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MSC Software Buying Simufact

Feb. 17, 2015
Multidiscipline analysis and simulation program developer adds industrial forming, joining simulation programs. Price undisclosed Simufact gains global organization Connecting manufacturing process-oriented tools to design simulation

MSC Software, a multidiscipline analysis and simulation program developer, is buying Simufact Engineering, which specializes in industrial forming and joining simulation programs. The value of the acquisition was not announced.

Simufact has two primary simulation platforms, Simufact.forming and Simufact.welding, based on “nonlinear simulation software technology,” and used by OEMs in aerospace, automotive, and machinery industries, and their Tier suppliers to achieve production-cost savings by reducing shop-floor trials.

Simufact Engineering software is used to simulate hot forging, cold forming, sheet metal forming, rolling, ring rolling, open-die forging, mechanical joining, heat treatment, and welding.  It has more than 500 industrial customers.

“It is tremendously exciting to make the leap to a global company,” offered Michael Wohlmuth, Co-founder and CEO of Simufact.

MSC noted that Simufact’s forging customers have reduced physical testing up to 50% using the software, and confirm that cycle times for new part developments in some cases have been reduced from three weeks to one week.

“Too often, our customers tell me that poorly-understood manufacturing processes result in products that don’t function as designed and simulated,” observed MSC Software president and CEO Dominic Gallello. “By connecting Simufact’s manufacturing process oriented tools to design simulation, we can better assist our customers with their drive for ‘first time right’.”

The Simufact platform will become part of the MSC Software portfolio.

MSC Software describes itself as one of the “ten original software companies and the worldwide leader in multidiscipline simulation.” It’s used in academic and industrial research, as well as manufacturing. Some of the brand names for its programs include: Simulating Reality, MSC Nastran, Adams, Actran, Digimat, Dytran, Easy5, Marc, Patran, MasterKey, MasterKey Plus, Mvision, SimDesigner, SimManager, and SimXpert.

“Being a direct member of the MSC family offers additional advantages,” confirmed Dr. Hendrik Schafstall, Co-founder and CTO of Simufact added.  “We will be able to accelerate the technology development; our customers can look forward to greater innovation.”