Cosnultancy Services (TCS) and Unigraphics Solutions are
to supply over 100 seats of Unigraphics CAD/CAM/CAE
and its PDM (product data management) software called
iMAN, to the Aircraft Research and Design Centre (ARDC)
of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Bangalore.
ARDC has recently taken up a new project to
design and develop an intermediate jet trainer known as HJT-36, which will ultimately
replace the Kiran trainer aircraft. ARDC would use the Unigraphics software for single
component design, larger assemblies and complete electronic mockup of the aircraft. ARDC
has embarked on an extensive programme to upgrade its CAD/CAM facilities which has over
100 workstations over a LAN. TCS will deploy the latest version of the software V16,
running on both Unix and Windows NT platform.
Dr. Murli Saletore, general manager, HAL (ARDC)
said, " It is expected that this additional infrastructure and the support of TCS
will enable ARDC to carry out the design and development of the IJT to match world class
standards, in an efficient manner".
This investment of USD one million is one of the
most significant investment in this technology by HAL in recent times. TCS would be the
implementation partner and also provide training and support over the implementation
period of three years.
The CEO of TCS, S Ramadurai, said, " we are
very excited that TCS has been chosen by HAL ARDC for their new trainer aircraft project.
This is one of the largest CAD/CAM deals in the country and proves our superiority in
aerospace industry. I am sure with our vast experience in UG and iMAN combined with
Unigraphics'' product strengths, TCS will be able to deliver value to HAL.". He said
that TCS'' strength in this area comes out of being a local sales partner for Unigraphics,
of having a special software development centre for Unigraphics solutions and of working
on projects overseas involving Unigraphics software, all of which is now being put to use.
TCS has implemented Unigraphics solutions at major companies like Bajaj Auto, RCF, Escorts
and Bharat Forge besides other divisions of HAL at Lucknow, Kanpur and Nashik.
Tim Norman, managing director of Unigraphics
Solutions said, " Unigraphics Solutions are delighted to hear of ARDC''s decision to
select Unigraphics software for their new jet trainer program after an extensive and
thorough evaluation process of two years involving leading CAD vendors".
Unigraphics (used to be called EDS) is a major
vendor of CAD/CAM/CAE solutions and has a major presence in the aerospace industry with
over 10,000 seats of its software deployed in North American aerospace industry. It is a
$500 million Missouri (USA)based company with over $1 billion in market capitalisation.
and Unigraphics also announced the launch of Unigraphics
version 16 (UG V16) in India. ITs major features includes
predictive engineering which takes CAD/CAM/ CAE to a higher
level by incorporating new product design, knowhow, rules
of product design and product life cycle into the product
development environment. It has complete Windows compatibility
with Windows based software while also providing functionalities
for the UNIX environment.