Nov 10 2008

Oguma Industry Improves Design Process and Quality with Dassault Systèmes’ Mid-Market PLM Solution, CATIA PLM Express

Industrial Machinery Offer automates 80 percent of Design Process and reduces Design Time by 40 percent 

Tokyo, Paris – November 10, 2008 – Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Oguma Industry Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of production facilities for the medical and automotive industries, has successfully streamlined its design process with Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA PLM Express Industrial Machinery Offer.
Oguma Industry, which creates production equipment for new products that require advanced processing technologies, needs to offer high design accuracy and fast response to customer needs. In March 2008, after benchmarking multiple 3D CAD solutions, the company decided to replace its existing 2D design system with the Industrial Machinery Offer based on CATIA PLM Express to cut down on the time and manpower it used to spend developing new products.

With CATIA PLM Express’s knowledge-based design templates, Oguma Industry was able to automate about 80 percent of its design process for its machining jig.  The company also reduced design time by 40 percent and thus achieved quicker order response at the same time, enabling them to handle 1.5 times more orders. CATIA PLM Express’s 3D visualization also allowed the company to create high quality product designs. 3D product images are much easier to understand than the design drawings generated by the 2D system Oguma Industry used previously. Interference check in any process, which was often the cause of errors, is now also made easier by Industrial Machinery Offer embedded in CATIA PLM Express.

“CATIA PLM Express Industrial Machinery package provides the advanced CATIA functions we need at an affordable level, says Mr. Katsumasa Kiriya, executive director, Oguma Industry. “Using CATIA PLM Express makes exchanging data with most of our customers much easier because they are also using CATIA. However, our main reason for adopting the solution was its scalability, which will allow us to use it for a long time. We would like to switch our large assembly design to 3D, which a midrange CAD solution would not have enabled us to do. We selected CATIA because in a rapidly changing market we believe we can utilize this solution for years and we can imagine our success with it”.  

“We are pleased that Oguma Industry selected CATIA PLM Express”, says Nicholas Calfacacos, general manager, Dassault Systèmes Japan. “CATIA PLM Express, which many midsized companies are using, enables companies to quickly select only the functions that are necessary to meet their business requirements, for a reasonable price. Dassault Systèmes will continuously support individual industries to find the most suitable solution to their needs. In the case of Oguma Industry, DS solutions were implemented through a collaborative effort between DS and FASOTEC Co., Ltd., a DS value-added reseller in Japan.”