FOR RELEASE Wednesday, June 7, 2006
WASHINGTON – UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the revolutionary Eclipse 500 very light jet (VLJ) -- whose planes are developed using UGS® PLM technology – was honored with the 2005 Robert J. Collier Trophy, aviation’s most prestigious award. Eclipse joins past winners of the trophy including Orville Wright, Howard Hughes, Chuck Yeager, Scott Crossfield, the crew of Apollo 11 and SpaceShipOne. The 95 year-old award is administered by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA).
The Robert J. Collier Trophy is awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." The list of Collier winners represents a timeline of aviation, as many of the awardees mark major events in the history of flight. Robert Collier commissioned the trophy in 1910 with the intent to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence and achievement in aeronautic development. The trophy was presented to Eclipse at an award ceremony on May 15, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington.
Eclipse Aviation is designing, developing, manufacturing and flight testing the Eclipse 500, an aircraft that has set a bold new standard for jet price and performance. To create the Eclipse 500, Eclipse used technologies and business practices forged in the technology industry to drive down cost while increasing performance. Eclipse is applying innovation across every facet of its business with the use of UGS’ PLM technology, to make the Eclipse 500 significantly safer, easier and less expensive to operate than traditional business aircraft, and more efficient to certify and produce.
“UGS congratulates Eclipse Aviation for winning the Robert J. Collier Trophy. Eclipse Aviation most definitely embodies the spirit of the award as it continually strives for excellence in aviation,” said Dave Shirk, executive vice president of Global Marketing for UGS. “UGS shares Eclipse’s commitment to excellence and is proud to be the exclusive PLM technology enabling the groundbreaking innovations at Eclipse Aviation. Eclipse Aviation is a perfect example of how PLM technology allows companies to bring innovative to market faster with increased efficiency and reduced cost.”
“Eclipse Aviation is proud to be honored with the Robert J. Collier Trophy. This recognition is for every person and every company that is involved with the development of the Eclipse 500.” said Vern Raburn, founder, CEO and president, Eclipse Aviation. “At Eclipse, the use of UGS products has allowed us to create the Eclipse 500 in an entirely digital product development environment, leveraging those digital simulations of the aircraft to make key decisions throughout the product lifecycle. UGS’ commitment to customer success, combined with their leading edge PLM technology, fits perfectly with Eclipse Aviation’s progressive approach to enhance personalized air travel.”
Exclusive use of NX® software, UGS’ digital product development tools, made it possible for Eclipse engineers to move to a completely electronic design process. The final 3-D designs serve as the master model, which is then captured and communicated to downstream decision-makers using Teamcenter® software, UGS’ digital lifecycle management solution. Teamcenter’s CAD-neutral collaboration environment extends access to valuable product information within Eclipse’s organization – sales, marketing, purchasing, manufacturing, etc. -- and outside to partners and suppliers. Teamcenter also enables ongoing communication with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors to streamline the FAA certification process for the Eclipse 500.
The Eclipse 500 has been designed for high-volume production. Using components of Tecnomatix® software, UGS’ suite of digital manufacturing solutions, Eclipse is leveraging advanced manufacturing methods not traditionally used in very light jet aviation to dramatically increase manufacturing efficiency. The company plans to use modern automotive manufacturing techniques including moving assembly lines and robotics.
Robert J. Collier Trophy
The Robert J. Collier Trophy is awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." The list of Collier winners represents a timeline of aviation, as many of the awardees mark major events in the history of flight. Robert Collier commissioned the trophy in 1910 with the intent to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence and achievement in aeronautic development.
UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with nearly 4 million licensed seats and 46,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, UGS’ vision is to enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through global innovation networks to deliver world-class products and services while leveraging UGS’ open enterprise solutions, fulfilling the mission of enabling them to transform their process of innovation.
Note: UGS, Transforming the process of innovation, Tecnomatix, Teamcenter and NX are trademarks or registered trademarks of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. Eclipse Aviation Corporation, Eclipse, Eclipse 500, Avio, JetComplete, and PhostrEx are trademarks of Eclipse Aviation Corporation. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.
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