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more than $1 billion worth of "multi-function" products were sold in 1994, with half the purchases coming from low-end, home-office users. By 1998, the market should soar to $7.2 billion for all products, and $3.5 billion at the low end. Coming in the next generation of offerings, Tepper predicts: document scanning, a stronger PC link allowing faxes to be sent directly into the computer, and plain-paper printing.

Software helps control nuclear project

San Diego--Coordinating engineering work on three continents isn't easy. Just ask Didier Gambier, principal scientific advisor in the design of ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), the world's first nuclear fusion reactor.

When the San Diego-based Gambier goes to work, his colleagues in Japan, Germany, and Russia are going home.

"That's one of the things that could make concurrent engineering difficult on this project," he says. He uses process-management software.

Developed with funding from the U.S. Air Force and IBM, KI Shell integrates product data management with project data management. Users define processes, and identify the people who perform the work, the tasks they perform, and the requirements each task has to meet. The software converts the information into an electronic representation of the business process that works with existing applications.

Gambier and his team use the software as the front end for importing Dassault Systemes' CATIA and MacNeal Schwendler's MSC/PATRAN.

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