MCAD Industry View - A May 2006 Update

And also on August 17, another federal judge ordered strict new limitations on tobacco after finding that cigarette makers engaged in a decades-old conspiracy to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking. The deception, Judge Gladys Kessler of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said, resulted in "an immeasurable amount of human suffering." Judge Kessler ordered the companies to stop labeling cigarettes as "low tar" or "light" or "natural" or with other "deceptive brand descriptors which implicitly or explicitly convey to the smoker and potential smoker that they are less hazardous to health than full-flavor cigarettes." The judge said she regretted not being able to punish the companies further. Cigarette makers, the judge said, profit from "selling a highly addictive product which causes diseases that lead to a staggering number of deaths per year, an immeasurable amount of human suffering and economic loss and a profound burden our national health care system."

More bad news for workers. On August 18 Boeing said it must begin shutting down production of its C-17 cargo plane, because the US Congress has not funded new purchases. The decision may ultimately affect 5,500 Boeing employees in Arizona, California, Georgia and Missouri who are directly tied to the C-17 program. But the result will first hit the 25,000 employees of the nearly 700 companies in 42 states that supply parts and systems for the plane, Boeing said. "The C-17 is one of the Defense Department's most successful acquisition programs ever," said Ron Marcotte, vice president and general manager of Boeing Global Mobility Systems. "But we can't continue carrying the program without additional orders from the US Government."

Even though the UN Truce in Lebanon is less than a week old, helicopter-borne Israeli commandos landed near the Hezbollah stronghold of Baalbek over the August 19-20 weekend and engaged in a lengthy firefight in what the Lebanese prime minister, Fouad Siniora, called a "flagrant violation" of the cease-fire. The United Nations issued a statement that Secretary General Kofi Annan also considered the raid a violation and was "deeply concerned. The Israelis said "the aim of the operation was to disrupt terrorist activities against Israel and to prevent arms from being transported to Hezbollah from Iran and Syria." Moreover, Israel still intends to try to kill the Hezbollah leader, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, according to an anonymous senior Israeli commander.

And the last news item for August 18: In each poll released since the Brits foiled the alleged Trans-Atlantic terror plot - CBS, Gallup, Newsweek, Pew, Zogby - Bush's approval rating remains mired in the 30's. Apparently the incessant terror fear mongering doesn't work anymore, no doubt due to the fact that the administration has squandered billions of dollars and thousands of lives on IRAQ while neglecting critical security enhancements within the US.


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About the Authors

Since 1996, Dr. Russ Henke has been president of HENKE ASSOCIATES, a San Francisco Bay Area high-tech business & management consulting firm. The number of client companies for Henke Associates now numbers more than three dozen. During his corporate career, Henke operated sequentially on "both sides" of MCAD and EDA, as a user and as a vendor. He's a veteran corporate executive from Cincinnati Milacron, SDRC, Schlumberger Applicon, Gould Electronics, ATP, and Mentor Graphics. Henke is a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and served on the SME International Board of Directors. He is also a member of the IEEE and a Fellow of ASME International. In April 2006, Dr. Henke received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from The CAD Society, presented by CAD Society president Jeff Rowe at COFES2006 in Scottsdale, AZ (photo below). Full press release:

An affiliate of the HENKE ASSOCIATES team since 2001, LA-based Dr. John R. (Jack) Horgan co-authored this May 2006 MCAD Commentary. Dr. Horgan's prior corporate career has included executive positions at Applicon, Aries Technology, CADAM and MICROCADAM, as well as a stint at IBM. Dr. Horgan is also an editor of EDAcafe Weekly.

Since May 2003 the authors have now published a total of forty-one (41) independent articles on MCAD, PLM, EDA and Electronics IP on IBSystems' MCADCafé and EDACafé. Further information on HENKE ASSOCIATES, and URL's for past Commentaries, are available at

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Randy Bigs'
    I agree that the authors did not clearly tie in the overall state of the economy with the topic at hand: The MCAD industry. But, based on this week's Wall Street stock meltdown, and the worry about increased inflation, It's obivious that we've got big trouble right here in River City, and it will not only negatively impact our economy in general but the MCAD industry specifically. I applaud Russ and Jack for their in depth financial analysis, but I also would like to see their US and geopolitical comments weaved into the central theme, and I hope when things turn around they'll continue to present an objective viewpoint.

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Mac'
    Where's the beef? As I read the article hoping to get an update on the MCAD industry, I quickly realized that this article was just another political aid without any data that could be interpreted without a secret MCAD decoder ring. I find it ridiculas that instead of giving us a real opinions on state things in the MCAD space, the authors just threw up graphs and charts and ambigious explantions about what those caharts and graphs meant. At the end of the article, I could only grin as I kept wating for some information that might actually provide me with some insight on the state of affairs in the MCAD space, but it didn't happen.
    I guess I will have to keep on collecting data myself and come up with my own opinions as I am not on someone's pay roll and have no political agenda. Here's a noval idea, lose the jibber jabber talk (Denny Crain) and call it like it is for once.

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'S. Wertel'
    This article is quite detailed and well written, but what does your political view on the current administration have anything to do with MCAD?
    The entire Economic & Geopolitical Factors section is filled with tripe and misleading statistics pulled from sources biased to anti-Bush sentiments. Is this the only medium Henke and Horgan have available to prevail themselves as some sort of economic masterminds? Please keep your political drivel to yourselves, or at least place them in a forum suited to that topic. If I were to have written something as perverse as this, my high school social studies teacher would have accused me of having diarrhea of the mouth and sent me back to perform an unbiased analysis showing both side of the story and how they relate to the topic at hand - the state of the MCAD industry. No where in the Economic & Geopolitical Factors section was there a tie between the rubbish on the page and how it relates to the topic of MCAD. Please go back to high school.
    In the future, please contain the Industry View to just an Industry View, or at least tie in the Economic and Political Factors with how they affect MCAD.

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  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'Brian T.'
    What can I say, this article is not a News/Commentary article on MCAD. It is a Liberal Propaganda Tool which I will no longer subscribe to. This is my third comment on these out of place personal comments in a otherwise informative article. When the last article was being reviewed, the last I checked 6 out of 7 responses to that last article agreed with my review, then it was removed from the mcadcafe page. I guess this would be expected, that poll might not swing their way, so cut it short before it looks bad. I have never seen this report taken off this site before. These views are included in a bias manor. Some of the same information could be included with out the Liberal Bias View or the quotes from the Like Sources. Enough Said, another media tool that can't seem to go down the middle.

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