Hannover, Germany - April 12, 2005 - Dassault Systèmes (Nasdaq: DASTY: Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), today announced the availability of its new DELMIA Automation product line, which enables control engineers in all automation industries to digitally define, control and monitor automated systems entirely in a 3D virtual environment. Based upon a unique Logic Control Modeler (LCM) technology, DELMIA Automation provides a digital model of control logic for an automated system independent of PLC hardware.
DELMIA Automation helps to significantly reduce product launch time by identifying control logic errors well before implementation through evaluation of PLC programs and/or changes on virtual equipment instead of taking risks on the real equipment -- allowing the pre-commissioning of the PLC logic and program. This reduces development time, reduces costs in both manpower and capital investment and increases total factory productivity.
"With the increasing time and cost pressures that are put upon new product introductions and production efficiency, Automation design and PLC programming can no longer be seen as an isolated function in the development process," said Philippe Charlès, CEO, Delmia Corp.. "DELMIA Automation’s collaborative digital workspace allows mechanical, electrical, and control design engineers to work in parallel to share knowledge, react to changes, and communicate within the same V5 virtual environment."
The new solution provides a natural extension to the DELMIA PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) offering. While PLM solutions simplify and enhance end-to-end product management, Automation solutions validate and improve the internal behavior of control systems. PLM Data can also be reused and integrated into DELMIA Automation for a truly powerful solution that extends beyond the product lifecycle cycle vision.
DELMIA Automation is a scalable solution that can be used as a stand-alone programming environment for PLC’s using the languages defined in the IEC61131-3 standard or deployed as a complete automation solution integrating mechanical, electrical and control design data in a 3D environment. DELMIA Automation LCM Studio provides the tools necessary to create, edit, debug, and validate a PLC program and allows users to create and re-use predefined control logic blocks. The resulting program can be downloaded to a PLC through an optional PLC Setup.
PLC Setups for DELMIA Automation are developed in close collaboration with major PLC providers such as SIEMENS A&D Automation Systems, Schneider Electric and OMRON Corporation.
Notes to Editors
DELMIA Automation is distributed through Dextus, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, created in June 2004 in partnership with Dassault Systèmes; by OMRON Corporation, which became a business partner of Dassault Systèmes in November of 2004. These companies are responsible for all the services required to implement the new product line, from production process definition to commissioning, initially targeting the automotive industry.