Enterprise Planning Software Firm IQMS Launches Full-Scale European Enterprise

The globalization of manufacturing is driving business opportunities for California-based IQMS, the developer of EnterpriseIQ enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for repetitive, process, and discrete manufacturing environments. In 2004, 25% of the company’s growth came from elsewhere than the United States. Consequently, the company has officially launched IQMS Europe, which folds its exclusive distribution partnership with Plasticsgrid into the IQMS global organization.

IQMS and Plasticsgrid teamed up in 2002 to deliver the EnterpriseIQ system to manufacturers throughout Europe. A third party provided implementation services. Now, with IQMS Europe, one company will provide sales, marketing, implementation, and service to European customers. The consolidation strengthens the ERP provider’s overall position in Europe.

“IQMS Europe enables us to offer our customers a complete service with enhanced support and implementation services,” said Ola Gejde, managing director of IQMS Europe. “Our knowledge of the precise needs of manufacturers helps customers achieve faster implementation time and higher return on investment with EnterpriseIQ. EnterpriseIQ gives manufacturers the ability to manage their operations across multiple plants, multiple languages, and even multiple currencies with one comprehensive system.”

Plasticgrid has offices in Stockholm, London, and Kapellen, Belgium, and its managers in those locations have a combined 75 years of manufacturing, plastics and chemicals, and information technology experience. Their expertise gives IQMS Europe a strong understanding of the specific needs of manufacturers in the plastics, automotive, medical, and other industries.

One in four new IQMS customers last year were outside the United States. Earlier in 2005, the company formed IQMS Asia and opened its first office in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. A second IQMS Asia office recently opened in Shanghai. EnterpriseIQ software is now available in Simplified and Traditional Chinese, as well as English, German, Dutch, Swedish, and Spanish.

IQMS was named one of Start magazine’s “Hottest Companies” in 2004 and in 2005 was on the magazine’s list of companies to “Keep an Eye On” this year.

Strong MCAD Growth Is Seen

The worldwide mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) and product life-cycle management (PLM) market grew to nearly $4 billion in 2004, according to research undertaken by Wohlers Associates Inc. in conjunction with Cyon Research. Wohlers and Cyon found that the top four firms in the field—Autodesk, Dassault, UGS, and PTC—had $3.871 billion in sales in 2004 as against $3.38 billion the preceding year, for an increase of 14.5%.

According to Wohlers Report 2005, net income for those four companies collectively grew by 79.7% during the period, from $271 million in 2003 to $487 million in 2004.

In terms of commercial seats, the leading MCAD product in 2004 was, according to the study, Autodesk Inventor. Following in order were CATIA, UGS NX, SolidWorks, Pro/Engineer, and Solid Edge. MCAD products not counted by the investigators included Alibre, KeyCreator, OneSpace Designer, IronCAD, thinkdesign, VX CAD/CAM, and Cobalt.

Cyon Research, which provides design, engineering, construction, and manufacturing firms with a strategic outlook regarding the software tools and processes on which those companies rely, worked closely with Wohlers, an independent business consulting firm, to determine CADsolid-modelling growth trends. This information has enabled Wohlers to forecast the expansion and acceptance of additive fabrication technology for applications such as rapid prototyping, which is the primary focus of Wohlers Report 2005. Wohlers’ worldwide study is a 256-page softcover publication that presents the state of the rapid prototyping, tooling, and manufacturing industry.

EMO Encore for Yamazaki Mazak U.K.

Anyone who missed the biggest-ever Yamazaki Mazak U.K. EMO display at this year’s machine tool exhibition in Hannover will have a second opportunity to catch up with the latest Yamazaki Mazak technology at the company’s “EMO Encore” event, which takes place at its Worcester Technology Centre November 22–25. The open house will feature 12 products from the thought-provoking EMO display.

Highlights will be the new Angulax 900 high-productivity machining centre (pictured), which introduces a new approach to multisurface machining, and the new Multiplex 8200Y multitasking turning machine that, with its combination of two spindles and three turrets, is ideally suited to single-setup applications. These post-EMO exhibits will be joined by other products from the Yamazaki Mazak portfolio, ranging from the relatively simple 2-axis lathes and 3-axis machining centres of the Nexus series to such advanced-technology machines as the Mark IV Integrex-300 ST multitasking machine equipped with the new Mazatrol Matrix CNC.

Matrix, which had its global launch at EMO 2005, is a sixth-generation control system capable of controlling up to 9 axes, including 5-axis simultaneous machining. Its calculation capability delivers high-speed, high-accuracy machining, even with submicron programme commands. Also, innovatively designed pulse encoders on each linear axis enhance surface finish quality by generating 16 million pulses per revolution.

For motor-sport enthusiasts, EMO Encore offers a not-to-be-missed opportunity to check out Kimi Raikkonen’s Team McLaren Mercedes Grand Prix car.