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Leading Engineering Analysis Consultancy, Vectayn, Standardizes Virtual Design Processes With HyperWorks Suite

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Automotive consultancy takes advantage of HyperWorks’ integrated suite of CAE tools and unique licensing system to expand services to OEM clients while minimizing software cost

TROY, Mich., Sept. 8, 2010 - Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of technology and services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that the UK-based product development consultancy, Vectayn, has standardized much of its finite element analysis (FEA) activities with the HyperWorks suite of virtual simulation tools. Vectayn will use HyperWorks and especially HyperMesh, the advanced FEA meshing solution of the software suite, as the default model creation tool for all new automotive, aerospace and military projects. As long time users of HyperWorks, this decision is driven by the need to improve design development, productivity and increase flexibility whilst minimizing software costs.

As a major analysis consultancy primarily supporting automotive OEMs and suppliers, it is vital that Vectayn deploys the best simulation tools available to exceed the expectations of their global brand clients. HyperWorks’ pre-processing tool, HyperMesh, has been at the center of Vectayn’s design process for many years, providing unique functionality to drive their analysis process.

“I’ve been in the industry for a long time and I’ve not yet seen a meshing tool that can equal HyperMesh by a very long margin,” said Matthew Spoor, technical director at Vectayn. “Many providers claim many things about their meshing tools, but as a package, I can’t find a comparable tool. HyperMesh’s midsurfacing capabilities make the development and simulation of complex structures, such as vehicle interior plastics, much less time consuming allowing us to improve the results and service we supply to our clients.”

In addition to the technical advantages the CAE suite offers, Vectayn has also found considerable cost benefits by joining the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA). Through Altair’s HWPA program, Vectayn has access to a growing number of third party simulation packages, including nCode’s DesignLife, their preferred fatigue analysis solution. Additional products in the HWPA can be accessed through Vectayn’s existing HyperWorks licenses, which has allowed the company to reduce their overall software spend.

“As a consultancy working with many different clients and in many different industries, we have a requirement to use a variety of extra simulation packages but on an irregular basis,” said Mr. Spoor. “By utilizing our existing licenses, we can now access more analysis tools without having to increase our overall software spend. This allows us to be more flexible to our clients needs and enables us to offer additional services through the software we already have available”.

Vectayn has recently expanded its use of the HyperWorks suite by integrating optimization with OptiStruct and data analysis with HyperGraph into their design process. Furthermore, with an increasing number of automotive OEMs moving their crash and impact analysis to HyperWork’s RADIOSS solver, Vectayn have followed to match design capabilities and provide a more integrated service for their major clients.

“We are also very pleased with the technical support from the HyperWorks team. They are highly knowledgeable and always very responsive. This makes a huge difference to our engineers’ productivity as we don’t need to wait around for answers,” said Mr. Spoor.

“It is great to see Vectayn standardizing part of their design processes on the HyperWorks suite,” said David Mason, managing director, Altair UK. “Our tools and unique licensing system offer consultancies the flexibility they need to compete in an increasingly competitive market. By maintaining our open architecture philosophy and our determination to supply excellent return on investment across all our products and services, we expect to see more consultancy companies in the UK turning to HyperWorks.”

About Vectayn
Vectayn Ltd specializes in high quality predictive analysis, helping companies save money in new product development. Their experienced and highly motivated workforce uses the best available hardware and advanced application software to provide a full range of computer-aided engineering capabilities across a wide range of materials — polymers, steels, alloys, composites, fluids and more. The service is backed by full engineering and project management support, helping clients interpret results to achieve optimum product capabilities. For more information please visit: www.vectayn.com.

About HyperWorks
Built on a foundation of design optimisation, performance data management and process automation, HyperWorks is an enterprise simulation solution for rapid design exploration and decision-making. As the most comprehensive, open-architecture CAE solution in the industry, HyperWorks includes best-in-class modelling, analysis, visualization and data management solutions for linear and non-linear, structural optimization, fluid-structure interaction and multi-body dynamics applications. For more information please visit http://www.altairhyperworks.com.

About the HyperWorks Partner Alliance
HyperWorks uses a subscription-based software licensing model, where software licenses float across the enterprise, and customers can use floating licenses to access a broad suite of Altair developed and third party software applications. Customers benefit from unmatched flexibility and access, resulting in maximum software utilization, productivity and ROI. For more information about the HyperWorks Partner Allliance, visit http://www.hyperworkscommunity.com.

About Altair
Altair Engineering, Inc. empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held, with more than 1,300 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 25year track record for product design, advanced engineering software, grid computing technologies and enterprise analytics solutions, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit http://www.altair.com.

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