Autodesk acquired substantially all of the assets of Elektro-CAE-Software GmbH (ECS) from Mensch und Maschine Deutschland GmbH, a member of the Mensch und Maschine group, on 20 August 2008. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ECS is a provider of electrical computer-aided design (CAD) software, including the ECSCAD product line (see www.machinebuilding.net/n/n1144.htm).
Further enhancing the Autodesk offering for digital prototyping with software that relies on database-driven methods for controls system design, ECSCAD software complements AutoCAD Electrical software, which is used to create accurate schematic-based designs. As both product lines are built on the AutoCAD platform, Autodesk is positioned to enhance functionality and performance for both ECSCAD and AutoCAD Electrical customers and to offer even more powerful tools for a broad range of electrical controls designers.
Robert ‘Buzz’ Kross, Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions senior vice president, says: "The acquisition of the ECSCAD technology extends Autodesk's leadership in Digital Prototyping and will allow European electrical design engineers to integrate both mechanical and electrical designs, offering the best of both worlds of database and drawing-based technology. We welcome ECS employees and customers to Autodesk."