Ford Selects ICEM Shape Design To Complement Design Strategy

Seemage Eliminates CAD Drawings
Seemage announced that Alcatel Alenia Space, a global player in satellite space programs has increased its performance and efficiency with Seemage's solutions. The Assembly, Integration, and Test (AIT) division of Alcatel Alenia Space validates and qualifies satellites under design and construction. Alcatel Alenia Space turned to Seemage to improve product collaboration, creation of technical publications and the definition of assembly instructions. AIT's Pierre Lipsky needed to significantly reduce the cost and delivery time of the satellite validation processes. "I had to work along two axes: solve the difficulties in working with large assemblies in CATIA V4 and find a way to repurpose CAD data from multiple CAD tools in order to improve the processes of the integration engineers and assembly planners," he said. AIT has expanded the use of Seemage's software across the entire product lifecycle. This fall AIT will completely eliminate CAD-generated drawings. Instead, operators will use the Seemage suite of tools to validate designs, installation procedures, and general assembly steps.

Caterpillar To Build New Manufacturing Facility In China
Caterpillar Inc. has signed an investment agreement with the Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee (SIPAC) to build a new wheel loader manufacturing facility in the Suzhou Industrial Park in China's Jiangsu province. The new production facility will be wholly owned and operated by Caterpillar. Caterpillar intends to begin construction of the 350,000- square-foot building in early 2007 pending appropriate governmental approvals. Caterpillar core products manufactured in China include: hydraulic excavators, track-type tractors, motor graders and paving products, large diesel engines used primarily for marine and power generation applications and generator sets for use in China and the Asia Pacific region. Caterpillar also manufactures components at several facilities in China. In addition, Caterpillar holds a minority stake in Shandong SEM Machinery Co., Ltd. (SEM), one of China's leading wheel loader manufacturers. In total, Caterpillar operates 13 China-based facilities -- both joint venture and wholly owned businesses.

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