Sep 08 2003

Leading Storage Solutions Provider Esmena Improves Response Time and Business Opportunities through SMARTEAM Collaboration

Spanish warehousing systems manufacturer leverages SMARTEAM PLM platform for enterprise-wide integration

Kfar Saba, Israel – September 8, 2003 – SmarTeam Corporation Ltd., a Dassault Systèmes company (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced today that Esmena Ltd. has implemented SMARTEAM® product data management (PDM) software to optimize its bidding response time and improve its global reach. A case study detailing the Esmena implementation is available from SmarTeam.

An international leader in sophisticated warehouse storage systems, Esmena has engineering centers and distributors across 50 countries and manufacturing sites on three continents. The company uses SMARTEAM in all project phases, including preparation of sales quotations, collaborative design, engineering change orders, manufacturing, and field support -- even factory personnel access the SMARTEAM system on the shop floor. SMARTEAM manages the company’s legacy 2D drawings and 3D CAD files and provides a single repository for the company’s rich archive of product data and customer requirements.

“SMARTEAM isn’t just product data management, it integrates the whole company,” said Jesus Fernandez, R&D Director at Esmena. “SMARTEAM links all our widely dispersed groups and facilities. We are leveraging SMARTEAM’s capabilities in project workflow, web-based collaboration, and information and project management.”

Survival and growth in the fiercely competitive customized storage industry revolves around rapid, precise bidding, and quick, responsive turnarounds. Esmena found that its bidding efforts were a lengthy process, hampered by the need to leverage its vast and geographically distributed volume of information.


“SMARTEAM is a collaborative enabler that lets separate groups behave as one,” said Fernandez. “The technology enables us to collaborate over the web, access up-to-date information quickly, and move projects forward,” regardless of geographical location. Not only are the engineering processes faster and the design process optimized, but costs are lowered through increased efficiencies and far fewer mistakes are made.”

In the future, Esmena hopes to achieve further business efficiency and growth by expanding its SMARTEAM lifecycle collaboration solution to link with the ERP system currently being implemented and to include collaboration with customers, suppliers, and additional business partners. Summing up, Fernandez stated, “The technology is of strategic value for us to operate competitively as a global enterprise.”