Continental will replace its existing PLM system and standardize its three automotive divisions - Chassis & Safety, Powertrain and Interior - on PTC's Windchill platform. The integral, web-based Windchill solution will be used as the worldwide PLM backbone for engineering change, multi-CAD data management, ECAD data management as well as for third-party integration, thus enabling seamless process integration and global collaboration. Windchill is ultimately expected to support more than 12,000 users in both engineering and non-engineering departments.
"In today's global economy, a PLM solution is mission critical for a company in the automotive industry," said Wolfgang Schaefer, CFO at Continental Corporation. "We expect PTC's Windchill solution to improve our engineering processes and product quality."
James E. Heppelmann, CEO-elect and president at PTC commented, "Shrinking margins, globalization, and increasing regulatory requirements have put strong pressure on the highly competitive automotive industry. In such an environment, companies have an intense need to optimize their business processes. We are thrilled that Continental has chosen Windchill to support this critical business initiative. In addition to providing world-class technology, our global service organization will support Continental in defining world-class engineering processes and introducing Windchill to the extended enterprise. We look forward to expanding our long-standing partnership with Continental."
About the Continental Corporation:
With sales of approximately €20 billion in 2009, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently employs approximately 138,000 in 46 countries.
The Automotive Group with its three divisions Chassis & Safety (sales of approximately €4.4 billion in 2009, 27,000 employees), Powertrain (sales of approximately €3.4 billion in 2009, 24,000 employees) and Interior (sales of approximately €4.4 billion in 2009, 27,000 employees) achieved sales of approximately €12 billion in 2009. The Automotive Group is present in more than 130 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which cars provide individual mobility and driving pleasure consistent with driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.
The Chassis & Safety Division develops and produces electronic and hydraulic brake and chassis control systems, sensors, driver assistance systems, airbag electronics and -sensorics, washer systems and electronic air suspension systems. Its core competence is the integration of active and passive driving safety into ContiGuard®. The Powertrain Division integrates innovative and efficient system solutions for vehicle powertrains. The comprehensive range of products includes gasoline and diesel injection systems, engine management, transmission control, including sensors and actuators, as well as fuel-supply systems and components and systems for hybrid and electric drives. Information management is at the very heart of the Interior Division, which provides a range of products that includes instrument clusters and multifunctional displays, control units, electronic car-entry systems, tire-monitoring systems, radios, multimedia and navigation systems, climate control systems, telematics solutions and cockpit modules and systems.
For further information please visit: http://www.continental-automotive.com/
MSC.Software to Dramatically Improve Fatigue Offering to Help Customers Perform Durability Simulations
On August 12, 2010 MSC.Software announced its reinstated partnership with HBM nCode, a premier supplier of durability, test and analysis products.
HBM nCode solvers have powered MSC Fatigue, an FE-based durability and damage tolerance solver from MSC.Software that enables users with minimal knowledge of fatigue to perform comprehensive durability analysis.
As an example application provided on MSC.Software's web site, with the help of MSC Software Professional Services and products such as ADAMS/Durability and FE-Fatigue, John Deere Welland Works completed the design and testing of their new rotary cutter system within two weeks instead of several months. Thanks to the implementation of durability analysis, John Deere could reduce the number of the required physical prototypes and was able to try out several design concepts. As a result, the total development time on one cutter was reduced from four years to two, and John Deere is on track to produce another cutter in one year.
Today August 12, 2010 marks an important day for MSC customers as MSC.Software and HBM nCode have finalized an agreement to release a dramatically upgraded and improved version of MSC Fatigue to enable durability engineers to analyze data more rapidly and accurately.
"Through this partnership, our customers will be able to receive a vastly improved version of MSC Fatigue with timely upgrades on a regular basis," said Dominic Gallello, CEO, MSC.Software. "We are confident it will improve the experience our customers have with the software in reducing time to market and improving product quality."
Steve Tudberry, Vice President of HBM nCode Products, agreed. "MSC's customers will finally benefit from the next-generation capabilities our DesignLife customers have long enjoyed. We look forward to collaborating with MSC not only on the MSC Fatigue product but future products as well."
Please continue to visit www.mscsoftware.com for updates and release announcements for the new version of MSC Fatigue.
About HBM nCode:
Providing over 25 years of expertise in durability and data analysis, HBM-nCode products have been an important brand for providing solutions to understand product performance, accelerate product development and improve design to a broad range of industries. More information is available at www.ncode.com.
nCode is a brand of HBM, a worldwide technology and market company, offering products and services across large portions of the measurement spectrum, from virtual to physical.
MSC.Software is a global supplier of multidiscipline simulation solutions that help companies improve quality, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with customers worldwide to develop better products faster with simulation technology, software, and services. MSC.Software employs 1,000 people in 20 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com.
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Chrysler Group LLC Contracts with Siemens PLM Software for Product Design and Development Platform
On July 26, 2010 Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, announced that Chrysler Group LLC, which produces Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram Truck and Mopar® vehicles and products, had selected Siemens PLM Software's technology for product design and development.
Chrysler Group began using Teamcenter® software, Siemens PLM Software's digital lifecycle management solution, as its corporate-wide PDM system in 2008. Teamcenter provides a single source of product knowledge across a company, available at any time in any location during the product development process.
Chrysler Group has now added NX™ software, Siemens PLM Software's comprehensive digital product development solution, to provide efficiency gains in engineering and design and to help create a common product development platform.