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May 11, 2011

VISTAGY's Seat Design Environment™ 2011 Enhances Automatic Generation of Engineering and Manufacturing Documentation

New software release enables OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers of seats for the transportation industry to more efficiently define trim covers.

WALTHAM, Mass — VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced the release of Seat Design Environment™ 2011 (SDE), which improves the automatic generation of documents so manufacturers can efficiently create more of the engineering and manufacturing drawings and details needed to fully define seat covers with commercial 3D CAD systems. The new release continues the progress SDE has made in revolutionizing the way seat trim covers are designed and manufactured by further streamlining seat trim engineering and manufacturing processes.

“The enhanced generation of documentation and the improved user interface of SDE 2011 have helped us streamline our seat trim development process,” said Nicolas Michot, manager of Faurecia’s R&D Seat Division and senior trim expert. “As a result, we’re able to keep costs down and improve our ability to get product to market.”

SDE 2011 features an improved interface that better supports the processes and approach used by design and manufacturing engineers to produce seat covers, and extends the global reach of the product by introducing a Japanese interface.

The enhanced documentation features include:

Patterns and attachments that have call-out numbers that correspond to the reference table, making it easier to view as well as to include more data
Improved representation and highlighting of elastics and zippers, what pieces they’re assigned to, and a description of the operation<
An increased amount of data that can be exported to engineering drawings and reports, such as special instructions
Additional materials and notes tables (for special instructions)
Flexible labeling of sew lines in engineering drawings so the instructions can either be either labeled individually or provided as standard instructions
An additional step of instructions in the sew report.

The improved user interface includes:

Consolidation of menus
Easier access to commonly used functions
And a more aesthetically pleasing look.

“The onus is on seat cover manufacturers to get to market quickly and on budget,” said Ed Bernardon, vice president of business development for VISTAGY. “The introduction of SDE 2011 empowers them to meet this goal by more efficiently creating the engineering and manufacturing documents and data that are needed to fully define seat trim covers, and by providing an improved user interface that matches the processes and approach used by engineers to produce seat trim covers. With SDE 2011, we continue to enhance our customers’ competitiveness by streamlining the entire design-to-manufacturing process.

“We want to thank Faurecia for their cooperation in the development of SDE 2011. Their input certainly helped us understand and respond to the key issues faced by seat trim professionals."