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UTC Selects Proficiency for Product Data Delivery.

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Full Design Delivery, not Just Geometry, and IP Protection Capability Key Selection Criteria

Proficiency, the leader in OEM & Supplier Product Data Integration, today announced that United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) has selected the Proficiency Gateway(TM) to meet contractual product data delivery requirements on several key industry programs, in addition to corporate objectives targeted at reducing the use of multiple CAD platforms. Government programs increasingly require delivery of feature-based native CAD models, not just geometry. The solution enables UTC business units and program partners to automatically exchange feature-based models despite differing design systems, while providing IP protection and control.

"One of the hidden costs in any program is the cost of re-mastering designs to adhere to program delivery requirements and support design exchanges," said Arturo Wanderlingh, Chief of Advanced Structural Analysis & Engineering for Software at Hamilton Sundstrand and Chair of the UTC Technical Software Council. "During our evaluation of the Proficiency Gateway we saw part re-mastering times reduced from days to hours. We were looking for a solution that not only automates the exchange of design intelligence between differing CAD systems, but also meets our data security concerns and enables us to migrate to a single CAD platform. The Proficiency Gateway gives us the granular-levels of IP protection we need as well as enables us to convert design models in-house, which is important since using an outside service is not always a viable option."

The Proficiency Gateway enables sharing of product design intelligence between disparate systems while providing IP protection and controls. The patented technology includes the universal product representation (UPR), an extensible format that contains a superset of design intelligence for product data exchanges or viewing. Comprehensive reports of automated design exchanges provide complete translation details. The Proficiency Gateway works with all major CAD and PLM systems.

"The challenges UTC faces are no different than what our other customers experience," said Marque Teegardin, Proficiency VP of Sales. "Common among manufacturers is the increasing pressure to meet customer requirements, while controlling costs and making efficient use of designers and resources. The ability to more readily share complete designs while protecting IP, even across groups with an organization, has a huge effect on a project's time-to-market and costs. We are looking forward to working with UTC and their many business units to ensure they realize the full value of the Proficiency Gateway."

About Proficiency, Inc.

Proficiency is the leader in OEM & Supplier Product Data Integration for the automotive, aerospace/defense and heavy machinery industry. The company's product, Proficiency Gateway(TM), enables sharing of product design intelligence between disparate design systems, improving the efficiency of the design thru manufacturing process between OEM and Suppliers. The result is significantly shorter product development cycle times, reduced cost, and improved product quality. Proficiency's customers include The Ford Motor Company, GKN Aerospace, Federal Mogul, Honda Motor Company, ITT Industries, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Magneti Marelli, and European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS). For more information on Proficiency, please visit

About United Technologies Corp.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides high-technology products and services to the aerospace and building industries. Besides Hamilton Sundstrand, its business units include Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft, Otis, Carrier, UTC Power, and UTC Fire & Security.
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Date:Mar 16, 2006
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