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MOLDFLOW INJECTION MOLDING ANALYSIS SOFTWARE AVAILABLE ON CRAY RESEARCH SUPERCOMPUTERS

 MOLDFLOW INJECTION MOLDING ANALYSIS SOFTWARE
 AVAILABLE ON CRAY RESEARCH SUPERCOMPUTERS
 Apple Computer First To License New Version of Software,
 Experiences More Than 15-Fold Performance Increase
 EAGAN, Minn./SHELTON, Conn., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Cray Research, Inc. (NYSE: CYR), and Moldflow, Pty, Ltd., jointly announced today the introduction of supercomputer versions of Moldflow's MF/FLOW, MF/COOL and MF/WARP software for analyzing plastic injection molding processes. These new software packages are specially designed to operate on Cray Research's full CRAY Y-MP product line, allowing users to harness the power of a supercomputer to analyze various steps in molding plastic parts and components.
 MF/FLOW is used for plastics flow analysis of the filling and packing phases of injection molding; MF/COOL is used to analyze heat exchange and temperature control in the mold as the plastic cools; and MF/WARP is used to determine net distortion of the molded component, diagnose what causes the distortion, and determine component strength and stiffness under load.
 "The new supercomputer versions of these software packages will be attractive to organizations and companies that use injection molded components in their products, particularly those in the automotive, consumer electronics and medical industries, said Greg Clifford, manager of the engineering
applications group for Cray Research. "Companies that operate in these industries invest heavily in expensive steel molds required to produce high volumes of finished products or components used in sub assemblies," he said.
 With the full library of Moldflow analysis packages available on powerful Cray Research supercomputers, users can more quickly and effectively design products, tooling and manufacturing processes required to ensure trouble-free
production. The high-performance of


Cray Research systems allows users to run a large number of analyses, even of quite complex models, without processing delays.
 Apple Computer, Inc., the first company to purchase a license for the new supercomputer version of the Moldflow packages, uses the software to design its personal computer cabinetry. Moldflow, Cray Research and Apple Computers worked together to make substantial changes to the original workstation-based software to take advantage of the vectorizing capability of Cray Research
systems. Since originally purchasing a custom version of Moldflow for the company's CRAY X-MP system in 1988, Apple has experienced a 15-fold increase in Moldflow performance due to changes incorporated in the software.
 Apple recently used Moldflow on its CRAY Y-MP 2E system to analyze various designs and injection processes for the plastic cabinet of
Apple's successful Macintosh Power Book Series laptop computers. Apple is a leader in using Cray Research supercomputing to streamline manufacturing processes; the company uses its CRAY Y-MP 2E system, which it installed in fall of 1991, almost exclusively for injection molding analysis.
 "The personal computer industry moves at such a rapid pace that it allows very little time to analyze the complex geometries of our computer cabinetry," said Sandra Morgan, Molding Analyst from Apple. "With Moldflow software on our Cray system we were able to analyze nearly all molded components on the Power Book prior to committing huge sums of money for tooling. Plus, with this powerful simulation capability we were able to produce an extremely high-quality product and bring the Power Book to market more quickly than without the supercomputer capability."
 Moldflow pioneered computerized analysis of plastic injection molding and has a history of continuous innovation in the plastics industry. More than 1,000 commercial sites around the world use Moldflow's programs to improve the quality of their products and achieve significant cost savings through improved product performance, reduced scrap, minimized design leadtimes and lowered design and manufacturing costs.
 "The Moldflow software is extremely accurate at predicting the real- life process of plastic injection," said Clifford. "Our customers are very pleased
that the Moldflow package is now available on Cray Research systems. As Moldflow software evolves to include such functionality as fiber orientation, it will become more and more complex. As the software matures, users will require higher levels of computational power."
 Cray Research, Inc., creates the most powerful, highest-quality computational tools for solving the world's most challenging scientific and industrial problems.
 Moldflow employs about 100 people worldwide, has six sales and support offices -- Shelton; Kalamazoo, Mich.; London; Cologne, Germany; Seoul, Korea; and Melbourne, Australia -- and a network of more than 20 distributors.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Conway of Cray Research, 612-683-7133, or Jerry


Fireman of Moldflow, 313-652-7606/
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