Dassault Systèmes (DS) announced the availability of a new PLM solution developed specifically for the high-tech industry. Based on Dassault Systèmes’ recently announced V6 platform, the ENOVIA High Tech Accelerator for New Part Request and Development enables key decision makers in the product development process to collaborate on the creation of, or request for, new parts regardless of geographical location without requiring any specialized software. Offered as an out-of-the-box (OOTB) solution, it allows companies to more effectively manage the approval, delivery, cataloging and utilization of new parts. This assists in the elimination of part information errors and enforces standardization and re-use by the establishment of a single PLM platform designed for global intellectual property management vs. multiple standalone component data libraries or databases.
“With increased competition and shrinking margins, it’s important for high tech companies to build greater efficiency into every stage of the development process. As we have seen in recent years, managing the risks associated with a global business and complex part requests are key to long term success,” said Ed Miller, president, CIMdata. “By effectively managing those burdens, PLM solutions play an integral part in helping the industry focus attention on continuous innovation and enabling companies to realize the benefits of a truly collaborative environment.”
Built on the ENOVIA V6 platform, the latest ENOVIA High Tech Accelerator promotes innovation via an online environment for global collaboration. This approach reduces costly queue times by ensuring that real time, concurrent work processes occur. In addition, all deliverables are accomplished on a single PLM platform helping to manage intellectual property and eliminate translation errors. Customers can also gain immediate value by using the OOTB processes for almost any part request, which ultimately helps to drive lower total cost of ownership.
The latest in a line of industry-specific solutions produced by ENOVIA, the High Tech Accelerator for New Part Request and Development provides multiple benefits to manufacturers, including:
- Maximized Part Reuse and Reduce Proliferation: the ability to bring innovative products to market faster and reducing costs is optimized by applying consistent part processes and optimizing part reuse.
- Streamlined and Standardized Part Development: rapid response to market opportunities is enabled by streamlining new part development for new part design definition. By providing a method for standardizing the process for new part request, development process efficiencies are maximized and best practices are enabled.
- Enhanced Monitoring and Improved Decision Making: the capability to monitor part development business metrics, at the company, project, or product level, is included, giving companies real-time information and facilitating decision making within the organization. In addition, this allows for supply chain optimization by supporting both internally developed and purchased part business models.
Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor
ENOVIA really took off in earnest a couple of years ago when Dassault Systemes acquired MatrixOne Inc., a provider of collaborative PLM applications for the supply chain. The PLM Collaborative Environment portfolio, which took on the ENOVIA brand name, was intended to address customers' requirements across a wide spectrum of product and business processes, from small-scale teams to extended enterprises with many thousands of users. ENOVIA offered several levels of collaboration and addressed a broad range of industry needs with:
ENOVIA VPLM - 3D Collaborative Virtual Product Lifecycle Management of complex product, resource, and manufacturing processes in medium and large organizations.
ENOVIA MatrixOne - Collaborative Product Development business processes for enterprises across a wide range of industries.
- ENOVIA SmarTeam - Collaborative Product Data Management for small and mid-sized enterprises, engineering departments of larger organizations, and across supply chains.
Since its inception, Dassault's ENOVIA has attempted to integrate virtual product modeling, lifecycle management, and decision support for companies that manufacture complex products. The ENOVIA products are intended to help companies developing large engineering-intensive products to manage the product lifecycle in a unified environment. In theory, all parties involved with a product's lifecycle can access, share, and manage product information.
One of the side results of the acquisition was the evolution and redefinition of what PLM actually is. Has it caused competitors to take stock and reevaluate their PLM offerings and strategies? Possibly. Has it benefited ENOVIA and/or MatrixOne customers? Probably. Has it proven to be a wise move for Dassault and the PLM industry as a whole? That still remains to be seen. From the beginning, the biggest challenge for Dassault surrounding the acquisition was how to convey what its positive impact, implications, the direction it's heading, and why it's compelling.
ENOVIA is interesting because its platform is delivered via a flexible Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). This gives high-tech companies that grow over time the ability to scale up and add additional capabilities without re-implementation or obsolescence issues.
ENOVIA provides high-tech and electronics companies with collaborative PLM tools to:
- Manage the design and development of complex products (electronics, mechanical, software, IC design) to ensure products meet or exceed requirements
- Address the issue and complexity of globalization and out-sourcing through-out the entire product lifecycle
- Address IP and design re-use to optimize time-to-market, cost, and quality
- Enable end-to-end traceability from concepts and requirements to service and retirement to manage changes and impact analysis
- Ensure the ability to meet regulatory compliance and quality standards goals
- Optimize design for the supply-chain to meet cost, quality, and delivery expectations
- Manage the matrix of needs, design for cost, compliance, quality, manufacturing, test and assembly to optimize products earlier in the product lifecycle.
The ENOVIA collaborative PLM environment is popular in three primary industries – automotive, aerospace, and high-tech/electronics, because it integrates with MCAD, EDA, and ERP applications. With the current state of manufacturing and the economy, the latter industry is probably the best place to be and is likely the impetus behind the high-tech accelerator.
The challenges of high-tech add a layer of complexity onto almost every decision these companies make in the drive to profitability, growth, and bottom-line results, and the accelerator aims to aid in these endeavors.
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