09 August 2004

UGS Names Solid Edge Design Contest Winners

FOR RELEASE Monday, August 9, 2004

PLANO, Texas– UGS, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the winners of its second quarter 2004 Solid Edge® computer-aided design (CAD) contest.

A drill-hammer design from Europe; the world’s first and only constant velocity joint with no load bearing sliding surfaces from Asia; a large crane assembly from the Americas; and a drive for an underwing aircraft flap from a university in France took top honors.  Each of these products was designed using Solid Edge technology.

“With the ever increasing level of design complexity spawned by the current economic upswing, the innovative use of Solid Edge is a common trait shared by these users and the Solid Edge user community in general,” said Bruce Boes, vice president of global marketing and business strategy, Solid Edge.  “Product development at this level places these and thousands of other Solid Edge users at the forefront of increased market share, revenues and profitability.”

The Solid Edge contest highlights excellence in mechanical engineering and is open to designers working on any of more than 200,000 Solid Edge seats deployed around the world.  The contest is held to promote the mechanical design excellence delivered by users of 3D solid modeling technology.

Each winner receives a CadMan 3D motion controller from Solid Edge Voyager Program member 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company.  See these and other winning images as well as more details on the contest atwww.solidedge.com/successes/design.contest.htm.


In Asia Pacific, the top design came from Trang Imagineering in Orange, Australia.  David Finlay, design manager for Trang Imagineering, said his design of a Thompson Coupling is the world’s first and only constant velocity joint with no load bearing sliding surfaces.  Trang designs products for customers in the fields of agriculture, consumer goods, automotive and others.  See more on Trang at www.trang.com.au.


Top honors in the Americas went to Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co., headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky.  Judges were excited by Link Belt’s fast and successful bulk migration of a large crane assembly from its legacy CAD system into Solid Edge and its use of the new photorealistic rendering capabilities of Solid Edge Version 16’s Virtual Studio+.  More information on Link Belt’s use of Solid Edge.

Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

A drill-hammer design by Horst Biersack at ITW Befestigungssysteme GmbH in Ansbach, Germany took first place in the Europe, Middle East and Africa zone.  Judges were impressed with the use of Solid Edge Rapid Blue shape creation technology and the aesthetic appeal of the electric handheld tool.  ITW has been using Solid Edge since 1997.  See more on ITW at www.itw-befestigungssysteme.de.


In the Academic category, the winner was Wilfrid Reuter, a student atUniversité Paris-Sud IUT CACHAN(www.u-psud.fr/iut-cachan/iutcachan.nsf/indexcachan.htm) in Orsay, France.  Judges selected this entry due to the precise design of the moving mechanisms within the assembly, a drive for an underwing aircraft flap.  Reuter’s project led to his earning a degree from the technical university.


The Solution

Solid Edge (www.solidedge.com) from UGS is powerful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insight and achieves competitive advantage through cost reduction, while increasing top line revenues.  The exclusive Solid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly within CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhancing collaboration.  Insight, complemented by Solid Edge’s superior core modeling and process workflows, greatly eases the design of increasingly complex products required to meet continually changing market demands.  The extensive Solid Edge user community is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alcoa, NEC Engineering, and Volvo.  The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 200 integrated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.

About UGS

UGS is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with more than 3 million licensed seats and 42,000 clients worldwide.  Headquartered in Plano, Texas, the company promotes openness and standardization and works collaboratively with its clients in creating enterprise solutions enabling them to transform their process of innovation and thus begin to capture the value of PLM.


Note to editors: Solid Edge is a registered trademark of UGS Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries.  All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.


Susan Cinadr
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