19 October 2004

AMF Standardizes on UGS’ Solid Edge® for 3D Design

FOR RELEASE Tuesday, October 19, 2004

PLANO, Texas– UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced AMF, a leading supplier of integrated, automated solutions for the baking industry, has standardized on Solid Edge®, UGS’ industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream PLM market.

AMF licensed 30 seats of Solid Edge that the company plans to split between its two manufacturing facilities in Richmond, Va. and Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

After an evaluation of Solid Edge, SolidWorks® and AutoCad®, AMF said the deciding factor for selecting Solid Edge was its design management capabilities, Insight, to manage revision control. Prior to Solid Edge, AMF used a combination of SolidWorks and AutoCad.

“Product data management was a must for AMF, especially as we communicate between facilities, departments and manage the complexity of our products,” said Marc Stringer, CAD coordinator and R&D designer for AMF in Sherbrooke.  “In addition to Insight, what really struck me during our assessment of Solid Edge was its ability to handle advanced Sheet Metal design in an entire design-through fabrication workflow, a key element in our manufacturing process.”

The Solid Edge Team from UGS, Automadesign and Precision CAD/CAM Systems, Hunt Valley, Md., are currently assisting AMF with the different implementation phases of the project.  Beginning in 2005, all new AMF designs will be created solely in Solid Edge.

“AMF manufactures complex machines and we spent a significant amount of time in understanding their design needs,” said Louis-Michel Mènard, president of Automadesign.  “Our expertise with Solid Edge combined with AMF’s strategic vision will ensure the success of this project.” 

Automadesign, a certified Solid Edge value-added reseller, is located in Bromont and Ile-des-Soeurs, Quebec.

About AMF

With over 300 employees and 50 engineers, AMF is a leading supplier of integrated, automated solutions for the baking industry.  Headquartered in Richmond, VA, AMF offers solutions including conveyer and collation, container management and packaging.  AMF offers OEMs the expertise of their project managers, who have collectively designed and managed over 100 robotic and other high speed packaging systems.

The Solution
Solid Edge from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and achieve competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top line revenues.  The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration.  Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands.  The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo.  The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

About UGS
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3.1 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.   Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM. 

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