Paris, France – February 21, 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 its solutions CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA natively support the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard 16792:2006. The standard establishes requirements and guidelines for documenting product definition in 3D by reusing functional tolerancing and annotations, previously only available in 2D drawings, to increase precision, facilitate collaboration, and reduce costs. ISO offers a standardized method of capturing all the necessary data within a 3D model while facilitating collaboration throughout the supply chain.
“DS’s 3D annotation capabilities are essential for our customers to move to a complete 3D Master approach. These capabilities help them to increase 3D product definition quality by enforcing consistency,” explains Philippe Laufer, vice president of R&D, Dassault Systèmes. “A full 3D approach eliminates the risk of inconsistencies that occur when both 3D and 2D drawings are used to define the product. The 3D annotation capabilities also guarantee contractual validity of the product definition since they are based on ISO standards. This extends across our entire PLM portfolio, including CAA V5 partner solutions, meaning companies can take advantage of these benefits as they develop their products from design to manufacturing to maintenance.”
DS added annotation capabilities to CATIA in 1995 and has been actively involved in the development of the ISO standards and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) norms. Beyond supporting the standard and guiding users with pop-up annotations, CATIA (for designing the virtual product), helps users correctly define standardized dimensions and functional tolerances with a specialized “assistant” tool that warns them when functional tolerances and annotations are no longer valid. CATIA also includes tolerance analysis capabilities for assemblies. ENOVIA (for global collaborative lifecycle management) includes 3D annotation review capabilities. DELMIA (for digital manufacturing) includes tolerance analysis capabilities, as well as functions for determining optimal manufacturing processes and the programming of inspection machines. Used together, these solutions allow DS customers to manage 3D functional tolerances and annotations throughout the entire product lifecycle.
ISO is the world’s leading developer of International Standards, which specify the requirements for state-of-the-art products, services, processes, materials and systems, and for good conformity assessment, managerial and organizational practice. ISO standards are designed to be implemented worldwide.