UGS Names Rapid Design Services as a Solid Edge Reseller

Well-Established Mechanical Computer-Aided Design Company Focuses On

Automotive Supply Chain Manufacturers



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from UGS

    CYPRESS, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS (NYSE:   UGS) today announces
 that Rapid Design Service Inc. (RDS), a leading global engineering solutions
 company, has been named as a value added reseller for its Solid Edge
 mechanical computer-aided design software product.
     With more than 4,000 technical employees, RDS provides design and training
 services for manufacturing companies worldwide.  RDS' primary market consists
 of thousands of automotive suppliers, many of whom are projected to upgrade
 their outdated and incompatible 2-D CAD systems.
     "The tier one, two and three automotive suppliers need 3-D solid modeling
 to effectively communicate design with the OEMs," says Gary Carson, RDS vice
 president of diversified services, "Solid Edge provides the perfect match and
 price point to shorten product design cycles in the automotive supply chain
 and reduce time to market for the OEMs they support."
     RDS will focus its initial Solid Edge sales activities in New York, Ohio,
 Indiana and Michigan.  RDS provides training and technical support to its
 customers and has established certified training centers in Amherst, New York,
 Dayton, Ohio and Flint, Michigan.
     "The vibrant virtual enterprises made up of automotive OEMs and the
 growing supply chain benefit from the unique interoperability between Solid
 Edge and Unigraphics," says Carson.  "The combination enhances design
 collaboration and communication up and down the supply chain.  It also allows
 suppliers, many of whom had been using 2-D systems, to use Solid Edge to more
 quickly and accurately design tooling."
 
     Industry-Leading Interoperability
     Fundamental to the CAD interoperability between high-end Unigraphics
 and mid-range Solid Edge is that both packages are based on UGS' Parasolid
 geometry kernel.  UGS is the first vendor to introduce this "live-link
 associativity."  Known as "Associative Embedding", it gives the company the
 best interoperability in the mainstream and high-end market, and provides
 customers and their suppliers using both Unigraphics and Solid Edge with a
 decided advantage.
     "RDS' high-caliber reputation in the industry and comprehensive technical
 expertise provides a perfect path for Solid Edge to speed development and
 increase product quality in the automotive supplier chain," says Dave Shook,
 UGS regional director of the mid-America region.  "RDS is extremely well
 positioned to implement the advantages UGS provides with its powerful
 combination of interoperable CAD systems."
 
     Machinery Design Productivity: The Solid Edge Advantage
     Solid Edge is the proven design engineering solution that will reduce time
 to market by an achievable 50 percent using STREAM, an exclusive technology
 that accelerates the engineering process.  The choice of leading machinery
 designers worldwide, Solid Edge has been selected by companies such as Alcoa,
 NEC Engineering and Volvo as a strategic tool to help them realize the
 benefits of better quality, lower costs, and shorter delivery cycles.
     Solid Edge is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value to
 machinery designers.  Developed from its outset to increase productivity for
 machinery development, Solid Edge directly addresses the practical aspects of
 design engineering with powerful CAD functions that are extremely easy to
 learn and use.  With an unmatched ability to capture design intelligence,
 Solid Edge ensures more accurate and rapid design change turnaround.
     Written for Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows ME
 operating systems, Solid Edge is distributed in eight languages to customers
 around the world, including Boeing, Kaiser Optical, Alcoa, Volvo, L-3
 Communications, Ohio State University, Yale University, University of
 Edinburgh, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, NASA, Pella Windows, Royal Air
 Force, S&C Electric, Lincoln Electric, WMF, ULMA Group, Electromagnetic
 Sciences, Liebert Corp., Kaeser Kompressoren,  Prodrive, USSC Group, Seiko,
 Hyundai, Daikin and NEC Engineering.
 
     About Rapid Design Service
     Since 1946, RDS has been creating client focused partnerships with leading
 corporations.  Starting as a supplier of design, drafting and technical
 services, RDS has developed into a global integrated technical engineering and
 design firm.  RDS recognizes the changing dynamics of the industry which
 dictate the need for continuous innovation on behalf of the supplier.  In
 order to excel among the competition, RDS has strategically acquired, merged
 and aligned the core competencies of the organization to offer full services
 to our clients.  With multiple offices in seven countries, 4,000 employees and
 annual sales exceeding $250 million, RDS has been strategically restructured
 to offer a premier service to the client.  Today, RDS provides innovative
 engineering and design services, technical staffing expertise, the capability
 to accomplish sophisticated design projects in our facility, supplier
 development expertise, managed groups at customer locations -- even project
 engineering management services.  For more information, please contact RDS at
 822-362-3880 or visit the website at www.rapid.com .
 
     About UGS
     UGS (NYSE:   UGS) is one of the world's fastest growing and most successful
 software and services companies, dedicated to helping manufacturers optimize
 their product lifecycle process.  UGS' rich heritage and financial strength
 have been established by consistently providing the industry's best product
 development applications for over 25 years.  Today, UGS is distinguished as
 the leading supplier of Internet-based product life cycle collaboration
 solutions as well as the company that is creating the de facto industry
 standards for the digital product.  With offices in over 30 countries around
 the globe, UGS is the vendor of choice for open solutions that seamlessly
 weave into any environment and create unprecedented value for the world's most
 demanding customers.
 
     UGS, Unigraphics Solutions, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Unigraphics,
 ProductVision, iMAN, Grip, ManagedServices, EAI, FactoryCad, FactoryFlow,
 Sense8, visFactory, visConcept, visConference, visMockup, visProducts, visVSA,
 VSA, e-Vis, 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 Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  800-807-2200 or 256-705-2500, e-mail us at solidedge@ugs.com or
 visit us on the Internet, http://www.solid-edge.com
 
 

SOURCE UGS
    CYPRESS, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- UGS (NYSE:   UGS) today announces
 that Rapid Design Service Inc. (RDS), a leading global engineering solutions
 company, has been named as a value added reseller for its Solid Edge
 mechanical computer-aided design software product.
     With more than 4,000 technical employees, RDS provides design and training
 services for manufacturing companies worldwide.  RDS' primary market consists
 of thousands of automotive suppliers, many of whom are projected to upgrade
 their outdated and incompatible 2-D CAD systems.
     "The tier one, two and three automotive suppliers need 3-D solid modeling
 to effectively communicate design with the OEMs," says Gary Carson, RDS vice
 president of diversified services, "Solid Edge provides the perfect match and
 price point to shorten product design cycles in the automotive supply chain
 and reduce time to market for the OEMs they support."
     RDS will focus its initial Solid Edge sales activities in New York, Ohio,
 Indiana and Michigan.  RDS provides training and technical support to its
 customers and has established certified training centers in Amherst, New York,
 Dayton, Ohio and Flint, Michigan.
     "The vibrant virtual enterprises made up of automotive OEMs and the
 growing supply chain benefit from the unique interoperability between Solid
 Edge and Unigraphics," says Carson.  "The combination enhances design
 collaboration and communication up and down the supply chain.  It also allows
 suppliers, many of whom had been using 2-D systems, to use Solid Edge to more
 quickly and accurately design tooling."
 
     Industry-Leading Interoperability
     Fundamental to the CAD interoperability between high-end Unigraphics
 and mid-range Solid Edge is that both packages are based on UGS' Parasolid
 geometry kernel.  UGS is the first vendor to introduce this "live-link
 associativity."  Known as "Associative Embedding", it gives the company the
 best interoperability in the mainstream and high-end market, and provides
 customers and their suppliers using both Unigraphics and Solid Edge with a
 decided advantage.
     "RDS' high-caliber reputation in the industry and comprehensive technical
 expertise provides a perfect path for Solid Edge to speed development and
 increase product quality in the automotive supplier chain," says Dave Shook,
 UGS regional director of the mid-America region.  "RDS is extremely well
 positioned to implement the advantages UGS provides with its powerful
 combination of interoperable CAD systems."
 
     Machinery Design Productivity: The Solid Edge Advantage
     Solid Edge is the proven design engineering solution that will reduce time
 to market by an achievable 50 percent using STREAM, an exclusive technology
 that accelerates the engineering process.  The choice of leading machinery
 designers worldwide, Solid Edge has been selected by companies such as Alcoa,
 NEC Engineering and Volvo as a strategic tool to help them realize the
 benefits of better quality, lower costs, and shorter delivery cycles.
     Solid Edge is uniquely positioned to deliver exceptional value to
 machinery designers.  Developed from its outset to increase productivity for
 machinery development, Solid Edge directly addresses the practical aspects of
 design engineering with powerful CAD functions that are extremely easy to
 learn and use.  With an unmatched ability to capture design intelligence,
 Solid Edge ensures more accurate and rapid design change turnaround.
     Written for Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows ME
 operating systems, Solid Edge is distributed in eight languages to customers
 around the world, including Boeing, Kaiser Optical, Alcoa, Volvo, L-3
 Communications, Ohio State University, Yale University, University of
 Edinburgh, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, NASA, Pella Windows, Royal Air
 Force, S&C Electric, Lincoln Electric, WMF, ULMA Group, Electromagnetic
 Sciences, Liebert Corp., Kaeser Kompressoren,  Prodrive, USSC Group, Seiko,
 Hyundai, Daikin and NEC Engineering.
 
     About Rapid Design Service
     Since 1946, RDS has been creating client focused partnerships with leading
 corporations.  Starting as a supplier of design, drafting and technical
 services, RDS has developed into a global integrated technical engineering and
 design firm.  RDS recognizes the changing dynamics of the industry which
 dictate the need for continuous innovation on behalf of the supplier.  In
 order to excel among the competition, RDS has strategically acquired, merged
 and aligned the core competencies of the organization to offer full services
 to our clients.  With multiple offices in seven countries, 4,000 employees and
 annual sales exceeding $250 million, RDS has been strategically restructured
 to offer a premier service to the client.  Today, RDS provides innovative
 engineering and design services, technical staffing expertise, the capability
 to accomplish sophisticated design projects in our facility, supplier
 development expertise, managed groups at customer locations -- even project
 engineering management services.  For more information, please contact RDS at
 822-362-3880 or visit the website at www.rapid.com .
 
     About UGS
     UGS (NYSE:   UGS) is one of the world's fastest growing and most successful
 software and services companies, dedicated to helping manufacturers optimize
 their product lifecycle process.  UGS' rich heritage and financial strength
 have been established by consistently providing the industry's best product
 development applications for over 25 years.  Today, UGS is distinguished as
 the leading supplier of Internet-based product life cycle collaboration
 solutions as well as the company that is creating the de facto industry
 standards for the digital product.  With offices in over 30 countries around
 the globe, UGS is the vendor of choice for open solutions that seamlessly
 weave into any environment and create unprecedented value for the world's most
 demanding customers.
 
     UGS, Unigraphics Solutions, Parasolid, Solid Edge, Unigraphics,
 ProductVision, iMAN, Grip, ManagedServices, EAI, FactoryCad, FactoryFlow,
 Sense8, visFactory, visConcept, visConference, visMockup, visProducts, visVSA,
 VSA, e-Vis, 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 Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  800-807-2200 or 256-705-2500, e-mail us at solidedge@ugs.com or
 visit us on the Internet, http://www.solid-edge.com
 
 SOURCE  UGS