DELMIA Delivers the first 3d PLM integrated Solution for Digital Manufacturing

All DELMIA applications are now built around the unique PPR model, providing complete coverage of the manufacturing processes and seamless integration within 3d Product Lifecycle Management.

Troy, Michigan (USA), October 31, 2001 – DELMIA Corp., a Dassault Systemes company (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced today the launch of the Version 5 Release 7 (V5R7) of DELMIA Digital Manufacturing Solutions. DELMIA V5R7 is the first release providing complete integration between all DELMIA software applications on top of the PPR – Product, Process and Resource model. This unique PPR model, shared across DS’ 3d Product Lifecycle Management (3d PLM) applications, ensures the integration between CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA. This release dramatically improves the efficiency of the process planning and process verification activities within the global product development cycle. This makes collaborative engineering of products, processes and resources a reality across the extended enterprise, including the worldwide supply chains.

DELMIA provides both decision support and authoring applications to support manufacturing processes, which have to be planned, detailed and simulated throughout the Manufacturing Engineering Cycle. DELMIA’s Digital Manufacturing Solutions are now built around an open Product, Process and Resource model (PPR), which provides a federating hub, connecting the different repositories and applications of the extended manufacturing enterprise. Extending well beyond traditional product data management, PPR enables continuous, dynamic simulation of product performance and manages the effects of change on the product, its processes and resources. It allows anyone involved, from product engineers to manufacturing process planners and production engineers, to have the full, current view of all links and dependencies between Products, Processes and Resources at any point in time. Integrity of the PPR data, optimization of the entire manufacturing processes and a seamless integration with the design world are the main benefits of the DELMIA solution. The PPR model and associated solutions provide the environment to foster manufacturing creativity and innovation, while dramatically reducing development cycles thus accelerating time-to-market.

Leveraging the PPR model, DELMIA is now seamlessly integrated with ENOVIA. DELMIA users can access the configured Product data (product structure, 3d part definition…), and use it to define, simulate and optimize the associated Processes and Resources. Engineering changes can be exchanged easily between the design and the manufacturing disciplines. This establishes a closed loop in the workflow and contributes significantly to the acceleration of the overall development process. Utilizing the structuring capabilities of PPR through “DELMIA Process Engineer” the users can easily generate a Manufacturing BOM consistent with the product definition.

The DELMIA solution for Automotive Final Assembly takes advantage of the PPR integration to provide, for the first time, a true end-to-end solution. This solution combines the power of “DELMIA Process Engineer” for process planning with the power of “DELMIA V5” (V5 DPM Assembly and V5 Human Modeling) for 3d process detailing, simulation and validation.

Adopting the same approach, the DELMIA solution for Automotive Body-in-White is now end-to-end. This solution combines “DELMIA Process Engineer” for process planning, the newly introduced “DELMIA V5 DPM Body in White” for process detailing and sequencing of weld operations and DELMIA robotics solutions for simulation with off-line programming. It covers the specifics of the BiW processes: weld processes, weld allocation and weld gun definitions are created and enriched from the different applications and shared through the PPR Hub. The welding processes and resources are, in addition, defined in the context of the product to enable concurrent engineering and change management.

To support the needs of Airframe Assembly in the Aerospace industry, the ”DELMIA V5 DPM Assembly” solution has delivered a number of key enhancements such as the full use of tolerance information in the process planning and better use of the Pert and Gantt charts.

For all the above industry processes “DELMIA Process Engineer” delivers new and enhanced capabilities for process version handling, scenarios planning, and costing. With the new costing capabilities, specific customer calculations can be implemented to assess investments, material costs or labor costs and to compare all of these against targets. <br/>

Philippe Chares, chief executive officer, DELMIA Corp., said:

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