SOURCE: Omnify Software

November 15, 2006 08:30 ET

Athena Technologies Chooses Omnify Software for PLM Solution

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ANDOVER, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2006 -- Omnify Software, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for electronic, medical, mechanical, and defense manufacturers, today announced that Athena Technologies has chosen the Omnify PLM solution to support the manufacture of its GuideStar™ navigation and control systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Based in Warrenton, VA, Athena's expertise in flight control technologies is critical to the success of a wide variety of unmanned aircraft, including the US Army's Shadow® (Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System), which has already logged more than 100,000 flight hours in support of surveillance for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lockheed Martin's Morphing UAV, NASA's Mars Flyer Demonstrator, the US Air Force's Subscale Aerial Target UAV, and many others.

Founded in 1998, Athena Technologies launched the first generation of its GuideStar control and navigation products in 2000. It has since posted a three-year growth rate of 409 percent and in September was recognized by Inc magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing private companies.

To keep pace with its production and growth opportunities, the company implemented Omnify PLM to manage its product development operations. A critical objective in selecting Omnify over other vendors was its open technology platform that offered direct interfaces to electrical and mechanical engineering tools and manufacturing systems.

"We selected the Omnify solution for a number of reasons, including its ability to interface with our existing systems, ease of use and cost of operation as well as how 'painlessly' we could minimize the down time of new product delivery while the PLM solution was being implemented," said Ali Dian, Vice President of Development and Manufacturing for Athena Technologies. "The Omnify solution allowed us to continue shipping new product concurrently with installation -- a big plus."

"We see a common need among fast-growing customers like Athena for a solution that can be implemented quickly with minimal disruption to their current product development," stated Chuck Cimalore, CTO for Omnify Software. "Recognizing this need, we deliver a solution that integrates easily with existing systems, is easy to use, and allows customers to continue operations without interruption during deployment and adoption."

About Athena Technologies

Athena Technologies is a premier developer and producer of navigation and control systems. Founded in 1998, the company produces the GuideStar™ family of versatile, compact and cost-effective flight control systems for military applications such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), target drones and missiles. The company is an independent, privately held firm with headquarters in Northern Virginia. Additional information is available at

About Omnify Software

Omnify Software, a leading provider of business-ready Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, helps OEMs streamline development cycles, accelerate product innovation and improve bottom-line profitability. Omnify's commitment to customer success has resulted in a solution that is easy to use, quick to implement and provides an open integration platform. Omnify prides itself on superior customer service, delivering outstanding training, development and support with a team of experienced technology professionals. Omnify is acknowledged as an industry leader, winning such honors as START-IT Magazine's Hottest Companies for two consecutive years, as well as the magazine's 2005 Technology and Business Vision award. For additional product information, including pricing, please call 978-988-3800, email or visit

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