PLANO, Texas -- EDS reported today that the LeTourneau Inc. Equipment Group has implemented its Solid Edge® computer-aided design (CAD) system from EDS. The Longview, Texas-based manufacturer of mining, forestry and intermodal equipment evaluated several popular mainstream systems and purchased 25 licenses of Solid Edge for its unique combination of CAD and design management capabilities. For several years, the LeTourneau Inc. Equipment Group has wanted to make the mo ve from its old 2D system to the much more productive environment of 3D solid mo deling. But a requirement to include a design management system prevented the mo ve, until now. Solid Edge and its Insight technology opened the door to 3D for us, said Steve McCracken, Senior Designer/Drafting Supervisor. Solid Edge allo wed us to move into 3D and bypass a product data management (PDM) system that wo uld cost us $200,000 up front and many more dollars associated with implementati on headaches and software maintenance fees for many years to come. For McCracken, the Solid Edge Insight solution solved his years-long search for a new system. The math is easy; $82 per user for a powerful, easy-to-use, built-in design management system for 100 users or $2,000 per user for an awkwar d bolted-on system that our team would have struggled with. The LeTourneau Inc. Equipment Group immediately implemented the Solid Edge Insig ht design management capabilities. We now have Solid Edge-managed data acr oss 25 engineering department employees in our Equipment and Drive Systems group s and another 75 users on the manufacturing shop floor, the service department a nd in the technical publications department, said McCracken. And we have moved most of our legacy 2D data into the Solid Edge Insight-managed worksp ace which means we will be able to leverage all of our previous work. The Insight implementation, which included the installation of Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, took only two hours. It was a piece of cake, sai d McCracken. Other business groups within LeTourneau are now looking at SharePo int for other uses such as document management across the company. The LeTourneau Inc. Equipment Group also based its decision on Solid Edges modeling and drafting capabilities, ease of use and the ability of import legac y 2D data. McCracken cited strong support from A+ Integrated Solutions, a Solid Edge value-added reseller headquartered in Addison, Texas.
from EDS is po werful 3D CAD software that allows manufacturing companies to Design with Insigh t and to reduce time to market, improve quality and lower cost. The exclusive So lid Edge Insight technology embeds design management capabilities directly withi n CAD, providing insight into design intent to the entire organization and enhan cing collaboration. Insight, complemented by Solid Edges superior core mod eling and process workflows, has reduced Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and th eir related rework by 50 percent or more. The extensive Solid Edge user communi ty is comprised of designers at thousands of companies worldwide, including Alco a, NEC Engineering, and Volvo. The Solid Edge Voyager Program includes 160 integ rated engineering software applications and computer hardware solutions.
About LeTourneau Inc.
LeTourneau Inc. is a leading turnkey provider of large mobile equipment for the forestry, intermodal, marine and mining markets, worldwide, with complete OEM el ectro-mechanical drive systems offered independently for these and other markets . The company provides a broad family of drilling products for the oil and gas i ndustry, and specialty steels, including fabricated and machined steel structure s for all industries. LeTourneau is known as the company that built the largest front-end loader in the world. Visit
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 wor lds best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their cus tomers trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management c onsulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the worlds leading companies an d governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. T he companys stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange. 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.