Tyco Electronics is an industry leader in providing products compliant with the European Union's RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and similar "green" requirements around the world. Increasingly, however, customers demand not only compliance, but detailed material declarations covering both the regulated substances and other substances used in product construction materials. Prior to implementing Materials Compliance Central, Tyco Electronics had hundreds of engineers filling out product material spreadsheets by hand. The system was time consuming and repetitive, with engineers in different regions sometimes calling the same suppliers to get the same information.
Today, ENOVIA MatrixOne Materials Compliance Central (MCC) facilitates the collection and organization of material content information from Tyco Electronics' 15,000 suppliers in a global compliance data repository. Employees in any region of the world can use MCC to produce documents to satisfy customer demands for information on materials and substances contained in the Tyco Electronics products.
"Now all the information is in a central repository, which eliminates creation of duplicate spreadsheets at different sites," said Greg Summers, Tyco Electronics manager, enterprise engineering systems. "MCC gives people who are purchasing materials the global visibility they need into our supplier network. That's important because some of our customers won't accept products without accurate material declarations."
"Obtaining detailed material declarations from suppliers is important as Electronics Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) prepare for product compliance regulations," said Eric Karofsky in the October 2005 AMR Research Alert, 'The Ghoulish Problem of Content Collection: A Compliance Nightmare.' Karofsky added, "Companies in the electronics supply chain ultimately need real-time content that is integrated with a robust Product Data Management (PDM) system."
Tyco Electronics currently has more than 3,000 engineers globally, and approximately 500,000 salable part numbers, most of which should ultimately have a material declaration. Tyco Electronics manufactures and distributes components for industries ranging from aerospace to household appliances, and has taken the various global "green" initiatives very seriously as well as customers' demands for supporting documentation. It has facilities and suppliers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, and ships products all over the world. Some customers are asking Tyco Electronics to supply material declarations identifying potentially hazardous substances used in customer's end products, which range from jet aircraft to household appliances, lighting fixtures, autos and computer monitors.
"Materials declaration is a growing administrative burden," said Mike Zepp, director, Material Compliance Solutions, ENOVIA MatrixOne. "MCC gives companies like Tyco Electronics a central mechanism for producing comprehensive material declarations without consuming valuable engineering resources to duplicate information that has already been gathered elsewhere in the organization."
About ENOVIA MatrixOne
MatrixOne, Inc. was acquired by Paris-based Dassault Systemes in May, 2006 and today is part of its ENOVIA PLM Collaborative Environment family of solutions. The ENOVIA MatrixOne solutions enable companies to accelerate product innovation to achieve top line revenue growth and improve bottom line profitability. ENOVIA MatrixOne is focused on helping companies across the automotive, aerospace & defense, consumer, machinery, medical device, semiconductor and high-tech industries solve their most challenging new product development and introduction problems. More than 850 companies use ENOVIA MatrixOne solutions to drive business value and gain a competitive advantage, including industry leaders such as BAE Systems, Bosch, Comau, General Electric, Honda, Johnson Controls, Linde AG, NCR, New Balance, Philips, Porsche, Procter & Gamble, REI, Sony Ericsson, STMicroelectronics and Toshiba. ENOVIA MatrixOne (www.matrixone.com) is headquartered in Westford, Massachusetts, with locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
About Dassault Systemes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, the Dassault Systemes group brings value to more than 90,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes 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. The Dassault Systemes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing and ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, including ENOVIA VPLM, ENOVIA MatrixOne and ENOVIA SmarTeam. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com
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