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Material handling company streamlines manufacturing processes with CAD software

From the Design Department to the Shop Floor
The Quebec Engineering Company Accelerated Their Review and Mark Up Collaboration Process, Realizing Reduced Design and Manufacturing Errors

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - June 22, 2006 - Advanced Dynamics (St. Bruno, Quebec Canada) recently turned to Autodesk Design Review software to streamline its design review process and make its collaborative workflow process more efficient. The company has been engineering, designing, and manufacturing heavy-duty material handling systems for the past 40 years for the paper and primary metals industries. Since integrating Autodesk Design Review software, Advanced Dynamic's project teams are getting more done in less time while reducing the risk of design and manufacturing errors.

With Autodesk Design Review, Advanced Dynamics has been able to incorporate feedback and changes faster, helping them realize more value from their investment in Autodesk design and data management software including Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Autodesk Productstream. Autodesk Design Review software allows designers and engineers to provide 2D and 3D designs to non-CAD users for review and markup.

"Our design review process needed to be optimized for the customer and for us," says Patrik Chartrand, CAD administrator for Advanced Dynamics. "After we received comments from customers, it was tedious to make the changes because handwritten comments are not always clear or complete. In Autodesk Design Review, we found a better way to share designs, collect comments, and make changes. This adds a great deal of value to our design process."

Advanced Dynamics began using Autodesk Design Review to conduct design reviews in early 2005. Today, the entire process is faster, clearer, and more efficient. Reviewers can view and markup 2D and 3D designs using Autodesk Design Review. Internal reviewers manage the review process through Autodesk Productstream. After reviews are submitted, designers import the feedback into their design software as an overlay, accelerating the change process.

As an added advantage when used with Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Design Review and DWF maintain the integrity of assembly, subassembly, and part information.

Chartrand adds that Autodesk Design Review has proved particularly valuable on an $11 million paper mill project that will involve more than 25,000 engineering hours. He says, "Without Autodesk Design Review, the design review process, which involves both the customer and plant designers in the United States, would take significantly longer. The 3D design and design review capabilities we get with Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Design Review helped us win the project."

Product Availability
Autodesk Design Review 2007 software is available now in North America for US $199 through Autodesk's reseller channel and at the Autodesk online store.
Purchase information is available at (www.autodesk.com/designreview-buy )
Autodesk Design Review Trial: (www.autodesk.com/designreview-trial. )
Autodesk DWF Viewer: It's FREE: ( www.autodesk.com/dwfviewer. )

Autodesk Inventor 11 DWF Extension: is available to Autodesk Inventor subscription customers from their subscription center.

About Autodesk
Autodesk, Inc., is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing, infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project efficiency and maximize profits.

Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

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