Sikorsky Aircraft Doubles FiberSIM(tm) Capacity

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Software from VISTAGY, Inc., simulates and analyzes producibility of composite parts and shares data with other engineering and manufacturing applications

WALTHAM, Mass., March 18, 2002--VISTAGY, Inc., today announced the purchase of FiberSIM(tm) 3.4 software by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation of Stratford, Conn. The purchase supports Sikorsky’s Process Tools 2000 initiative to expedite and automate design processes. The new licenses will double the capacity for FiberSIM at Sikorsky, from about 200 to 400 users. Sikorsky will conduct trade studies with the software to evaluate the conversion from metal parts to composite materials on the upgraded Black Hawk UH-60M helicopter.

The Black Hawk helicopter has flown in virtually every American conflict since 1983. Its missions include search and rescue, medevac, troop transport, special operations insertion, and supply delivery. All parts on the airframe of the Black Hawk must meet stringent battlefield survivability and crashworthiness requirements.

Using FiberSIM, engineers at Sikorsky will design composite parts and confirm their suitability as replacements for sheet metal and steel components of the Black Hawk airframe. FiberSIM 3.4 incorporates improved automation tools that enhance design definition and increase productivity. The new software will also be part of the ongoing design effort on the Comanche helicopter.

“For over ten years, FiberSIM has been essential to our standard procedure for product designs,” says Joe Goldberg, Ph.D., manager of Advanced Design Processes. “The software has consistently saved us design time and helped improve manufacturability. The new tools in FiberSIM 3.4 will extend those savings.”

FiberSIM software is instrumental in the design and production of composite parts at most major commercial and military aerospace manufacturers. FiberSIM tools automate the design process, assess the producibility of a part, and generate manufacturing information to interface with automated cutters, laser projectors, and fiber placement machines. The software enables users to drive all aspects of preliminary design, analysis, detailed design, and manufacturing from within the CAD environment. XML tools in FiberSIM allow engineers to share design data with other applications throughout the enterprise, such as software for procurement, quality assurance and manufacturing.

Sikorsky first purchased FiberSIM more than eight years ago for use in manufacturing engineering on the Comanche helicopter. The company subsequently used the software in development of the S-92 helicopter. Over time, and through the Rotary Wing Structures Technology Demonstration (RWSTD) program, the role of FiberSIM has broadened to include all composite design and manufacturing projects at Sikorsky.

About Sikorsky

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.


VISTAGY, Inc., founded in 1991 as Composite Design Technologies, Inc., develops software that integrates sophisticated tools for engineers into popular CAD systems. Customers for VISTAGY software include more than 100 companies worldwide in the aerospace, high-performance automotive, sporting goods, medical equipment, and marine industries. VISTAGY empowers engineers with software that increases productivity, improves communication, and enables manufacturing organizations to make more-informed decisions. The company offers training and consulting to engineering organizations that wish to integrate their design and manufacturing tools. For more information, contact VISTAGY in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, at +1.781.290.0506 x 300, or visit

Editor’s note: EnCapta� software from VISTAGY received the Computer Graphics World 2001 Innovation Award in November 2001 and was named the NASA Tech Briefs Product of the Month for May 2001.

VISTAGY, Empowering Engineers, EnCapta, FiberSIM, all names in the FiberSIM product family as well as the VISTAGY, FiberSIM and EnCapta logos are trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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