ST. LOUIS, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Unigraphics Solutions Inc. (NYSE: UGS) today announced that General Motors (GM) -- as part of its ongoing program to dramatically reduce vehicle development process (VDP) times -- has completed a worldwide upgrade of its corporate CAD/CAM and PDM software. The massive upgrade of 9,200 engineering workstations to Unigraphics Version 15 and iMAN Version 5 was completed in just six weeks. "Implementing the Unigraphics software is an important step in our journey toward reducing VDP times," says Kirk Gutmann, Information Officer of Develop Product for GM. "It clearly extends GM's industry lead in solid-based design and solid-based modeling techniques. This roll out was completed in only one third the time of previous upgrades. We continue to accelerate both our VDP and deployment of next generation math tools." UGS software offers GM several state-of-the-art capabilities to help reduce VDP times. Unigraphics V15 provides significant design styling capabilities and improved parametric capabilities compared to CAD/CAM systems previously used by GM. iMAN V5 -- UGS' latest product data management (PDM) software -- captures and manages all related data created during product development, including information produced by multiple MCAD (Mechanical Computer Aided Design) and ECAD (Electrical Computer Aided Design) applications. The software has, among other features, a Mail Gateway which links iMAN's internal mail system with external mail systems like Lotus Notes. This new technology upgrade will provide both GM and its global suppliers the ability to implement a total systems engineering approach to vehicle design, significantly reducing the time needed to complete the entire process. A key feature of the Unigraphics software allows data and files to be shared and updated simultaneously by design teams worldwide. Reusable math-model libraries are employed in this process to help teams work concurrently within a common product framework. "In the past, a major part of our dilemma in reducing vehicle development time was finding new software and technologies that facilitated the synchronization and simultaneous exchange of files globally among our divisions," says Gutmann. "Today, we are one of the few auto manufacturers in the world who synchronizes its files in 'real time.' This allows our various brands to share work, designs and architecture." Says Gene Consolo, Engineering Director of Operations at GM, "We are using an integrated portfolio of computer math-based tools across the company, around the world and with our supplier community to further reduce our product development cycle (which stands) at 24 months today." About Unigraphics Solutions Unigraphics Solutions Inc. provides end-to-end CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM software and related services designed to improve its customers' command of product development. The company provides tools appropriate to a collaborative engineering environment, converting ideas into easily shared concepts used to develop products of varying complexity such as motor vehicles, aircraft, heavy equipment and consumer goods and the parts that comprise them. Unigraphics Solutions' software is used worldwide and includes Unigraphics for high-end, complex design, manufacture and assembly; Solid Edge for mid-range, Windows-based product design; iMAN for product data management; and Parasolid, a design and manufacturing industries solid modeling standard. Many OEM software developers have licensed the Parasolid kernel. The company, formerly EDS Unigraphics, maintains corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. and can be reached via the WorldWide Web at http://www.ugsolutions.com . Unigraphics Solutions, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Unigraphics, ProductVision, iMAN, GRIP, managedServices, LightningStart and RAPIDiMAN are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Unigraphics Solutions Inc. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders. The information within is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Unigraphics Solutions. For more information, contact Jim Phelan of Unigraphics Solutions, 314-344-5290, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org .
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