March 05, 2007
UGS Reports Revenue And Business Highlights
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Researchers at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica will soon be able to safely study beach-ball sized jellyfish and other strange aquatic species thanks to a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) designed in SolidWorks and COSMOS. The device will allow researchers, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, to learn more about marine life at great depths in one of the most extreme habitats on the planet. The Submersible Capable of under Ice Navigation and Imaging (SCINI) has motors and a long umbilical cord that will let it go much deeper than human divers, while its high resolution camera will provide detailed images of the ocean floor and experiments first begun 30 years
ago. COSMOSWorks Designer was used to ensure the PVC piping that makes up the SCINI's exterior stands up to 500 pounds per square inch of pressure in the depths of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. COSMOSWorks Designer also ensures that the seals between different modules don't fail under intense pressure in the ocean depths. Testing of the SCINI is expected to start in May.

UGS Corp. announced that Sichuan Changhong Electric Co., Ltd. (Changhong), a leader in China's electronics industry, has selected UGS' Teamcenter PDM solution for its PLM backbone. UGS Teamcenter was favored over its competitor's software because of its integration with Changhong's existing ERP implementation and BOM data management. This new engagement signifies the beginning of a long-term relationship between the two companies, which will allow Changhong to fully realize the value of knowledge management and engage their partners in a globally collaborative environment.

UGS Corp.
announced the awarding of a record number of software patents to UGS from the United States Patent and Trademark Office during 2006 in segments of the PLM industry ranging from CAD to Collaborative Product Data Management (cPDM). The total number of patents issued to UGS in 2006 exceeded that of any other PLM vendors included in the leader's quadrant of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Product Lifecycle Management, 3Q06. UGS' patents issued in 2006 included:
  • U.S. Patent Number 7,146,594 for a System, Method and Computer Program Product for Schematic Generation
  • U.S. Patent Number 7,106,331 for determining a Bi-Directional Propagation in a Curve
  • U.S. Patent Number 7,098,918 for a System and Method for Shape Preservation of Curves in an Editing Process
  • U.S. Patent Number 7,065,478 for a Computer-Aided Progressive Die Design System and Method
  • U.S. Patent Number 7,028,051 for a Method of Real-Time Business Collaboration
  • U.S. Patent Number 7,027,048 for a Computerized Deformation Analyzer

Adept Technology unveiled the Adept Quattro s650 robot, the world's fastest light payload packaging and handling robot targeted at the food, consumer goods, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries along with announcing that first customer shipments of the innovative robot have been made to Fundacion Fatronik. The Adept Quattro s650 robot utilizes a patented 4-link parallel drive and carbon fiber construction to provide packaging cycle times which are twice as fast as conventional packaging robots and up to 240 pick-and-place cycles per minute. The Adept Quattro s650 robot is also the world's first packaging robot to integrate the controls inside the robot virtually
eliminating external controls cabinets saving valuable factory floor space and simplifying installation. The Adept Quattro features over-the-belt mounting, a 1300 mm work envelope and 250 mm Z-stroke along with a wash down option for usage in sensitive manufacturing environments, which require frequent washing to prevent product contamination.

VX Corp. announced a new Inlay wizard for producing inlaid shapes or raised bosses such as company logos or text on product surfaces. One of the detail problems that designers often hit is the need to apply a shape such as text or a logo as either a slightly raised boss or inlay. It's necessary to produce the inlay geometry accurately in CAD models for the purposes of manufacturing and especially important for mold designers for producing injection molded parts. Even on flat surfaces, a lot of effort is required of the designer to ensure manufacturability. Working in tandem with VX's "wrap" command, the new inlay wizard can accept any shape or 3D text to produce a subtle inlay or
slightly raised boss - complete with user-specified draft relief and blend filleting, as one parametric feature.

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