Paris, France, November 7, 2007- Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Daimler AG, a long-term IBM customer and Dassault Systèmes partner, reached new levels of manufacturing productivity gains and increased energy-efficient output for Daimler’s cars, using Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA. CATIA provides an integrated machining simulation solution for fuel-efficient large and complex engine and transmission parts.
Automotive OEMs aim to improve the manufacturing time, product quality and safety of powertrain components as they are under tremendous pressure to improve conventional combustion engines’ fuel efficiency. This is required by stringent environmental compliance standards. Environment friendly technologies, such as Daimler’s fuel cell drive - designed to integrate future requirements linked with economic and CO2 emission efficiencies - are now under development but not yet ready for production. Powertrain manufacturers face a changing environment in which they must comply with new environmental restrictions while staying on time for product delivery to the market.
“The fuel efficient, powertrain design process is quite challenging due to the delicate shape and texture of its part components. Design accuracy is key, explains Eric Buehler, senior manger ITP (Information Technology Production) and CAD-CAM systems manger, Daimler AG. With a traditional powertrain manufacturing approach, the CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) and simulation systems run separately, causing lengthy production cycles and inciting errors. With Dassault Systèmes’ technology, we are able to assure high accuracy of engine machined parts, while speeding the manufacturing cycle, ultimately freeing more time for innovative designs.”
DS’s CATIA Machining solution has allowed Daimler to put the latest virtual and environmentally-friendly manufacturing concepts to work as follows:
“CATIA Machining solutions are integral for Daimler’s powertrain program,” says Jacques Leveille-Nizerolle, CEO, CATIA, Dassault Systèmes. “By working in tight collaboration, we have enabled Daimler to more efficiently plan, detail, simulate and optimize its powertrain machining in order to drive engine improvements.”