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According to Dassault Systemes, its ENOVIA MatrixOne PLM products are playing a strategic role in a growing range of industries as companies adapt to fast-moving markets and shrinking windows of profitability. The new market realities are not confined to PLM's traditional stronghold in product data management (PDM) for discrete manufacturing. Consumer product, apparel, high-tech and other industries face the same regulatory environments as their heavy manufacturing counterparts, and even more intense market pressure because of volatile consumer demand. Executives in industries ranging from automotive to food processing, speaking at the recent ENOVIA MatrixOne Global
Customer conference, described a common set of strategic challenges that they are addressing with ENOVIA MatrixOne PLM products.
Autodesk and PTC announced a technology exchange agreement to expand interoperability options. This agreement fosters a common goal of facilitating software interoperability for organizations with multi-CAD environments. This interoperability agreement aims to decrease the overall effort and costs that are commonly associated with supporting these environments. Autodesk and PTC plan to provide customers with out-of-the-box integrations between their solutions that will enable organizations to work more efficiently with the product development strategies currently in place and the flexibility to adopt future strategies. This agreement enables PTC to leverage Autodesk's
RealDWG software development toolkit and deliver solutions using Autodesk's DWG technology, so that PTC's products will be interoperable with Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD. Similarly, Autodesk can utilize PTC's GRANITE 3D modeling and interoperability kernel to provide enhanced integration with Pro/ENGINEER.
PTC announced that it has reached agreement with RAND A Technology Corp. and Rand Technologies Limited to settle all pending litigation between the parties. The parties agreed to settle their disputes to avoid further litigation costs. Neither party admitted liability with respect to any claims made. PTC previously announced that if a settlement were reached before the filing of its 2006 Annual Report on Form 10-K, it would be treated as a subsequent event that would impact earnings results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2006. As a result of the agreement to settle and consistent with its earlier guidance, PTC has recorded an operating expense charge during
the fourth quarter of 2006 that lowers fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings results announced on November 1, 2006 by $0.02 per diluted share. There was no impact on revenue.
In the super-competitive world of motor sport, producing quality car parts on demand can mean the difference between losing or winning a race. Nowhere is this more true than in the cut-and-thrust of the Australian V8 Supercar series where Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia (888) has been the driving force behind this year’s historic victory for Ford in the Bathurst 1000 motor race. In 2004, 888 installed EdgeCAM Solid Machinist from Pathtrace as a key element in the expansion and improvement of its in-house machine shop. The team had previously outsourced its machining jobs and was looking to increase productivity in order to be able to respond faster to
requirements for components for its Ford Falcon race cars. Senior machinist, Neil Prior, investigated the market to find the best combination of CAD/CAM software and CNC machine tools for his purposes. Two systems reached his shortlist and EdgeCAM was selected to operate with the HAAS lathes and mills in the machine shop.
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