Icona Solutions Ltd Joins JT Open.

Manchester, UK. 4 April, 2006. – Icona Solutions Ltd., developers of the unique, real-time digital 3D assembly model tolerances simulation and visualization software suite, aesthetica, has announced that it has joined the JT™ Open Program as a vendor member.

The JT Open Program is a global community of leading manufacturers, software suppliers and academic institutions with the common goal of promoting the on-going development and proliferation of the 3D JT™ data format as the common language for product lifecycle management (PLM). Developed by UGS Corp., a leading global provider of PLM software and services, the JT data format is the widely-adopted 3D data format used throughout the global manufacturing industry to enable product visualization, collaboration and data sharing.

“The reliable transfer of 3D product model data, along with the data from dimensional and positional tolerance analysis runs, are essential to the successful use of our aesthetica software suite in the process of ensuring the optimum fit and finish of automotive vehicle assemblies and sub-assemblies,” said Dr. John Maxfield, technical director, Icona Solutions Ltd. “Membership in JT Open and our use of the JT format will help to ensure this reliable data transfer.”

“UGS welcomes Icona Solutions into the ever expanding JT Open Program,” said Chris Kelly, vice president, partner and platform marketing, UGS. “As quality software developers like Icon continue to join the other global leaders already involved in JT Open, the entire global manufacturing industry benefits from new, JT-enabled applications that help to promote a worldwide standard for the sharing of 3D product data.”

About JT and JT Open.
JT technology is a mature, lightweight data format that enables the exchange between disparate CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM systems of 3D product data for the purposes of visualization, collaboration and data sharing. JT already enjoys widespread use in the automotive and aerospace industries and is equally suitable for all manufacturing industry applications. The success of the JT format and the applications that support it is such that JT has become the preferred common data format for many large end-user organizations.

JT Open is an influential, worldwide community of software users, software developers and vendors and academic institutions spanning the product lifecycle management (PLM) value chain who, through an open distribution of the JT technology under a level playing field business model, are able to exchange data for the purposes of visualization, collaboration and data sharing. For more information, please visit: www.jtopen.com.

About aesthetica.
Icona Solutions’ aesthetica software provides an accurate, visual simulation of the effects of component variation, assembly variation and component deformation in manufactured assemblies in order to resolve issues of fit and finish quality. It presents results using a high quality interactive 3D virtual reproduction of a product so that the engineer can visualise it at different states within its geometric tolerance range, in real-time, and precisely as the customer will see the final product.

The use of aesthetica gives greater insight than has previously been possible into the impact of manufacturing variation, thereby improving perceived quality while saving time and improving communication in the design process.

About Icona Solutions Limited.
Founded in 2003, Icona Solutions developed out of pioneering work undertaken at the School of Computing, University of Leeds in the UK as part of a government funded (EPSRC) project.

The application of Icona’s aestheticaTM software enables designers and engineers to simulate the effect of manufacturing variation realistically on a virtual prototype so that aesthetic review can be undertaken on the virtual model. This reduces physical prototyping or expensive post-production re-design. aesthetica software can be used at many stages in the design process, in place of physical prototypes, thereby reducing cost and improving efficiency.


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