Aug 31, 2009

Siemens PLM Software Announces Version 5.0 of Teamcenter Express cPDM

Mid-Market cPDM Software Improves Ability of SMBs to Complete Design-through-Manufacturing Projects on Time and on Budget.

PLANO, Texas – Siemens PLM Software today announced Version 5.0 of Teamcenter® Express software. Teamcenter Express is a configuration of Teamcenter, the world’s most widely used PLM portfolio, and is the collaborative product data management (cPDM) component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio, Siemens PLM Software’s comprehensive family of modular, yet integrated solutions addressing the PLM mid-market. This latest release provides key enhancements that improve the productivity of small and medium size businesses (SMBs), thus reducing the time needed for completing design-through-manufacturing projects.

“The release of Teamcenter Express Version 5 on the latest Teamcenter platform adds a well-rounded set of new productivity improvements to this comprehensive cPDm solution for SMBs,” said Peter A. Bilello, vice president, CIMdata. “The enhancements in Version 5, such as the comprehensive integration with Microsoft Office™ and the new cost analysis tools for both products and projects, should further enable small- and mid-size manufacturing organizations to deliver their design projects to manufacturing on time and on budget while improving their own cost management.”

Teamcenter Express Version 5 delivers an updated user interface with new Lifecycle Viewer and Structure Manager modules that consolidate and simplify visualization and product structure management tasks. New cost analysis tools are also available for both products and projects, enabling costs to be calculated from the initial concept design through release to manufacturing, resulting in improved cost control and profitability.

Version 5 also delivers an improved user interface and expanded capabilities for integration with Microsoft Office 2007. While working in Word, Excel®, PowerPoint® or Outlook® users can easily browse and search the Teamcenter Express database, add new documents to this single source of data, and review and approve cPDM workflow tasks that have been assigned to them. More users working from a single source of product data results in less errors and more consistent completion of everyday tasks.

Several enhancements to the optional project scheduling module are also delivered with Version 5. This includes the ability to view multiple project schedules in a single window, enabling improved resource allocation and early identification of potential bottlenecks along with the ability to link projects together in hierarchical and sequential structures.

“Manufacturing SMBs in 38 countries are using Teamcenter Express to improve the efficiency and consistency of their design-through-manufacturing processes and improve their customer responsiveness,” said Bill McClure, vice president of Velocity Series development, Siemens PLM Software. “With Version 5 companies can provide wider access to a single source of product data and improve their control of product and project costs. The result is higher productivity and profitability in delivering products that exceed their customers’ expectations.”

Teamcenter Express Version 5.0 is built on Teamcenter 8 and delivers complete scalability to the unified architecture of this latest release of Teamcenter. Version 5.0 is also now available on Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008. Version 5.0 will be available to customers in September.

ANSYS Launches Immersed Boundary Module for Rapid Design Evaluation

Automated Meshing Approach for Complex Fluid Flow Analysis Facilitates Simulation Driven Product Development™.

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa : ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS) today announced the availability of the Immersed Boundary module for ANSYS® FLUENT® 12.0 software. Jointly developed by ANSYS and long-time partner Cascade Technologies Inc., the module dramatically reduces the amount of time needed for fluid flow simulations and provides fast results by directly addressing challenges associated with meshing. This first release, which is fully parallelized, supports the physical models and boundary conditions needed for modeling low-speed external aerodynamics and automotive front-end airflows. The Immersed Boundary tool offers the ability to save customers time and money by reducing the human effort needed to go from computer-aided design (CAD) to an analysis solution.

A conventional fluid dynamics simulation starts with the transfer of CAD data to a grid-generation package, in which a surface mesh and then a volume mesh are generated before the simulation can be set up and the solution run. The effort and time required for such pre-processing tasks can be significant. For example, in cases with complex or dirty geometry that require CAD cleanup, this part of the process may take 50 percent to 90 percent of the total time required for the simulation. The Immersed Boundary module addresses such issues by providing a rapid, automated, preliminary design approach. “This is an ideal tool for reducing lead time during the early stages of the product development cycle, when it is crucial that design evaluations are made rapidly. The Immersed Boundary module helps engineers identify the most promising designs, then use traditional methods for the final high-fidelity analysis,” said Dipankar Choudhury, vice president of corporate product strategy and planning at ANSYS, Inc. “Because of our software’s open and flexible architecture, ANSYS can readily partner with others in the engineering simulation ecosystem to deliver immediate customer benefits — in this case, we partnered with Cascade Technologies, which has many years of fluid dynamics experience, to bring about a more efficient design process.” The immersed boundary method is fully compatible with high-performance computing offerings from ANSYS, which can further reduce analysis time.

Fluid flow simulations using the Immersed Boundary module for ANSYS FLUENT 12.0 software start with the surface data of the simulation geometry in the STL file format, which is commonly used in rapid prototyping and computer-aided manufacturing. This CAD geometry does not need to be clean, does not require smooth surfaces or geometry connectivity, and may contain overlapping surfaces, small holes and even missing parts. The simulation geometry is meshed automatically. Mesh refinement also is carried out automatically after specifying the desired resolution on the boundaries, ensuring the accuracy required for preliminary design evaluation. Using the immersed boundary meshing technique greatly reduces the amount of time spent preparing the geometry for meshing and creating the mesh.

ROWA Tunneling Logistics AG chooses PTC® CoCreate® For Complex International Projects

NEEDHAM, MA - PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, today announced that Swiss-based ROWA Tunneling Logistics AG has chosen PTC CoCreate for the design and development of its complex international projects. CoCreate is PTC's explicit 3D CAD modeling and data management software that provides companies with a lightweight and flexible approach to designing products.

ROWA works with external partners worldwide to develop tunneling machinery, plants and systems from concept to installation. Whether for underwater tunnels in New Zealand or Spain; the Niagra Tunnel; the Alps Transit; or 80 meter mining tunnels in China, ROWA's installations and special solutions for tunnel drilling machinery are in demand worldwide.

ROWA relies upon the CoCreate explicit modeling software from PTC to develop these unique projects. The explicit modeling approach provides the highest level of design flexibility to meet changing customer requirements for individualized projects with tight timelines. Users can quickly and easily create 3D models and radically modify them throughout the entire design process.

PTC CoCreate Model ManagerTM is also of enormous value for ROWA. The team works on the same model instead of partial models that are later fitted together manually. All designers, including external resources, are automatically informed when changes to a component are made. This eliminates interfacing errors down the line. With CoCreate Model Manager, ROWA can develop systems with over 150,000 parts.

"Every one of our projects is unique, so it's important that any designer can take over a model, modify it and continue development without knowledge of its origin," said Werner Schiesser, CAD manager at ROWA. "Customer requested changes to a component affect the work of other designers, who have to update their parts accordingly, so it is imperative that we use explicit modeling to work directly on the geometry. We attribute our competitive edge to PTC CoCreate."

"PTC CoCreate Modeling® is ideal for companies that develop customized products and have to respond quickly and flexibly to last minute customer requests," said Martin Neumüller, CoCreate product management director, PTC. "We are pleased that PTC CoCreate is a strategic part of the ROWA enterprise strategy."

ZWSOFT Announces Success of First Global Partner Conference

GUANGZHOU, China - ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. ("ZWSOFT"), a leading supplier of CAD platforms, has announced the successful conclusion of its inaugural Global Partner Conference held on August 25-28, 2009, in Guangzhou, China. The event was attended by roughly 100 people from 31 countries and regions, making it ZWSOFT's largest and most successful forum to date for international ZWCAD partners to present and discuss the most important sales, marketing and technical issues of ZWCAD.

The event comprised two tracks: Official Meeting and Free Talk Sessions. Each track aimed to keep ZWCAD partners informed about the latest trends in sales, marketing and technical management solutions. Senior ZWSOFT executives and experienced ZWCAD distributors provided keen insight into the future and development of ZWCAD.

The biggest highlight of the conference was the Awards Ceremony for ZWCAD's Excellent Distributors of 2008-2009 on August 25. The ZWCAD Excellent Distributor Awards Program was started in 2008 to reward ZWCAD partners who have provided exemplary service and solutions to their customers during the past year.
One of the Top 10 ZWCAD Excellent Distributors honored during the conference, Jose Augusto Da Silva, director of authorized ZWCAD distributor in Brazil, effused that the event was a platform for him to communicate with and learn from other distributors.

He also wished that his cooperation with ZWSOFT would be even better in years to come. "We hope we will continue our delightful cooperation, and we wish to develop and prosper together with ZWSOFT in the future," he said.

The conference also focused on in-depth information about ZWSOFT's R&D (research and development) roadmap, the latest product updates, and new ways of promoting the forthcoming ZWCAD 2010. During the session for the ZWCAD 2010 Promotion Plan, ZWSOFT expressed its willingness to cooperate with its international partners in marketing activities.

In order to provide better service and support for users, ZWSOFT is implementing a wish list project by using ZWCAD wishes and questions collected from its partners before and during the conference. During the four-day conference, all the decision-making ZWCAD partners, together with ZWSOFT executives, spoke candidly about the issue of how to provide better service & support for ZWCAD users.

CGTech Ships VERICUT 7.0, CNC machine simulation and optimization software

Irvine, California – CGTech has released the next major version of VERICUT CNC machine simulation and optimization software. VERICUT 7.0 features significant performance-improving enhancements that reduce the time required for manufacturing engineers to develop, analyze, inspect and document the CNC programming and machining process. Instead of focusing on new features or add-on modules, CGTech developer resources have focused on diligent code optimization and customer-driven enhancements.

“VERICUT has been reorganized with a new user interface for maximum efficiency.” said Bill Hasenjaeger, Product Marketing Manager. “Not only is the software extremely stable and significantly faster, it has never been easier to set up a VERICUT project. This release will set a new standard for the world’s most advanced CNC simulation system.”

VERICUT Product/Function Overview:
VERICUT is CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software that enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs. It reduces scrap loss and rework. The program also optimizes NC programs in order to both save time and produce higher quality surface finish. VERICUT simulates all types of CNC machine tools, including those from leading manufacturers such as Mazak, Makino, Matsuura, Hermle, DMG, DIXI, Mori Seiki and Chiron. VERICUT runs standalone, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems such as Catia V5, NX, Pro/E, MasterCAM, EdgeCAM and GibbsCAM.

CGTech sought to reduce the number of pop-up dialogs for day-to-day VERICUT users and eliminate any confusion associated with “Apply”, “OK” and “Cancel” buttons. As a result, setting up a new project in VERICUT has been simplified. Items formerly in pop-up dialogs have been moved to the Project Tree, where all projects are now configured by using an intuitive configuration panel automatically displayed as the user selects each branch. Actions are immediate, so “Apply” or “Okay” clicks are unnecessary.

The Component Tree has also been merged into the Project Tree but can be optionally hidden, depending on the user’s requirements. Additionally, the Project menu is now much simpler with menu actions moved to the Project Tree. All these updates mean the user can stop hunting through menus to find the dialog the user need; everything the user needs is now in one place.

VERICUT 7.0’s motion processing is all new. Thousands of development hours have gone toward optimizing VERICUT’s internal code for the fastest, most efficient motion simulation to date. Motion Simulation refers to how VERICUT calculates the motion path from the NC data and animates it. The motion in all view-types is now coordinated and tool images are consistent. Collision tolerance and motion display are independent. When set to stop at a travel limit, the simulation continues the motion with axis clamped, while any cuts during a limit error are painted red. A 5-axis NC block is now one motion and simulation times overall are shorter due to improved efficiency.

It is now possible to pause VERICUT in the middle of an NC block. Pressing Pause halts VERICUT immediately. The busy light is yellow when paused in the middle of an NC block, and displays green when stopped at the end of an NC block. If paused mid-motion the user can complete the current block by pressing the Step button. If paused mid-cycle, pressing the Step button will finish the multi-motion cycle. Several new Step options are available by right-mouse clicking the Step button. These allow the user to step into, over, or to the end of any subroutines used in the user’s NC program sequence.

Users now have more control over Drill Cycles. Options for “Full Motion” & “Bottom Only” add the same cycle time and only control the animation display. “No Motion” removes material and adds cycle time but without any animation, and “Ignore” skips the cycle with no added time. Drill, turn, and pocket cycles stop immediately, and can be continued to the end with Step or Play, while turn cycles prompt the user to finish the cycle or jump to the end.

All collision configuration is now done via the collision branch in the Project Tree. 5.x and 6.x collision configurations are upward compatible and read into 7.0. This central location for all collision control eliminates any possibility of duplicate collision checks. All current functionality is maintained. The user can define a near-miss collision with cut stock, and all near-miss and actual collision errors are separated in the logger. Components turn red upon first display of the collision contact, instead of at the end of the colliding motion.

VERICUT can read NX Part Files directly when NX is on the same computer. NX parts can be referenced either directly from within VERICUT, or via the NX-to-VERICUT interface.

The CATIA V5–To-VERICUT Interface has been enhanced with many new features for managing tools. The user can merge tools from a template with new tools from the Part Operation, and optionally put all unique tools in one tool library. The user can also use CATIA-referenced STL models. VERICUT holders are now named using the holder names already defined in CATIA. Additional new features include the option to specify work offset subsystems and set model tolerances for the stock, fixture and design models. The interface optionally remembers the last options used. When working with multiple setups, the design model is only output in the first setup and moves with the cut stock.


* VERICUT and the VERICUT license server are now Vista compatible
* Option to automatically set working directory to current project’s folder
* Optionally write and display thumbnail images in the project and machine files
* Include visible CSYS in Report images
* Adding a new setup renames the currently selected setup and increments its number
* Minimum Cutter Extension option: Do not shorten
* Polar measure in X-caliper
* X-caliper measurement markers stay on screen
* Save machine images and display thumbnail images in both the file selection dialog and in the choice list
* A configurable tool bar gives the user the ability to add/remove individual icons and display them in the order that works best for the user

Hyundai Heavy Industries chooses STAR-CCM+ for fluid-structure interaction analysis

Seoul : CD-adapco has announced that Hyundai Heavy Industries, Co., Ltd. (HHI), the world’s largest shipbuilder, has adopted STAR-CCM+ for its fluid-structure interaction analysis of ships in waves. After an extensive evaluation HHI chose CD-adapco’s flagship Computational Fluid Dynamics product because of its breadth of applicability and its ability to substantially reduce development timescales when deployed early in the design process.

“We were looking for a commercial CFD product that offered complex geometry handling, minimal workload for surface preparation and meshing, and wide range of physical models for unsteady marine hydrodynamics.” said a senior research engineer at Hyundai Maritime Research Institute. “STAR-CCM+ is that tool. STAR-CCM+ is so easy to learn while very efficient and powerful in marine applications, especially when predicting vessel’s 6 degree-of-freedom motions as well as slamming impact loads in waves. HHI is also very satisfied with customer supports by CD-adapco Korea.”

David Vaughn, CD-adapco’s Director for the Marine Sector, is excited by this new relationship: “We are proud to name HHI in the growing list of leading industrial companies that have adopted STAR-CCM+ for hydrodynamic design analysis, and look forward to working with them further improving our software in order to meet the future needs of the maritime industry.”

CD-adapco has a 28 year history of providing state-of-the-art flow, thermal and stress simulation technology to the marine industry. From the world's largest shipyard to suppliers of small components, the use of our technology has become a standard feature in the marin design and safety assurance process. CD-adapco's software is used by classification societies such as Lloyd's Register, Germanischer Lloyd, Det Norske Veritas and American Bureau of Shipping.

Using cutting edge solver technology, CD-adapco’s customers have been able to tackle some of the most demanding problems that the marine industry has to offer, allowing engineers and designers to predict how designs will react in operation, before budget is committed to the construction of expensive prototypes. Recent successes include: ship keeping, slamming and sloshing; wave and wind loading on offshore and underwater structures; oil and pollutant dispersions; cavitation control and propulsion system optimization.

Louis Winoski & Randy Groom Join the National Technical Systems Engineering Services Group

CALABASAS, Calif - National Technical Systems (NASDAQ: NTSC) announced today that two leading aerospace industry management experts have joined its Integrated Engineering Services Group.

Mr. Louis Winoski will head the Integrated Engineering Services Group. Mr. Winoski comes to NTS with 23 years of experience in the aerospace industry, having served in ownership and senior leadership roles for a variety of international aerospace manufacturing and design organizations.

Mr. Winoski has worked as President, CEO and member of the Boards at Tubetronics Inc., Vista, CA and Advanced Metal Components Inc., Menlo Park, CA. His international experience includes serving as Managing Director and board member of RSM Fabrications in Farnborough England. Prior to joining NTS, Mr. Winoski completed an assignment with Garner CAD Technik GmbH, a German-based provider of design services to the Aerospace Industry, where he headed its US subsidiary as COO. He concurrently served as Executive Program Manager for PFW Aerospace AG supporting the Boeing 787 Program and its global strategic partners.

Mr. Randy Groom has been appointed to the NTS Engineering Services Advisory Board. Mr. Groom is the former president of Beechcraft, the renowned manufacturer of business and general aviation aircraft that include the KingAir, Baron, and Bonanza brands.

In 2007, Mr. Groom left Beechcraft and established Groom Aviation, a consulting firm focused on improving business strategy, sales, distribution, marketing, product development, customer support, acquisition and divesture support, interim management, and board leadership. He is an accomplished executive and pilot, with an impressive background of improving business operations. Mr. Groom will help guide NTS’ transformation from a testing company to an integrated engineering and testing service organization.

Derek Coppinger, Senior Vice President of NTS, responsible for overseeing the development of the Company’s Engineering Services Group, remarked, “We are delighted that Lou and Randy have joined us. They bring seasoned leadership, significant aerospace experience and strong relationships in the industry. Randy’s addition to our Advisory Board is an endorsement of NTS and affirms our belief that we are responding correctly to evolving market conditions in these challenging times.”

NTS has been providing Engineering and Testing services to the Aerospace industry for over 45 years. Recent acquisitions and investments into growing business units are positioning NTS to provide unparalleled levels of services and offerings to the industry.

Aug 28, 2009

Nottingham University deploys PTC's Pro/ENGINEER to drive Engineering Degrees

Fleet, Hampshire – PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the product development company™, today announced that the University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering , one of the UK’s leading engineering universities, has deployed PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER® to teach mechanical engineering, design engineering, product design, manufacturing engineering and management undergraduate courses.

The University Plus Site licence, supplied by PTC Value Added Reseller Optima, now gives over 1200 students the very latest engineering tools to help prepare for their future careers. It ensures that the University remains competitive, fostering innovations via one complete engineering and design package.

Simon Harrison, Course Director Nottingham University comments, “We are particularly impressed with the way in which PTC’s technology will allow our students to train to a high standard. Our aim is to provide students with the right training and skills, so that when they leave university they are ‘ready to engineer’ and are familiar with the tools in the market, Pro/ENGINEER does just that. It offers a complete suite of concept to manufacture, enabling Product Design and Mechanical Engineering Students to utilise one tool that is considered best in class.”

The University of Nottingham is one of the premier Universities in the UK. It’s history dates back to 1881, achieving Royal Charter in 1948. At the recent 2009 Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Design Directions awards (known as the Oscars of the design world) three of its students were awarded top places. The winning third and fourth year students are part of an innovative design course in the School of M3 (Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering) at the University, all of which focuses on the use of Pro/ENGINEER. “The Product Design and Manufacture course takes a unique approach on helping students to come up with truly innovative designs,” comments Harrison. “It was essential that they were using leading technology to give them the edge and the results are proof of that.”

PTC’s 10 year commitment to UK education and its 24 years of industry experience has provided a unique insight into the needs of both UK education and industry and recognised the importance and effectiveness of project based learning activities, both inside and outside the classroom. In increasing its commitment to education PTC is now offering every College and University student, enrolled at a College/University using Pro/ENGINEER University Edition, a free perpetual license of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Schools Edition. Please click here for more information.

Mr Richard Allan, Channel Business Development Director PTC said,“We are proud to contribute to the education of the next generation of highly skilled engineers who will continue to drive product development in the UK, and ensure our engineering industry continues to lead innovation.”

Celeritive Technologies announces launch of VoluMill v3.0

VoluMill Ultra-High Performance Toolpaths now extended to 3-axis applications.

CAVE CREEK, AZ - Celeritive Technologies, Inc., an independent, third-party developer of innovative high-speed machining technologies that increase machine shop productivity, announces release 3.0 of its VoluMill™ toolpath software. VoluMill is a new genre, easy-to-use, single-algorithm, ultra-high-performance toolpath engine that dramatically reduces programming and cutting time while substantially increasing the life of cutting tools. VoluMill 3.0 extends these revolutionary capabilities to all three-axis applications, such as mold and die machining.

“We are excited to provide the proven benefits of VoluMill to a new audience,” says Lawrence Lynott, Celeritive’s vice president of sales. “Our two-axis customers have reported 30 percent reductions in programming time and up to 70 percent improvements in cycle time while more than doubling their tool life, cutting everything from aluminum to titanium to hardened toolsteel to nickel-based alloys. With the new applications for VoluMill 3.0, we expect many more shops to realize these powerful benefits.”

Both VoluMill two-axis and VoluMill three-axis utilize existing CAD/CAM functionality for geometry and input/output functions, allowing customers to continue using their CAM system of choice. They dynamically manage cutting strategies, feed rate and depth of cut, and minimize force and heat buildup in both the part and the tool by maintaining the programmed material removal rate.

Customers using early versions of VoluMill 3.0 report 85 percent improvements in programming time, and cycle time reductions between 28 percent and 66 percent when cutting aluminum and 80 percent when machining exotics like inconel and waspaloy.

Improvements in VoluMill 3.0 include complete three-axis roughing, which handles all types of parts, including cavities, cores and anything in between; three-axis rest roughing, including Inline Restmill™, which uses a single tool for roughing and rest roughing to prepare a part for finishing; and advanced options for two-axis VoluMill, including support for tapered walls, island height cleanup and regionalized pocketing.

Revolutionary features of previous versions of VoluMill that carry over include a controlled material removal rate, which allows the safe use of much higher feeds and speeds; automatic support of different cutting styles, from HSM-style light axial to light-radial/deep-axial and anything in between; and multi-processor support for faster computation.

Other features include:

• FastPath™ cutting strategy assures shortest cycle time possible for any part geometry.
• CoolCut™ technology ensures that the heat is dissipated with the chips, leaving the part and the cutting tool cool.
• SmartRamp™ material entry, which strategically opens up areas of the material for high-speed transitions between passes.

As with previous versions of VoluMill, VoluMill 3.0 is “CAM neutral” so it can be used with any CAM system.

3-axis toolpath

VoluMill substantially reduces cycle times and tool wear on complex mold & die applications. It intuitively handles cavities, cores and rest milling in even the hardest materials.

Citius Corporation Introduces the KBMax Configurator

New Software combines Knowledge Based Engineering with Product Configurator with Rapid Results for Manufacturers.

Austin, TX – Citius Corporation, a developer of Knowledge Based Configurator software, today announced the release of its flagship software: KBMax. Citius engineers combined KBE and configurator programming to create a new software class they call a Knowledge Based Configurator.

KBMax provides cost reduction and swift improvement in the design, manufacturing, and sales processes for companies that build custom engineered products. With nominal input into its simple interface, KBMax automates the creation of 3D Models, BOMs, CAD Drawings, Office Documentation and Price Quotes.

"KBMax is an ideal tool for the challenging new economy in which we find ourselves,” said Bill Culwell, President of Citius Corporation. “Design automation software that connects to production and sales processes is no longer optional but absolutely required to run a successful manufacturing business.”

The statistics reinforce Mr. Culwell’s enthusiasm. During product testing, KBMax users in the semiconductor component industry experienced up to 90% reductions in design cycle and sales quotation times. And while initial numbers in this trial industry space were promising, KBMax seems poised for more diverse and dynamic applications.

“KBMax would immediately accelerate current engineering and production cycles for a broad range of manufacturers,” said Chief Technology Officer Kevin Bennett. “The software allows end users to customize rules and constraint functions to rapidly create complex product configurations. KBMax essentially acts as a cumulative product knowledge store where subsequent engineer and salesman inputs build improved designs and more cost-efficient production.

KBMax can be used stand-alone or integrated with existing enterprise systems such as CAD, PDM, and ERP.

Surfware vs. Celeritive Lawsuit is Settled

Camarillo - In 2008, to protect its patented “Engagement Milling” technology, Surfware Inc. filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Celeritive Technologies. The lawsuit was settled last week before going to trial.

Under the terms of the settlement, Celeritive has licensed certain portions of Surfware’s proprietary technology. However the most important claims of Surfware’s patent, as implemented in the award winning TrueMill™ were not licensed to Celeritive. Only Surfware’s TrueMill™ implements the revolutionary engagement milling technology that allows 50% faster machining of titanium and other exotic materials by controlling engagement and tool load with a constant feed rate to significantly increase tool life.

The remaining terms of the settlement will remain confidential.

TrueMill is currently available from Surfware and has dealers and technical support personnel worldwide. Since 1989, Surfware provides two through five axis CAD/CAM systems for CNC machines.

COADE Releases Updated CADWorx Plant Professional Training DVD

HOUSTON - COADE announced today the release of an updated video training course on DVD that contains the complete five-day, in-class training course plus bonus material on using, customizing and mastering CADWorx Plant Professional software.

Course contents include advanced 3D piping and plant modeling; piping, equipment and steelwork modeling; piping specifications; bills of materials; ISOGEN, exporting to COADE CAESAR II and PV Elite for analysis and much more.

The DVD allows self-paced training for piping and plant designers who are new to CADWorx Plant Professional as well as experienced designers who want to employ best practices to improve efficiency and increase productivity.

Information on the CADWorx Plant Professional video training DVD is at http://www.coade.com/CADWorx/CADWorx-Plant-Video-Training.shtml.

Functionality for Engineers Increased with Upgraded VE-Pro

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, has announced the release of VE-Pro v6.0. The software allows engineers to analyze designs in great detail with interconnected performance assessment modules and advanced visual, graphical, and numerical outputs. An enhanced user interface, new Navigator functionality and HVAC developments provide a more intuitive experience and detailed level of analysis.

A new look and feel across the entire interface improves the user experience and provides a larger workspace, while smart workflow Navigator functionality is now available as an add-on for VE-Pro users; offering additional capabilities, enhanced visual/interactive reporting functions, an easy QA checking procedure and extra guidance. The new HVAC enhancements include multiplexing, an enhanced water cooled chiller model, and enhanced ASHRAE/CIBSE building loads reporting – all of which help to streamline the design process for engineers.

IES’ new unique multiplexing functionality enables engineers to easily deal with assigning HVAC data to very large, complex system models. Multiplexing layers and tabular editing facilitates fast and accurate data population – users can edit at either the global or individual level. This new functionality helps engineers add an extra dimension to the capabilities and productivity currently available in ApacheHVAC, IES’ highly flexible system modelling interface.

“We utilised the global feedback we were receiving from engineers to incorporate significant upgrades to the ApacheHVAC software,” said Dr. Don McLean, founder and managing director of IES. “The company has worked hard at ensuring different levels of engagement are available for all stages in the design process. VE-Pro offers an innovative bridge between architects and engineers. By simplifying the data, both parties can work easily within the software.”

The water cooled chiller model within ApacheHVAC also received several new enhancements, including detailed chiller definition (capacity, water temperature and part load dependence), parameter definition (rated, design and operation), and the definition of primary and secondary water loop parameters (cooling tower and chilled water systems).

VE-Pro also incorporated automated results filtering and report generation for its ASHRAE/CIBSE heating and cooling loads calculation tools. Minimising the loads in a building is the first step in achieving efficient designs, and VE-Pro’s enhanced load reports produce the data needed to achieve this goal. Engineers now have the ability to look at the detailed load calculation results at both a system and room level, broken down to individual components, for peak heating, cooling, and airflows. Users in North America will find the new report format more familiar to what they are traditionally used to.

COADE Schedules CAESAR II Pipe Stress Analysis Statics Training for September 14-18 in Houston

HOUSTON - COADE announced that the next CAESAR II Statics pipe stress analysis training course will be on September 14-18, 2009, in Houston, Texas. Designed for managers, engineers and designers involved in piping design and stress analysis and held in COADE's state-of-the-art facilities, the course provides attendees with real world knowledge of static pipe stress analysis as well as how to use CAESAR II for cost effective piping design.

Course contents include piping code requirements for piping models, interpreting results for piping layout design, buried pipe and pipeline analysis, fatigue evaluation, wind and seismic loads, wave and current loads for offshore, and much more. As an added bonus, attendees will receive 3.5 Continuing Education Units upon completion of the course.

Course information and registration forms can be found at http://www.coade.com/caesariiCourses.aspx.

Lattice Technology Releases XVL Web Master Version 8.1

3D HTML Publishing Tool Delivers More Automation For Creating Interactive Technical Illustrations Across the Web.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif - Lattice Technology®, developers of digital manufacturing applications using the XVL® format, today announced Version 8.1 of its XVL Web Master application.

XVL Web Master takes 3D design data and publishes it into HTML format for immediate use on an internet or intranet. This powerful tool uses pre-defined templates to allow technical illustrations, parts lists, animations, work instructions and the related 3D data to be rapidly published into HTML. XVL Web Master can be used as a stand-alone application or within an integrated workflow to allow the automated publishing of data within a PLM, ERP or other IT infrastructure.

This latest version of XVL Web Master delivers upgraded tools which allow part descriptions to be extracted from the 3D model and displayed in the HTML pages, directly related to the parts number and the 3D part itself.

The application will now also automatically arrange and display index or part numbers as part of the 3D technical illustration as it processes the 3D data and display process instructions in the HTML page without needing intermediate steps. Users of XVL Web Master 8.1 can also choose additional settings for how animations of the 3D data are displayed including being able to jump to the next animation in a process, play the entire process with the click of a button and automatic display of animation paths for the 3D parts.

“XVL Web Master delivers surprisingly easy ways to deliver 3D manufacturing data on the web, quite literally at the click of a button,” said Sebastien Jame, Engineering Services Director, KVAL Inc., a manufacturer of door and woodwork processing machines. “Its use in our company means that we can deliver up-to-date information to both Support and the Shop Floor the minute it is completed by the engineering department.”

CPDA announces details of Speaker lineup for PLM ROAD MAP 2009

Riverside, CT, ­ Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA), a provider of critical analyses for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) decisions, announces details of the speaker lineup for its PLM Road Map(TM) 2009 conference, to be held on September 22 & 23 at The Inn at St. John's, located in Plymouth, Michigan. Now in its sixteenth year, this highly acclaimed event offers a program that delivers expanded analysis of the year's most critical business and technology issues in PLM.

The theme for this year's conference is transforming PLM into a dynamic infrastructure for business decisions and the need to address the global transformation of product development and innovation processes. The conference kicksoff with a presentation from Mentor Graphic's Chairman and CEO, Dr. Walden C. Rhines, who will discuss a new modeldriven development methodology that supports today's emerging design requirements. Automotive industry expert Glenn Mercer will offer incisive commentary on the transformation of the North American automotive industry, he will focus on the idea that only by understanding the historical roots of our current challenges can we build a future for the industry that does not fall back into the boomandbust cycle of the past. Qualis Corporation's Roger Herdy will show how a new tool, which captures the benefits of the Gantt and PERT charts while linking them to the power of the internet, is impacting process flow at NASA. Rounding out the opening morning, Boston Scientific's Daniel Kussman will share his experiences about what is needed to successfully transform a business system from a technology push to a market pull.

A series of conference breakout sessions will follow. Each conference track will offer a range of stimulating, indepth presentations made by a dynamic group of speakers who will share not only their firsthand experiences in addressing key PLM issues but how they are gaining true business value from their technology investments.

The conference will conclude on Wednesday afternoon with a plenary session that will consider globalization and the future of PLM. Opening the afternoon, Pendaran Inc.'s, Dr. Hossein Nivi will share his approach on how companies must incorporate a uniquely coherent and systemic approach to determine their own transformation. Siemens PLM Software's Chuck Grindstaff will then discuss a lean operations framework that considers the people, processes, and technology that underpin operational performance. Finally, GM Powertrain's John L. Givens, Jr. will share details about a strategy that is transforming the process of engineering at GM from a dependence on physical evaluations to a reliance on engineering design and analysis.

COADE to Give Away Free CADWorx Software with New Licenses and Renewals

HOUSTON - COADE announced today a CADWorx software giveaway beginning today and continuing through December 31, 2009, where customers who renew or purchase licenses for CADWorx Plant Professional and CADWorx P&ID Professional will receive free licenses for selected other CADWorx products. This special COADE offer is in response to the economic challenges facing its customers and others in the global marketplace as a means of helping them obtain critical software they need to do their jobs as well as to keep their software up-to-date.

Under this offer, those who renew maintenance or purchase CADWorx Plant Professional will receive a free copy of COADE CADWorx P&ID, a $1,600 value. Those who renew maintenance or purchase CADWorx P&ID Professional will receive a free copy of COADE CADWorx Datasheets, a $1,500 value.

COADE CADWorx P&ID has everything needed for the fast, intuitive and easy creation of process diagrams, providing standardization and higher quality output plus a user-modifiable symbol library. COADE CADWorx Datasheets, which includes both instrument and equipment modules, is a customizable utility for the generation of intelligent instrument and equipment datasheets. It can be used standalone or in conjunction with external databases, such as those linked to CADWorx P&ID Professional projects to provide bi-directional links to instrumentation and equipment tables.

ModuleWorks acquires HeilTech Simulation Company

ModuleWorks, a supplier of CAD/CAM components for 3-5-Axis toolpath generation and simulation has consolidated its position in the simulation component market with the acquisition of HeilTech.

HeilTech's HSVerify product is known for its fast performance when simulating large toolpaths for 3-5-Axis applications. HeilTech’s HSVerify product has licensees in the machine tool and CAM industry that will now have the benefit of expanded technology and development effort. The company was formed in 2004 by Dr. Matthias Heil.

ModuleWorks Managing Director, Yavuz Murtezaoglu says, “There is a long history of high academic achievement in Germany and a wealth of practical engineering knowledge. Heiltech is one of those companies that successfully apply academic excellence to real-world engineering problems to achieve remarkable results. Now as part of ModuleWorks, we will be able to make this technology available to customers worldwide.”

Dr. Matthias Heil of HeilTech, is delighted to be joining the ModuleWorks team, "After more than 10 years of research and another 12 years developing simulation and verification technology in the commercial world, it is great to be joining a company that really is on the cutting edge of technology. I look forward to bringing all the latest developments from HeilTech into the ModuleWorks product family and I am convinced this will help ModuleWorks Simulation become the new standard."

Aug 27, 2009

The MathWorks Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder and PolySpace Products Qualified According To ISO 26262

Tool Qualification Assessments Carried Out by TÜV SÜD Help Automotive Engineers Generate and Verify Production Code Deployed in High-Integrity Embedded Systems.

NATICK, Mass. - The MathWorks today announced that its Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder 5.3, PolySpace Client for C/C++ 7.0.1, and PolySpace Server for C/C++ 7.0.1 products are qualified according to the ISO/DIS 26262-8 standard. The TÜV SÜD qualification assessment provides evidence to automotive engineers using Model-Based Design with defined verification and validation measures that the tools are suitable for developing safety-related software for ISO 26262.

The qualification improves confidence in the correct execution of activities and tasks required by ISO 26262 defined Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) A through ASIL D. Each of the qualified tools has a certification report defining a set of verification and validation measures, which embedded system developers need to complete when using the tools to develop their high-integrity applications. Further support is provided through The MathWorks IEC Certification Kit product, which includes the certificates, certification reports, workflow documentation, and additional artifacts to document the ISO/DIS 26262-8 tool qualifications for the products listed above.

“With the upcoming ISO 26262 standard, automotive engineers using Model-Based Design will have an explicitly defined set of requirements for high-integrity systems and the added advantage of being equipped with the tools used to develop them,” said Jon Friedman, automotive industry marketing manager at The MathWorks. “The TÜV assessment and resulting tool qualification offer automotive engineers the first commercially available production code generation and verification tools qualified to ISO/DIS 26262-8. This certification helps these engineers integrate MathWorks products further in their design, verification, and validation processes and illustrates our continued commitment to the automotive industry’s software development needs.”

“The successful ISO/DIS 26262-8 tool qualification demonstrated the feasibility of applying this functional safety standard to both development and verification tools and created a benchmark for future tool qualifications,” said Frank Rauch, technical certifier at TÜV SÜD Automotive GmbH. “The definition of suitable verification and validation measures to be used in combination with the qualified tools provides the practitioner with the necessary guidance to successfully apply Model-Based Design and rigorous code verification tools. The scalable selection of these verification measures described in a verification and validation workflow document gives users the flexibility to integrate the qualified tools into a broad variety of software development processes while complying with the requirements of ISO/DIS 26262 up to and including ASIL D.”

As part of the tool qualification activity, TÜV SÜD has assessed the software development processes and customer bug reporting procedures at The MathWorks offices in Natick, Massachusetts, USA, and Grenoble, France, which develop the referenced tools.

ATG Relies on Dassault Systèmes' DELMIA for Facility Layout and Production Optimization

Virtual Validation of Complete Facility Offers Immense Savings.

FELLBACH, Germany - Dassault Systèmes (DS) today announced that ATG Solutions GmbH, (Thüringen, Germany) a designer and manufacturer of production facilities and equipment, relies exclusively upon its DELMIA software solutions for validating its manufacturing facility and equipment efficiency. The digital manufacturing software is helping the company save time and money by identifying potential problems in the virtual world, prior to production.

“Because of the ubiquity of CATIA in our industry design engineering, the seamless compatibility of DELMIA data is a huge plus,” says Torsten Hessland, CEO of ATG. “DELMIA allows us to integrate visualizations and simulations easily into previously existing plant and engineering designs without losing any time due to translation issues.”

Working with SWJ Consult GmbH (Städe, Germany), an independent engineering company for planning and project management, ATG is able to create an entire factory or production facility in the virtual world of DELMIA. Noted Hessland, “Without the DELMIA solutions, it would not be possible to create the necessary interfaces for system evaluation.”

To accomplish its goal of proving out factory floor efficiency in the virtual world, ATG is currently implementing DELMIA DPM body-in-white, Robotics, Human, and Automation solutions. Together, these solutions allow ATG to create, modify and validate automotive body-in-white planning for lines and stations in a virtual 3D environment—inclusive of robotic workcell programming and human behaviors—prior to any physical production. Additionally, the virtual commissioning capabilities of DELMIA Automation solution merge the 3D virtual manufacturing models with the actual control systems and robot controllers. The company can then conduct and evaluate “what if” scenarios to optimize production, enabling them to get it right the first time. Any proposed changes to a plant floor layout can be explored beforehand in the virtual model of the plants.

The strength of the CATIA/DELMIA combined solution is based upon the common data model, which allows for continuity of workflow to achieve immense time, quality and investment advantages. “For example,” explains Dr. Bernd Hirthammer, CEO of SWJ, “when several robots are involved in the material handling of a component, we can simulate the process offline using DELMIA for maximum efficiency. The accuracy of the solution then allows for easy transfer and upload of the program to the real-world equipment.”

Currently, ATG is focusing on the development of new materials for carbon fiber technology. “Given today’s focus on energy conservation through weight reduction, we are examining applications where steel or aluminum could be replaced with carbon fiber materials,” says Dr. Hirthammer. “This is an excellent application of the DELMIA portfolio as we’ve found that our simulation results have been confirmed through real-world prototype testing.”

Improved flexibility in EDEM allows users to customize specifically for their process conditions

Harness the power of EDEM with v2.2.

Edinburgh, Scotland (UK) ­ DEM Solutions, experts in particle simulation solutions, today announces the release of EDEM 2.2, the latest version of the multi-purpose modeling software used to simulate and optimize bulk particle handling and processing operations.

Recent versions of the software have seen the addition of a number of cutting edge features, driven by customer collaboration, to allow users to perform more sophisticated particle simulations. The latest version of EDEM includes a number of enhancements to allow the user to configure exactly the data they require for analysis, improving productivity and ultimately maximizing the time spent solving engineering problems.

Reduced file size = less storage, bigger simulations and faster analysis

EDEM has always provided the ability to rewind simulations and to use the output of one simulation as the start point of another. By saving all EDEM simulation data users did not have to specify in advance which data they wished to analyze. But as EDEM simulations have grown larger, results file sizes have also become very substantial with associated impact on data storage capacity required.

EDEM 2.2 now allows users to combine the facility of saving the full dataset for use as restore points along with a selective save of sub-sets of the results data. Selecting only those sub-sets of the full dataset required for analysis can substantially reduce the file size. This allows a greater number of simulations as well as much larger simulations to be carried out for a given storage capacity. Smaller file size also means less time to extract and visualize simulation data. [Quote from customer ­ why this solves a problem/is of benefit]

Synchronize time in EDEM simulations with external coupled models and field data When saving an EDEM simulation deck users can now reset the elapsed simulation time to zero, or any other value, allowing synchronization of the new EDEM deck with the desired reference start time.

This feature makes it easier to synchronize an EDEM simulation with the reference time when working with pre-defined geometry dynamics, external dynamics coupling or field data linked to an external data source All graphs produced from the results using the new simulation deck will read more easily with axis labels generated from the user specified time. [Quote from customer ­ why this solves a problem/is of benefit]

"Particle Factory" enhanced to include generation of particles based on mass distribution

Users needing to generate a particular mass flow rate of particles, or to fill a volume with a given total mass of particles can now define a Mass Generation Rate, The mass distribution can be non-uniform and the Particle Factory will monitor both the total mass and the match to the desired distribution with the chosen volume. By choosing an appropriate initial particle velocity a user can create the desired mass flow rate. When combined with EDEM's existing virtual geometry capability which allows any shaped volume derived from an imported CAD model to be used as a source of particles, this feature enables users to initialize a wide range of bulk particle flow profiles based on particle mass distribution as well as particle numbers.

This feature will be of great value to designers of Bulk Solids Transfer systems such as Conveyor Transfer Points and allows the specification of initial conditions to more naturally match the operating conditions which are usually defined as mass of particles per unit time. [Quote from customer ­ why this solves a problem/is of benefit]

Analysis can now employ a binning volume of ANY shape for calculation of bulk material behavior

EDEM 2.2 sees the introduction of a new post-processing tool for analysis of results data allowing users to calculate the bulk material characteristics of particles occupying any arbitrary shaped volume. Using the virtual geometry method already pioneered in EDEM for initializing particles, this new post- processing feature extends the method of "binning" particle data using a grid of cubic-shaped bins to non-cubic bins derived from CAD models. These models can be imported from generic or native CAD files or can be geometric primitives created using EDEM's built-in tools.

In addition, the non-cubic bin volumes can be moved through the spatial domain gathering the desired statistics over time. The kinematics of a bin can be linked to that of any piece of physical geometry in the model so enabling calculation of transients such as the rate of fill of a moving digger bucket, or the average velocity of particles exiting a rotating disc such as a fertilizer spreader.

"The new features and capability in EDEM 2.2 support the focus of our customers on fully exploiting the value of particle simulation to deliver engineering solutions", said John Favier, CEO of DEM Solutions. "Flexibility and efficiency in model set-up, simulation and in data analysis is essential to enable users to quickly and easily produce the information they need. As DEM becomes a commonly-used tool in solution of particle problems, engineers are looking for the ease-of-use combined with ability to customize their solution provided by EDEM."

AMX simplifies Integration of Technology with release of Autodesk Revit Product Models

RICHARDSON, Texas – AMX®, a provider of simplified solutions in the audio/visual control industry, announced immediate availability of the first family of control technology models of AMX products used in the Autodesk® Revit® building information modeling (BIM) software. Design professionals now have access to AMX product design files which includes 2D drawings, 3D models, visual images, plus imbedded links to part/product specification data at AMX.com and via the Autodesk Seek web service. With the addition of these high-quality digital design files, design professionals will have easier access to specify technology earlier in the design phase of a buildings project.

"As the amount of technology in projects continues to increase, the need for greater collaboration between manufacturers and design teams is becoming more and more critical," said Julianne O'Connor, AMX architectural resource manager. "AMX is focused on making this process as simple as possible by offering our product information to the users of software for BIM that has been most-readily adopted by the design community."

BIM is an integrated process that allows architects, engineers and builders to explore and more clearly define a project digitally before it's built. Coordinated, reliable information is used throughout the process to design innovative projects, accurately visualize appearance for better communication, and simulate real-world performance for better understanding of important characteristics such as cost, scheduling and environmental impact. AMX commits to sustainable design by providing product data in this format for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) community.

"It is increasingly important for design professionals and builders to be able to rely on detailed building product information as the AEC industry moves to BIM," said Jeff Wright, senior director of the Autodesk Content Network. "The addition of the AMX models to the Autodesk Seek web service is one more step in delivering the information-rich product information that design professionals require, while providing building product manufacturers with an unprecedented platform for online marketing to Autodesk's customer base".

Hagerman & Company qualifies for Inc. 5000 award for third consecutive year

Mt. Zion, IL – Hagerman & Company today announced that, for the third consecutive year, Inc. magazine has ranked the company on its Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy-America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

“Growth requires both a management that is willing to accept the additional demands placed upon it, and an effective, scalable foundation to build upon,” Dennis Hagerman, Hagerman & Company CEO said. “The foundation is the organization itself, its capital, people, customer relationships and internal business systems.”

“Savvy trend spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate,” said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. “That’s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year.”

The 2009 Inc. 5000 serves as a unique report card on the U.S. economy. Despite the ongoing recession, aggregate revenue among the companies on the list actually increased to $214 billion, up $29 billion from last year, with a median three-year growth rate of 126 percent. The Inc. 5000 are responsible for creating more than 1 million jobs since their founding, making the list perhaps the best example of the impact private, fast-growing companies can have on the economy.

Delcam CRISPIN to show complete footwear CADCAM range at SIMAC

Delcam CRISPIN will show its complete range of design and manufacturing software for the footwear industry at the SIMAC exhibition to be held in Milan from 13th to 15th October. The company is the world’s largest supplier of CADCAM software to the footwear industry – it is the only supplier able to provide a complete solution for the design and manufacture of both uppers and soles.

Visitors to the stand will be able to see a number of new and enhanced programs. The most significant new product is TechPac – a 2D system to generate technical packages for footwear designers to supply to their manufacturing partners. TechPac allows designers to specify the manufacturing processes to be used and the sequences of operations to be followed at all stages of the production of the shoe. It will help ensure that the design is produced exactly as specified and to the required delivery schedule.

The system is supplied with pre-defined templates to specify the path for the flow of manufacturing data during production. These templates can be modified by the user to cover any specific requirements of the design and manufacturing companies, or of the particular project. 2D part geometry, models and images can be imported into the documentation from the range of Delcam CRISPIN design software.

TechPac incorporates basic 2D engineering capabilities, plus comprehensive text functionality, with formatting options including font, colour and scale, so that the manufacturing companies can mark up the documents with any comments or queries on the suggested processes. For example, reference lines can be added onto the parts for operations like stitching, skiving and folding, together with images and text on the type of machine to be used.

All of the documents can be provided as pdf or HTML reports so making it easy for everyone involved in the project to exchange data electronically.

The most important of the new updates is the latest release of the 3D upper design module, ShoeDesign. ShoeDesign provides a comprehensive range of options to develop new designs, either based on an existing last or when creating a completely novel product. The software comes with a wide range of materials, textures and colours, while features like stitching, padding, eyelets and laces can all be included to complete the design.

The main focus of the new version has been on improving the ease of use, so making the software simpler for new users to learn and faster for experienced operators to use. The interface has been revised, in particular to reduce the number of icons on the screen at any one time. In addition, the cursor action has been improved to speed up the drawing of style lines, and the selection of menus and icons.

Handling of textures has also been improved. It has been made easier to edit existing textures, and to drag and drop textures from a texture library onto the various panels of the upper.

The new version of the LastMaker software for last design has also been made easier to use, both for the creation of standard lasts and for the development of bespoke designs. Improved creation and editing tools for cross-sections have been added to allow more specific adjustment to the overall design. Similarly, profile-line editing has been enhanced to make it easier to modify the outline shape of the last. Templates are available for the toe, back-curve and bottom sections of the last, so that these sections can be incorporated into the design more quickly and easily.

The ability has been added to compare scanned foot data with an existing digital last, to help produce a custom-made pair of lasts. Control planes, based on standard foot measurements, have been included, making it simpler to adjust standard last shapes for a bespoke design.

Developments have also been made to the base 2D Engineer package. The main new functionality allows Edge Templates to be appended to a part boundary, allowing dependent margins, makers, stabs and notches to be added after the boundary has been created. In addition, work has continued on many areas of 2D Engineer to make the software faster and easier to use.

McLaren Software Announces Availability of Enterprise Engineer 3.6.2 Service Pack 3

33 New Features, 6 Platform and Application Certifications Delivering Improved Performance, Usability, and Deployability.

Houston, TX - McLaren Software the leader in Enterprise Asset Document Management applications announces the general availability of Enterprise Engineer 3.6.2 SP3 from the 4th September 2009. In addition to specific performance improvements Enterprise Engineer 3.6.2 SP3 includes 33 new features, 6 platform and application certifications, delivering improved performance, usability and deployability.

The incorporation of new streaming technology allows McLaren Work Manager users to interact immediately with search and browse results before the full results have been displayed. User actions can now be completed faster particularly where project or asset folders contain many hundreds or thousands of documents. The incorporation of document counters, progress bars, advanced folders, document filtering options, and import results location reporting provides increased visibility and simplified use of the overall system .

Behind the scenes, the improved server memory management and Reprographics Server add stability and robustness to support customer deployments of Enterprise Engineer TM extending to many thousands of users. Support for EMC DocumentumTM 6.5 SP1, IBM FileNet P8TM 4.5, Windows Server TM 2008 are now included, with AutoCAD TM 2010 following shortly. Enterprise Engineer TM Client deployment has been improved to allow a single software update push (e.g. SMS) to simplify upgrades of existing installations.

"Extensive feedback from the McLaren Customer Advisory Board has helped to shape the latest service pack release of Enterprise Engineer. With our customers under pressure to reduce the number of vendors and improve ROI from existing technology investments, we are seeing an increasing commitment to the Enterprise Engineer application suite. We are solving more business problems for more users and the performance and usability enhancements are a response to the increasing scale and criticality of customer deployments". Commented Paul Muir CEO McLaren Software.

Aug 26, 2009

Autodesk Acquires Assets From BOSS International, Inc.

StormNET, RiverCAD and WaterNET Software Tools to Provide Autodesk Civil Engineering and Utility Customers with Comprehensive Water Analysis Capabilities.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif - Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) has announced the acquisition of certain assets from BOSS International, Inc. to further expand its water resources analysis capabilities for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. StormNET for stormwater management analysis, RiverCAD for floodplain analysis, and WaterNET for water distribution analysis will be more closely integrated with Autodesk's model-based design solutions, including AutoCAD Civil 3D, to help engineers streamline workflows, reduce errors and boost productivity. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The environmental engineering and water/wastewater utility markets have recently experienced an uptick due in large part to economic stimulus spending. The acquisition of these products aligns with Autodesk's mission to consistently extend value to its customers and satisfy industry demand. Adding valuable expertise and industry knowledge, Chris Maeder, former president and CEO of BOSS International, will join Autodesk as an industry solutions manager for the environmental engineering industry.

"The addition of BOSS International's water, sewer, and stormwater analysis technology to the Autodesk portfolio supports Autodesk's commitment to extend the value of our model-based design solutions for conducting simulation and analysis of design performance before projects are built," said Jim Lynch, vice president of marketing for AEC solutions at Autodesk. "This is particularly important for sustainable design when engineers need to evaluate the impact of various stormwater management approaches - including rain gardens, bioretention and green roofs - to identify those with minimal environmental impact."

"This acquisition is exciting news. I am a long time user of Civil 3D and BOSS International's StormNET and RiverCAD. The integration of the two is a striking example of Autodesk's continued commitment to the maturation, improvement and evolution of civil engineering proficiency," said Robert Gill, senior project manager at Menlo Engineering Associates. "The civil engineering community will receive a tremendous lift by Autodesk and BOSS International aligning these technologies to further facilitate the design process, reduce the time required to complete projects and improve the quality of deliverables to the client."

At this time, product support and distribution of new product licenses for the StormNET, RiverCAD and WaterNet software products will only be provided by BOSS Computec, a former subsidiary of BOSS International. Product integration details will be announced at a later date.

XL Video Uses PTC® CoCreate® For Flexibility And Speed In Product Design

25% Annual Growth Attributed to Designing with CoCreate®.

NEEDHAM, MA - PTC® (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, today announced that XL Video, international leader in video screen design and rental, creates its customized major event screens and transportation with PTC CoCreate®. CoCreate is PTC's explicit modeling and data management software that provides companies with a lightweight and flexible approach to designing products. XL Video created screens for the 2008 European Soccer Cup Championship, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, nearly all Formula 1 Races and concert tours for pop stars including Robbie Williams, George Michael, U2 and Kylie Minogue.

XL Video has locations in Belgium, Germany, the United States, France and the Netherlands. Large scale projects and customized systems are developed at headquarters in Belgium and then built to order by local partners. XL Video not only builds rectilinear screens but also special shapes and designs such as the curved screens created for the Robbie Williams Close Encounters Tour and the fifty 2.100 mm diameter spheres created for the Emmy and MTV Awards shows. XL Video also rents screens for events such as trade shows, fashion shows and conferences.

Developing screens for such high-profile international events requires perfection in detail on often very tight, non-negotiable production schedules. XL Video first outsourced design jobs to its supplier, Espeel, who uses CoCreate Modeling. "To simplify the exchange of drawings and designs, we implemented CoCreate Modeling as well," said Andy Demeulenaere, design engineer at XL Video. "We found CoCreate so easy to use and so perfect for the creation of our customized products that we expanded our team and now design almost exclusively in-house, which is very efficient and provides us much more freedom. As a result, we can also grow our knowledge base very quickly, which in turn means we can be much more innovative."

The team meets customer-specific requirements by using CoCreate Modeling to radically modify an existing design. They then derive 2D drawings for suppliers. Design data is managed with CoCreate Model ManagerTM. "The XL Video design strategy is principally trial and error-based, which requires a flexible solution that allows for major unexpected changes at any time during the design process," said Demeulenaere. "CoCreate Modeling leaves us free to do what we want, which allows us to place our efforts into developing new products quickly. We are nearly always under intense time pressure, so that the ability to design rapidly, efficiently and flexibly in short cycles is crucial for our success."

Flexibility, profitability and speed are particularly important for us because we are growing rapidly - on average 25% per year," said Kristof Soreyn, technical director at XL Video. "Rapid growth demands considerable organization and resources. We couldn't imagine achieving and maintaining this level of expansion and success without CoCreate from PTC."

"CoCreate explicit modeling is a perfect fit for the design strategy requirements at XL Video," said Martin Neumueller, CoCreate product management director. "With the explicit modeling approach users quickly and easily create 3D designs and modify models through direct interaction with geometry. The lightweight and flexible approach is ideal for companies who create highly customized products."

Siemens PLM Software Launches New Offerings Focused on Productivity for Manufacturing Industry in Korea

Company Delivers Latest Versions of Teamcenter and Tecnomatix with New Features Designed to Help Customers Cut Costs and Boost Revenue to Korean Market.

SEOUL, Korea - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced a set of new and enhanced software tools aimed at boosting productivity for the local manufacturing industry. The company simultaneously launched the latest versions of both Teamcenter® software (Ver. 8) which is the world’s most widely used PLM system, and Tecnomatix® software (Ver. 9), its comprehensive suite of digital manufacturing solutions in Korea.

In conjunction with the launch, Siemens PLM Software will host a webcast for current and future customers on Aug. 25 and 26 for the respective products, entitled ‘Innovation through Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in Economic Meltdown’. The webcast will highlight new features and enhanced functionality that will help customers boost productivity in product development and production.

“In today’s difficult global economic climate it is more important than ever for product producing companies to elevate and optimize productivity,” said KR Kwon, vice president and managing director of Korea operations, Siemens PLM Software. “We are committed to helping our customers by responding to their business needs with the type of solutions that will help reduce costs, increase revenue and foster innovation.”

CADParts & Consulting LLC Using Arena to Streamline Data and Development Processes

FOSTER CITY, CA - Arena Solutions, a provider of on-demand software that helps small and mid-size manufacturers manage their complex and constantly changing product record, today announced that CADParts & Consulting LLC is using Arena to streamline its product development process, boost productivity and improve collaboration with customers. With locations around the U.S. and numerous strategic partnerships, CADParts provides its customers with a full range of printed circuit board (PCB) design services, including component design, project management and product design.

CADParts selected Arena to help the company deliver even better results. "Our goal is to be a one-stop shop for our customers," explained Bryan Truax, vice president of operations for CADParts & Consulting. "That's huge, especially in this current market, when people in niche roles like project management and purchasing have been laid off, and customers want us to perform those functions too. Having Arena, which ties all the pieces together, is an enormous advantage for us."

Before implementing Arena, CADParts had to work with customer data in whatever state it was provided. Bills of materials (BOMs) were generally sent in Excel spreadsheets or worse, Microsoft Word documents. Those formats have inherent limitations when it comes to BOM management, and those limitations, in conjunction with widely varying levels of data cleanliness and completeness, made data management a chaotic undertaking for CADParts. Without a centralized location for storing information, revision control was difficult to impossible. The hand-off to manufacturing was never straightforward: at best it was a long drawn-out process, but if files were missing or incorrect versions were sent, it could be the precursor to schedule delays and incorrect builds. Although such mistakes were often not CADParts' fault, they were still associated with the company and could negatively impact customer satisfaction and future business.

Although Truax had used both Arena and traditional client/server product lifecycle management (PLM) tools in the past, Arena was an obvious choice for him. "The combination of ease of use, completeness of functionality and great price point can't be beat," he explained. "The bigger tools are more complicated and require a lot of time to get users up to speed. But Arena can do everything they do. Why spend $100,000 when you get all the same functionality in Arena for a fraction of the price? And you get a system that's far easier to use too." CADParts only had to spend a few days to get Arena deployed, and individual users were able to get up and running within a matter of hours.

With its on-demand platform and intelligent application architecture, Arena enables CADParts to segregate each customer's data in a dedicated workspace and then give that customer's authorized employees secure, selective access that ensures they only see designated items in their own workspace. CADParts suppliers -- contract manufacturers (CMs) and vendors -- are given similar access so they see only the data they need to provide quotes, ship parts or start assembling. "This is much better than using spreadsheets, emails and documents," said Truax. "We can guarantee to our customers that everyone is working from the latest version. Arena is the perfect tool for revision control."

The hand-off to a CM, which used to take as much as half a day just to get all the latest files pulled together, can now happen in less than 10 minutes. The CM, in turn, has the information it needs to build efficiently -- and correctly -- which means no one has to eat the cost of a mistake, and more importantly, no unnecessary delays slow the customer's product schedule. In CADParts' estimation, in the first few months of using Arena, the company has already saved thousands of dollars.

"These savings are typical of the value our customers experience soon after they start using Arena," said Craig Livingston, chief executive officer of Arena Solutions. "CADParts is a forward-looking organization that's taking the full-service PCB design bureau concept to the next level. I'm proud that the company has chosen Arena as its BOM and change management solution, and I'm confident that this choice will continue to deliver benefits to CADParts and its customers."

"I like tools that work," explained Truax. "I have used a lot of software, and some of it is just so ridiculously expensive and difficult to use. The last thing I have time to do is spend days trying to figure out how to use a new tool. On the contrary, Arena helps me do my job. And I think it does everything a company doing product development could need."

Serena Software's Lean BPM Solution helps U.S. Navy Contractor Cut Costs and Improve Collaboration

Advanced Acoustic Concepts Uses Serena Business Mashups to Speed Time to Market by 80 Percent and Run Compliance Reports with Just One Keystroke.

REDWOOD CITY - The business of submarine technology is constantly evolving and Advanced Acoustic Concepts (AAC) must stay steps ahead in its role as a lead contractor for the U.S. Navy Surface Ship Torpedo Defense program. With its workforce spread across the country, AAC needed to consolidate multiple departmental tools into a single application while improving collaboration and minimizing miscommunication.

Serena's Lean Business Process Management (BPM) solution allowed AAC to control the cost and efficiency of its software development resources and ease the burden of frequent ISO and CMMI recertification. Serena helps AAC better manage software development, hardware operations, contract management, program management and purchasing.

AAC has been able to:

* Bring new software applications to market 80 percent faster.
* Boost efficiency 50 percent through better collaboration from beginning to end.
* Set auto-alerts to notify the right people of calibration deadlines.
* Ensure compliance through automatic tracking of contracts and proposals.
* See what's really going on across the infrastructure, on the micro and macro levels.

LHR Technologies Introduces 3-D Import Capabilities for CarveWright Designer Software with New STL Importer for CNCs

Pasadena - Carving original 3-D patterns into wood just became a whole lot easier. LHR Technologies, Inc., developer of the CarveWright and CompuCarve Woodworking Systems®, is releasing its new STL Importer, a revolutionary addition to the CarveWright Project Designer software that allows 3-D models to be imported and digitally sliced into patterns that can be carved on both machines.

For CarveWright users, the ability to create original, full 3-D patterns has never been simpler. Using virtually any 3-D software, from the professional-quality AutoDesk® family of design software to free software packages such as Google SketchUp® or Blender®, users can create 3-D computer models and convert them to the common STL file format. The format was originally created for stereo lithography machines, which are essentially 3-D printers. It is a common file format and widely used for rapid prototyping and computer-aided manufacturing.

The CarveWright STL Importer Software allows users to import STL models, scale them, and slice them into sections the machine can carve. This slicing function allows the model and the slicing plane to be oriented in any direction and sliced at any depth, giving the user total control over how a model is cut apart to ensure efficient reassembly. Each slice is converted to a digital pattern and laid out on the project board to be carved on the CarveWright or CompuCarve. When completed, the carved pieces can be reassembled and finished as desired.

"We've opened up a whole new dimension of possibilities for our customers with the STL Importer," said Chris Lovchik, LHR co-founder and CEO. "Home users can take a 3-D model and fabricate it into a physical object that they can hold in their own hand! I look forward to seeing what projects our very creative customers come up with."

The STL Importer Software is a new addition to the CarveWright software's current import capabilities, which include scanning patterns using the Scanning Probe accessory and importing 2-D images such as photographs. The CarveWright STL Importer retails for $299 and is available as both an add-on to the CarveWright Designer Software or as a stand-alone program for use with other systems.

LHR Technologies' revolutionary carving system was first introduced through Sears in 2006 as the CompuCarve. The machine is now sold as both the Craftsman® CompuCarve at Sears and as the CarveWright® System through several leading woodworking and home improvement stores, including as Lowe's, WoodCraft Supply, Amazon.com, Northern Tool + Equipment, AAFES and select Ace stores. The machine is widely distributed to woodworking and technical educational programs throughout the country. It offers not only a small, compact and affordable alternative to computer numerically controlled (CNC) systems, but also an intuitive and user-friendly software package that LHR has continued to enhance into a robust, full-featured package. With software additions including Centerline Text, Pattern Editor and now the STL Importer, LHR's software suite keeps getting better.

Additional software features are currently under development at LHR Technologies. These include the ability to import DXF files, an advanced modeling tool set and compatibility with other CNC systems. High consumer demand for the powerful but easy-to-use CarveWright software has led to the opening of discussions with ShopBot Tools, Inc., regarding ways to bring about an exciting new combination of CarveWright software with the ShopBot family of CNC machines.

Users unfamiliar with 3-D design are encouraged to consult CarveWright Website for online videos and tutorials. LHR wi

Leaders in Multiphysics Simulation to Gather for Fifth Annual COMSOL Conference

Engineers, scientists, and researchers will gather in Boston this fall to share their experiences and accomplishments made possible by modeling and simulation tools.

BURLINGTON, MA — COMSOL, Inc. will hold its Fifth Annual COMSOL Conference this fall. The COMSOL Conference 2009 Boston will take place on October 8-10 at the Boston Marriott Newton. This event kicks off a worldwide series of conferences dedicated to the latest developments in multiphysics modeling, simulation, and virtual prototyping.

A major highlight of this year’s event will be the unveiling of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 4.0. The lead developers and Svante Littmarck, President and CEO of COMSOL, will demonstrate the all-new user interface that's delivering a breakthrough in multiphysics simulation for mainstream product development.

An impressive lineup of leading industry professionals from such internationally known engineering and scientific organizations as NASA and GE Global Research will deliver keynote addresses at the COMSOL Conference 2009 Boston. Among the speakers discussing how multiphysics technology has advanced their research dramatically are:

• Edwin Ethridge, Senior Materials Scientist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, who will describe his work using microwaves for the extraction of water from the moon.
• Michael Vallance of GE Global Research will address the work he leads in developing a high-energy sodium battery for use on hybrid diesel-locomotives.
• Professor Marc K. Smith will discuss how he uses CFD simulations to teach fluid mechanics to undergraduate students at Georgia Institute of Technology.
• Darrell Pepper, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Nevada – Las Vegas will present a benchmarking report on CFD simulation performance.

In addition to the keynote addresses, training sessions, and mini-courses, more than 100 engineers, scientists, and researchers from academia and industry will offer individual user presentations illustrating the application of COMSOL Multiphysics in their simulation projects. Presenters are drawn from a broad assortment of industries, engineering and scientific disciplines, and fields of study. Among the topics covered in the user presentations are acoustics, bioengineering, chemical engineering, earth science, electromagnetics, optical modeling, and transport phenomena. Back again this year by popular demand is the poster session, where attendees meet and discuss multiphysics projects with the presenters then vote for their favorite presentation. A record number of presenters are expected to participate in this annual event.

A key element of the COMSOL conference is the wide range of training opportunities and mini-courses taught by COMSOL application engineers offered to attendees. Topics cover a breadth of interests including acoustics and vibration, chemical engineering, electrochemical engineering, heat transfer, MEMS and piezoelectric simulations, microfluidics, optimization, porous media flow, and RF & microwaves. Also throughout the conference venue, hands-on demo stations staffed by COMSOL experts showcase new products and offer attendees on-the-fly insights and help with their multiphysics simulations.

Additional elements of the COMSOL Conference include an exhibition area for partner products and services, daily networking events, and a banquet dinner honoring the best technical papers and posters as voted on by the program committee and conference attendees. The experience will not end in Boston. The COMSOL Conference tour travels on, making stops in Milan, Bangalore, Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Taipei, Tokyo and Seoul.

The COMSOL Conference is “one of the best conferences I have ever attended,” says Dr. William Clark, an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. “Compared to other conferences, I felt I got my money´s worth just from the outstanding plenary talks and the reception. Add to that the chance to hear and interact with other users doing exciting work in fields both similar and different from my own, and you have an outstanding conference. But on top of that, I was able to attend five hands-on mini-courses where I learned lots of new COMSOL tricks.”

Oakland University and Dassault Systèmes Partner to Offer Product Lifecycle Management Short Course

Auburn Hills, MI _ Dassault Systèmes and Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan) announced today a partnership in the university’s four-week post graduate program called the PLM Workforce Development Short Course. Aimed primarily at displaced engineers, the intensive four-week course offered by the School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) integrates business and engineering expertise. Students will be fully immersed in PLM, which relies upon collaborative mechanical design, analysis, and manufacturing software to support products from creation through end of life.

Oakland University’s School of Business Administration realizes that engineers who stay abreast of modern trends in manufacturing and process planning know that implementation of a PLM strategy is quickly becoming the standard by which successful companies bring innovative ideas and products to life. This course will help prepare the workforce for this growing application area.

“We are excited that we can be part of such a timely program, which can provide the technical skills needed for employing workers in this area,” said Roy Smolky, DELMIA Worldwide Academic Relations, Dassault Systèmes. “This is just our first step in developing unique approaches to education for area workforce needs.”

In addition to classroom work on the campus of Oakland University, participants will be trained to use several DS DELMIA digital manufacturing and production tools at the DS Auburn Hills training facility located just one mile from the OU campus. Upon successful completion of the certificate program, students will be fully prepared to take an independently administered DELMIA proficiency certification exam.

“This is definitely where things are going in industry,” said Robert Van Til, an SECS professor who helped develop the certificate program. “There is a real demand for professionals who are proficient in this domain, with the digital manufacturing side expecting double digit growth over the next five years. What we see as a significant differentiator from other Workforce Development courses is the extensive hands-on training provided by Dassault Systèmes.”

The course is being offered on a full-time basis. Prospective students who are unemployed may be eligible to receive tuition assistance through the “Michigan Works!” retraining initiative. The program also is open to working professionals who are able to undertake a full-time professional development regimen.

The PLM Workforce Development Short Course will take place weekdays from September 28 to October 23, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Aug 25, 2009

ESI opens a new training Center in Bologna, Italy

Paris – ESI Group, a supplier of digital simulation software for prototyping and manufacturing processes, announced today the opening of its new training center in Bologna, Italy - where ESI Italia is located, in the northern part of the country.

ESI’s offering encompasses classroom, client-site and distance learning to allow companies shorten their time-to-market thanks to End-to-End Virtual Prototyping solutions.

A customer, Mr. Pundan Kumar Singh at Renault-Nissan stated that “PAM-CRASH training with ESI was quite exemplary and builds a strong foundation for a career in CAE”.

“I am practicing PAM-CRASH also with models sample files. It is quite easy after our last interaction. I have also started reading the help based on contacts and materials. I am discovering new things. My PAM-CRASH training was the most wonderful interaction I had in the last few years. I again thank you for that” added Mr. Pundan Kumar Singh, Renault-Nissan.

Combining lectures, question and answer with the instructor with demos and hands-on sessions, ESI software training courses are one of the best ways for participants to acquire a good understanding of all features and capabilities of the software for immediate application. The class sizes are kept small to ensure that customers have adequate attention and time is set aside to work on their particular problems. Participants are also often asked to send their own cases in advance.

“Our unique application of PAM-STAMP 2G in a research environment for the aerospace sector requires both rapid and tailored support”, said Dr. Alan Leacock, Advanced Metal Forming Research (AMFoR) Group. “The ESI team has provided structured courses tailored to meet our specific research needs and an exceptional level of support essential to our developing needs”.

“The Pedestrian Impactors training course was based on IKCO demands and a planning of the course was arranged based on our discussion, all the contents were successfully presented according our requirements, the training was efficient” said Mr. Majid Varedi, Iran Khodro Industrial Group, Iran.

The expansion of ESI training services in Southern Europe confirms the company’s commitment to provide world-class training courses, designed and taught by expert consulting and support engineers, offering flexible agendas, duration, and location.

Hundreds of professional training courses are offered by ESI subsidiaries worldwide, spanning 12 countries and four continents to provide understanding, basic or advanced knowledge about ESI’s solutions to support companies’ needs for performance and innovation.

The 2009 Italian schedule has thus been added to the training catalogue available online at: http://www.esi-group.com/services/training.

SolidWorks Reseller, CATI Named to 2008 Inc. 5000 List

Computer Aided Technology, Inc., CATI, ranked among the top 5,000 fastest growing North American companies.

Buffalo Grove, IL – Inc. magazine has ranked CATI on its Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country.

CATI President, Rich Werneth, stated, “We’re honored to be recognized in the 2008 Inc. 5000 list. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with great clients and have a strong team. Those two elements made this award possible. We look forward to continuing our growth and being included in this list for years to come.”

The list provides a complete look at organizations with a unique business approach and economic outlook. These companies are considered to be a stronghold of the U.S. economy. Founded in 1992, CATI employs over 65 industry professionals throughout the Midwest.

The 5,000 companies that made the list reported an aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Since these companies were founded, they have collectively created over 826,033 new jobs.

500+ Companies Confirm 3D Product Catalogs Mission Critical : PARTsolutions survey

MILFORD, OH - PARTsolutions, LLC released a new industry survey that provides a view into the importance of CAD-native 3D product catalogs to design engineers for product selection. Compiled by polling more than 500 companies -- including 3M, Lockheed Martin, Ford Motor Company, Goodrich, Cessna Aircraft Company and Bose Corporation -- the data reveals that supplying catalogs in paper, PDF or neutral file formats is no longer adequate, with 85% of design engineers preferring part downloads in their CAD-native format.

CAD-native 3D product catalogs are rapidly becoming a critical business component for manufacturers and necessary to get their products selected, designed in and purchased, with 80% of design engineers indicating that multiple units will be purchased for production once downloaded.

-- 85% of design engineers prefer part downloads in their native CAD
-- 87% of design engineers want to configure the exact part they are
-- 85% of downloaded parts get purchased.
-- 80% of downloaded parts are purchased for prototypes and for multiple
units in production.
-- 73% of design engineers will choose one vendor over another because
they provide CAD data.

These findings are consistent with feedback gathered by PHD Inc. over a period of more than ten years. PHD was one of the first companies to web enable its product line of premium automation products including cylinders, clamps, escapements, grippers, slides, rotary actuators, proximity sensors and switches. Eliminating the time-intensive process of creating, migrating and translating catalog content has saved the company enormous resources. As a build-to-order business that offers more than 450 million product combinations, 3D product catalogs have been instrumental in establishing quick delivery as PHD's primary competitive advantage. The technology has also resulted in 35 times more sales leads by allowing PHD to track who is accessing designs and proactively deliver sales and support information to its customers. Click here to see PHD's PARTsolutions 3D product catalog in action.

Reid Supply Company has had a similar response from its customers. Earlier this month, the global industrial distribution company launched ReidSupply.com, an updated e-commerce website designed as a result of direct response to feedback from its customers. The feedback indicated a need for more web images and an improved data search experience. As a result, the Reid web services team utilized all of their print catalog's images as well as their CAD drawings, which includes over 90% of every part in their catalog. They also employed a new search engine that shows customers their products faster and much more accurately. Reid has one of the largest FREE CAD databases in the industrial supply industry, the Reid digital library is already receiving more than 22,000 CAD downloads per month and is helping Reid Supply to further customer service and satisfaction. Click here to see Reid Supply's PARTsolutions 3D product catalog in action.

"In today's competitive business environment, customers are demanding an endless array of configurable and custom products," said Rob Zesch, president of PARTsolutions. "Supplying catalogs in paper, PDF or neutral file formats is no longer sufficient to get on the preferred supplier list. Rather, enabling customers to download the 3D CAD-native parts directly into their designs has become mission critical."

PARTsolutions' PARTcatalog product enables companies to host their configurable product catalog on-line, making it easier for customers and prospects to "Design In" products to their designs, while business intelligence tools generate valuable sales leads and marketing.