IGRIP(R) and UltraPaint(R) to play key role in company's goal of improving speed, precision and efficiency of robotic paint systemsAUBURN HILLS, Mich.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Jan. 6, 2005— Delmia Corp., a Dassault Systemes company (Nasdaq: DASTY)(Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), today announced that Lockheed Martin and system integrator CTA, Inc., will use its IGRIP resource modelling and simulation software, which includes the UltraPaint option, for off-line programming of robotic paint systems at Lockheed Martin's new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) facility in Fort Worth, Texas.
The simulation tools will be used in paint applications and stealth coatings for a variety of F-35 JSF components, including the wing, aft fuselage, forward fuselage, horizontal tail, and vertical tail, as well as multiple small panels and doors. Lockheed Martin is deploying the solution with the goal of improving spray quality and accuracy and increasing profitability.
With IGRIP and UltraPaint, stop station, line tracking and rail tracking applications will be simulated so that accurate robot programs can be downloaded to the robot systems to ensure that paint application is balanced evenly. Users will have the ability to define groups of objects to check for collisions and ensure safe robot trajectories.
Users will also be able to program an entire simulation--including multiple robots, fixtures, and material handing devices--by using a simple graphical programming interface. Furthermore, by evaluating various robot movements and paint parameters digitally, programmers can search for the optimal results without costly prototypes.
"The coating material cannot be sprayed on too heavily due to weight constraints," said Jason LeFever, applications engineer at Lockheed Martin. "It is crucial for the robots to spray the coating accurately and evenly across the various parts. By using IGRIP, we can now verify that all of the robot motions are correct offline before we implement our processes on the plant floor."
"The opening of this new facility is the culmination of efforts that began for us back in 2002," says Steve Milliren, DELMIA account executive. "As the project unfolds, we see our tools playing a key role in Lockheed Martin's cost-containment goals. IGRIP and its UltraPaint option offer unprecedented reduction in man-hours and process engineering lead-time and minimizes costly prototypes and paint consumption."
In other areas of JSF production, Lockheed Martin has deployed DELMIA solutions to identify potential problem conditions such as disassembly for inspections, rework, or maintenance. In addition, DELMIA software is also in use for advanced ergonomic analysis of worker performance and aircraft maintainability.
The F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role stealth aircraft. It is being developed in conjunction with Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and several other companies, worldwide.
About Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., a business area of Lockheed Martin, is a leader in the design, research and development, systems integration, production and support of advanced military aircraft and related technologies. Its customers include the Department of Defense and allied countries throughout the world. Additional information about Lockheed Martin is available at www.lockheedmartin.com
CTA, Incorporated, the world-class robotic system integrators specializing in precision coating, robotic manufacturing, material handling systems, and turnkey industrial robotic systems. A leader with the ability and expertise to customize processes and systems to meet your needs.
About Delmia Corp.
Delmia Corp. is the leading provider of lean digital manufacturing solutions, focused mainly on software that can be used to streamline manufacturing processes. DELMIA serves industries where the optimization of manufacturing processes is critical, including automotive, aerospace, fabrication and assembly, electrical and electronics, consumer goods, plant, and shipbuilding sectors. Information about Delmia Corp. is available at http://www.delmia.com.
About Dassault Systemes
As world leader in three-dimensional product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, the Dassault Systemes group brings value to more than 70,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systemes develops and markets 3D PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Its offering includes 3D PLM integrated solutions for product development (CATIA(R), ENOVIA(R), DELMIA(R), SMARTEAM(R)), mainstream 3D product design tools (SolidWorks(R)), and 3D components (ACIS(R)) from Spatial Corp. Dassault Systemes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. Information about Dassault Systemes is available at http://www.3ds.com