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October 19, 1995


By CBR Staff Writer

Computervision Corp, Bedford, Massachusetts plans to increase its focus on the product data management market with a new suite of object-oriented products called Optegra. Optegra is a mixture of the company’s existing product data management, which are now object-oriented, plus new software modules that are stored as objects in an Oracle database. The database stores both files and the file attributes so that each file retrieved will bring up all the associated data. The database stores files written in IBM Corp’s Catia, Autodesk Inc’s AutoCad, Computervision’s CADDS software as well as Microsoft Corp’s Word and Excel. Computervision also plans to add SAP AG’s MRPII by early next year. The structure of each design file is determined by the Configuration Master module. Navigator enables users to search and browse for documents as well as perform database queries such as budgeted versus actual weight or cost of a product. The workflow module enables the uses to record and chart rules and procedures involved in the creation of a product design. Computervision said that management of product data has become an increasing concern for manufacturing companies that need a centralised database to store files from a number of computer-aided design packages. Optegra will be available within the next few weeks under Digital Unix, HP-UX, Solaris Unix and Windows NT. The full package will costs ú10,000 for a 10-user licence although the company said that larger system would be based on the cost of the product plus a consultancy and implementation fee, equating to roughly 50% of the product cost. The Lucas Aerospace division of Lucas Industries Plc, which manufactures flight control and engine control systems, will be purchasing 200 Optegra licences.

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