October 24, 2005
Autodesk Acquires Engineering Intent Corp. For Engineer-To-Order Capabilities
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Steve Miller, CEO of the newly bankrupt Delphi Corp., warns that his company's descent could become the tipping point for not just the fall of Detroit, but for all of industrial America. "What's happening at Delphi is just a small part of a huge national problem," Miller told Newsweek in its October 24 issue. "This is our country's dilemma as we talk about Medicare and Social Security." If Miller can't convince the UAW to take a two-thirds compensation cut, money-losing GM and Ford have little hope of getting desperately needed concessions. "If they can't modify their labor contracts," says Miller, "Ford and GM are very much at risk of spiraling down into an ultimate bankruptcy." In the
meantime, Delphi's employees have cast Miller as the villain of the working man. Each night, he stays up late with his laptop, responding to every piece of hate mail he gets from his workers. Miller said, "I'm painfully aware that I'm responsible for the welfare of thousands of employees. That's what keeps me up at night."

PTC announced that Mitsubishi Motor Sports (MMSP), a player in FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), has achieved significant benefits by standardizing on PTC's Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/INTRALINK for the development of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution World Rally Championship car. PTC solutions allow engineers at MMSP to work collaboratively on continuous design improvements throughout the highly iterative and complex product development process. This has helped MMSP reduce development time for its rally cars by 30% and improve overall design accuracy. MMSP has been using PTC solutions since 2001. In 2004, Mitsubishi Motor Sports began a three-year initiative to regain a top position in the WRC.
An integral part of the initiative was the expansion of and standardization on PTC's product design and development solutions throughout MMSP. Throughout the ongoing product development process, the 12-man MMSP development team uses Pro/ENGINEER.

Proficiency, a provider of enterprise interoperability software, announced today that TOX PRESSOTECHNIK has selected its Proficiency Collaboration Gateway. With the Collaboration Gateway, TOX PRESSOTECHNIK can now provide the parts and assemblies it develops with Pro/ENGINEER as native models in the format desired by its customers. With the Collaboration Gateway, Proficiency is helping the automotive supplier serve new customers whose format requirements it had previously not been able to meet. To design its products, the company's standard CAD system is Pro/ENGINEER; however, as a Tier 1 supplier to leading auto manufacturers, it needs to provide designs in the system preferred by each
particular OEM. To meet these requirements, the company originally designed individual parts or complex assemblies with Pro/ENGINEER, and then had to manually "re-master" the design using IGES or STEP data. Finally, any erroneous data had to be corrected manually - a tedious process. The Collaboration Gateway helped solve this problem.

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