Boeing Confirms And Extends UGS' Teamcenter
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Boeing Confirms And Extends UGS' Teamcenter

UGS Corp. announced that Boeing, the world's leading aerospace company, following an extensive year-long evaluation, named Teamcenter, UGS' digital lifecycle management solution as its enterprise Data Management system for future Commercial Airplanes and Integrated Defense Systems programs. Boeing's JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition) Program, which successfully migrated all product data from multiple legacy systems to Teamcenter, is the first to implement the new system.

Boeing chose Teamcenter as its enterprise Data Management system because it needed an open, scalable platform that can be leveraged across the company and globally. A standard platform across programs allows Boeing to enhance collaboration and more effectively manage work loads, as well as human resources, within and between programs.

"Boeing and UGS have enjoyed a long working relationship, and we are pleased to expand our relationship to enhance our global capabilities," said Dave Fennell, a Boeing vice president of Information Technology, who is responsible for the companywide design and support of PLM systems. "The broad use of Teamcenter with 30,000 users at Commercial Airplanes on our DCAC/MRM implementation and success on our JDAM program have shown the benefits of Teamcenter's open platform and scalability, and reinforces our decision to make Teamcenter Boeing's enterprise Data Management system going forward."

Boeing will continue to implement Teamcenter on upcoming projects and programs, including at the Boeing Satellite Design Center in El Segundo, Calif., where teams are working to implement a standard environment, and where, by the end of 2007, it will be used for all relevant satellite program data; and the F/A-18E/F, F-15, T-45 and AV8-B programs, as well as other future programs.

"UGS is proud to work closely with world-class organizations like Boeing and to have Teamcenter selected as the enterprise Data Management system for all new Boeing programs," said Tony Affuso, chairman, CEO and president, UGS. "It is always gratifying to help customers meet their challenging business objectives. Teamcenter's open platform enables companies to leverage their global presence to enhance process excellence and productivity through consolidation and collaboration."

UGS Teamcenter powers innovation and productivity by connecting people and processes with knowledge. Teamcenter's comprehensive portfolio of proven digital lifecycle management solutions is built on an open PLM foundation. Teamcenter is the winner of the IndustryWeek Technology of the Year Award for 2005.

UGS software, used extensively by top 15 Aerospace & Defense OEMs, has accrued more experience in Aerospace & Defense in mission-critical operations than any other comparable PLM product. With 2.3 million licenses and more than one million man-years of experience in delivering mission-critical operations on an unparallel scale, UGS is now the de facto provider of product lifecycle management and facilitator of enterprise transformation for the aerospace and defense industry.

by Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

Boy, did this announcement get a lot of reader interest, not to mention raising a more than a few hackles this week. We got challenged as to the accuracy of this announcement, so we followed up on it and confirmed that is was indeed accurate. Because it involves a vendor and a customer, it had to be approved as accurate by both parties before being disseminated, and to the best of our knowledge, based on conversations with both parties, we found everything stated essentially to be true.

Keep in mind, though, this is not a new contract for UGS, but rather a confirmation of an existing contract. After a competitive year-long evaluation process, Boeing chose Teamcenter as its enterprise-level data manager for all new programs going forward. This does not, however, include the Boeing 787 program at this time. Teamcenter's inclusion in all programs going forward is analogous to Dassault's CATIA remaining the primary CAD going forward into the future, although it is not the exclusive CAD application used company-wide. Boeing still has approximately 10,000 seats of UGS NX in-house. These are seats remaining from the McDonnell Douglas days, a company that became a part of Boeing in 1997, and there appears to be no active effort afoot to replace these seats with CATIA - again, at this time.

We obtained the following quote on the announcement from Dick Slansky, Senior Analyst, PLM & Discrete Manufacturing, ARC Advisory Group. "Boeing's adoption of UGS' Teamcenter Enterprise as their Enterprise Data Management (EDM) system for all future Commercial Airplane and Integrated Defense Systems is very significant and marks a new direction for Boeing in terms of program management. Using Teamcenter Enterprise "going forward" means that all future programs will use a single EDM system as opposed to the past practice where each new program would define a new set of solutions and applications. This decision by Boeing indicates that they see the value of a common, standard, and collaborative EDM platform for all of their products, both commercial and military, and across the entirety of their extensive global risk-partnership and supplier network. It is clear that Boeing understands the complexity and issues involved in first designing and then integrating the building of a product on a large and globally disparate scale; and that they need an EDM system, such as Teamcenter, that will meet their requirements on this scale. The current Teamcenter implementation at Boeing represents one of the largest PLM implementations in the world and this decision would expand that footprint."

UGS' Teamcenter is managing product data (such as bills of material, etc.) at the enterprise level. As far as we can tell, Dassault's ENOVIA is managing the CAD data coming from CATIA, where CAD data is a subset of an overall PLM data scheme. Teamcenter sits on top of ENOVIA and ENOVIA feeds the CATIA data to Teamcenter, where it and tons of other product data is managed and distributed throughout the Boeing enterprise.

Although any software company would like to be the exclusive vendor for a company the magnitude of Boeing, in most cases, it just isn't feasible. Ultimately, it's the customer who decides what is best for its operations and bottom line, and that's just what Boeing has done in this instance.

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Boeing Discusses 787 Progress
Boeing is making solid progress on the all-new 787 Dreamliner. Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 787 program, said at the Farnborough Air Show that development efforts are wrapping up and production of the super-efficient jetliner is under way at sites around the world. "All of our partners are well along the path of finishing designs, installing and qualifying tooling and testing prototypes," Bair said. "And for our long-lead items, we've started production of the first pieces." Bair also highlighted that new digital tools from Dassault Systemes will be provided when the 787 enters service.

Toyota Motor Employs CATIA V5 On Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition
Microsoft Corp. and Dassault Systemes announced that Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) has adopted CATIA V5 on Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition. TMC's use of CATIA V5 on the Microsoft platform demonstrates the customer benefits of the global strategic alliance between Dassault Systemes and Microsoft. Announced in November 2004, the alliance provides deeper integration between Dassault Systemes' V5 PLM and 3-D collaborative solutions and the Windows client and Windows Server platforms to enable more flexible customer solutions that are cost-effective, easy to deploy and easy to maintain. All V5 PLM products take advantage of the familiar Windows experience but with the dramatically enhanced power of 64-bit. As a part of the design and manufacturing process, TMC requires huge amounts of data to support detailed and complex product designs and is faced with having to create and review large product models more accurately and quickly. TMC first deployed CATIA V5R16 with 64-bit in its technical and production engineering department in May, with plans to expand the deployment in a phased approach. As a result of the 64-bit environment, large assembly data can now be processed. In addition, Dassault Systemes and Microsoft worked together to provide a mechanism that helps ensure 32-bit Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros would run in the 64-bit environment.

MSC.Software And IBM Form Strategic Alliance
IBM and MSC.Software Corp. announced a worldwide strategic alliance. MSC will embed and optimize IBM technology as part of its SimManager Enterprise offering, integrating services oriented architecture (SOA) with DB2, Websphere and Tivoli to meet the growing demand for enterprise-based CAE and analysis in the PLM space. IBM Global Services will develop Centers of Competence that help deliver CAE enterprise solutions to clients in association with SimManager Enterprise implementations. IBM Global Services will also resell and implement SimManager Enterprise, and both companies will undertake joint sales and marketing activities to promote the offering.

Ford Launches Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines
Ford kicked off production of dedicated hydrogen fueled V-10 engines, making it the first automaker in the world to do so. The supercharged 6.8-liter V-10 engine will power Ford's E-450 hydrogen fueled shuttle buses. The buses are scheduled to be delivered to fleet customers later this year, first in Florida and then in other locations across North America. Hydrogen internal combustion engine technology represents an important step toward enabling hydrogen to become a viable motor fuel. Ford's first hydrogen internal combustion engine demonstration vehicle, released in 2001, was based on a lightweight aluminum sedan body, which also was used in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology. Additionally, the company has a fleet of 30 hydrogen powered Focus fuel cell vehicles on the road as part of a worldwide, seven-city program to conduct real world testing of fuel cell technology. The 30-car fleet has accumulated more than 240,000 miles since its inception.

Noran Engineering Partners With SolidWorks
Noran Engineering Inc. (NEi) announced that it has reached a licensing agreement with SolidWorks Corp. for the use of its solid modeling engine. The modeling engine will underlie a CAD-neutral, Nastran engineering analysis and simulation software product called NEi FEA that is created specifically for individual design engineers who require Nastran-based FEA. The significance of the NEi FEA software product is the pairing of a CAD-independent modeler with Nastran FEA solvers. The combination of a SolidWorks geometry engine and Nastran is a first in the industry and extends the market for professional-level Nastran FEA software.

Jeffrey Rowe is the editor and publisher of MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached here or 408.850.9230.

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