Today’s announcement illustrates Dassault Systèmes and Intercim’s commitment to bringing the real world of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) into the virtual world of PLM. The partners will provide a dynamic, real-time ability to execute production orders exactly as planned by manufacturing engineers and close the loop between engineering and the shop floor. Dassault Systèmes’ investment in Intercim, a partner since 2004, follows a June 2008 Memorandum of Understanding to provide the aerospace and defense industry with Intercim's manufacturing operations management solution integrated with Dassault Systèmes' V6 platform.
This investment strengthens the currently available joint Dassault Systèmes – Intercim V5 solution around 3D process planning and manufacturing execution. It also accelerates the development of a new V6 production experience that combines the values of MES and PLM, revolutionizing the sharing of intellectual property between engineering, manufacturing planning and production communities by:
“Because of the trends we see in aerospace and defense, like global sourcing, physical separation of design and manufacturing activities, and engineering specialization, it is critical that information exchange and collaboration between engineering, manufacturing and the supply network be handled in real-time,” said John Todd, Intercim president and CEO. “The combination of Intercim’s proven execution and manufacturing intelligence capabilities with the virtual experience provided by Dassault Systèmes’ solutions allows this type of collaboration and knowledge sharing for the first time.”
The future of production communities requires the power of PLM 2.0’s lifelike experience incorporating shop floor “as-built” information, product and quality analytics, and manufacturing best practices. Dassault Systèmes and Intercim’s joint vision enables such an expanded PLM 2.0 strategy, which includes the shop floor and supply network’s real-time production state.
“Intercim and Dassault Systèmes have made a revolutionary step forward in terms of manufacturing collaboration with engineering. These two communities are now able to work together throughout the entire supply network,” says ARC Senior Analyst Dick Slansky. “It is not enough to stay within the walls of a single plant any longer or focus on the engineering and manufacturing needs of one site. Communication and coordination of all activities across the extended enterprise has become critical. This is especially true in highly regulated industries that carry a high cost of failure.”
“Dassault Systèmes and Intercim share a common vision for increasing customer manufacturing efficiency by bringing together the engineering and production communities through a real-time and accurate 3D production experience.” said Philippe Charlès, CEO, DELMIA, Dassault Systèmes. “Bringing MES into PLM is a major breakthrough for the industry.”
Intercim has 25 years of experience in helping discrete manufacturers meet regulatory requirements, harness lean principles, manage quality and execute processes in a paperless environment. The company is a demonstrated leader in manufacturing and production operations management software solutions for advanced and highly regulated industries. Intercim has offices throughout the United States and in Europe, with industry-leading customers such as Boeing, Sanofi Pasteur, Airbus, Ball Aerospace, BMW, and Honeywell. In addition, as part of its initiative to provide the utmost in operational excellence, the company also has technology partnerships with Dassault Systèmes, SAP and Microsoft. For more information, visit www.intercim.com.
About Dassault Systèmes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers
in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981,
Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and
services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of
the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to
recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for
designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design -
DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for
global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D
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