Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Adopts MSC.Software's MD Nastran

Solutions Provide Immediate ROI as well as path forward for Automotive Manufacturer

SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS), the leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services, is pleased to report that Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC), of Okazaki, Japan has adopted MSC.Software's simulation solutions path forward, including a move from point products to MSC MasterKey as well as MD Nastran. By using MSC.Software's simulation solutions, MMC will enjoy faster, more accurate results, increased productivity, improved collaboration, reduced time to market and reduced costs to market.

"Following the lead of European and American automotive manufacturers, Japanese customers are rapidly migrating from point tools to the use of MSC MasterKey as a springboard toward full adoption of MD Nastran and SimEnterprise," reports Christopher St. John, Senior Vice President of APAC Sales for MSC.Software. "MMC is the latest manufacturer to recognize the reduced cost of ownership and more flexible deployment of our solutions and to have taken this important forward step toward consolidation of their structural and motion simulation tools into a single, more flexible environment."

MMC's early experiences with MD Nastran proved to them the value of being able to combine multiple simulation disciplines on a single solver platform; MSC.Software's MD Solutions enable this through the adoption of a single data model for all CAE disciplines. Furthermore, SimXpert and SimDesigner are designed from the outset to support such multi-discipline simulation.

"Our new agreement with MSC.Software provides us with immediate time and cost savings, thanks to simplified administration and broader access to MSC.Software's products," stated Shinji Katsumaru, General Manager of the Digital Engineering Department of MMC. Hirotaka Shiozaki, CAE Manager of the Digital Engineering Department, continued, "We anticipate future savings as MD Nastran allows us to use the same CAE models for multiple applications. We have already seen that we can expand the range of possible simulations using the multi-discipline capability of MD Nastran. This provides efficiency in the short term and also improves accuracy. Looking ahead, we will not be able to meet our objective of simulation driven design without significantly changing what we simulate and how we go about the task. Today we see promise that MD Nastran and SimEnterprise will enable us to reach that objective."

About SimXpert

SimXpert leads to significant return on investment by accelerating the speed and accuracy of simulation; automating simulation processes and tasks; capturing knowledge, and improving the analysis process and therefore business productivity and innovation. SimXpert provides the tools needed to extend global engineering processes to the enterprise and supply chain level through SimXpert's Template Studio, SimTemplate, which enables expert analysts to author simulation best practices and standards for global enterprise use as well as to capture simulation knowledge and perform quick task automation. Once created, SimTemplate can be managed by SimManager Enterprise as well as shared with a variety of role-based users, including design engineers with SimDesigner, to drive simulation capabilities further upstream in the product development process. With SimXpert, companies can also subsequently scale and share simulation best practices that have been developed throughout the global engineering enterprise and with all points of the supply chain.

About SimDesigner

SimDesigner provides an intuitive, CAD-embedded simulation suite that enables design engineers and engineering teams to perform repeatable, fully-documented simulation studies much earlier in the design process. Product teams across the extended enterprise can now create and collaborate on product designs and performance simulations, allowing manufacturers to deliver higher quality, innovative new products in a shorter timeframe and for less cost. SimDesigner gives design engineers scaleable, easy-to-learn simulation tools within the CAD environment that increase first pass simulations, empower more what-if scenarios, and identify design flaws earlier.

About MD Nastran

MD Nastran offers true multidiscipline simulation in one, fully-integrated system and delivers the most comprehensive set of simulation and analysis technologies available anywhere. It is the most powerful and widely-used simulation solution in the world, and has been the simulation product of choice for over four decades. Designed for manufacturers who need to perform interoperable, multidisciplinary analyses on ever-more complex models, MD Nastran helps to drive efficiency and streamline processes:

About MSC.Software Corporation

MSC.Software Corporation (NASDAQ: MSCS) is a leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services that help companies make money, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies in hundreds of industries to develop better products faster by utilizing information technology, software and services. MSC.Software employs more than 1100 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit

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