28 September 2004

Solid Edge® Version 16 Enhances Mold Tooling Application

FOR RELEASE Tuesday, September 28, 2004

PLANO, Texas– UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Version 16 of Solid Edge®, its industry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mainstream PLM market, will be delivered with expanded Mold Tooling capabilities. 

In February, Solid Edge introduced its new Mold Tooling application for plastic mold suppliers that service the consumer products and other plastics-dependent industries.  The enhanced Mold Tooling application announced today adds significantly to existing capabilities by automating the design of additional features such as runner bars, slides, lifters, inserts, stripper plates and water channels, beyond existing Core/Cavity creation, ejector pins, runners and gate capabilities.

In addition, Solid Edge Mold Tooling now comes with standard component libraries for Strack and Rabourdin to complement an existing array of libraries for DME, Hasco, Futuba, LKM and Misumi, as well as a new capability to define custom mold bases of any size or shape.

Together these enhancements now allow the support of a variety of multi-core, multi-cavity plastic injection molds of unlimited size, including complex 3-plate and stripper-plate molds, in a variety of international standards.

“The enhancements to Solid Edge’s Mold Tooling application will significantly increase our time-saving potential,” said David Boyle, president of Mold Engineering Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana, who has begun working with the Solid Edge Mold Application.  “Specifically, the ability to create custom plates - based off existing standards - with no limit to size will allow us to be competitive for a wide range of projects in both size and scope.”

“We have now proven that our automated workflow makes it fast and easy to design plastic injection molds in Solid Edge,” said Bruce Boes, vice president of Solid Edge global marketing and business strategy.  “With the new version of Mold Tooling we have added significant breadth and depth to the application at a popular price point, which we believe will appeal to a broad percentage of the market.”

The complete Solid Edge Mold Design Solution (including Solid Edge Classic, feature recognizer and Mold Tooling) is available at a special introductory price (available through December 31, 2004) of $9,995 US List, affording mold companies of any size the opportunity to Design with Insight.

The Solution

Solid Edge from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and to reduce time to market, improve quality and lower cost.  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, has reduced Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and their related rework by 50 percent or more.  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 222 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.   

Note:  UGS and Solid Edge are trademarks or registered trademark of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

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