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WESTINGHOUSE RECEIVES COMPUTER ENGINEERING AWARD

 WESTINGHOUSE RECEIVES COMPUTER ENGINEERING AWARD
 PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- It was announced Tuesday,


Nov. 10, in Detroit by MACHINE DESIGN magazine and an engineering software firm that Westinghouse (NYSE: WX) is one of four companies selected from 150 candidates in a new competition that recognizes innovative use of an advanced, computer-based team approach to product development called concurrent engineering. The Westinghouse entry, which ranked second, was based on work done locally at its Distribution & Control business unit's Technology & Quality Center in Montour, under the Center's director John A. Wafer, in liaison with Phillip W. Ulerich of the Engineering Science Department at the Westinghouse Science & Technology Center in Churchill, Pa. The product the company selected to showcase its concurrent engineering skills was a new solid-state trip unit for the Series C circuit breakers made by DCBU's Greentree-based Electrical Components Division. The text of Tuesday's announcement follows: ------
 Four U.S. companies have been honored for their innovative implementations of Concurrent Engineering, a methodology for developing new products that is rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. The competition was sponsored by a leading engineering magazine, MACHINE DESIGN, and engineering software supplier Structural Dynamics Research Corp.(SDRC) as part of the first annual "MACHINE DESIGN/SDRC Concurrent Engineering Award" competition.
 More than 150 manufacturing companies were studied as part of the program, to determine which firms have most successfully used Concurrent Engineering and CAE/CAD/CAM engineering automation tools to fortify their global competitiveness. The winning companies -- a "Company of The Year" and three top finalists -- are:
 -- Company of The Year: General Electric's (NYSE: GE) Aerospace Division, a developer of aerospace equipment and systems, based in Philadelphia.
 -- Finalist: Westinghouse's Electrical Components Division, a developer of industrial power distribution and control products, based in Pittsburgh.
 -- Finalist: Gencorp Aerojet, a developer of aerospace sensor equipment, based in Azusa, Calif.
 -- Finalist: Power Team Div. of SPX Corp., a developer of high pressure hydraulic tools and work holding components, based in Owatonna, Minn.
 Concurrent Engineering revolutionizes the process by which companies conceive, develop, and manufacture new products. Instead of a compartmentalized, bureaucratic process where dozens of groups are responsible for segments of the product development process, concurrent engineering empowers a carefully-selected team to direct the process. This ensures that new ideas are evaluated quickly by all members of the development team, decisions are made promptly, and the product evolves without delay. As a result, concurrent engineering allows companies to dramatically reduce the time and costs needed to develop new products, while improving product quality. Advanced CAD/CAM/CAE engineering tools serve as the technological foundation for concurrent engineering by automating design tasks, allowing engineers to analyze the structural integrity of designs without building prototypes, and providing comprehensive communications between concurrent engineering team members.
 "As a participant in the evaluation process, I came away with the feeling that much of U.S. industry is taking the right steps to be competitive in the 1990's," said Lee Teschler, executive editor of MACHINE DESIGN magazine. "The top winner, GE Aerospace, has used concurrent engineering to give itself a powerful competitive advantage."
 "Concurrent engineering -- coupled with tremendous advances in CAE/CAD/CAM tools -- poses the single greatest opportunity for manufacturers in decades," said Robert A. Fischer, senior vice president of SDRC. "Every manufacturer who is finding the competition stiffer these days owes it to themselves to explore how concurrent engineering can help them improve their company's operations."
 MACHINE DESIGN is a leading engineering magazine published by Penton Publishing in Cleveland. It is read by more than a half-million engineering professionals over a wide range of industries.
 SDRC is a leading international supplier of mechanical design automation software and engineering services used by automotive, aerospace, and industrial manufacturers for the design, analysis, testing and manufacturing of sophisticated mechanical products. The company's products and services significantly reduce product development time and cost, and result in superior quality products by enabling customers to optimize product designs prior to production. SDRC employs more than 1,100 people in 47 offices in 15 countries throughout North America, Europe and the Far East.
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 /EDITORS: SDRC is a registered trademark of Structural Dynamics Research Corp./
 /CONTACT: Jim Neumann of SDRC in Milford, Ohio, 513-576-2932; Lee Teschler of MACHINE DESIGN in Cleveland, 216-696-7000; or Bob Benke of Westinghouse, 412-642-3321/
 (WX GE) CO: Westinghouse Electric Corporation; Structural Dynamics Research
 Corp.; General Electric; Gencorp Aerojet; SPX Corp. ST: Pennsylvania, Michigan IN: CPR SU:


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