Kolberg-Pioneer Selects Autodesk Inventor for Rock-Crushing Equipment Design and Manufacture

Company Moves from 2D to 3D; Autodesk Inventor Outperforms Competition
San Rafael, California, December 12, 2001-Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq ADSK), the world's leading design software and digital content company, today announced that Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI), a division of Astec Industries (Nasdaq: ASTE), purchased 32 seats of Autodesk Inventor(tm) high-performance 3D mechanical design software for the design and manufacture of its aggregate processing equipment. After an extensive comparison between Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks(r) software that evaluated ease of use, large-assembly management, and the ability to reuse existing data, Kolberg-Pioneer upgraded to Autodesk Inventor from AutoCAD(r) Release 14 and Autodesk(r) Mechanical Desktop(r) products.

"We wanted to expand our 3D capabilities, and unlike other solutions evaluated, Autodesk Inventor exceeded all of our requirements, providing us with the collaborative capabilities we need to progress quickly in a very competitive marketplace," said Greg Stach, engineering manager of Kolberg-Pioneer, in Yankton, South Dakota. "KPI also plans to use Autodesk Inventor to collaborate with customers, suppliers, and partners, giving us a distinct advantage over competitors. Autodesk Inventor software will greatly shorten our lead time for production drawings, as well as provide us with accurate interference checks on large-assembly drawings."

Large-Assembly Management and Ease of Use

KPI ( www.kolbergpioneer.com) is a worldwide, industry leader for bulk material handling and processing equipment. It manufactures conveyors, screening plants, pugmill plants, sand and aggregate washing and classifying systems, as well as all types of portable and stationary rock crushers for the aggregate and recycle markets. KPI's machines are sold, installed, and serviced all over the world.

The massive rock-crushing equipment manufactured by KPI consists of tens of thousands of parts and highly complex assemblies. KPI needed a 3D design solution that could manage large assemblies but was not difficult to learn and use. With the foundation of its innovative adaptive technology, Autodesk Inventor software offers KPI robust large-assembly performance and ease of use.

Collaboration and Design Reuse

With industry-leading DWG compatibility from the source and the ability to maximize the value of existing AutoCAD data, Autodesk Inventor software lets KPI easily reuse the design data it has created over the past decade using AutoCAD and Autodesk Mechanical Desktop software. In addition, KPI and its sister companies throughout North America regularly make parts for the same piece of equipment. All companies in the KPI network can now use Autodesk Inventor to share data and contribute to creation of a virtual model before its parts are cast. Using Autodesk Inventor software, KPI can eliminate redundant product design and view equipment before assembly, saving time and money during the product development process.

KPI's exclusive use of Parker Hannifin parts, which are designed using Autodesk Inventor software, is an added benefit because Parker Hannifin can easily transfer part design models to KPI for placement into the overall equipment design. For even greater collaborative capabilities, KPI can adopt the Autodesk Streamline(tm) hosted web-based service to publish designs directly from the Autodesk Inventor program files. Autodesk Streamline users can establish project sites and share personalized design data across the extended manufacturing team for viewing, markup, and improved communication.

"AutoCAD Release 14 was an excellent solution in its day, but our manufacturing technology has evolved dramatically over the years. Companies like KPI that want to remain competitive must have the latest and greatest tools. For 3D mechanical design, it's Autodesk Inventor," said Robert Kross, vice president of the Manufacturing Division at Autodesk. "With Autodesk Inventor software's large-assembly management, ease of use, and ability to migrate existing AutoCAD data, there is no reason not to make the transition to 3D."

Avatech Helps KPI Evaluate and Implement 3D Solution

Avatech Solutions, Inc. ( www.avat.com), a leading Autodesk channel business partner, played a key role in KPI's move to 3D. Avatech introduced KPI to Autodesk Inventor software, demonstrating how easily a user of the product could transfer files from AutoCAD and Autodesk Mechanical Desktop software. Avatech provided training during and after evaluation, and showed how painless the transition from 2D to 3D could be. In addition, Avatech saw an opportunity for KPI to reduce costs further by signing up its Astec corporate office for the Autodesk Major Account Program, which offers many benefits including software discounts. Astec is currently evaluating Autodesk Inventor and other Autodesk manufacturing solutions for use at various plants within the company.

"Kolberg-Pioneer saw the benefit of working together with Autodesk and Avatech to not only take advantage of the Autodesk Major Account Program, but also to use Avatech's application engineers, programmers, consultants, project managers, and system engineers for the Autodesk Inventor implementation," said Mike Peterson, account manager at Avatech Solutions.

About Autodesk

Autodesk is the world's leading design software and digital content company for architectural design and land development, manufacturing, utilities, telecommunications, and media and entertainment. Founded in 1982, Autodesk provides design software, Internet portal services, wireless development platforms, and point-of-location applications that empower more than four million customers in over 150 countries to drive business and remain competitive. For more information, contact any Authorized Autodesk(r) Reseller, call Autodesk at 800-964-6432, or visit www.autodesk.com. Discreet(tm) product information is available at 800-869-3504 or via the Web at www.discreet.com.

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