PLANO, Texas -- EDS announced today that Ricoh Company Ltd., one of the world’s leading suppliers of office automation equipment, has expanded its use of Solid Edge® software for the computer-aided design (CAD) of printers and copiers a t its manufacturing facilities in Japan and other global locations. Ricoh selected Solid Edge based on its ease of use and increased 3D capabilities . With its recent expansion, Ricoh is now using over 100 Solid Edge licenses. We felt Solid Edge would help us move more quickly to 3D technology than a ny other system available, said Satoh Toshiaki, Manager, Ricoh Development Process Innovation Department. We have successfully trained more than 25 0 engineers at Ricoh to work with Solid Edge. Solid Edge is being used for the design and manufacturing of Ricohs latest line of market-leading printers and copiers, including state-of-the-art multifu nctional products that provide print, fax and scanning functionality. Ricoh engineers also have applauded new CAD innovations following their hands-on testing last month of Solid Edge Version 12. We originally selected Soli d Edge because of its usability, said Ricoh Research and Development Engin eer Etsuro Kuretani. Version 12 again validates that choice by providing an easy-to-use 3D wiring design capability for our printers and copiers. Curren tly, we must add wiring into the 2D drawing after the product is mostly designed . Now we can save significant time by including wiring and checking for interfe rences with other parts as a natural step throughout the 3D design process.” ; Solid Edge (
) from EDS is a powerful 3D CAD software that can reduce manufacturing compa nies time to market by 50 percent. The exclusive Solid Edge Design with I nsight knowledge-sharing technology embeds design process management capabilitie s directly within CAD to providebetter quality products, lower costs and shorter delivery cycles. Solid Edge d esigners at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering a nd Volvo, easily and quickly create, capture and share product knowledge across the entire engineering organization. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes mo re than 150 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware s olutions.
Ricoh Company Ltd. is one of the worlds leading suppliers of office automa tion equipment, including copiers, facsimile machines, data processing systems, optical disk drives and related supplies. The Company is also renowned for its state-of-the-art electronic devices and photographic equipment. Ricoh is consol idating its traditional areas of strength through digital and color technologies to build the image processing equipment and systems that are increasingly cruci al to the creative needs of todays networked offices. To remain at the fo refront of change, Ricoh maintains a fully integrated research and development s tructure that has accelerated the introduction of innovative, competitive produc ts to the marketplace.
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 wo rlds best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. I t helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their c ustomers trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the worlds leading companies and governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. The companys stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange. Note to editors: Solid is a registered trademark of EDS or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All o ther trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respecti ve holders.