26 February 2007
26 February 2007
Italian aerospace manufacturer Dema Group has selected FiberSIM composites software for the design and manufacture of complex composite parts for the development of new commercial airliners.
Dema manufactures components and assemblies for commercial and military aircraft, helicopters and space vehicles. The company has engaged in extensive research of composites design and manufacturing methodologies, and supplies large, complex composite parts to organizations involved in the development and assembly of commercial aircraft. Dema selected Vistagy's FiberSIM suite of software to help its engineers more efficiently create complete 3D digital model-based definitions of composite parts in order to limit the use of 2D drawings and manual processes.
""We have been entrusted with the privilege of supplying key composite parts to major commercial airliner partners, and we are utilizing our years of composites experience to develop quality products faster and more efficiently,"" said Giuseppe Ombra, engineering vice president at Dema. ""Not only will FiberSIM software help us design these aerospace products more effectively, but we expect to realize a much greater level of information-sharing and collaboration between engineering teams to identify design problems earlier, make changes quicker, and ensure manufacturing accuracy and part quality.""
At the same time, Vistagy re-affirmed its position in providing composites and airframe design and assembly software to the global aerospace engineering industry.
“In the coming years, aerospace engineers will need to completely re-engineer their entire product development process, from conceptual design to manufacturing and quality assurance, to realize the business benefits and technology advancements that composite materials promise,” said Steve Luby, president and CEO at Vistagy, Inc. “Their success depends on how well they transform their engineering processes and streamline their global supply chain. Our specialized engineering software and services have helped numerous organizations begin that transformation and enabled faster, more accurate and more efficient composite product development.”
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