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Moldflow announces the release of Moldflow Communicator 1.0

Moldflow Corporation : 02 June, 2006  (New Product)
Moldflow Corporation, the leading provider of design through manufacturing solutions for the plastics injection molding industry, announced the immediate availability of Moldflow Communicator1.0, a new, free software product that allows distributed product teams to visualize, quantify and compare Moldflow analysis results. Unlike static 3D viewers, Moldflow Communicator allows users to understand the assumptions behind a given set of analysis results, which is vital to gaining the insight required to make critical design decisions.
One of the greatest challenges faced by CAE companies is ensuring their users properly communicate analysis results and the associated assumptions to members of ever more distributed product development teams. All too often, painstaking design optimization work done at the beginning of the design-to-manufacturing process is not taken advantage of due to poor communication between team members. Furthermore, the experience level of the people performing analyses is decreasing due to hiring constraints, further exposing the need for tools that improve the validation and communication of results.

Moldflow Communicator allows Moldflow users to easily share the insight gained from analysis-driven design optimization to any member of a product development team, many of whom are not dedicated Moldflow users. Extended team members can now view results dynamically and interactively on 3D models and use a set of powerful tools to compare analysis results 'side-by-side' from two iterations to better understand design improvements. One of Moldflow Communicator's most compelling benefits is the ability to understand the assumptions behind a given set of analysis results, which can help team members make informed decisions to reduce development times, improve part quality and speed time to market.

Ken Welch, executive VP and general manager of Moldflow's Design Analysis Solutions business unit, states: 'The launch of Moldflow Communicator brings the goal of analyze every plastic part and mold design closer to reality. By making it easy to share analysis results and criteria through Moldflow Communicator, the assumptions, quality and applicability of the analyses can be better understood and accounted for, and the knowledge gained from performing analyses can be shared more effectively among all participants in the design-to-manufacturing process.'

Moldflow Communicator allows companies that either outsource or rely on their vendors or suppliers to perform analysis to have a means to quantify the quality of analyses performed. This is achieved through user-specified analysis quality criteria.

'Criteria files not only provide a means to quantify analysis results against requirements for a single project, they facilitate communication of critical model quality, material selection and analysis process standards and best practices among globally distributed product teams,' says Welch.

Keith Beattie, senior analyst at Fisher-Price (East Aurora, NY), says: 'Moldflow Communicator provides a means to transfer analysis results among our mold makers, manufacturing plants and engineers around the world. The ability to set analysis criteria helps to ensure the quality of analysis is maintained, while the visualization capabilities convey information to both the experienced and novice alike. We expect to implement Moldflow Communicator throughout our entire global team.'
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