IHS To Offer Authorized 3D CAD Models of Critical National Aerospace Standards Under Partnerships With Aerospace Industries Association and CADENAS PARTsolutions — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
November 5, 2013

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Innovative tool lets engineers quickly configure and download 3D native CAD models of NAS- and NASM- fastener components

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (November 5, 2013) — IHS (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of information and analytics, today announced exclusive partnerships to offer authorized 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models of components based on critical National Aerospace Standards, providing a valuable new tool for engineers across the aerospace industry to accelerate innovation, shorten design cycles and reduce costs.

IHS has partnered with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the premier trade association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers, and CADENAS PARTsolutions®, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) technologies and services for 3D product catalogs and parts management solutions, to offer 3D models of NAS & NASM mechanical parts standards.

Under the partnership, the advanced PARTsolutions eCATALOGsolutions™ tools will be integrated with IHS Standards Expert® and IHS Standards Expert® with Goldfire®, the market-leading engineering knowledge management solutions from IHS. Engineers will be able to quickly locate the appropriate NAS and NASM standard and use the integrated PARTsolutions configuration tool to define, visualize and refine the required part before generating a 3D model. The model can be saved into more than 150 native and neutral CAD and graphic formats, versions and revisions, and then inserted into a computer design to be tested for form, fit and function, as well as included in a bill of materials within the CAD software.

Key benefits of this solution include:

· Reduced modeling and design cycle times;

· Improved engineering productivity;

· Elimination of duplicated effort and rework;

· Assurance of quality through the use of authorized CAD models;

· Increased consistency in parts used on projects; and

· Greater accuracy in bills of materials.

“Customers look to IHS as a trusted source for all their engineering and technical reference information, including critical industry standards,” said Chad Hawkinson, vice president, product design solutions at IHS. “The 3D AIA NAS solution will allow engineers to more easily and accurately implement the standards’ requirements and complete their projects, reducing design times while improving quality and generating savings for our customers.”

“AIA has a long and proud history serving the needs of the aerospace and defense industry through our National Aerospace Standards program,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. “The AIA NAS 3D catalog allows us to provide solutions that will help the industry design and manufacture products faster and at a lower cost.”

“CADENAS PARTsolutions is thrilled to partner with industry leaders IHS and AIA to deliver a revolutionary new product to the aerospace and defense industry,” said Rob Zesch, president & chief operating officer at CADENAS PARTsolutions. “The NAS 3D catalog is the first aerospace standard in the history of aviation to be 3D-enabled by its owner, and we are honored to have our technology chosen for this endeavor.”

The 3D NAS standards capabilities announced today will be available in IHS Standards Expert and IHS Standards Expert with Goldfire in early 2014. The NAS 3D catalog will be available as a catalog within the PARTsolutions parts management solutions, with available integrations to all major CAD & PLM applications.

About IHS (www.ihs.com)

IHS (NYSE: IHS) is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence. IHS has been in business since 1959 and became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, USA, IHS is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and employs approximately 8,000 people in 31 countries around the world.

About Aerospace Industries Association (www.aia-aerospace.org)

The Aerospace Industries Association is the premier trade association representing the nation’s major aerospace and defense manufacturers. Today, more than 300 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers are members of the association, embodying every high-technology manufacturing segment of the U.S. aerospace and defense industry from commercial aviation and avionics, to manned and unmanned defense systems, to space technologies and satellite communications. The association concentrates on issues covering civil aviation, space, national security, international and procurement & finance.

About CADENAS PARTsolutions (www.partsolutions.com)

CADENAS PARTsolutions is a leading provider of next generation 3D part catalog management and sales configuration solutions. For large manufacturers and OEMs, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides centralized 3D standard part catalogs making it easy for global design teams to find, reuse, and control standard and proprietary parts. For component manufacturers, CADENAS PARTsolutions provides 3D product catalogs with CAD download technology to increase sales lead generation and to ensure that components get “designed in” to OEM products.

IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2013 IHS Inc. All rights reserved.

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