Innovation on Track

When industry standards association ProSTEP iViP and several German automotive OEMs began developing the idea of an initiative dedicated to defining and addressing problems and standards for product data management and virtual product creation, Dassault Systèmes joined them in an early phase to support the creation of the Code of PLM Openness.

Process Planning and Virtual Build

It is a competitive time for rolling stock manufacturers as cities look to expand their train networks to relieve traffic congestion and pollution. They all require different characteristics and need to respect different legislation, which is why no two projects are identical. The more companies can industrialize their manufacturing processes, the faster they will be able to deliver customized trains to meet customer expectations.  At the production stage, technology can help them streamline tasks to meet budget and planning imperatives.

Process Planning and Virtual Build keeps projects on track with tools that digitally define and simulate the fabrication process to verify production and assembly lines before physical set up. The digital copy improves communication between designers and assembly line workers because they can collaborate to make adjustments early to either the product design or the line layout, helping to eliminate bottlenecks and excessive material waste. Working in a virtual environment promotes repeatability, which accelerates manufacturing set up because models are stored in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and can be reused in future projects. Plants can share best practices since information is capitalized and accessible to project stakeholders. Shop floor workers benefit from digital assembly instructions based on up-to-date 3D models and animations while clients have maintenance manuals that are easier to understand. Both provide more clarity and mitigate errors, frustrations and costly re-dos. 

Key Highlights & Benefits


  • Provide single data repository to store and manage a product’s design and manufacturing lifecycle
  • Supports end-to-end process traceability to manage impact of engineering changes
  • Enables the capture, standardization and re-use of proven manufacturing practices and enterprise knowledge
  • Reduces production cycle times and mitigates manufacturing costs
  • Provides clear and easy-to-understand manuals based on up-to-date geometry