MECHANICAL DYNAMICS INC

MECHANICAL DYNAMICS INC

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Company Overview
Mechanical Dynamics Inc is a private industrial company that develops, markets and supports virtual prototyping solutions principally in the United States. The company was established in the year 1977. The registered head office of the company is located in Ann Harbor, Michigan.
Mechanical Dynamics’ Adams Mechanical System Stimulation software allows engineering teams to create virtual prototypes of their complex mechanical system designs on the computer. The company’s products include Professional Series, Extension Products, Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), and Interface Product and Order Entry Management System (OEMS) products. These software products are used in mechanical, electrical and electronic design, as well as simulation, drafting, engineering, analysis and manufacturing.
Business Summary
Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. develops, markets and supports virtual prototyping solutions. The Company’s ADAMS mechanical system simulation software allows engineering teams to create virtual prototypes of their complex mechanical system designs on the computer. Mechanical’s products include Professional Series, Extension Products, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) Interface Product and order entry management system (OEMS) Products. The Company also offers Software Maintenance Services and Professional Services. Products include ADAMS/Solver, ADAMS/View, ADAMS/Car, ADAMS/Pre, ADAMS/Driver, ADAMS/Driveline, ADAMS/Engine, ADAMS/Aircraft, ADAMS/Rail, ADAMS/Tire, ADAMS/Insight, ADAMS/PostProcessor, ADAMS/Controls, ADAMS/Flex, ADAMS/Hydraulics, ADAMS/Linear, ADAMS/Vibration, ADAMS/Durability, ADAMS/EDM, ADAMS/Exchange, CAT/ADAMS and MECHANISM/Pro.
Description and history
Mechanical Dynamics, Inc., incorporated in 1977, develops, markets and supports virtual prototyping solutions. The Company’s ADAMS mechanical system simulation software allows engineering teams to create virtual prototypes of their complex mechanical system designs on the computer. Mechanical’s products include Professional Series, Extension Products, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) Interface Product and order entry management system (OEMS) Products. The Company also offers Software Maintenance Services and Professional Services.

Professional Series

ADAMS/Solver is the underlying solution engine. ADAMS/Solver automatically formulates and solves the equations of motion to provide complete kinematic, static and dynamics analysis of mechanical systems. ADAMS/View is an interactive graphical environment for the full ADAMS product line, and combines simple iconic, point-and-click operation with advanced model-building, simulation, animation and xy plotting capabilities.

ADAMS/Car and ADAMS/Pre are special versions of ADAMS designed specifically for advanced simulation of full vehicles and chassis subsystems. Embedded within the software are the specialized design and analytical expertise of automotive industry leaders. A custom menu-driven user interface highlights capabilities familiar to vehicle designers so customers can use these products with little formal training. ADAMS/Driver allows the user to add the element of human driver response to vehicle simulations. ADAMS/Driver can simulate the actions and reactions of a vehicle’s operator under a variety of driving conditions.

ADAMS/Driveline provides engineers and analysts with specialized tools for modeling and simulating driveline components and studying the dynamic behavior of the entire driveline during different input conditions. ADAMS/Driveline can also be used to explore interactions between driveline and chassis components, such as suspensions, steering systems, brakes and the vehicle body. Other Professional Series Products are ADAMS/Engine, ADAMS/Aircraft, ADAMS/Rail, ADAMS/Tire, ADAMS/Insight and ADAMS/PostProcessor.

Extension Products

ADAMS/Controls enables the integration of non-linear ADAMS mechanical models with controllers developed in control system design packages, such as MATLAB and EASY5. The product allows users to test how control systems will affect their mechanical system, and visualize the effects of both controls and mechanics in an integrated virtual system test environment.

ADAMS/Flex enables the automatic exchange of data between ADAMS and finite element analysis (FEA) software, including ANSYS, ABAQUS and MSC/NASTRAN. This two-way interface provides for accurate loading conditions for FEA and a more complete understanding of flexible effects on mechanical system performance. Also, ADAMS/AutoFlex enables the automatic creation of simple flexible components within the ADAMS environment, thereby removing the step of importing data from FEA software and speeding up the iterative design process.

ADAMS/Hydraulics enables the simulation of complex mechanical systems that are powered by hydraulic elements. Static, linear, transient and dynamic analyses are all supported for combined mechanical and hydraulic models. ADAMS/Linear enables the linearization of the inherently non-linear equations of motion that are typically formulated by ADAMS. Having such data in linear form can significantly enhance the ability to study the stability and vibratory behavior of mechanical system models. ADAMS/Linear can also provide an easy link to control system design packages, such as MATLAB. Other Extension Products are ADAMS/Vibration, ADAMS/Durability and ADAMS/EDM.

CAD/CAM Interface Products

ADAMS/Exchange provides an industry-standard, two-way interface for exchanging model geometry between ADAMS and many other CAD/CAM packages. This saves time in data transfer, while enhancing the accuracy and realism of mechanical system simulations.

CAT/ADAMS was developed by the Company in collaboration with a consortium of major automotive manufacturers and was designed to facilitate the exchange of data between ADAMS and the widely used CATIA computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) package from Dassault Systemes.

Dynamic Designer was purchased by the Company in conjunction with its acquisition of DTI Asia Pte. Ltd. in January 1998. Dynamic Designer is a mechanical design simulation software product embedded in mid-range CAD environments, which includes the AutoCAD and Mechanical Desktop product lines from Autodesk, Inc., the SolidWorks product line from SolidWorks Corp. and the Solid Edge product line from Unigraphics Solutions, Inc.

MECHANISM/Pro is a program specifically designed for Parametric Technology Corp.’s (PTC) Pro/ENGINEER environment. MECHANISM/Pro converts assemblies created within PTC’s Pro/ASSEMBLY software into realistic, fully three-dimensional mechanical system models. MECHANISM/Pro can verify and evaluate motion paths, locate lock-up positions, detect interferences, establish work-space envelopes and calculate joint reaction forces.

OEM Products

OEM Products are kinematic and dynamics motion simulation products that are embedded in OEMs’ design software packages. Mechanical has entered into license agreements or arrangements with several OEMs, including Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), Unigraphics Solutions, Inc., Bentley Systems, Engineering Animation, Inc., SolidWorks Corp. and Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd., under which the OEMs are licensed to embed the Company’s products in the OEMs’ software packages. These products provide limited virtual prototyping capabilities, and can be upgraded by licensing ADAMS/Solver directly from Mechanical.

Software Maintenance Services

A critical component of the Company’s strategy is to provide a wide range of customer support services. These services include hotline support and onsite support and training. Product support is provided pursuant to renewable annual maintenance contracts. Customers that purchase maintenance agreements receive product enhancement releases and hotline support at no additional charge. Onsite support and training are priced separately.

Professional Services

Mechanical provides consulting, training and funded research and development services to customers in connection with a wide range of product design and engineering projects. The Company’s primary objectives with regard to its services include providing total solutions to its customers’ problems, leveraging software sales, enhancing customer loyalty and repeat and renewal business, growing the services business of the Company profitably, aggressively exploring and penetrating new markets and obtaining customer feedback on its products.

The Company’s competitors are Altair Engineering Inc., Dassault Systemes, INTEC GmbH, LMS International, MSC.Software Corp., Parametric Technology Corp. and Samtech Group.

Business Line
Industrial company that develops, markets and supports virtual prototyping solutions principally in the United States
Subsidiary

Advisor
ARTHUR ANDERSEN LLP
IPO date
5/1996
US SIC Code
7372
Company Address
2300, Traverwood Drive

City province or state postal code
48105, ANN ARBOR, MI
Phone: +1 734 994 3800
Fax: +1 734 994 6418
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.mdii.com