Productivity Booster

For Koltanbar Engineering Co. of Troy, Mich., the future is now—glimpsed in all its three-dimensional glory on computer graphic screens behind a locked door a few steps from the company's executive offices. Koltanbar, with 1980 sales of $6 million, designs tooling equipment for the auto industry, and without the help of computerized design systems company executives are convinced that the future could be worrisome indeed for the firm.

General Motors is the company's principal customer, and Koltanbar thus must co-ordinate closely with GM from the earliest stages of assembly line design. When Koltanbar noted 3½ years ago that the giant automaker was...

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