Chinese technology to enhance UGS software


Plano, TX and Beijing, China— UGS , product lifecycle management ( PLM) software and services provider, and China’s Jilin University (JLU) have signed an original equipment manufacturer agreement to integrate JLU’s one-step formability analysis technology into NX, UGS’ digital product development software. The technology, developed by the school’s Institute of Auto-body and Die Engineering (IADE) under a UGS GO PLM initiative grant, aims to improve design and manufacturing processes. It is expected to be available in NX by third-quarter 2006.

“Jilin University is very honored that UGS, a global leader in PLM, has validated our research efforts,” said Prof. Ping Hu, dean of IADE. “We remain committed to the success of the Jilin University/ UGS Digital Manufacturing Education Centers to equip designers and engineers with the latest knowledge to design products. Our cooperation with UGS enables the graduates of Jilin University, especially those with NX certifications, to be even better placed to offer employers value in today’s competitive job market.”

Chuck Grindstaff, UGS’ executive vice president of products, called the partnership “a testament to the success of UGS’ GO PLM (global opportunities in product life cycle management) initiative” and to the company’s commitment to China. In November 2005, UGS gave NX and NX Nastran software with a retail value of $169 million and technical support to Jilin University and set up Jilin University/ UGS digital manufacturing education centers to help develop certified NX specialists for China’s growing economy. Jilin University is a leading national university under the jurisdiction of China’s Ministry of Education. It has the highest enrollment in China with 63,000 full-time students.

UGS’ GO PLM Initiative makes grants of more than $4 billion annually. Earlier in 2006, UGS gave institutions in China awards worth more than $1.1 billion. GO PLM brings together five programs on academic partnership, community relations, regional productivity, youth and displaced worker development, and the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE) program. The initiative provides PLM technology to more than 860,000 students annually at nearly 8,400 global institutions, from middle schools to graduate engineering research programs.

NX is a suite of integrated CAD, CAM, and CAE (computer-aided design, -manufacturing, -electrical) applications intended to improve overall process efficiency and each step in a process. It is said to be built on an open foundation and advanced technologies that support initiatives to transform business processes.

—Control Engineering Daily News Desk

Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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