03 May 2004

Link-Belt Selects Solid Edge From UGS PLM Solutions For Computer Aided Design of Mobile Cranes

PLANO, Texas -- UGS PLM Solutions, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, announced today that its Solid Edge computer-aided design (CAD) software has been selected for use by Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co., a leader in the design, manufacture and sales of telescopic and lattice boom cranes.

Link-Belt acquired 40 licenses of Solid Edge following a detailed evaluation of several CAD systems. The company’s decision to replace its existing CAD system was based on its desire to continue to lead its industry in product innovation while also reducing costs to remain competitive. Link-Belt’s evaluation team cited Solid Edge’s built-in design management technology called Insight, ease of use, legacy data migration and translation capabilities, open architecture, integration with an existing finite element analysis program and the technical support provided by UGS PLM Solutions as key factors in its selection.

We selected Solid Edge to meet customer demand for innovative new crane features by providing 3-D virtual prototypes to integrate the voice of our customers into our emerging product designs, said Bruce White, vice president of engineering for Link-Belt. With Solid Edge, we expect to reduce the overall cost of software ownership, including a 50 percent reduction in maintenance. This will help reduce our overhead and enable us to operate more competitively.

Link-Belt plans to use Solid Edge’s built in data management capabilities and open architecture to streamline communication between engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and various internet data bases.

With Solid Edge Insight, we expect to be able to directly link our CAD data to our MRP system so our designers can focus on design rather than clerical duties, said White.

The Solution
Solid Edge from UGS PLM Solutions 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 Link-Belt
The Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company is a leader in the design, manufacture and sales of telescopic and lattice boom cranes, with headquarters in
Lexington,Kentucky. In the recent decade, a dynamic and highly-focused Link-Belt has emerged as a market leader in crane design and product quality standards by focusing on continuous improvement and employee empowerment. Link-Belt’s core production base and center for worldwide operations is its 500,000-square-foot manufacturing facility inLexington,Kentucky. With major expansion plans over the last 10 years along with continuous improvement philosophies, this facility has emerged as the most modern crane facility inNorth America. See details at www.linkbelt.com.

About UGS PLM Solutions
UGS PLM Solutions is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 2.8 million licensed seats and 42,000 accounts worldwide. 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 promise of PLM.

Note to editors: Solid Edge is a registered trademark of UGS PLM Solution Inc. or its subsidiaries in theUnited Statesand in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders. Link-Belt is a registered trademark of the Link-Belt Construction EquipmentCompany, LLC.


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