PLANO, Texas -- EDS PLM Solutions today announced Solid Edge Version 15 of its i ndustry-leading, value-based 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system for the mains tream product lifecycle management (PLM) market will be delivered with expanded capabilities for Systems Design. The creation of virtual assemblies is at the center of almost all 3D design proc esses. However, where traditional assembly design focuses primarily on how parts fit together, Systems Design takes over and places additional emphasis on the f unction of a product and how components interact, thereby giving designers the p ower to advance beyond fit, to create intelligent functionally as well as physic ally realistic models that emulate real-world situations. In virtual systems design, a group of interacting parts and sub-assemblies are m odeled as a whole, with sufficient information to describe how compo nents relate to each other and how they need to perform to meet design criteria. Critical relationships are captured and re-used, material is automatically adde d or removed from related components to ensure correct placement, moving parts m aintain their pre-defined paths and loads, while sensors monitor critical distan ces and other variables that affect desired performance, thus capturing design i ntent as well as physical relationships. A thoughtful progression of essential components for Systems Design began in 200 0 with sensors that provide persistent design monitoring. Subsequent releases ad vanced this powerful concept. Solid Edge Version 14 introduced Systems Library, a unique approach that allows users to define, store and reuse cohesive sets of parts, features and constraints as a single functional system. See
EDS Announces System s Library Capability
, March 3, 2003). Version 15 extends these capabilities with:
- Adjustable assemblies allow adaptable placement of the same sub-assembly to accommodate varying positions and new motion analysis tools that automatically simul ate mechanisms under the influence of forces, further reducing the need for phys ical prototypes.
- A new user capability to create and control features at an assembly level (a ssembly features) and choose how the feature, depending on design intent, will a ffect corresponding parts. As such, "Assembly Features" may appear in an assembl y, but not necessarily in the individual parts.
- Interactive physical analysis of assembly mechanisms that efficiently valida te the motion behavior of assemblies and mechanisms, realistically simulating th e interaction between contacting parts as they collide and push each other aroun d. (See EDS and D-Cubed joint press release).
- Close integration of all of these applications has allowed Solid Edge to e stablish a new mainstream benchmark for Systems Design enabling an understanding of how systems interact with each other when placed into an assembly, sai d Bruce Boes, vice president of global marketing and business strategy for Solid Edge. More than simple, geometry-only, sub-assembly modeling, this integr ated approach to system design shows an in-depth understanding of the design pro cess, never before delivered to the mainstream market. For more information on Solid Edge Version 15, please see the Nov. 4 press release. Solid Edge Version 15 Beta Test Customer Verify Enhancements Solid Edge is adaptive, understanding how our systems function, said Emmanuel Nicolas at Rapido, a manufacturer of recreational vehicles in Mayenne, France. With Version 15 we can now reduce costly engineering change order s by 70 percent compared with our previous 2D design software. Solid Edge Version 15 will provide significant time savings for us by allowing us to customize existing locomotives with new contr act-specific design features at the sub assembly level, thus reducing the number of sub assemblies we have to maintain, said Kevin Baxter at MotivePower, a manufacturer of train locomotives in Boise, Idaho, USA. The SolutionSolid Edge from EDS PLM S olutions is a powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and to reduce time to market, increase quality and lowe r cost. The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management cap abilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entir e organization and enhancing collaboration. Insight, complemented by Solid Edge& #146;s superior core modeling and process workflows, has reduced Engineering Cha nge Orders (ECOs) and their related rework by 50 percent or more. The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies a nd universities, including, Amana, Philips Broadcasting Systems, Pella Windows, Alcoa, NEC Engineering, Volvo and Yale University. The Solid Edge Voyager Progra m includes almost 200 integrated complementary, engineering software application s and computer hardware solutions. About EDS PLM Solutions EDS PLM Solutions is the market leader in product lifecycle management (PLM), pr oviding solutions to the global 1000. Product lifecycle management enables all the people who participate in a manufacturers product lifecycle to work in concert to develop, deliver and support best-in-class products. As the only si ngle-source provider of PLM software and services, EDS PLM Solutions can transfo rm the product lifecycle process into true competitive advantage, delivering lea dership improvements in product innovation, quality, time-to-market and end-cust omer value. Learn more at eds.com/plm. AboutEDS EDS, the premier global outsourcing services company, delivers superior returns to clients through its cost-effective, high-value services model. EDS core portfolio comprises information-technology and business process outsourcing ser vices, as well as information-technology transformation services. EDS two complementary, subsidiary businesses are A.T. Kearney, one of the worlds l eading high-value management consultancies, and PLM Solutions, a leader in produ ct data management, collaboration and product design software. With 2002 revenue of $21.5 billion, EDS is ranked 80th on the Fortune 500. The company 6;s stock is traded on the New York (NYSE: EDS) and London stock exchanges. Note to editors: Solid Edge is a registered trademark of EDS or its subsidiarie s in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.