Body-in-White Engineering and Manufacturing

Body-in-White (BIW) Engineering & Manufacturing

In today’s fast-paced automotive industry, speed is essential to keep ahead of the competition. However, design cycles are typically labor intensive and time-consuming. Inefficient processes and the inability to easily capture and access product information or other types of intellectual properties often force engineers to restart designs from scratch or carry-over data for each new car program.

Dassault Systèmes (DS)' Body-in-White (BIW) Engineering & Manufacturing solution is developed specifically to address the needs of body-in-white product and process engineers. With this solution, the engineer will be able to capture and reuse much of the design content from one successful project to another, fully capitalizing and leveraging corporate knowledge. Equipped with design templates, knowledgeware, relational design methods and morphing techniques, engineers save considerable amount of time developing a new BIW design. Dassault Systèmes' world-class styling and Class A surface capabilities help engineers produce innovative styles to captivate the market.

Body-in-White (BIW) Engineering & Manufacturing

The automotive body is expected to serve many purposes from being a critical structural member and reducing noise and vibration for occupant comfort, to protecting occupants in the event of a crash. The Body-in-White (BIW) Engineering & Manufacturing solution delivers a full range of functionalities to enable an engineering organization to integrate body engineering processes and features for full or trimmed body. Product simulation and validation process covering crash and safety, vehicle noise and vibration including acoustics, as well as stiffness and strength evaluation are enabled from a single product analysis.

Dassault Systèmes' Body-in-White (BIW) Engineering & Manufacturing solution covers the entire spectrum of body-in-white development and production activities - from design, part detailing, product simulation, to in-process assembly analysis and manufacturing processes such as tooling and fastener management. The comprehensive, end-to-end solution eliminates the mismatch of information between design, analysis and manufacturing departments as design changes are always visible and controllable by all key stakeholders. This provides distinct advantages and benefits such as the potential to carry out multi-disciplinary product and process optimization in a comprehensive manner.

Body-in-White (BiW) Engineering & Manufacturing solution includes:

  • BiW design and data management
  • BiW tolerancing
  • BiW fastener
  • Simulation and validation: occupant safety, BiW crashworthiness, external aerodynamic, electromagnetic compatibility, strength & durability, noise & vibration
  • Resource design: jig & fixtures, stamping die, progressive die
  • Manufacturing: assembly planning, line definition & resource planning, resource programming & validation


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Jon Gunner Technical Director, Koenigsegg