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PTC Named "Ducati Official Supplier"

Posted by Richard Strange on 06-Jul-2009 09:28:00

Distinction Recognises Contribution Of Leading PLM Technology Provider To World Renowned Motorbikes, Celebrates 10-Year Partnership Between The Two Companies

PTC announced today that Ducati Motor Company has named PTC as "Official Supplier" 2009. The prestigious title, reserved for a selected group of top quality service and product suppliers, recognises PTC’s contribution to the development of Ducati motorbikes.

PTC provides Ducati the engineering software for the engines installed on all motorbikes, and for data management needs of the company. The first deployment of PTC solutions in Ducati dates back to 2000. Currently, Pro/ENGINEER® and Pro/INTRALINK® are deployed throughout the company.

Ducati achieved world recognition for its exclusive desmodromic timing system

Designed with Pro/ENGINEER. In this innovative system, both the opening and closing stroke of exhaust and intake valves are controlled, while normally valve closure is obtained as a result of spring recovery. The highly complex desmodromic system allows for superior engine reliability at the highest revs, reduction of valve flickering, lower fuel consumption and higher performance. Today, Ducati is using its exclusive desmodromic timing system for all its motorcycles.

"Throughout the last ten years, Ducati has been deploying new design and simulation software tools to help optimise our development process and further fine-tune our desmodromic timing system," said Simone Di Piazza, Vehicle Design and R&D Services Manager, Ducati. "The use of the Pro/ENGINEER suite of solutions for 3D design, kinematic analysis and FEM analysis enables us to perform different tasks such as geometric modeling, dynamic flow analysis and kinematic analysis simultaneously, virtually validating the system at an early stage of design which ultimately helps to reduce costs and shorten time-to-market."

"We’re proud of contributing to the success of such a worldwide famous Italian brand like Ducati," said Stefano Rinaldi, Vice President and Country Manager, PTC Italy. "Ducati’s standardisation on our solutions demonstrates once again that PTC technology can drive innovation in a company that develops high performance products, hence increasing its competitive advantage."

About Ducati

Ducati is motorcycles. Ducati produces racing-inspired motorcycles with unique engine features, innovative designs, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence.  Ducati offers a range of the most highly sophisticated and sought-after bikes ever created for the road. Currently Ducati produces motorcycles in dinstict market segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended customers: Superbike, Monster, Streetfighter, Hypermotard, Multistrada, SportClassic and Desmosedici RR. The Company’s motorcycles are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European and North American markets.