PLANO, Texas -- UGS PLM Solutions, the product lifecycle management subsidiary o f EDS, today announced the winners of its fourth-quarter Solid Edge® compute r-aided design (CAD) contest. An aesthetically pleasing powerwheel chair from t he Americas, a super-fast computer chip bonding machine from Asia and an innovat ive boat trailer that can fold up and change dimensions from Europe took top hon ors. The Solid Edge contest highlights excellence in mechanical engineering and is op en to designers working on more than 150,000 Solid Edge seats deployed around th e world. The contest is held to promote the mechanical design excellence delive red by users of 3D solid modeling technology.
Consumer Appeal With Mechanical Prowess
Hoveround Corp. in Sarasota, Fla., took top honors from the Americas with its de sign of the MPV4 Powerwheel Chair. Hoverounds Bill Mewhinney, Cliff Merlin a and Kevin Tucker used Solid Edge to design the powerwheel chair. Hoveround is the innovator in the design, performance, manufacture and service of power mobi lity products. Hoveround provides a full line of power equipment from the most basic scooter to the most sophisticated rehab power wheelchair. See more at
. Solid Edge judges cited Hoverounds blending of an aesthetic, consumer-orie nted design with an equally important attention focused on the chairs func tional requirements.
High-Speed, Accurate Machinery
The design of a high-speed automatic die (chip) bonder by ASM Assembly Automatio n Ltd. in Hong Kong, took top honors in Asia. ASM is the leading integrated sys tem and materials supplier to the global microelectronics industry, offering com plete factory automation solutions to customers for their assembly and packaging needs. See more at
. Solid Edge judges cited ASMs design of the complex machine for its accuracy and speed. Also noted was the products impressive capabilities to carry out a very complex and varied series of mechanical motion within the very large assembly design.
Multipurpose Trailer Adapts To Users Needs
Mr. Michel Bernard of Matocean in Tourny, France, took top honors in the Europe, Middle East and Africa zone for his Solid Edge design of an innovative, foldabl e, multi-purpose trailer. The company designs and manufactures a series of trai lers used to carry jet skis and other boats, motorcycles and general cargo. See more at
. Solid Edge judges praised the design for its innovative approach to solving stor age challenges faced by trailer owners. Equally impressive within the design wa s the trailers adjustable length and width, and its multifunction applicat ions -- accomplished through a complete catalog of different bearings that are q uickly interchangeable on the same frame. Innovation represented by these winners is a common trait within the Solid Edge user community and is perfectly timed with the economic upswing currently in progress, said Bruce Boes, vice president of global marketing and busin ess strategy, Solid Edge. Product development at this level places these and thousands of other Solid Edge users at the forefront of increased market sha re, revenues and profitability. Each winner receives a CadMan 3D motion controller from Solid Edge Voyager Progr am member 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company. See these and other winning images a s well as more details on the contest at
from UGS PLM S olutions is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Desi gn 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 CA D, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration. Insight, complemented by Solid Edges superior core modelin g and process workflows, has reduced Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and their related rework by 50 percent or more. The extensive Solid Edge user community i s comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, N EC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrate d engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.
About UGS PLM Solutions
UGS PLM Solutions, a leader in product data management, collaboration and produc t design software and services with 41,000 clients and more than 2.6 million sea ts of technology operating in the market, is the product lifecycle management (P LM) subsidiary of EDS. The company works collaboratively with its clients to cr eate solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus b egin to capture the promise of PLM. The integration of the former operations of companies including Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), Engineerin g Animation Inc. (EAI) and UGS, UGS PLM Solutions has created some of the leadin g design, collaboration and product data management technologies that ultimately formed the foundation of the PLM industry. Today, the company is a family of o ne, building on three decades of leadership in continuing to be a pioneer in PLM . For more information on UGS PLM Solutions products and services, visit
EDS, the worlds most experienced outsourcing services company, delivers su perior returns to clients through its cost-effective, high-value services model. EDS core portfolio comprises information-technology and busi ness process outsourcing services, as well as information-technology transformat ion services. EDS two complementary, subsidiary businesses are A.T. Kearne y, one of the worlds leading high-value management consultancies, and UGS PLM Solutions, a leader in product data management, collaboration and product de sign software. With 2002 revenue of $21.5 billion, EDS is ranked 80th on the
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