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PLM Industry Summary
Christine Bennett, Editor
Vol. 11 No. 14 Friday 3 April 2009
Contents
Acquisitions _______________________________________________________________________ 3 AVEVA Acquires Instrumentation Engineering Software ________________________________________3 Siemens Reinforces Portfolio with Process Industry Software ____________________________________3 CIMdata News _____________________________________________________________________ 4 Ask the PLM Expert, Ken Amann “How Does PLM Handle Products with Embedded Software?” _______4 CIMdata Posts New Opinion Poll on PLM Analytics ___________________________________________4 Company News _____________________________________________________________________ 5 Autodesk Launches Online Site to For Millions of AutoCAD Users to Interact and Learn from Each Other _5 Autodesk Recognizes IMAGINiT Canada as Americas Reseller of the Year for FY09 _________________5 Avatech Solutions Strengthens Operating Program with Enhanced Offerings and Additional Cost Cutting
Measures ______________________________________________________________________________6 CADD Edge Selects SolidProfessor Knowledge Resources ______________________________________7 Cadence Launches 'Industry Insights' Design Community Blog ___________________________________8 Consistent Growth Leads to Expansion of Atrion's Global Organization and Delivery Capacity __________8 Core Services Extends Strategic Provisions by Hosting Oracle Agile Solutions _______________________9 Dassault Systemes’ Commitment to Footwear Industry Strengthened by Recent Partnership ___________10 Datastay Corporation Employs its own PLM Software _________________________________________11 Delcam to Lead £1 Million Remanufacturing Project __________________________________________11 ESI Group and the PPE Research Center Partner to Further Develop Composite Materials Design and
Simulation ____________________________________________________________________________13 ESI Group and the SIMDAT Project Address the Challenges of Virtual Car Development _____________14 Gibbs and Associates Celebrates 25 Years ___________________________________________________15 HP Reinvents the Workstation ____________________________________________________________15 LEDAS Celebrates its 10th Anniversary While Becoming Closer to CAD Users _____________________18 Siemens PLM Software Announces Indian Channel Partner Award Winners ________________________19 Siemens PLM Software Expands Presence in South Korea ______________________________________19 SpaceClaim Secures $7 Million in New Funding ______________________________________________20 Syclo Teams With SAP to Deliver Mobile Asset and Service Management Solutions _________________21 WorkXPlore 3D, Sescoi’s High Speed 3D Viewer, wins Top Trophy in France ______________________22 Events News ______________________________________________________________________ 23 AspenTech 2009 User Conference to Highlight How Customers Use Process Optimization to “Navigate
Uncertainty” __________________________________________________________________________23 AVEVA Announces Viewpoint Americas Users' Conference 2009 _______________________________23 Call for Papers: COMSOL Conference 2009 Boston ___________________________________________24 CGTech to Show VERICUT 7 at EASTEC __________________________________________________25 Delcam to Show Faster Design and Machining at NPE/MoldMaking Expo _________________________26 European Automotive Simulation Conference to Drive Next-Generation Vehicle Design ______________27 IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 Reports Positive Exhibit Space Sales __28 Onesia unveils Orealia™ 2.0 at Laval Virtual ________________________________________________28 Steve MacDonald Announces Strong Revenue Growth at STAR European Conference _______________29 Technology Momentum Drives Best Papers at 19th Annual Synopsys Users Group San Jose ___________30 Un PLM sur le salon MDD Expo Foods&Goods 25 – 26 Mars 2009 – Porte de Versailles à Paris _______31 Financial News ___________________________________________________________________ 32 ASCON Group Announces Results of the Year 2008 __________________________________________32 Copyright © 2009 by CIMdata, Inc. All rights reserved.
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CENIT Increases Sales and Order Income ___________________________________________________33 Delcam Sets New Sales Record in 2008 _____________________________________________________35 The IGE+XAO Group Announces:Consolidated Accounts for the first half 2008/2009 (in IFRS norms) __38 Nemetschek Presents Annual Report and Prepares for the Crisis _________________________________39 Implementation Investments _________________________________________________________ 40 Cadence and NEC Electronics Announce Encounter Digital Implementation System To Support NEC
Electronics' System LSI with Built-In V850 CPU Core _________________________________________40 CD-adapco Licenses LEDAS Variational Geometric Solver LGS 2D ______________________________41 City of Prague Collects Data for New Urban Base Map Using Bentley’s Geospatial Software __________41 Delcam’s PowerINSPECT Gives a Competitive Advantage to Rayco Manufacturing _________________42 DEMDACO Implements Centric Software PLM, Sourcing System _______________________________43 EADS Innovation Works Europe Adds HyperWorks to Their Set of Preferred CAE Tools _____________44 Global Unichip Announces Greater Than 3X Schedule Reduction of Full-Chip Design Closure on 50M Gate
Design with New Encounter Digital Implementation System ____________________________________45 Guess, Inc. Expands Deployment of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Solutions to Manage Its Global Sourcing
Operation ____________________________________________________________________________46 HDR Saves $1.48 Million in Travel Costs, Reduces Carbon Emissions by 581 Metric Tons With Bentley’s
ProjectWise Collaboration System _________________________________________________________46 Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration Implements New Cadastral System With Bentley Map to Save
Time and Reduce Costs _________________________________________________________________47 Leading Indian Retailer Trent Ltd. Selects Dassault Systemes PLM for Fast Fashion _________________48 NEC Adopts Apache’s Dynamic Power Sign-off Solution for SoC Designs _________________________49 Premium AEROTEC Selects VISTAGY's FiberSIM® Software to Engineer Composite Fuselage Sections 49 Ramboll Oil & Gas Uses SolidWorks 3D CAD Software to Support Half of World’s Offshore Wind Power
____________________________________________________________________________________51 Right Hemisphere Software Enables 3D Product Visualization For Dental Equipment Manufacturer A-dec51 Siemens PLM Software-Sponsored Race Teams Dominate, Winning Five OF Six Nascar Sprint Cup Series
Points Races __________________________________________________________________________53 Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore Adopts Synopsys' Sentaurus TCAD for Solar Cell Research 53 3DVIA Composer Orders From ibruk AS and Planmeca Oy Strengthens Technia’s Role as Solution
Provider for Technical Documentation______________________________________________________54 Wyeth Reduces Risk with Dyadem Software _________________________________________________55 Zoomlion Selects Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter to Enhance Product Development and Engineering
Processes _____________________________________________________________________________56 Product News _____________________________________________________________________ 57 Actify Expands 2D Importer Offering ______________________________________________________57 Agni Link ERP-PDM Data Integration System for SolidWorks PDM Enterprise and Microsoft Dynamics
ERP Ships ____________________________________________________________________________57 CoWare Releases Reference Library to Accelerate the Design of Long Term Evolution (LTE) Wireless
Systems ______________________________________________________________________________58 EMC Reinforces Leadership in Enterprise Content Management with New Products and Interoperability
Advancements_________________________________________________________________________59 ETA Announces Release of Product Development Software eta/VPGTM 3.4 & Availability of NISA Solver
____________________________________________________________________________________61 E³.series 2009 Boosts Variants and Option Functionality to Speed up Complex Product Design _________62 Gerber Technology Launches Newest Version of webFolio, a component of Gerber’s PLM Software Suite63 I-Cubed Releases Solid Edge® Integration for PTC® Windchill® ________________________________64 ICAM Releases Virtual Machine® V18 Featuring Material Removal ______________________________64 mental ray® 3.7+ gives Autodesk 3ds Max 2010______________________________________________65 Page 2
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Nemetschek North America Announces Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2009 ______________________66 Product Update -- AVEVA Review 12.0 and AVEVA ReviewShare 1.2 ___________________________67 Spatial Delivers PMI with CAD Translation to Automotive and Aerospace Software Supplier __________68 The MathWorks Announces IEC Certification Kit and DO Qualification Kit ________________________69 Zuken Releases CADSTAR 11 Express; Free sample download of CADSTAR 11 which includes latest
features ______________________________________________________________________________70 ZWCAD 2009 – Now in 8 Different Languages, with More to Come ______________________________70 Zweave Releases On-demand PLM Internationalization Package On-Demand PLM Solution for Fashion
Industry in over 35 Languages ____________________________________________________________71 Acquisitions
AVEVA Acquires Instrumentation Engineering Software
30 March 2009
AVEVA announced the acquisition of iDesignOffice Pty Ltd, a technology company based in
Melbourne, Australia. This acquisition brings instrumentation engineering technology to AVEVA's
portfolio, extending and strengthening it in a key area to consolidate AVEVA's position in plant
engineering software for both EPC contractors and Owner Operators.
Instrumentation Design Office (IDO), the software now owned by AVEVA, is a suite of integrated
applications for creating and maintaining instrumentation engineering data for process plants. IDO will
be renamed AVEVA Instrumentation and will be available standalone or as part of an integrated suite
with other AVEVA products.
Go to AVEVA Instrumentation product page.
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Siemens Reinforces Portfolio with Process Industry Software
1 April 2009
Siemens is expanding its industrial portfolio by acquiring Elan Software Systems SA, based in
Toulouse, France, an international software supplier for Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) in the
pharmaceutical and biotech industries. This step will enable Industry Automation, a Division of the
Siemens Industry Sector, to extend its global lead in the market for industrial software. Agreement was
reached not to disclose the purchase price. In 2007 the Division absorbed UGS in the USA and in 2008
Innotec in Germany, both companies being leading industrial software vendors in their particular fields.
With a workforce of 60, Elan Software Systems is a software and solutions supplier specializing in
Manufacturing Execution Systems in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. This global player with
its focus in France will be assigned to the Industrial Automation Systems Business Unit. "Particularly
for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, the Elan product range ideally supplements our Simatic IT
MES portfolio, which is itself already a leader in its field. Elan has excellent manufacturing process
know-how in these industries, where it has been a recognized partner and preferred software supplier to
many well-known companies for twenty years. On this foundation we intend to build our worldwide
MES software business in these industries", said Ralf-Michael Franke, Business Unit CEO.
According to Franke, Elan's business activities ideally complement the Siemens process industry
portfolio, such as the Simatic IT MES portfolio, the process control system PCS 7 and the Comos
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lifecycle management systems added in 2008 by the acquisition of Innotec." We will be continuing our
successful strategy. Our customers can go on counting on our outstanding range of products and services
and also rely on a strong partner under the Siemens roof who can offer them security of investment ",
commented Jean-Pierre Amadio, Managing Director of Elan Software Systems SA.
For further information on the Internet, go to: http://www.siemens.com/automation
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CIMdata News
Ask the PLM Expert, Ken Amann “How Does PLM Handle Products with Embedded Software?”
March 2009
Managing Automation offers the opportunity to ask a question of PLM expert and CIMdata Director of
Research, Ken Amann. Here is the latest question he received and his answer:
Question: Today's products are more complex -- a combination of mechanical parts and software. So
my question is how does PLM address software as a very important part of the end product?
Answer: PLM addresses the complete product definition -- mechanical, electronic, and software.
Software modules and releases are considered part of the product definition and configuration, and are
managed as such. Generally, development of software is handled by CASE tools, e.g., Clear Case. Once
a build is completed and approved, the associated files and information are uploaded into the managing
PLM system and the appropriate links to the mechanical and electronic component configuration are
established. Changes to software (and the associated electronic and mechanical equipment) under
configuration control must be approved before being incorporated. This enables designers, developers,
manufacturing, and service personnel to access the product information and see the complete definition
at any point in time. It also ensures that they work with (and don’t violate) the correct configuration of
the version upon which they are working.
Do you have a question about PLM? Send it to Ken at Ask a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
question
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CIMdata Posts New Opinion Poll on PLM Analytics
3 April 2009
CIMdata urges you to participate in our latest poll: Does your company develop/use PLM analytics? We
need your feedback whether your answer is yes or no. Vote here.
The results of these polls are tabulated as you vote. The results are completely anonymous. If you are
currently logged in your vote will not be connected to your personal information in any way.
If you have a suggestion for a poll you'd like to see contact us at [email protected]
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Company News
Autodesk Launches Online Site to For Millions of AutoCAD Users to Interact and Learn from Each
Other
31 March 2009
Autodesk, Inc. announced the AutoCAD Exchange, an online destination for AutoCAD users to connect
and learn from experts, provide feedback to the product developers, and access professional tools that
can help them do their jobs better. The online community contains original multimedia content,
including an entertaining video series about "working for the man", eLearning tools and aggregated
CAD information from Web-based resources. Visitors can also create profiles to personalize their
experience and share their own tips, scripts and applications, projects and experiences with the global
community of AutoCAD users.
AutoCAD Exchange is the first fully comprehensive online portal for AutoCAD users, bringing together
a wide-ranging assortment of multi-media resources and content sharing tools for designers, including:
• AutoCAD Tips -AutoCAD Exchange provides users with an opportunity to hear directly from the
product development team to garner tips and tricks from technical marketing experts for all AutoCADbased products, leveraging video demonstrations for greater impact. Visitors can also hear from industry
experts like Robert Green on best practices for managing and enforcing CAD standards through a series
of videos.
• User Collaboration -Users can upload their work and gather instant feedback from their peers with
commenting capabilities in the showcase.
• CAD Resources - Users have access to a wide variety of resources on the AutoCAD Exchange site,
including eLearning curriculum, and Autodesk University courses, among others. Additionally, a robust
Google-based search engine makes it easy to find information from Autodesk and across the Web.
• Daily Blog Feed - A blog role provides users with the latest in CAD news, featuring posts in a daily
feed from CAD industry bloggers, as well as Autodesk bloggers like Shaan Hurley, Heidi Hewitt and
Lynn Allen.
• Online Help - Previously only available within the AutoCAD application, users can now get answers
to their questions quickly with online help for AutoCAD 2010.
The launch of AutoCAD Exchange coincides with the availability of the Autodesk 2010 design software
product line, including AutoCAD 2010. The latest release of AutoCAD software provides even more to
document, communicate, explore and customize design ideas. AutoCAD 2010 introduces new
capabilities to help users tackle their most challenging design problems, including free-form design
tools, parametric drawing and enhanced PDF support.
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Autodesk Recognizes IMAGINiT Canada as Americas Reseller of the Year for FY09
26 March 2009
RAND Worldwide® announced that its IMAGINiT Technologies division received top honors this
month at the Autodesk One Team Conference (OTC) in Las Vegas, Nevada. IMAGINiT Canada was
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chosen as Americas Reseller of the Year for FY09, in addition to Top Canadian Reseller in AEC-Civil
Product Sales Growth for 2008. Autodesk Platinum Club members include Autodesk channel partners
who have excelled in sales, growth, and other key measures.
"The Platinum Club inductees have performed at a consistently high level, in spite of the economic
challenges," said Steve Blum, Autodesk senior vice president of Americas sales. "They continue to
deliver world-class service and technical expertise to help customers fully experience their ideas
virtually through Autodesk solutions."
"IMAGINiT Canada is honored to be chosen for these awards. It is a demonstration of our strong
partnership with Autodesk, and our dedicated commitment to our client’s success," said Joe Oswald,
vice president of IMAGINiT Canada operations. "Although the award was presented to our Canadian
region, our entire North American team shares in this success."
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Avatech Solutions Strengthens Operating Program with Enhanced Offerings and Additional Cost
Cutting Measures
2 April 2009
Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced that it has implemented a new operating program aimed at
streamlining operations and addressing new revenue sources in order to align its business with current
market demands.
Avatech’s new program is focused on managing its business through the current market contraction and
the inherent impact on sales and profitability, while simultaneously identifying new and evolving market
opportunities. By proactively identifying changes in the market Avatech will be able to create
responsive, diverse technology based solutions ahead of other providers.
In support of this program, Avatech is leveraging its team of technical and business development talent
to create solutions that address its customers’ needs associated with cost reduction, productivity and
competitiveness. Areas of opportunity include integrated solutions for both manufacturing and building
sector customers and include packaged solutions that support state of the art technology with
methodology and processes. In the Manufacturing sector Avatech is building and implementing
integrated solutions that expand the reach of technology utilization from traditional engineering use to
disparate functions including sales and procurement. In the Building and Infrastructure, or AEC sector,
the Company is building and implementing solutions that will address the pending demand for advanced
technology solutions in support of expected U.S. infrastructure spending and Sustainable and Green
technology integration. Additionally, Avatech is engaging with customers and partners to create value
added solutions in support of Building Information Modeling and Integrated Product Delivery
initiatives.
The cost reduction components of the program include:
• A temporary 10% reduction in base pay for all employees and management; and
• Further reductions in the company’s workforce that, coupled with a small reduction in force that was
done in January 2009, are expected to result in a decrease in the overall workforce of approximately
10%.
These cost reduction and containment programs are expected to reduce ongoing operating expenses by
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approximately $500,000 per quarter. The temporary pay reduction will remain in place until Avatech’s
business has returned to a level that supports the previous levels of compensation.
The Company expects the new program to support near term cash management objectives while also
providing additional and incremental revenue opportunities.
George Davis, President and CEO of Avatech commented, “The economic downturn that has overtaken
the U.S. within the past 12-18 months has significantly impacted the markets we serve - including
Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) and Manufacturing. This has caused the companies
operating within these markets to reduce and delay spending, including spending on the traditional
technology and services we provide. In order to protect the financial strength of the Company during
this period, we have implemented a focused operating plan that addresses containment and maintenance,
discovery, creation and execution. This strategy is expected to cut costs by approximately $2 million
annually and put us in a unique position of strength for when this economic downturn comes to an end
and the economy improves.
While we are currently experiencing reduced demand for the traditional technology and services we
provide to our customers, we are seeing increased demand for new and creative solutions that support
productivity improvements and cost reduction initiatives with a focus on enhancing competitiveness.
With our technical and business development strength, we are uniquely positioned to be a go-tocompany in the markets we serve by developing and providing value added solutions that support these
critically important initiatives. We expect to manage through the downturn and emerge in a position of
strength.”
Mr. Davis concluded, “Due to the current economic environment and complex level of influencing
factors, we will not be providing specific earnings guidance. However, I believe we have taken
significant and necessary steps in order to ensure the financial security of our business while
simultaneously positioning for future growth.”
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CADD Edge Selects SolidProfessor Knowledge Resources
30 March 2009
SolidProfessor, a SolidWorks Solution Partner, announced a partnership with CADD Edge to provide its
customized resources and support solutions to all CADD Edge customers. Demand among engineering
professionals for immediately accessible answers to their design questions is being addressed by CADD
Edge's addition of SolidProfessor's "On-Demand" multimedia content to reinforce the live learning
experience.
Effective immediately, CADD Edge subscription customers have direct access to the latest SolidWorks
training reference courses inside the SolidWorks design environment; a value of over $400,000.
"In today's economy it's critical that SolidWorks users understand and utilize the latest SW functionality
to improve their efficiency and bring products to market faster. In an effort to help our customers and to
thank them for their patronage we're giving each SolidWorks subscription customer the 2009
SolidWorks Update Training course by SolidProfessor to help them maximize the benefits of the latest
SolidWorks release. Providing our customers with the finest software and support resources available is
the foundation of our success and partnering with SolidProfessor allows us to deliver our training and
support resources integrated into the SolidWorks Task Pane", says Marcel Matte, Chief Operating
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Officer with CADD Edge.
SolidProfessor content can be accessed through the SolidProfessor Learning Management System
(LMS) which runs as a SolidWorks add-in and as a standalone application. On-demand search, testing
and reporting and exercise files are some of the many features included with the SolidProfessor
program.
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Cadence Launches 'Industry Insights' Design Community Blog
31 March 2009
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that it has launched 'Industry Insights,' a new blog on its
recently redesigned Cadence.com website. The blog is hosted by industry expert and respected journalist
Richard Goering and resides at www.cadence.com/community/blogs/ii. Goering has covered the
electronics industry for over 20 years in both print and online publications including Computer Design,
EETimes, and SCDsource.com, and is a recipient of the 2007 ACM SIGDA Distinguished Service
award.
Changes in readership habits have resulted in a trend towards online rather than print as the primary
communication medium. Changes in publishing priorities have also resulted in reduced coverage overall
of electronic design by the traditional trade press titles. As a consequence there is a marked reduction in
editorial commentary provided to help readers identify issues and trends, develop perspectives, and gain
a broader view of the industry. The Industry Insights blog will aim to address these issues and drive
broader conversations on topics of interest to the electronics design community.
"The introduction of the Industry Insights blog is a natural extension of the social networking approach
that we adopted when we launched the new Cadence.com website mid last year," said Adolph Hunter,
vice president of corporate marketing at Cadence. "It will provide an enhanced platform for peer-to-peer
dialogue and commentary on the many issues, challenges, and innovations that impact engineers and
design managers in their everyday work, and we are delighted to have Richard, a respected industry
journalist, host it and lend his deep knowledge, credibility and industry view to our efforts."
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Consistent Growth Leads to Expansion of Atrion's Global Organization and Delivery Capacity
30 March 2009
Atrion International announced that it has augmented its product development, regulatory services and
marketing staff by 20% during the first quarter of FY-09. This is as a result of a consistent double-digit
growth rate of its enterprise and mid-market customer base. Atrion is accommodating a majority of this
staff growth in its recently expanded Worldwide Headquarters with the addition of a second location at
4929 Place Olivia, Ville Saint-Laurent, Quebec. The expansion will enable Atrion to support the
increasing global demand for its Product Compliance Solutions
(http://www.atrionintl.com/solutions.html). The new facilities will now house a portion of the
Company's North American Marketing & Sales departments as well as the Global Finance department.
Atrion also continues to make significant investments in product development, new technologies and
infrastructures to accommodate the increase in sales of its on-premise and SaaS solutions, as well as the
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increase in managed services and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) contracts.
About Atrion's Product Compliance Solution
Atrion's Product Compliance Solution is comprised of four suites that automate and streamline product
compliance across the entire Product Life Cycle. All are powered by Atrion's Managed Regulatory
Content:
• Materials Compliance Suite (MCS) is a flexible component-based suite of compliance products. These
products are specifically designed to provide raw materials management, auto creation and authoring of
MSDS and other safety-related documents in over 40 languages.
• Chemical Management Solution is a portfolio of web-delivered products, which intuitively links all
stages of the chemical life cycle. The CMS products reduce chemical handling and purchasing costs,
while providing mission-critical information throughout the enterprise and across the supply chain.
• Compliance Suite for EH&S complements SAP's EH&S offering and is delivered as a pre-packaged
solution allowing organizations to integrate Atrion's Managed Regulatory Content and expertise into
their existing SAP EH&S environments.
• Regulatory Analysis Solution (RAS) provides regulatory compliance within Infor PLM Optiva.
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Core Services Extends Strategic Provisions by Hosting Oracle Agile Solutions
31 March 2009
Core Services Corporation ("Core Services"), an Oracle Certified Partner, recently announced that they
have successfully expanded their hosting solutions to include Oracle Agile PLM solutions.
"Product Lifecycle Management has clearly evolved into an enterprise-wide, multi-functional discipline
across all lines of business," says Jim Bistis, President and CEO of Core Services. "It was a natural fit
for Core to host Oracle Agile solutions so that our customers could take advantage of making better
product portfolio decisions, accelerate new product introduction and manage all their compliance
requirements."
"Core Services' client base ranges across multiple industries including Life Sciences, Automotive,
Industrial Products, Electronics & High Tech and Consumer Packaged Goods," continues Bistis.
"Oracle Agile solutions drive the product innovation and introduction process across those industries
and more. Our hosted offerings deliver new capabilities and increase the use of product data to deliver
bottom line value while materially reducing the cost of ownership."
LOUD Technologies Inc., a long-term Core Services customer is extremely satisfied with the
partnership. "Having Core Services as our hosting partner has eliminated the stress, complexity, and
cost that comes with having to maintain our technical stacks," says Ray VanCour, Director of
Information Technologies at LOUD. "Core incorporates a simple and intuitive request process with realtime status updates and alerts, which are critical to the global Oracle and Agile environment that we run
at LOUD." VanCour concludes, "The bottom line is that we completely trust that, whatever the task
required in maintaining our systems, Core will complete the research thoroughly, and the tasks will be
performed accurately, on time-with no mistakes."
As a leading Oracle Application Service Provider ("ASP"), Core Services intimately understands the
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daily challenges that its clients experience. Contact Core Services for more detailed descriptions of their
Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Agile Solutions.
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Dassault Systemes’ Commitment to Footwear Industry Strengthened by Recent Partnership
31 March 2009
Dassault Systemes (DS) announced it has strengthened its position as an industry leader in the PLM
market for retail, footwear and apparel (RFA) through an agreement with i-generator, a specialist in
brand creation for global footwear brands. i-generator is an industry leader in the areas of footwear
creation and related services and specializes in applied research (ergonomics, biomechanics, and
neurology), biomedical engineering, mechanical and industrial design, development and sourcing.
i-generator and Dassault Systemes’ ENOVIA brand will work together to design and deliver ENOVIA
solutions to global footwear manufacturers and their supply chains to help them reduce cost and
streamline their product development processes. i-generator will also join forces with ENOVIA in
leadership initiatives including its strategic customer council for footwear, industry events and global
sales activities.
Peter Rueegger, partner, i-generator said, “In today’s market, global footwear companies can no longer
afford slow, inefficient and out-of-date product systems and processes. The speed of the marketplaces,
changing consumer tastes, and the sheer scope of footwear product ranges no longer allow for these very
costly inefficiencies, and therefore make PLM a competitive necessity. We are thrilled to join forces
with Dassault Systemes to deliver industry leading solutions to the footwear market that are the platform
for both in-house as well as external supply chains, and sourcing partners.”
“In the fast moving world of footwear it is imperative that companies select technology partners and
solutions that can help them strengthen innovation and implement best business practices,” says Michel
Tellier, CEO, ENOVIA, Dassault Systemes. “We are pleased to engage with footwear industry expert igenerator to help our customers meet consumer demand quickly with the best products while managing
their business for sustainable growth in this challenging economic climate.”
Dassault Systemes has established close relationships with a number of leading global RFA brands such
as Guess, Under Armour, Pacific Brands and REI.
In addition, ENOVIA’s technology provides the core of the Dassault Systemes V6 platform, a single
PLM platform for managing product lifecycle business processes that will enable customers to
implement industry standards and best practices. For RFA, ENOVIA has specifically developed two
commercially available, off-the-shelf, Product Lifecycle Management solutions which include the
ENOVIA® Apparel Accelerator™ for Design & Development and the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator™
for Sourcing & Production. These accelerators enable companies to deploy a, scalable enterprise
solution for apparel design and development to take products from trend to design to sourcing to
manufacturing to the customer.
About i-generator
Since 2000 i-generator has helped companies such as Under Armour, Timberland, Rockport and SCOTT
create new product concepts from ideation to production. i-generator specializes in applied research
(ergonomics, biomechanics, and neurology), biomedical engineering, mechanical and industrial design,
development and sourcing. On the strategic side i-generator works as an interface between the
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technological and marketing worlds. i-generator helps its clients to define new strategies, understand and
exploit new and existing business opportunities, optimize processes and enter alliances with other
organizations. I-generator’s services in the strategic field include vision and value planning, innovation
workshops, consumer insights, process consulting as well as market- & portfolio assessment.
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Datastay Corporation Employs its own PLM Software
1 April 2009
Datastay is a provider of customizable, on-demand business applications designed to support complex
business processes, such as, product lifecycle management (PLM), quality management (QM) and new
product introduction (NPI). Datastay has chosen to utilize its own proprietary technology to manage the
software development lifecycle as well as to manage company documents and information.
With Datastay, team members are provided with the tools that help them to better perform their
individual tasks and help control the product lifecycle. Team members are also provided with a true
understanding of the customer experience and can continuously find new ways to improve and enhance
Datastay applications.
At Datastay, departments such as Sales and Marketing, Engineering and Customer Support, all rely on
Datastay to better understand the benefits and provide applications and platform technology to current
and prospective customers. Datastay is used extensively as part of the software development lifecycle
process that includes defining product releases, recording bugs, incorporating feature requests and
controlling issues, such as, root cause information and corrective measures. Datastay is also used for
document management, providing a central location where project documents, users’ manuals and
training guides are stored, controlled and shared.
For management, the use of Datastay software internally is directly tied to the commitment of providing
the best software solutions for organizations of all sizes and within various industries. "I believe it really
says something about our products - we use our own software to deliver out mission critical services to
our customers" say Max Kremer, Director of Technology at Datastay Corp. He adds, "It's also important
to know and understand the features and benefits of our product. It helps us to effectively communicate
with our current and prospective partners and customers and provide them with better products."
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Delcam to Lead £1 Million Remanufacturing Project
30 March 2009
Delcam has been chosen to manage a £1 million project called RECLAIM to develop improved methods
for the remanufacturing of high-value engineering components. The integrated remanufacturing system
under development will give the UK a technological advantage over other countries. The RECLAIM
project is being undertaken by a consortium of eight organisations that, in addition to Delcam, includes
Renishaw, Electrox, TWI, Precision Engineering Technologies, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Airfoils
Technology International and De Montfort University.
The main aim of the project, which is receiving an investment of over £½ million from the governmentfunded Technology Strategy Board, is to develop an integrated production system incorporating all of
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the processes required for cost effective, rapid and reliable remanufacturing.
Project Coordinator Jan Willem Gunnink from Delcam, stated, “This project is extremely timely as the
remanufacturing sector is entering a period of sustained growth that will see it double in size in the next
10 years. The RECLAIM process will provide the UK with a vital technological advantage over
countries where the remanufacturing sector is better developed currently and over those having lower
labour costs. It will help to ensure that the UK becomes one of the world’s leading nations for
remanufacturing.”
Currently, most remanufacturing involves a series of operations on different pieces of equipment, which
might even be in different companies. Furthermore, each process is labour intensive and dependent upon
the skill of the operator. This makes the overall process inefficient, expensive and difficult to manage.
The new system, which is being developed during the project, combines laser cladding, machining and
in-process scanning in a single machining cell. While the main focus will be on the repair of damaged
parts, it is planned that the new equipment could also be used to manufacture new metal parts, to
upgrade obsolete parts and to reconfigure standard parts for specialist, low-volume applications.
According to the initiator of the project, Prof. David Wimpenny from De Montfort University, ‘The
RECLAIM system will be the first in the world to combine laser cladding, CNC machining and inprocess inspection in a single machine. This will provide a revolutionary, single-stage solution to
remanufacturing’.
To achieve this goal, a number of important new developments will be required:(1) A laser-cladding head, using the latest fibre laser technology, will be developed which will fit
directly into the spindle of a conventional milling machine, thus simplifying the programming of the
machine to perform the cladding process.
(2) The CAM software to be developed will be the first to enable control of cladding, machining and
inspection processes via a single interface.
(3) A new contact measurement system for remanufacturing applications will be developed to enable
rapid inspection of parts. This scanning information will be used to locate the part accurately, assess the
degree of damage, define the machining operation, and to inspect the part at the end of the process.
(4) An integrated system that combines laser cladding, machining and in-process scanning in a single
machining cell.
Although laser cladding, high-speed five-axis machining and contact scanning are well established as
individual processes, they are not yet available in a combined manufacturing unit. Currently, three
individual machines are needed, each requiring significant capital investment and shop floor space.
Moreover, the work pieces must be setup manually on each machine at each processing stage. This is
labour intensive, can lead to errors in part set up and generates significant levels of work in progress.
Similarly, each process has its own particular control software which has to be programmed
individually. This adds additional cost and complexity to the remanufacturing process, and requires
extensive training so that operators can master the different software packages. Delcam’s main
contribution to the project will be the development of a single piece of software to control the entire
process from start to finish.
Acknowledgement:
This project is co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, a business-led executive non-departmental
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public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and
development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to
increase economic growth and improve the quality of life. It is sponsored by the Department for
Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). For further information please visit
http://www.innovateuk.org.
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ESI Group and the PPE Research Center Partner to Further Develop Composite Materials Design
and Simulation
2 April 2009
ESI Group and the Pôle de Plasturgie de l'Est (PPE), an applied research technology center specialized
in composite materials, have signed an agreement to develop an offer covering the entire lifecycle of
composite parts and structures manufactured through injection and infusion processes. The goal of this
partnership is to provide a complete offering in response to new industry challenges for composite parts
and structures development. This joint development aims at offering design and simulation tools to
several industries, such as aeronautics, aerospace, transportation, shipbuilding, and wind energy.
The offering includes several of ESI Group’s composite simulation solutions and the PPE’s RTM
PROCESS 2 software suite. RTM PROCESS 2, consisting of a permeability database and tools for presizing and for technical and financial studies, will reinforce ESI Group’s composite simulation platform.
This platform consists of solutions for mechanical analysis (SYSPLY) and virtual prototyping (PAMCRASH, PAM-SHOCK), PAM-QUIKFORM software, PAM-FORM for pre-forming, and PAM-RTM
software for RTM (Resin Transfer Molding) injection and infusion.
Engineering services offered by ESI Group and the PPE include software training and research to assist
customers in the development of RTM injection and infusion processes. Thanks to this partnership,
customers can now benefit from a more comprehensive services offering that includes crash simulation,
composite parts impact, sizing simulati, as well as mold design and process development. These are a
fundamental part of the PPE’s offering, which has a recognized expertise validated by more than 500
technology transfers around the world.
“The joint approach being established responds to a market need. This ESI Group/PPE platform will
either work independently or be integrated into a PLM design platform. For the first time in the
composites arena, the conceptual approach will be carried from the beginning to the end, from the
part’s design with all the technical-economical constraints to the end of its life,” said Jean-Pierre
Cauchois, Technical Director at the PPE. He added: “This is a world premiere in the revolutionary
adoption of composite materials to lighten structures.”
“When dealing with composite materials, the characteristics and performance of the part are closely
related to the material properties. The ESI Composite platform is based on this core characteristic: the
material properties are tracked and transported through each step of the lifecycle: design,
manufacturing, and ultimately usage, possibly involving an accident scenario. The result is a series of
realistic simulations that allow you to rely even more on simulation when making decisions,” said
Patrick de Luca, Composite Solution Manager at ESI Group. “The PPE’s expertise, allied to ESI
Group’s knowledge of materials, will allow users to benefit from an End-to-End composite solution
based on 30 years of experience.”
ESI Group and the PPE have already started to work on a new memorandum of understanding to
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integrate this new offer with a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) simulation platform for injection
and infusion technologies. This platform will bring significant productivity increase and opportunities
for greater design optimization.
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ESI Group and the SIMDAT Project Address the Challenges of Virtual Car Development
2 April 2009
ESI Group announced its active involvement in the SIMDAT project, which has taken industrial product
and process development forward by introducing advanced Grid technology in four different application
sectors – automotive, aerospace, pharmaceutical and meteorological – in order to cover the full range of
issues to be addressed in the design, development and production of complex products and services.
ESI Group’s collaboration has mainly been in the automotive cluster of SIMDAT, addressing the
challenges of Virtual Car Development. The SIMDAT automotive activity has developed a variety of
technologies and integrated them into industrial prototypes and demonstrators to develop improved
product designs in less time at reduced cost by accessing this distributed know-how and deriving new
information from it.
The Crash Compatibility Prototype
To improve car safety beyond currently practiced standard testing, SIMDAT partners such as ESI Group
developed the SIMDAT Crash Compatibility Prototype. Indeed, ESI’s PAM-CRASH software has been
used to perform a crash compatibility scenario involving a car from Renault and one from Audi over the
SIMDAT Grid infrastructure. The performance of the prototype has shown that a secured collaboration
between two car manufacturers is feasible. In fact, although the crash compatibility simulation involved
assembling two car models, the services deployed onto the Grid infrastructure ensured that each OEM
could access only the results pertaining to their own car. This is made possible by the sophisticated
security model developed to ensure the protection of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of each
collaborating party.
“The Grid security technologies deployed within SIMDAT allow car manufacturers to see only the
results of their car. This improves car safety beyond currently practised standard tests,” declared
Yvonne Havertz, Fraunhofer SCAI, SIMDAT project management.
The virtual prototype enhances crash safety in the development phase of a car and brings us closer to a
fully realistic simulation of accidents.
ESI Group’s demonstrator
Another pioneering technology deployed in the SIMDAT Automotive project, considered as one of the
most important, is Simulation Process and Data Management (SPDM). Various SPDM systems were
involved in SIMDAT such as VisualDSS, ESI’s end-to-end decision support system. Using this solution,
ESI Group and other SIMDAT partners deployed a demonstrator that automates the collaboration
between a car manufacturer and a meshing supplier through the integration of a Grid meshing service
into VisualDSS. The integration of Grid technologies into ESI solutions enables a secured collaboration
between different third parties of a virtual organization.
“ESI Group’s demonstrator has been evaluated at RENAULT SAMSUNG Motors in Korea,” said Mr.
Jae-Chul Lee, Junior Manager Body Design Operation at RENAULT SAMSUNG Motors in Korea.
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“To sum up, thanks to its data sharing and change management features, SIMDAT demonstrator brings
even more fluidity in the generation of simulation models, which contributes to the overall productivity
of the CAE department,” he continued.
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Gibbs and Associates Celebrates 25 Years
24 March 2009
Gibbs and Associates celebrated 25 years of success. Entering its 26th year, the company continues to
enhance and develop its GibbsCAM to support the latest machine tools, from the simplest to the most
complex. While maintaining its ability to generate and verify toolpaths for increasingly complex parts
with its integrated suite of modules, GibbsCAM is one of the easiest NC programming systems to learn
and use.
In January, 2008, Gibbs and Associates merged with Cimatron Ltd., a provider of CAD/CAM solutions
for the tool, die and mold making markets, to become an independently operated subsidiary of the
Cimatron Group. The combination provides customers a much broader range of CAD/CAM
applications, and provides the combined company a much stronger, worldwide presence to access and
support customers in manufacturing.
Since 1984, Gibbs and Associates’ goal has been to provide customers the most effective CAM system
available. Throughout its history, GibbsCAM has demonstrated its lead in the wide field of PC-based
CAM software.
To retain its leadership in customer support throughout its 25-year history, Gibbs and Associates has
developed and maintained strong partnerships with leading, worldwide CAD developers, control
manufacturers and machine tool builders. Collaboration with industry partners resulted in GibbsCAM’s
ability to directly import part and assembly models in multiple CAD formats, and to support machines
with integrated toolpath verification, machine-tool simulation and thousands of post processors.
While other CAM companies believed MTM to be an insignificant niche when MTM machines were
being introduced, Gibbs and Associates saw their potential uses and future user requirements. Now that
multi-task machining is the fastest growing sector in the industry, GibbsCAM MTM is a software of
choice for programming the increasingly complex machines.
In support of all these machines, Gibbs has increased its library of post processors to over 10,000,
including more than 550 specifically developed for Swiss and “standard” multi-task machines. With
perpetual advancements in machine tool technology, the company continues product development and
industry collaboration to ensure support for the latest functions of multi-axis turning, milling and multitask machines, with enhancements to make programming fast and easy, and machining as efficient as
possible.
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HP Reinvents the Workstation
30 March 2009
HP unveiled the HP Z Workstation series. The HP Z800, HP Z600 and HP Z400 Workstations are the
culmination of more than 20 HP design innovations – including a self-checking power supply – and take
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advantage of the new Intel® Xeon® processor.
HP’s engineering investment in the Z line already is paying off for customers such as Schlumberger,
which reports it is realizing step-change performance improvements ranging from 300 to 500 percent on
its flagship engineering applications.
“The new Z line marks the first HP workstations to be totally serviceable with your fingers – from the
power supply to the motherboard,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager,
Workstations, HP. “Early studies show that an HP Z Workstation may pay for itself in a surprisingly
short period with its performance and productivity gains.”
HP workstations are being used in industries such as graphic arts, broadcast, computer-aided design
(CAD), engineering, medical imaging, finance, and oil and gas exploration. Companies use HP
workstations to design everything from running shoes to race cars, animated characters to deep-sea
submersibles, and to manage everything from billions of dollars of tradable securities to mission-critical
IT environments.
The interior of the Z line offers a totally modular design, in which components slide neatly into place in
a cable-less environment for optimal serviceability. On the outside, the Z line features a streamlined
brushed-aluminum exterior inspired by automotive and industrial design leader BMW Group
DesignworksUSA.
“Opening the door of the new BMW Z4 and the side panel of the new HP Z Workstation reveals that
both are as aesthetically powerful and innovative on the inside as they are on the outside,” said Verena
Kloos, president, BMW Group DesignworksUSA.
HP also debuted the HP SkyRoom technology, a professional-quality visual collaboration and
conferencing solution that preserves the value of highly personal human interaction. HP SkyRoom is
built on the company’s video and imaging engines. The resulting product is designed to deliver real-time
visual communication responsiveness that is four times faster than a blink of an eye.(1) HP SkyRoom is
currently in beta testing with customers around the world.
Three workstation lines to meet every customer need
The new HP Z Workstations offer next-generation Intel Xeon processor 5500 series with integrated
memory controllers and Intel Turbo Boost Technology along with a new lineup of professional graphics
solutions, built-in high-definition (HD) audio and an option for solid-state drives.
The HP Z800 Workstation is HP’s most powerful and expandable workstation for users working with
applications such as 3-D animation, broadcast video, oil and gas discovery, and medical imaging. The
HP Z800 has an all-new brushed aluminum industrial design with the modular internal design. The
quad-core HP Z800 taps the new Intel QuickPath Technology to offer the most sophisticated
input/output performance in any application scenario. It also comes with a liquid-cooling option.
The HP Z600 Workstation is designed with the environment in mind, offering high performance in a
compact size for professionals in industries such as video production, finance and midrange CAD.
Featuring the same brushed aluminum exterior, internal modular design and serviceability as the HP
Z800 Workstation, the HP Z600 Workstation can accommodate up to eight displays.
The HP Z400 Workstation is a best-in-class entry-level workstation, offering top Intel processor
performance at affordable prices for professionals working in video editing, photography, design and
engineering. The HP Z400 is the first single-socket(2) workstation based on the Next-Generation Intel
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Microarchitecture (Nehalem) and can be built with the latest Intel Xeon processors.(3) The HP Z400
Workstation also comes with a liquid-cooling option.
Designed with the environment in mind
HP is a leader in reducing the environmental impact of its products, including workstations, often acting
first to adopt new solutions designed with the environment in mind. For example, only the HP Z
Workstation line includes a new HP-exclusive WattSaver(4) feature that manages power in the “off”
state at less than one watt.
In addition, the HP Z Workstations include 85 percent efficient power supplies – the HP Z800
Workstation has an option for an 89 percent efficient power supply – reducing both overall energy usage
and the amount of waste heat released. The HP Z line already is ENERGY STAR® 5.0 qualified, ahead
of the ENERGY STAR scheduled deadline of July.
All HP workstations are more than 90 percent(5) recyclable by weight, and the HP Z line is registered as
Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT™) Gold, the highest rating available.
The HP advantage
HP’s workstations give customers an experience much like having an engineer in the box, with HP
Performance Tuning Framework software that automatically tunes the workstation, finding and
installing the proper drivers. This type of tuning can result in significantly improved performance and
system and software stability.
Users of HP workstations will enjoy additional benefits of HP’s precision-tuning:
• To further ensure stability for its customers, HP certifies drivers for commonly used workstation
applications from vendors such as Adobe, Autodesk, CATIA, Dassault, Revit, Siemens and SolidWorks.
• Each HP workstation passes through HP’s legendary quality assurance and testing process, which goes
beyond PC industry testing requirements.
• Due to acoustics engineering, many customers report they cannot tell by listening if the workstation is
even running.
Pricing and availability(6)
The new HP Z Workstation series is expected to be available worldwide starting April 6. U.S. pricing
starts at $1,999 for the HP Z800 Workstation; $1,679 for the HP Z600 Workstation; and $969 for the HP
Z400 Workstation. For more information please visit http://www.hp.com/personalagain.
(1) Sub-100ms latency is limited to the latency within the visual code itself, and does not include
network latency.
(2) 64-bit computing on Intel architecture requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS,
operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel 64 architecture. Processors will not
operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel 64 architecture-enabled BIOS. Performance will
vary depending on hardware and software configurations. More information is available at
www.intel.com/info/em64t.
(3) Dual- and quad-core technologies are designed to improve performance of multithreaded software
products and hardware-aware multitasking operating systems and may require appropriate operating
system software for full benefits. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit
from use of these technologies.
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(4) Requires customer activation.
(5) Recyclability determined using EU WEEE data.
(6) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.
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LEDAS Celebrates its 10th Anniversary While Becoming Closer to CAD Users
1 April 2009
LEDAS Ltd. celebrated its tenth anniversary. A decade ago, LEDAS was founded by former academic
researchers of the Russian Research Institute of Artificial Intelligence to provide services in the field of
science-intensive custom software development. Today, the company's portfolio includes both
computational software components for CAD developers and end-user plugins for popular CAD
systems. With its famous isicad project, LEDAS has become a leading CAD/PLM competence center in
Russia.
"We are proud to be an independent provider of world-class CAD software components, including our
flagship product LGS (LEDAS Geometric Solver)”, said David Levin, CEO and founder of LEDAS.
“Many years of collaboration with the CAD/PLM market leaders has resulted in creation of a unique
center of technological excellence in 2D and 3D history-free parametric modeling, knowledge-based
engineering, interval computation, scheduling optimization and other areas of expertise. Our main
achievement is flexible and easily expandable, well-trained team, with over 100 man-years of
experience with demanding customer projects, that is always ready to solve complex science-intensive
software design and development problems, be it creation of original affordable products or providing
outsourcing services with a unique quality/price ratio.”
LEDAS customers the services that includes software development, parametric 3D modeling,
CAD/PLM software localization for the Russian market, training and consulting. Many start-up
companies receive services from LEDAS at reasonable prices. On the other hand, since 1999 LEDAS
has been continuously involved in developing core software components for one of the world leaders in
3D and PLM solutions.
LEDAS’ recent initiative with launching a series of end-user CAD plugins called Driving Dimensions
has been successful. During four months of beta-testing more than 5,000 users of Google SketchUp (a
popular 3D modeling program that lacks parametrization) downloaded the Driving Dimensions plugin.
In three weeks after releasing version 1.0 of this plugin, its user base has reached 1,000. Please visit
http://DrivingDimensions.com for more information.
"We see significant interest in the CAD community to our plans for developing similar plugins for
Rhinoceros 3D and DWG-based software”, said Dmitry Ushakov, Director of Product Management at
LEDAS. “Our technological component LGS that is fundamental for the Driving Dimensions product
line is also used by the world leading software development companies in the fields of CAD, CAM and
CAE. Our current strategy is to provide Variational Direct Modeling technology for all developers." To
learn more about LGS please visit http://ledas.com/products/lgs3d. The white paper “Variational Direct
Modeling: How to Keep Design Intent in History-Free CAD” is freely available at
http://ledas.com/group/white_papers/.
An important part of LEDAS’ business is the isicad project aimed at organizing events to support
development of the Russian PLM market. It resulted in three successful PLM forums held in
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Novosibirsk in 2004, 2006 and 2008 with broad participation of all main vendors in the fields of CAD,
PLM and ERP. In 2008 LEDAS, in cooperation with the leading vendors, published the first ever “PLM
Encyclopedia” presenting core information about CAD/PLM terminology, solutions, vendors, and
analytics for the Russian readers. A part of the English glossary used for the Encyclopedia is published
at http://PLMpedia.org
In 2009 LEDAS launched the web portal Isicad.Net “From Russia with PLM” to facilitate development
and distribution of advanced PLM and contiguous technologies. Isicad.Net informs about the most
noticeable events associated with PLM and covers important PLM-related news. Please visit
http://isicad.net for more information.
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Siemens PLM Software Announces Indian Channel Partner Award Winners
31 March 2009
Siemens PLM Software announced its top Indian channel partner award winners for the 2007-2008
fiscal year. The partners were recognized at the annual India Partners’ Meeting held in February in
Lonavala, India.
Tata Consultancy Services received the award for ‘achieving the highest revenue’ as well as for adding
‘the largest number of new customers’. Digital Design Solutions was recognized for posting the ‘highest
growth in software revenue’. Solid Vision shared the award with Digital Design Solution and Tata Elxsi
Limited for ‘the most strategic sales contracts won last year’. SITECH Pvt ltd. was recognized as ‘the
best value added reseller’ for their strong sales and customer support performance.
“These awards recognize our channel partners’ commitment and all-around contribution towards our
growth and success in the Indian market” said Hans-Kurt Lubberstedt, senior vice president and
managing director, Asia Pacific, Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software’s extensive partner
network, combined with our market-leading portfolio of PLM software solutions, supports our strong
leadership position in India. We are proud of the persistent efforts that channel partners put forth to
reach out to the market, not only with an objective for increased sales but also striving hard to ensure our
customers gain greater business value from our products and solutions.”
“Siemens PLM Software’s channel partners provide enhanced sales and support capability to help
address the demand for our software solutions and services in India,” said Tony Jolly, vice president
channels, Asia Pacific, Siemens PLM Software. “The success of our channel partners, as recognized
through these awards, is a testament to the partners’ excellence in performance, enabled and empowered
by the consistent training and support provided by Siemens PLM Software to help partners better serve
the marketplace.”
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Siemens PLM Software Expands Presence in South Korea
1 April 2009
Siemens PLM Software announced the opening of a new office in Busan City. The Busan branch
expands the company’s presence to the southeastern part of Korea, a key manufacturing hub.
Siemens PLM Software’s Busan branch office will enhance customer service and support to major
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customers located in the area, including Hyundai Heavy Industries and LG Electronics.
“Siemens PLM Software is committed to providing best-in-class PLM technology and services to the
Korean market,” said Kwon Kyung Ryul, vice president and managing director, Korea, Siemens PLM
Software. “Opening a branch office in Busan City, a key manufacturing hub, will enable Siemens PLM
Software to enhance support to existing customers, and bring the value and competitive advantage of
PLM to Korean manufacturing companies.”
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SpaceClaim Secures $7 Million in New Funding
31 March 2009
SpaceClaim announced that the company has secured an additional $7 million in funding to support
ongoing R&D in product innovations, and to drive sales and marketing expansion as the demand for
direct modelers increases for the performance of conceptual design, engineering analysis, and
simulation-driven design.
The round is co-led by existing investors including Borealis Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners,
Needham Capital Partners, and North Bridge Venture Partners. SpaceClaim recently announced the
fourth release of the company’s products, SpaceClaim Engineer and SpaceClaim Style and has
experienced rapid momentum as organizations realize the benefits of providing 3D tools for engineers
and industrial designers.
“We are extremely gratified that our investment team continues to see the enormous market opportunity
for SpaceClaim as leading engineering and product development companies choose our 3D Direct
Modeling solutions to increase innovation, improve collaboration, and shorten time-to-market,” said
Chris Randles, President and CEO of SpaceClaim. “There is significant demand for accessible and cost
effective 3D tools with only an estimated 10 to 20 percent of engineers worldwide creating and editing
directly in 3D. Our 3D Direct Modeling solutions complement existing investments in CAD tools and
drive new levels of innovation throughout the product lifecycle. This new round of funding will help us
to continue to meet the market requirements and develop new customers and channels.”
“SpaceClaim continues to strengthen its market position, ranging from the addition of Chris Randles to
the management team to defining and advancing the market for 3D Direct Modeling,” said Rich
D’Amore, Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners. “Targeting an underserved global market,
SpaceClaim is the right solution at the right time as evidenced by the company’s growing customer base
and expanding distribution network. We feel the company is poised for the next stage of growth and has
a commanding lead over competitive solutions with its technology and experience.”
“Kodiak has a long track record in building market leaders and SpaceClaim is no exception,” said Lou
Volpe, Managing General Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners. “Seldom does one company bring together
such industry visionaries and market makers. SpaceClaim has created the most significant technology
advancement in 3D engineering in more than 10 years and is in the best position to leverage the market
opportunity. The company’s products simplify complex challenges in product design and development,
a priority for successful companies, even in this economic environment.”
SpaceClaim Engineer is a 3D direct modeler for top-down design, 3D layout, conceptual engineering,
and model preparation for simulation and analysis. SpaceClaim interoperates with major CAD systems
and with many analysis tools, providing a solution that bridges the gap in typical design and engineering
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workflows. Analysis often occurs at the end of a detailed design process, further delaying the design
cycle, escalating costs, and slowing time-to-market. SpaceClaim Engineer relieves these issues by
ensuring collaboration early in the design process.
SpaceClaim Style brings 3D design to industrial designers and product stylists and enables them to work
collaboratively with their clients and the entire development team. SpaceClaim Style is a creation
environment that helps realize new ideas and convert hand-drawn, 2D, and surface data to accurate solid
models. Benefits include faster design ideation, easier design manipulation, and reusable deliverables.
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Syclo Teams With SAP to Deliver Mobile Asset and Service Management Solutions
31 March 2009
Syclo, a supplier of mobile enterprise platforms and applications, announced an agreement centered
around co-innovation with SAP AG to deliver mobile applications that enable maintenance and service
technicians access to SAP® Business Suite software from a broad range of devices regardless of
connectivity. Together the companies will make it easy to extend the power of SAP Business Suite and
Syclo's SMART Mobile Suite, a family of applications comprised of various certified "Powered by SAP
NetWeaver®" applications. They are designed for work order execution, operator rounds,
time/attendance tracking and materials management. SAP and Syclo will expand its existing partnership
to provide SAP customers with confidence in mobility applications developed, tested and supported by
both SAP and Syclo.
"The cooperation with Syclo enables our customers to increase the productivity of maintenance and field
service technicians by connecting them to SAP Business Suite for work order or service order execution,
operator rounds and materials management," said Dieter Hasslein, vice president, Solution Management
for EAM, Sustainability and Mobile, SAP AG.
"Syclo was a natural fit for our business because it is a recognized leader with proven mobile solutions
for asset management and field service, tightly integrated to SAP Business Suite, and in use today by
our customers."
The SMART Mobile Suite from Syclo was designed to meet the needs of service technicians from plant
floor to customer door. It provides remote access to asset management or customer account information
including work orders, tasks lists, bill of materials, service orders, spare parts and other customer
information located in their SAP® ERP and SAP® Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM)
application deployments. Deployed to over 750 customers in 35 countries and 20 different industries, the
SMART Mobile Suite contains a library of industry-specific functionalities.
Customer Successes
Terasen Gas, a Vancouver-based gas distribution utility, has used the Syclo solution integrated with
various SAP applications to produce work orders and submit timesheets and payroll reports, as well as
provide two-way, real-time updates on equipment status between field technicians and corporate
headquarters.
"Syclo's mobile applications allowed us to consolidate multiple mobile point solutions into just one
platform, which will significantly lower our total cost of ownership," said David Legge, director of
information technologies at Terasen Gas. "Besides automated closing, time reporting, incorporated
'working-alone' monitoring and eliminated the 'cottage industry of reconciliation,' which has
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dramatically improved our costing information, we can now provide our field technicians real-time
access to historical and pending work on the assets which in turn allows us to manage our field
workforce activities much more effectively."
"Elevating our existing partnership was a logical next step. Having been a software solution partner that
was certified 'Powered by SAP NetWeaver,' we were well-positioned to co-innovate with SAP," said
Rich Padula, president and CEO of Syclo. "With this partnership in place, we're able to immediately
offer joint SMART Mobile Suite applications to the global SAP community."
Syclo and SAP intend to leverage their current relationship to invest in future co-innovation that
enhances their solutions.
For more information, please visit http://sap.syclo.com/.
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WorkXPlore 3D, Sescoi’s High Speed 3D Viewer, wins Top Trophy in France
3 April 2009
Sescoi, international developer and vendor of automatic manufacturing software solutions known for its
automatic CAM/CAD system WorkNC, announced that it is the first company to receive the
“Application Innovation Trophy” for its high speed 3D viewer, WorkXPlore-3D.
This trophy was a top prize in the new “Software Excellence” competition. Six finalists, selected from
over fifty applicants, outlined the nature and benefits of their software in a 2-minute web video and, in
addition to judging by a panel of experts, the business community was able to vote for the winning
solution via internet.
Whilst there are already 3D viewers on the market, WorkXPlore 3D is innovative in the high speed and
reliability with which it opens large 2D and 3D files, as well as the wealth of advanced applicationspecific functionalities it includes.
With its intuitive interface and its own lightweight format, users can share CAD analysis data with
colleagues, customers and suppliers via email.
Sescoi was able to illustrate to the competition judges, support by a customer case study, that companies
using WorkXPlore 3D can achieve time savings of between 40 and 70%.
Catherine Marko, Director of Sescoi France, stated, “With WorkXPlore 3D, companies no longer need
to acquire and run multiple CAD systems and those already using 3D viewers should certainly reassess
their current software. WorkXPlore 3D offers significant advantages over 3D viewers currently on the
market, as this prestigious “Innovation Trophy” acknowledges. We are delighted that the jury and the
online voters have given WorkXPlore 3D the recognition it deserves”.
This is the second prize that WorkXPlore 3D has been awarded in France, as last year it also picked up
the prestigious “Productivity Prize” from the annual ‘Industrie’ trade show.
WorkXPlore 3D is currently available in three versions - Viewer, Collaborative and Manufacturing Pro.
A free download, which allows the use of the full Manufacturing
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Events News
AspenTech 2009 User Conference to Highlight How Customers Use Process Optimization to
“Navigate Uncertainty”
1 April 2009
Aspen Technology, Inc. announced the 2009 AspenTech User Conference will be held May 4-7 in
Houston. The theme of the conference – “Navigating Uncertainty” – highlights how AspenTech
customers are using aspenONE to increase efficiency, reduce manufacturing costs and improve agility in
the face of today’s volatile global economy.
• The AspenTech User Conference brings together engineering and manufacturing professionals from
the world’s leading process industry companies and across the AspenTech partner community.
• James Hackett will deliver the opening keynote at this year’s conference. Hackett is chairman,
president and CEO of Anadarko, one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production
companies in the world. Hackett also serves as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
• The 2009 AspenTech User Conference is being held at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott in Houston.
To register or for more information visit AspenTech 2009 User Conference.
Supporting Resources:
To learn more:
• AspenTech 2009 User Conference
• aspenONE V7
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AVEVA Announces Viewpoint Americas Users' Conference 2009
31 March 2009
AVEVA announced that its annual Viewpoint Americas conference, for users of plant design and
engineering lifecycle management solutions, will take place May 3-5, 2009 at Moody Gardens Hotel,
Galveston, Texas.
The conference brings together some of AVEVA's top technical talent to provide answers to pressing
questions that will help users gain competitive advantage in the industry. This year's theme is "Getting
Down to Collaboration" and will focus on solutions that exploit AVEVA's technologies to raise
efficiency in the execution of multi-site global projects. The conference will provide an opportunity for
users to access the latest emerging technologies, and gain a better understanding of AVEVA's software
solution integration that drives the entire project lifecycle - from concept, specification and design,
through construction and project control, to operation, maintenance and decommissioning.
The multi-day event includes technical sessions, product specialist workshops and expert industry
overviews. To help users achieve exceptional results with AVEVA's solutions for plant lifecycle
management, emphasis will be placed on the latest development, maintenance and support plans for all
AVEVA Plant products and services.
Attendees include Viewpoint members from companies such as Merck, Chevron, Shell, KBR, Worley
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Parsons, and Mustang Engineering.
For more information on the conference, including online registration and agenda visit
http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=708460 or http://www.aveva.com.
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Call for Papers: COMSOL Conference 2009 Boston
30 March 2009
COMSOL, Inc., will hold its fifth annual North American conference on multiphysics modeling and
simulation October 8-10 at the Boston Marriott Newton. Engineers, researchers, scientists, educators and
students are invited to submit abstracts describing their innovative use of COMSOL Multiphysics®
software. Authors of accepted submissions will present their work at the conference and submit a paper
for the conference proceedings. Last year, more than 100,000 CDs of the 2008 COMSOL Conference
Proceedings were distributed to multiphysics users worldwide.
Technical paper submissions covering a broad range of multiphysics applications should complement
the main conference themes:
* Acoustics
* Bioscience and Bioengineering
* Earth Science
* Education
* Electromagnetics
* Fluid dynamics
* Fluid-Structure Interactions
* Fuel Cells and Electrochemistry
* Fundamental Studies, Optimization & Numerical Methods
* Heat transfer & Thermo-Mechanics
* Materials Science & Nanotechnology
* MEMS and Microfluidics
* Multiphysics
* Optics
* Photonics
* Plasma Physics, EHD and MHD
* Porous Media Flow
* Process & Chemical Engineering
* Quantum Mechanics
* Reaction Engineering and Reactor Design
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* Semiconductor Devices
* Structural Mechanics
* Transport Phenomena
Abstracts should briefly (200 - 400 words) summarize the individual’s or group’s work, with particular
emphasis on describing the problem, solution, results, and conclusions. Abstracts must provide the
corresponding author’s full contact information as well as the names and affiliations of all contributing
authors.
Abstracts submitted by the early bird deadline of June 26th will receive a $100 discount on conference
registration fees. The final deadline for the submission of abstracts is August 7th. Interested parties
should visit http://www.comsol.com/conference2009/usa/papers/ for complete guidelines on submitting
and uploading an abstract.
For more information on the COMSOL Conference Boston 2009, visit
http://www.comsol.com/conference2009/usa/.
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CGTech to Show VERICUT 7 at EASTEC
31 March 2009
CGTech will exhibit the next major version of VERICUT CNC machine simulation and optimization
software at the SME EASTEC show:
EASTEC
Booth 5340
Springfield, MA
May 19-21, 2009
VERICUT 7 features significant performance-improving enhancements that reduce the time required for
manufacturing engineers to develop, analyze, inspect and document the CNC programming and
machining process. Instead of focusing on new features or add-on modules, CGTech developer
resources have focused on diligent code optimization and customer-driven enhancements.
“VERICUT has been reorganized with a new user interface for maximum efficiency.” said Bill
Hasenjaeger, Product Marketing Manager. “Not only is the software extremely stable and significantly
faster, it has never been easier to set up a VERICUT project. This release will set a new standard for the
world’s most advanced CNC simulation system.”
VERICUT Product/Function Overview:
VERICUT is CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software that enables users to
eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs. It reduces scrap loss and rework. The
program also optimizes NC programs in order to both save time and produce higher quality surface
finish. VERICUT simulates all types of CNC machine tools, including those from leading manufacturers
such as Mazak, Makino, Matsuura, Hermle, DMG, DIXI, Mori Seiki and Chiron. VERICUT runs
standalone, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems such as Catia V5, NX, Pro/E,
MasterCAM, EdgeCAM and GibbsCAM.
CGTech will also be demonstrating VERICUT Composite Applications at EASTEC. VERICUT
Composite Applications are machine-independent off-line programming and simulation software
solutions for automated composite tape and fiber-placement CNC machines. There are two separate
applications: VERICUT Composite Programming (VCP) & VERICUT Composite Simulation (VCS).
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Delcam to Show Faster Design and Machining at NPE/MoldMaking Expo
2 April 2009
Delcam will preview new versions of its PowerSHAPE CAD software and its PowerMILL CAM system
at the MoldMaking Expo to be held as part of the National Plastics Exhibition in Chicago from 22nd to
26th June. The programs, which are scheduled for release later this year, will offer faster mould design
and faster machine tool programming respectively.
The faster mould design has been made possible by the incorporation within PowerSHAPE of the
Parasolid kernel for solid modelling alongside Delcam’s own system for surface modelling. These two
technologies provide an unbeatable combination for toolmakers, according to Delcam’s Marketing
Manager, Peter Dickin.
"Surface modelling is essential for mould designers to undertake detailed operations like creating and
adjusting split lines. This has always been PowerSHAPE’s key strength,” claimed Mr. Dickin. "Historybased solid modelling can even be a disadvantage at this stage because it can become difficult to change
a single fillet radius or draft angle without affecting other parts of the model.”
"Solid modelling really comes into its own when the designer moves from creating the core and cavity
into building the rest of the mould stack,” added Mr. Dickin. "Most of these other components are made
up from simpler prismatic shapes and the Parasolid kernel is the acknowledged leader for this type of
design work. Our implementation of this technology within PowerSHAPE will give both faster creation
of the initial design and much quicker regeneration of the complete stack following any design
modifications.”
The addition of Parasolids will also enhance Delcam’s Power Features technology. Mould components
that contain Power Features react automatically as they are placed within an assembly, adding all the
necessary fit-features to the connecting components. As each part is added, the tolerances between the
various components are also defined automatically. This automatic creation of relationships makes the
development of the overall design much quicker than other 3D mould design systems and also makes
errors in the design process less likely.
The forthcoming version of PowerMILL is the first release to take advantage of the availability of multicore, multi-processor machines at more affordable prices. This equipment gives even faster processing
times for the software. The improvements will be most noticeable for companies machining very
detailed cores and cavities, and those manufacturing larger tools.
Perhaps even more important is that using PowerMILL on a multi-core computer will remove the
waiting time for the user. With a conventional computer, the operator must wait for one calculation to be
completed before they can move on to the next operation. A series of operations can be compiled, for
example for overnight calculations, but this is little help if the job is especially urgent.
With a multi-processor computer, the user can set the parameters for a second calculation on the part
while the first calculation is still running. The two calculations can even be on different areas of the
component, for example, when applying different strategies to machine the spilt surfaces from those
being used for the main core or cavity.
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European Automotive Simulation Conference to Drive Next-Generation Vehicle Design
30 March 2009
ANSYS, Inc. announced the preliminary agenda for the 2009 European Automotive Simulation
Conference (EASC), an engineering simulation event dedicated solely to this industry. Because the
challenges in engineering road, rail, racetrack and off-road vehicles are complex, the event provides a
forum for attendees to share and debate new practices and issues, to network with industry peers and to
learn about the very latest developments in engineering simulation for the automotive industry. The
EASC’s focus on integrating multiphysics simulation into the design process is expected to impact the
next generation of automotive engineering, resulting in innovative products that can be made faster,
more cost effectively, and with less impact on the environment.
"Engineering simulation is more important to the automotive industry than ever before,” said Werner
Seibert, industry solutions specialist for automotive at ANSYS, Inc. “Several phenomena have
converged on the industry at once: huge variations in the price of oil, rapidly increasing requirements for
compliance with environmental regulation and the global economic downturn. These are all challenging
automotive manufacturers to reduce costs while increasing their activity in research and development. In
building the next generation of vehicles, manufacturers and suppliers must develop new technologies
that address the need for lower CO2 emissions and higher fuel economy. Engineering simulation has a
massive part to play in realizing both these goals, so much so that I would undoubtedly say this 2009
EASC will be the most important yet.”
The event’s keynote and technical presentations will offer leading-edge applications focused on solving
complex, real-world problems, such as determining the best car shape for optimal aerodynamics,
thermal–structural analysis on a cylinder head, and optimizing the process for paint spraying. Scheduled
for July 6 to 7, 2009, in Munich, Germany, the conference will feature high-profile presentations from
experts representing from some of the successful and innovative companies in the industry. Speakers
include Bodo Durst from BMW, Sandro Wartzack from Brose, Torbjörn Larsson from the BMW Sauber
F1 Team, and Christoph Schoettl from MAN Truck & Bus.
This year’s conference will cover the full spectrum of simulation aspects and account for the entire
range of physics relevant to vehicle design: structural, fluids, thermal and electronic design automation
(EDA) — which comprises software from Ansoft, now part of the comprehensive multiphysics software
portfolio of ANSYS. Consequently, applications in areas including mechatronics and radio frequency
(RF) simulation, for devices such as satellite navigation systems, will appear on the agenda.
Application areas to be covered at the conference include:
• Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
• Body-in-white
• Chassis
• Climate control
• Electromagnetic and electronic design
• Engine design
• Manufacturing process
• Noise, vibration and harshness
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• Powertrain
• Thermal management
• Vehicle components
The EASC will also feature an extensive partner exhibition.
To view the preliminary agenda, register for the EASC and get more details, visit
http://www.easc.ansys.com.
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IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 Reports Positive Exhibit Space
Sales
1 April 2009
The International Manufacturing Technology Show reports positive news following initial booth
assignments for IMTS 2010 which runs September 13 – 18, 2010 at McCormick Place in Chicago,
Illinois. Over 850 exhibitors have contracted more than 1,100,000 square feet of exhibit space for IMTS
2010.
Historically, IMTS events have been key stimulators during economic downturns in manufacturing.
Compared to the same time prior to IMTS 2008, the exhibit space square footage is nearly identical and
the number of exhibitors only slightly less. Some exhibitors have actually been assigned to larger space,
a request they have made for many show cycles.
“We are confident that IMTS 2010 is poised to play a continuing role in the recovery of the
manufacturing industry, stated Peter Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions for IMTS. “These strong
initial numbers show that there is confidence in manufacturing and we as an industry are primed for
recovery.”
For more information on IMTS 2010 visit http://www.imts.com.
IMTS – International Manufacturing Technology Show
IMTS is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. IMTS 2010 will run September 13 –
18. Recognized as one of the world’s preeminent stages for introducing and selling manufacturing
equipment and technology, IMTS attracts over 92,000 visitors from every level of industry and over 106
countries. IMTS is owned and managed by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.
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Onesia unveils Orealia™ 2.0 at Laval Virtual
2 April 2009
In this upgraded version, Orealia|DESIGNER combines exact grasping of materials with a high
performance solution of physically realistic real-time 3D rendering. Onesia announced its participation
at the Laval Virtual trade show, which will take place in Laval (Mayenne, France) on 22-26 April 2009.
Onesia will be located at booth M1-M2. Onesia’s participation at Imagina show last February did not go
unnoticed. During this 11th International Meeting of Virtual Reality, the Toulouse-based company will
unveil the 2.0 version of its Orealia real-time 3D solution. The solution is available in three versions,
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with a price range that can fit any budget and requirements:
Orealia|PRO is designed primarily for very small companies or freelance designers, who wish to work
on 3D models, even large ones, in real-time, and generate images or videos.
Orealia|PREMIUM offers small companies a collaborative real-time interactive platform, designed to
quickly present and easily validate a virtual mock-up.
Orealia|DESIGNER is designed for major accounts. It allows one to obtain and share innovative
renderings in real time. It builds on 3D models made with CAD, native or neutral, and it gives designers
and marketing and communication directors, access to common bases of interactive digital mock-ups.
Exclusive integration technology of real materials
Although Orealia|DESIGNER, like other real-time 3D solutions, takes into account traditional virtual
textures. The Orealia|DESIGNER’s user can rely on faithful representations of materials obtained by
using captures of real samples: painted car body, fabric, special coatings, etc… Made from thousands of
photographic shots, this data capture provides Orealia|DESIGNER with a materials database, which can
then be put to use thanks to the BTF technology (Bidirectionnal Texture Function) developed by Onesia.
With this technology, the behavior of materials, depending on the lighting and orientation, is strikingly
realistic, without any comparison with the results obtained from traditional virtual textures. This quality
does not affect the flow of movements.
The Orealia|REAL TEXTURE module is designed for the most demanding design departments,
Orealia|DESIGNER is the first software to offer such technology in real time. It is also possible to
instantaneously modify some of these materials’ parameters in order for the customer or the user to
evaluate the impacts of these modifications on the actual perception of the product or project. In order to
take full advantage of the materials’ specific data, Orealia’s engine also integrates a global lighting
technique in its 2.0 version, which enables the user to take into account the impact of the colors of lit
materials on the rest of the environment. Thus Orealia offers the best software’s rendering quality, all in
real-time. This new version also includes a new unfold surface technique (patterns) used for optimal
texture plating.
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Steve MacDonald Announces Strong Revenue Growth at STAR European Conference
26 March 2009
After three days, fifty presentations, eight live demos and the consumption of significant quantities of
food and drink, the curtain came down on the STAR European Conference 2009. Held a short distance
from CD-adapco's London headquarters, the conference defied the current economic situation by
attracting a near record attendance of over 300 attendees, drawn from all sections of industry and from
every discipline in the CAE world.
In his opening address, CD-adapco President Steve MacDonald, was buoyant about the economic crisis
and its impact on the CAE business: “My strong belief is that the current economic situation presents a
fantastic opportunity to CD-adapco and the CAE community as a whole. In the midst of constant
reminders about how tough times are, CD-adapco managed to grow at 22% last year, a performance that
we have matched through the first five months of our current financial year. I am convinced that CAE is
absolutely the right place to be right now, as more and more companies look to adopt simulation
technology as part of a drive towards lean-engineering. With both STAR-CCM+ and STAR-CD V4 now
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fully online and accepted by the marketplace, we have a busy time ahead of us working out all of the
ways that we can deploy this exciting technology throughout the engineering process, reducing costs and
increasing innovation as we go.”
The central theme of the conference, which was sponsored by Dell, Cray, Intelligent Light and
Microsoft, was “Integrate. Automate. Innovate”. Led by excellent keynote presentations from
Bombardier Aerospace and Access, a succession of industrial clients demonstrated the tangible benefits
that can be gained from adopting an automation philosophy in their industrial CAE processes.
A good example of driving Innovation through Automation, was presented by Vestas, a global leading
wind energy company, who demonstrated how their entire CFD process had been distilled into a single
“Run CFD button”. Using the button, any Vestas site engineer, located anywhere in the world, can
produce a report detailing the suitability of a region of terrain for wind turbine deployment, including
visualizing the flow field in Google Earth.
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Technology Momentum Drives Best Papers at 19th Annual Synopsys Users Group San Jose
30 March 2009
Synopsys, Inc. announced the Best Paper Awards for the 19th annual Synopsys Users Group (SNUG®)
San Jose, held from March 16 to 18 in Santa Clara, California. More than 2,100 Synopsys customers
from 240 companies participated in the event.
The SNUG San Jose Technical Program highlighted advances in low-power design, advanced
verification and the announcement of the Lynx Design System--Synopsys's production-ready chip
implementation platform. More than 120 Synopsys tool users and company product experts delivered 46
customer papers, 31 Synopsys tutorials, and four panels. Nearly every Synopsys product was
represented, from physical design, synthesis, sign-off, verification, analog mixed-signal and test to
design-for-manufacture and intellectual property cores. Synopsys also hosted a day of sessions focused
on the Synplicity® product lines of high-level synthesis, hardware-assisted verification, and fieldprogrammable gate array (FPGA) implementation.
SNUG San Jose kicks off a full year of open forums around the world that more than 6,000 users
attended last year. SNUG conferences comprise the largest users' group series in electronic design
automation (EDA), attracting engineers to forums in India, Taiwan, Singapore, Boston, the United
Kingdom, France, Israel and Japan.
The Best Paper, First Place award went to Clifford Cummings from Sunburst Design, Inc. for his paper,
"SystemVerilog Assertions - Design Tricks and SVA Bind Files."
The Best Paper, Second Place, went to Kelly Larson from MediaTek Wireless for his paper, "Advanced
VMM Transactor Development: Tips for Designing VIP You Wouldn't Mind Reusing."
The Best Paper, Third Place, went to Don Mills from Microchip Technology for his paper, "If Chained
Implications in Properties Weren't So Hard, They'd be Easy."
The Best First Time Presenter Award went to Dan Prevedel from LSI Corporation for his paper, "SBPF
Performance and Accuracy Evaluation."
The Technical Committee Award went to David Flynn from ARM for his paper, "Design for Power
Gating - And What UPF Can, and Cannot, Do for You."
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Technical Committee Honorable Mention Awards went to JL Gray, Jason Sprott and Sumit
Dhamanwala from Verilab, and Clifford Cummings from Sunburst Design, Inc. for their paper, "Using
the New Features in VMM 1.1 for Multi-Stream Scenarios," and to Doug Smith from Doulos for his
paper, "Using Bind for Class-Based Testbench Reuse with Mixed-Language Designs."
Aart de Geus, chairman and chief executive officer at Synopsys, opened the conference with his keynote
sharing a number of technology developments, including the Synopsys Lynx Design System, a
comprehensive design creation system that allows design teams to streamline their processes. Developed
for scalable use in design organizations of all sizes, Lynx combines a production-proven RTL-to-GDSII
design flow with productivity-enhancing features to accelerate chip development while mitigating the
risks of designing at new process nodes.
"One of the best ways to solve a complex problem is to share it with others and work together to not
only determine, but execute the best solution," said de Geus. "SNUG conferences around the world
encourage this type of mutual learning, helping engineers design differentiated products that fuel
exciting advances in electronics. I always leave SNUG conferences energized by the thoughtful dialog
that takes place across the engineering community."
Please visit the Synopsys Users Group website at http://www.snug-universal.org/ for more information
on upcoming events and how to submit a paper for consideration by the SNUG technical committee.
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Un PLM sur le salon MDD Expo Foods&Goods 25 – 26 Mars 2009 – Porte de Versailles à Paris
27 March 2009
LASCOM présente Advitium *CPG Solution, solution logicielle de gestion de données critiques et de
processus sur le salon MDD (Marques De Distributeurs) et DPH Expo (Droguerie Parfumerie Hygiène).
Avec cette solution web dédiée au CPG, LASCOM aide les industriels à structurer les processus de mise
en marché à visée de productivité, à gérer les modifications et le traitement de leurs impacts et à
capitaliser sur la connaissance acquise à chaque projet pour innover à moindre coûts.
Des vues métiers abouties couplées à des fonctions de collaboration, un référentiel de connaissance
unique et des indicateurs pertinents permettent tout à la fois de manager avec efficacité les projets et d'en
assurer le reporting.
Le PLM Advitium CPG Solution de LASCOM dynamise les processus et optimise productivité,
innovation et qualité :
• Gestion du référentiel produit
• Développement de nouveaux produits
• Génération automatique de documents
• Formulation
• Gestion des modifications
• Réponse aux appels d’offre
• Réutilisation de la connaissance
• Gestion de la qualité
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• Portail d’échange avec clients et fournisseurs
Vous pouvez nous rencontrer sur notre espace : I14 du salon MDD/DPH Expo, Hall 7.3, Porte de
Versailles.
*CPG : Consumer Packaged Goods
A propos de LASCOM
LASCOM (http://www.lascom.com) est l’éditeur de la solution Advitium CPG Solution qui permet aux
industries de process de réduire de façon considérable le temps des mises en marché et optimise la
fiabilité des produits et de leurs évolutions. La technologie double coeur d’Advitium, données
/processus, lui permet de donner une vision dynamique du referential des produits.
Avec cette solution web dédiée au CPG, LASCOM aide les industriels à structurer les processus de mise
en marché à visée de productivité, à gérer les modifications et le traitement de leurs impacts et à
capitaliser sur la connaissance acquise à chaque projet pour innover à moindre coûts [suite …].
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Financial News
ASCON Group Announces Results of the Year 2008
2 April 2009
ASCON at an annual press conference presented the overall results of its activity for the last year.
The company's annual sales turnover in 2008 amounted to 30,6 million $, which is 14% more than 2007.
Currently the list of customers of commercial versions of ASCON solutions consists of about 4500
enterprises and companies in different industries: machinery, automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace and
defence, architecture, electronics and many others. The fraction of big contracts in sales increased:
during last year with 2 agreements with value over 1 million dollars USA, 3 contracts – more than 500
thousands dollars and 32 – exceed 100 thousand dollars. A considerable growth rate in industry segment
was shown in oil and gas – almost two times increase of sales volume in compare with prior period. 55%
growth was recorded in one of the most priority directions of ASCON – automation of engineering and
construction design. New version of company's MCAD solution, KOMPAS-3D V10, was launched with
a great success, the software became more available for users all other the world with the fully
localization of German version and with appearance of KOMPAS-3D in Polish and Chinese, substantial
extending of resellers network made KOMPAS even closer to users, ASCON took part in many
international fairs (Hannover Messe, EuroMold etc.) and as a result got a lot of prosperous contacts and
partners.
In the current year of company's 20th anniversary, ASCON to continues further development and release
of its high-technology CAD/AEC/PLM solutions. By estimates of Maxim Bogdanov, CEO of ASCON
Group, this year according to existing economical situation is expected a reducing of investments in IT
area and value of average contract. ASCON always tried to meet demands of its customers and now will
pursue a policy of collaboration with them by offering its professional, modern and what is very
important now cost-effective solutions, which allow fast implementation in production and as a result
return of investments in a very short period of time. The company has already addressed new offers with
flexible pricing policy to its customers: discounted update from Demo and LT version of KOMPAS-3D
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to Professional License within one month after downloading of freeware, software for rent, cross
updates and CAD trade-in.
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CENIT Increases Sales and Order Income
30 March 2009
CENIT AG’s final financial statement for 2008 is defined by a solid balance-sheet structure that protects
our customers’ future investment decisions. The past business year was also characterized by a 13
percent increase in staffing and significant 32% growth in incoming orders, to a total of 105 m €. CENIT
expects stable business development during the 2009 business year. Against the backdrop of the global
economic crisis, securing the financial independence of CENIT Group remains a core challenge.
Annual Financial Statement 2008
During the 2008 business year, CENIT Group achieved consolidated sales of 83.4 m EUR (2007: 77.1 m
EUR/ 8%). Gross profit amounted to 61.1 m EUR (2007: 58.4 m EUR/ 5%). EBITDA reached 6.2 m
EUR (2007: 9.5 m EUR/ -35%). During the reporting period, EBIT were down 43% from 8.4 m EUR to
4.8 m EUR. 2008 ended with EBT of 5.3 m EUR (2007: 9 m EUR/ -41%) and consolidated EPS of 0.40
EUR (2007: 0.73 EUR). A significant slowdown of investment in our customer segments, resulting from
the overall downturn of the global economy, already became evident in mid-2008. Customers failed to
place important orders in the software and service sectors when expected. After the largest order in
CENIT AG’s history was signed by EADS in May, the launch date of the service contract was
postponed to July 2008. As a result, our business again picked up speed during the second half of the
year. On 31 December 2008, the number of employees Group-wide was 721 (2007: 636) – a satisfactory
13% increase in view of the shortage of skilled professionals.
Asset and Financial Situation
The conservative financial policies pursued by CENIT Group during past years are now paying off. The
Group’s financial position is secure and stable. On the balance sheet date, equity capital amounted to
25.4 m EUR (2007: 26.2 m EUR), while bank deposits and short-term securities totalled 13.2 m EUR
(2007: 18.3 m EUR). In addition to liquid assets, the Group continues to have sufficient current account
lines at its disposal. Accounts receivable and accounts payable both reflect the business trend. CENIT’s
financial independence permits internal financing appropriate to the business trend. Under the aspect of
restrictive credit approval by lending institutions, this constitutes a competitive advantage for the future
of CENIT Group and offers our customers the investment security they need.
Proposal on the Allocation of Profit
At the general shareholders’ meeting on 29 May 2009, the managing and supervisory boards will
propose that the net profit be allocated to retained income. The prime focus is on assuring long-term
liquidity and preserving financial independence. As a result, our business finances rest on a secure,
sustainable foundation despite the unfavourable framework conditions brought on by the global financial
crisis. The available liquid assets give CENIT Group the opportunity to continue acting as required by
the interests of the enterprise and its shareholders, and thus to keep participating in the growth of the
markets we target. Among these efforts is the expansion of our service and software activities in the
aerospace industry. But we also need capital input to offer the right technological and software
responses to newly arising topics. A further way to maintain a decisive competitive edge is to continue
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investing in employee training. Our employees’ expertise in highly complex technical fields is a basic
prerequisite for the success of CENIT Group, and we intend to hold on to this advantage. Against this
background, our financial strategy remains targeted at preserving positive, long-term solvency. To this
end, the prime objective of CENIT’s financial management is to secure adequate short- and mediumterm liquidity. Ultimately, the positive financial condition of CENIT Group also gives us a crucial
competitive advantage in terms of order intake. This in turn gives our customers the security they need
when making investment decisions, e.g. in favour of services provided by CENIT Group. As soon as the
overall economic situation permits, we shall return to the dividend policy practised in previous years.
Incoming Orders
Orders received by CENIT Group during the past business year 2008 totalled 105 m EUR (2007: 79.6 m
EUR/ +32%). Orders in hand as at 31 December totalled 30.2 m EUR (2007: 16.9 m EUR/ +78%).
Breakdown of Consolidated Sales by Business Segment
CENIT’s PLM business segment achieved sales of 57.9 m € (2007: 48.6 m €/ +19%). The EIM business
segment attained sales of 25.4 m € (2007: 28.5 m €/ -11%).
Sales in the service sector increased against the previous year by 14% to 52.56 m € (2007: 46.18 m €).
This made the service sector the largest contributor to overall sales, with a share of almost 63%. Sales of
CENIT software totalled 9.25 m € during the past business year (2007: 9.18 m €/ 1%). Sales of
proprietary software thus accounted for approx. 11% of total sales. Sales of third-party software grew by
46% to 18.47 m € (2007: 12.61 m €), accounting for 22% of overall sales. Hardware sales (now
outsourced) decreased as expected by 66% to 3.10 m € (2007: 9.09 m €), or approx. 4% of total CENIT
sales.
Holdings
During the past business year, CENIT (Switzerland) AG achieved sales exposure of 4.9 m EUR (2007:
3.9 m EUR), at EBIT of 2.4 m EUR (2007: 2.2 m EUR).
CENIT North America attained sales of 6.1 m EUR (2007: 5.9 m EUR), accounting for EBIT of –0.1 m
EUR (2007: 0.5 m EUR).
CENIT SRL Romania achieved total sales of 0.7 m EUR (2007: 0.4 m EUR) at EBIT of 0.2 m EUR
(2007: 0.06 m EUR).
During the 2007 business year, CENIT established a subsidiary in France. The company remains in the
start-up phase and primarily supports our customer EADS Airbus in Toulouse. With sales totalling 0.3
m EUR (2007: 0.06 m EUR), CENIT France SARL achieved EBIT of 23 K EUR (2007: -3 K EUR).
On 27 December 2007, CENIT AG succeeded in acquiring cad scheffler, our long-term PLM competitor
and successful Dassault Systèmes Partner. The company was integrated into CENIT Group effective 1
January 2008. As a provider of PLM system solutions, cad scheffler GmbH, based near Chemnitz, is a
specialist for the Dassault Systèmes PLM product CATIA. Since 2008, the company has reinforced our
joint top position in the PLM consulting and software market both nationally and internationally. Cad
scheffler achieved sales of approx 2.4 m EUR in 2008, accounting for EBIT of 0.3 m EUR.
Outlook
For the 2009 business year, we expect stable development of sales and results. However, the increasing
uncertainties abounding in the financial and real markets currently preclude quantifiable projections.
More specific commentary on the current business year will be provided as part of our quarterly
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reporting. For 2010/2011, we expect that the global economy will emerge from its recession phase and
again achieve moderate growth. Unless our business is adversely affected by a further, prolonged
economic downturn, we plan to return to our path of long-term growth and expect increasing sales and
improved results in 2010/2011. Against the backdrop of the global economic crisis, the prime focus
must be on securing the financial independence of CENIT Group. Ultimately, this also gives CENIT a
decisive competitive advantage: More than ever, our customers value a solid balance sheet and a high
equity ratio, and these we intend to preserve. With a forward-looking strategy aimed at acquiring new
customers and exploiting important market opportunities, but also at the continued portfolio expansion
vital to a high-tech enterprise, we plan to successfully position and strengthen CENIT Group in the
months to come.
You can find the complete Financial Report on http://www.cenit.de
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Delcam Sets New Sales Record in 2008
27 March 2009
Delcam announced that the company achieved record sales in the year to 31st December, 2008. Sales for
the period grew to £32.9 million, an increase of 11% over the £29.7 million recorded in 2007. Pre-tax
profit rose to £2.26 million compared with the £2.15 million last year.
The company continued to increase its high levels of investment in software R&D, investing £8.8
million in the period, compared to £7.8 million during 2007. As well as supporting growth in new
software sales and enabling the introduction of new products, this investment contributed to a 20%
increase in maintenance revenues to £9.7 million.
Commenting on the results, Delcam Chairman, Peter Miles, said, “The robust results achieved by the
Group over the past financial year reflect the high-quality software products that we continue to offer
and the benefits of our diversified business, both in terms of our geographic reach and the many
industries that we serve.”
“The next two years are going to be difficult but also an opportunity. The favourable exchange rate,
strong cash position and high levels of predictable income present Delcam with a significant opportunity
to increase our market share. During 2009, we plan to maintain our investment in product development
and marketing to take advantage of the recovery when it comes, while continuing to exercise tight
control over our day-to-day expenditure.”
STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRMAN, PETER MILES
Introduction
I am pleased to report very robust results in a year which saw trading conditions deteriorate
significantly, reflecting the global economic and financial downturn. These results reflect the high
quality of our software offering and the diversified spread of our business, both in terms of our
geographic reach and the many industries that we serve.
Group sales for the financial year to 31 December 2008 recorded a new high. This increase was
achieved partly as a result of further improvements in our recent acquisitions, the FeatureCAM,
PartMaker and Crispin families of software, partly through the introduction of new software programs,
and partly through further organic growth of longstanding Delcam products. While pre-tax profit
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increased by a smaller percentage, in a difficult year, we consider the increase to be satisfactory.
Given the tougher economic environment, it is worth highlighting in our results, the high levels of
recurring revenues the business generates through software maintenance income renewals.
While the outlook for the business in 2009 is challenging, we consider that Delcam is well placed to
weather the downturn.
Financial Highlights
Group sales for the year to 31 December 2008 rose by 11% to £32.9 million from £29.7 million in 2007.
As previously stated, the global slowdown in the latter months of the year impacted profitability. Profit
before tax was £2.3 million, including net currency gains of £0.4 million, compared with £2.1 million in
2007, representing an increase of 5%. Basic earnings per share were 21.2p from 24.6p last year.
Maintenance revenues increased by 20% to £9.7 million from £8.1m last year and now represent 29% of
Group revenues. Our maintenance revenues represent high quality, recurring earnings and provide us
with good earnings visibility looking forward.
We remain convinced that high levels of investment in ongoing research and development are essential
both to ensure that our software offerings remain market-leading within our chosen sectors and to enable
the introduction of additional products. As our product range grows, this level of investment becomes
even more important. Over the year, R&D investment totalled £8.8 million (2007: £7.8 million). We
released improved versions of all of our main software products during the period, as well as introducing
new products. The value our customers place in these enhancements is reflected in the continued growth
in income from maintenance contracts.
The Group remains cash generative with an increase in net cash from £5.3 million to £6.4 million.
In 2007, the IAS 19 valuation of the Delcam Retirement Benefits Scheme, the Group’s defined benefit
pension scheme, recorded a surplus of £1.7 million. This surplus was not recognised in the 2007
accounts but the equivalent valuation for 2008, of a deficit of £1.1 million, has been recognised as a
liability at the year end.
The Group’s strong balance sheet gives it the flexibility, particularly in the current economic climate, to
pursue opportunities which may arise to acquire complementary businesses or products.
Dividend
The Board is pleased to propose a final dividend of 3.9p per ordinary share (2007 – 4.0p). This makes a
total for the year of 5.25p per share (2007 – 5.25p), maintaining the dividend at the same overall level as
last year. The final dividend will be paid on 15 May 2009 to shareholders on the register as at 14 April
2009. The ex-dividend date is 8 April 2009.
Review
The Group made good progress over the year. We further increased the sales of our core CADCAM
products, expanded the international distribution of the additional software ranges acquired during 2005
and 2006, and introduced a number of new products. Our progress in such difficult times is a strong
validation of the diversification policies which have been followed by the Group for a number of years,
in particular in reducing our previous dependence on the automotive industry. We have successfully
entered a number of new sectors, where we see potential for further expansion.
The most impressive growth continued to be among our European subsidiaries in France, Germany and
Italy. Sales in Germany grew especially strongly, giving our German subsidiary the highest sales of any
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of our international network of sales partners. In North America, the impact of the poor economy was
felt most severely, although this was offset to a certain extent by the strengthening of the US dollar
against sterling. Other areas where we did well included the emerging economies of China, India and
Latin America.
We continue to extend the international distribution of the software products we acquired with our
acquisitions of FeatureCAM and PartMaker and increased training of both our sales and marketing staff.
Together with our more established PowerMILL and ArtCAM products, we offer a broader range of
machining software than any other supplier. This is a key factor in Delcam continuing to be ranked as
the world’s leading specialist supplier of CAM software in the rankings published by the American
analyst CIMdata.
Our Crispin range of software for the footwear industry has been expanded with the addition of new
dedicated programs for the design and manufacture of orthopaedic footwear. These have been received
well by customers and should help reinforce our position as the main supplier of CADCAM software to
the industry.
Another relatively new area that continues to show strong growth is the dental industry. We have been
able to apply our broad design and manufacturing expertise to develop products that are becoming
increasingly successful in this application.
We have expanded our Professional Services Group (PSG) in line with increasing demand for its
consultancy expertise. Our major customers continue to be aerospace engine manufacturers and
companies that machine aerostructures. Both of these are looking for efficiency savings by introducing
new methods of manufacture. It is also pleasing to see that the Group is gaining new business in the
power generation sector. We have established a new office in Singapore to follow up consultancy
opportunities in Asia. The manufacturing process development work of PSG often leads to
complementary opportunities for our Tooling Services Division to provide pilot production capacity to
customers within Delcam’s extensive multiaxis machining facility. Plans are under way to further
expand this facility with the addition of another large machine tool during 2009.
Outlook
Our intention is to expand sales in our newer areas of activity, including Services and Healthcare, whilst
also remaining the largest specialist supplier of software for computer controlled machines in the
manufacturing industry. As the largest supplier, we will inevitably be affected by the downturn in
manufacturing sales and reduced levels of confidence which are affecting investment. It remains
difficult to predict the course of the recession but we are planning for a recovery in manufacturing to
begin during 2010, with growth resuming in 2011.
The next two years are going to be difficult but also an opportunity. The favourable exchange rate,
strong cash position and high levels of predictable income present Delcam with a significant opportunity
to increase its market share. During 2009, we plan to maintain our investment in product development
and marketing, while continuing to exercise tight control over our day-to-day expenditure to take
advantage of the recovery when it comes.
We remain confident that our strategy will deliver business advantage and believe that Delcam is well
placed to see out the near term challenges.
I would like to thank all our staff worldwide for their loyalty, hard work and dedication during the year.
Peter Miles
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Chairman
The IGE+XAO Group Announces:Consolidated Accounts for the first half 2008/2009 (in IFRS
norms)
31 March 2009
A good first half
In Euros
January 31st 2009
January 31st 2008
(6 months)
(6 months)
Turnover
10,964,826
10,465,904
+4.8%
Current operating income
1,845,691
1,628,808
+13.3%
Operating income
1,845,691
1 187 915
+55.4%
Financial income
245,408
1,197,841
N/S
1,134,693
--
1,787,068
(16.8%)
Positive value gained from the
sale of Anyware holding
Net income - Group
1,486,433
Change
In the first half of 2008/2009, IGE+XAO reports a 4.8% growth in turnover, with the figure of
10,964,826 euros as compared to 10,465,904 euros the previous year. The growth is all the more
impressive as it was achieved in a tight economic situation and, in addition, the contribution from
contracts for the Group's PLM offer (Product Life-cycle Management) dedicated to Electrical
Engineering, so far has remained stable from one year to the next.
In addition to business activity, current operating income and operating income have increased
significantly, being up by 13.3% and 55.4% respectively. The change in net income does not reflect the
Company's performance when taking into account the positive value of €1,134,693 posted last year
when the Company sold its 11% holding in Anyware Technologies. Profitability ratios have achieved
very impressive levels, showing a 13.6% net margin* and a 16.8% operating margin**.
On the financial side, IGE+XAO has a solid basis, having, at January 31, 2009, 16.5 million euros of
equity capital, almost zero bank debt, and available cash of over 13 million euros.
In this current fiscal year, the IGE+XAO Group intends to continue with its strategic plan, whilst
however paying a careful attention to the preservation of a high profitability level.
* Group net income / turnover
** Operating income / turnover
For over 22 years, the IGE+XAO Group has been a software publisher designing, producing, selling and
ensuring the maintenance of a range of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software. These Electrical CAD
software applications have been designed to help manufacturers design and maintain the electrical
section of any installation. IGE+XAO has built a complete range of Electrical CAD software
applications designed for all industry fields. With more than 56,600 licenses sold throughout the world,
the IGE+XAO Group has about 355 employees spread out in 22 locations and 15 countries.
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Nemetschek Presents Annual Report and Prepares for the Crisis
27 March 2009
Nemetschek AG published its annual report for 2008 today. As was announced with the provisional
figures, revenues increased by 2.9 percent to 150.4 million euros, two thirds of which was generated
abroad. The EBITDA amounted to 31.4 million euros after 33.6 million euros in the previous year; the
EBITDA margin was thus at 20.9 percent after 23.0 percent in the previous year.
The operating result (EBIT) was 21.0 after 23.9 million euros in the previous year. As a result of the
negative interest owing to the changed market appraisal of interest rate swaps, the annual net income
dropped disproportionately from 15.3 million euros to 11.3 million euros, while the cash flow for the
period remained largely stable at 29.9 million euros (previous year: 30.8 million years). The cash flow
from operating activities increased from 25.3 million euros to 30.4 million euros thanks to strict
receivables and liquidity management. The cash stock amounted to 23.2 million euros; the net liabilities
from the loan for the Graphisoft acquisition amounted to 26.1 million euros as of 12/31/2008.
The earnings per share were 1.08 euros, compared to 1.52 euros in the previous year. Due to the
uncertain global economic situation Nemetschek AG wants to dispense with a dividend payment this
year and consolidate the equity base instead. In 2008 the equity capital increased from 62.9 million
euros to 67.9 million euros. The equity ratio increased accordingly from 34.4 to 40.6 percent.
“The group is now also prepared for what may turn out to be a longer slump, and the solid annual profit
in 2008 contributed a considerable amount to that,” emphasized Ernst Homolka, member of the
managing board and CEO, Nemetschek AG.
All business units are profitable
The software solutions of the four Nemetschek AG business units span the entire value-added process –
from the planning and design of a building and its visualization to the actual construction process and
the use of the building. All segments in the group were profitable in 2008. With revenues of 124.3
million euros (previous year: 121.2 million euros) the Design business unit – encompassing the software
solutions of the investment management companies with a focus on architecture and civil engineering –
was once again responsible for the lion’s share of group revenues. The EBITDA in the Design segment
amounted to 24.3 million euros after 26.2 million euros in the previous year.
The Build business unit encompasses the alphanumeric software products that accompany the actual
construction process. With revenues of 12.9 million euros (previous year: 13.2 million euros) the
EBITDA amounted to 3.5 million euros (4.1 million euros). The Manage business unit with its solutions
for commercial and technical facility management achieved revenues of 4.2 million euros (3.6 million
euros) and an EBITDA of 0.5 million euros (0.9 million euros). In the Multimedia segment (3D
visualization and animation software) revenues increased from 8.1 to 9.0 million euros in 2008, the
EBITDA amounted to 3.1 million euros after 2.4 million euros in the previous year.
Nemetschek to remain profitable in the future
Due to the uncertain global economic situation, the managing board of Nemetschek AG will again not
make a concrete forecast for the time being, but expects fiscal 2009 to be a weak year overall. A
tendency toward slower demand in important markets of the group is to be reckoned with. “National
infrastructure development and ecological construction programs could compensate for this in part, but
will probably not take effect before the second half of the year,” explained Ernst Homolka, member of
the managing board and CEO, Nemetschek AG. The expectations for the first six months are
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additionally muted due to the fact that the first two quarters of 2008 were particularly strong in terms of
revenues.
Homolka emphasized that tiered cost reduction measures among the subsidiaries were planned in the
event of a significant drop in revenues and that these could be implemented promptly. However, he
added, the individual companies could be affected differently by the crisis – the wide variety of
solutions and the breadth of the customer base would benefit the group in the crisis. The share
contributed to overall revenues by long-term maintenance contracts, now at 39 percent, was a good
starting basis, he added. 2009 also would see the launch of attractive product innovations on the market
that could stimulate demand.
By continuing with its tight cost management policy, the group would be in a position to compensate for
a potential drop in revenues of around 10 percent so that the EBITDA margin in 2009 would not drop
below 15 percent, emphasized Homolka. “We will at any rate remain a profitable company with a
substantial cash flow – and that, too, is not a matter of course in these times.”
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Implementation Investments
Cadence and NEC Electronics Announce Encounter Digital Implementation System To Support NEC
Electronics' System LSI with Built-In V850 CPU Core
31 March 2009
Cadence Design Systems Inc. and NEC Electronics Corporation announced the development of
prototypes of NEC Electronics' state-of-the-art V850™ -based System LSI, made possible by support of
Cadence's new Encounter Digital Implementation System v8.1. NEC Electronics developed its LSIs
next-generation CPU core, successfully reducing the total design turnaround time (TAT) by fifty percent
while including complete full multi-mode, multi-corner analysis and optimization throughout the back
end of the design flow.
Since the introduction of the first single-chip microcontroller with the V850 core in April 1996, NEC
Electronics has steadily established a solid lineup of V850 series products and has extended the product
portfolio to ASSPs and IP cores for ASICs. To further enhance quality and support to its customers,
NEC Electronics collaborated with Cadence, which has a record as a top supplier of electronic design
technologies for system LSIs. This collaboration has enabled NEC Electronics to significantly shorten
its design TAT and improve production efficiency. Cadence provided NEC Electronics with a reliable
multi-mode, multi-corner analysis that provides consistent results with Encounter Digital
Implementation System resulting in a more productive environment and a shorter TAT.
"The ability to deliver superior silicon reliability, performance, and area savings, as well as fast time to
market, are critical factors to our success in serving our customers," said Michiya Nakamura, general
manager of the 1st Microcomputer Division, NEC Electronics Corporation. "Using the Encounter
Digital Implementation System, we were able to meet all of the strict design metrics for these advanced
system LSI designs, and in half the time of our previous flow. We were especially pleased by the high
performance and capacity scalability of the Encounter Digital Implementation System, as well as its
robust multi-mode, multi-corner analysis and optimization features, which enabled us to achieve more
efficiency in our flow and better quality of results."
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The Cadence® Encounter® Digital Implementation System is a configurable digital implementation
platform delivering scalability with complete support for parallel processing across the design flow. The
system also brings an ultra-efficient new core memory architecture delivering higher-performance,
higher-capacity design closure for single CPU operations.
"NEC Electronics' experience consistently demonstrates that the new Encounter Digital Implementation
System is delivering new levels of productivity for advanced digital IC designs," said Chi-Ping Hsu,
senior vice president of research and development for the Implementation Products Group at Cadence.
"The new Encounter Digital Implementation System provides customers with a completely unified
digital implementation environment with foundry qualified accurate signoff engines. The system is now
broadly deployed worldwide to address complex design closure, low power, mixed signal and advanced
node requirements."
NEC Electronics intends to actively utilize the technologies and experience accumulated through the
collaboration with Cadence and extend those to the company's other products to provide customers with
the highest quality and performance solutions for system development.
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CD-adapco Licenses LEDAS Variational Geometric Solver LGS 2D
2 April 2009
CD-adapco and LEDAS Ltd, an independent provider of computational components and software
development services for CAD/PLM market, announced that CD-adapco has licensed LEDAS
variational geometric solver LGS 2D and intends to use it as a part of an integrated geometry modeling
tool built-in their multi-disciplinary engineering simulation software STAR-CCM+.
LEDAS delivers LGS 2D component to CD-adapco for several platforms. The batch includes 32 and 64bit versions for Windows, Linux on both Intel and AMD platforms, HP-Unix on PA-RISC and HP
Itanium, IBM AIX on Power PC, Sun Solaris on Sparc64b and x86. “Though LGS is a portable
software, this is the first so multiform delivery”, said Dmitry Ushakov, Director of Product Management
at LEDAS. “We are very pleased to provide such a service for a world leading company”, he added.
“Before choosing a geometric solver for our flagship STAR-CCM+ product, we extensively reviewed
the offerings of all of the leading suppliers, “ said Jean-Claude Ercolanelli, CD-adapco’s Vice President
Product Management. “We chose LEDAS because they matched all of our selection criteria:
completeness of technical features and capabilities, availability of hardware platforms and
responsiveness of their team. We believe that our relationship with LEDAS will have positive results for
all users of STAR-CCM+.”
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City of Prague Collects Data for New Urban Base Map Using Bentley’s Geospatial Software
1 April 2009
Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that T-MAPY, a specialized geospatial solutions provider in
the Czech Republic, deployed Bentley Geospatial Server to manage the collection and editing of urban
digital data within the long-term project of creating a new Digital Map of Prague (DMP). The new
system based on Bentley’s enterprise GIS platform replaces one that could not automate the workflow or
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produce an audit trail, and that required too much effort and too many man-hours to process a single
map edit. T-MAPY selected Bentley Geospatial Server as the backbone of the new system because the
enterprise workflow engine will efficiently manage the workflow of the subcontractors, who will collect,
access, and edit the GIS data stored in Oracle Spatial 10g. Another advantage of the Bentley Geospatial
Server is its customizable workflow, which allows the precise steps of the DMP data collection and
editing to be supported in detail.
Now with Bentley Map and Bentley PowerMap, operators will be able to edit and update more than
12,000 buildings, streets, utility connections, and other infrastructure changes to the city’s digital map
annually. By capitalizing on the CAD accuracy and powerful editing capabilities of Bentley’s mapping
products, T-MAPY has been able to meet the city’s need for a digital mapping system that can achieve
the required level of data integrity and productivity that the city of Prague has specified. Both T-MAPY
and the city of Prague anticipate a two-and-a-half-year return on its investment in this technology.
“Bentley Map and Bentley PowerMap’s superior data capture and editing capabilities have streamlined
the city of Prague’s map production workflow beyond its expectations,” said Jiri Bradac, project director
for T-MAPY. “Clearly, this software is much richer in capabilities and more productive than any other
option we considered. Bentley technology is also cost-effective – which it has to be since much of the
data capture and editing tasks are outsourced to third-party surveying companies that cannot, and will
not, use unwieldy, inaccurate, and expensive systems.”
Bradac continued, “The system’s ability to perform thousands of digital map changes as utility
connections and new buildings are constructed saves government departments thousands of man-hours a
year, and reduces costs significantly. Further, because the Bentley Geospatial Server enforces a
standardized workflow and generates an audit trail for all documents and modifications to those
documents, we can ensure total data integrity as we build the new base map. These are capabilities that
only Bentley software can deliver.”
For additional information about Bentley Geospatial Server, Bentley Map, and Bentley PowerMap, visit
http://www.bentley.com/mapping.
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Delcam’s PowerINSPECT Gives a Competitive Advantage to Rayco Manufacturing
3 April 2009
Investing in a Romer CimCore portable coordinate measuring arm with Delcam’s PowerINSPECT
inspection software has proved to be a big time-saver for Rayco Manufacturing, Inc. “It saves us many
hours compared to the manual way most fabrication shops check their work,” said Roger Timmons,
Quality Assurance Engineer, “and we get more information about our production faster, so we can make
adjustments quickly and accurately. That’s a clear competitive advantage for us.”
Rayco Manufacturing, based in Wooster, Ohio, was established in 1978 to build equipment for the tree
and landscape industry. Most of the work at the company is cutting and welding steel to form the
structures of the machines. As Rayco grew and its product ranges expanded, the company decided that it
needed to further improve the consistency of its steel fabrications and assure their quality from the first
laser cut through to the completed fabrication.
An important advantage of PowerINSPECT for Mr. Timmons was that the software has a simple user
interface which is intuitive and easy to use. “The learning curve was very short, which let us get the
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most from the measuring arm in the shortest possible time,” he commented. “I also like being able to
import our CAD models directly into PowerINSPECT and overlay what we measure. This reveals
immediately where any discrepancies may be.”
“Five minutes with PowerINSPECT saves an hour out on the assembly floor,” Mr. Timmons claimed.
“We can make adjustments before the components get into the assembly flow.” For example, the
software showed that the run-out on some of the feed wheels used on its chippers was not acceptable.
Detecting the situation prior to assembly saved the one and a half to two hours it would take to remove
and replace an inaccurate feed wheel.
In another example, the frame for one of its machines was exhibiting a twist during assembly. According
to Mr. Timmons, “We measured it during welding and found that the fixture needed correction. We also
use the system for troubleshooting out on the assembly floor to determine why a part may not be fitting
perfectly, so future parts can be corrected before they go to assembly. We can do this in about 10
minutes, a time saving of up to 1,000% compared to any manual method.”
Rayco did not have a dedicated quality department until about three years ago. “Today, we inspect
critical parts and all fixtures on a regular basis,” Mr. Timmons said. “This helps us put out a highquality, high-performing product for our customers.”
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DEMDACO Implements Centric Software PLM, Sourcing System
31 March 2009
DEMDACO, developer and marketer of gifts and home accents, has completed the first stage of
implementation of the Centric 8 product lifecycle management (PLM) system from Centric Software,
Inc. - and is seeing quick results with significant financial benefits and productivity improvements.
DEMDACO selected Centric, which provides PLM and sourcing solutions for companies in the fastmoving consumer goods and fashion industries, to help improve global collaboration and product
quality, minimize errors and costs, assure compliance and improve margins, according to Pete Malone,
vice president of product development for DEMDACO.
In the first phase of Centric 8 implementation, DEMDACO is working with the Centric Product
Specification, Centric Product Sourcing and Centric Calendar Management modules. The company is
already experiencing results, says Malone, in improved communication, access to updated information
and more efficient management of the company's product development process.
Now that all departments and partners - from down the hall to across the world - can access the same
information in real time, "Everybody's literally working off the same page," says Malone. He estimates
that the resulting efficiencies will allow his staff to spend 25 percent more time in critical, productive
conceptual and strategic thought and analysis. "The Centric system will pay for itself with these
improvements in efficiency," he concludes, "and will produce additional benefits through the increased
performance of our products realized by staff allocating more time to strategic product development
processes."
"Centric 8 lets my group spend more time thinking about how to make the product great versus trying to
get the product through 'the system,'" says Malone. Like many companies in the fast-moving consumer
goods industry, DEMDACO previously managed product development with multiple spreadsheets,
communicating across multiple departments and continents, on multiple computer systems. In
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DEMDACO's case, Centric was able to replace 42 different spreadsheets with one easy-to-use, real-time
product lifecycle management system. "My staff and I now can spend significantly more time on valueadded activities," Malone says.
DEMDACO already is benefiting from more effective communication with its office in Hong Kong and
suppliers throughout Asia, says Malone, adding that he believes Centric 8 will help streamline catalogue
production and the sample development and quality improvement processes. "When a company brings
more than 2,000 SKUs to market each year, as Demdaco does," he says, "access to 'one point of truth'
for information makes all the difference in speeding products to market."
"Companies such as Demdaco that operate in the competitive consumer goods industry need the rapid
financial results Centric delivers," explains Chris Groves, president and CEO of Centric. "The early
benefits Demdaco is experiencing will only continue to grow, resulting in greater accuracy, a more
effective product development process and savings that directly impact the bottom line - critical in
today's economy."
DEMDACO develops and markets gifts and home accents. Based in Leawood, Kan., the design-driven
company works with artists and designers to create products that tell a story. Products include gifts,
home décor, and Silvestri seasonal and holiday items.
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EADS Innovation Works Europe Adds HyperWorks to Their Set of Preferred CAE Tools
31 March 2009
Altair Engineering, Inc. announced that EADS Innovation Works, the EADS corporate research and
technology organization, has increased its use of HyperWorks throughout its European operations and
has added Altair's simulation suite to its preferred set of CAE tools. EADS Innovation Works will use
HyperWorks to optimize aerospace structures, with a specific focus on composite material systems, to
further the company's technical innovation potential. The group also plans to use HyperWorks preprocessing technology to streamline the complex meshing process for acoustic finite element (FE)
models. EADS Innovation Works has been using Altair's software for several years already and has
recently consolidated licenses.
"In Germany, we were looking for good optimization and meshing tools," said Dr. Peter Middendorf,
Head of Structure Integration & Mechanical Systems, EADS Innovation Works, Germany.
"HyperWorks, with OptiStruct and HyperMesh, offers exactly the tools we were looking for to meet our
needs. We like the open architecture of the product suite and we appreciate the high meshing quality of
HyperMesh. In a benchmark, we ran with several meshing tools, HyperMesh produced excellent results,
especially for volume meshes, which we need to automate our interior acoustic simulation efforts. Also,
optimization is of growing importance in the aerospace industry and in all EADS Business Units. We
are using OptiStruct for our optimization tasks because of its leading performance in optimizing
composite structures. With Altair's tools and support we can save time, money, and material."
"I'm very pleased about EADS Innovation Works' decision for HyperWorks and Altair support," said
Dr. Michael Hoffmann, Altair Vice President EMEA. "During the last twelve months, we have seen a
tremendous growth of HyperWorks in the aerospace industry and throughout different EADS Business
Units. I'm sure this trend will continue due the industry's high interest in adopting HyperWorks' superior
modeling, visualization and optimization technologies, which include customized solutions for the
aerospace industry, such as the optimization of composite structures. I am looking forward to a long and
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fruitful partnership with EADS Innovation Works."
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Global Unichip Announces Greater Than 3X Schedule Reduction of Full-Chip Design Closure on
50M Gate Design with New Encounter Digital Implementation System
2 April 2009
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that Global Unichip Corporation (GUC) successfully taped
out a 65-nanometer, high-performance networking switch processor that features 50 million gates and an
operating speed of 400 megahertz. GUC designed the large, complex chip using the Cadence®
Encounter® Digital Implementation System to achieve a significant reduction in overall chip design
time.
"Our ability to successfully tapeout this high-performance, high gate-count design using the Encounter
Digital Implementation System reinforces Global Unichip's leadership in managing large and complex
designs," said Chi-Chiang Hsieh, VP of Global Unichip. "It also exemplifies the productivity-improving
capabilities of the Encounter Digital Implementation System, which allowed us to achieve full chipdesign closure in one week, as opposed to one month using a traditional approach."
These improvements were made possible through the Encounter Digital Implementation System's toplevel design planning-and-assembly, highly predictable block timing closure flow and end-to-end multiprocessing capabilities, including superthreaded routing. In addition, by adopting top-down timing
budgeting and virtual flat methodology using dynamic timing modeling technology in this hierarchical
design, GUC achieved good block level implementation quality, enabling chip integration success in one
single iteration.
The 65nm, ultra-high performance network switch processor is capable of transmitting at 3GHz and
includes a 10 Gigabit Attachment Unit Interface (XAUI) for high-speed interoperability. The 50 million
gate design was partitioned into 18 blocks, the largest partition having 12 million gates. Since the
turnaround time including chip level prototyping and budgeting/partition could be done within one day,
designers could focus on solving design issues instead of being concerned with the tool's run time. The
early timing, area and congestion estimations with minimal user intervention enabled GUC to complete
the floorplan in a faster and more predictable manner.
In order to handle seven process corners and two distinct constraint modes in block level
implementation, GUC turned to Encounter Digital Implementation System's high capacity block timing
closure flow, which uses a streamlined software architecture to achieve reduced runtime on end-to-end
block implementation while meeting aggressive timing performance requirements. In addition, GUC
leveraged Cadence NanoRoute® Router's superthreading capabilities to drastically reduce routing
runtime on this design. The integrated Encounter Timing System signoff capabilities in the Encounter
Digital Implementation System resulted in fewer iterations between implementation and signoff and
more predictable convergence.
"The successful tapeout of this complex chip demonstrates the Cadence commitment to providing robust
solutions that deliver faster design closure," said Chi-Ping Hsu, senior vice president of research and
development for the Implementation Products Group at Cadence. "The enhanced end-to-end multiprocessing capabilities and integrated timing signoff have helped many customers overcome the
complexities of implementing large, high-performance designs. Global Unichip's tapeout is a testament
to the leading capabilities of the new Encounter Digital Implementation System."
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Guess, Inc. Expands Deployment of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Solutions to Manage Its Global
Sourcing Operation
31 March 2009
Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced that Guess, Inc. has selected the company’s ENOVIA® Apparel
Accelerator™ for Sourcing and Production to connect its global sourcing and PLM efforts. By
improving information flow and communication with partners, Guess will increase lifecycle visibility,
improve collaboration and further demonstrate its brand value through constant innovation – all within a
single platform.
With sourcing operations throughout the world, Guess is challenged with providing information such as
color codes and style numbers to its suppliers in one common language. The company, a longtime
ENOVIA customer, shares Dassault Systèmes’ vision of leveraging a unified platform for sourcing and
product development and will now expand its deployment of ENOVIA V6 as the vehicle to harmonize
all the colors, styles and fabric information across the enterprise to ensure consistency in the information
provided to its suppliers and retailers, regardless of geographic location.
“One of Guess’ core strengths is our ability to identify fashion trends, put the concept together, source it
very quickly and have it in the store in time to meet consumer demand. The ENOVIA apparel sourcing
solution enables Guess to be a responsive and nimble fashion leader by seamlessly managing
collaboration with our suppliers, production facilities, and retail and wholesale locations,” said Mike
Relich, CIO of Guess, Inc.
“In today’s challenging environment, global collaborative innovation is critical for sustainable business.
It’s important for all manufacturers – including apparel – to get more out of their sourcing and import
strategies, while improving margins. But it’s more than just cutting the costs of materials – it’s about
innovating in an industry that demands constant change, and ENOVIA’s industry-specific accelerators
help companies do just that,” said Michel Tellier, CEO ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “We are proud to
deliver to Guess the very first solution to address the demands of the apparel industry by approaching
product development and sourcing as a unified business process.”
Jointly developed with Wing Tai’s Zymmetry Group – the leading manufacturing and sourcing solutions
provider focusing on the apparel industry – the ENOVIA solution integrates sourcing within the design
and development process, allowing companies to seamlessly manage collaboration with production
offices and retailers. It supports costing and pre-production processes, and offers visibility and process
control for brand and retail global operations.
“In order to remain competitive in a fast-paced industry, Guess needs to accelerate the processes
involved in bringing their products to market. One of the most effective ways to do this is by linking
global sourcing with product development – in essence, marrying creative fashion teams with the
practical production side,” said Steven Walton, Chairman of the Zymmetry Group. “The ENOVIA
apparel sourcing solution provides Guess with a clear, coordinated flow of information between all
parties, making the product development process faster and much more efficient.”
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HDR Saves $1.48 Million in Travel Costs, Reduces Carbon Emissions by 581 Metric Tons With
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Bentley’s ProjectWise Collaboration System
31 March 2009
HDR, an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm, won a 2008 Be Awards of Excellence in the
“Innovation in Road and Bridge” and “Connecting Project Teams” categories for its new five-level
Southwest Parkway Interchange in Fort Worth, Texas. The project is featured in the new publication
“The Year in Infrastructure 2008,” available online from Bentley Systems at
http://www.bentley.com/YearInInfrastructure2008. The design included two miles of new roadway and
six-lane mainlines on the Southwest Parkway with localized frontage roads. By using Bentley’s
ProjectWise collaboration system to connect people and information across offices, rather than
relocating design team members to the project’s office headquarters in Dallas, HDR saved more than
$1.48 million in travel costs and reduced its carbon emissions by 581 metric tons.
The project also included the design of more than one mile of State Highway 183 reconstruction with
new frontage roads, nine direct connectors to Interstate 20, 15 slip ramps, and a cross-street underpass
reconstruction. To meet the project’s deadline of 18 months from notice-to-proceed to final design, HDR
needed to pool multiple resources for bridge and roadway design. To complete the project successfully
and within the tight time frame, the firm mobilized a design team comprising 134 HDR engineers, CAD
designers, and staff from 12 offices, along with more than 40 team members from four sub-consultants.
HDR installed ProjectWise on the workstations at each subcontractor and made sure those users were
connected to HDR’s database. It also provided all team members with hands-on ProjectWise training.
Commenting on the project, John Quintero, ProjectWise coordinator and professional associate at HDR,
said, “The $1.48 million cost savings associated with using ProjectWise to connect our design team
reflect the great return on investment that ProjectWise can provide. However, the greatest benefit
directly associated with using Bentley products is a satisfied client. HDR’s design team received high
marks on its recent design submittal, further verifying the success of our implementation of Bentley’s
advanced software. ProjectWise added value by providing a consistent and efficient way to share work,
manage documents, increase productivity, and produce quality project deliverables.”
For additional information about HDR’s Southwest Parkway Interchange project, read the newly
published case study “HDR Cuts Costs and Carbon Emissions When Connected by ProjectWise” at
http://www.bentley.com/ProjectWiseSuccess. For additional information about the ProjectWise
collaboration system, visit http://www.bentley.com/ProjectWise.
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Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration Implements New Cadastral System With Bentley Map
to Save Time and Reduce Costs
30 March 2009
The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration (ISKI), which provides potable water to a city with a
population of more than 11 million, won a 2008 Be Award of Excellence in the “Innovation in Cadastre
and Land Development” category for its Asset Management Information System (ISEMBIS). The
project is featured in the new publication “The Year in Infrastructure 2008,” available online from
Bentley Systems, at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/bemagazine/beawards08/. With the help of
Bentley software, ISKI was able to develop a cadastral system that delivers up-to-date real estate data
for all the land parcels it serves or owns. ISEMBIS streamlines the retrieval of land registry data, turning
what had been a time-consuming, labor-intensive process into a highly efficient, automated system.
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Since both the CAD and GIS technology needed to reside on the same platform, the ISKI team selected
MicroStation-based Bentley Map to provide this functionality. Today the new system houses thousands
of photogrammetric images, cadastral maps, and digitized data from legacy paper files. Moreover, ISKI
used the Geospatial Administrator capability in Bentley Map with its XML Feature Modeling (XFM)
technology to standardize the annotation and symbolization of objects across the enterprise.
ISKI personnel, along with staff members of other city departments who regularly access ISKI land
parcel information, are all benefiting from the new system’s improved efficiency. The time required to
process and fulfill requests for land registry information has dropped from eight hours to as little as 30
minutes. This has led to substantial improvements in efficiency in handling the more than 2,000 land
registry requests received each year.
Commenting on the project, Mr. Mehmet Zeki Imamoglu, manager of the ISEMBIS project, said,
“Implementing our new cadastral system was necessary to facilitate access to all land registry property
and graphics through an easy-to-use interface. Our ISEMBIS project makes obtaining quick and
accurate information about our land assets easier for our 650 technicians and engineers. We are
extremely excited to be a part of the first XFM technology-driven project in Turkey, and our use of
Bentley software was the key to its success.”
For information about how to enter projects for consideration in the 2009 Be Inspired Awards
competition, visit http://www.bentley.com/en-US/Community/BE%20Awards/.
About the Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration
The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration manages all types of groundwater and surface water
resources to provide a domestic potable water supply, which it distributes to demand centers within the
city. It also conducts the necessary studies to design and build new facilities, and carry out the necessary
maintenance and repairs to existing facilities. The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration also
collects wastewater and stormwater, and safely removes it from communities to ensure its safe treatment
and discharge. This helps prevent the pollution of the region’s water sources, the local shoreline, rivers
and streams, and groundwater.
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Leading Indian Retailer Trent Ltd. Selects Dassault Systemes PLM for Fast Fashion
31 March 2009
Dassault Systemes (DS) announced that Trent Ltd., a Tata Group company and operator of Trent
Westside, one of India’s largest and fastest growing retailers, will deploy the ENOVIA Apparel
Accelerator™ for Design & Development.
“As a market leader, it is imperative that we are able to stay ahead of the latest consumer trends. Our
ability to understand what’s happening at the point of sale and then effectively work with our suppliers
and partners to translate this into new designs for subsequent seasons is crucial to our long term
success,” said Gaurav Mahajan, Head of Buying at Trent Ltd. “Based on our initial experience with
ENOVIA V6 we have been impressed by Dassault Systemes ability to quickly deploy a PLM solution
that provides us with greater visibility into the supply chain and an ability to track and manage costs and
changes as necessary.”
With 38 Westside stores in India and plans to expand rapidly in 2010, Trent Ltd. has to ensure that it can
manage its margin and profitability by responding to changing market conditions and consumer trends.
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A key element of its long term success will be based on how effectively the company is able to work
with the core elements in their ecosystem including internal resources, partners, buyers, sourcing offices
and suppliers. The ENOVIA Accelerator, which will take just nine weeks to implement, will integrate
with their existing ERP systems to provide Trent Ltd. with greater visibility into the new product
development process. This approach will enable the company to reduce sample development time and
increase seasonal options by leveraging the market knowledge and design capabilities of key suppliers
while also tracking commodity prices to negotiate better costs with them.
“In order to seize new opportunities and stay ahead of competition, retailers and apparel companies are
starting to address the need for a more comprehensive approach to working collaboratively with their
key suppliers. There’s no doubt that the Indian RFA industry is extremely ambitious and companies are
looking for the opportunity to expand into new markets. They understand that, as part of the process,
sustainable and cost-efficient business can only be achieved by managing the product lifecycle from
sample development to quality control,” said Suman Bose, Country Director, Dassault Systemes India,
Dassault Systemes. “We are pleased that Trent Ltd., a leader in the Indian retail market, has selected our
solution as a key element to managing their long term success.”
In addition to Westside which was founded in 1998, Trent Ltd. also established Star India Bazaar in
2004, a chain of hypermarkets with stores in Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Bangalore. In 2005 Trent Ltd.
rounded out its portfolio of brands with the acquisition of Landmark, India’s largest book and music
retailer.
The ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator™ for Design & Development is based on the Dassault Systemes V6
platform, a single PLM platform for managing product lifecycle business processes that will enable
customers to implement industry standards and best practices. Designed as an out-of-the box solution,
the Apparel Accelerator enables companies to deploy a scalable enterprise solution for apparel design
and development that can help them go to market quicker by taking products from trend to design to
sourcing to manufacturing to the customer within a single, collaborative environment.
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NEC Adopts Apache’s Dynamic Power Sign-off Solution for SoC Designs
31 March 2009
Apache Design Solutions announced that the Computers Division of NEC Corporation has adopted
Apache’s RedHawk, a full-chip dynamic power sign-off solution, for an accurate and high performance
analysis and optimization of their SoC designs. NEC selected RedHawk based on its ability to handle
large scale, high performance SoC designs for their systems, as well as for its sign-off accuracy and
ease-of-use.
“Productivity and reliability are key criteria for our computing systems,” said Koji Saga, department
manager at the CAD Engineering Department, Computers Division of NEC. “RedHawk offers fast tool
bring-up, robust decoupling capacitance (de-cap) optimization, and comprehensive reporting. With
RedHawk, we are able to perform full-chip dynamic analysis with sign-off accuracy of our designs thus
improving our productivity and increasing our confidence in tape-out success.”
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Premium AEROTEC Selects VISTAGY's FiberSIM® Software to Engineer Composite Fuselage
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Sections
2 April 2009
VISTAGY, Inc. announced that Premium AEROTEC, previously a division and now a wholly owned
subsidiary of EADS (Frankfurt: EAD.F) and a Tier One supplier to Airbus, has purchased FiberSIM®
software. FiberSIM will be used to design and manufacture large composite sections to support the
company's current programs. Premium AEROTEC selected FiberSIM based on its past success working
with VISTAGY and with the aim of meeting aggressive cost cutting initiatives and delivery schedules.
Premium AEROTEC was particularly focused on finding a solution that could support multiple design
methodologies to enable the most efficient composite engineering processes. To meet that goal,
Premium AEROTEC wanted to find a partner that would help them reduce errors and subsequent design
revisions; automate tedious non-value added tasks, such as redundant data entry; enhance downstream
consumption of data; and ultimately improve overall engineering productivity.
Premium AEROTEC chose VISTAGY to help solve these challenges due to its significant experience in
aircraft design, its proven ability to deliver valuable consulting services and because FiberSIM has a
long record of success in enabling firms to efficiently develop the spectrum of aerostructures, including
fuselage skins, ribs, frames, stringers, spars, pressure bulkheads, floors, empennage and wings.
Premium AEROTEC was also seeking software that had the demonstrated ability to perform rapid
design changes as well as support a structure-based design process, which are both critical to accurate
and efficient fuselage design. The reliability of the VISTAGY solution was thus seen to reduce the risks
often associated with creating parts made from composite materials due to the complexity of the
engineering process.
"Our decision to expand the use of FiberSIM was based on the combination of the software's maturity,
reliability and flexibility along with the knowledge, experience and responsiveness of the people at
VISTAGY," said Reinald Pfau, head of engineering and a member of the board of management of
Premium AEROTEC. "VISTAGY provided a solution that would enable us to meet our delivery
schedule and cost reduction goals. As a matter of fact, FiberSIM has already allowed us to deliver
validation data to an OEM on a very tight deadline."
"We're pleased to partner with Premium AEROTEC to apply FiberSIM to cutting-edge composite
design and manufacturing techniques so the company can meet its critical objectives," said Scott
Carlyle, vice president of worldwide sales for VISTAGY. "Working together we can help Premium
AEROTEC achieve cost saving goals by improving the efficiency and productivity of the overall
composite development process."
About Premium AEROTEC
Premium AEROTEC has over 6,000 employees and expects revenues to reach more than one billion
Euros for 2009. Premium AEROTEC's core business is the development and manufacturing of metal
and carbon composite aerostrucutres and the corresponding production systems. The company has
factories in Augsburg, Nordenham and Varel and is part of the EADS Group.
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Ramboll Oil & Gas Uses SolidWorks 3D CAD Software to Support Half of World’s Offshore Wind
Power
30 March 2009
Half of the world’s offshore wind power capacity sits on wind turbine foundations designed by
international engineering group Ramboll Oil & Gas using SolidWorks® 3D CAD software.
Ramboll Oil & Gas which is a division of Danish engineering group Ramboll, has either completed or is
currently involved in 20 offshore wind projects in Denmark, Italy, Russia, Sweden, the U.K. and U.S.
The company has 50 percent of the international market for offshore wind power platforms, and 75
percent in the U.K. Its engineers use SolidWorks alongside the company’s own offshore structures
analysis software to design the foundations that support as many as 500 turbines generating clean
electricity from offshore wind currents.
“We have a reputation for being innovative. Innovation has helped us gain a commanding share of the
offshore wind turbine market, and SolidWorks is one of the tools that helps us innovate freely,” said
Ramboll Oil & Gas’ Engineering Director Kai Birger Olsen. “SolidWorks enables us to produce designs
faster than our competitors. When a project comes in, we can calculate the operation of up to 100
turbines in one go, analyzing many factors such as the wave loads, and rapidly produce designs that take
them all into consideration.”
Foundations account for up to a third of an offshore wind power project’s costs, and consist of almost
everything but the wind turbines and towers themselves: piles, transition pieces, platforms, ladders, and
boat landings. The foundations, penetrating as deep as 30 meters into the seabed, must resist constant
pounding from tides, waves and currents, and provide a safe working environment for maintenance
crews operating in all kinds of weather.
Ramboll engineers model the wind turbine arrays in SolidWorks so they can be modified for maximum
wind efficiency and to avoid clashes that can occur when different contractors are working on the same
assembly. The same models enable engineers to plan where on the platforms crew members can walk
and work safely during operations and maintenance, and where obstructions can hamper operation.
“With SolidWorks, we can limit obstructions and discover clashes during the design phase so there are
no issues when we send the turbine out to the platform,” said Ramboll Whitbybird Senior Design
Engineer Mike Hallett. “Also, when you’re working in a harsh environment like an offshore site, you
have to focus on safety. Clients have asked us to show them how people will move around the platform.
With SolidWorks, we can give them an exact 3D representation.”
Ramboll relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Solid Solutions Management for ongoing software
training, implementation, and support.
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Right Hemisphere Software Enables 3D Product Visualization For Dental Equipment Manufacturer
A-dec
1 April 2009
Right Hemisphere® announced that its software is powering the interactive 3D capabilities in a product
visualization information (PVI) solution at A-dec®, one of the world's largest dental equipment
manufacturers. With Right Hemisphere's Deep ServerT enterprise software at the heart of this system,
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A-dec was able to eliminate manual steps in its illustration process and cut quote and order confirmation
time. Right Hemisphere's software also allowed A-dec to automatically generate interactive 3D PDFs of
its furniture orders, giving customers a more accurate visual representation of the furniture they ordered
and a better overall customer experience.
"Our original system was only semi-automated. It represented a very small portion of our product line,
provided product illustrations for some but not all of the products, and required us to handhold orders
throughout the entire process," said Chris Etzel, the project lead and a staff manufacturing engineer at
A-dec. "This new, fully automated PVI system has solved these problems for us and does a much better
job of meeting our customer's needs. It also brings us one step closer to our goal of being the easiest
dental equipment manufacturer to do business with."
Deploying Right Hemisphere's Deep Server software for its PVI solution helped A-dec accelerate its
internal drawing process and provide a better, more consistent overall customer experience. Now, for
example, all of A-dec's customers-not just some -receive appropriate illustrations with their order
confirmations, and in just a few hours. The order confirmation package is a multi-page document
complete with an interactive 3D representation of the furniture ordered and the product specifications.
Right Hemisphere's flagship Deep Server Enterprise Edition software integrates disparate product data
readily available in corporate CAD, PLM, and ERP systems and then automatically delivers this
intelligent product information into commonly used business documents, file formats and business
applications for secure downstream use anytime, anywhere. Deep Server software is customizable and
available in three versions that scale to customer requirements.
At A-dec, Right Hemisphere's Deep Server software is integrated with A-dec's online ordering software
OrderNet, CATIA® V5 3D engineering software, and Microsoft® BizTalk® server. Once an order has
been placed in OrderNet, BizTalk creates and sends a MBOM (manufacturing bill of materials) to Deep
Server. Deep Server then dynamically creates PDF derivatives - which are 2D illustrations or 3D
product graphic visuals specific to the individual order - as well as a series of PDF reports such as
schematics, installation instructions, cabinet weights and measurements. Pulling data from a variety of
sources, Deep Server then merges the final product visuals and static, text-based product information
into one, unified 2D or 3D PDF packet for the customer. In the future, when Deep Server generates the
product visuals it will also apply specific colors and textures to the furniture models to create
photorealistic images of the configured products.
"A-dec is a perfect example of how Right Hemisphere's software can help a company not only speed
internal business processes, but actually differentiate themselves from their competitors and insure better
overall customer satisfaction," said Mark Thomas, president, founder and CTO of Right Hemisphere.
"With astute technology application, A-dec has been able to leapfrog its competitors by providing faster
customer response time and distinctly higher quality, interactive product imagery."
In addition to A-dec, Right Hemisphere's Deep Server software is being used by major manufacturers
such as Bell Helicopter, Chrysler, Continental Automotive Systems, Halliburton, Joy Mining
Machinery, NASA JPL, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Spirit AeroSystems. For more information on Deep
Server, please go to http://www.righthemisphere.com.
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Siemens PLM Software-Sponsored Race Teams Dominate, Winning Five OF Six Nascar Sprint Cup
Series Points Races
3 April 2009
Siemens PLM Software announced that Siemens PLM Software-sponsored racing teams – whose cars
are developed with the help of Siemens PLM Software technology – have won five of the first six
NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series points races, including the last two at Bristol Motor Speedway and
Martinsville Speedway.
Siemens PLM Software-sponsored race teams won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Martinsville and
Bristol in dominant fashion, taking three of the top four spots and the top four spots, respectively.
Hendrick Motorsports’ driver Jimmie Johnson, a three-time Cup Champion, won the NASCAR Sprint
Cup Series at Martinsville Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing’s driver Denny Hamlin, who won this race
last year, coming in second and Johnson’s teammate Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup Champion, finishing
fourth.
Last week, Joe Gibbs Racing’s driver Kyle Busch, who has won a race in all three of NASCAR's series
this season, won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Bristol Motor Speedway with teammate Hamlin
taking second and Hendrick Motorsports’ drivers Johnson and Gordon, finishing third and fourth
respectively.
Busch also won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the third race of the
season, and Roush Fenway Racing’s driver Matt Kenseth started the season with back-to-back victories,
winning the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at
California at Auto Club Speedway in California. Kenseth became only the fifth driver in NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series history to win the first two races of a season.
“Siemens PLM Software congratulates our sponsored race teams for the strong start and we wish the
teams good luck in the 2009 season,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president, Global Marketing,
Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software is proud of our relationship with the racing teams and
is pleased to know that the same seamless, open solutions that help our customers turn more ideas into
successful products, are helping the race teams put the best cars out on the race track to finish in the
winner’s circle.”
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Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore Adopts Synopsys' Sentaurus TCAD for Solar Cell
Research
1 April 2009
Synopsys, Inc. announced that the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) has adopted
Synopsys' Sentaurus TCAD to support its solar cell research and development programs. SERIS is
Singapore's national institute for applied solar energy research and is jointly sponsored by the Singapore
Economic Development Board (EDB) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). The Sentaurus
TCAD tools will initially be used to support SERIS' silicon-based solar cell research. The tools simulate
the fabrication steps and photovoltaic (PV) performance of solar cells, allowing SERIS researchers to
investigate and optimize current and new cell designs aiming for higher PV efficiency and lower cost.
With photovoltaic technologies playing an increasing role in the sustainable energy supply, the
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establishment of SERIS as a center for PV research in the Asia-Pacific region is an important step to
foster innovation for this rapidly growing segment locally. The research at SERIS focuses on the
development of materials, components, processes and systems for photovoltaic electricity generation
and energy-efficient buildings.
"Solar cells are demanding semiconductor devices. To bring down the cost of solar photovoltaic
electricity, we need to realize advanced solar cell designs using inexpensive semiconductor materials
and surface coatings. Multi-dimensional computer simulation is a powerful tool to provide us with the
physical insight needed to explore and optimize new designs," said Professor Armin Aberle, deputy
chief executive officer of SERIS.
"We see a big role for simulation in the development of solar cells. The work SERIS is carrying out with
our Sentaurus TCAD tools not only improves the current state-of-the art, but also gives us a window into
the future of photovoltaic research so we can stay abreast of this rapidly changing field and continue to
improve our capabilities," said Howard Ko, general manager and senior vice president of the Silicon
Engineering Group at Synopsys.
About Synopsys TCAD
Technology Computer-Aided Design (TCAD) refers to the use of computer simulation to model
semiconductor processing and device operation. TCAD provides insight into the fundamental physical
phenomena that ultimately impact performance and yield.
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3DVIA Composer Orders From ibruk AS and Planmeca Oy Strengthens Technia’s Role as Solution
Provider for Technical Documentation
1 April 2009
Technia recently received orders from ibruk in Norway and Planmeca in Finland for a design solution,
based on 3DVIA Composer from Dassault Systèmes. 3DVIA Composer is focused on helping
companies create and maintain their product documentation, including illustrations for user manuals,
animations for training materials, information for field service repair instructions, assembly instructions
or anything else that helps to describe and document the company’s products and processes. With these
orders Technia continues the expansion of its new offering “Design Solutions” that is focusing on 3D
services and products, which also complements Technia’s other offering in the PLM area.
ibruk is an expansive consulting company, that provides user manuals, documentation and e-learning
solutions for industrial companies globally. ibruk’s goal is to offer effective technical writing and
training solutions for customers worldwide. The company focuses on the customer’s optimal utility
value to provide user-friendly and cost-effective technical writing solutions that guarantee easy training.
ibruk services clients across the world and have some of the most leading companies and brands as their
customers.
Finnish Planmeca Oy is the largest privately held company in the dental equipment market and the third
largest company in the field. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Planmeca designs, manufactures, and
markets high-tech dental equipment suitable for private clinics and teaching environment.
“With 3DVIA Composer the documentation process is faster and the quality of the documentation is
better than with traditional techniques. And the documentation staff can manipulate and finalize main
assemblies without usage of complex CAD authoring tool and without the R&D department’s
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involvement. We selected 3DVIA Composer and Technia to be able to enhance technical documentation
quality and to be able to manage and complete main assemblies without heavy 3D CAD tool”, says
Seppo Jänkävaara, Project Manager, Planmeca Oy.
With 3DVIA Composer we can now handle most CAD geometry and refine the data to our customer’s
needs. 3DVIA Composer fits excellent with our solutions such as e-learning and interactive user
manuals. Together with our knowledge it brings real customer value”, says Stein Tore Johnsen, ibruk
AS.
“Technia constantly continue to widen our offering in the PLM area. It is now exciting to see that our
new Design Solution offering, with 3DVIA Composer in the product portfolio, is giving results. The
orders from ibruk and Planmeca prove our position as a total PLM solution Partner and that we made the
right decision to expand our PLM offering with Design Solutions”, says Johan Schenning, Director
Design Solutions, Technia AB.
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Wyeth Reduces Risk with Dyadem Software
2 April 2009
Dyadem has announced that Wyeth, a global leader in prescription pharmaceuticals and non-prescription
consumer health care products, is using software from Dyadem to enhance and standardize its risk
assessments. Dyadem's PHA-Pro, a software solution that identifies, measures and mitigates risk,
enables Wyeth to set a new standard in safety for its pharmaceutical products.
PHA-Pro is a software solution that delivers industry-standard Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)
capabilities for the process industries. The PHA methodology is an integral part of a pharmaceutical
manufacturer's Process Safety Management program and results in safer and more predictable
production processes. Dyadem's PHA-Pro helps manage Risk Lifecycle Management processes, and was
built to reflect the risk mitigation initiatives and operating environments of the various process
industries. This is essential to optimizing work time, minimizing work stoppages, and reducing the
potential for undesirable events, while improving the safety and quality of a given product for
consumers.
With PHA-Pro being used across their global organization, Wyeth has integrated the knowledge and
expertise of all departments into their PHA studies and provided the Environmental Health and Safety
department visibility into the overall business process, making everyone at the company more aware of
their global business and safety strategy. "We needed a systematic, methodical way to document our
PHA studies," said Steven Meszaros, Corporate Director, EHS (Environmental Health and Safety),
Wyeth. "With Dyadem's PHA-Pro, Wyeth has been able to establish a community of users and a
standardized approach to our PHA studies. It has allowed us to create a benchmark for safety and quality
for our company, which will ultimately benefit our customers."
Having used PHA-Pro for many years, Wyeth has been able to continuously improve their risk
management program. The easy configuration of templates, along with the application's industryspecific libraries and report-generating features have allowed Wyeth to focus on their business process
and overall business strategy, instead of worrying about the consistency of their PHA studies. Since
implementing PHA-Pro, Wyeth has been able to establish a best-practice platform which has proven to
management the value of a consistent hazard review process across the network.
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"Wyeth's commitment to safety and visibility for all departments are some of the reasons it has remained
a leader in the pharmaceutical industry," said Kevin North, President and CEO of Dyadem.
"Pharmaceutical companies have traditionally had challenges ensuring consistency and accuracy in their
risk assessments, but with our Risk Lifecycle Management solutions, we have given the industry a
chance to address this. Wyeth shows how important it is to standardize risk mitigation initiatives, and
provide an avenue for input from all areas of a business. Through their commitment to product safety,
Wyeth proves how easy it is to create safe, quality products and still be on the leading edge of
innovation."
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Zoomlion Selects Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter to Enhance Product Development and
Engineering Processes
30 March 2009
Siemens PLM Software announced that Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology
Development Co. (Zoomlion) has selected Teamcenter® software, Siemens PLM Software’s digital
lifecycle management solution, to enhance efficiency in product development, engineering processes
and data management, thereby addressing the challenges of the current economic climate.
Zoomlion, a machinery manufacturer headquartered in Changsha, Hunan Province, is a pioneer
corporation in China’s construction machinery industry. Zoomlion is engaged in the research and
manufacturing of key machines that support China’s national emphasis on infrastructure including
construction, energy source, transportation and other projects. Zoomlion will extend operations in
Changde, Yiyang, Shanghai, Shanxi, and build nine industrial parks.
“Zoomlion has been searching for a PLM solution to bolster the company’s competitive advantage in
product research and development through a robust data and information management system,” said
Zhang Feiqing, information department director of Zoomlion Group. “Siemens PLM Software’s
Teamcenter is one of best-in-class solutions that addresses Zoomlion’s business requirements for data
management and multi-site collaboration while reducing time-to-market and production cost. Zoomlion
expects Teamcenter to help us reduce costs and time-to-market and stay up-to-date for operations
ranging from product innovation through mass production and customer delivery.”
“Teamcenter helps innovation leaders like Zoomlion boost their productivity and competitive position in
these challenging economic times,” said Chuck Yuan, senior vice president and general manager,
Greater China, Siemens PLM Software. “Teamcenter provides an open, integrated solution enabling
Zoomlion to enhance innovation practices and expand management control of the entire product
lifecycle to help turn more ideas into successful products.”
About Zoomlion
Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Co., Ltd, founded in 1992, is
a hi-tech publicly listed company employing more than 18,000 people. Zoomlion is a pioneer
corporation in China’s construction machinery industry and one of the country’s top 103 innovative
experimental enterprises in China. Zoomlion is engaged in research and development and manufacturing
machinery for national priority infrastructure development such as construction, energy resource and
transportation projects. Zoomlion has kept average annual increase of more than 60% since its
establishment and annual output value and sales revenues are over RMB 20 billion.
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Product News
Actify Expands 2D Importer Offering
27 March 2009
Actify Inc. announced that it has released a round of importer updates and improvements. Included in
these updates are SolidWorks, Catia V5 and the newly available 2D PDF Importer. The PDF importer
allows users to view and add markup to standard PDF files. Many companies distribute PDF files but
lack the ability to add comments and markups to the file. The new Actify importer solves this problem.
The availability of the 2D PDF importer demonstrates the company's commitment to helping global
enterprises streamline their collaboration processes. Actify continues to improve its importers to support
upgraded versions of the industry's leading CAD systems as they become available.
"The ability to view and markup PDF files is something our customers have been requesting and we're
glad to be able to offer this capability," said Chris Jones, President of Actify. "We are constantly looking
for ways to solve our customers' needs and provide greater value to our solutions and the inclusion of
the 2D PDF importer to our already vast list of supported CAD formats and 2D support is a testament to
our dedication to meet our markets' needs."
Actify CAD importers allow users to access native CAD files without the use of a CAD system.
Importers open and read files from all major CAD systems, allowing SpinFire Professional, SpinFire
Publisher or DesignShare Foundation to publish all major CAD files into Actify's compact and secure
.3D file format, making sharing data much faster and safer than exchanging CAD files. This allows for
paperless distribution of complex design data so companies will realize cost savings and productivity
gains in all areas of business including product design, procurement, quoting and estimation,
manufacturing, sales, marketing and support.
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Agni Link ERP-PDM Data Integration System for SolidWorks PDM Enterprise and Microsoft
Dynamics ERP Ships
1 April 2009
Elmo Solutions announced the immediate availability of Agni Link for SolidWorks PDM Enterprise
(http://elmosolutions.com/pdmworks_enterprise_dynamics_nav_integration.com). Agni Link is a
companion to SolidWorks PDM Enterprise that provides real-time, bidirectional data integration with
ERP systems, among which:
Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision)
Microsoft Dynamics AX (Axapta)
Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains)
Microsoft Dynamics SL (Solomon)
This outstanding application offers a reliable way to integrate PDM and ERP data, automatically
resolving discrepancies, and allowing editing of PDM data using possible values obtained "live" from
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the ERP application, thus ensuring perfect synchronization of both data sets and completely eliminating
redundant data entry as well as eliminating costly errors. Agni Link can process and synchronize a wide
range of product data from either environment, including:
Bills of Materials (BoMs)
Estimating
Sales Quotes
Business Process Management (BPM) data
Work Orders
Production Orders
Production Schedules
Product Catalogs
Supply Chain Data
Document Management
CRM
Yielding high Return on Investment, Agni Link typically pays for itself in 60-90 days in ETO-intensive
environments. Elmo Solutions Science Officer, Ricardo Talbot said: "We are pleased to be able to
introduce yet another powerful edition the most advanced and efficient method of integrating the PDM
and ERP silos of information. End-user feedback so far has been very enthusiastic, and we are most
excited about this new Agni Link PDM-ERP connector. We expect similar response on the upcoming
release of Agni Link for Consona’s Visual ERP, which should be shipping during the second quarter of
2009."
Agni Link's open architecture can support a wide range of ERP applications, including, among others:
Microsoft Dynamics AX (Axapta)
Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision)
Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains)
Microsoft Dynamics SL (Solomon)
Microsoft Dynamics Small Business Financials
Consona Intuitive ERP
Orchestra pour PME
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CoWare Releases Reference Library to Accelerate the Design of Long Term Evolution (LTE)
Wireless Systems
1 April 2009
CoWare®, Inc. announced the availability of a new reference library for the Long Term Evolution
(LTE) wireless standard. The new library adds to CoWare’s already available suite of solutions that
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address the challenges of designing software, algorithms and architectures for LTE networks,
basestations, handsets and chip sets. The CoWare LTE Library (Compliant to 3GPP LTE Release
V8.5.0) runs on the ultra-fast CoWare Signal Processing Designer multi-threaded simulator. Pre-releases
of the new CoWare LTE Library are already in production use by major operators, base station
manufacturers and semiconductor companies worldwide.
The LTE standard has gained momentum in the wireless industry. ABI Research forecasts that by 2013
operators will spend over $8.6 billion on LTE base station infrastructure alone. For operators that have
already deployed 3G networks, LTE will become a key CAPEX driver over the next five years.
“The demand for high data rates and ‘always-on’ connectivity enabled through LTE is one of the key
opportunities for the electronics industry,” stated Dr. Johannes Stahl, vice president marketing and
business development, CoWare. “CoWare is helping the LTE supply chain to be successful in
developing LTE-based products and services while reducing their development and deployment costs.”
The new CoWare LTE Library models the entire aspect of the physical layer between handsets and
basestations. The effects of complex adaptive coding and modulation together with multi-input, multioutput antenna systems can be simulated under the conditions of defined mobility scenarios such as a
high-speed train system. The LTE system performance is defined primarily through the achievable
network speed per user and requires the simulation of the protocol feedback path between the handset
and the basestation. The CoWare LTE Library efficiently exploits the new multi-threaded simulator of
CoWare Signal Processing Designer 2009.1, available now, and provides speedup that scales linearly
with the number of host processors. Regression simulation on a server farm provides further scalability
needed for LTE system design.
To learn more about how you can benefit from this new reference library, CoWare will be hosting a
couple of webinars related to LTE system design.
April 8, 2009:
“LTE Wireless Systems Design Challenges”
April 22, 2009:
“LTE Physical Layer Performance Optimization”
For more information on these webinars and to register, please click here.
About LTE
Initiated in 2004, the Long Term Evolution (LTE) project focused on enhancing the UMTS Terrestrial
Radio Access (UTRA) and optimizing Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) radio access
architecture. Targets were to have average user throughput of three- to four-times the 3GPP Release 6 in
the Downlink (100Mbps), and two to three times the Release 6 in the Uplink (50Mbps).
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EMC Reinforces Leadership in Enterprise Content Management with New Products and
Interoperability Advancements
31 March 2009
EMC Corporation announced two new enterprise content management (ECM) solutions --- helping
customers to more quickly deploy content-enabled applications that drive better business efficiency and
realize more rapid return on their investments (ROI). Covering case management and document
management, the new solutions include:
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-- A new EMC Documentum® Case Management Solution Framework, which substantially
accelerates the development of case management applications
-- EMC Documentum ApplicationXtender® 6 with new modules for workflow and retention
management
Announced in September 2008, CMIS is a jointly developed specification which uses Web Services and
Web 2.0 interfaces to enable applications to interoperate with multiple ECM repositories from different
vendors. EMC worked with the AIIM iECM Committee, Alfresco and Nuxeo to develop a
demonstration that shows the use of CMIS to access several content management repositories in a
common and unified manner.
"In today's challenging economy, companies are being required to do more with less and need solutions
that can help them drive new efficiencies in their business while realizing an immediate return on their
investments," said Whitney Tidmarsh, Chief Marketing Officer, Content Management and Archiving
Division at EMC. "The new products we announced today, as well as our active participation in
advancing CMIS, are clear demonstrations of how EMC is enabling our customers to quickly deploy
content-enabled applications that meet and exceed these requirements."
EMC Documentum Case Management Solution Framework
Case management is a pattern of work commonly used in almost all industries -- such as financial
services, public sector and healthcare -- that requires a group of people to systematically process and
collaborate on a case folder that consists of both content and data. Traditionally, building case
management applications have been cumbersome and time-consuming as well as difficult to maintain
particularly when changes are needed to adjust the application to a new set of business requirements.
The Case Management Solution Framework enables system integrators and application partners as well
as internal IT developers to build case management solutions up to 50 percent faster and at a
significantly reduced cost. The Case Management Solution Framework includes:
-- Pre-integrated technologies utilizing the core capabilities of the EMC Documentum platform -business process management, content management, document capture, collaboration, customer
communications management and compliance
-- A tutorial that illustrates the creation of a case management solution
-- A case management sample application and other best practices covering application development
and deployment
-- An Express Install tool which provides single-click installation of all the components needed for
case management on a single server
This combination of capabilities allow partners and customers to "configure more and code less" as well
as reduce project risks by utilizing a solid, consistent and repeatable solutions platform.
"The EMC Documentum Case Management Solution Framework is a step up from many traditional
frameworks which are more typically a set of products priced and sold as a bundle," said Paul Barber,
director of the enterprise content management practice at Unisys Corporation. "The EMC Documentum
Case Management Solution Framework delivers a high level of software integration and includes best
practice templates and blueprints. Combined with Unisys 3D Blueprinting tools and methodology and
our strength in application modernization and outsourcing, we can now build repeatable and proven case
management applications for our clients much faster. Clients also benefit because the application takes
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less time to implement and is easier to support over the long term."
EMC Documentum ApplicationXtender 6
ApplicationXtender is a departmental document management solution that delivers rapid ROI for
organizations with limited IT budgets and supporting resources. The solution provides out-of-the box
capabilities that allow departments to manage content such as images, documents and reports. Built on a
central repository, ApplicationXtender provides capabilities for high-speed image capture and storage
and is designed for quick deployment.
New features in ApplicationXtender 6 include:
-- A Workflow Manager module for creating departmental workflow solutions designed to improve
efficiency in business processes. Built on Microsoft .NET, it provides out-of-the-box workflow samples,
a user-friendly process designer and built-in reporting tools -- everything business users need to design,
implement and manage their processes without IT support.
-- A Retention Manager module for applying automatic retention capabilities such as holds, reporting,
disposals and audits trails to documents to ensure regulatory compliance.
As one of the largest public employers in the state of Arkansas, with over 9,600 employees, the
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) uses ApplicationXtender as a cost-effective
system to scan all types of paper documents and store them in an easily searchable repository.
"In 1997, when only three departments were using EMC Documentum ApplicationXtender, we
estimated that the solution was saving us approximately $30,000 per year. Since then, we have been able
to quickly deploy the solution to over 300 UAMS departments -- managing everything from accounts
payable and receivables to patient files, clinical trial reports, admissions applications, equipment repair
manuals and construction management blueprints," said Bonnie Hipp, Senior Support Analyst at UAMS.
"With its widespread use throughout the campus, the savings have grown significantly to at least
$750,000 per year, allowing UAMS to allocate those funds for other projects and supplies. We expect
the new features in ApplicationXtender 6 will allow each department to be able to build, test and
manage their own business workflows as well as manage their own document retention without IT
support -- driving even better efficiencies and cost savings throughout UAMS."
The Case Management Solution Framework and ApplicationXtender 6 are available now. Information
about EMC's products and services can be found at http://www.EMC.com.
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ETA Announces Release of Product Development Software eta/VPGTM 3.4 & Availability of NISA
Solver
23 March 2009
Engineering Technology Associates, Inc announces the release of finite element modeling software
eta/VPG Version 3.4. This version features the debut of an integrated linear static and dynamic solver,
NISA, which allows users to create and visualize advanced simulations within the eta/VPG
environment.
Continuing the journey to surpass its pricey competition, eta/VPG aims to provide product development
engineers world-wide with the most accurate and complete simulations for expert insight into their
designs. Product Manager, Tim Palmer explained, “With this latest release, 63 new or improved
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functions, as well as the availability of the NISA solver will make VPG the most robust, versatile and
accurate system-simulation solution available.” More new features
ETA’s software development team continues to incorporate user suggestions, extensive benchmarking
and customer survey data into its software products. New features include additional advanced meshing
tools that allow engineers to develop meshes on complex surfaces, as well as a new capability to import
and export basic ANSYS model formats.
Palmer commented, “eta/VPG offers five dynamic and powerful modules which are currently being used
in a variety of industries world-wide. These modules allow users to access the many capabilities of the
LS-DYNA simulation software, in an environment tailored to their industry. Our tools were once used
primarily in the automotive industry, but the practical uses have proved countless and are now being
used to make aerospace components, trains, buses, commercial trucks, military products, packaging and
consumer electronics safer, lighter-weight and more efficient.”
eta/VPG’s commanding PrePost module boasts the most advanced modeling tools available, allowing
the user to create complex finite element models faster than ever before. It offers an advanced toolset,
outstanding auto-meshing tools and automated spotweld generation—within a zero text editing
environment.
For mechanical system analysis, the VPG/Structure module includes tools to simulate road surfaces
and tire models, as well as analyze vehicle dynamics, system and component durability and noise
vibration and harshness (NVH) using LS-DYNA.
The VPG/Safety module is used extensively in the automotive industry for the modeling of vehicle
impact analysis with a complete crash tool library, allowing for accurate vehicle impact, occupant safety
and airbag simulations.
The Drop Test and ALE/FSI modules complete the vertical application tools within eta/VPG. The drop
test functions are used for consumer electronics quality and packaging analysis. The ALE/FSI module is
used primarily in military applications for the simulation of blasts and development of blast resistant
vehicles.
About ETA
Advanced Product Development engineers working as structural analysts for the world’s largest
automotive manufacturers established ETA in 1983. Continuing this tradition, ETA has developed
expertise in the areas of vehicle durability, noise and vibration, metal forming, crashworthiness and
occupant safety and CAE Centric™ product development. In addition to providing CAE software
development and application services, ETA is proactive in the development and implementation of new
analysis methods and software. ETA is a subsidiary of Cranes Software international Limited (CSIL).
For more information, please go to www.eta.com or call (248) 729-3010.
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E³.series 2009 Boosts Variants and Option Functionality to Speed up Complex Product Design
26 March 2009
Zuken announces a significant advancement in variation and option management within the 2009
version of E³.series. Historically for each variant or option users had to work with multiple on screen
product drawings containing the different variants required, resulting in major design headaches for new
product development, particularly in applications in sectors like the automotive industry. The new
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functionality within E³.schematic removes the need for sets of different drawings for each configuration
of a product – so there is no need to copy endless sheets, a user simply outputs an option tree.
This level of functionality for complex option management is a ground breaking first and brings
numerous benefits, including reduced data management as there are far fewer drawing iterations and
thus fewer documents to manage, find and remember.
This advancement supports names for complex Boolean expressions. The more complex the variants and
where multiple BOMs are required this sophisticated product innovation becomes an essential piece of
design kit saving valuable time by avoiding extensive redrawing.
E³. schematic with advanced variants and option functionality is now available - for more information
visit http://www.zuken.com/E3
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Gerber Technology Launches Newest Version of webFolio, a component of Gerber’s PLM Software
Suite
1 April 2009
Gerber Technology announced the release of webFolio 2.0, part of their Product Lifecycle Management
(PLM) solution for the digital design, collaboration and creation of collections.
Gerber Technology’s webFolio 2.0 functions as a globally-accessible solution enabling designers to
organize and create content in a digital environment and effectively communicate information with
internal associates, customers and vendors. webFolio 2.0 is easy to learn and operate allowing it to
rapidly become one of the most essential tools within a designer’s tool kit, as it can be used as a stand
alone product or integrated with Gerber’s webPDM product. This format is the ideal solution for the
creation, organization and management of Apparel collections.
With webFolio 2.0, we’ve added and enhanced highly desirable features while simultaneously making
the interface more intuitive and the overall product more flexible,” says Elizabeth King, Director of
Software Applications for Gerber Technology. “Designers can easily and effectively organize and create
content, as well as input ideas and designs created with the most widely used 3rd party design tools. The
software transforms the design environment into structured collections with Design Plans, Styles and
Storyboards incorporating images, sketches or photographs.”
webFolio 2.0 further boasts global access for collaboration and large scale printing, making it an
essential tool for development and sourcing of today’s apparel, soft and hard goods products, thus
catapulting operational effectiveness and increasing productivity.
webFolio 2.0 fully integrates with Gerber’s popular webPDM product for reliable product data
management serving to streamline product development and substantially enhance new product
turnaround. Bi-directional flow of data keeps all systems synchronized while allowing users to edit and
make changes within the system they utilize most often.
Gerber’s software development team obtained input and suggestions from users worldwide. “We are
very pleased with the enhancements we have been able to deliver to designers, merchandisers and
product managers with this latest version of webFolio,” King notes. “This release represents the
culmination of a lot of great user feedback and fresh ideas. From multiple product views to drag-anddrop functionality, webFolio 2.0 is certain to be a new benchmark and we are excited to announce its
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launch to market.”
For more information please visit http://www.gerbertechnology.com/webfolio.htm.
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I-Cubed Releases Solid Edge® Integration for PTC® Windchill®
1 April 2009
Integrated Industrial Information, Inc. (I-Cubed) announced the release of the I-Cubed Solid Edge®
CAD Integration for Windchill®.
The I-Cubed Solid Edge CAD Integration for Windchill enables engineers to create CAD documents
and drawings in Solid Edge and then manage those files in Windchill without leaving the Solid Edge
user interface. The Solid Edge CAD Integration allows users to capture, track, and control essential part
and manufacturing data throughout the product lifecycle.
"Partnering with I-Cubed eliminates integration issues and thus allows our sales process to focus on the
clear customer benefits of PTC's industry leading Windchill process and content management solution ,"
says BRT Solutions President, Marco Bertolucci. "This new integration from I-Cubed provides
significant value to our Solid Edge customers, allowing us to take on new accounts and win."
The I-Cubed Solid Edge CAD Integration is currently available and supports Solid Edge V19 and V20
on Windchill 8.0 and higher. For more information visit I-Cubed's website at http://bit.ly/i3solidedge.
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ICAM Releases Virtual Machine® V18 Featuring Material Removal
2 April 2009
ICAM Technologies Corporation announced the release of Virtual Machine® V18, the latest version of
its machine tool simulation solution. Version 18 now supports Material Removal / Verification
capabilities for in-process stock collision and gouge detection within a completely simulated machining
environment.
Implementing Virtual Machine® with CAM-POST®, ICAM's NC post-processing development and
deployment product, provides a graphical NC post-processing and machine simulation workbench that
enables NC programmers to optimize and test programs during post-processing. The benefit to the enduser is the ability to maximize machine productivity while increasing manufacturing process efficiency.
Virtual Machine's Material Removal/Verification feature, available for 3-axis and 5-axis machining
applications, allows NC programmers to compare the processed stock model to the original CAD / CAM
design. Virtual Machine computes in-process stock geometry to identify, list and display surface gouges,
excess material, inaccessible areas and rapid-motion collisions at any time during the post-processing
and verification phase.
Other new and enhanced Virtual Machine V18 features include:
• New tool definition and functions to support probe simulation
• Head attachments can now be defined, modeled and loaded/unloaded during simulation
• New component grouping feature simplifies model definition and utilization
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• Improved collision detection definition
• Better control over "time-line" playback function
• Possibility to compare differences between two revisions of a model
ICAM's complete NC manufacturing product line including Virtual Machine V18 is now available for
64-bit processors. The ICAM database supports extended model names and virtually unlimited saved
model revisions.
"Implementing Material Removal to our integrated CAM-POST/Virtual Machine product provides an
all-in-one post-processing, verification and optimization solution to our customers," said Brian Francis,
ICAM's Director of Research and Development. "In addition to the collision detection and over-travel
avoidance functionalities inherent to Virtual Machine, customers can now post-process, verify inprocess stock geometry to test for surface gouges and stock crashes within a single user interface."
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mental ray® 3.7+ gives Autodesk 3ds Max 2010
26 March 2009
mental images® announced that mental ray® 3.7+, the photorealistic rendering software that now
utilizes MetaSL universal shader language to create and deploy shaders across platforms, will be
integrated into Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 software.
Utilizing the MetaSL universal shader language, mental ray 3.7+ rendering software allows artists to
develop shaders that run on all popular software and hardware platforms. In addition, artists do not need
to re-architect shaders every time there is an advancement in new generation software, GPU or CPU
based rendering systems. MetaSL-based shaders adapt to fit current and future target platforms.
“mental ray has long been known as the industry standard in rendering. The native support of MetaSL in
mental ray 3.7+ provides for a better workflow for shader creation and look development in tools such
as Autodesk 3ds Max 2010”, said Rolf Herken, CEO and CTO, mental images. “Autodesk shares our
commitment to providing revolutionary design tools for visual effects and design visualization artists
and we look forward to further incorporating MetaSL in additional Autodesk products.”
mental ray rendering software is known for a number of enhanced features. In addition to the fully
parallelized rendering core for high performance, mental ray comes with a built-in scene database and
memory management to handle extremely large amounts of data. Artists can create beautiful, physically
correct lighting simulations through a complete set of global illumination algorithms and the software
offers optimized support of visual effects including motion blur and displacement. Artists also have
virtually unlimited customization options through shaders and plug-ins. mental ray supports all common
geometry types and it includes unique sampling techniques to achieve the desired quality of images in
less time.
“The anticipated integration of mental ray 3.7+ and the MetaSL shader system into 3ds Max 2010
software will give us a unique advantage”, says Ken Pimentel, director of 3ds Max product management
at Autodesk. “For the first time, customers will have a unified hardware/software shading workflow and
render-quality viewports. The WYSIWYG viewport experience will enable users to spend more time on
iterating creatively and less time waiting for rendering results.”
mental ray rendering software has an installed base of more than ten million worldwide and is used for a
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wide range of industry applications including the creation of state of the art visual effects for video
games, movies, feature animations, visualization of automotive, aerospace virtual modeling needs, and
architectural design.
The mental mill® Artist Edition software, made by mental images, will also be bundled with Autodesk
3ds Max 2010. It will provide direct workflow to users by allowing them to natively render MetaSL
based shaders in 3ds Max 2010 using its library of existing nodes.
mental ray® 3.7+ Performance Features and Benefits
Native MetaSL Shader Support:
o
MetaSL language to be used for CPU and GPU rendering
o Unifies shader languages to simplify and standardize the creation and deployment of shaders
within and across various projects
Progressive Rendering:
o Offers early visual results for immediate feedback, at any desired image quality
o
Provides a rendering mode suited for interactive ray tracing applications
Image-Based Lighting (IBL):
o Lets artists light a scene efficiently based on acquired environment maps
o The illumination from the IBL is automatically added to all material shaders, which perform
regular light sampling.
Performance Optimizations for Large Scenes
Procedural Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF) representations and rendering:
o Provides the basis for faster importance-driven illumination algorithms
Hair Approximation:
o The lower number of hair segments result in reduced memory consumption and increase rendering
speed.
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Nemetschek North America Announces Service Pack 3 for Vectorworks 2009
26 March 2009
Nemetschek North America has released its third Service Pack for the Vectorworks 2009 product line.
In addition to addressing several user origin shift problems, quality improvements were also made to
stairs, framing member objects, IFC export, referenced and sheet layer viewports (including section
viewports), interactive drawing operations, and many other areas of the application.
"Developing software is an always-evolving process," says Mark Farnan, Director of Software
Development at Nemetschek North America. "Our users play a major role in informing our engineers of
their priorities. We're particularly appreciative that many users have enabled the error reporting option
on the Session pane of the Vectorworks Preferences dialog box; this has allowed us to identify and
address stability issues much more quickly."
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Currently, Service Pack 3 is available only for professional licenses as a downloadable updater. To
install the Service Pack, go to the About Vectorworks dialog box in the Vectorworks 2009 application
and click Check for Updates.
Vectorworks 2009 was released on September 15, 2008. The Vectorworks 2009 product line includes
Vectorworks Designer, Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Landmark, Vectorworks Spotlight,
Vectorworks Machine Design, Vectorworks Fundamentals, and Renderworks. It features a new engine
that gives users superior 2D and 3D capabilities, at speeds that are up to four to five times faster for
modeling operations. For a product-by-product breakdown of all the new version 2009 improvements,
and to see some of these features in action, visit http://www.vectorworks2009.net.
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Product Update -- AVEVA Review 12.0 and AVEVA ReviewShare 1.2
1 April 2009
AVEVA Review is a 3D visualisation tool for displaying, and interacting with, model data from a range
of 3D design systems, including AVEVA PDMS and AVEVA Hull & Outfitting. Review delivers a
realistic, easily-navigated view of the model, usable by all disciplines throughout the project lifecycle.
AVEVA ReviewShare combines the power of 3D visualisation, intuitive commenting and mark-up
tools, and the convenience of Internet access, into one easy-to-use application that is rapidly changing
the way design information is shared.
The latest full release of AVEVA Review 12.0 incorporates full releases of AVEVA ReviewShare 1.2
and AVEVA ReviewShare Server 1.2.
Key Benefits
AVEVA Review enables project team members to share and use up-to-date model information without
having to rely on valuable PDMS / Outfitting or IT support specialists to create a visualisation for them.
This saves cost and time, and encourages more frequent use of a powerful aid to high-quality design.
AVEVA Review and AVEVA ReviewShare can display the model hierarchy and component attribute
data from the project model, which greatly increases understanding of the design and its status. This
enables rapid, better informed decision making at every stage.
The ability to select and control the model information to be published makes queries easier to
understand and helps to protect the intellectual property rights of project participants
Enhancements to AVEVA ReviewShare provide easier access to - and usage of - detailed project model
information, thereby increasing the power of this versatile tool for design communication.
Technical enhancements in AVEVA Review 12.0
Design database access
Connect directly to a design database
Browse the design hierarchy
Query attribute data
Load model geometry and data
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Enhanced collaboration using AVEVA ReviewShare 1.2
Automatic publishing of model data loaded from the database
Selective publishing of model attributes
Command line creation of ReviewShare rvf documents
Model (.rvz) file compression
Combine model and status data in a single file
Reduced file sizes for storage and distribution
Improved handling of large picture files
Support for large, high-resolution images for high-end image processing and print out
Configurable export colour rules
Replicate PDMS / Outfitting colours when loading model geometry direct from the database
Live database access in AVEVA Review is only available with AVEVA PDMS 12.0.SP3 or AVEVA
Hull & Outfitting 12.0.SP3
Technical enhancements in AVEVA ReviewShare 1.2
Attribute access
View object attribute data published from AVEVA Review
Select/highlight objects with common attribute values
Quick Search tool
Easy identification and location of items in both the 3D view and the model hierarchy
Supports pattern matching and auto-complete
User-configurable toolbars
Streamlined user interface
Quick access to commonly used tools
Replication Service Administration tool
Easier configuration of Replication directories
Improved workflow for 2D mark-up
Simplified 'capture à mark up à apply' process
AVEVA Review 12.0 is commercially available now, and AVEVA ReviewShare 1.2 can be
downloaded free at: www.aveva.com/reviewsharedownload
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Spatial Delivers PMI with CAD Translation to Automotive and Aerospace Software Supplier
31 March 2009
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Spatial Corp. delivers PMI data exchange technology for Capvidia’s latest product release,
FormatWorks 2009 Professional. FormatWorks 2009 Professional employs Spatial’s 3D InterOp with
Manufacturing Option to provide its automotive and aerospace manufacturing customers with highquality CAD translation of geometry and Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) from CATIA V5,
Pro/ENGINEER, and UG-NX to SolidWorks.
The inclusion and exchange of PMI with 3D CAD models has become increasingly important among
automotive and aerospace companies as a way to reduce costs and improve product quality throughout
the supply chain. With leading manufacturing industries moving toward a single model-based definition,
where all design and manufacturing information is embedded in the 3D CAD file, Spatial has taken a
leading role in supporting semantic PMI exchange from major industry CAD systems.
“By having access to PMI within the 3D model file, our customers are able to improve their processes
and reduce reliance on 2D drawings,” stated Lyle Fischer, Capvidia Technical Marketing Director.
“When we implemented PMI within FormatWorks, we chose to partner with Spatial, an industry leader
in 3D software components. Spatial’s 3D InterOp with Manufacturing Option provides all necessary
data from each of the major CAD formats. FormatWorks completes the exchange.”
Capvidia’s FormatWorks 2009 Professional supports PMI data stored in 3D CAD models in the
following native formats: CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER, and UG-NX. The PMI information is available
for SolidWorks users working with native CAD data.
Spatial 3D InterOp for CAD translation includes:
• High-quality 3D Data Exchange
• PMI Translation for Major Industry CAD systems
• Extensible Platform for any 3D Application
“Spatial 3D InterOp components are easily integrated into new or existing applications, enabling
companies like Capvidia to respond quickly to end-user demands,” commented Ray Bagley, Spatial’s
Director of Product Planning and Management. “By providing semantic PMI translation from the
broadest range of CAD formats to complement our industry-leading B-rep translators, Spatial is
enabling customers to deliver real value and increased productivity to the manufacturing supply chain.”
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The MathWorks Announces IEC Certification Kit and DO Qualification Kit
31 March 2009
The MathWorks introduced products that help engineers in the automotive, aerospace, and industrial
automation industries efficiently use Model-Based Design or PolySpace code verification to develop
high-integrity systems that comply with widely accepted standards.
IEC Certification Kit (for IEC 61508) contains TÜV SÜD certificates and certification reports, along
with additional materials that are tailored to the MathWorks products and versions being employed. IEC
Certification Kit supports Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder and PolySpace code verification
products, which includes the MISRA-C 2004 code analyzer.
DO Qualification Kit (for DO-178) includes tool operational requirements, tool qualification plans, test
case models and code. DO Qualification Kit supports Simulink Verification and Validation, SystemTest,
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and PolySpace code verification products. Engineers can use the kit materials to help address the
individual components of each standard’s tool qualification requirements and produce the required
evidence to demonstrate compliance.
IEC 61508, a widely used safety standard for electronic systems, is commonly applied to the
development of embedded software for the automotive and industrial automation industries. DO-178 is
the de facto safety standard for avionic system software that defines the guidelines for development of
software used in airborne systems and equipment.
“Our customers expressed a need for additional guidance when using Model-Based Design or PolySpace
code verification to create high-integrity systems that comply with tightly defined industry guidelines
and standards,” said Jon Friedman, Aerospace & Defense and Automotive Industry marketing manager,
The MathWorks. “The Certification and Qualification Kits will help engineers streamline their current
and future high-integrity systems development using MathWorks tools.”
Pricing and Availability
IEC Certification Kit and DO Qualification Kit are available immediately. For pricing and further
information on tools and versions supported, please visit www.mathworks.com/products.
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Zuken Releases CADSTAR 11 Express; Free sample download of CADSTAR 11 which includes latest
features
2 April 2009
Zuken has released the latest revision of the free sample download of CADSTAR 11 Express. This full
operation evaluation software is set-up to follow Zuken’s strategy to harmonize the Electronic and
Electrical design process. Although there is a limitation of 300 pins and 50 components, engineers can
sample this Zuken technology.
The new CADSTAR 11 functionalities relating to pin management; new library wizards and much more
are also introduced in the limited CADSTAR 11 Express version. For more information about the full
CADSTAR 11’s new features, please visit; http://www.zuken.com/cadstar11.
To get the most out of CADSTAR 11 Express, Zuken has compiled a Do-It-Yourself Booklet, created to
guide the user step-by-step through the solution using design examples and tutorial movies.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact your local CADSTAR distributor to find out more
about the unlimited versions of CADSTAR solutions.
• Download CADSTAR 11 Express : http://www.zuken.com/cadstarexpress
• CADSTAR 11 Release information: http://www.zuken.com/cadstar11
• Locate your local CADSTAR Distributor: http://www.zuken.com/distributors
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ZWCAD 2009 – Now in 8 Different Languages, with More to Come
2 April 2009
ZWSOFT is reinforcing the localization of ZWCAD 2009 by announcing the availability of ZWCAD
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2009 German and Russian today. Another formal language version, ZWCAD 2009 Korean, will be
released next week.
Many users would like to use ZWCAD solutions to engineer and manufacture products, design and
construct buildings, and maintain infrastructure in their familiar languages. To meet the needs of
regional markets and let increasing numbers of people experience ZWCAD’s software, ZWSOFT has
been planning a series of localized versions since 2007.
"We always keep the project of ZWCAD localization in mind," said Owen Zi, Director of ZWSOFT
Overseas Department. "With the commands and features of ZWCAD adapted to these local languages,
designers and engineers from various areas are able to enjoy its DWG compatibility, ease of use, costeffectiveness, working efficiency and quality service.”
So far, ZWCAD 2009 has been available in localized versions in English, Czech, German, Italian (Beta),
Korean (Beta), Russian, and Slovakian. Versions in Turkish, Japanese, Polish and Spanish are also
currently being developed. The German, Russian and other versions of ZWCAD 2009 can be freely
downloaded as free 30-day trial versions from ZWSOFT's software download site at
www.zwcad.org/cad-software-download.html.
Users are also encouraged to download or buy ZWCAD from over 150 regional ZWCAD authorized
resellers worldwide. For more information about these localized versions or to locate a ZWCAD partner,
you are invited to visit www.zwcad.org or contact the ZWCAD team at [email protected]
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Zweave Releases On-demand PLM Internationalization Package On-Demand PLM Solution for
Fashion Industry in over 35 Languages
March 2009
Zweave, Inc. announced the release of its on-demand PLM Internationalization Package.
“Product Development and Sourcing organizations are global in nature and require collaboration
between partners” says Mark Mandrano, Zweave’s V.P of Client Services and Sales. “From the retail
side to the factory floor trading partners need to support their teams in more than one language. Today
Zdesign supports English, French, Spanish, German and Chinese” says Mandrano. With our
Internationalization Package we will support right to left (RTL) languages like Arabic and Hebrew but
also additional languages like Japanese, Dutch and Russian. Zdesign will be the most capable and userfriendly multilingual PLM Solution in the world.”
“Our Internationalization Package was designed for the end user, says David Buck Zweave’s CIO.
“Typically software is designed in one language and then translated along the way for new markets”
says Buck. “Zdesign On-Demand benefits from some newer technologies that support multilingual
capabilities from a database perspective but also a user perspective. This means you can actually work in
multiple languages from within the same user interface”, says Buck. “Imagine creating a Tech Pack in
English and having the ability to translate the key information into Chinese with a single click”.
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