SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk, Inc.
(Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
(Unverferth), a leading provider of agricultural equipment and machinery,
has been named as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for April 2008. By
using Autodesk Inventor mechanical design software and Digital Prototyping
technology, Unverferth has been able to virtually design, explore and
interact with a pioneering series of soil tillers before its agricultural
tools are built.
The Inventor of the Month program recognizes the most innovative design
and engineering advancements made by the extensive community using Autodesk
Inventor software -- the foundation of the Autodesk solution for Digital
Prototyping. Inventor has helped Unverferth to readily expand its product
line to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the
atmosphere by farm operations -- meeting a new market need while lessening
the overall environmental impact of farming.
Inventor has also enabled the company to adapt its products to the soil
conditions of different geographic regions with minimal time and cost,
thanks to the efficiencies that Digital Prototyping enables. Engineers were
able to design specific tillage components, specify their ranges of motion,
and use the kinematics built into Inventor to simulate components in
action. By checking for interferences, engineers have been able to
immediately detect a problem, and again modify designs and animate models
to reflect the investment associated with building, and rebuilding,
multiple physical prototypes.
Supporting Low Impact Farming Practices
Tillage is the process of digging up soil to prepare it for
agricultural purposes, such as planting crops. Disturbing the soil in this
manner releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, contributing to
environmental issues such as global warming. Unverferth has been able to
support the growth of the more environmentally friendly "conservation
tillage" movement by delivering innovative farm equipment that tills soil
with minimal surface soil disruption, which reduces carbon dioxide
"Using Inventor to create a single 3D digital model that can be
leveraged throughout the entire product development lifecycle has been
extremely beneficial for us," said Steve Hilvers, a project engineer at
Unverferth. "We can use digital prototypes to virtually explore a new
product or customize an existing product, without having to expend time and
money on physical prototypes. As a result, we're making better, more
complex products than ever -- products we'd never have dreamed of designing
a few years ago, that will have a positive impact on the future of
This increase in innovation has allowed Unverferth to increase the
number of new designs brought to the market by 50 percent while lowering
the number of physical prototypes it needs to build by 75 percent, helping
ensure that a steady supply of cutting-edge agricultural machines are
available to maintain the momentum of the conservation tillage movement.
"Manufacturers of every type are looking for ways to create a more
sustainable world, and harnessing Autodesk technology allows them to tackle
this challenge without wasting time or resources," said Robert "Buzz"
Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions. "We
applaud Unverferth's role in creating a greener future and are pleased to
name them as April's Inventor of the Month."
About the Autodesk Inventor of the Month Program
Each month, Autodesk selects an Inventor of the Month from the more
than 700,000 users of Autodesk Inventor software, the foundation for
Digital Prototyping. Winners are chosen for engineering excellence and
groundbreaking innovation. For more information on Autodesk Inventor of the
Month, contact us at IOM@autodesk.com.
About Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Unverferth Manufacturing Company, Inc. is a leading, family-owned
manufacturer of tillage implements, grain, hay and manure handling
equipment as well as agricultural dual and specialty changeover wheels. The
company has been serving America's farm operations since 1948. For
additional information about Unverferth, visit http://www.unverferth.com.
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