Leading Russian Helicopter Engineering Firm Kamov Turns to Dassault Systemes PLM Solutions
Largest CATIA and ENOVIA SmarTeam Implementation in Russian Helicopter Engineering History
Paris Air Show (Le Bourget), France, June 15th, 2009 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065. DSY. PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Kamov Corporation, a world leader in helicopter engineering, is starting the deployment of CATIA, Dassault Systèmes’ industry-leading virtual design solution, and ENOVIA SmarTeam, Dassault Systèmes’ project management and collaboration solution. Kamov is transforming its business with PLM, moving from 2D drawings to a 3D virtual modeling paradigm. Its use of CATIA PLM Express - the Dassault Systèmes’ solution combining the power of CATIA’s design excellence with ENOVIA SmarTeam’s collaborative virtual product information management - will optimize the work of Kamov engineers and designers and speed time to market. It is the largest implementation of Dassault Systèmes PLM in Russian helicopter industry history.
Prior to purchasing CATIA, Kamov designers worked on drawing boards in 2D. Typically, designers involved in one project worked independently and had no connection with each other. The company lacked a unified, collaborative design process, which resulted in excessive interactions among designers and a lengthy documentation approval period. Taking into consideration the growing competition in the market and the need to establish efficient design processes with new helicopter models, Kamov decided to switch to more innovative and collaborative digital design methods.
During the first phase of implementation, nearing completion now, Kamov implemented the CATIA PLM Express module for mechanical product creation. This module provides extended functions for large and complex product design, surface modeling and design of castings parts and is a core component of Kamov’s move to a PLM design authoring strategy. The company also plans to benefit from the implementation of additional dedicated modules for the design and manufacturing preparation of helicopter’ individual parts and components, including composites, sheetmetal, and electrical wire harness. In addition, Kamov deployed the Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 database management system – a productive and intelligent data platform that helps companies reduce time and costs for development and maintenance of applications, and to deliver applicable information to the entire organization. By implementing on Microsoft Windows Server, customers open up possibilities for creating a unified operating environment that is easier and less costly to maintain, providing enterprise performance and scalability with lower deployment and maintenance investments. Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA uses the full potential of the Microsoft Application Platform in order to enable customers to reduce costs and free up resources by optimizing business processes.
“A critical factor in our decision to switch to a 3D design strategy was the ability to not only visualize the designed products, but to reuse that design data in technical calculations and NC machining,” said Alexander Petrov, CEO, Kamov Corporation. “CATIA and ENOVIA SmarTeam’s technical documentation capabilities, remote management and multi-CAD capabilities were key as well.”
“With Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions, we have made an important step towards transforming our business and succeeding in this highly competitive market,” added Petrov. “PLM’s ability to improve assembly quality and provide greater visibility into each project’s economic indicators will help Kamov once again prove its leadership.”
“We are pleased to have been selected by such a famous design bureau as Kamov, which has been defining standards for the helicopter industry for over 60 years,” says Laurent Valroff, director of Dassault Systemes in Russia and CIS. “CATIA, the world leader in virtual authoring software, will allow Kamov to simplify and speed up the design process, reduce the time required for the launch of new helicopter models, and to decrease its costs. Moreover, because CATIA is the worldwide aerospace industry design standard, this implementation will enable Kamov to work with foreign helicopter companies in a framework of global partnership.”