Jan 28, 2010

Meggitt Signs $50 Million Global Engineering Transformation Services Agreement With HCL

NOIDA - HCL Technologies Ltd. (HCL) today announced that Meggitt, an international group specializing in aerospace equipment, high performance sensors, defense training and combat systems, has selected HCL Technologies' Engineering and R&D Services (HCL ERS) division to provide engineering services for its global operations. After a stringent multi-vendor review which ran for several months, HCL was selected based on its understanding of Meggitt's business challenges and proven track record of partnering with large aerospace and manufacturing companies on highly complex engineering development programs.

"This strategic initiative will help us respond to the current economic environment while successfully positioning us for future growth," said Terry Twigger, Meggitt's Chief Executive.

Bernie Stevens, Meggitt's Group Head of Engineering Transformation, added, "Meggitt is focusing on in-house engineering that is creative and innovative, developing systems and technologies that our customers want and that will drive the growth of the group for many years to come. Where we can, we will outsource routine engineering activities that do not form the core of what Meggitt does best. That is where HCL comes in."

Recognized by industry analysts and others for its leadership in the engineering services market, HCL ERS has emerged as the leading engineering services vendor in the U.S. and Europe. Boasting the largest aerospace customer footprint among all Indian service providers, HCL's commitment to addressing engineering and operational challenges enables the company to address each customer's specialized pain points and provide an individualized solution.

"With more than three decades of experience helping large corporations address complex engineering environments, HCL integrates the right capabilities and business models to ensure organizations such as Meggitt establish a competitive advantage," said Sandeep Kishore, Senior VP and Global Head of Sales & Practice, HCL ERS. "HCL's alignment to the key business imperatives of Meggitt and synergy with business objectives proved to be the biggest differentiators during the evaluation process and culminated in this strategic win."

Geometric releases version 2.1 of DFMPro for Pro/ENGINEER and SolidWorks

New Injection Molding module to help check manufacturability of plastic designs.

Mumbai : Geometric Limited today announced the release of version 2.1 of DFMPro for Pro/ENGINEER and SolidWorks® with a number of advancements and a new Injection Molding module, which helps designers check manufacturability of plastic designs within the CAD environment.

DFMPro is a unique automated DFM review tool facilitating upstream manufacturability validation and identification of areas in design that are difficult, expensive, or impossible to manufacture. It allows quick and in-depth examination of product manufacturability through advanced design rules for manufacturing processes like milling, drilling, turning, sheet metal fabrication, and injection molding.

Some of the highlights of the new version are:

New Injection Molding module with packaged DFM rules derived from well-known industry accepted best practices. Users can validate the designs to check for uniform wall thickness, recommended rib parameters, appropriate draft angles on core and cavity surfaces, undercuts, thin steel conditions on mold, and many other common rules.

Support for imported models using Geometric’s patented Feature Recognition techniques to analyze 3D models independent of the originating CAD system.

Support for assemblies: DFMPro rules can be executed on assemblies, thus significantly reducing the time for execution. All the parts in an assembly can be validated using a single execution.

Additional rules in machining and sheet metal fabrication to improve the extent of automated design for manufacturing reviews .

Support for customization, batch mode operation and automated report generation: Using the DFMPro customization framework, users can write their own rules, execute the rules in a batch mode, and generate reports of DFM analyses without manual intervention.

AMD Professional Graphics Validated for SolidWorks® 2010 on Microsoft® Windows® 7

ATI FirePro™ Professional Graphics Certified for Leading-Edge 3D CAD Technology Solutions.

SUNNYVALE, Calif - AMD announced today that its entire family of ATI FirePro™ professional graphics has been certified by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. for SolidWorks 2010 on Microsoft® Windows® 7.1 Used by more than one million engineers, designers and other creative professionals worldwide, SolidWorks software is optimized to work in tandem with ATI FirePro professional graphics and the latest Microsoft operating system to deliver fast performance and advanced stability for professionals working with mechanical designs.

“Leading-edge technology and reliable work environments are imperative to professionals working in 3D design. Now that the ATI FirePro professional graphics are certified for SolidWorks 2010 on Windows 7, professionals can rest assured knowing they’re working on validated hardware in conjunction with the latest Windows OS,” said Janet Matsuda, senior director, AMD Professional Graphics. “The rigorous and exacting certification processes put ATI FirePro professional graphics up against a battery of simulations and real-world scenarios, to deliver hardware compatibility and stability for SolidWorks users. Certification by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. confirms the company’s confidence and support of the ATI FirePro graphics family.”

“In today’s fast-paced competitive environment, it’s imperative for designers and engineers to have access to tools that help them realize ideas better and faster, because it’s all about who has the best product right now,” said Nick Iwaskow, Manager, Alliances, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. “SolidWorks 2010 contains many new user-driven features that help professionals work faster and smarter every day, and with certified ATI FirePro professional graphics, our customers can achieve advanced productivity, design great products, and bring them to market quickly.”

AMD will demonstrate its ATI FirePro graphics technology at SolidWorks World 2010 (booth #506) from January 31, 2010 to February 3, 2010 in Anaheim, Calif.

Diehl Aircabin Selects Teamcenter

COLOGNE, Germany - Siemens PLM Software today announced that Diehl Aircabin, one of the leading developers and manufacturers of cabin interiors and system elements for the international aircraft industry, selected Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used PLM system, to help optimize processes, enhance collaboration and boost innovation.

Diehl Aircabin, designs, develops and manufactures cabin modules, crew rest compartments and air distribution systems for the civil aircraft industry, including the new wide-body Airbus® A350 aircraft. Up until 2008, Diehl Aircabin was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus and is now one of the major First Tier Suppliers for aircraft manufacturers.

Diehl Aircabin selected Teamcenter, Siemens PLM Software’s industry-leading digital lifecycle management portfolio, following an extensive evaluation process which included a detailed presentation of the cost-benefit analysis and intensive consideration and calculation of the return on investment (ROI). Teamcenter was selected because Diehl Aircabin was convinced of its broad functional range including its ability to more easily configure and visualize complex processes and its open architecture that enhances collaboration and opens the way to an end-to-end PLM strategy. The company aims to utilize these capabilities to optimize its engineering processes and strengthen cooperation with international partners and customers.

"Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter portfolio, will help optimize our engineering process topography,” said Markus Marschall, CFO, Diehl Aircabin. "Visualizing all engineering processes in Teamcenter, this system will give us complete control over our complex engineering environments. We will also benefit from Siemens PLM Software’s longstanding expertise and PLM market leadership in the aerospace and defense industry.”

"The selection of Teamcenter by a leading aviation and space company such as Diehl Aircabin further validates the breadth and depth of our solution and the fit of our technology," said Martien Merks, senior vice president and managing director, Germany, Siemens PLM Software. "This also continues a trend that strengthens our position as a preferred PLM supplier to the aerospace and defense industry."

Teamcenter helps boost innovation and productivity by connecting people and processes with a single source for product and process knowledge. The extensive portfolio of proven solutions for digital lifecycle management included in Teamcenter is based on an open architecture that supports an end-to-end PLM strategy.

MSC.Software's CAE solutions Honored with Multiple Industry Awards in China

SANTA ANA, CA – MSC.Software announced that its computer-aided engineering solutions have been honored with multiple industry awards in China.

MSC.Software garnered three top industry awards including the 2009 CCW Annual Product Award from China Computerworld, Product Innovation Award from Manufacture Engineering Information of China and the Golden Software Award of 25 years from Software World.
“We are honored to receive not one or two, but three esteemed industry awards that ascertain our leadership in China,” said David Yuen, senior vice president and general manager, MSC.Software Asia Pacific.

MSC.Software’s MD Adams was presented with the CCW Product Award for 2009 from China Computerworld (CCW). CCW is China's largest information technology journal, founded in 1980 by the Ministry of Information Industry and the IDG Group. Dubbed as one of the most influential information technology media awards, the Product Award is awarded to recipients following evaluation by industry experts and engineers based on product design, product benefits and overall contribution to the industry.

The Manufacture Engineering Information of China bestowed MSC.Software’s MD Nastran with the Product Innovation Award for the second year running. The China's Manufacturing Industry is a biweekly journal published by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology Association Productivity Promotion Center. The award honors the best solutions in manufacturing technology as determined by their strong innovative capabilities and value to customers.

Founded in 1984, Software World celebrated its silver jubilee and presented MSC.Software with the Golden Software Award of 25 years, recognizing outstanding contributions to the software industry. Software World is one of China Center for Information Industry Development’s (CCID) longest-running publications.

“These awards represent the continued innovation and leadership of our solutions, but the real stars are our customers, who are using these tools and leveraging computer-aided engineering as an integral part of the business process”, said Kevin Zhao, regional director of MSC.Software Greater China.

“The level of sophistication has improved significantly in China as customers are using our industry-standard tools and in-depth services to simulate more across industries and applications,” said Kok Beng Thiam, marketing director of MSC.Software Asia Pacific.

Think3 launches new International VAR Organization to follow indirect sales channel

New Organization will support VARs and indirect sales operations in France, Germany, Europe and Americas.

Bangalore- Think3 has launched the new International VAR Organization for building, growing and supporting the Indirect Sales Network worldwide. The new Organization will be responsible for think3's MCAD and PLM indirect sales activity in Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world (excluding Italy, Japan, China and India where the company has its own direct subsidiaries).

The new Organization, headquartered in the US and Europe, will be led by Massimo Signani, Head of the International VAR Organization, with over 24 years at think3 and an extensive record having held various positions in the company, and Wolfgang Weiss, Technical Manager, who has been involved in some of the most important projects of think3.

The newly-formed division will support reseller activities, develop a common 'VAR team' that jointly defines, develops and launches initiatives via think3's VARs network, and hire and train new channel partners. The Task Force will be devoted to increase customer satisfaction, customer intimacy and to promote CAD and PLM solutions 'that work.'

"We have decided to entrust the International VAR Organization to think3 'veterans,' with years of experience in the company, to guarantee the maximum continuity of service," states Silvano Joly, Vice President, Sales and Worldwide Marketing at think3. "Think3 can be considered the 'welcome outsider' by VARs as we have uniquely positioned solutions that cover the entire process of product development and represent a valid, competitive alternative in the market for performance and positioning. One of the first results of the International VAR Organization is the partnership with Erik Buell Racing, recently announced, which is tasked with supporting Erik's team to develop their business and find success fast."

BlueCielo Exercises Option to Up Stake in Brazilian Subsidiary

BlueCielo increases stake in BlueCielo do Brasil from 51 to 99 percent.

Rijswijk – BlueCielo ECM Solution announced today that it has acquired a further 48 percent of its Brazilian subsidiary BlueCielo do Brasil Soluções de Gerenciamento Ltda, bringing its total stake in the subsidiary to 99 percent.

BlueCielo first acquired 49 percent of its Santo André-based reseller PONTODOC in December 2008, which was BlueCielo’s first move towards forming a strong, operational infrastructure in Brazil and the rest of Latin America, where it has a broad customer base including key players in the energy, oil and gas, and discrete and process manufacturing industries. After the acquisition, PONTODOC was renamed BlueCielo do Brasil Soluções de Gerenciamento Ltda.

Subsequently the assets of BlueCielo’s largest Brazilian reseller GAMA and the BlueCielo-related activities of distributor SKA were acquired and incorporated into BlueCielo do Brasil. Another two percent in BlueCielo do Brasil were secured in March 2009.

With this latest move BlueCielo now has the organizational and corporate infrastructure in place to further accelerate the growth of the business in Brazil and the rest of Latin America – key markets which BlueCielo has identified as having significant growth potential.

BlueCielo’s customers in the region include the world’s biggest alumina producer Alunorte, Brazil’s largest mining company Companhia Vale do Rio Doce, the Americas’ largest long steel producer Gerdau Ameristeel, major Brazilian oil producer Petrobras, well-known tyre manufacturer Pirelli and many more.

ODA and Aftercad to Collaborate on SaaS Technology

Phoenix: The Open Design Alliance (ODA) today announced a new partnership with Aftercad Software to expose core technical graphics solutions and tools that handle complex visual elements to the streamlining of Software as a Service (SaaS) technology.

The ODA chose Aftercad, a long-standing ODA member, to partner with because of their development of new implementations and technologies with SaaS technology and their ability to deliver visual solutions.

The ODA and Aftercad will jointly develop software prototypes for demonstration purposes using both technologies.

Arnold van der Weide, ODA President, stated, “While SaaS may be relatively new to the technical graphics and CAD industries, adopting new technology and offering more opportunities to our ODA members is a core part of our component strategy. The collaboration with Aftercad opens new paths for innovation and success for our members.”

Christopher Boothroyd, CEO of Aftercad Software, added, “This collaboration with the ODA highlights their leadership and promotion of choice in the CAD industry. We are actively engineering solutions for ODA members and look forward to working more closely with the ODA and its members.”

VISTAGY Continues to Gain Ground in Global Markets in 2009 by Supporting Entire Engineering Process with Software and Services

200+% increase in sales to emerging markets and 50+% growth in services highlight company’s progress in aerospace, automotive, wind energy, transportation interiors and marine industries.

WALTHAM, Mass — VISTAGY, Inc today announced that 2009 sales of its software grew over 200 percent in emerging markets and global professional services surged more than 50 percent, a clear indication that the world’s premier manufacturers are recognizing the firm’s ability support its most complex and far-reaching projects. VISTAGY enjoyed significant growth in its target industries—aerospace, automotive, wind energy, transportation interiors and marine—as manufacturers and suppliers continued to seek out VISTAGY’s best-in-class, industry-specific tools that support the entire design-to-manufacturing process for highly engineered products.

Toward that end, in 2009 the company introduced VISTAGY AeroSuite™, a comprehensive solution that enables aircraft manufacturers to more effectively manage the evolving product development process and deliver optimized parts and assemblies in less time at lower cost. In addition to FiberSIM® software, the long-standing, industry-leading composites engineering solution, AeroSuite includes SyncroFIT®, a product line for designing and manufacturing airframe assemblies and large aerostructures, the Quality Planning Environment™, which enables engineers to ensure airframes are manufactured properly based on condition of supply definitions, and consulting services.

The year was highlighted by Bombardier Aerospace’s (Toronto Stock Exchange:BBD.B) decision to standardize on FiberSIM for all composites design-to-manufacturing processes, including the new CSeries aircraft and the all-composite Learjet 85 business jet. Bombardier is streamlining its global supply chain and integrating distributed processes by standardizing the entire composites development process for both programs on FiberSIM.

In 2009 VISTAGY also announced the sale of FiberSIM to CSeries aircraft and the all-composite Premium AEROTEC, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS (Frankfurt: EAD.F) and a Tier One supplier to Airbus and Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), a premier developer of launch vehicles and spacecraft for government and commercial use.

“It’s always important to help customers find ways to enhance their efficiency, but that is especially true when the economy is in the doldrums,” said Steve Luby, president and CEO of VISTAGY. “Our products support the entire process for highly complex engineering projects by providing open and flexible, industry-specific tool sets that help customers leverage their existing engineering and product development tools while our professional services enable them to implement effective development processes. These kinds of products and services are resonating strongly in all our target markets around the world.”

Roland Releases More Powerful Version of 3D Jewelry Design Software

Hamamatsu, Japan — Roland DG Corporation today announced Version 2.0 of the company’s JewelStudio software, a powerful 3D design program specifically developed for jewelry designers and goldsmiths. JewelStudio is included with all Roland JWX-30 3D milling machines, creating a complete solution for precision jewelry wax master model production.

The JWX-30 solution allows jewelry designers to quickly and easily transform their ideas into precise wax models of jewelry items such as rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings. With the release of Version 2.0, all existing JewelStudio customers can update their software free of charge by clicking the program update button appearing on the opening screen.

“JewelStudio 2.0 offers a more intuitive user interface featuring step-by-step workflows and point-and-click simplicity, making it easy for even novice CAD users to create complex jewelry designs,” said Akinori Sakai, Roland DG product manager. “Version 2.0 also includes powerful new design features that further increase the software’s versatility. These include new parametric editing capabilities which allow designers to change the parameters of a design such as the shape and size of a ring and see these changes reflected dynamically on screen. Complex changes such as bending the angle of gem prongs or rounding a bezel are easily completed and reflected in a preview screen.”

Roland JewelStudio 2.0 Highlights:

3D jewelry design software developed exclusively for Roland’s JWX-30 wax master modeling solution.

Produces original digital designs quickly and intuitively, offering designers full creative flexibility.

Simple menus, clear icons and step-by-step workflows guide even inexperienced CAD users through the design process.

New features:
- Parametric editing allows designers to adjust features of their designs and see many of these changes reflected dynamically on screen. More complex design changes are easily made and confirmed on a preview screen.

- 3D texture function enables the creation of original textures on the surface of jewelry items for a more creative, hand-rendered effect. Textures can then be stored in jpeg format for later use.

- Relief Studio creates sophisticated 3D reliefs according to preset parameters. This feature uses vector data imported from Adobe® Illustrator® and other graphics software.

- Dynamic Polar Array easily creates an array of stones and objects in real time for instant viewing.

- Height Field by Color function allows designers to quickly and easily define different heights for their 3D reliefs based on each color in a 2D design image.

- Animation Studio showcases the finished design in a video presentation at the proper resolution for viewing on a Web site, DVD, or for sending as an e-mail attachment.* *JewelStudio 2.0 imports Adobe Illustrator AI formats up to version 8.

PLM Technology “Critical to the Future of the Aerospace Industry”

Customer Breakthroughs in Global Collaboration, Time-to-Market and Lifecycle Support Reinforce the Importance of Siemens PLM Software’s Leadership Role in the Industry.

SINGAPORE & PLANO, Texas - Siemens PLM Software today shared news in preparation for the Singapore Air Show taking place next week. Siemens PLM Software highlights the increasing importance of PLM software to the aerospace and defense industry and market trends specifically driving Asia’s aerospace market growth.

According to Ed Miller, president of CIMdata, Inc., a leading PLM industry consulting and research firm, PLM technology and solutions are “critical to the future of the aerospace industry.”

New aerospace and defense industry development programs in Asia are confirming the growing importance of the aerospace markets in China, Japan, Korea, India and Australia. As recognized by numerous aerospace industry awards/designations, Siemens PLM Software’s technology helps aerospace and defense industry companies manage innovation and transformation, helping to enhance or maintain their leadership position. For instance, one defense department in Asia was able to improve its configuration management, compliance and safety requirements for all services, e.g., Army, Navy and Air Force, by standardizing on Siemens PLM Software.

Separately, Siemens PLM Software also today announced that Diehl Aircabin, one of the leading developers and manufacturers of cabin interiors and system elements for the international aircraft industry, selected Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used PLM system, to help optimize processes, enhance collaboration and boost innovation. (see release)

Eurocopter, one of the leading European aerospace companies, uses Siemens PLM Software’s solutions to ensure product reliability under extreme conditions to develop and employ new and innovative materials and technologies and continue to address the increasingly complex industry safety requirements.

“By utilizing Siemens PLM Software’s technology, Eurocopter was able to produce the most powerful helicopter on the market today. We were also able to reduce the number of prototypes produced and improve documentation for testing institutions that led to faster approvals,” said Jyrki Majamäki, engineer for NH90 Compliance, Eurocopter.

Honeywell Aerospace, a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations, has deployed Teamcenter to enhance the company’s design anywhere, build anywhere capabilities and help the company more effectively manage workloads within and between programs.

“Teamcenter allows our organization to work virtually across a very distributed site construct enabling cross-site workflow, and it allows us to work much more integrated with our supply chain, co-development partners and other parts of the organization,” said Bob Smith, chief technology officer, Honeywell Aerospace.

Over the last year, the following customer milestones/breakthroughs confirmed the power of PLM technology and the digital revolution to drive unprecedented innovation and transformation at a time when global collaboration and value-chain synchronization have never been more important:

New Booster for ISS Orion Crew Vehicle:

* The new booster rocket was successfully tested in 2009 for the future NASA International Space Station Orion Crew Transport Vehicle. In building the new booster rocket, ATK, NASA’s prime contractor on the project, used technology from Siemens PLM Software to develop an industry leading innovative vehicle and was subsequently awarded the 2009 Invention of the Year by TIME Magazine.

AVIC Liming Aeroengine:

* The AVIC Liming Aeroengine company in Shenyang, China, was able to reduce its design change-cycle by 48 percent and its manufacturing process-planning by 50 percent through the implementation of Siemens PLM Software’s technology to build a single digital model integrated design and manufacturing operation.

Secure Global Lifecycle Collaboration:

* The Lockheed Martin-led global coalition implemented the first integrated digital environment (IDE) that will seamlessly and continuously support the largest military aircraft program in history. The current environment supports 140 sites worldwide, 1,200 workflows, 6,000+ users and is expected to grow substantially to support a global fleet of aircraft. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics was awarded the Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine Program Excellence Grand Prize for their management of the JSF F-35 Lightning II Program.

Sukhoi Superjet 100:

* Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company has designed a new regional jet by integrating design, manufacturing and final assembly sites that span all of Russia with key partners across Europe and the United States. With the program launch in 2001, the first flight was in May 2008, and full certification of the Superjet 100 Regional is slated for 2010. (see release)

“To succeed in today’s global business environment, aerospace and defense companies are realizing more and more that PLM technology is crucial for being able to manage new and existing complex programs in the most efficient way possible – thus improving supply-chain performance, product time-to-market, and secure collaboration,” said Helmuth Ludwig, president, Siemens PLM Software. “Our focus on the aerospace and defense industry throughout Asia will only increase moving forward as we expand our solutions’ capabilities to address new industry challenges.”

Altair adds Moldex3D by CoreTech System to its HyperWorks Enabled Community

Leading Injection Molding Simulation Solution Expands the Program’s Technology Offering.

TROY, Mich – Altair today announced the addition to its HyperWorks Enabled Community (HWEC) of Moldex3D by CoreTech System Co., Ltd., a developer of professional CAE analysis solutions for the plastic injection molding industry. HyperWorks users can now download the latest version of Moldex3D from the HWEC website at www.hyperworkscommunity.com and use Moldex3D at no incremental cost through their existing HyperWorks software license system. To date, over 295 companies worldwide have joined the HyperWorks Enabled Community.

“CoreTech System is very happy to join Altair’s HyperWorks Partner Program to offer its leading true 3D plastics injection molding solutions, Moldex3D, to Altair’s global customer base,” said Venny Yang, President of CoreTech System. “By leveraging the mutual strengths of HyperWorks and Moldex3D, Altair customers can obtain high quality simulation results efficiently and effectively without any additional cost. Manufacturing companies will be able to simulate the most advanced processes to optimize their product design and manufacturability and maximize their return on investment."

Moldex3D is a leading CAE product for the plastics injection molding industry. With advanced analysis technology, Moldex3D provides in-depth simulation of a wide application range of injection molding processes to optimize product design and manufacturability, shorten time-to-market, and maximize product ROI. Among the Moldex3D product lines, eDesign is suite of tools that allows users to simulate parts and mold designs before manufacturing begins and Solid/Shell is a complete series of advanced engineering simulation tools for in-depth analysis and optimization of the most advanced molding processes.

“Altair is excited about this new partnership with CoreTech System. The addition of Moldex3D extends our portfolio of solutions, providing our customers with an easy to use, robust and cost effective CAE technology for plastics injection molding”, said Michael Humphrey, Executive Vice President, Global Partner Programs for Altair. “We have observed the recent surge of Moldex3D usage throughout the world and look forward to helping further accelerate their market share position.”

HyperWorks is a suite of enterprise analytic applications that includes statistical, database, visualization and simulation software to help companies make better business decisions. Its patented HyperWorks Units licensing technology allows users to transparently share software licenses globally across a broad suite of applications.

The partnership with CoreTech System brings the total number of applications available under the HyperWorks platform to 55 including 27 third-party software applications such as Moldex3D. These applications enable users to maximize their current investment in HyperWorks licenses by giving their engineers and designers flexible access to a growing pool of leading technology solutions.

Siemens PLM Software’s Technology Used by more than 90 % Automakers Participating in the Washington Auto Show

WASHINGTON & PLANO, Texas - Siemens PLM Software today announced that its technology enabled the development and manufacture of more than 90 percent of the vehicles that top selling automakers are exhibiting at this year’s Washington Auto Show.

“The Washington Auto Show is extremely important for the automotive industry. It’s a great chance for the leaders of our country to experience the incredible vehicles auto manufacturers are producing today,” said Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president, Products and Chief Technology Officer, Siemens PLM Software. “The complexity of producing safe, consumer friendly automobiles is constantly increasing and we are proud to be partnering with automakers to manage this complexity throughout the product development, manufacturing and support lifecycles.

“The auto industry has been using our software for years to innovate the best products at the lowest possible cost. But that’s only part of the story, sustainability is the larger goal. We have enabled storage, management and collaboration for the broad set of interrelated information automakers need to drive their decisions. This speeds creation and selection of the best options, to produce the most attractive products and do so in a sustainable way. The next phase will help automate the application of this product and production information to help meet this sustainability challenge. This will help our customers gain a competitive advantage over those without a comprehensive strategy,” added Grindstaff.

“For the auto industry, sustainability isn't just about one issue or one product. It's about addressing a combination of environmental, social, and economic issues, such as customer expectations, government regulations and financial pressures, all at the same time, knowing the risks and opportunities across every aspect of the business and across the lifecycle of every product. It's this complexity inherent in sustainability decisions that makes PLM such an important component for a company's sustainability efforts. We expect PLM to be essential for companies in the auto industry to evaluate vehicle platforms and pick the optimal design,” said Kimberly Knickle, practice director, Emerging Agenda, IDC Manufacturing Insights.

Siemens PLM Software’s industry leading technology is used by automakers and suppliers to plan, evaluate and coordinate the development and manufacturing engineering of vehicles. Siemens PLM Software satisfies the mission critical needs of leading automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) for managed collaboration across complex engineering functions and throughout the extended supply chain. By breaking down barriers between engineering functions, providing real-time access to information, and performing analysis and simulation, Siemens PLM Software has delivered double-digit efficiency improvements.

Siemens PLM Software is used extensively in the automotive industry. Of the 68 million vehicles produced in 2008 by the top 50 global OEM’s, Siemens PLM Software was used on more than 64 million. Additionally, of the 16 OEM’s producing over 1 million vehicles a year, 15 of them use Siemens PLM Software technology. And overall, of the top 30 OEMs, 26 use Siemens PLM Software’s technology in the development and manufacturing of their vehicles – more than any of Siemens PLM Software’s competitors.

Jan 27, 2010

MSC.Software Announces New Release of MD Adams Multibody Dynamics Software

SANTA ANA, CA - MSC.Software has announced that a new version of MD Adams is released and available for immediate download. Enhancements included in this release provide major performance improvements in both modeling and analysis that make it practical for customers to solve larger and more realistic multidiscipline analysis of mechanical systems.

MSC.Adams and MD Adams are the world’s most widely used and trusted solutions for real dynamics of engineered systems in automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, wind energy, packaged goods, and many other industries. Improving upon this best-in-category foundation, MSC.Software has further implemented a modernized C++ solver, improved memory utilization, and enhanced integration with finite element analysis (FEA). These enhancements have proven to deliver speed improvements of up to 95% reading results from large models, and as much as a 53% improvement in CPU performance in running analysis on these same models. Solving real multidiscipline problems using flexible bodies from FEA has shown in some cases to deliver an astonishing 700% speedup relative to the previous release.

Other important improvements in the new release of MD Adams include:

* Adams/Car plugin module for modeling & analysis of trucks
* Adams/Car tools to easily define model parameters from test data for tires and isolators
* Embedded Simulink S-Function controls models via an External System Library
* Export of Adams models to Nastran FEA from dynamic operating points
* Postprocessing automation support for improved user efficiency
* Support for Shell Elements in Flexible Body Contact
* Native contact detection for cylinders, ellipsoids, and boxes

The new MD Adams release is available for immediate customer download at the MSC Solutions Download Center.

Delcam to launch 64-bit PowerMILL at WESTEC

Delcam will launch the 64-bit version of its award-winning PowerMILL CAM software at the WESTEC exhibition to be held in Los Angeles from 23rd to 25th March. 64-bit technology removes the memory limitations of 32-bit computers so allowing more efficient toolpath generation, especially for companies machining large or complex parts.

The new 2010 release also continues to improve user productivity by extending the application of the latest background-processing and multi-threading technologies available in recent hardware. The combination of these two developments is estimated to reduce calculation times by up to 25%, although this will depend on the size and complexity of the part.

PowerMILL 2010 also includes more than 50 other major enhancements. This is the largest number in a single release for over five years and reflects the continued high levels of investment in product development at Delcam. These improvements allow faster and easier generation of highly-efficient toolpaths for three- through five-axis milling.

The most obvious change for existing users will be an updating of all the toolpath-creation forms to a new and improved layout. The forms make it easier for new users to find the commands they need, while also giving experienced operators more logical access to the more advanced options. In addition, there is new toolbar that can be pinned to the opening screen for the creation and editing of workplanes.

A new series of strategies for roughing and finishing corners has been added. These give more efficient and smoother clearance of these areas, especially when a large tool has been used for roughing initially that has left a significant amount of material in the corner.

Rest roughing has been enhanced to give better control over the start points for each segment of the toolpath. This will give substantial savings in overall machining time by minimising any air cutting.

Offset roughing, a popular approach for high-speed machining, has been enhanced so any thin slivers of material can be removed without risking damage to the cutter. These slivers can be left for the final pass when a constant stepover is used for the offset. PowerMILL will now identify these potential problems automatically and adjust the final stepover to give the safest engagement with the material.

A number of improvements have been made to give smoother toolpaths for semi-finishing and finishing. These minimise the stresses put on the cutter and machine tool, and result in a better surface finish. They are related to Delcam’s patented Race-Line strategies for roughing and act in a similar way across the full extent of the toolpath. For example, sharp changes in direction in 3D-offset toolpaths are now automatically made much smoother as the tool approaches and leaves, rather than simply introducing an arc at the point of change.

In a related development, more options have been added to the collision avoidance functionality to give more control over the direction chosen by the software to avoid the problem. These are particularly useful in any areas where there might be a sudden change in direction. In addition, the ability to specify a look-ahead distance has been added to the collision avoidance capability in order to ensure a smooth transition when tool-axis changes are required.

Constant-Z toolpaths have been enhanced to include automatic detection of flat areas that would benefit from an alternative strategy. In addition, a filter has been added to remove small enclosed segments from the toolpath as these can damage the cutter. The "Steep and Shallow” machining combination strategy uses these latest additions for the steep sections and a range of new options have been added for the shallow areas.

Finally, a new option has been added for all toolpaths that specifies the safe profile of the toolholder. This provides a warning if the toolholder shape extends outside this area in ways that may cause a gouge or collision.

CEC to Resell Spatial 3D Development Components

BROOMFIELD, Colo - Spatial Corp., a leading provider of 3D development components for design, manufacturing and engineering applications, today announced that Computer Engineering & Consulting Ltd. (CEC), a leading Japanese provider of IT services which include software development, verification, systems integration, and IT outsourcing for industries such as automobile and manufacturing, has become a Spatial Reseller. CEC selected Spatial to support their need to develop innovative solutions for their customers across a wide range of industries. Spatial’s 3D development components, including 3D ACIS Modeler, 3D InterOp and 3D Visualization, provide the technology platform for these advanced applications.

"CEC provides a variety of services from design to manufacturing which we call ‘Mono-Zukuri’. These services support manufacturing companies that have complex design requirements and manufacturing environments,” stated Mr. Ryuji Nagata, Executive General Manager. “To meet our customer’s needs, we must provide innovative simulation technology and infrastructure in addition to CAD and large scale visualization technology. We believe Spatial is the best partner because of their excellent products and the fact that they are aggressive in developing new technology."

CEC develops high-quality software that meets customer needs based on accumulated knowledge across a variety of industries, and utilizes best business practices combined with software development expertise. For manufacturers, CEC provides ‘VR+R’ services that consist of 3D modeling, visualization, and 3D simulation for logistics. CEC strives to enhance development efficiency to ensure quality, cost, delivery, and speed (QCDS).

“We are very pleased that CEC has chosen to resell Spatial’s 3D development components, and utilize our technology in their application development. CEC has outstanding expertise and experiences with Japanese manufacturers and the automotive industry. These customers benefit from CEC delivering unique applications in areas such as robotics, using Spatial technology,” commented Junichiro Kochi, General Manager, Spatial Asia. “We look forward to supporting CEC in their most challenging application development projects.”

PTC Wins Strategic Windchill Contract with Volvo Group

Volvo Group completes exhaustive validation of their directional decision to confirm PTC and is set to further advance its PLM infrastructure.

NEEDHAM, Mass. - PTC, The Product Development Company®, today announced that Volvo Group has signed an agreement moving PTC from a directional decision to a firm strategic decision to use Windchill®, PTC’s PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software, for Volvo Group’s strategic VPDM (Virtual Product Data Management) program. This firm decision is the result of an exhaustive final validation that clearly demonstrated the value of the Windchill software and PTC´s capability to execute as an organization.

“Volvo has very sophisticated product development requirements: they operate in a fast-paced, global environment; they work with multiple, heterogeneous sources of data; they develop complex products, which are in many cases highly customized and have significant life cycles.”

Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, and aerospace components and services.

“We are excited to begin the next phase of what we expect will be a multi-year relationship with Volvo Group,” said James E. Heppelmann, president and chief operating officer PTC. “Volvo has very sophisticated product development requirements: they operate in a fast-paced, global environment; they work with multiple, heterogeneous sources of data; they develop complex products, which are in many cases highly customized and have significant life cycles.”

New ShipConstructor Release Targeted At Enterprise Clients

Victoria--The latest release of ShipConstructor, a 3D CAD/CAM software toolset for the shipbuilding and offshore industries, is specifically targeted for use on large-scale projects. ShipConstructor 2009 is compatible with AutoCAD 2009 and includes numerous enhancements designed to increase efficiency when working with complex 3D product models as well as features aimed at reducing production costs.

64-bit Support
ShipConstructor 2009 will allow 64-bit capability on the Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7 platforms. This added capability will allow modelers to load larger portions of the 3D model into a single working session at a greater level of detail with increased program stability.

Democratizing Virtual Reality
Another enhancement is significant improvements involving the creation of 3D Virtual Reality (VR) models. With only a few mouse clicks, any designer can now more easily create a detailed VR model from the product model. Numerous visualization options are also available.

Improved Material Utilization
ShipConstructor has improved its automated nesting capabilities with the introduction of an enhanced nest optimization engine. Test results have shown clients can expect up to a 6% improvement in overall plate utilization.

Intelligent Distributed System Supports
ShipConstructor 2009 includes a new intelligent Distributed Systems Supports module which is a rule-based program for the creation of distributed system supports such as pipe and HVAC. In line with the company’s other efforts to enhance Design for Production (DFP), the software allows an experienced designer to inject knowledge-based rules into the library of supports which are available during the 3D modeling process.

This enhanced module offers parametric design based on a broad range of industry standard supports. Each support is associated with a set of pipes and pipe hangers as well as foundational structure, allowing the support to be constrained and automatically adapt to design changes as the project progresses. This provides a smooth transition from engineering to production.

Effective Design Reuse
Another DFP-based enhancement allows for the standardization of commonly used assemblies, including items such as simple panels, ladders, pipe manifolds, handrails and equipment complete with standard foundations.

In addition to allowing common items to be modeled once and used many times, these Standard Assemblies include the production documentation required for fabrication. The production documents include 3D assembly drawings for each stage in fabrication. When changes are made to the Standard Assembly definition or the related construction documents, all instances where it has been used are automatically changed as well. This reduces the time needed in the design process, especially on large-scale projects.

Space Allocations
This latest version of ShipConstructor provides an intuitive set of tools that allows modelers to allocate space for the various systems (pipe, HVAC, electrical etc.) well before they are modeled. The allocated space is parametrically associated with the wireways in the upcoming ShipConstructor Electrical module. Changes to the allocated space will be automatically propagated to the detailed electrical system model, providing a bridge between the earlier stages of the design process and the final production design.

Presagis solutions delivered on four Boeing F-15C Eagle Simulators

Presagis provided technical services and COTS image generation tools for high-fidelity training scenarios.

MONTREAL - Presagis™, a leading provider of commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation and embedded display graphics software, today announced that Lyra along with other Presagis tools were delivered as part of a Boeing-developed solution for the United States Air Force F-15C Eagle tactical fighter training program. In November 2009, Boeing fielded the four F-15C Visual Systems Trainers.

Presagis Lyra and Lyra Sensors COTS Visual Runtime software were integrated into the training system to provide realistic out-the-window, infrared sensor, and night vision goggle views for the fighter jet scenarios. The Presagis Technical Services team also supported the development of the simulator’s Visual Database.

Depicting visual cues — exactly the way a pilot would see it if they were looking at the landscape through night vision goggles or from the cockpit — is critical to a positive training experience and success in the actual aircraft. With Presagis tools, Boeing can efficiently create the immersive and high-fidelity scenarios the Air Force needs to train their personnel.

Presagis Lyra, a multichannel visualization system delivering 60-hertz image generation out-of-the box, provides out-the-window scenes with complex weather and environmental special effects. Lyra Sensors provides simulated views from the aircraft’s infrared sensors as well as accurately replicating the pilot’s night vision goggles system. The solution operates on multiple hardware and operating system platforms, and utilizes two host simulation interfaces, CIGI and FlightICD, to maximize compatibility with existing simulators.

“Presagis is proud to work with the Boeing team to deliver a customized image generation solution for simulations reflecting the latest military innovations,” said Nick Giannias, Vice President, Research & Technology and Product Management, Presagis. “Our Lyra and Lyra Sensors solutions helped to create complex scenarios that include lava fields, light point halos, and sensor signatures, resulting in a premium training environment for U.S. Air Force pilots.”

Both Lyra and Lyra Sensors incorporate a broad range of functionality for a diverse range of interactive 3D visual applications, allowing for maximum flexibility in simulation development. To ensure rapid implementation, Lyra and Lyra Sensors include a sample database to validate installation and system performance, as well as utility tools such as a CIGI packet logger to record and play back scenarios.

The F-15C Eagle is a single-seat, all-weather tactical fighter designed for air-to-air combat. The aircraft’s pulse-Doppler radar system can detect and track aircraft and small high-speed targets at distances beyond visual range down to close range, and at altitudes down to treetop level.

Altair’s Free CAE Software Training Program Helps More Than 250 Displaced Michigan Engineers

More than 10 percent successfully secure full-time positions after completing the program.

TROY, Mich - Altair Engineering announced today that more than 250 displaced Michigan engineers have successfully completed its Professional Workforce Initiative (PWI) program. Launched in December 2008 and solely funded and administered by Altair, the year-long program provided displaced engineering professionals with free computer-aided engineering (CAE) training and free software licenses of HyperWorks, Altair’s advanced engineering simulation software suite. The program has already helped more than 10 percent of the participants obtain employment.

Altair, a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower innovation and decision-making, recognized the impact of the economy on the engineering community and the need for engineers to expand their skill set to stay competitive in the job market.

“As a Michigan-based company that relies upon the retention, talent and experience of the state’s engineering workforce, the PWI program provided us with a vehicle to help those negatively impacted by the economic downturn to transition into emerging and high-demand professions,” said Altair Chairman and CEO James R. Scapa. “As with all philanthropic initiatives, the key to success is the passion and dedication of the people involved in their willingness to help others. This is without a doubt what our PWI team demonstrated and I personally congratulate and thank them for their hard work to make this program a success."

To date, for every 20 engineers that took advantage of the program, one participant was able to secure employment with a regional engineering firm or manufacturer, including Altair Engineering directly, as well as automotive OEMs.

“The PWI program really helped displaced workers like me refresh our skills and learn new ones to compete in the job market,” said Kao Yang. “Upon completing the training courses, I began getting interviews and secured a position as a Medical Engineer with BAE Systems. I commend Altair for its generosity and corporate citizenship and feel that the training I received from the PWI program truly enabled me to stand out above other job candidates.”

The Altair PWI program also inspired several engineers to return to school to pursue advanced degrees in such areas as alternative energy and information systems.

Over the course of the last 12 months, the PWI program delivered more than 50 CAE training classes that spanned modeling and visualization, linear and noise-vibration-and-harshness (NVH), crashworthiness and safety analysis, and multi-body dynamics (MBD) simulation. Degreed engineers who were displaced from their jobs in Michigan, as well as engineers who were on unpaid leave from area manufacturers that suspended operations, were eligible to participate in the program.

PTC® Provides Raytheon with Windchill® PLM Solution for Global Product Development Management

PTC Delivers Standardized PLM Solution for Raytheon Design Anywhere, Build Anywhere, Support Anywhere Initiative.

NEEDHAM, Mass - PTC, The Product Development Company®, today announced that Raytheon Company, a global aerospace and defense organization, placed a significant order to standardize on PTC’s Windchill PLM software across the company as the cornerstone of its global Product Development Management strategy. Raytheon selected Windchill to replace its enterprise product data management system. Windchill enables Raytheon to create a common global collaborative environment for product design, development and production in support of its design anywhere, build anywhere, support anywhere business initiative.

The use of a single enterprise-wide PLM backbone will enable the company to more effectively harness the power of its world-wide organization in order to quickly deliver these critical new products to the market.

“Organizations with a large global presence realize the importance of having a single, integral PLM platform for product development,” said James E. Heppelmann, president and chief operating officer, PTC. “We are pleased to be working with Raytheon and look forward to continue helping them realize the value that PTC software can bring to its global product development initiatives.”

Windchill can help standardize common product development processes including change and configuration management, streamline product data and workflows, and provide immediate access to product information across the organization. Additionally, Windchill provides advanced search capabilities to support data reuse that can drive a more streamlined product development process.

“Windchill is a strategic information system,” said Paul Cunningham, executive vice president worldwide sales and distribution, PTC. “PTC’s commitment to product excellence supports a strategy to consistently develop and deliver high quality, innovative products to the market. With our commercial off-the-shelf software, PTC offers companies the opportunity to build a common technology platform for their PLM initiatives.”

Ontario Power Company Uses SolidWorks to Design Ultra-Efficient Natural Gas Plant

CONCORD, Mass - An Ontario power company has used SolidWorks® software to design a new, highly efficient energy plant featuring the cleanest, most efficient way to produce energy from fossil fuel.

The Greenfield South Power Plant, under construction in the city of Mississauga in Southern Ontario, will supply power to greater Toronto. The 280-megawatt (MW) facility is a combined cycle natural gas plant that nets extra efficiency by using a steam turbine to convert waste heat from combustion into additional energy. Developer Eastern Power Limited is just one of an estimated 1,700 engineering organizations using SolidWorks for plant design. (link: case study)

Eastern Power chose SolidWorks CAD software to introduce 3D design into its development process, a capability demanded by the scope and sophistication of the project.

“I know how painful it is to work with piping in 2D,” said Orlando Linero, plant designer for Eastern Power. “On a project as complex as Greenfield South, we had to find a better way to develop every facet of the plant – from the structural steel to the piping systems to the turbines. In short, we needed faster and better 3D tools for creating, simulating, and communicating our designs.”

Linero’s team had evaluated several design software packages but selected SolidWorks because it was the most flexible. “SolidWorks is the only solution with integrated design, piping, structural, simulation, and documentation capabilities,” said Linero. “We can see, analyze, and document every design detail right in the 3D model, and easily coordinate design activities for a complex project without translating data to other tools.”

Using SolidWorks, Eastern Power compressed design cycles by 50 percent and cut development costs by 60 percent, Linero estimates.

SolidWorks in plant design

Engineering organizations like Eastern Power are discovering the value of SolidWorks software for designing not only the machinery and equipment inside a plant, but the plant itself. Firms using SolidWorks in this area are saving as much as $20,000 on every seat of software over traditional plant design software, estimates Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks).

In addition to designing the structure and the equipment inside, teams are using SolidWorks to lay out that equipment, connect it, generate documentation, and produce detailed construction/manufacturing drawings. They can also simulate stresses, fluid flows, and thermal dynamics. “Since MCAD is required to design the equipment, customers reason, why not keep using the same software to design the entire facility?” said Eric Leafquist, product manager of plant and process at DS SolidWorks.

Advisory board for plant design

Ten engineering organizations that use SolidWorks software have come together to form a SolidWorks Plant Design Advisory Board to share best practices on plant design and help guide SolidWorks product direction.

At an initial meeting in October 2009, the panel explored modular design approaches that involve designing standardized, ready-made systems into their projects, saving original and innovative design work for differentiated uses. At SolidWorks World 2010 next week, the board will convene for the second time and meet two SolidWorks Solution Partners who have recently announced structural steel design products fully integrated with SolidWorks software, AMV and SolidACE.

SolidWorks World 2010 will also offer several breakout sessions for attendees interested in learning more about SolidWorks’ role in plant design including:

* Enhancing Plant Design Using SolidWorks and Design Automation Tools
* Plant Design Using SolidWorks Together with Solution Partner Products and Other Standard Industry Tools
* Plant Design at INFILCO DEGREMOUNT Using SolidWorks: A Case Study
* Leveraging the Power of SolidWorks & Weldments for Plant Design

Eastern Power Limited relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Javelin Technologies for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

Norvento Selects ANSYS for Renewable Energy Engineering Simulation

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa - ANSYS, Inc has announced that Norvento Energía Distribuida, a renewable energy company in northwest Spain, has selected the multiphysics suite of software from ANSYS for enterprise-wide use in developing and optimizing renewable forms of energy. Norvento expects to leverage the coupled electromagnetic, thermal and structural simulation capabilities of ANSYS® technology in developing the best designs possible.

“Wind turbine design stands to benefit greatly from the coupled use of ANSYS multiphysics software, since the platform can simulate various engineering aspects — from aerodynamic analysis to structural and component design”

One of the company’s most significant recent projects is development of a new innovative wind turbine specially designed for distributed energy applications. “We determined that engineering simulation was the best tool for coming up with fast, effective and innovative designs,” said Miguel Hoyos, technical director at Norvento Energía Distribuida. “For example, the ANSYS tools enable us to perform electromagnetic calculations of rotating electrical machines, thermal calculations associated with electromagnetic effects of the operation of the rotating electrical machines, and structural calculations that are mainly linear but for specific parts with high displacements. Simulation will help us arrive at the best design more efficiently and most cost effectively.” Norvento chose an enterprise-wide approach so its various departments could easily share technology and collaborate on resulting data, coupling software for multiphysics analysis where needed.

“Wind turbine design stands to benefit greatly from the coupled use of ANSYS multiphysics software, since the platform can simulate various engineering aspects — from aerodynamic analysis to structural and component design,” said Ahmad Haidari, director, industry marketing at ANSYS, Inc. “With the addition of Ansoft electromagnetic products to the ANSYS suite, Norvento is able to optimize their wind turbine’s electromechanical system, considering factors such as the electric generator, variable speed control system, transformers, power electronics, power distribution, and sensor and actuator design. The breadth of engineering solutions and depth of multiphysics technologies from ANSYS gives customers the tools they need to succeed in today’s ultra-competitive environment.”

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

Full Machine Simulation on a Citizen M3-32 of a medical component programmed in a PartMaker SwissCAM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

PTC targets 30% license revenue growth in FY’10 on strength of Windchill PLM solution

NEEDHAM, Mass - PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), The Product Development Company®, today reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 2, 2010.

“Our pipeline for new business opportunities with new and existing customers remains strong. During the quarter we recognized revenue from leading organizations such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Bucyrus International, Cummins Inc., DRS Technologies, The Danfoss Group, IKEA, Raytheon, Quanta Computer Inc., the United States Army and the United States Navy.”

The Q1 non-GAAP results exclude $13.9 million of stock-based compensation expense, $9.0 million of acquisition- related intangible asset amortization and $7.4 million of income tax adjustments. The Q1 results include a non-GAAP tax rate of 25% and a GAAP tax rate of 18%.

C. Richard Harrison, chairman and chief executive officer, commented, “We begin fiscal 2010 with strong performance in Q1: total revenue was up 8% year-over-year with license revenue up 48%. Our better than expected performance was driven by large enterprise PLM contracts in North America.” On a constant currency basis total Q1 revenue was up 3% and license revenue was up 43%.

“Our PLM license revenue was $45 million, up 143% year-over-year, highlighting our leadership position in a large and growing segment of the enterprise software market,” continued Harrison. “Our pipeline for new business opportunities with new and existing customers remains strong. During the quarter we recognized revenue from leading organizations such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Bucyrus International, Cummins Inc., DRS Technologies, The Danfoss Group, IKEA, Raytheon, Quanta Computer Inc., the United States Army and the United States Navy.”

James Heppelmann, president and chief operating officer added, “Our ongoing investment in technology leadership is clearly paying off and our market momentum is becoming increasingly clear: our total PLM revenue is approaching a $500 million per year revenue run rate, we are engaged in more than 200 active competitive displacement opportunities on a world-wide basis, and we secured 4 additional strategically important “domino” account wins during the quarter.”

“Our product portfolio has never been more compelling and we are continuing to invest to extend our technology leadership position,” continued Heppelmann. “We have significant new releases of Windchill, Pro/ENGINEER, Arbortext, CoCreate and Mathcad coming out in FY’11, and we are progressing on our new embedded software and program portfolio management initiatives. We also continue to add to our product analytics platform; we recently acquired leading technology in the fast-growing carbon information management market, enhancing our “green product development” capabilities. Our product analytics platform enables customers to perform business intelligence-like analytics on their in-process product designs.”

Heppelmann concluded, “We are very optimistic about the long-term opportunity for PTC and will continue to make strategic investments that we believe are critical to delivering value to our customers and gaining market share. We expect these investments to enable us to achieve our goal of 20% non-GAAP EPS CAGR over the next 5 years.”

Neil Moses, chief financial officer, commented, “Our strong license revenue was, as expected, partly offset by a slight year-over-year decline in our maintenance and services revenue as we continue to work through the impact of soft license sales in 2009. Our CAD and SMB-related businesses were down modestly on a year-over-year basis, as expected, given the maturity of the CAD market and the ongoing impact of the global economy on the SMB space. Importantly, however, we are beginning to see signs of improvement in the SMB market and in the European and Asian markets as well. Our balance sheet remains solid with $231 million of cash.”

Outlook Commentary

“Looking forward to the remainder of FY’10, we are increasing our full-year revenue target to $1,015 million and non-GAAP EPS target to $1.00,” continued Moses. “We are now expecting 30% year over year license revenue growth, with our maintenance and services business flat to modestly up on a year over year basis. We are increasing our non-GAAP operating margin target to 16%, but also intend to continue to invest in our business to leverage our technology leadership position and capitalize on our long-term growth opportunity. We expect to pay down the remaining $57 million on our revolving credit facility and repurchase $60 million worth of shares during FY’10.” For FY’10 the GAAP operating margin target is 7.5% and the GAAP EPS target is $0.50.

The FY’10 targets assume a non-GAAP tax rate of 25%, a GAAP tax rate of 17% and 120 million diluted shares outstanding. The FY’10 non-GAAP guidance excludes approximately $49 million of stock-based compensation expense, $35 million of acquisition-related intangible asset amortization and the related income tax effects.

“For Q2 we are initiating guidance of $235 to $245 million in revenue with non-GAAP EPS of $0.14 to $0.20, Moses added. “We are again expecting approximately 50% year-over-year growth in our license revenue in Q2. We expect our maintenance and services lines of business to be down slightly in Q2, but we expect to see growth in these businesses in the second half of FY’10.”

The Q2 guidance assumes a non-GAAP tax rate of 28%, a GAAP tax rate of 25% and 120 million diluted shares outstanding. The Q2 non-GAAP guidance excludes approximately $12 million of stock-based compensation expense, $9 million of acquisition-related intangible asset amortization expense and the related income tax effects.


* Q1 Results: Revenue of $258 million and non-GAAP EPS of $0.27; GAAP EPS of $0.15
o Non-GAAP operating margin of 17.5%; GAAP operating margin of 8.6%
o Relative to Q1 guidance, currency was favorable to revenue by $1.9 million and unfavorable to expenses by $1.3 million
* Q2 Guidance: Revenue of $235 to $245 million and non-GAAP EPS of $0.14 to $0.20
o GAAP EPS of $0.02 to $0.07
o Assumes $1.46 USD / EURO
* FY 2010 Targets: Increasing revenue target to $1,015 million and non-GAAP EPS to $1.00
o Non-GAAP operating margin of 16%; GAAP operating margin of 7.5%
o GAAP EPS of $0.50
o Assumes $1.46 USD / EURO

SURFCAM V5 to Debut at SolidWorks World 2010

CAMARILLO, Calif - Surfware, Inc., developer of SURFCAM CAD/CAM systems, announced today that the upcoming release of its flagship product, SURFCAM V5, will debut in booth 335 at SolidWorks World 2010 in Anaheim, CA.

“SURFCAM has been a certified SolidWorks CAM partner for over 5 years and this is a continuing relationship which we at Surfware are quite proud of”

“SURFCAM has been a certified SolidWorks CAM partner for over 5 years and this is a continuing relationship which we at Surfware are quite proud of,” says Peter Marton, General Manager of Surfware, Inc. “Now, with the release of SURFCAM V5, our SolidWorks customers will have even more new features and functionality, giving them world class precision and control over their NC programming environment with their SolidWorks data.”

SURFCAM’s powerful associativity enables our users to open native SolidWorks files directly into SURFCAM, completely eliminating the translation process. SURFCAM automatically recognizes any design revisions in the solid model and offers to regenerate only affected toolpaths. With this seamless interoperability, SURFCAM users can quickly adapt to design changes.

“Our SolidWorks users and customers require a high degree of freedom and flexibility, designing in SolidWorks allows users to make design changes with confidence. Because of SURFCAM’s seamless associativity to their SolidWorks files, users enjoy not only increased productivity, but flexibility as well,” said Marton.

SURFCAM V5 includes many new features and added functionality to 4- and 5-axis roughing toolpaths as well as an enhanced Operations Manager, Cview visualization, 3-axis Z-roughing and upgrades to the lathe package. In addition to these upgrades are substantial updates to both 2- and 3-axis TrueMill toolpaths.

SURFCAM V5 supports SolidWorks 2010 parts, assemblies, sketches and configurations.

The event will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center and last from January 31 to February 3, 2010.

Teamcenter for Simulation Dominates Comprehensive Vendor Evaluation by Industry Analyst Firm CPDA

Unsurpassed Scores in 24 of 27 Subcategories.

PLANO, Texas - Siemens PLM Software announced that the Simulation Process Management offering in its Teamcenter® software portfolio outperformed all of its competitors in every major category of an independent evaluation conducted by the Design/Simulation Council of industry analyst firm Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA).

“We are very pleased with the results of this independent industry study which serves to validate the strategy we set in place when we created the Teamcenter Simulation Process Management solution”

The results were announced last week and published in a CPDA report titled, Simulation Data & Process Management – Vendor Scorecard. The report details the evaluation of five leading suppliers of software in this category, and was conducted using 60 criteria in four main categories. These categories were further subdivided into a total of 27 subcategories in which each vendor was given a score of zero to five, with five being the highest possible score. Teamcenter outperformed the competition throughout the report with a series of dominating statistics.

* Teamcenter outscored all other vendors in all four main categories
* No other solution scored higher than Teamcenter in 24 of 27 subcategories
* Teamcenter scored a perfect “five” in 21 of 27 subcategories
* Teamcenter achieved a score of four or higher in 26 of 27 subcategories

According to the independent CPDA report, “The natural integration of the SDPM layer in the overall PLM framework (of Teamcenter) provides additional benefits for the sophisticated user willing to work with the full capabilities of PLM concepts. Linking together requirements management, system engineering, product design, simulation, manufacturing, and support represents the core capabilities targeted by Teamcenter. Teamcenter for Simulation perfectly covers analysts’ needs in that environment.”

In addition to Siemens PLM Software, CPDA’s evaluation also covered four other vendors – ANSYS, Dassault Systemes/SIMULIA, MSC.Software and Altair. Each vendor demonstrated its solutions in live sessions with intense discussion with the exception of Altair, whose new offerings will be delivered starting at the end of 2009.

“We are very pleased with the results of this independent industry study which serves to validate the strategy we set in place when we created the Teamcenter Simulation Process Management solution,” said Jim Rusk, vice president, Digital Simulation Solutions, Siemens PLM Software. “We recognized early on that computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysis and simulation was not just a critical part of product design, but also an integral part of the entire product lifecycle process. That seamless integration between PLM and simulation is an important part of our strategy and a major factor in how we performed in this evaluation.”

ESI becomes a SantosHuman Inc. Authorized Reseller

Paris – ESI Group has announced the recent agreement between its North American subsidiary - ESI North America - and SantosHuman Inc., providing human factors analysis in an interactive digital environment.

ESI North America has become an official reseller of SantosHuman Inc. digital human modeling products and services, and as such handles sales, distribution and training. Santos™ uses biomechanics and physics optimization to predict posture and human motion. With this alliance, SantosHuman Inc. benefits from a recognized partner with an established distribution network for physics-based simulation solutions.

The agreement is also favorable to ESI’s customers, who will benefit from a broader range of human modeling solutions and services. SantosHuman Inc.’s software offering is a great addition to ESI’s own human modeling offering, as the former is focused on ergonomic applications, among which the prediction of human motion. ESI’s offering, on the other hand, provides solutions for Virtual Testing to predict and improve the behavior of industrial products. Above all, those solutions include distorted models of the human body with detailed geometrical and material descriptions of bones, flesh, muscles, ligaments, organs, and others soft tissues. These models enable a detailed analysis of the human body interactions with its environment, and provide a deep insight into its behavior in real life situations, such as transportation security, seat and driving comfort, and orthopedic surgery.

“Virtual tools in manufacturing, design and testing have been around for a number of years and the mechanical nature of simulations are being dramatically improved with new advances in Finite Element (FE) tools and MultiBody Dynamics (MBD) tools”, said Jay Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, SantosHuman Inc. “In ergonomics, the missing link has always been a highly developed human model to predict human movements in the virtual environment. It is where Santos’ offer stands out as its solution, incorporating human simulation to the virtual environment, was engineered joint by joint using a biomechanical physics-based optimization algorithm to simulate any and all human capable movement and motions: our patent pending formulation called Predictive Dynamics”.

“This partnership will bring together SantosHuman Inc. and ESI’s software and expertise to create a center of excellence for human modeling”, declared Michael Bloor, Chief Operating Officer, ESI North America. “Being the forerunners of human modeling and research and development, SantosHuman Inc. and ESI will provide the cornerstone for the most comprehensive and high-fidelity digital human modeling tools. The partnership is geared towards helping our customers address problems in the design stage thereby saving time and money by delivering the most advanced, easy-to-use human modeling and simulation capabilities in the market."

Delcam and AmTTech partner for Texas FeatureCAM training

Trainees will be able to learn about new options in FeatureCAM 2010, including the latest mill-turn features.

Delcam and Associated Machine Tool Technologies (AmTTech), the exclusive distributor for Doosan Infracore machines in Texas, have partnered to provide local training to FeatureCAM users in the Houston area.

"Delcam has the largest development team in the CAM industry. We have continued with a high level of R & D investment during the current downturn, so we have a constant stream of new innovations in our programs,” explained Delcam North America President, Glenn McMinn. "We feel that it is essential to hold regular events to ensure our customers are aware of these new developments so that they can gain the maximum benefit from their software. We are extremely pleased that AmiTTech have partnered with us so we can provide this service to our large number of users in the Texas area.”

Classes will be held from 9 am to 5 pm between Monday March 1st and Friday March 5th. Basic training on FeatureTURN is scheduled for Monday March 1st and Tuesday March 2nd. Basic training on FeatureMILL including 2.5D Milling, FeatureRECOGNITION and 4th Axis Milling is scheduled for Wednesday March 3rd and FeatureTURN/MILL including Turning and Live Tool Milling is scheduled on Thursday March 4th and Friday March 5th.

Commenting on the training Jan Johnson, the newly appointed Delcam representative for Texas, said, "I am so glad that we were able to team up with AmTTech for this upcoming FeatureCAM training. People will be able to bring their part files and we will be able to show them new techniques and features in FeatureCAM 2010. Even experienced users can learn how they can increase their productivity and experience the highest ROI possible from their software and machine tools.”

CPDA Names Will Poirier Program Director, Mechatronics

Will Poirier’s background provides a solid base for guiding mechatronics integration efforts.

Riverside, CT – Collaborative Product Development Associates (CPDA), a provider of critical analyses for PLM decisions, announces that Will Poirier has joined their staff, with the title of Program Director, Mechatronics. In this role he will manage the activities of CPDA’s Mechatronics Council, which concentrates on the full integration of software, electronic, and mechanical integration efforts. Will benefits from nineteen years of industry experience in test development, vehicle dynamics, chassis controls, and IT program, project, and requirements management. Will’s background in computer-aided testing from both Engineering and Information Technology disciplines provides a solid foundation for guiding mechatronics integration efforts.

Prior to joining CPDA, Will led several IT projects at General Motors (GM) Information Systems & Services, where he specialized in requirements management and requirements visualization. He began his GM career at GM Truck Engineering, leading several test development programs for vehicle ballast, structural seat testing, vehicle dynamics, and trailer towing. These customer measurement activities were used to collect and analyze real-world customer usage and to produce accelerated and coordinated test procedures. In addition to his Engineering and IT responsibilities, Will led the GM team for recruiting at Michigan Tech for the past twelve years and instituted recruiting best practices to attract new talent, including the GM Ride & Drive event.

Will holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech University and an M.S. in Engineering from Purdue University.

NEi Works™ 2.1 to be unveiled at SolidWorks® World 2010 in Anaheim CA

WESTMINSTER, CA - Following the successful introduction of NEi Works™ in 2004, NEi Software, a global provider of Finite Element Analysis software, will unveil the next generation of the product at SolidWorks® World 2010 in Anaheim, CA.

NEi Works 2.1 includes enhancements and additional features that address a segment of the SolidWorks community that requires Nastran for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) solutions.

NEi Software CEO, David Weinberg, will be available as the company demonstrates the enhancements and new features of NEi Works including new post-processing features, usability enhancements, optimization as well as new types of analysis, elements, and loads.

A full list of enhancements can be obtained at booth #633 or during the company’s presentation at the SolidWorks World 2010 Certified Partner Theater on February 1st from 7:45 – 8:00 PM.

NEi Works 2.1 is embedded in SolidWorks and has Gold Product status, a designation awarded by SolidWorks Corporation for products that pass its tests for quality and compatible integration. NEi Works is important to product developers in a wide range of industries because it relies on NEi Nastran solvers and incorporates a number of advanced simulation technologies.

Cummins replaces Legacy PLM System with PTC’s Windchill PLM Software As Enterprise-Wide Global Standard

NEEDHAM, MA - PTC, The Product Development Company®, today announced that Cummins Inc., has selected Windchill, PTC's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, as its global enterprise PLM system.

"Cummins has made the concept of Design Anywhere, Build Anywhere a cornerstone of its business initiatives and commitment to customers," said Chris MacAslan, director, global PLM, Cummins. "In switching to Windchill, we are looking to optimize accessibility throughout all functional areas of our PLM environment. In particular, the Windchill solution will allow us to best achieve our compliance and productivity goals and successfully extend our competitive advantage."

The integral nature of PTC's product development system will allow Cummins to streamline and accelerate its key development and product introduction processes as well as advance its global productivity. With Windchill, Cummins will be able to achieve the accessibility, compliance and pure performance objectives of its core business initiatives.

"As the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, Cummins is a clear global power leader, delivering into worldwide markets," said Paul Cunningham, executive vice president worldwide sales and distribution, PTC. "With this competitive legacy displacement we are excited to now deliver the innovation that will help Cummins further increase its productivity and market leadership position."

Eaton’s Business Unit Moeller and CADENAS Solutions GmbH Sign a Framework Contract

With the signing of this framework contract for the "Mechanical Construction Data mCAD", CADENAS Solutions GmbH has been commissioned to model the CAD data for Eaton’s business unit Moeller. The initial data creation and implementation of the entire product palette will take place in many project milestones in the year 2009 and up to the end of 2011.

Crucial for the cooperation with CADENAS was, aside from the proximity, professionalism and worldwide market diffusion, the fact that they provide the best MultiCAD technology.

Another important factor is the collaboration of CADENAS with top industrial enterprises in the mechanical engineering and plant construction fields, which use PARTsolutions, CADENAS’ intelligent parts management system.

Since 1992, eCATALOGsolutions, CADENAS’ electronic product catalog, has provided a solution on the market with which all information for all current CAD systems is prepared once and made available online as well as offline.

The availability of the mCAD data from Eaton’s business unit Moeller as a download service on the internationally frequented online portal http://eaton-moeller.partcommunity.com as well as on the website www.moeller.net/cad considerably assists customers and users worldwide. Furthermore, the publication with mCAD data based on the newest PARTcommunity internet technology by CADENAS is being planned.

With these options being made available, the engineer can easily and without much hassle access the Eaton Moeller product rows and is able to directly work on the CAD data in his own CAD system. This saves time concerning the search for product information and improves the quality of the blueprint, site and detail planning. After the engineer selects the desired part, he can download it in all current 2-D and 3-D CAD formats. The final technical drawing then complies exactly with the job specifications of the customer construction.

TWS to Release AdvantEdge FEM 5.5 Next Month

Minneapolis – Third Wave Systems, Inc. will announce the upcoming release of AdvantEdge FEM version 5.5 in February of 2010. AdvantEdge FEM is a materials-based software solution for the optimization of metal cutting, and has been an innovative computer aided engineering (CAE) software package since its inception. The FEM software provides detailed information about heat flow, temperatures, stresses, and forces for machining processes.

Included in version 5.5 will be new tool and workpiece materials, as well as a variety of valuable enhancements to existing features. In addition to more than 50 GUI improvements to improve the user experience, there have been several improvements to the engine and meshing capability. Also improved is the meshing logic used, so certain changes to the setup that previously required remeshing the tool and workpiece, can now run without any additional remeshing. This should make project setups faster and easier for our users, especially those with complex project setups.

Among AdvantEdge FEM's standard features are:

* STEP, STL, VRML, and DXF tool import
* Standard and custom tool creation
* Library of 130+ workpiece materials
* User-defined material and constitutive models
* Residual stress modeling
* Temperature and stress analysis of the following processes:
o Milling (2D and 3D)
o Turning (2D and 3D)
o Drilling (3D)
o Boring (3D)
o Tapping (3D)
o Grooving (3D)
o Broaching (2D)
o Sawing (2D)

Ongoing software benefits experienced by AdvantEdge FEM users are:

* Increased material removal rates
* Improved tool life
* Predicted chip shape
* Shortened product design cycles
* Reduced trial and error testing

CCE’s EnSuite Now Supports JT Format

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – CCE, an engineering software and services provider has announced the addition of JT support to its EnSuite product. JT is a widely used 3D format for product visualization, collaboration and CAD data exchange.

EnSuite offers a complete solution for seamless sharing of product knowledge across the enterprise. All departments in the enterprise including purchasing, manufacturing, quality control, packaging, marketing, customer service and engineering can use EnSuite to access product information stored in the master CAD data file. EnSuite eliminates the need of using expensive CAD systems or viewers and translators to access the product information, irrespective of CAD system in which data was created.

JT support includes part, assembly and PMI information. In addition to JT, EnSuite also supports an extended list of 3D formats including CATIA V4, CATIA V5, NX, SolidWorks, Parasolid, IGES and STEP.

The latest EnSuite update is available to all active subscription license customers as well as to new customers.

KBMax Configurator integrates with Autodesk Inventor

Austin, TX - Citius Corporation has announced that their software, KBMax, integrates with Autodesk Inventor 2010 software. Manufacturers use Autodesk Inventor 2010 to create digital prototypes for a wide range of engineer to order products. KBMax will automate those custom designs and accelerate corresponding price quote processes. More efficient engineering and sales gives manufacturers a competitive advantage in a tough economy.

Autodesk Inventor software is an industry leader in 3D mechanical design, product simulation, tooling creation, and design communication with thousands of worldwide users. Autodesk Inventor 2010 includes hundreds of new features that help engineers design, visualize, and simulate their products. Autodesk developed the new version to provide the ultimate in engineering power and flexibility and take users beyond 3D to Digital Prototyping.

Citius combined Knowledge Based Engineering and Configurator applications to develop KBMax. This hybrid Knowledge Based Configurator (KBC) software automates all phases of the product design quote cycle. Repetitive manual tasks in design, production, and sales are all eliminated. The result lowers operational expenses while adding valuable time for company wide innovation.

KBmax ConfiguratorSimple inputs into KBMax inputs automatically build product specific drawings and models in Autodesk Inventor 2010. Those same inputs automatically link to the company knowledge base to produce instant bills of materials and price quotes. Engineering and sales departments use a seamless platform to meet customer requirements.

Trial users integrating KBMax and Autodesk Inventor 2010 noticed reductions of 90% in engineer to order design and quote times. Citius offers an ROI Calculator on its website to estimate companywide savings with KBMax

“Autodesk Inventor 2010 has some remarkable new features that will drive engineering innovation,” said Jim Quanci, director of the Autodesk Developer Network. "Using KBMax with Inventor creates an even more powerful product that will give our users the ability to spend more time on new product development.”

“Software that automatically builds 3D CAD models in Inventor is finally here,” said Citius Chief Technical Officer Kevin Bennett. "Plus KBMax automates custom BOMs and price quotes for those designs. Combining our KBMax Configurator with Inventor will automate engineering and accelerate sales. "

Blue Ridge Numerics Annouces CFdesign 2010 Fully Supports NX 7

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc has announced that the recent Winter release of CFdesign 2010 fully supports NX 7. NX users are able to conduct computational fluid dynamic (CFD) studies seamlessly from the NX 7 environment.

The Winter release of CFdesign 2010 leverages the synchronous modeling tools found within NX 7 and provides even tighter integration with CFdesign’s multi-scenario design study environment.

CFdesign provides a straightforward flexible workflow with full associativity with the NX 7 CAD platform. NX customers can begin a fluid flow or heat transfer design study without having to export their geometry making the process seamless.

“The CFdesign 2010 support of NX 7 continues to provide NX users the value of working in their CAD-familiar environment and being able to efficiently run fluid flow and heat transfer simulations,” explains Derrek Cooper, product manager, Blue Ridge Numerics. “CFdesign 2010 enables engineers to quickly create and compare multiple designs and make important design decisions early in the development process.”

ODA Announces ODA World Conference 2010

Phoenix, AZ: The Open Design Alliance (ODA) announces the second ODA World Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA, May 4 – 5, 2010. The ODA is also asking its members, partners, and other third parties to submit industry-related papers and presentations for the conference.

After positive responses and full attendance at last year’s ODA World Conference in Leiden, The Netherlands, the ODA will offer attendees at this conference the opportunity to discuss and learn about the latest advances in ODA platform technology and the technical graphics industry.

Each day of the conference will include presentations by industry-leading ODA member companies, ODA partners, and other third parties, as well as offer workshops in the ODA Technology Exchange. The new ODA Technology Exchange format will provide a small-group, workshop-like format for more direct interaction, collaboration and “how-to” sessions with technology leaders to address the specific questions and requirements of conference attendees. Topics will include, among others, the latest developments and advancements in the CAD industry, conceptual and practical implementations of ODA technology, and how to blend ODA components and third-party components to create a foundation for innovative solutions.

Arnold van der Weide, President of the ODA, commented, “The ODA World Conference last year proved to be a tremendous success. ODA members and colleagues gathering from across the globe generated new business relationships, new ideas, and new energy. Feedback indicated that eighty percent of last year’s attendees plan to attend the ODA World Conference again. This year’s conference will include less formal presentations, and the introduction of the ODA Technology Exchange will allow attendees to learn more about technology from the ODA, ODA members, ODA partners and other third parties in a workshop-like setting. We look forward to seeing those who joined us before and new attendees to collaborate and learn about the advances in the CAD industry and ODA technology.”

Altair Engineering and Oakland University Launch New Certification Program for Business Intelligence and Data Mining

Troy, Mich – Altair Engineering, a leading global provider of technology and services that empower innovation and decision making, together with Oakland University’s School of Business Administration, has developed a new, market-leading certificate program for business intelligence and data mining.

The distinctive three-pronged certificate program, which begins on January 28, will offer participants an edge in the field of business intelligence and includes:
* Classroom learning through lecture and case studies to help students gain knowledge and skills to use software tools to make competitive business decisions.
* Training that details Altair’s HiQube business intelligence software using specific case studies involving the medical, financial, quality and warranty business environments.
* Assistance in identifying internship opportunities where students can put their new skills into practice.

The goal of the internship component of this certificate program is to allow students to apply their focused training to address real-world business needs – benefitting both the participants’ understanding as well as the internship host company’s business. Internship host sites will receive free HiQube software licenses and support for the duration of the internship period.

“Uncertain economic times mean businesses must work faster and smarter by combining the critical skills of data mining and business intelligence,” said David Schmueser, Ph.D., University Program Manager for Altair. “Through our partnership with Oakland University, Altair will help participants to effectively acquire and use the information needed to solve specific needs and identify emerging trends from which a company might profit in a cost-effective and time- and resource-efficient manner.”

This certificate program approach directly addresses one of the challenges President Barack Obama identified during his visit at Macomb Community College in July 2009 – connecting students looking for jobs with businesses looking to hire. This program is a prime example of putting colleges and employers together to create programs that match curricula in the classroom with the needs of boardroom.

To take the course, students must hold a Bachelor or Master of Science degree, preferably in IT, computer science, engineering, business, sales, marketing, operations management, procurement or finance.

For more information or to register, visit www.sba.oakland.edu/ce or www.oakland.edu/?id=11544&sid=248 or call (248) 370-3177.