SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

May 03, 2007 11:42 ET

Best-in-Class Shops Deliver Tooling 3 Weeks Earlier

Top Performers Are Hitting Targets on a 96% or Better Average by Leveraging Tooling Specialized and Automated CAD, CAM and CAE Technologies

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2007 -- Best-in-Class mold and die shops are changing the competitive field from cost competition to differentiation based on value added services according to a new report from Aberdeen, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS).

Findings from Aberdeen's The 21st Century Mold and Die Shop Benchmark Report show that the Best-in-Class have already increased design efficiency with standardized processes and roles that are supported with CAD, CAM and CAE technologies that have been specialized and automated specifically for the tooling industry. For example, among mold and die shops surveyed, 64% use CAD with tooling design automation, 70% use CAE to predict behavior of tooling in its eventual production environment and 63% use high speed machining technologies.

"Interestingly, mold and die shops are now taking advantage of the value delivered by CAD, CAM and CAE technologies that mainline product development has been reaping for years," said Chad Jackson, Research and Service Director of Aberdeen's Product Innovation and Engineering practice and report author. "As a result, Best-in-Class shops are delivering tooling to their customers 3 weeks earlier than laggards. That means more jobs during the course of the year and increased revenue."

This study is made available to the public through the underwriting of: Cimatron, Moldflow, PTC and QuickPress.

To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=3974

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