Dec 03 2008

HMS Company Perceives CATIA and ENOVIA SmarTeam as Key to Diversification Beyond Auto

Plans to Implement End-to-End Dassault Systèmes PLM solution

Auburn Hills, Mich., December 3, 2008 -- Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that HMS Company (Troy, Mich.), an automotive design engineering firm, has added CATIA for design and ENOVIA SmarTeam for product data management to its software solutions.  Both solutions as well as training, implementation and support, were provided by Dassault Systèmes partner RAND North America, a leading provider of professional services and technology to the engineering community.

With over 75% of new vehicles being designed in CATIA, the company believes this investment will help to secure new automotive customers as well as assist in acquiring work from the aerospace and consumer goods industries. HMS has been a long-time user of the DELMIA Robotics solution and is now in the process of implementing a complete DS 3D PLM solution.  

According to HMS, CATIA offers more than a typical CAD solution, providing an integrated environment to define, optimize, manage and integrate products, processes and resources throughout the entire product life cycle and across the extended global enterprise – from OEMs through their supply chain to small independent machine ships. 

“We see CATIA as absolutely key to opening doors for us in various engineering communities,” said Glen Porter, general manager, HMS.  “When we made the decision to diversify our customer base, research showed us that CATIA represents the most significant portion of the virtual design market among multiple industries.” 

HMS’s information technology department doesn’t view the company’s move to PLM as just a CAD-based decision. HMS is investing in an entire DS PLM solution based upon its integrated environment where all data regarding design, processes and resources is stored, helping HMS gain efficiencies and improve quality across the product development cycle.  

“In all industries, there is a continual shortening of the design cycle,” noted John Haning, information technology manager, HMS. “Technology tools allow us to keep up with this demand and accomplish jobs faster. This, in turn, provides us an opportunity to accomplish more work with the same size staff. CATIA’s market share, as well as its power and versatility should help us gain that additional work.”  

HMS began using the DELMIA (Deneb) robotic simulation solutions 16 years ago, which they say has given them a competitive edge. “HMS is very skilled in its ability to manage and clearly communicate using 3D data within a global engineering environment,” said Naron Ungkuldee, regional sales manager, Dassault Systèmes.  “We are pleased they are taking the next step towards a comprehensive DS PLM solution.”

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