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18 July 2002

Kohler Mira Implements EDS' Teamcenter Engineering Product Lifecycle Management Software

PLANO, Texas and CAMBERLEY, United Kingdom -- EDS announced today that it has re cently completed the first phase of the implementation of its Teamcenter Enginee ring product lifecycle management (PLM) software at shower manufacturer Kohler M ira. When the system has been fully rolled out across the company, Kohler Mira’s engineers, wherever they are in the world, will be able to access and work with the latest product design information via the Internet. Based in Cheltenham, UK, Kohler Mira specialises in the design and manufacture o f bathroom showers for domestic and commercial use. "Our initial objective in implementing Teamcenter Engineering", says Simon Ashle y, Kohler Mira’s senior systems engineer, "is to provide a secure route into the central product design database for our CAD/CAM system users here in the UK as well as at our overseas sites. It is vital that engineers and designers can gain access to live design information so as to ensure design integrity and control, wherever they may be working". Before the implementation of Teamcenter Engineering, design information from Koh ler Mira’s CAD/CAM system database had to be sent on CD to any off-site engineer s for use on their laptop computers. Any required changes had to be sent back to the UK design office the same way. In future, with Teamcenter Engineering any engineer having the appropriate autho rity will directly access the design database and download the information requi red, via the Internet. Any required design changes will also be sent back via th e Internet, with Teamcenter Engineering providing electronic checking and sign-o ff procedures before the design database can be updated with the revised informa tion. In addition to providing ready access to design information, Teamcenter Engineer ing will also provide Kohler Mira with improved data management capabilities. Wh ile the company’s CAD/CAM system provides some design data management capability , Teamcenter Engineering enables a far wider range of information, such as manufacturing process information, supplie r details, costs and other documents, to be directly associated with the design data. And because it uses a standard Oracle™ database management system, it also enables design information to be linked to other applications. "We are confident that Teamcenter Engineering will help us in our on-going effor ts to reduce time-to-market for new products at the same time as maintaining or improving on our current levels of quality," says Simon Ashley. About Teamcenter Teamcenter Engineering is a component of the Teamcenter family of software solut ions from EDS. Teamcenter enables enterprises to capture, manage, access, integr ate and leverage diverse types of product information, including product require ments, project data, engineering design data, parts/documents and product config urations, in a Web-native environment. Teamcenter also provides visualisation and collaboration solutions that enterpri ses can use to create CAD-neutral and PDM-neutral environments with virtual room s for conducting real-time conferences. These solutions, which enable everyone i nvolved in the product lifecycle to collaborate from anywhere in the world, incl ude virtual prototyping, 2D/3D visualisation and sophisticated facilities for pe rforming product assembly analysis during the early stages of the product develo pment process. About Kohler Mira Founded in 1920 as Walker Crossweller, Kohler Mira now manufactures the widest r ange of shower products available from any shower manufacturer. Based in Cheltenham in the UK, the company specialises in the design and manufac ture of showers for domestic and commercial use with either low pressure or high pressure plumbing systems. With built-in temperature safeguards, as well as a r eputation for styling, performance and reliability, Mira Showers is the leading brand in the UK showers market, ahead of its competitors both in value and volum e.Mira products are used daily by more than 4 million people. Kohler Mira today is part of the US-based Kohler Company, a £2.2 billion leading bathroom and kitchen products manufacturer. Under its new ownership, Kohler Mira is currently engaged in expanding its operations into mainland Europe in conjunction with a number of its associated companies. About EDS EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, bus iness transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the wor ld’s best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customer s’ trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world’s leading companies and governments i n 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. The company’s st ock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Ex change.

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