Mar 22 2002

PROTON Selects DELMIA for Vehicle Packaging, Ergonomics and Assembly Studies

Malaysia's Largest National Car Manufacturer Launched End-to-End Digital Car Development Initiatives

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 22, 2002 - DELMIA Corp., a Dassault Systemes company (Nasdaq: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) announced today that PROTON, Malaysia’s leading car manufacturer, has selected SAFEWORK® Pro™, ENVISION/ASSEMBLY™ and ENVISION/ERGO® from DELMIA for new car development processes.

 

PROTON has invested substantial R&D efforts into styling, ergonomics, packaging, engineering design and analysis to ensure the success of its new concept vehicle. PROTON believes that ergonomics, such as passenger comfort, product manufacturability and feasibility of maintenance are key differentiators in the success of innovative car development.

 

“Part of our strategic plans at PROTON is to design cars with world-class ergonomics complying with SAE and other applicable standards, in addition to maintenance friendly cars for the world market”, said Mr. Kamarulzaman Darus, General Manager, Research & Development Division & New Platform, PROTON.

 

Prior to selecting DELMIA, PROTON had been using conventional physical prototypes to validate these factors and found them to be costly and time consuming. PROTON started to evaluate a number of different software packages to improve these conventional methods and integrate product development and validation processes into the digital manufacturing environment.

After extensive research and evaluation of various products from different vendors, PROTON has chosen SAFEWORK® Pro™, ENVISION/ASSEMBLY™, and ENVISION/ERGO® from DELMIA as the optimum solution.  DLAB, DELMIA’s business partner in Malaysia provides comprehensive consultation services and training for successful deployment of DELMIA solutions at PROTON.

 

“We have started reaping the benefits of DELMIA’s digital manufacturing solutions in our R&D efforts in ergonomics, passenger comfort and assembly/maintenance studies early in the design stage”, added Mr. Kamarulzaman Darus.

 

PROTON also has been using CATIA from Dassault Systemes for many years. Its strong 3D Product Lifecycle Management (3D PLM) integration enabling a collaborative environment between CATIA and DELMIA users was one of the key factors behind PROTON’s decision to select DELMIA.

 

“DELMIA’s tight integration with CATIA helps PROTON in leveraging the designs made in CATIA to the best advantage of reducing our time-to-market”, said Mr. Kamarulzaman Darus.

 

By deploying DELMIA Solutions, PROTON expects to accelerate design iterations, save development costs and reduce workplace injuries, as well as, produce cars suitable for each country’s ergonomic requirements and standards.

 

“We are extremely honored that PROTON has chosen DELMIA’s SAFEWORK and ENVISION as a part of their strategic plans to design world class vehicles. We are sure that this decision will benefit PROTON in reducing their time- to-market by utilizing the collaborative interaction between design, product engineering and manufacturing engineering. They will be able to capture, share and re-apply their corporate knowledge throughout the extended enterprise,”