Gibbs and Mori Seiki Announce Collaboration Agreement

Yvonne Anderson
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MOORPARK, CAApril 3, 2006 – Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® CAM software for programming CNC machine tools, and Mori Seiki, an industry leading machine tool vendor, announced today that they have entered into a collaboration agreement which will result in GibbsCAM configurations, post processors and machine simulation models mutually developed by Gibbs and by Mori Seiki for their range of mill/turn machine tools. These will be checked for functionality in various scenarios in order to verify that the MTM posts and simulation models generate proper output which customers can be confident are good. Mill/turn, or multi-task machining, is one of the fastest growing segments in the machine tool market due to their ability to reduce manual labor and completely machine parts. At the same time, the complexity that these machine tools represents also makes programming them efficiently extremely challenging. GibbsCAM signature ease-of-use plays a very important role in GibbsCAM's ability to handle complex multi-task programs.

"Prior to this agreement with Mori Seiki," states Robb Weinstein, Gibbs' Senior Vice President Sales and Strategic Planning, "we already had considerable experience supporting their product line due to its prominence in the market. This collaboration will allow us to work even more closely with Mori Seiki to ensure the highest level of support for their machine tools' capabilities. We look forward to offering Mori Seiki customers this degree of support combined with GibbsCAM's industry leading ease- of-use allowing them to reduce their costs associated with implementing multi-task machining technology."

As part of this agreement, GibbsCAM software will also be made available to Mori Seiki technical centers around the world. Mori Seiki application engineers will be able to use GibbsCAM to develop complex programs that will demonstrate the full range of capabilities of Mori Seiki's machine tools.

"By working with leading CAM software vendors such as Gibbs and Associates," adds Dr. Fujishima, Development Director for Mori Seiki, "we are able to give our customers the assurance that there is a programming solution available to meet their needs when investing in our latest generation NT range of our multi-tasking machine tools."

With GibbsCAM, CNC programmers have a complete solution to programming parts for multi- tasking machine tools. Up until now, CAM products required customers to invest considerable time to develop post processors and machine definitions. As MTM machine tools increase in complexity and with each MTM machine tool configuration's uniqueness, users are asking vendors for MTM post processors implemented for their specific MTM machine tool. By working directly with the machine tool builder to deliver complete pre-configured and factory-tested solutions for MTM machine tools, GibbsCAM's out-of-the-box NC programming solution minimizes this complicated and costly implementation process. It would be extremely costly for customers to develop a comparable level of experience, skill, and resources comparable to what Gibbs and Associates has to provide these software solutions.

About Mori Seiki
Mori Seiki has produced more than 150,000 machine tools since its founding in 1948. Mori Seiki has achieved steady growth as a leading company in the machine tool industry while supporting product development by customers throughout the world. It is not an exaggeration to describe the road that Mori Seiki has walked thus far as one of consistent revolution and challenge. Mori Seiki employs a business process aiming for cutting-edge and creative technological development, customer-based service support and total quality. Not stopping at existing methods and industry schemes, we have consistently set high standards, and have generated numerous innovations.

Mori Seiki's next goal is to be the "Global One" machine tool manufacturer. To achieve this goal, we are creating a stable business model that is not contingent on the business environment. We are also releasing new products such as the next generation Integrated Mill Turn Center "NT Series", and Driven at the Center of Gravity (DCG™), which are the fruits of numerous innovations at Mori Seiki, delivering new value for machine tools.

About Gibbs and Associates and GibbsCAM

For over twenty years, Gibbs and Associates has been a leader in providing cutting edge CAD/CAM technology, while maintaining its signature ease-of-use and productivity. Powerfully Simple, Simply Powerful is the guiding philosophy at Gibbs. Gibbs believes in empowering the NC programmer, machinist, and manufacturing engineer, not eliminating them. Gibbs' goal is to introduce manufacturers to new technologies and new ways of working that makes their machining easier and their businesses more profitable. To achieve this goal, Gibbs creates tools that are naturally intuitive, graphically interactive, extremely visual, associative, and just plain enjoyable to use. Gibbs provides a total quality solution with the service and support successful customers require.

The current GibbsCAM product line supports 2- through 5-axis milling, turning, mill/turning, multi-task simultaneous machining and wire-EDM. GibbsCAM also provides fully integrated manufacturing modeling capabilities that include 2D, 2.5D, 3D wireframe, surface, and solid modeling. GibbsCAM has received Microsoft's "Designed for Windows XP/2000" certification. GibbsCAM's data exchange capabilities are able to access the broadest range of native and industry standard CAD data formats. Gibbs and Associates distributes its products worldwide through a network of international Resellers. For more information about Gibbs and Associates and its CAM software packages, call 1-800- 654-9399, or visit the company on-line at

The Gibbs logo, GibbsCAM, GibbsCAM logo, Virtual Gibbs, Gibbs SFP, SolidSurfacer, MTM and "Powerfully Simple. Simply Powerful." are either trademark(s) or registered trademark(s) of Gibbs and Associates in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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