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VISTAGY Announces Seat Design Environment(TM) 2.0 Software for Transportation Seat Engineering.

Company to showcase new cost modeling and design feedback capabilities at IQPC Innovations in Automotive Seating conference and International CTI Forum

WALTHAM, Mass. -- VISTAGY, Inc., a leading global provider of specialized engineering software, today announced Seat Design Environment([TM]) (SDE) 2.0, the latest version of its proven 3D development environment that is tailored specifically to the design and manufacture of seats for the transportation interiors industry. The SDE provides the industry's only complete engineering environment integrated directly into popular commercial 3D CAD systems for more efficiently managing all aspects of seat trim development--from conception, design and cost modeling to document generation and manufacturing. VISTAGY will showcase the new software at the IQPC Innovations in Automotive Seating conference in Dearborn, Michigan USA (Booth #4) on June 25-27 as well as at the 7(th) International CTI Forum in Munich, Germany on June 27-28.

In light of constant competitive pressure to deliver inexpensive transportation seats more quickly and accurately, engineers strive to obtain design feedback and manufacturing cost information very early in development to ensure final seats meet specifications and deadlines. The SDE addresses this need by enabling engineers working within their familiar CAD system to easily create a single, complete 3D virtual product definition of the seat architecture and cover--including all non-geometric data associated with the model--like material specifications, stitch types, and sewing instructions. This single master CAD model helps engineers more efficiently share design detail across teams, obtain instant feedback on constantly-changing design and cost data, and automatically generate critical manufacturing documentation at the click of a mouse. As a result, OEMs and suppliers accelerate seat delivery time from months to days while eliminating physical prototyping, improving manufacturing accuracy, and assessing how the trim interacts with the seat architecture--and ultimately the entire interior.

"The SDE helps customers answer questions early in development about whether a seat can be manufactured as designed, how it will look or perform, and how much it will cost. This is a powerful value proposition that dramatically changes how companies create transportation seats and manage design changes," said Ed Bernardon, vice president of business development at VISTAGY, Inc. "Instead of constructing manual drawings and physical prototypes, engineers can now create complete 3D virtual product definitions using a comprehensive engineering environment specialized for transportation seat development, eliminating previously tedious, time-consuming and error-prone tasks."

New capabilities in the SDE enable engineers to be more efficient and productive, freeing up time to concentrate on developing new innovations.

* Cost modeling - Engineers can now obtain immediate feedback on seat manufacturing cost data by automatically exporting product definition detail contained in the master CAD file to cost model documents. As a result, engineers can make more informed decisions early in design about critical design-to-cost drivers such as material types and quantities, seam placement, sewing instructions, assembly sequencing, and hardware quantities.

* Integrated materials databases - The SDE contains a variety of "out-of-the-box" design databases relevant to the seat development process, and integrates them into the CAD system. These databases, which are launched from the CAD environment and instantly available to engineers, contain lists of cover materials, seam types, needles, threads, standardized parts, and notes and specifications that are used to define a seat. As a result, searching for this data takes far less time and introduces fewer errors. Organizations can customize these databases to coincide with their particular manufacturing requirements, or the SDE can be integrated with existing databases for additional flexibility.

* Automatic document generation - The SDE enables engineers to automatically export and format detailed product data from the master model to a wide variety of documents, including engineering drawings, bills of materials, spreadsheets, Web pages, quality planning forms, and other formats. As a result, the SDE saves time and helps eliminate the tedious, error-prone tasks of manually creating documentation, especially when frequent changes occur.

"With these new features and capabilities, the SDE makes it easy to create complete virtual seat design definitions directly in the CAD model with little or no CAD experience," said Olivier Guillermin, director of product & market strategy at VISTAGY, Inc. "Our customers generally get up-to-speed on the SDE within a day, and do not require extensive training because the software works within the current development environment. SDE allows engineers to work how they think with familiar seat engineering terminology and development processes, while providing an important competitive advantage over hard-to-manage point solutions or general CAD software programs."

The company will be presenting SDE 2.0 in its booths and speaker sessions at the following conferences:
 -- IQPC Innovations in Automotive Seating (Booth #4)
 June 25 - 27, 2007 at the Dearborn Inn, Dearborn, Michigan USA
 Workshop: "Using Seat Engineering Software," presented by Ed
 Bernardon, vice president of business development, VISTAGY
 Monday, June 25, 2007 from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 -- 7th International CTI Forum-Automotive Seats
 June 27 - 28, 2007 at the Kempinski Hotel Airport in Munich,
 Germany
 Presentation: "Bringing Seat Systems to Market More Rapidly by
 Improving Engineering Efficiency," presented by Steve Luby,
 president & CEO, VISTAGY
 Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 3:05 p.m.


About VISTAGY, Inc.

VISTAGY, Inc. develops engineering software that provides specialized functionality to significantly improve the value of commercial 3D CAD systems. VISTAGY's specialized engineering environments enable engineers to capture and communicate complete virtual product definitions within CAD, thereby increasing productivity, improving the communication of product information throughout the product lifecycle, and allowing better-informed decision-making early in design. VISTAGY software is used throughout the world in the aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy, medical, sporting goods, and transportation interiors industries. The company also offers training and consulting services. For more information, contact VISTAGY in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, at +1.781.250.6868 or visit www.vistagy.com.

"VISTAGY. Engineer success."[TM]

VISTAGY, the VISTAGY logo, Seat Design Environment, SDE, and Engineer Success are registered trademarks or trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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