCL had approximately 120 artists working on the film at all times. Final conform was done on Autodesk Flame at VCL, and the final color grade was performed by the Prime Focus Group, using Autodesk Lustre.

"India has one of the most exciting and prolific film industries in the world," said Stig Gruman, Digital Entertainment Group vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. "We're thrilled that Autodesk tools were used across the digital film pipeline for Roadside Romeo. VCL has been a longtime Autodesk customer, and the caliber of its talent is evident in the incredible quality of this film."

Roadside Romeo was written and directed by Jugal Hansraj and released worldwide on October 24, 2008.

Outsourced Product Development a Growth Sector in Outsourcing Despite Downturn

VIENNA, VA : Peter Harrison, CEO of GlobalLogic, a leader in global product development, spoke about growth in the outsourced product development (OPD) industry during a panel at the 2008 UBS Global Technology and Services conference. Harrison stated that OPD is one part of the outsourcing market that is actually continuing to grow despite the downturn, because it directly helps technology businesses generate revenue by rapidly bringing new products to market.

"Outsourced product development is a bright spot in the broader outsourcing industry. Technology companies may hold off on internal IT projects during tough times, but they can't delay bringing new revenue-generating products to market if they want to stay competitive," Harrison said. "Interest in our specialty services, full lifecycle software product engineering, is at an all-time high because we help generate revenue. The OPD market is experiencing a surge on par with the boom outsourcers of IT services experienced in the late '90s, as companies raced to update their systems for the year 2000."

The global market for product research, development and support, a key market segment for GlobalLogic, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 23 percent until 2012, according to Zinnov Management Consulting. GlobalLogic expects to more than double its staff in India, to 5,000 over the next three years, to help meet demand.

"If there is a silver lining in this economy, it is that businesses are taking fiscal responsibility very seriously. We expect OPD to continue to grow as more product companies seek out specialist partners with a broad presence in global product engineering centers in India, China and Eastern Europe ( http://www.globallogic.com/aboutus/our-locations.shtml) to help them innovate, as opposed to taking the risk of starting their own captive operation in a region where they have little experience," Harrison said.

GlobalLogic ended its second fiscal quarter in a strong position this September. Its second quarter achievements include:

-- 25 new clients, representing mobile, healthcare, consumer and
enterprise software products
-- Revenue exceeded $100 million for the first time, with a 40 percent
increase during the first two quarters of the year
-- Employee headcount grew nearly 20 percent, exceeding 3,000 worldwide
-- Expansion in Ukraine, where GlobalLogic is already the largest
technology employer
-- Acquisition in Israel, bolstering the company's embedded and mobile
software capabilities
-- Executive team additions, including the company's new president,
Shashank Samant, formerly with IBM and Hewlett-Packard

In contrast to many firms that focus on IT services, GlobalLogic specializes in software product research and development (R&D) for emerging and established technology companies. Its services include market analysis, product conceptualization, engineering, migration, testing and support. The company has received widespread recognition for innovation in software product R&D. Its platform for distributed Agile development, GlobalLogic Velocity™, has been recognized by InfoWorld for technology innovation with an InfoWorld 100 Award ( http://www.globallogic.com/indus_diff/velocity_overview.shtml). GlobalLogic Version 1.0(SM), an offering for both early and late stage companies, has helped the company's clients launch disruptive technologies at major conferences such as DEMOfall 08 ( http://www.globallogic.com/focusareas/ver_engagement.shtml).

About GlobalLogic:

The leading specialist in global software product development services, GlobalLogic, Inc., partners with emerging and established technology companies to help them bring great software products to market in less time and at less cost. GlobalLogic has ongoing partnerships with nearly 200 technology companies in product vertical markets that include consumer, telecom, healthcare and enterprise. Over the last eight years, GlobalLogic has helped its clients release 2,000 software products, including more than 300 major products in the last 12 months with a better than 95 percent on-time delivery record. Its clients include innovative technology companies such as Autodesk, Broadsoft, Electronic Arts, Intalio, Motorola, NextPoint, Oracle, Vertica, and Yahoo. GlobalLogic, an Inc. 500 company, has been ranked as a top employer in India and Ukraine by IDC and Hewitt Associates respectively. GlobalLogic is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia and has European headquarters in London, U.K. with global delivery centers throughout the U.S., India, Ukraine, China, and Israel. GlobalLogic employs thousands of technology professionals worldwide.

Nov 21, 2008

Celeritive Technologies, Inc. Announces Launch of VoluMill™ 2.5

CAVE CREEK, Ariz : Celeritive Technologies, Inc., a developer of innovative technologies that increase machine shop productivity, has formally announced the release of its patent-pending software, VoluMill™ version 2.5. VoluMill is a powerful, highly efficient and cost-effective toolpath engine developed by industry leading toolpath scientists and software engineers. VoluMill toolpaths are CAM system neutral and greatly reduce production time while increasing the life of cutting tools.

“We believe our technology can save the machining industry hundreds of millions of dollars. It enables shops to immediately and significantly increase their productivity with no new investment in capital equipment. VoluMill toolpaths make it possible to drive machine tools and cutting tools to their fullest capabilities,” said Terry Sorensen, CEO of Celeritive Technologies. “Our customers are telling us that VoluMill toolpaths significantly outperform any they’ve ever seen, in some cases reducing cycle times by more than 50 percent. We believe it will set new productivity benchmarks for the entire machining industry.”

VoluMill enables cutting tools to be driven more aggressively than is possible with traditional toolpaths, while causing less wear and tear on the cutting tools. It produces toolpaths that more effectively leverage the advanced capabilities of computer numerical control (CNC) machines.

Key features and benefits of the patent-pending VoluMill include:

* Increase shop productivity -- shorten cycle times, increase throughput, lower tool costs, lower programming costs, and improve product quality.
* Easy to use -- One algorithm handles all geometries and any cutting style with fewer inputs and decisions to make for the programmer.
* Broad application -- VoluMill can be used with any CAM system.

The company started selling VoluMill in 2008, and indications are that there is a great need in the market for such a technology. By reducing machining costs and cutting tool wear, machining operations can reap immediate benefits, potentially seeing a return in investment in the first job they run.

Shane Anderson of S & R Machining is an early VoluMill user. “VoluMill saved us 42 hours of machining time on our first job. It more than paid for itself the first time we used it. There is no way we could run our machines this fast with our normal toolpaths. The cutting tools would simply not survive. VoluMill is so tightly integrated, that there was no learning curve.”

About Celeritive Technologies, Inc.

Celeritive is a leading developer of productivity enhancing software that enables the maximum productivity from existing machining hardware to be realized, and integrates with the industry’s leading CAM systems, including GibbsCAM® and Mastercam®. Located in Cave Creek, Ariz., Celeritive Technologies was founded by leaders in the manufacturing industry, including machinists, developers, and executives. The company is the first to provide a branded toolpath solution that is CAM system neutral. VoluMill is sold as a desktop application with SaaS capability that starts at $989 per seat. For more information, please visit http://www.volumill.com.