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CENIT's FASTTIP software lauded as "Innovation of the Year" by BAE Systems

Defence contractor achieves 50-percent time savings thanks to CENIT's 3D offline programming solution

(PresseBox) (Stuttgart, ) CENIT, the leading consulting and software provider for product lifecycle management (PLM), has earned the BAE Systems Bronze Award 2009 in the innovation category for its efficient implementation of 6axis programming using CENIT's FASTTIP software. BAE Systems is one of the largest defence manufacturers worldwide. The corporation's management confers the award annually to individuals or companies whose activities have given BAE a sustainable competitive advantage.

CENIT's FASTTIP software is a 3D offline programming solution for riveting and drilling processes. Having convinced customers with its high quality standards and absolute reliability, FASTTIP has become highly popular in the aerospace industry. "For BAE Systems, FASTTIP is an important factor in protecting the millions of Euros we have invested in high technology and multi axis numerical control machinery as part of our complex development projects", says Paul Thompson, Team Leader, Typhoon Major Units Build Support at BAE Systems in outlining the award decision. "Thanks to the CENIT software, we can now quickly and easily generate collisionfree drilling programs with a wide array of drilling positions."

Background: Technology

CENIT is the only supplier of this 6axis programming solution, which is fully integrated into the CAD software CATIA V5 and features two supplementary axes for machining the fuselage components of BAE's Typhoon Eurofighter aircraft. Thanks to the V5integrated programming and simulation of the MTorres 6axis drilling machine, BAE achieved significant time benefits of up to 50 percent during program introduction. The simulation saw the first use of CENIT's Controller Emulator (CCE), an upgrade of the CENIT Machine Control Emulator (MCE).

Background: Project

The time framework specified for implementation was met exactly. The award now presented by BAE Systems extends to the full range of project content provided by CENIT, such as process consulting, software development, and user training.

CENIT CEO Kurt Bengel is pleased: "Receiving this award from one of the most important defence contractor in Europe is a major milestone for us and makes us proud. Aside from being a great motivation for our employees, the award underscores CENIT's deep process understanding and software competency in the aerospace sector."

CENIT's PLM expertise has been recognized and appreciated by many aerospace OEMs and suppliers for years. The customer list includes Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Spirit, and Eurocopter.


CENIT has been successfully active for over 20 years as a leading consulting and software specialist for optimizing business processes in product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise information management (EIM) and application management services (AMS). The enterprise employs more than 710 staff around the world and serves customers from sectors such as automotive, aerospace, mechanical engineering, tool and mold construction, financial services, commerce, and consumer goods.