Jul 08 2010

New Dassault Systèmes 3D Collaborative Engineering Solution Enables Lean Product Development

New Solution Leverages Industrial Equipment Expertise to Promote Multi-Discipline Approach to Engineering

LOWELL, Mass., July 8, 2010 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that it has launched a Collaborative Multi-Discipline Engineering (CMDE) initiative. Designed as a practical tool for manufacturers to implement multi-discipline collaboration and lean product development processes, the CMDE solution delivers functionality from multiple DS brands, is capable of handling large, complex assemblies, and is based upon a single PLM platform. This approach enables engineers and designers of all specialties to collaborate in real time on a large scale to decrease product defects and streamline the entire product development process.

By focusing on driving collaboration through product and process engineering, the CDME solution supports all product information (from CAD and manufacturing information to complex mechatronics simulation data) enabling all engineers to participate in projects even if they are not using the system that generated the data.

While value stream management – a method of production optimization encompassing design, manufacturing, services and more – has long been a goal for manufacturers of industrial equipment, Dassault Systèmes is the first software provider to create a solution that uses 3D to bring together all engineering disciplines that work on this complex equipment. The Dassault Systèmes V6 collaborative platform enables manufacturers to go beyond the confines of traditional PLM by incorporating 3D technology to create a lifelike experience. The combination of standardized business processes and a lifelike experience provides tremendous flexibility, scalability and industry-specific functionality which are of particular benefit to machine makers, who need to bring together multi-discipline engineering groups and other product development contributors.

Project size is also not an issue. The CMDE solution’s design tools help designers to collaborate in real time on  large scale mechanical design – tubing, welding, structural, including electrical and software components, kinematics and control systems. In addition to supporting the efficient management of functional, logical and physical product information, the resulting 3D designs can be represented as a multifunctional engineering bill of material. The solution has also been developed to meet security requirements of sharing intellectual property (IP) across departments of the extended enterprise, including suppliers and customers, with the granular levels of IP protection.  V6’s CMDE solution takes maximum advantage of lifelike 3D cross-departmental collaboration, enabling business transformation into a lean and efficient manufacturing environment.

According to PLM analyst firm CIMdata , “The bottom line is that users can stay on task and do not have to interrupt their normal workflow, drastically improving productivity. V6 PLM is the backbone for all product, process, resource, and simulation data management enabling global multi-disciplines collaboration.”

“To succeed in this market, companies have to anticipate and meet different customer needs while addressing any negative impacts on their value stream. They need to efficiently manage existing product variants and changes during lifecycles, reduce costs, shorten the time from quote to delivery, maintain visibility into suppliers’ operations and deliver efficient after-sales service,” said David Segal, global leader of Industrial Equipment Market Development for Dassault Systèmes.  “Industrial equipment manufacturers simply don’t have the time and resources to spend on achieving this level of performance element-by-element. Every minute and every dollar counts when competitive advantage is at stake.”