Feb 4, 2010

Lectra Showcases Lean Manufacturing With Dedicated Software and Cutting Solutions at COMPOSITES 2010

ATLANTA, GA - Lectra, a provider of integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials -- textiles, leather, industrial fabrics and composite materials -- is pleased to announce its participation in the Composites 2010 conference. Held in Las Vegas, February 9 - 11, the show brings together thousands of professionals in the composites industry, who will find information on everything from basic materials to cutting-edge technology. Lectra will exhibit at Booth #845.

In addition to showcasing its DesignConcept® software solution -- which allows for the creation of complex models, feasibility analysis, flattening of 3D models to 2D patterns and cost estimation -- Lectra will exhibit its suite of intelligent cutting room solutions featuring the Vector® for automated, single and multi-ply cutting.

A complete and integrated offer dedicated to the processing of composite materials.

Today, all composite manufacturers have one thing in common, namely their need to produce a wide range of products with a very high level of precision. Ever-tighter shipment deadlines and costs control are major strategic challenges. These companies are under constant pressure to minimize material waste and reduce errors. Whether they make Formula 1 cars, wind turbine blades, boat hulls or aircraft components, they have their own specific needs and demand totally dedicated solutions.

All these challenges dictate that these businesses use the most innovative tools and secure processes to achieve success. By offering a truly and complete integrated range of solutions from the creation of 3D models all the way through cutting and smart services, Lectra is the only integrated technology solutions supplier that can offer the composite manufacturers flexibility, accuracy, control and success in their global process. Using a wide scope of proven technologies, Lectra ensures global management of product development through a complete set of applications associated with a value-added service offering.

"The high global demand for composite materials and expanding end user applications are driving an unprecedented era in the industry that dictate that all manufacturers carefully review their processes to remain competitive," said Roy Shurling, President of Lectra North America. "By proposing a complete offering from product design through manufacturing that results from our strong commitment to innovation, Lectra's high performance solutions for the conception, industrialization and cutting of composite materials ensure that our clients are well positioned to meet the needs of this demanding environment."

High performance 3D/2D conception software

Lectra will also present DesignConcept TechTex, its 3D/2D conception and industrialization solution dedicated to advanced materials. Based on Lectra's solid experience in industrial manufacturing solutions, this application provides powerful tools to facilitate the analysis of product feasibility, finished product quality, and cost, thus enabling companies to make key decisions in the product development phase and thereby reduce time to market and minimize costs.

Lectra's cutting solutions: power with intelligence

The entire Lectra range of dedicated cutting solutions for composite materials brings the most advanced response to the production needs of manufacturers working with sophisticated materials. Lectra's range incorporates a suite of cutting solutions for single ply low volume pre-preg materials to high volume multilayer cutting of aramid materials such as fiberglass, Kevlar, Spectre and dry carbon. Lectra supplies cutting solutions based on drag knife, wheel, laser and oscillating knife technology to perfectly meet the challenges of its clients.

At the show, Lectra will present its VectorTechTex FX, which is ideally suited to manufacturers needing to process a variety of materials from pre-preg carbons, to multiple layers of dry materials like fiberglass and even some core materials such as phenolic honeycomb.

Today, cutting precision and traceability are essential for companies processing industrial fabrics and Lectra solutions are perfectly adapted to these constraints. Lectra offers innovative technologies, provides process security, and includes added-value integrated features to ensure maximum performance and production availability.