SOURCE: CoCreate Software

July 12, 2006 08:00 ET

Ice Cream Expert, HC Duke, Switches to CoCreate

Managing the Business Process of Product Development

FORT COLLINS, CO and SINDELFINGEN, GERMANY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 12, 2006 -- CoCreate Software, Inc., a leading provider of 3rd Generation PLM software applications, today announced that HC Duke & Son, Inc., an industry leader in the manufacture of frozen treat equipment, has switched to CoCreate for 3D product development and product lifecycle management (PLM).

HC Duke and Electro Freeze® are the brands companies trust when ice cream and frozen treats are vital elements to the business. As a recognized innovator in their industry, HC Duke offers the finest equipment for soft-serve ice cream, shakes, frozen custard, slush, smoothies, frozen cocktails and Italian ice. In addition to being the major supplier of all Dairy Queen® equipment nationwide, the company's products are sought after by other well known restaurants such as SONIC® for shakes and slush drinks.

HC Duke's development process demands high levels of collaboration. This spans the internal design team, where any engineer can leverage designs at any point and modify or improve it. As well as the external design team formed by collaborating with their sister company, Carpigiani, in Italy, on new product development.

Factors driving HC Duke's decision to move off their history-based 3D CAD system to CoCreate include both software ease of use and interoperability limitations that come with history-based 3D modeling.

By switching to CoCreate, HC Duke leaves history behind -- but not its existing 3D data. History-free Dynamic Modeling™ easily imports 3D design data from the legacy 3D CAD system where it is fully modifiable as if it were natively created. Other benefits to be realized include:

--  Eliminate bottlenecks by enabling any engineer to easily make changes
    to any part of a 3D design.
--  Develop products faster by working on a common 3D CAD and PLM platform
    with sister company and collaborative development partner, Carpigiani.
--  Cut time spent translating history-based 3D models.
--  Orchestrate the concurrent design efforts of the engineering team with
    CoCreate's data management system.
--  Transfer released designs to the downstream enterprise system as part
    of the corporate PLM process.
Product development is more than just 3D CAD -- it's the business process of developing products. Just as product development at times spans two companies for HC Duke, so does the PLM process. Effective data management is imperative.

By implementing CoCreate's integration to mySAP™ Product Lifecycle Management (mySAP PLM) solution, HC Duke locally manages the highly iterative, and sometimes chaotic, design process for its engineering team.

When designs are complete and ready for manufacturing, the integration to mySAP PLM automatically transfers released engineering data to the downstream controlling system managed by Carpigiani in Italy. The direct integration also helps manage engineering changes to released engineering data.

"We tested CoCreate's software within a 30-day evaluation period and gained the confidence to move forward and achieve a faster and more seamless development process," said Jim Quandt, Manager of Engineering at HC Duke. "We not only acquire the benefits of 3D Dynamic Modeling, but we also introduce data management to replace the manual organization of drawings and 3D models in folders on a shared network drive."

"Industry-leading companies continue to see the differences between history-based and history-free 3D CAD systems and switch to CoCreate," said William M. Gascoigne, CoCreate CEO. "Our Dynamic Modeling core helps customers introduce speed and flexibility into their development process. When supported with an integrated data management strategy, companies gain an enterprise-class PLM process without the enterprise-level price."

About CoCreate®

CoCreate develops 3rd generation PLM software for companies that want to accelerate their business with lean product development, fast design creation, and efficient knowledge re-use. CoCreate is also the world's #1 provider of Dynamic Modeling™ technology, an approach to 3D product development that delivers unrivaled speed, flexibility and responsiveness to change throughout the design process, and is the key enabler for lean product development. You can find CoCreate products in more than 30 countries and on the Web at

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    CoCreate Software, Inc.
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    CoCreate Software GmbH & Co. KG
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