CHARLOTTE, N.C.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 15, 2007— Dassault Systemes (DS) (NASDAQ: DASTY) (Paris:DSY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced that Knapheide Manufacturing Company, a leading designer and manufacturer of steel service truck bodies and platform/stake style truck bodies, has deployed ENOVIA SmarTeam to optimally manage its product information and development processes, including SolidWorks design data.
"ENOVIA SmarTeam has reduced our engineering change order times by
50%, partly through improved access to design data and total
visibility into any engineering change order (ECO) by any department
at any time," said Chris Weiss, vice president of engineering at
Knapheide. "To maintain our leadership position, we are focused on new
product development and engineering. It was critical that we update
our manual workflow approach -- our ECOs were taking up to two weeks."
Knapheide now uses ENOVIA SmarTeam to manage design revisions,
bills of material, engineering change orders, and process control, and
to foster collaboration across design teams and projects through
workflows. Using SmarTeam, Knapheide has improved its ability to
capture, control, reuse and prevent duplication of its extremely high
volume of design data -- more than 250,000 production drawings.
"Knapheide's success highlights ENOVIA SmarTeam's strength as a
flexible and cost-effective multi-CAD PLM solution for mid-sized
companies in the automotive value chain," said Alex Zeltcer, general
manager, ENOVIA SmarTeam. "By providing both rapid value and the
ability to expand gradually toward an overall PLM solution, ENOVIA
SmarTeam helps companies like Knapheide improve productivity and
innovation, and gain other benefits that maintain their leadership."
DS reseller partner InFlow Technology is handling all aspects of
Knapheide's PLM solution implementation. "Our next step is for InFlow
to expand data access to our engineers at remote facilities," added
Weiss. "We hope, eventually, to enable collaboration with our
suppliers and partners."
For more information, visit the Dassault Systemes booth (#1767) at
the SAE World Congress and view demonstrations of automotive solutions
that can help companies improve quality, reduce costs and drive
innovation throughout the product development cycle.
The Knapheide Manufacturing Company is a full-service commercial
vehicle body manufacturer. Our vast distribution network allows the
product to be there when and where our clients need it. End-user
inspired bodies include Service Bodies, KUV(R) , platforms,
landscapers, crane bodies, line bodies, and custom configurations for
specific needs. More information can be found at www.knapheide.com.
About Dassault Systemes
As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
solutions, Dassault Systemes 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.
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