Solution Provides Audi with Enterprise Scalability Across Hundreds of Users and Supply Chain
SANTA ANA, Calif. – May 7, 2008 - MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS), a leading global provider of enterprise simulation solutions including simulation software and services, today announced that the automotive manufacturer AUDI AG has further extended their existing simulation management environment, going into full-scale production with MSC.Software’s SimManager Enterprise offering. The system of Audi represents the largest global installation of SimManager Enterprise to date, helping multiple engineering groups within Audi as well as their supplier community to accelerate the vehicle development process of Audi and improve their insight into system level functional performance.
The Audi SimManager system highlights the scalability of SimManager to support the simulation requirements of global engineering enterprises. SimManager Enterprise manages currently more than 180,000 simulations, with up to 850 new simulations created per day and enables collaboration amongst 400 internal and external users on all new vehicle multi-discipline programs, for Crash, Pedestrian Safety, Occupant Safety, Head Impact and NVH engineering disciplines. The system provides secure, managed access to currently over 20 million simulation content objects and provides an audit trail for each one that documents how they were created. Manually intensive tasks such as model assembly, post-processing and report generation are automated in SimManager, allowing Audi to run more simulations per vehicle and effectively use CAE to improve vehicle performance and innovate. To validate the production readiness of SimManager, the Audi system was exhaustively tested against the unique performance and scalability demands of simulation.
“We have adopted MSC.Software’s enterprise solutions including SimManager because the competitive advantage of simulation process management is clear,” said Dr. Michael Holzner of Audi. “With SimManager, we manage and automate our simulation processes and methods, allowing us to integrate functional performance information earlier on in the design process. The results show that we increase the through put of simulations by 35% with the same amount of people.”
SimManager Enterprise allows automotive and other manufacturing organizations to harness and fully exploit both the large quantities of simulation content for their inherent knowledge. This is crucial in high value product development. SimManager Enterprise is designed to complement existing PDM and PLM systems, saving time and cost with easy integration of simulation content within the existing IT infrastructure. Additionally, SimManager goes beyond traditional data management approaches in additionally enabling process-based automation of the required simulation tasks.
An effectively managed simulation environment supports the engineering in two ways. Firstly the standardization, automation and robust execution of simulation processes using repeatable and reliable simulation processes effectively enables more simulation throughput with guaranteed best-practice quality. Secondly, content management capabilities enable the analyst to easily find, re-use and share simulation information within collaborating workgroups as well as across remote departments, production sites or the extended supply chain. This is evident in the new Audi deployment with the production scale SimManager environment.
“Global manufacturing organizations face significant challenges in effectively managing their simulation environment, and a highly functional simulation capability alone is no longer sufficient in order to extract maximum production and commercial benefit from their technology investments,” said Amir Mobayen, Executive Vice President forWorldwide Sales and Services, MSC.Software “We are proud of our strategic working relationship with Audi that has led to this simulation industry breakthrough. SimManager is the only proven enterprise scalable solution for managing simulation content.”
About MSC.Software Corporation
MSC.Software (NASDAQ: MSCS) is the global leader of enterprise simulation solutions, 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, services and systems. MSC.Software employs more than 1100 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit www.mscsoftware.com.
About AUDI AG
AUDI AG is a globally operating company that develops and manufactures high-quality, technologically innovative automobiles. It is headquartered in Ingolstadt (Germany) with a facility in Neckarsulm (Germany). Its key manufacturing locations outside Germany are Györ (Hungary), Changchun (China), Brussels (Belgium). At the end of 2007, production of the Audi A6 started in Aurangabad, India. AUDI AG sold a total of 964,151 cars in 2007 and thus achieved its twelfth consecutive record year. With revenue of € 33,617 million and profit before tax of € 2,915 million, the company attained its best figures ever. The company’s growth was accompanied by ongoing expansion of its manufacturing facilities, which today employ a total workforce of about 54,000 people worldwide, including 45,000 in Germany. The company is active in more than 100 markets worldwide. AUDI AG’s wholly owned subsidiaries include Automobili Lamborghini Holding S.p.A. in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, and quattro GmbH in Neckarsulm. The current model portfolio comprises the Audi A3, A4, A5, A6 and A8 model lines and the Audi TT sports car, each available in a variety of body styles, feature options and additional sport versions. In 2006, Audi broadened its offerings to include the Audi Q7, an innovative SUV. The Audi R8, a mid-engined sports car that was launched in April 2007, has established itself as a brand icon. The brand with the four rings invests more than € 2 billion each year in order to sustain the company’s technological lead embodied in its “Vorsprung durch Technik” slogan. Audi plans to significantly increase the number of models in its portfolio by 2015, from the 26 currently on offer to 40.
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