Jun 02 2005

Meyn Speeds Time-to-Market with PLM Solutions from IBM, Dassault Systèmes and MSC.Software

Company integrates CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM with ERP and sales-configuration tools to maximize responsiveness

Oostzaan, The Netherlands and Paris, France – June 2, 2005 – IBM and Dassault Systèmes (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced today that Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V. has chosen their PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) solutions to improve time-to-market and responsiveness to customers. MSC.Software (OTC: MNSC.PK), an IBM Business Partner, is supporting Meyn in the implementation of the PLM solutions.

Meyn is using CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM, both IBM PLM solutions developed by Dassault Systèmes, to re-engineer its development and manufacturing processes for the production of poultry-processing equipment. CATIA V5, for 3D product development, and SMARTEAM, for collaborative product data and lifecycle management, will enable the company to maximize the efficiency of its develop-to-order, engineer-to-order, and configure-to-order processes.


Meyn will also enhance collaboration in all phases of the product lifecycle and across the enterprise by integrating CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM with a sales-configuration tool and an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This integration will enable the company to enhance innovation in its product development and manufacturing operations and decrease delivery time to customers.


“Meyn provides its customers with complex processing systems in a competitive market that sees short lead times in combination with an exceptional product variety,” said Steef Klein, CIO, Meyn Food. “Tightly managing both the development and the realization process in terms of speed, costs, and accuracy provides additional competitive advantages. We are happy that IBM, Dassault Systèmes and MSC were able to match our ambitions in this respect.”


“We are excited to help Meyn start its journey as an On Demand business,” said Mike Kuklenko, manager, PLM solutions, IBM North Region. “The tight integration between CATIA V5 and SMARTEAM, with its supply chain and sales processes, will enable Meyn to answer any customer request with speed and increase product quality and services.”


“The technology, services and expertise that a combined team of MSC, IBM and Dassault Systèmes bring to customers are unmatched in the market and give us a unique ability to help manufacturing companies of all sizes improve their processes and better understand product performance,” adds Bill Weyand, chairman and CEO, MSC.Software. “We look forward to this project and are confident that engineers at Meyn will quickly realize a return on their investment in MSC, IBM and Dassault Systèmes.”


“Meyn’s implementation of PLM solutions is in line with our vision for PLM in the industrial machinery market,” said Laurent Couillard, director, channel and small and medium-sized businesses, EMEA, Dassault Systèmes. “By combining Meyn's domain expertise with MSC.Software’s services and our technology and best practices, we can enable Meyn to enhance its level of competitiveness, strengthening collaboration from early sales through to maintenance.”