Optimizing Flow Characteristics Under High Pressure Using FLUENT For CATIA

German Manufacturer Uses FLUENT for CATIA V5 to Develop Innovative Products, Compete Globally

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fluent Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), today announced that the leading producer of high pressure cleaning systems, Alfred Karcher GmbH & Co. KG, has decided to optimize the flow characteristics of its devices with the computational fluid dynamics solution FLUENT(R) for CATIA(R) V5. Karcher is based in Winnenden, Germany with a workforce in 40 countries.


Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is used for simulation, visualization and analysis of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and chemical reactions. It is a vital part of the computer-aided engineering (CAE) process for companies around the world and is deployed in nearly every manufacturing industry. FLUENT for CATIA V5, developed by Fluent as a member of the CAA V5 Software Community Program, delivers simulation-driven product design to customers working within the CATIA V5 PLM environment, enabling customers to predict performance at a very early stage of the product development process. The result is better performing, more cost-effective products in less time.

"As a fully integrated tool within Dassault Systemes' V5 PLM environment, FLUENT for CATIA V5 is totally compatible with upstream and downstream PLM functions and enables flow simulation to be performed with ease as part of the product development process," says Georg Scheuerer, managing director of ANSYS Germany GmbH. "The product is the result of Fluent's close technical collaboration with Dassault Systemes and our customer advisors, who have helped us to ensure that the software meets their need for ease-of-use, reliable simulation results and a high level of integration."

Karcher selected Fluent's software solution with a clear strategic vision in mind: Innovative products remain the company's principal growth factor. A continuous increase in development capacity and a high number of patents show Karcher's commitment to innovation. By investing in FLUENT for CATIA V5, Karcher sees itself prepared for global competition and a continued growth in the years to come. Dr. Christian Stewen from the Central Research, Advance Development and Process Development department at Karcher points out, "The crucial factor in our decision for FLUENT for CATIA V5 were the advantages we get from the full integration concept pursued by Fluent and Dassault Systemes, which provides for a unified design and analysis process in the product development cycle."

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About Karcher

"Simply clean" is the motto of Alfred Karcher GmbH & Co. KG. Steady growth over the past 30 years has consolidated the company's leading position. In this period, turnover has increased from approximately 19 million Euro (1974) to 1.106 billion Euro (2005) as a direct result of advanced engineering standards, dynamic management techniques and excellent customer service. Karcher manufactures its machines with a workforce of 6,400 in 41 countries in production facilities in Germany, Italy, the USA, Mexico, Brazil and China: 5.54 million units last year. 36,000 service points in more than 160 countries offer a high standard of customer service throughout the world. The product line of the world market leader Karcher includes high-pressure washers, vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners, sweepers, scrubber-driers, cleaning agents, dry-ice blasting machines, brush-type vehicle washes and water treatment plants. Karcher is able to offer effective solutions to most cleaning problems. Main customers are the automotive trade, contract cleaners, hotels and restaurants, agriculture, local governments, trade and industry and private households.

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost- conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 40 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,400 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

About Fluent Inc.

Fluent Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), one of the world's largest providers of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software and consulting services. Fluent's software is used for simulation, visualization and prediction of fluid flow, heat and mass transfer and chemical reactions. It is a vital part of the computer-aided engineering (CAE) process for companies around the world and is deployed in nearly every manufacturing industry. Using Fluent's software, product development, design and research engineers build virtual prototypes and simulate the performance of proposed and existing designs, allowing them to improve design quality while reducing cost and speeding time to market.

ANSYS, ANSYS Workbench, CFX, AUTODYN, FLUENT and any and all ANSYS, Inc. product and service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of ANSYS, Inc. or its subsidiaries located in the United States or other countries. ICEM CFD is a trademark licensed by ANSYS, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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