Solutions Helping Manufacturers in Challenging Times; Redefining Real-Time, Accurate 3D Production Experience

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Feb 19 2009

Dassault Systèmes Invests in Intercim

Solutions Helping Manufacturers in Challenging Times; Redefining Real-Time, Accurate 3D Production Experience

Paris and St. Paul, Minn., USA, February 19, 2009 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions and Intercim LLC, a market leader in manufacturing and production operations management software solutions for advanced and highly regulated industries, today announced a new step forward in their strategic alliance, with Dassault Systèmes taking a minority position in Intercim LLC.

Today’s announcement illustrates Dassault Systèmes and Intercim’s commitment to bringing the real world of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) into the virtual world of PLM. The partners will provide a dynamic, real-time ability to execute production orders exactly as planned by manufacturing engineers and close the loop between engineering and the shop floor. Dassault Systèmes’ investment in Intercim, a partner since 2004, follows a June 2008 Memorandum of Understanding to provide the aerospace and defense industry with Intercim's manufacturing operations management solution integrated with Dassault Systèmes' V6 platform.

This investment strengthens the currently available joint Dassault Systèmes – Intercim V5 solution around 3D process planning and manufacturing execution. It also accelerates the development of a new V6 production experience that combines the values of MES and PLM, revolutionizing the sharing of intellectual property between engineering, manufacturing planning and production communities by:

• Creating real-time collaboration on product and production lifecycle data in a single online referential between the different communities in the manufacturing supply network, such as design engineering, manufacturing engineering, shop floor, and quality management;

• Enforcing engineering-driven production execution on the shop floor, as designed and as planned;

• Increasing visibility and traceability for all manufacturing stakeholders of shop floor execution with real-time 3D access to the “as-built” product, process and resource information;

• Enabling immediate impact analysis and validation of corrective actions in the virtual model before committing to cost intensive implementations; and

• Validating production best practices with engineering for improved product manufacturability, reduced warranty costs and collapsed certification processing time for regulatory compliance.

“Because of the trends we see in aerospace and defense, like global sourcing, physical separation of design and manufacturing activities, and engineering specialization, it is critical that information exchange and collaboration between engineering, manufacturing and the supply network be handled in real-time,” said John Todd, Intercim president and CEO.  “The combination of Intercim’s proven execution and manufacturing intelligence capabilities with the virtual experience provided by Dassault Systèmes’ solutions allows this type of collaboration and knowledge sharing for the first time.”

The future of production communities requires the power of PLM 2.0’s lifelike experience incorporating shop floor “as-built” information, product and quality analytics, and manufacturing best practices. Dassault Systèmes and Intercim’s joint vision enables such an expanded PLM 2.0 strategy, which includes the shop floor and supply network’s real-time production state.

“Intercim and Dassault Systèmes have made a revolutionary step forward in terms of manufacturing collaboration with engineering. These two communities are now able to work together throughout the entire supply network,” says ARC Senior Analyst Dick Slansky.  “It is not enough to stay within the walls of a single plant any longer or focus on the engineering and manufacturing needs of one site.  Communication and coordination of all activities across the extended enterprise has become critical.  This is especially true in highly regulated industries that carry a high cost of failure.”

“Dassault Systèmes and Intercim share a common vision for increasing customer manufacturing efficiency by bringing together the engineering and production communities through a real-time and accurate 3D production experience.” said Philippe Charlès, CEO, DELMIA, Dassault Systèmes. “Bringing MES into PLM is a major breakthrough for the industry.”