Pratt & Whitney-Paton Selects Kubotek KeyCreator For Design Tasks, Interoperability with AutoCAD

Ability to Freely Import and Export Files Key to Working with Global Customers

MARLBORO, Mass., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- KeyCreator, leading design software from Kubotek Corp., is used extensively by Pratt & Whitney-Paton, the American-Ukrainian joint venture between Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corporation in the U.S., and E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute in the Ukraine. KeyCreator's interoperability with AutoCAD was vital to Pratt & Whitney-Paton's ability to service customers in the former U.S.S.R. and export files to facilities in the U.S. and Singapore.

Pratt & Whitney-Paton relies on KeyCreator to design thermal barrier coatings. The Ukraine-based research & development department is tasked with developing new coating technologies for aero and industrial engines. KeyCreator allows Pratt & Whitney-Paton to create complex assembling and section its views more easily than other design tools.

"Pratt & Whitney-Paton designers prefer KeyCreator because it is optimized and well-suited to the designing tasks required by our business," said Alexander Medvedyev, sales, marketing and customer support manager, Pratt & Whitney-Paton. "From a customer service perspective, KeyCreator's interoperability and translation features are invaluable.

"Our business is focused on gas turbine airfoils repair. Many of these customers are from the former U.S.S.R. and have widespread access of AutoCAD. Pratt & Whitney-Paton's repair facility uses AutoCAD 2005, and we actively use the conversion tools built into KeyCreator to import and export these files," continued Medvedyev.

Pratt & Whitney-Paton selected KeyCreator (and its predecessor CADKEY), in a process that involved the IT department, designers and Pratt & Whitney-Paton management. The company considered current experience, previous completed jobs, and cooperation between departments and with customers before selecting KeyCreator.

"As supported by our recent survey on CAD interoperability(1), many large design and manufacturing businesses and related, smaller 'job shops' struggle with CAD file compatibility and interoperability," said Robert Bean, COO, Kubotek USA. "Pratt & Whitney-Paton has very specific needs -- driven by their customers' preferred formats -- for design tools that both meet the creative and technological needs of the designer, while also addressing the business needs and customer requirements. KeyCreator has solved both of these problems for Pratt & Whitney-Paton."

"Key Creator's flexibility is highly appreciated by customers like Pratt & Whitney-Paton allowing their designers to work with external data and giving them a complete set of tools to enhance their creativity." said Luca Cariglia, executive vice president and COO, Kubotek Europe srl. "Users don't need to adapt themselves to the product -- the software adapts itself to users' work methods and procedures."

Kubotek KeyCreator builds on the heritage of CADKEY, the first true 3D MCAD software for the desktop. KeyCreator combines both the latest in geometry-based design and modeling technology, and a legacy of success in helping customers in the design of tooling, complex machinery, fixtures, molds and dies in a multitude of product development industries including automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, sports equipment, medical device, and many more.

The KeyCreator creation engineering product line includes multidimensional design and drafting, NC programming and reverse engineering capabilities. The rapidly expanding product line features the company's unique geometry-based foundation with Direct Feature Editing(TM) and sophisticated deformation techniques.

About Pratt & Whitney-Paton

Pratt & Whitney-Paton is the American-Ukrainian joint venture between the Pratt & Whitney division of the United Technologies Corporation, USA, and the E.O. Paton Electric Welding Institute, Ukraine. Since 1993, the year of the joint venture's formation, PWP has been a center of excellence for repair and coating of airfoils of aero and industrial engines.

The company's research and development department offers customers the latest technological solutions in the area of Electron-Beam Physical Vapor Deposition (EB PVD) of thermal barrier coatings.

Among Pratt & Whitney-Paton's customers are Pratt & Whitney (USA), Siemens (Germany), Alstom Power (Sweden), Japanese Turbine Technologies (Japan), Turbine Overhaul Services (Singapore), Perm Motors (Russia), and many others.

About Kubotek USA

Kubotek USA, Inc., headquartered in Marlborough, MA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kubotek Corporation. Kubotek USA develops and manufactures KeyCreator software (formerly CADKEY) and is also responsible for sales, marketing, distribution and support for the Americas.

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    (1) Kubotek USA, July 2005, CAD Interoperability Survey.

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