27 June 2007

UGS PLM Software Announces Performance Enhancing Zones for Massive Assembly Design in Solid Edge V20

PLANO, Texas, June 27, 2007 – UGS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced key new features in its latest release of UGS Solid Edge™ V20 software to boost performance for users who design massive assemblies such as plant equipment.

UGS Solid Edge software is a powerful hybrid 2D/3D design system and a core component of the UGS Velocity Series™ portfolio that provides superior part and assembly modeling along with drafting, transparent data management, and built-in finite element analysis. The latest release - V20 - achieves a new milestone in the areas of massive assembly design, which often includes part counts well in excess of 100,000 components. Massive Assembly Design is a critical factor for the plant equipment design and layout industry.

With the inherent large data associated with this industry, users are often challenged with system performance as well as difficulties in managing large design teams. New features in Solid Edge V20, such as Zones and Drawing Review, focus on improving performance and streamlining collaboration.

“Many of the major modeling functions added to V20 focus on improving the ability to work with massive assemblies,” said Ray Kurland in TechniCom’s May 2007 review. “This is a tough problem to solve, often taxing the resources of even the fastest desktop processors. Solid Edge V20, in our opinion, has made substantial progress in this area and now has leading edge capabilities.”

Performance Enhancing Zones
Assemblies get massive not because of unique parts but often common parts used in multiple areas. Solid Edge V20 focuses on data reuse and replication by providing tools tailored at quickly replicating data.

V20’s Zones boost performance by opening a subset of the assembly while helping designers focus on their specific areas of design responsibility. Designers can define a permanent design envelope that isolates the sub system area of a large design for which they are responsible. Zone content is also kept up to date automatically.

“What’s important here is that by being able to define zones, each user only needs to open the zone they are responsible for, hence speeding overall system performance when working with extremely large assemblies,” said Kurland. “By defining a zone, every time the zone is opened, Solid Edge knows which parts are in the zone and therefore does not have to open additional components not in the zone.”

In addition, V20 introduces an inactive drawing mode for faster drawing access.    It is ideal for designers that need frequent access to drawings of massive assemblies. This new drawing review mode allows users to open drawings in seconds and provides further detailing, annotating, reviewing and printing.

Likewise, designers can more easily create and edit massive assemblies with new fast assembly part replication. V20 improves the Copy, Move, and Rotate tools to help users both manipulate and replicate parts and assemblies or component groups.

For more information, visit www.solidedge.com/v20.

About UGS PLM Software
UGS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D), is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 4.4 million licensed seats and 47,000 customers worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services.  For more information on UGS PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/ugs.

About Siemens Automation and Drives
The Siemens Automation and Drives Group (A&D), Nuremberg, Germany, is the leading manufacturer in this field worldwide. Products supplied by A&D include standard products for the manufacturing and process industries and for the electrical installation industry as well as system solutions, for example for machine tools, and solutions for whole industries such as the automation of entire automobile factories or chemical plants. Supplementing this range of products and services, A&D also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration) and for optimizing production processes. A&D employs 70,600 people worldwide and in fiscal year 2006 (to September 30) earned a group profit of $1.572 billion on sales of $12.848 billion and orders of $14.108 billion, according to U.S. GAAP. Further information about A&D is available in the Internet at www.siemens.com/automation.

Note:  Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG.  UGS, UGS Solid Edge, and UGS Velocity Series are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.


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