Dear Desktop Engineering Reader:
Over the past couple of months, I've told you about the new releases of NEi Fusion and NEi Nastran from NEi Software (formerly Noran Engineering). Now I want to tell you about FEMAP, which is developed by Siemens PLM Systems and is distributed by a wide number of outfits, including NEi Software.
FEMAP is well-known in desktop engineering circles as a high-powered, CAD-independent, Windows-native pre- and postprocessor for advanced engineering finite element analysis. So, um, wait a minute, I hear you say. Where and how does it fit into NEI Software's spectrum? Good question. It fits in two important ways.
First, FEMAP is for expert engineering analysts. NEi Fusion and NEi Nastran are advanced engineering analysis tools for designers. As such, they complement FEMAP and they serve as vital connectors that draw design and engineering analysis groups together for closer collaboration and faster product development.
Number two, as a well-regarded software developer in its own right, NEi Software not only knows what goes into developing software, making software work together, and providing features and enhancements you want, it knows training and support. So, while other vendors will sell you software then hand you off to someone else for support, NEi Software makes it their business to train and support you so that you get the maximum return from your software purchase, whether it is FEMAP, NEi Nastran, and other NEi software system.
Since its beginning in the mid 1980s, NEi Software has made technical support an essential part of providing engineering software. Its in-house technical support team conducts training classes, provides mentoring services, and offers FEA consulting services. On the company's website, you'll find all sorts of videos, tutorials, documents, knowledge bases, and so forth for you self-help sorts or when you need your memory jogged. You can phone and e-mail the support staff, which is actually known for — get this — answering your technical questions directly and quickly.
As an engineer or CAE manager, you know that buying software, no matter how powerful, is just the beginning of an improved product design cycle. The key to making it all work is advanced training, rapid and cogent support when you need it, and all those insights into the best practices that only field-hardened experts — not some kid with a FAQ sheet of answers — can provide. It's on all those qualities that NEi Software has built the reputation of its support staff and services.
You can learn more about the latest version of FEMAP and get a sneak preview of the upcoming version 10 from today's Pick of the Week write-up. You'll also find links to some online examples that will give you a taste of the kind of superior support you get from NEi Software with your purchase of advanced engineering software.
Thanks, Pal. — Lockwood
Anthony J. Lockwood
Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering Magazine