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Leading Crane Manufacturer TADANO FAUN Group Selects Altair HyperWorks to Enhance Development Processes

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Jennifer Wilt
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Altair Engineering GmbH
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German heavy-machinery OEM adopts HyperWorks and its unique licensing system to seamlessly integrate simulation and optimization methods into its overall design process

Troy, Mich. (Oct. 6, 2010) - Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global provider of simulation technology and engineering services that empower client innovation and decision-making, announced today that the German development department of the TADANO FAUN Group has selected the HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools to develop and optimize the design of its cranes.

After intensive benchmarking, during which Faun tested a variety of CAE tools on-site, HyperWorks was the clear choice. Faun will use the entire suite of products, including HyperMesh RADIOSS, HyperView and OptiStruct, for its product development process across the company.

“We were looking for ways to integrate our development and calculation efforts better into the overall design and construction process of our company,” said Andreas Hofmann, head of the calculation, statics and structural analysis department at Faun Germany. “With HyperWorks we expect our design and simulation departments to grow closer together and to improve the entire development process by being faster and able to better exchange models and data files. Especially convincing was the comfortable way to define, create and alter weld connections. HyperWorks offers every tool we need in one package and its open architecture helps us to streamline our CAE process. At this point, we have implemented the entire FEA process and will now be looking at using OptiStruct for structural optimization, exploring weight potentials. By the end of the year the development department plans to be only working within HyperWorks for all calculation tasks and the entire virtual development process.”

In addition to gaining the technical advantages that HyperWorks offers, Faun also has found considerable cost benefits by relying on the unique HyperWorks licensing system, which offers access to all HyperWorks tools and third-party provider tools included in the HyperWorks Partner Alliance (HWPA).

“One of the reasons we chose HyperWorks is the flexible licensing system Altair offers,” said Hofmann. “We don’t have to buy one tool now and another for a different type of simulation later. With the HyperWorks licensing system we have access to the entire HyperWorks suite and possibly also to third-party products. For example, we could conduct noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) analysis using specialized third-party vendor software through the HWPA, whenever we need it, at no additional costs. We are also very pleased with the technical support from Altair. During the benchmark time, as well as after the deployment of the software, we received outstanding support, including training on the job and quick hotline responses.”

“We are very pleased to see Faun choosing Altair HyperWorks,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, managing director for Altair Germany. “The heavy-vehicle industry faces challenges that can be perfectly addressed using HyperWorks and the Altair services offerings. The advanced simulation and optimization technologies offered in the HyperWorks suite allow Faun to leverage weight and material-saving potentials. The integrated development process will lead to better and lighter products in a shorter time, helping companies like Faun to stay competitive and to be even more successful in a growing global market.”

Faun is one of the leading crane manufacturers worldwide, with products that find a high appreciation in the market. At its location in Lauf a. d. Pegnitz close to Nuremberg, Germany, Faun is developing, manufacturing and marketing telescopic cranes and crane components. During the process to extend its activities in the crane business, TADANO Ltd., Japan, acquired the FAUN Group. Over the ensuing 20 years, the TADANO FAUN All Terrain Cranes confirmed and even strengthened their position as innovative and high-quality products in the international crane market. For more information, please visit: www.faun.de.

About HyperWorks
Built on a foundation of design optimization, 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 www.altairhyperworks.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 25-year-plus track record for enterprise analytics, product development and advanced computing, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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