Hilite International Division Converts to Altair's OptiStruct/Analysis

    Northern Stamping regards advanced HyperWorks suite as a strategic
    end-to-end solution

    TROY, Mich., June 28 /CNW/ -- Altair Engineering, Inc., a leading global
provider of technology and services that strengthen client innovation and
decision-making, today announced that the Northern Stamping Division of Hilite
International has converted to OptiStruct/Analysis, Altair's next- generation
finite-element (FE) solver technology for linear statics and dynamics
applications. Northern Stamping is a supplier of precision, structural,
stamped and welded assemblies to the automotive industry.
    "We initially started using OptiStruct/Analysis for one-step forming
simulations," said Jeff Rudd, Northern Stamping design engineer. "We found,
however, that having access to the full suite of HyperWorks software provides
a cost-effective, end-to-end solution that will enhance Northern Stamping's
overall product development process."
    Altair HyperWorks is an integrated CAE framework containing best-in-class
solutions for the complete virtual product development process. HyperWorks not
only contains powerful FE and multi-body simulation solutions. It also
delivers an open, programmable platform that is easy to integrate into
existing processes. From modeling and assembly, to visualization and
reporting, to virtual manufacturing and robustness assessment, HyperWorks'
powerful interface system to all major CAD and CAE packages is the foundation
for a truly integrated simulation-driven design process. It can also help
bring highly engineered products to market faster.
    "We are delighted to have Northern Stamping join our HyperWorks community
of users. We're confident that Altair HyperWorks will provide tremendous value
to them in leveraging simulation to spur product exploration and innovation,
while delivering efficiencies to Northern Stamping's overall product
development process," said Jeffrey M. Brennan, vice president of engineering
software at Altair. "We are also pleased that Northern Stamping recognizes the
benefits of HyperWorks as both a structural analysis tool for forming
simulation as well as a complete solution for product innovation."

    About Hilite International
    Hilite International is a global, innovative, engineering-focused
supplier of series-production automotive components. Its focus is on
components and systems for powertrain and engine applications. The Northern
Stamping Division's primary focus is on the manufacture of medium to large
stamped and welded assemblies to very close tolerances.

    About Altair Engineering
    Altair Engineering, Inc. strengthens client innovation and
decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and
visualization of business and engineering information. Privately held with
more than 1,200 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South
America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 20-year-plus track record for product
design, advanced engineering software and grid computing technologies, Altair
consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of
industries. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

For further information:

For further information: Diane Forbes of Altair Engineering, Inc., 
+1-248-614-2400, ext. 464, or media@altair.com Web Site:

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