Longview Advisors Survey: Only 33 Percent Use Translation Tools

Free report releases findings of 3D data use

Loveland, CO November 11, 2008 – Longview Advisors, in their recently released survey of professionals in discrete manufacturing, finds evidence of persistent inefficiency in design data handling, even though effective technological solutions are available.

The 2008 Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report includes results and analysis from Longview’s fourth annual survey, along with articles on related industry topics. The report in PDF form is available for free download at www.longviewadvistors.com/market/MCADCafe .

“The survey shows a large portion of companies reporting ongoing CAD migration projects,” says Longview Advisor President David Prawel. “Last year, our study showed the CAD migration market of software and services is about $5.7 billion this year.”

Another key finding in the industry best practices survey indicate that engineers are spending an average of 3 to 10 hours per week fixing CAD data, but only a third of them are using data translation tools. Yet, forty-five percent of respondents who do use third-party translation software indicate that the applications give satisfactory results better than 75 percent of the time.

“This brings up the question: with so many engineers spending so many hours in wasteful cleanup of CAD data, why are so few companies using data exchange tools, especially if the applications show effectiveness?” says Prawel. “In this age of lean thinking, why squander valuable engineering resources by working on problems that technology is proven to address fairly well? These are the questions manufacturers should think hard about. Decreasing manual CAD data repair would free talented people to innovate more, build better quality products customers want, and beat their competition.”

The free annual publication compiles results from Longview’s survey, containing responses from 538 manufacturing professionals in subjects like data exchange practices, preferred platforms and formats, 3D data handling and deployment processes, tool requirements matching, CAD translation effectiveness and other related topics. The publication marks the fourth consecutive survey by Longview Advisors, and the largest such survey ever conducted.

Longview Advisors 2008 Collaboration & Interoperability Market Report is available for free download from www.longviewadvisors.com.

About Longview Advisors

Longview Advisors Inc. provides consulting services in the business, technology and application of 3D software in product lifecycle management. For more information, please visit: www.longviewadvisors.com, or the Longview advisors blog: www.3Dubiquity.com.



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