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PLM Industry Summary
Christine Bennett, Editor
Vol. 11 No. 25 Friday 19 June 2009
Contents
Acquisitions _______________________________________________________________________ 3 
Oracle Buys Intellectual Property Assets of Conformia __________________________________________3 
CIMdata News _____________________________________________________________________ 3 
CAM Software Market Leaders Named by CIMdata ____________________________________________3 
CIMdata in the News: “Digital manufacturing: The green path to growth” ___________________________6 
CIMdata in the News: “PLM Extends its Reach into Product Development” _________________________6 
CIMdata in the News: “Reorganizing for Machining Solutions” __________________________________7 
Invitation to Ed Miller’s Presentation June 25, Mechatronics Role in PLM Strategies __________________7 
“PLM investments pay, even in a down economy; Product lifecycle management solutions can deliver huge
ROI” by Ed Miller ______________________________________________________________________7 
Company News _____________________________________________________________________ 9 
Atos Origin and PTC Partner to Deliver World-Class Product Lifecycle Management Solutions _________9 
Cimatron Named the Most Rapidly Growing CAD/CAM Vendor in 2008 __________________________10 
Delcam Issues Guide to Parallel Processing for CAM __________________________________________10 
IBM and Siemens Announce Integrated Solutions to Help Companies Deliver Smarter Products ________11 
MAGNET Wins Managing Automation 2009 Progressive Manufacturing And Innovation Mastery Awards
____________________________________________________________________________________12 
Mentor Graphics Signs EDA Direct as New Distributor ________________________________________13 
ModuleWorks Leads New 5-Axis Mold and Die Research Project ________________________________15 
SISGRAPH Opens Office in Rio de Janeiro to Meet Demands of Growing Intergraph® Customer Base __15 
Tacton Employs a Highly Experienced Sales Executive as a Chief Business Officer __________________16 
Zuken Appoints Novatrace New Benelux CADSTAR Distributor ________________________________17 
Events News ______________________________________________________________________ 18 
Cimatron to Feature New Version at MoldMaking Expo 2009 ___________________________________18 
Cimatron to Unveil Latest Die Design Solution at Stanztec______________________________________18 
Delcam’s ArtCAM Software for Woodworking on Display at AWFS _____________________________20 
ESPRIT 2009, by DP Technology, to be Exhibited at Citizen Miyano Open House, Wood Dale, Ill., June 23-
25 __________________________________________________________________________________21 
Intergraph® Honors 2009 Golden Valve Award Winners at Annual Users’ Conference _______________21 
LMS to Highlight Unique Simulation Solutions for Balancing Mission-Critical Performance Attributes at the
Vehicle Dynamics Expo 2009 ____________________________________________________________22 
Register for COE's June Ask the Experts Webcast on Tuesday, June 23rd 2009 ______________________23 
Sescoi Demonstrates Productivity Suite in Japan and the USA ___________________________________23 
Share Your Expertise with Top Users in the Aerospace & Defense Industries –Submit a Presentation to
Speak at the Workshop by July 10 _________________________________________________________25 
Siemens PLM Software Technology Enables Global Aerospace & Defense Companies to Address Industry’s
Toughest Challenges ____________________________________________________________________25 
SPESA EXPO to Highlight “Supply Chain of the Americas” at 2010 Event_________________________27 
Vero USA to Offer Free Flow Analyses at NPE 2009 __________________________________________28 
Financial News ___________________________________________________________________ 28 
ESI Group Sales for Q1 2009/10: +11.6% - Further growth in the installed base _____________________28 
Implementation Investments _________________________________________________________ 30 
Airbus Has Chosen Dassault Systemes PLM for New Eco-Efficient Aircraft ________________________30 
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Autodesk Hits Industry Milestone at Paris Air Show ___________________________________________30 
Buehler Motor Standardizes on PTC Product Development System to Support Globalization Strategy ____32 
EADS Defence & Security and Premium AEROTEC GmbH Extend Use of HyperWorks _____________33 
From Rooftops To Blimps, SolidWorks Software Drives Innovation In Wind Power _________________34 
Intergraph® Icon Awards Honor Innovative Industry Leader; Awards Recognize Exceptional Application of
Enterprise Engineering and Geospatial Technologies __________________________________________35 
Intergraph® SmartPlant® Enterprise Selected by Fabricom Suez as its Engineering and Data Management
Solution ______________________________________________________________________________37 
Kaben Wireless Silicon Achieves up to 7X Performance Boost with Cadence Virtuoso Accelerated Parallel
Simulator_____________________________________________________________________________38 
Leading Russian Helicopter Engineering Firm Kamov Turns to Dassault Systemes PLM Solutions ______39 
Leading Ukrainian Aircraft Designer Antonov ASTC and Dassault Systemes Sign Alliance ____________40 
Piaggio Aero Industries Selects Dassault Systèmes V6 for Global Product Development ______________41 
PTC Extends Leadership in Aerospace & Defense with Samsung Thales Corporation’s Selection of
Pro/ENGINEER in Competitive Benchmark _________________________________________________42 
Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation Selects Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter and NX Software ___42 
Shibaura Institute Of Technology Provides Campus-Wide Access To MATLAB And Simulink Products _43 
SHI-ME Launches its First Ship Designed with AVEVA Marine _________________________________44 
SINOPEC Standardizes on Intergraph® SmartPlant® 3D Design and Expands Use of SmartPlant Enterprise
Solutions _____________________________________________________________________________45 
Suncor Becomes the 300th Intergraph® SmartPlant® Foundation Customer ________________________46 
Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute Achieves Digital Video Tuner Tapeout Success with
Cadence Virtuoso IC 6.1_________________________________________________________________46 
Universitas Indonesia Deploys ANSYS Academic Products for Teaching and Research _______________47 
Volkswagen Racing’s Continued Success with Siemens PLM Software and ESTEQ PLM _____________48 
William A. Berry & Son Announces Paperless Construction Project Results ________________________49 
Product News _____________________________________________________________________ 50 
ANSYS Releases SIwave 4.0 _____________________________________________________________50 
BlueCielo Extends Viewing Capabilities through OEM Agreement with Oracle _____________________51 
CoWare Reduces Design Cost for Complex ARM AMBA Platform Optimization ____________________52 
Dassault Systèmes and Microsoft partner to Help High Tech Companies expand Product Lifecycle
Management Communities _______________________________________________________________54 
Delcam CRISPIN Adds Anatomical Options to Orthotics Design Software _________________________55 
Delcam Launches New PowerINSPECT Inspection Software ____________________________________56 
Developers Release More Than 70 Companion Products for Autodesk 3ds Max 2010 and Autodesk 3ds Max
Design 2010 __________________________________________________________________________56 
Dyadem Releases Stature 4.0 with Enhanced Collaborative Risk Management Capabilities ____________58 
Geomagic Releases Technology Preview of Add-on for Designing Dental Copings and Bridge Frameworks
____________________________________________________________________________________59 
Graphic Products North America Inc, Announces the Upcoming Release of CAM-TOOL Version 5.0 ___60 
Hanley Releases Stallion 3D, a 3-Dimensional Compressible Flow Solver with Automatic Cartesian Grid
Generation and Built-in Post Processing ____________________________________________________61 
Infolytica Releases MotorSolve v2.2 _______________________________________________________62 
Intergraph® Introduces SmartPlant® Enterprise Power Solution _________________________________63 
Intergraph® Introduces SmartPlant® 3D Materials Handling Edition to Automate Design of Bulk Facilities
____________________________________________________________________________________63 
Lattice Technology Releases XVL Player Version 10 __________________________________________65 
Lattice Technology Releases XVL Web Master Version 8.0 _____________________________________66 
LMS International Launches Four LMS Virtual.Lab Packages Tailored to the ANSYS® User Community 67 
Planview Introduces the Planview OpenSuite Interoperability Platform ____________________________68 
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Synopsys Continues Galaxy Custom Designer Momentum with 2009.06 Release ____________________69 
Synopsys and Actel Renew OEM Relationship for FPGA Design Software _________________________69 
Trace Software Becomes SolidWorks Solution Partner and Announces the Worldwide Release of
elecworks™ __________________________________________________________________________70 
vdR Group Enhances Search-Based Application Through Actify Partnership _______________________71 
Acquisitions
Oracle Buys Intellectual Property Assets of Conformia
17 June 2009
Today Oracle announced that it has acquired the intellectual property assets of Conformia Software.
Conformia’s Product and Process Lifecycle Management (PPLM) software has unique capabilities for
Life Sciences companies to manage drug design, development and transfer to production across Bio,
Pharmaceutical and Chemical drug components.
Oracle plans to integrate Conformia’s product and technology into Oracle Agile PLM solution to offer
an end-to-end solution for managing drug development, packaging and commercialization.
Oracle plans to provide integrations to Oracle applications, Oracle Health Sciences applications and 3rd
party systems.
This combination will enable Pharmaceutical and Bio-technology companies to accelerate innovation,
meet regulatory objectives and improve productivity.
Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Supporting Quotes
"The addition of Conformia Software technology underscores Oracle’s commitment to provide
customers with a differentiated, out-of-box industry-based solution," said Oracle Vice President of PLM
Strategy Hardeep Gulati. "Oracle’s PLM offering will give our Life Sciences industry customers a
complete solution to manage drug design, development to commercialization."
Supporting Resources
Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management
Oracle for Healthcare
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CIMdata News
CAM Software Market Leaders Named by CIMdata
16 June 2009
In the recently-released Version 18 of the NC Software and Related Services Market Assessment
Report, consulting and research firm CIMdata, Inc. named the worldwide CAM software market leaders
for 2008 and projected those expected to be market leaders in 2009. For 2008, Dassault Systèmes was
the market leader on the basis of both vendor revenues received and end-user payments for CAM
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software and services, Planit Holdings was the leader on the basis of both industrial seats shipped and
installed, while CNC Software’s Mastercam was the leader in both industrial seats shipped and installed
by brand name. Cimatron was named as the most rapidly-growing vendor.
Mr. Alan Christman, CIMdata Chairman and primary author of the report noted that, “Even though there
have been a number of recent mergers and acquisitions, the CAM software market continues to be
highly-fragmented and competitive. There is no single vendor or small group of vendors that dominate
the worldwide market.” CIMdata tracks approximately 50 CAM software vendors and the rankings in
the report list 20-30 vendors, depending upon the category. Many NC software vendors did well even in
a difficult economic environment. CIMdata has previously reported that the global NC software market
is estimated to have grown by 5.2% in 2008, but the growth rate is expected to slow considerably in
2009.
The 2008 leading vendors on the basis of CAM software and services revenue received were Dassault
Systèmes, Siemens PLM Software, Delcam, PTC, Planit Holdings, Cimatron, NDES (formerly Hitachi
Zosen Systems), Tebis, Missler Software, and OPEN MIND Technologies. Dassault Systèmes and
Siemens PLM Software were the clear market leaders with double-digit market shares and a combined
market share of 28.2%. Delcam was listed as the largest specialist supplier, and for the first time moved
ahead of PTC in the rankings into the number three position. The remaining eight vendors in the top 10
had a combined market share of 38.8% and the remainder of the vendors below the top 10 had a
combined market share of 33.0%. This data is shown in the following chart.
2008 Marketshare of the Largest NC Vendors at the Vendor Level
The top five worldwide leaders in 2008 on the basis of end-user payments were identical to those shown
above for revenue received, i.e. Dassault Systèmes, Siemens PLM Software, Delcam, PTC, and Planit
Holdings. However, there were differences among the second five grouping. The second five positions
on the basis of end-user payments were held by CNC Software, Cimatron, NDES, Sescoi, and Tebis.
The changes typically reflect a greater use of resellers as compared to direct sales.
The estimated worldwide 2008 top five vendors on the basis of CAM industrial seats shipped were
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Planit Holdings, CNC Software, Dassault Systèmes, Delcam, and Siemens PLM Software. The seat
count rankings are significantly different than the vendor revenue rankings. For example, Planit
Holdings and CNC Software were listed as the leading vendors on the basis of industrial seats shipped,
but were only ranked numbers 5 and 11 respectively on the basis of vendor revenue received. The 2008
rankings on the basis of industrial seats shipped by brand were CNC Software’s Mastercam, Dassault
Systèmes’ CATIA, PTC’s Pro/E, Siemens’ PLM Software NX, and Planit Holdings’ EDGECAM. The
changes in rankings are primarily due to the differences in level and breadth of product and associated
software pricing among the vendors.
The worldwide five most rapidly-growing CAM software vendors on the basis of revenue received in
2008 as compared to 2007, were Cimatron, OPEN MIND Technologies, CNC Software, Delcam, and
MachineWorks. Each achieved double-digit revenue growth in 2008. The Cimatron growth was in
excess of 45%, but a significant portion of the growth can be attributed to the acquisition of Gibbs and
Associates, which became effective in 2008. Over the previous five years, SolidCAM had been the
consistent growth leader with annual growth rates in the 30% range; however in 2008, their growth rate
declined to a more moderate 7.7%. CIMdata is projecting that the five most rapidly-growing companies
in 2009 will be SPRING Technologies, Geometric Technologies, SolidCAM, OPEN MIND
Technologies, and Delcam. It can be noted that OPEN MIND Technologies and Delcam are the only
two companies expected to be among the top five most rapidly-growing companies in both years.
Other vendor rankings contained in Version 18 of the NC Market Assessment Report include those for
the educational market, those based on revenue by geography and industry, those for verification and
post-processing vendors, the total number of people in a company, product development, direct sales,
and the number of resellers per company. Version 18 of the NC Software and Services Market
Assessment Report is available for purchase by contacting CIMdata at +1 (734) 668-9922 or by
emailing [email protected]
About CIMdata
CIMdata, a leading independent worldwide firm, provides strategic consulting to maximize an
enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Since its founding more than 25 years ago, CIMdata
has delivered world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. These
solutions incorporate both business processes and a wide-ranging set of PLM enabling technologies.
CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking
competitive advantage in the global economy. CIMdata helps industrial organizations establish effective
PLM strategies, assists in the identification of requirements and selection of PLM technologies, helps
organizations optimize their operational structure and processes to implement solutions, and assists in
the deployment of these solutions. For PLM solution suppliers, CIMdata helps define business and
market strategies, delivers worldwide market information and analyses, provides education and support
for internal sales and marketing teams, as well as overall support at all stages of business and product
programs to make them optimally effective in their markets.
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In addition to consulting, CIMdata conducts research, provides PLM-focused subscription services, and
produces several commercial publications. The company also provides industry education through PLM
certificate programs, seminars, and conferences worldwide. CIMdata serves clients around the world
from offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.
To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at www.CIMdata.com or contact CIMdata at:
3909 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA. Tel: +1 (734) 668-9922. Fax: +1 (734) 668-
1957; or at Siriusdreef 17-27, 2132 WT Hoofddorp, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 (0)23 568-9385. Fax:
+31 (0)23 568-9111.
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CIMdata in the News: “Digital manufacturing: The green path to growth”
June 2009
CIMdata’s Digital Manufacturing report is cited in the article written by Patrick Michel, vice president,
DELMIA industry solutions and marketing, Dassault Systèmes:
According to a CIMdata report entitled “The Benefits of Digital Manufacturing,” organizations using
digital manufacturing technologies can realize tremendous production improvements and reductions in
resource waste, including a 30 percent reduction in time-to-market; a 40 percent reduction in process
planning; a 15 percent increase in production throughput; a 13 percent decrease in overall production
cost; and a 40 percent reduction in equipment costs.
Click here to read the full article which appeared in the June issue of Reliable Plant & Lean
Manufacturing Journal.
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CIMdata in the News: “PLM Extends its Reach into Product Development”
17 June 2009
In this article in IndustryWeek magazine, the author Jill Jusko asks What's on the horizon for product
lifecycle management (PLM) solutions? She answers this question by quoting several sources including
CIMdata:
Consulting firm CIMdata forecasts that PLM investments will continue to grow over the next
five years, even as the economy likely will slow that growth in 2009 and 2010.
Indeed, according to CIM-data, today's economy has manufacturers focused on short-term
priorities, but "long-term drivers for PLM continue to be focused on initiatives that are critical
for business success, including harmonizing global processes, managing the increased
complexity of products and value chains, and improving competitiveness and pricing structures
by improving product quality and lowering costs."
The deployment of PLM also has begun to extend "beyond engineering design to a broader range
of business functions," CIMdata points out in an April white paper, "PLM Growth in 2008,"
which also looks ahead to 2009.
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CIMdata in the News: “Reorganizing for Machining Solutions”
17 June 2009
John Teresko in this IndustryWeek article observes that “Increasingly, the evolution of manufacturing
technologies such as machining is enabling automation vendors to reach for strategies that embrace the
total solution.”
Mr. Teresko cites MAG's Dan Cooper, Cyclo-Cut product manager who states: "The more value you
deliver to your customers, the better your chances in being able to solve their problems."
PLM expert Alan Christman observes:
"That approach helps build and maintain a competitive edge," notes PLM consultant Alan
Christman, chairman, CIMdata Inc. He says leading machine tool builders increasingly seek the
goal of becoming a single-source solution provider. "Builders are now becoming more oriented
as solution providers than was necessary in the past. Customers look for more than just a good
piece of equipment. They also look for the technologies and expertise that will help them
compete in this global economy. Builders must fully understand their customer's industry,
application, volume and goals for growth and expansion."
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Invitation to Ed Miller’s Presentation June 25, Mechatronics Role in PLM Strategies
June 2009
When: June 25, 2009
Time: 9:00am
Event: EMM 2009, Mechatronics for vehicles and production
Topic: Mechatronics role in PLM strategies
Speaker: Ed Miller, President, CIMdata
Registration for EMM: http://www.rosam.org/emm-fr56.html
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“PLM investments pay, even in a down economy; Product lifecycle management solutions can deliver
huge ROI” by Ed Miller
17 June 2009
Companies continue to invest in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) as one of the best ways of
surviving the current economic slump and strengthening their competitive position when global markets
rebound.
Given the harsh business climate, many organizations are emphasizing smaller, targeted PLM
investments that provide the fastest bottom-line benefits for controlling costs and improving operational
efficiencies.
Even as these short-term priorities dominate the current market, leading companies continue to focus on
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initiatives that support their long-term strategies for business success - initiatives such as harmonization
of global processes, quality improvement, and others that help them manage the increased complexity of
products and value chains and improve their competitiveness. Whatever their approach, companies need
to develop a business justification for PLM that includes a thorough evaluation of total cost of
ownership throughout the life of the system versus enterprise-wide benefits.
Too often companies focus on up-front acquisition expenditures and fairly narrow departmental savings.
Such a limited return on investment (ROI) appraisal can discourage companies that don't realize the far-
reaching business benefits of PLM, or disappoint them later with unanticipated expenses. In determining
total cost of ownership, companies generally have little problem figuring acquisition expenditures for
software licensing, training and hardware infrastructure.
But these up-front costs can be small compared to on-going expenses for items such as support,
maintenance, upgrades, system expansion, system administration, and customized software.
Some of the highest hidden costs are associated with organizational process changes to support business
transformation. Properly implementing PLM requires workflow and associated procedures and standards
to be closely examined within the company as well as in the supply chain and partner organizations.
Such assessments should be performed for the entire product lifecycle and can be far-reaching, with
organizational and process change investments typically representing some of the most demanding
drains on PLM budgets.
These costs amount to a significant level of commitment, and final figures can appear daunting. If PLM
is properly implemented, however, huge business benefits can far outweigh these expenses.
Accessing data in seconds instead of hours or even days increases personal productivity significantly,
for example. And the ability to streamline workflow and improve overall operational efficiency has the
potential to save time and money on the group and department level. The greatest savings arise from
organizational improvements, with systems enabling collaboration across the extended enterprise and
leveraging information throughout the product lifecycle. CIMdata research of companies that have
implemented PLM solutions indicates that typical ROIs range from 100 percent to 300 percent. Of
course, some companies have not achieved these returns, while others have far exceeded them.
The benefits for overall business performance from properly implementing PLM solutions are
enormous, allowing companies to increase market presence and profitability through improved customer
relationship management, increased ability to respond faster to market changes, delivery of more
innovative products, better management of resources and more.
The positive impact of such sweeping change can be staggering, which is why organizations worldwide
continue to implement PLM during even the difficult economic times that we are currently facing.
Ed Miller is president of CIMdata, an independent worldwide firm providing strategic consulting to
maximize an enterprise's ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the
application of PLM strategies.
This article appeared in Manufacturing Business Technology, June 17 2009.
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Company News
Atos Origin and PTC Partner to Deliver World-Class Product Lifecycle Management Solutions
17 June 2009
Atos Origin, an international IT services company, and PTC® announced they will partner to provide
best-in-class Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for discrete manufacturing companies in
the Aerospace & Defense, Industrial, Electronics & High Tech, Automotive, Medical and Consumer
industries in Europe.
The partners will focus on a consulting-led approach and exploit in-depth market knowledge to offer
customers innovative, sustainable and results-oriented solutions that will reduce time to market
considerably.
“We have been implementing best-in-class PLM solutions based on PTC’s technologies for over 10
years for a range of international customers including Ballast Nedam, Hansen Transmissions
International, Hiab, John Zink, National Oilwell Varco, Thales Nederland BV, Verreries du Courval,”
said Thierry Breton, Chief Executive Officer of Atos Origin.
“We are very impressed with PTC’s technology and believe it to be the premier PLM platform due to its
IT architecture and scalability, as well as flexibility in managing heterogeneous data,” Thierry Breton
continued. “Working together, Atos Origin and PTC will offer customers innovative, sustainable and
results-oriented solutions with a reduced time to market. This strategic agreement will position us as a
leader in the Product Lifecycle Management market which shows considerable growth over the next few
years”.
Atos Origin will deliver ‘design-build-run’ solutions based on integrating PTC solutions to its clients.
The scope of activities includes product lifecycle management, product design, and technical
documentation management. By the end of this year, Atos Origin plans to have a consistent critical mass
of certified consultants on PTC technologies to start serving existing and new clients throughout Europe.
“We are delighted to expand and formalize our relationship with Atos Origin,” said Marc Diouane, Vice
President Europe at PTC. “This alliance brings together the deep vertical expertise of Atos Origin in
managing global IT projects with PTC’s superior Windchill technology. The winning combination of
Atos Origin and PTC promises to help customers implement and realize the full value of a Product
LifeCycle Management solution.”
Both parties are present at the Paris Air Show that takes place in Le Bourget from 15 to 19 June 2009
where they host daily dedicated seminars on PTC in Chalet A310. Themes like PLM, Sustainability &
Environmental Compliance will be discussed in-depth, PTC and Atos Origin will co-present a seminar
on 19 June titled “Optimize Change Management through Business Intelligence”.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client
vision into results through the application of Consulting, Systems Integration and Managed Operations.
The Company’s annual revenue is EUR 5.5 billion and it employs 50,000 professionals in 40 countries.
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Cimatron Named the Most Rapidly Growing CAD/CAM Vendor in 2008
15 June 2009
Cimatron Limited announced that it was identified as the fastest growing CAD/CAM provider in 2008
according to report by prominent market research firm CIMdata.
According to CIMdata's NC Software and Related Services Market Assessment, Cimatron's growth in
2008 was 45.6%, making Cimatron the sixth largest CAD/CAM provider globally.
Cimatron's revenue increased by over 12 Million USD compared with 2007 revenue. CIMdata credited
the growth to the merger with Gibbs and Associates, among other factors.
Gibbs and Associates, developers of GibbsCAM software merged into Cimatron in January 2008.
Mr. Alan Christman, Chairman of CIMdata, wrote: "CIMdata believes that the merging of Gibbs with
Cimatron is a positive move. The companies are very complementary to one another in product, markets
pursued, and distribution channels. It brings together the CimatronE integrated CAD/CAM suite focused
on toolmaking with GibbsCAM-which is focused on production machining to provide a more complete
product portfolio for the manufacturing industry. Cimatron was a company with about twice Gibbs'
current sales volume and very little product or distribution overlap. CIMdata believes that as a combined
entity, they are better positioned to increase their presence in the CAD/CAM market with increased
resources for product development, sales, and marketing. The combined product offering strengthens
Cimatron's market position, with the ability to deliver products targeting all segments of the CAM
market, from mold and die making, through 2.5-axis and 5-axis production, to mill-turn and multi-
tasking machining (MTM). Moreover, the combined distribution networks of CimatronE and
GibbsCAM complement each other and provide excellent coverage of all target markets worldwide,
including a strong presence in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. "
"We are pleased to be recognized by CIMdata for the rapid growth in 2008 and for the overall stronger
market position of Cimatron", said Danny Haran, President and CEO of Cimatron Group. "We took
advantage of every opportunity the Gibbs merger afforded us. We now cater to a much broader customer
base and our stronger global presence has allowed us to provide better services to our customers
worldwide, with CimatronE and GibbsCAM alike."
As well as pointing out Cimatron's growth of the last year, CIMdata analysts confirmed that Cimatron
was one of 5 vendors ranked among the top 10 in every geographical region.
CIMdata also praised CimatronE's electrode solution, one of the strongest available on the market, and
identified Cimatron as one of the companies most dedicated to customer services and technical support.
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Delcam Issues Guide to Parallel Processing for CAM
18 June 2009
Delcam has issued a free guide to the use of computers with parallel processing technology in CNC
programming. The white paper is based on Delcam’s research into the use of the latest computer
technology in the CAM environment. It aims to help users separate the facts from the marketing hype
and give a clear understanding of the potential benefits. Copies can be downloaded from
http://www.powermill.com.
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The paper begins with an explanation of the two potential benefits of multi-core computers. Firstly,
background processing allows the user to prepare, simulate or edit one toolpath in the foreground, while
simultaneously calculating other toolpaths in the background. This technology can work on any
hardware but the benefits are much greater on multi-core equipment.
Secondly, parallel processing can perform different parts of a single complex calculation at the same
time. Essentially, this divides the processing of this operation over all of the cores in the CPU chip to
reduce the overall calculation time.
The ultimate benefit comes from applying both these technologies at the same time, with parallel
processing being used for both the foreground and background operations.
Having explained the technology, the paper then describes how it is applied in the latest release of
Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system and gives examples of the improvements obtained. Tests on a range
of toolpaths show that using the latest PowerMILL release on a quad-core machine results in a saving of
up to 60% in toolpath calculation times.
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IBM and Siemens Announce Integrated Solutions to Help Companies Deliver Smarter Products
18 June 2009
IBM and Siemens PLM Software today jointly announced offerings that help companies improve the
management of products throughout their lifecycle -- from design and manufacturing to end-of-life
planning and recycling -- and simplify the process of sharing key product data and manufacturing plans.
As products become more sophisticated and the number of suppliers and manufacturers increases around
the globe, companies need a more intelligent and well-connected framework to support the accurate
exchange of millions of data transactions. These transactions are important in the design and
manufacturing of mechanical, software and electrical components critical in products from planes and
ships to global positioning systems and cell phones.
Using IBM's Product Development Integration Framework (PDIF) as a development platform and
primary integration environment, Siemens is delivering ready-to-use solutions built on its Teamcenter®
PLM software portfolio and IBM WebSphere and Information Management (DB2). PDIF also enables a
richer integration between Siemens Teamcenter and Rational Software Platform for Systems.
Additionally, IBM and Siemens will jointly provide a comprehensive range of services including
consulting and implementation, systems integration, and application hosting.
“Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter is the industry’s first PDIF-ready platform to deliver tightly
integrated IBM middleware offerings that reduce PLM software acquisition and lifecycle costs,” said
Michael Wheeler, vice president, IBM PLM and Supply Chain Solutions. “By using a flexible software
environment, companies have a framework for marrying key PLM business processes to technology
initiatives that offer a structured approach to managing the life of a product,” added Wheeler.
By exploiting the open computing flexibility of IBM's service-oriented architecture (SOA) and IBM's
PDIF, companies can address the challenge of making sure millions of pieces of data and design plans
are exchanged accurately throughout the product lifecycle communities. The combination of PLM with
SOA helps companies build, extend and transform their existing infrastructures incrementally over time
by allowing multiple systems to re-use business services and incorporate new technologies such as web-
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based collaboration across the product supply chain.
“One of the significant benefits of today’s announcement is the fact that customers will no longer need
to choose between IBM and Siemens when selecting the best PLM solution for their organizations,” said
Chuck Grindstaff, executive vice president of Products and CTO, Siemens PLM Software. “Companies
now have access to the performance and reliability of IBM middleware combined with the scalability
and instant access to product knowledge provided by Teamcenter. This combination presents a unique
advantage for companies as they address the growing demand from their customers for more sustainable
products.”
IBM and Siemens PLM Software are also working closely with IBM’s Business Partner network to
deliver PLM to the small and medium size business community. In addition, the companies will deepen
their joint client offerings by optimizing Siemens PLM Software applications that can run IBM server
and storage devices.
For more information about IBM please visit www.ibm.com/solutions/plm.
About IBM Smarter Products
A new generation of intelligent, instrumented and interconnected products are transforming the way the
world works. IBM Rational Software provides a fully-integrated software delivery platform that
addresses requirements, design, development and management across electrical, mechanical and
software technologies and helps organizations derive the greatest value from the products they deliver.
For more information on IBM Smarter Products:
http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/topics/embeddedsoftware/20090518/index.shtml
About Siemens PLM Software
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the S


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