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VISTAGY’s Seat Design Environment™ 2009 Speeds Time to Market by Automating Entire Engineering Process
Software also provides improved capabilities for streamlining communication between engineering, manufacturing and the supply chain; creating producibility simulations and defining seat covers
WALTHAM, Mass., (USA), December 1, 2009 — VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced the release of Seat Design Environment™ 2009 (SDE), which provides an accurate 3D master model of the trim cover from the earliest stages of design to manufacturing by enabling seat cover manufacturers to bring flat patterns that have been altered with 2D editing software back into the 3D CAD model. This master model definition can be used to automatically update engineering and manufacturing data to create a faster, more precise process for delivering seat covers to market, a key concern in the highly competitive automotive industry.
The traditional 2D-based seat trim cover design and manufacturing process requires a significant amount of translation and verbal communication to transfer data between numerous people and software packages. Creating documents, such as drawings, bills of materials (BOMs), cost assessments and sewing instructions, is a manual, error-prone task that requires frequent data re-entry. This traditional process is highly inefficient because there is no single master model containing all the most up-to-date information and, most importantly, there is no way to obtain timely design feedback.
Previous versions of SDE have always provided a way for data and documentation—such as flat patterns, costing information, sew reports and BOMs—to be automatically created from a 3D CAD master model. But SDE 2009 enhances the master model by providing an environment integrated into commercial CAD systems where geometric and non-geometric information can be captured within a single 3D CAD model throughout the entire design process; from initial generation of flat patterns to final detail design as required for manufacturing. Now design and manufacturing engineers and their suppliers can efficiently create and modify seat trim cover product definitions and generate associated engineering data automatically for use throughout a company and its supply chain.
SDE 2009 also provides enhanced capabilities for communicating design information, generating documentation, simulating producibility and defining seat covers:
• Improved communication and documentation – Engineering as well as manufacturing drawings can now be created with SDE 2009. This includes the ability to show and hide cutouts in drawings on sewing reports and engineering drawings as well as the ability to highlight colors on sewing reports to show seam types (French/Deck, etc.) in isometric and flat pattern views. This dramatically improves the communication of the designer’s intent to the manufacturing team, speeding overall development time and increasing accuracy.
• Enhanced producibility simulations – With improved display of producibility results, the simulation can be inspected and used to identify issues that need to be addressed to make better flat patterns more easily.
• Improved capabilities for defining seat covers – There are now more options for creating attachments (by center point and length, by start and end points, and by point and length) and for creating manufacturing sew lines (by curve, attachment or backing pad).
“There is tremendous pressure on seat cover manufacturers to get to market quickly and on budget,” said Ed Bernardon, vice president of business development for VISTAGY. “The introduction of SDE 2009 means they can now create an invaluable master model for use throughout the entire trim design and manufacturing process by bringing flat patterns altered with 2D editing software back into the 3D CAD model so engineering and manufacturing documentation and data can be automatically updated. With SDE 2009, we continue to enhance our customers’ competitiveness by improving data accuracy and streamlining the engineering process.”
SDE 2009 is currently available.
About VISTAGY, Inc.
VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of engineering software and consulting services that optimize product development processes by enhancing the functionality of commercial 3D CAD systems. For almost 20 years, VISTAGY has been a pioneer in providing industry-specific solutions that capture complete virtual product definitions and facilitate automatic reuse and efficient exchange of engineering information across the enterprise and supply chain. VISTAGY solutions help customers deliver robust products on time and on budget by increasing productivity, improving communication throughout the product lifecycle and enabling better-informed decision-making early in the design process. The company's customers include over 200 of the world's leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, transportation interiors and wind energy industries. VISTAGY is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA and can be reached at +1.781.250.6800 or by visiting
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