PTC and EADS have reached
another milestone in their partnership around PLM, delivering the technology
and business process integration for PHENIXCHANGE, a Windchill-based platform
that is a core component of the aerospace & defense giant's vision to
harmonize PLM methods, processes and tools between the various EADS business
announced in the summer of 2008, was one of the foundation pieces of EADS' PHENIX
(PLM Harmonized Enhanced Innovation Excellence) initiative, a cross-divisional
attempt to standardize the PLM landscape, moving away from having multiple
software platforms, tools and different workflows across different functional areas
and different divisions. By having an enterprise, harmonized vision of PLM,
EADS is hoping to streamline increasingly complex product development and
manufacturing processes, improving communications between divisions on a global
level, making product data more readily accessible to suppliers and fostering
deeper integration and common workflows across previously siloed engineering
Much of EADS/PTC partnership centers around embedding key
EADS business processes into PTC's PLM technology. The result of this work is
PHENIXCHANGE, an approach that delivers a configurable and modular technology
platform that can be easily deployed. As the foundation technology for
PHENIXCHANGE, Windchill serves as the enterprise PLM backbone, supporting
configuration management, data management, and lifecycle management workflows
and business processes.
Now in its second release and going into production in
additional EADS business units, PHENIXCHANGE embeds standard EADS processes - say
for example, configuration management - into the core Windchill PLM platform so
the various groups don't have to reinvent the wheel with PLM for every project.
The approach is modular allowing EADS business units to pick and choose the
capabilities and business processes that are relevant for their needs, yet
configurable, meaning the teams can modify the base processes to reflect their
specific workflows. "We take the business process, the objects and workflows
and roles of players associated with that business process and implement them
in the PLM technology as a module," explains Eric Spéciel, PTC's vice president
of business development for Aerospace & Defense, Europe. "We're providing an
environment where people at a program level within any EADS business unit can
get on the platform, go through a series of menus and questions and configure a
PLM system that encompasses all of the modules associated to their needs."
PTC also said that EADS has also committed to the maximum
amount of Windchill licenses specified by the contract - around 70,000,
accounting for nearly two-thirds of the EADS workforce as well as its core
suppliers. The PHENIXCHANGE platform has been deployed in various EADS business
units, including Airbus, Eurocopter and EADS Astrium.
PTC Windchill is just one of the core platforms specified
under PHENIX. Dassault Systèmes' CATIA CAD,
ENOVIA PDM platform and DELMIA digital manufacturing software are the key
backbone for creating the 3-D Master Reference model for digital mock-up. The
DOORS software from IBM's Rational Software division serves as the Requirements
Management backbone and there is a simulation and integration backbone as part of
the core PHENIX architecture.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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