202 W. State St., Suite 700 Rockford, IL 61101 USA Voice 1-815-963-2220 Fax 1-815-963-8884 For Immediate Release Contact: Craig Wyatt ([email protected]) CGI, UTS Team Up With Size-It Online Gearbox Selector Interactive Configurator Works Instantaneously, Puts Customer In Charge Many companies have catalogs online. Now gearbox manufacturer CGI, Inc., in partnership with Universal Technical Systems, Inc., has taken the next step: it has put real product configuration and engineering analysis into the E-business process, with the Size-It Product Selector. Size-It makes product development faster and easier than ever for both CGI customers and for its manufacturer’s reps and distribution channel. The customer becomes part of the design process at the very beginning, entering application information to find the appropriate gearbox for the requirement, testing what-if scenarios and making his own engineering tradeoff decisions on the spot, instead of going back and forth with phone calls, faxes and emails. What formerly took hours or days to accomplish is now done instantly on the Web, or on a stand-alone PC off a CD. The results are higher quality, quicker time to market, and lower cost, for both the customer and for CGI. Size-It’s user-friendly interface makes sizing gearboxes a breeze for customers and sales channels alike. And the interface is an attractive presentation of CGI to customers and prospects. The Size-It user first selects one of three motion profile shapes—continuous, trapezoidal or triangular—then chooses type of gearbox, type of drive, mounting, direction and shock load, and enters performance requirements. Then Size-It goes to work. The user quickly sees the smallest appropriate gearbox for his application, along with a complete list of calculated performance criteria and detailed product specifications. The user knows exactly which component he needs and all the details of its performance. It’s a long way from the old way, in which the user had to go through an arduous lookup in a hard-copy catalog, do his own detailed calculations and performance analysis—and then place an order, often going back and forth several times with the sales person. Now the whole process is automatic, and completed in minutes. Size-It comes in two versions, one on the Web and one on CD. Both have the same look and feel. Between the two versions, CGI can reach all its customers and prospects. Pleased with results so far, CGI plans to add other capabilities to Size-It in the future. MORE Size-It Page 2 of 5 Of course, CGI’s helpful engineering staff is available to help with tough applications and to answer questions. Size-It has freed them to respond even more quickly. CGI had been a user of UTS gear design software, and came to UTS for a complete turnkey solution. UTS supplied the solution, using the technologies of its products TK Solver and RuleMaster. TK Solver is a mathematical modeling environment whose structure permits a convenient method for programming all calculations and easy optimization. RuleMaster uses mathematical models created in TK Solver and puts them in a Web or intranet environment. The technology in Size-It is adaptable to any engineered product—hydraulic pumps and valves, electric motors, springs, bearings, or whatever. RuleMaster and TK Solver enhance the functionality of any E-commerce Web site by adding a powerful calculation capability to Webbased knowledge-sharing applications—engineering design, sales configuration, financial planning, or whatever UTS provides complete turnkey solutions like Size-It, in 90 days or less. Or it provides products and consultation to help a company to build its own Web-based solution. Learn more by calling UTS, toll-free, at 800-435-7887. Or visit the UTS Web site, http://www.uts.com. END The first Size-It screen has user instructions. You pick one of three motion profiles from the buttons at left. Then you enter input data: Size-It generates a report and shows appropriate available gearboxes. (The actual report is more than twice as long as that shown in this example.) Editors note: These images are available for publication. Contact UTS for more information.
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