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Galorath and Airbus Win JEC Composites Award for SEER-DFM

08 April 2005

Galorath Incorporated along with its partner Airbus UK, has been selected as winner of the JEC Composites Award for SEER-DFM Detailed Composites software in the competitive Aeronautics and Space category.

The award was presented on Tuesday, April 5, 2005 at the Parc des Expositions in Paris, France.

"We are thrilled to have been selected for this honour," said Carl Dalton, managing director, Galorath Affiliates, Ltd. "We were up against some tough competition. However we are very proud of the SEER-DFM Detailed Composites software and how it can help companies select an appropriate manufacturing process and truly optimize cost."

Galorath's SEER-DFM Detailed Composite software is a powerful cost- analysis system that can be used for detailed trade and design study analysis involving all types of composites including the part shape, build-ups and cores, materials and resins, the material cutting process, bagging process, consumable materials, hot-ply forming, curing, and trimming. Users can also easily model the tooling manufacture costs and inspection costs using non- destructive testing techniques. The SEER-DFM Detailed Composites Model supports the following operations/methods: HLU (Hand Lay-up), ATL (Automated Tape Lay-up), RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding), LRI (Liquid Resin Infusion) and RFI (Resin Film Infusion).

"The SEER-DFM Detailed Composites Model enables me to produce time/cost estimates in a much shorter time than before," said Mike Round, cost engineering specialist, Airbus UK. "This means that I can now do my work faster and/or compare more composite component manufacturing scenarios in the available time."

The companies nominated for the JEC Composite awards represent a wide range of companies and their partners that make up the diverse composites industry. During the past eight years, as many as 850 companies from around the world have been involved in the competition. Galorath Incorporated (USA) and Airbus (UK) were selected over EADS Casa Espacio (Spain) and partners Shikibo Ltd (Japan) and Hexcel Composites (Spain), and Plastiremo (France) and partners Hurel Hispano (Spain) and Cytec Engineered Materials (USA).