Federation Software Supports Use of Step Standard AP 214


DENVER, CO - September 21, 2005 - Federation Software(TM), developers of solutions for the Federated Value Chain (TM), today announced that it will begin supporting STEP standard AP 214 (ISO 10303-214). STEP, an acronym for STandard for the Exchange of Product model data, provides a means of describing product data throughout the product lifecycle, independent from any particular system. The nature of STEP's capability makes it suitable not only for neutral file exchange, but also as a basis for implementing and sharing product databases and archiving.

As a marketplace leader, Federation Software will combine its proven technology, modern federated architecture and commercial off-the-shelf PLM Value Chain Connectors(TM) (VCC) with STEP standards. This will give companies a multi-enterprise collaboration capability that will allow them to effectively exchange all product content with their worldwide partners, customers and suppliers.

AP 214, the STEP standard targeted at core data for automotive mechanical design processes, describes the product and resource data of development process chains in the automotive industry. Supported processes within AP 214 span the entire product lifecycle - beginning with product definition and finishing with quality control.

"Support of the STEP AP214 protocol provides companies with an essential and industry supported mechanism to share product information throughout their extended enterprises, increasing the value they derive from their data and improving their ability to collaborate and innovate," says John MacKrell, a Senior Consultant at CIMdata.

Federation Software is a member of PDES, Inc., an international industry/government consortium accelerating the development and implementation of STEP. As a member of this dynamic group, Federation among others is committed to concentrating its efforts on the sharing and synchronization of product content between disparate PLM systems.

To find out more, visit: ahref: www.federationsoftware.com or call: 1-888-799-8900.

Federation Software, VCC and Value Chain Connector are trademarks of Federation Software. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Federation Software

Federation Software designs, builds and delivers software solutions that federate data across the entire product development and value chain. With Federation Software, manufacturers can dramatically increase productivity throughout their supply chain by being able to seamlessly and persistently share up-to-the-minute product data in an automated, controlled, and secure fashion to other enterprise systems, regardless of location and systems in place.

Federation's Value Chain Suite of software solutions supports federated data exchange between major PLM systems including: PTC, MatrixOne and UGS Teamcenter. Federation's solutions have provided high value data federation for critical projects at Boeing, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Honeywell, the US Army and Northrop Grumman.

Federation Software was formed in 1998 and is headquartered in Denver, CO. with sales offices throughout the United States and Europe. For more information visit: www.federationsoftware.com.

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