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Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the release of Fibersim™ software version 2012. Fibersim helps reduce risk throughout the aerospace, automotive and wind energy industries by optimizing the design and manufacture of innovative, durable and lightweight composite structures. It is developed by Vistagy, which was acquired by Siemens on December 7, 2011, and is now a business segment within Siemens PLM Software.

Fibersim 2012 reduces uncertainty in the performance of composite parts by defining, communicating, and validating desired fiber orientations throughout the product development process, ensuring that they meet specifications. By eliminating design interpretation errors, this new release significantly reduces the risk of producing over-engineered parts that not only behave unpredictably, but are also heavier and more costly than necessary.

Fibersim is the world’s leading software for composites engineering, enabling premier organizations in aerospace, automotive, wind energy, and other industries to successfully address challenges throughout the entire engineering process—from supporting conceptual design, defining detailed laminates, simulating ply layup and generating manufacturing data feeds to verifying quality. Fibersim is fully integrated into industry-leading, 3D commercial CAD systems.

“Inaccuracy in fiber orientation, from the design through the manufacturing phases of composite parts, leads to sub-optimal design,” said Guy Lambert, director, Experimental, Design, Material and Process, Bombardier Aerospace, which standardized on Fibersim software for all composites design-to-manufacturing processes in 2009. “It is critical to have confidence in the way manufactured composite parts will perform. Otherwise, engineers will need to account for the fiber orientation variability, which generates parts that end up weighing and costing more. By providing the ability to define, communicate, and validate desired fiber orientations from the beginning to the end of the development process, Fibersim provides engineers with the best opportunity to optimize parts.”

Specific benefits of Fibersim 2012 include:

Increasing opportunities for optimizing designs
Fibersim 2012 increases confidence in the way manufactured composite parts perform by providing a new Spine-Based Rosette, enabling desired fiber orientations to be defined along a path that can then be communicated and validated throughout the development cycle. Maintaining desired fiber orientations in manufactured parts—whether an airframe stringer, an automotive C frame, or a 60-meter wind turbine blade—is critical to optimizing weight and performance.

Accurately simulating how composite materials conform to complex shapes
Fibersim 2010 introduced new advanced material and process simulations for multilayered materials, including non-crimp fabric and ply forming simulations. Fibersim 2012 builds on these capabilities to simulate a greater number of materials and manufacturing processes used with the first-ever Spine-Based Simulation for parts produced using steered fiber methods. Steering fibers along the path of an aerostructure stringer, an automotive B pillar or a scribed line on a wind turbine blade mold will cause localized buckling and deformation. By identifying these issues early in the design cycle, key decisions can be made to ensure expected part strength is achieved in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Efficiently communicating a complete part definition between design and analysis
The new versionintroduces a breakthrough in the exchange of Multi-axial Material and Core data to allow for efficient communication of two critical design components between analysts and designers throughout the iterative development cycle. Accurate analysis of part stiffness and strength necessitates the inclusion of multi-axial and core materials commonplace in aerospace, automotive, and wind energy designs.

Simplifying composite part development and documentation
Fibersim 2012 simplifies composite development with new, intuitive tools for design and documentation for engineers with different levels of composites experience. The most challenging and time-consuming design task is capturing drop-off specifications for regions of varying thickness. Fibersim 2012 introduces a new Stagger Editor, a visual drag and drop method for easily capturing those specifications. Large aerospace panels, such as wings, stabilizers or empennage, have a significant number of different drop-off profiles. The Stagger Editor makes it easy to develop the profiles and reduce design errors.

Fibersim can be used independently or as a key component of the Aerosuite™ portfolio of software and services, which provides a comprehensive solution spanning preliminary design to quality assurance that enables aircraft designers and manufacturers to engineer optimized parts and assemblies in less time at lower cost. Aerosuite also includes Syncrofit™ software for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures, Quality Planning Environment™ software for developing plans to assess aerostructure quality and Vistagy professional services for the aerospace industry.

“The innovations in the latest version of Fibersim are born from our conviction that the most effective way to address composite engineering and manufacturing challenges is to develop industry-specific solutions,” said Leigh Hudson, director of product and market strategy for Fibersim. “Fibersim 2012 provides end-to-end solutions for developing and optimizing composite part types that are common to aerospace, automotive, wind energy and other industries, enabling our users to develop robust products on schedule and on budget and, ultimately, to meet their goals.”

For more information, visit: www.vistagy.com/products/fibersim-2012.aspx

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, announced the results of its composites engineering benchmarking survey entitled, “How Does your Composite Design Process Compare to Industry Best Practices?” The study revealed only 56 percent of the composite design companies surveyed considered themselves knowledgeable in composites manufacturing practices and applied that knowledge during design. That implies that 44 percent of companies need to enhance their knowledge of the manufacturing process if they want to improve their competitiveness.

VISTAGY invites all composite design and manufacturing companies to participate in our extended survey and receive a complimentary copy of the report by going to: www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22C74MU8BZ7.

The survey report is comprised of 140 responses across multiple industries, most prominently aerospace, automotive, and wind energy. Other relevant demographics of the respondents include region (65 percent US, 25 percent European, 10 percent Asian), and annual revenue of their companies (24 percent over $1B and 37 percent under $50M).

Goals for companies designing with composites varied, with 81 percent looking to reduce weight, 69 percent seeking to improve strength-to-weight ratios, 51 percent attempting to combine multiple parts, 25 percent seeking to extend product life, and 31 percent striving to lower maintenance costs.

The primary goal achievement metrics provided perhaps the most important results of the survey because they speak to the reasons that engineers adopt composites. The report states that, “Achieving these goals provides insight into the maturity of the company processes, domain expertise, and overall tool implementation and use. Any company that scored high here should be considered a high performing practitioner of composites engineering.”

In this context, best-in-class companies:

* Average combining six or more parts into one (10 percent actually combine 10 or more parts, while 34 percent of companies lag others by treating composites as black metal and only replacing parts at a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio)
* Reduce maintenance costs (and likewise improve quality and extend product lifecycles) by 30 percent or more by taking advantage of inherent material properties
* Reduce weight by 30 percent or more with a full 34 percent beating their weight reduction goals.  


“We conducted this study to enable our customers and others in the composites industry to understand where they stand compared to their peers and how they could improve their performance,” said Bruce Boes, vice president of product management and marketing for VISTAGY. “One thing that really stood out was that companies with best-in-class performance had a high correlation to the maturity of their processes. These companies also made the decision to invest in design resources and were more interested in achieving part cost targets than actually lowering their part costs, a major breakthrough in designing to take full advantage of all of the benefits of composites technology.”

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), the German Aerospace Center, conducted a study that deemed its FiberSIM® composites engineering software superior to all other tested draping simulation software when fiber simulation, design functionality, and interfaces are collectively considered. DLR performed the evaluation by designing and manufacturing four composite parts, including a double curved aircraft stringer, a complex automotive B pillar, and two generic chicanery parts. Register to download the study in English.

The study was done as part of the TOP-Design (Tolerance Optimized-Design) Program, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as part of the LuFo IV Program. One objective of TOP-Design is to examine the capabilities of various software products for simulating carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) manufacturing processes and understand how to use these tools to get the most accurate flat patterns and, thus, the highest quality, lightest weight parts.

“FiberSIM is very robust software,” said Tobias Stroehlein, DLR’s program architect for fuselage technologies. “We were able to do anything we wanted with it without crashing the CAD system. With FiberSIM, we were able to look at many ways to approach different strategies; it provided thousands of options for trying out different simulation types and geometries. We thought the multi-stage layup approach looked especially promising.”

In addition to having the highest combined score of any of the products in the three categories, FiberSIM was significantly the best in simulation algorithm and design functionality, was considered the most robust tool, and tied another program for the top score in precision.

“The results are very gratifying, especially considering it came from DLR, a highly respected and impartial organization,” said John O’Connor, director of product and market strategy for VISTAGY. “I think our industry expertise—which spans nearly 20 years—is reflected in FiberSIM’s capabilities and is why our software is the industry leader for designing and manufacturing composites in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, and wind energy.”

DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for the forward planning and implementation of the German space program as well as international representation of Germany's interests.

VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services that create rich product descriptions for better-informed decision making early in the design cycle. The company enhances commercial 3D CAD platforms by applying specialized process knowledge and domain expertise to create solutions that solve some of the world's most complex engineering problems. As a result, customers significantly increase their reuse of engineering data and ultimately reduce cost, improve quality, and cut time to market. VISTAGY is a strategic partner to hundreds of leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and wind energy industries, including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, and Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

For more information visit: www.vistagy.com or www.dlr.de/en

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, has purchased FiberSIM® software to develop composite components for missile subsystems, missile airframes, and launch canisters. The purchase is connected with the MBDA Global Improvement Plan, which is an internal initiative designed to streamline the process of working across different areas of the company, including enhancing collaboration and improving product development methodologies.

The purchase of FiberSIM was specifically aimed at enhancing collaboration between design, analysis, and manufacturing so the firm can shorten the development cycle of composite parts by enabling faster and more accurate iterations across disciplines. MBDA expects that FiberSIM will enable it to reduce the number of iterations in a product development cycle by up to 30 percent.

The typical missile composite subsystem can take up to three years to develop and industrialize. MBDA is anticipating that FiberSIM will enable them to reduce the development time by about three to six months, a critical saving in an era of demanding product delivery deadlines.

FiberSIM will be used for detailed design as well as to define flat patterns. One of the primary reasons FiberSIM was chosen was because it is the only composite tool that is integrated into the Creo Elements/Pro (formerly Pro/E) from PTC. Another factor was its seamless integration with MSC.Software Laminate Modeler.

“As the Global Improvement Plan indicates, we’re strongly focused on enhancing how efficiently we work across disciplines,” said Etienne Rauscher, head of Mechanical Technologies for MBDA. “FiberSIM fits right into this concept because it provides a unified environment for design, analysis, and manufacturing to work in so it streamlines our entire design-to-manufacturing process for composites.”

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to work with one of the premier aerospace and defense firms in the world,” said John O’Connor, director of product and market strategy for VISTAGY. “FiberSIM is well-suited to help MBDA meet its goal of enhancing collaboration among key disciplines so it can deliver optimal quality composite parts on time and on budget. We look forward to working with them to meet that objective.”

MBDA, a world leader in missiles and missile systems, is a multi-national group with over 9,750 employees in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, and the United States. MBDA has three major aeronautical and defense shareholders—BAE Systems (37.5%), EADS (37.5%) and Finmeccanica (25%)—and is the first truly integrated European defense company. In 2010, the Group recorded a turnover of 2.8 billion euros, produced over 3,000 missiles, and achieved an order book of 10.8 billion euros. MBDA works with over 90 armed forces worldwide.

For more information visit: www.vistagy.com/products/fibersim-composite-environments.aspx or www.mbda-systems.com

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that Nordex (Xetra Stock Exchange: NDX1), one of the world’s premier manufacturers of high-efficiency wind turbines for onshore use, has purchased FiberSIM® software to streamline its entire design-to-manufacturing process for composite wind turbine blades. Nordex is using FiberSIM to develop detailed ply designs, accurate flat patterns and manufacturing output, and complete documentation for the engineering release.

FiberSIM will enable Nordex to enhance the automation of its product development process and optimize assembly glue gaps. Nordex also notes that FiberSIM is a “powerful tool” for composite design and manufacturing when used within its Creo Elements/Pro (previously Pro/ENGINEER) CAD system. FiberSIM is fully integrated into the PTC Creo Elements/Pro, Dassault Systèmes CATIA, and Siemens NX CAD systems.

“Transferring data between design and analysis can be extremely time-consuming,” said Hendrik Klein, chief designer in the Nordex Rotor Blade Division. “But during the testing phase we recognized that if we had a design tool that had a seamless interface to our CAE analysis tools, it would enable us to significantly reduce the product development cycle.

“FiberSIM also enhances the automation of our development processes, helps us improve blade quality, and alleviates time-consuming reworks in the factory.”

“We’re very pleased that Nordex, one of the premier names in wind energy, has recognized the value of FiberSIM,” said Dr. Olivier Guillermin, director of product & market strategy for VISTAGY. “As the wind industry moves toward bigger and more complex blade designs, we’re seeing a maturation of the wind blade engineering process worldwide, and VISTAGY’s products and services are playing a key role in that development.”

For more information visit: www.vistagy.com or www.nordex-online.com/en

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that BAE Systems Composite Structures Inc. has purchased FiberSIM® software to design and manufacture parts for commercial aircraft programs, including an auxiliary power unit plenum. BAE Systems Composite Structures has worked with VISTAGY for over a decade and has used FiberSIM on programs for Rolls Royce, Bell Helicopter, and Raytheon.

BAE Systems Composite Structures uses FiberSIM to compress product development cycle times and reduce costs by eliminating the laborious processes for manually developing plies, creating templates, and digitizing flat patterns. Further, FiberSIM-driven, state-of-the-art manufacturing processes enable BAE Systems Composite Structures to reduce layup time and improve repeatability.

“The aerospace industry is very deadline-driven and FiberSIM helps us meet deadlines in a variety of ways,” said Tim Stewart, manager of Manufacturing Engineering for U.S. Combat Systems at BAE Systems Composite Structures. “For instance, when an engineer begins a project, he really doesn’t know what he is going to be up against. Thanks to FiberSIM’s dependable and robust simulation capabilities, we know if there is going to be a problem well before a part hits the manufacturing floor, and that saves us a lot of time. Further, in the past, we had to wait for tooling to arrive before we could create flat patterns. That could take 12 to 16 weeks. With FiberSIM, we can create the flat patterns even before we see the tool so when it comes in, we’re ready to go.”

“BAE Systems Composite Structures works on a number of cutting edge aircraft so we appreciate the opportunity to work with them,” said John O’Connor, director of product and market strategy for VISTAGY. “The long-term relationship that we have with BAE Systems Composite Structures, as well as with many other industry leaders, demonstrates the confidence in our expertise and commitment to continuing to provide innovative solutions for the aerospace industry.”

BAE Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company with approximately 107,000 employees worldwide. The Company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services.

For more information visit: www.baesystems.com or www.vistagy.com

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that it will emphasize the growing role of composites in the automotive market at the JEC Composites Show from March 29-31 in Paris, France. VISTAGY will be exhibiting at Stand #T45.

VISTAGY has achieved significant growth in its target industries—automotive, aerospace, wind energy, and marine—because its FiberSIM® composites engineering software supports the entire design-to-manufacturing process for highly engineered products.

There are many challenges in adopting structural composites for the high volume automotive market, including the need to provide engineers with rapid and accurate structural and crash performance analysis; new design methods suitable for high rate composite manufacturing; tools for selecting and simulating new materials and processes, and cost and weight feedback early in the design process.

FiberSIM answers these challenges with a variety of capabilities, including multi-layer material simulation—a significant factor in automotive composites that provides insight into the drapeability of non-crimp fabrics (NCF) and other new materials—as well as the corresponding manufacturing processes, such as forming.

“With the pressures to improve fuel economy and lower production costs, composites hold great promise for the automotive industry,” said Ed Bernardon, VISTAGY’s vice president of business development. “Our company recognizes the challenges that the automotive industry faces when designing with new materials and processes. We are working with partners within the industry and investing in the engineering tools needed to exploit the full potential of these materials in high volume commercial vehicles.”

VISTAGY has developed FiberSIM into the leading composites engineering solution by promoting an open and flexible, best-in-class approach to supporting the entire design-to-manufacturing process. This provides customers with tools that facilitate innovation as well as solutions born from technology partnerships with the top software providers and leading research institutions.

For instance, VISTAGY recently announced several new and enhanced technology partnerships with industry leaders, including Siemens PLM Software, ANSYS, and BETA CAE Systems. It also continues to focus on its research partnerships with prestigious institutions, such as the DLR, the German aerospace center; the University of Dresden; the National Institute of Aeronautical Research, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The VISTAGY stand will feature the new Lotus Renault GP (LRGP) racing car, which was designed with FiberSIM, as well as Ian Goddard, LRGP’s senior CAE engineer who leads the composites design efforts for the company. It will also include demonstrations of FiberSIM 2010.

On March 30th in the Composites Simulation Forum, David Leigh Hudson, VISTAGY’s director of product and market strategy for FiberSIM, will deliver a presentation entitled, “Simulations for Materials and Manufacturing Processes in Composite Intensive Industries.” Attendees will learn how material and manufacturing specific simulations assist with assessing material deformation and degradation and how specific simulation types can assist product development.

For more information visit: www.vistagy.com

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that it has renewed its status as a Technical Partner to Lotus Renault GP, which will be using VISTAGY’s FiberSIM® software and consulting services to design and manufacture composite parts for the R31 race car during the 2011 Formula One World Championship season.

Engineers at Lotus Renault GP (formerly Renault F1 Team) have depended on VISTAGY’s professional services organization and FiberSIM software to reduce the time it takes to design and manufacture all the team’s composite parts for the past eight seasons, including the chassis, gearbox, roll hoops, side pods, wings, and double diffuser floor. For instance, during the 2009 season, the team used FiberSIM to reduce the time it took to design and manufacture the diffuser–a part which smoothly channels air under and out of the back of the car, increasing down force, lateral grip and overall performance–from 12 weeks to six weeks, getting the new part on the car and on the track two races sooner than would have been possible otherwise.

Lotus Renault GP and VISTAGY are working closely together to develop new technologies for optimizing the composites product development process and improving the performance of the racing cars. Lotus Renault GP is particularly interested in more closely integrating its design and analysis functions. New features in FiberSIM 2010 more tightly link these two disciplines to enable more efficient transfer of composite design requirements to the engineering team. This promotes design optimization by allowing for quicker and more frequent iterations, which ultimately delivers parts of the highest durability and lowest weight possible.

Expediting the production of the vehicle is critical because each season the Formula One teams are required to completely design, analyze, manufacture, and test their cars in fewer than 180 days or risk stringent FIA penalties, or worse, the loss of an entire racing season. As a result, the teams constantly look for ways to reduce engineering cycle times and eliminate errors in design and manufacturing in order to refine the final products and meet all delivery deadlines.

“The free flow of information and expertise during the tenure of our technology partnership has significantly improved our race cars and the FiberSIM software,” said James Allison, technical director at Lotus Renault GP. “This open exchange has enabled us to streamline our composites development process and optimize our composite parts, both critical to our efforts to meet our deadlines and put the best race car possible on the starting grid.”

“We look forward to continuing our technology partnership with Lotus Renault GP and helping the team to reach its goals in the engineering phase as well as on the track this season,” said Steve Luby, president and CEO of VISTAGY. “This is a synergistic collaboration that will help us to develop new technology that can be applied to high performance race cars and eventually production vehicles as well.”

About Lotus Renault GP
At the end of the 2010 season, a new exciting era was announced for Enstone with the creation of Lotus Renault GP. The team is now 100 percent owned by Genii Capital, who acquired a majority shareholding last year. Together with the backing of Group Lotus, the team now embodies Enstone’s proud motorsport heritage and Genii Capital’s vibrant vision for the sport’s future, driven forward by a singular goal: victory in the FIA Formula One World Championship. www.lotusrenaultgp.com

About VISTAGY, Inc.
VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services that create rich product descriptions for better-informed decision making early in the design cycle. The company enhances commercial 3D CAD platforms by applying specialized process knowledge and domain expertise to create solutions that solve some of the world's most complex engineering problems. As a result, customers significantly increase their reuse of engineering data and ultimately reduce cost, improve quality, and cut time to market. VISTAGY is a strategic partner to hundreds of leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and wind energy industries, including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, and Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, www.vistagy.com

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced the donation of 10 FiberSIM composites engineering software licenses to the UMass Amherst College of Engineering. Leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, wind, and marine industries use FiberSIM software to support the unique and complex design and manufacturing methodologies necessary to engineer innovative composite products.

“FiberSIM is clearly the number one composites engineering software so this donation by VISTAGY, an industry pioneer and leader, enhances our ability to conduct cutting edge research in composites manufacturing and will provide new knowledge in the research and educational programs for our students,” said Ted Djaferis, dean of the College of Engineering.

“It will also enable our faculty and students to gain a greater understanding of the design process for highly complex engineering products, such as wind turbine blades, medical devices, and aerospace parts.”

There are a number of individuals and organizations that will benefit from using FiberSIM. Researchers in the Wind Energy Center will be able to perfect their design of wind turbine blades. The Center for e-design can use the software to explore ways to model some of the manufacturability information that FiberSIM enables design engineers to capture in the native CAD tool using formal information modeling techniques. Newly hired faculty member Frank Sup will be able to use the software to improve the design of robotic prosthetic devices. The undergraduate team that designs and builds the super mileage vehicle each year can use FiberSIM to optimize the carbon fiber body. And students in the graduate introduction to Finite Element Analysis (FEA) course will be able to use it to develop more accurate FEA models.

This donation continues VISTAGY’s dedication to promoting engineering excellence at UMass Amherst, while advancing composites technology in general. The use of composites is growing rapidly but this growth represents only a small percentage of the potential. The potential is fragmented because materials and processes; shapes, sizes, and tolerances; part definitions, and outputs are becoming more industry-specific. In fact, composite parts and assemblies can be as different in shape, size, and makeup as a two-inch long guiding vane for a jet engine or a 200-foot long wind turbine blade.

“As new industries embrace composites and the range of materials and processes continues to expand, the design and manufacturing challenges are becoming far more complicated,” said Steve Luby, president and CEO of VISTAGY and a UMass Amherst College of Engineering graduate. “Being able to understand and surmount the challenges on an industry-by-industry basis will be crucial, so we are delighted to have the opportunity to help prepare future generations of UMass Amherst engineers to meet these complex and evolving challenges.”

About UMass Amherst
Founded in 1863, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a distinguished national research university and the flagship of the five-campus UMass system, enrolling students from 48 states and 50 countries. At UMass Amherst, eight schools and colleges offer 94 undergraduate degree programs (including six associate degrees) as well as 73 master's and 51 doctoral programs in 55 departments. Sponsored research awards totaled $137.4 million in fiscal 2009, providing a major stimulus for the Massachusetts economy.

About VISTAGY, Inc.

VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services that create rich product descriptions for better-informed decision making early in the design cycle. The company enhances commercial 3D CAD platforms by applying specialized process knowledge and domain expertise to create solutions that solve some of the world's most complex engineering problems. As a result, customers significantly increase their reuse of engineering data and ultimately reduce cost, improve quality, and cut time to market. VISTAGY is a strategic partner to hundreds of leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and wind energy industries, including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, and Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, www.vistagy.com.

VISTAGY…Engineer success.™

VISTAGY, the VISTAGY logo, FiberSIM, and Engineer Success are registered trademarks or trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, and ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS), a pioneer of engineering simulation, have taken a major step in closing the loop between composites design and analysis by integrating ANSYS® 13.0 Composite PrepPost™ and FiberSIM® 2010 composites engineering software. This bi-directional integration, enabled by FiberSIM’s Analysis Interface, allows customers to exchange detailed layup information between design and analysis quickly and accurately. As a result, users can optimize parts, assemblies, and structures more efficiently.

With composites quickly becoming more prominent in a variety of industries—including aerospace, automotive, wind energy, marine—both companies recognized the need for an integrated, bi-directional solution that allows stress engineers and designers to expeditiously exchange accurate composites data for laminate plies and fiber orientations. Traditionally, designers and stress engineers have worked in very different environments, which prevented an efficient exchange of data. This greatly slowed and limited the product development process.

As a result of this integration, customers can conduct a faster and more iterative process for optimizing composite parts, ensure there is no disconnect between part certification and manufacturing since layup details can be validated by ANSYS Composite PrepPost, and be confident that the analysis of the design model is accurate.

“The partnership with ANSYS will enable our customers to develop products around a complete and detailed master model available to both design and stress,” said Dr. Olivier Guillermin, director of product and market strategy at VISTAGY. “The integrated solution will allow engineers to spend less time making sure their designs and analyses sync up and more time innovating. As a result, they’ll be able to reduce errors, shorten development times, and get composite products to market quicker.”

“From an overall product development perspective, a composites solution is not complete without the ability to create an optimal layout—through engineering simulation—well before any manufacturing concerns are addressed. The second part of the process involves the capability to move the product into manufacturing, with assurance that it is still a valid design. The ANSYS and VISTAGY solution does just that,” said Barry Christenson, director of product management at ANSYS. “The sophisticated combined technology offers the capability to reach an end-to-end composites design.”

The combined composites solution requires purchasing software from both VISTAGY and ANSYS.

VISTAGY and ANSYS will present a live Webcast to detail how this integrated solution can improve the process for optimizing composite parts. Closing the Loop Between Composites Analysis and Design is scheduled for Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 8:00 PST / 11:00 EST / 16:00 UTC/GMT. Register at http://events.vistagy.com/vistagy-ansys-webcast.

About ANSYS, Inc.
ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers, designers, researchers and students across a broad spectrum of industries and academia. The company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pa., U.S.A., with more than 60 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ more than 1,600 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in 40+ countries. Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

ANSYS, ANSYS Workbench, Ansoft, AUTODYN, CFX, FLUENT, and any and all ANSYS, Inc. brand, product, service and feature names, logos and slogans are registered trademarks or trademarks of ANSYS, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States or other countries. All other brand, product, service and feature names or trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About VISTAGY, Inc.
VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services that create rich product descriptions for better-informed decision making early in the design cycle. The company enhances commercial 3D CAD platforms by applying specialized process knowledge and domain expertise to create solutions that solve some of the world's most complex engineering problems. As a result, customers significantly increase their reuse of engineering data and ultimately reduce cost, improve quality, and cut time to market. VISTAGY is a strategic partner to hundreds of leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and wind energy industries, including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, and Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, www.vistagy.com.

VISTAGY…Engineer success.™

VISTAGY, the VISTAGY logo, FiberSIM, and Engineer Success are registered trademarks or trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced that Cobham Antenna Systems, a premier global aerospace and defense firm and strategic business unit of Cobham PLC (FTSE 100: COB), has purchased FiberSIM® software to enhance its processes for engineering composite parts that require precise material orientation control and are produced using advanced manufacturing processes, including automated fiber placement (AFP) and laser guided hand layup.

“We evaluated other options but came to the conclusion that FiberSIM was clearly the more mature software,” said Mike Royle, senior mechanical design engineer for composite technologies at Cobham Antenna Systems. “There’s increased pressure to cut weight and develop more structurally optimized parts on demanding deadlines. FiberSIM does a terrific job of helping us address those concerns as well as fulfilling all of our composite design-to-manufacturing requirements. We like the fact that it is fully integrated in CATIA, is user friendly, and requires less training. This allows us to quickly ramp up for new programs.”
Cobham Antennas is using FiberSIM to design and manufacture a wide range of high performance radomes and composite products for the aerospace and defense industry, including sandwich and rib stiffened structures.

“We’re pleased to be associated with one of the premier aerospace and defense companies in the world,” said Steve Peck, VISTAGY’s director of product and market strategy for aerostructures. “Delivering optimal quality composite parts on time and on budget is Cobham’s primary goal, and we look forward to working with them to meet that objective.”

About Cobham Antenna Systems
With more than 60 years experience, Cobham Antenna Systems is a world leader in the design and manufacture of communication systems and navigation antennas for land, air and marine applications. Thousands of innovative multi-band frequency hopping radio, tunable antenna, and filter designs and solutions have been developed for military and civil aircraft, ships, vehicles and fixed installations. Cobham Antenna Systems also produces high performance composite products for the aerospace industry, including radomes and components for US and UK military aircraft, ships and vehicles.

About Cobham
Cobham’s products and services have been at the heart of sophisticated military and civil systems for more than 70 years, keeping people safe, improving communications and enhancing the capability of land, sea, air and space platforms. The Company has four divisions employing more than 11,000 people on five continents, with customers and partners in over 100 countries and annual revenues of some £1.9bn / US$3bn.

About VISTAGY
VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services that create rich product descriptions for better-informed decision making early in the design cycle. The company enhances commercial 3D CAD platforms by applying specialized process knowledge and domain expertise to create solutions that solve some of the world's most complex engineering problems. As a result, customers significantly increase their reuse of engineering data and ultimately reduce cost, improve quality, and cut time to market. VISTAGY is a strategic partner to hundreds of leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and wind energy industries, including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, and Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, www.vistagy.com.

“VISTAGY. Engineer success.”™

VISTAGY, the VISTAGY logo, FiberSIM and Engineer Success are registered trademarks or trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced the sale of FiberSIM® software to Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd (Quickstep), a subsidiary of Quickstep Holdings Limited (Australian Stock Exchange - ASX Code: QHL), for use in manufacturing a variety of composite parts for the newest generation of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the F-35 Lightning II.

Quickstep recently signed a more than $700 million Memorandum of Understanding with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to build key components for the Joint Strike Fighter. Quickstep is using FiberSIM to manufacture the largest and most complex parts they have produced to date, including lower side skins, maintenance access panels, the F2 fuel tank cover, and the lower skin and in-board weapons bay doors. The software will be used to simulate material draping, define flat patterns, and generate data to drive its laser projection system.

Quickstep offers composite materials engineering, advanced composite manufacturing, and plant solutions for the manufacture of advanced composite components. The company was founded in 2001 to commercialize the unique ‘Quickstep Process,' an innovative fluid-based curing technology that significantly reduces the cost and time involved in the production of composites compared with conventional autoclave curing techniques.

The manual process that Quickstep Technologies used previously only worked for parts with simpler geometry. For the more complex parts—such as the ones for the JSF—a more sophisticated methodology was required to accurately define, manage, drape and output ply data.

“Working with composites is extremely time-consuming and tedious,” said Michael Kaeferboeck, manager of production engineering for Quickstep. “By adopting FiberSIM, we anticipate being able to automate non-value added tasks to achieve significant productivity gains, improve overall part quality and repeatability, and increase our throughput. VISTAGY is a pioneer in composites engineering for aerospace and that experience is reflected in FiberSIM’s capabilities.”

“We’re pleased to be working with one of the leading suppliers in the aerospace industry,” said Steve Peck, VISTAGY’s director of product and market strategy for aerostructures. “Delivering best possible composite parts on-time and on-budget is Quickstep’s primary goal, and we look forward to working with them to meet that objective.”

About Quickstep Holdings Limited (ASX: QHL)
Quickstep is an Australian-based company which is at the forefront of advanced materials manufacturing and technology transfer for the global aerospace and defense industries. The use of advanced composites is rapidly growing with carbon material usage planned to increase at an average rate of 20% per annum for the next 10 years, underwritten by the emergence of high-use carbon fiber commercial aircraft such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. Light weighting of vehicles is the prime driver with commercial aircraft and military equipment leading the charge. Quickstep has significant capabilities and expertise in the production of aerospace-grade composite components using both conventional autoclave-based manufacturing and leading edge out-of-autoclave production technologies, including its proprietary Quickstep Process.

About VISTAGY, Inc.
VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services that create rich product descriptions for better-informed decision making early in the design cycle. The company enhances commercial 3D CAD platforms by applying specialized process knowledge and domain expertise to create solutions that solve some of the world's most complex engineering problems. As a result, customers significantly increase their reuse of engineering data and ultimately reduce cost, improve quality, and cut time to market. VISTAGY is a strategic partner to hundreds of leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and wind energy industries, including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, and Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, www.vistagy.com.

VISTAGY…Engineer success.™
VISTAGY, the VISTAGY logo, FiberSIM, and Engineer Success are registered trademarks or trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading provider of industry-specific engineering software and services, today announced the release of FiberSIM® 2010, the latest version of its engineering software for designing and manufacturing innovative, durable and lightweight composite structures. Many features of the new software were inspired by the adoption of composites in a growing number of industries. As a result, FiberSIM 2010 enables companies such as Bombardier Aerospace, Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co., and Renault F1 Team to deliver optimized products to market by taking full advantage of new innovations in composite materials and manufacturing processes.

FiberSIM 2010 continues to deliver key capabilities to optimize designs and increase productivity throughout the composites design and manufacturing lifecycle—including rapidly adapting to design changes, predicting manufacturability issues, and improving communication between internal departments and the supply chain. FiberSIM can be used individually or as part of VISTAGY's AeroSuite™, a comprehensive solution that enables aircraft designers and manufacturers to effectively engineer optimized parts and assemblies in less time at lower cost from preliminary design to quality. AeroSuite also includes SyncroFIT® software for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures, the Quality Planning Environment™ for developing plans to assess aerostructure quality, and Custom Consulting Services to assist manufacturers in implementing optimized processes for developing composite aerostructures.

Specifically, the new version of FiberSIM provides:

* Advanced features for preserving composite design intent, which capture the critical inputs that drive the composite part design at the earliest stages of development and automate the creation of the detailed composite part definition to increase productivity, ensure adherence to design rules, and adapt to changes during the iterative design process. The new Rules-Driven, Structure-Based Design capability enables users to capture design intent and corporate standards to ensure the production of optimized and manufacturable composite structures by leveraging basic layout geometry and design rules. In addition, breakthrough Volume Fill Composite Ply Development capability maintains the intent of engineers designing thick laminates by automating the creation of ply shapes to fill the area between the upper and lower surfaces, which dictate the shape of the part. This provides the most efficient development process available in the market today for turbine/rotor blades and other thick laminates.

* Enhanced ability to design for manufacture of advanced materials and processes, including new Multi-Layer Material Simulation that provides insight into the drapeability of non-crimp fabrics (NCF) and other advanced materials, as well as the corresponding manufacturing processes, such as forming. This reduces the need for physical prototypes that result in costly scrap and increases confidence that the as-built part will meet specifications.

* An improved connection between design and analysis to enable more efficient transfer of composite design requirements. Tightly coupling the interface between design and analysis promotes design optimization by allowing for quicker and more frequent iterations, delivering products of the highest durability and lowest weight possible. FiberSIM 2010 introduces new FEA Interfaces with ANSYS Composite PrepPost (ACP), MSC Patran, NX Laminate Composites, BETA CAE Systems ANSA, and a generic BDF data format that maps all laminate properties to the mesh. This continues VISTAGY’s open strategy that enables users to choose best-in-class solutions ideally suited to their particular product and development process.

* The industry’s first standardized 3D model-based representation of the composite part definition. FiberSIM’s Advanced 3D CAD Integration represents the composite part in the native CAD model format, conveying the basic elements of the composite part in a standard format and improving the communication of composite design data throughout the enterprise and extended supply chain.

* New functionality for validating that the as-built part is representative of the as-designed/analyzed part, ensuring adherence to design specifications. One of the challenges of using composites is that it creates a blind part so once assembled and cured, it is nearly impossible to inspect the critical characteristics of the design.  FiberSIM 2010 introduces new functionality for validating parts, including the ability to import machine paths from fiber placement NC Software and an interface to drive automated ply verification (APV) inspection equipment. These capabilities ensure that at each step—from analysis, design, manufacturingand quality—a part meets the original engineering specifications so costly manufacturing errors can be avoided.

* An improved user experience through a redesigned interface tailored to specific use cases, which puts key functionality at the users’ fingertips. With a shortage of skilled composite design engineers and aggressive program timelines, FiberSIM 2010 was designed to be intuitive so new composite engineers could ramp up quickly.

“FiberSIM has been the cornerstone of our composites engineering process for the last eight years,” stated Ian Goddard, senior CAE engineer for Renault F1 Team. “It’s the only comprehensive software product that addresses the entire composites engineering process, meeting challenges from conception to deployment of the vehicles on the track. New functionally in FiberSIM 2010 makes it possible for us to exploit the advantages of the newest materials and processes in an effort to get the most optimized and competitive race cars to the starting line as quickly as possible.”

“FiberSIM 2010 continues to strengthen our solutions for composites engineering by meeting the growing needs of OEMs and suppliers that are designing and building composite parts within the aerospace, automotive, wind energy, and various other industries,” said Steve Peck, director of product and market strategy at VISTAGY. “These manufacturers acknowledge that to take full advantage of the latest advancements in composite materials and processes, they need to focus on optimizing designs to achieve the ideal balance between cost, performance, quality, manufacturability, reliability, and maintainability. FiberSIM 2010 gives them the tools to meet that objective.”

About VISTAGY, Inc.
VISTAGY, Inc. is a leading global provider of industry-specific engineering software and services that create rich product descriptions for better-informed decision making early in the design cycle. The company enhances commercial 3D CAD platforms by applying specialized process knowledge and domain expertise to create solutions that solve some of the world's most complex engineering problems. As a result, customers significantly increase their reuse of engineering data and ultimately reduce cost, improve quality, and cut time to market. VISTAGY is a strategic partner to hundreds of leading manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, and wind energy industries, including Bombardier Aerospace, General Motors, and Sinomatech Wind Power Blade Co. The company is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, www.vistagy.com.

“VISTAGY. Engineer success.”™

VISTAGY, the VISTAGY logo, FiberSIM, SyncroFIT, AeroSuite, Quality Planning Environment and Engineer Success are registered trademarks or trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Some functionality may not be available on all CAD platforms at this time.

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