PLANO, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 16, 2007— UGS Corp., a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced Version 5 of NX(R) software - the next-generation of its digital product development software designed to help companies develop innovative products faster and more cost-efficiently.
NX 5 delivers breakthrough technology innovations to the market,
including the highest level of productivity improvements in NX
software to date. UGS is supporting the launch with a series of
"Greater Powers"-themed marketing events around the world.
"The CAD/CAM/CAE market is core to UGS' future growth, and NX 5
drives our vision to be the market leader in this strategic segment by
setting new standards through key new technologies," said Tony Affuso,
chairman, CEO and president of UGS. "The next generation of PLM
solutions must facilitate better decisions across a global supply
chain. The marriage of technologies inside NX 5 will dramatically
increase the ability of companies to effectively leverage knowledge
across their business. That's why it is core to our PLM vision."
Major product enhancements
NX 5 incorporates "Greater Powers" breakthrough innovations
-- More flexibility - NX 5 provides companies with "Design
Freedom" to work effectively with all legacy data to maximize
reuse without redesign. Benchmark results provided 50 percent
greater efficiency than other competing systems. In addition,
NX 5 cuts through the constraints of parametric models
enabling compressed design times and reductions in costly
-- More coordination - NX 5 introduces Active Mockup to the
industry to enable engineers to work more efficiently in the
context of a total product. Greater visibility and
coordination in extended design reviews enable more design
iterations in less time.
-- More productivity - NX 5 increases workflow productivity
through a new user interface and NX "Your Way" customization.
Customer benchmark results indicated productivity increases of
20 percent. In addition, a third-party benchmark indicated
that NX 5 outperformed all leading competitors in workflow
-- More strength - NX 5 seamlessly integrates CAD, CAM and CAE
into a unified, open environment for increased product and
process information efficiency. Customer benchmark results
indicated 50 percent faster analysis workflows compared to a
leading competitor. In addition, manufacturing machining time
is reduced by 20 percent.
"NX 5 enables design for commonization, not just in terms of part
reuse and standardization, but more importantly, for knowledge-based
engineering methods and best practices through an extremely intuitive
user interface across a unified set of industrial design, CAD, CAM and
CAE capabilities," said Dick Slansky, senior analyst, ARC Advisory
"UGS has increased the efficiency of its CAD system through
new key features in NX 5," said Gisela Wilson, director of PLM
Applications Program, IDC. "UGS calls these features 'Design Freedom'
because they free designers from the constraints imposed by
history-based or parametric systems. Designers can alter design
geometry where it occurs without having to undo the design tree. This
is particularly valuable for suppliers who support multiple OEMs with
multiple CAD systems."
Design Freedom technology for more flexibility
NX 5 delivers key "Design Freedom" features to enable companies to
develop complex products through an efficient design process. Flexible
design tools eliminate constraints imposed by parametric systems. For
example, Advanced Selection Intent automatically selects geometry and
infers the correct relationship, which allows users to quickly make
design changes. The ability to work on geometry without defined
features or history adds an important new level of flexibility,
enabling changes to be made in minutes that may require hours in other
"UGS' approach to 'Design Freedom' in NX 5 creates flexibility
that takes CAD/CAM/CAE to another level of maturity," said Dr. Ken
Versprille, PLM Research Director, CPDA. "One important example, NX
5's approach provides the flexibility to deal with last-minute design
changes due to market shifts and design-for-postponement strategies."
In addition to flexible design tools, NX 5 embeds the JT(TM) data
format - the PLM industry's most widely used lightweight 3D data
format for product visualization and collaboration - to support files
from multiple CAD programs to speed the design process.
NX 5 also improves concurrent design by enabling companies to
reduce rework and improve collaboration by creating interfaces to
parts, then publishing and managing them in Teamcenter(R) software,
UGS' industry leading PLM portfolio. By publishing part interfaces,
companies can simplify impact analysis, streamline change
notifications, and reduce change conflict in concurrent design
scenarios by up to 60 percent based on beta customer feedback.
"NX 5's new assembly constraints capabilities and reuse library,
accessed directly from the Teamcenter managed environment, will help
us to design our products much faster," said Gyeongho Moon, C4 Group
Manager, LG Electronics. "JT is already a part of our design review
and therefore we have strong interest in the new NX 5 Active Mockup.
It will save us time through reduced translation efforts and
maintained associativity with the NX model."
Active Mockup for more coordination
NX 5 introduces the industry's first Active Mockup technology.
Active Mockup enables engineers to use one product for instantaneous
review of design changes in the full context of their total product.
"UGS is the first PLM vendor to introduce Active Mockup," adds
Versprille. "They have solved a problem that originally required a
completely separate application. By eliminating this need, they've
streamlined the design process, saving customers development time and
"Freedom to innovate combined with JT interoperability, directly
addresses the reality of suppliers having to support multiple CAD
systems for their OEM clients," adds Slansky. "NX 5 will enable
companies to consolidate their software investments while
significantly improving the productivity of engineering resources."
Active Mockup rapidly modifies model data regardless of its origin
and outperforms NX's nearest competitors. In addition, NX 5's embedded
JT technology delivers five times the graphics performance and reduces
memory usage by 70 percent. For Teamcenter/NX users, this enables true
configuration-driven variant mockup.
NX "Your Way" and new user interface for more productivity
Workflow productivity is improved in all areas of NX. Customer
tests indicate an overall 20 percent productivity improvement with the
new innovative user interface. In addition, a third-party benchmark
indicated that NX 5 outperformed all leading competitors in workflow
productivity tests. Modern redesigned menus and dialogs adhere to the
latest standards and they are implemented consistently throughout the
software and clearly communicate required input and command steps.
"NX 5 looks cool," said Paul Philips, staff engineer, Global
CAD/CAM Development, Kennametal. "I think UGS has done an excellent
job on the new user interface. It's sure to win over new customers
with its professional look and feel, and existing customers should be
able to adapt extremely quickly. We're also looking forward to using
the new assembly mating constraints."
NX's new user interface also includes enhanced role-specific
interfaces, which enable companies to present NX commands appropriate
to user function and expertise. This cuts initial training time by as
much as 50 percent, based on an independent audit. In addition,
increased integration with Teamcenter delivers productivity gains up
to 90 percent in common functions such as inserting standard parts.
Open and unified solution for more strength
UGS continues to differentiate its products through an emphasis on
openness that is integrated throughout its PLM portfolio. NX 5 unifies
data from competitive systems as well as NX's own CAD/CAM/CAE
technologies to speed and streamline product development. In CAE, NX 5
delivers more simulation power and performance than ever before.
Recent customer benchmarks demonstrated 10 times faster process time
improvements over the nearest competitor.
Web and worldwide launch activities
NX 5 is immediately available. UGS will launch NX 5 around the
world, starting with:
-- EMEA: April 17 at Hannover Fair in Germany.