Systèmes is taking
aim at industrial equipment manufacturers with a new PLM solution that couples
functionality from its core design tools with industry-specific intellectual
property to promote what it's calling a "multi-discipline" approach to
engineering in that sector.
Collaborative Multi-Discipline Engineering (CMDE) initiative, the solution
delivers functionality from CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA to enable engineers and
designers of all specialties as well as non-engineers to collaborate in real
time and promote lean product development processes. The CMDE offering,
designed to handle large, complex assemblies, supports all product information
(from CAD and manufacturing information to complex mechatronics simulation
data), allowing engineers and non-engineers to collaborate on projects even if
they are not using the system that generated the data, Dassault officials said.
The CMDE solution employs Dassault
V6 PLM as the backbone for all product, process, resource and simulation
data management, thus enabling global multi-discipline collaboration.
"From a product
standpoint, this offer is very much mature," says David Segal, global leader of
Industrial Equipment Market Development for Dassault Systèmes. "But we've
packaged (the technology) in a way that has context for the industrial
equipment industry - it speaks their language and addresses their challenges.
And the embedded methodology within the solution helps them implement it much
faster, in a more holistic way."
One of the specific
industry challenges this new platform helps address is value stream management -
a method of production optimization that includes design, manufacturing and
services. The new CMDE platform leverages Dassault's "life-like digital 3-D
experience" to bring together all engineering disciplines that work on complex
industrial equipment products while supporting large-scale mechanical design,
including tubing, welding, structural (both electrical and software
components), kinematics and control systems.
"This is an
out-of-the-box solution with the capability to adjust (designs) to a specific
customer environment," says Segal. "The solution is architected to support the
engineer-to-order process, which is pretty typical for these manufacturers. All
these capabilities are arranged to operate together to enable engineers to
participate in the engineer-to-order process seamlessly."
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