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08 September 2004

UGS Expands Machining Capabilities with NX™ 3 to Include Multi-Function Machine Support

FOR RELEASE Wednesday, September 8, 2004

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), CHICAGO – UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced a complete software solution for programming multi-function machines, providing a much greater level of support for multiple manufacturing processes such as milling, drilling and turning on the same machine.

UGS made the announcement in conjunction with today’s opening of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.  UGS plans to showcase its manufacturing solutions at the show which runs through September 15.

Available with the release of NX™ 3 later this month, the enhanced capabilities in NX Machining offer solutions that support more than one function or multiples of a single function within the same machine tool.  The use of multi-function machines eliminates various set-up times as well as the transit and wait time between separate machines.  It can also significantly reduce the number of machines required – a significant saving for global manufacturers.

“Many manufacturing organizations are adopting multi-function machines as a means of reducing overall machining times and costs and supporting lean manufacturing,” said Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president, PLM Products, UGS.  “The new capabilities in NX 3 allow companies to make use of these more efficient machining processes, eliminating the time otherwise used in multiple set-ups on separate, single-function machines.  This speeds the product manufacturing process, reduces potential waste and leads to improved product quality due to the reduction of material handling and set-up errors.”

NX Machining – Multi-Function Machining

NX 3 offers a complete range of machining capabilities to support the latest multi?function machines, typically requiring combinations of 2-5 axis milling, 4 axis turning and drilling on multiple turrets or milling heads.

·        Synchronization Manager to control multiple functions –NX provides a dynamic display of each machining function as a channel on a graphical display.  Start and wait codes control the flow of each phase of the machining process.  Full integration with NX’s machine tool simulation software provides visual validation of the entire process.

·        Automation through process and set-up templates –In order to make the task easier for the programmer, the process based NX machining system allows pre-defined templates covering each of the machining methods typically used on a machine type and configuration.  By selecting and applying the templates to each new job, many of the time consuming tasks are automatically applied and specific machine control parameters are pre-set, making the task faster, easier and repeatable.

·        Post Processing –Multi-function machining presents challenges for creating correct output files that support specific machine tools.  If not addressed correctly, expensive new machines can easily be under-utilized, or in some cases, sit idle.  NX has an embedded post-processing system that uniquely addresses complex multi-function machining sequences.  Graphical simulation of the complete machining process is essential in efficiently validating complex programs.  NX provides full 3D machine tool simulation tightly connected to its programming and post-processing functions -- all within the same system.  With all these components, NX provides a complete and effective solution for multi-function machine tool programming.

“I was very excited during a recent UGS presentation on the new and enhanced machining features coming in NX 3,” said Scott Knutson, CNC/CAM manager, Acushnet Company.  “NX 3 will bring a much higher level of manufacturing expertise to our product development process.  We are really looking forward to getting our hands on these new capabilities.”

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 NX are registered trademarks or trademarks 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.