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November 07, 2011
Dassault Systèmes Acquiring Elsys for Electrical PLM
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by Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
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Dassault Systèmes announced the acquisition of Elsys, an innovative provider of interactive electrical engineering and disruptive multi-discipline generative schematics solutions. Elsys generative technology enables the automatic creation of millions of 2D schematics from functional-logical master data, thereby eliminating the tedious, costly, and error-prone process of interactive manual creation of schematics.

With the Version 6 (V6) collaborative platform, customers across industries are creating smart products to run lifelike experiences. These smart products rely on electronics, electrical or fluidic systems to provide ever more advanced functions. In this context, the goal of the Elsys acquisition is to provide a unique solution allowing Dassault Systèmes customers to associate schematic documents to the real product’s behavior. In addition, all associated schematics related to the design, manufacturing and services of electrical systems will be generated automatically from the functional-logical description. Eventually, thanks to the unique V6 convergence platform, Dassault Systèmes
will be able to provide revolutionary multi-disciplinary integrated solutions, from electrical to fluidics to electronics.

Dominique Florack, Senior Executive Vice President, Products, R&D, Dassault Systèmes added: “Over the last 20 years, customers have been longing for Generative Schematic Technology. Although promised many times by many companies, it has never been delivered widely to the market. Furthermore, the need to provide a unique convergence platform for product related documents and 3D is growing as products become more intelligent. I am delighted that Elsys decided to join Dassault Systèmes to help us meet these challenges. We are further demonstrating our commitment to deliver, as part of V6, a game changer multi-disciplinary system engineering optimization and execution solution to meet
the need for speed and zero errors.”

“With hundreds of kilometers of wires, electrical systems in modern aircrafts are highly complex and having an integrated solution that brings together our existing electrical applications on a single platform is a must,” said Didier Gondoin, Executive Vice President, Research, Design & Engineering, Dassault Aviation. “We are long-time users of Elsys’ innovative applications, including ELECTRE for electrical schematics, and Elsys has a deep understanding of our electrical processes. We believe that this acquisition will successfully deliver next-generation electrical process integration to Dassault Aviation as a critical feature of our current Version 6 implementation.”

“We are convinced that combining the extensive industry experience, knowledge, and proven solutions of the Elsys team with CATIA state-of-the-art Virtual Product Portfolio is the only way to address current and future industry challenges, among them, to deliver zero default systems,” said Jacques Goldstein, Managing Partner R&D, Elsys.

Commentary By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor

I think this acquisition will prove to be one of the better ones in recent memory for Dassault especially in the automotive and aerospace markets where it is already deeply entrenched. There is also a strong connection between Elsys technologies and some of Dassault’s, including CATIA and ENOVIA.

ELSYS has been selected by major international companies in aerospace, automotive and shipbuilding industries as their preferred solution to provide electrical engineering needs.

From its inception, ELSYS has provided software and services to industries developing products combining mechanical and electrical technologies that require specialized electrical diagram, bundle and harness design, and wiring applications – many complementary to Dassault. The product portfolio includes:
  • Electrical schematics (ELECTRE)
  • 3D electromechanical integration (CATELECTRE)
  • Collaborative platform with ENOVIA SmartTeam (SMARTELECTRE)

  • ELECTRE is the core of ELSYS’s PLM suite of electrical engineering solutions. It is developed foe industry sectors that design products combining mechanical and electrical technologies and require special applications for electrical schematics, bundle and harness design, and wiring.

    Physical Wire Harness Board

    From the schematics to the complete harness production file, ELECTRE offers a broad range of applications that cover the entire electrical design process in its mechanical environment and automatically generate manufacturing and wiring documents.

    Digital Wire Harness Board

    Combined with the CATIA V5 electrical engineering modules, ELECTRE handles the collaborative work between electrical and mechanical engineers, and provides a productive technology set for the requirements of onboard electrical systems (automotive, aeronautics, etc.) and other systems (machines, equipment, etc). In all cases, ELECTRE solutions  provide integration with existing CAD/CAM configurations, and preserve a company’s data through a data recovery capability.

    ELSYS also develops multi PDM solutions to perform integration of ELECTRE data into a company’s PDM system to provide a collaborative environment in which to manage and couple the electrical with the mechanical design models and the production data with the manufacturing documents.

    This comprehensive approach to electrical issues allows companies to design and manufacture high-quality harnesses and cables.

    CATELECTRE integrates ELECTRE and CATIA’s 3D electrical solutions in a single digital mock-up that combines the electrical and mechanical models. This comprehensive, two-way integration makes it possible to synchronize electrical schematics with the 3D mechanical environment supporting them and to update harness data using information from the 3D models. It also enriches the CATIA representation with functional information from ELECTRE, such as electrical engineering routing constraints.

    CATELECTRE, the integration gateway between an electrical design tool (ELECTRE) and a mechanical design tool (CATIA), is a tool for building a comprehensive electromechanical model combining the 2D functional model (pilot) with the 3D mechanical environment (constraints). CATELECTRE’s design methodology follows and naturally enhances a company’s processes for designing harnesses and integrating them in their mechanical environment.

    CATELECTRE also combines with Elsys’s multi PDM platforms to provide a coherent collaborative environment in which to manage electrical data, models and documents.

    SMARTELECTRE, a collaborative platform integrating ELECTRE and ENOVIA SmarTeam, is the tool developed by ELSYS to implement a PLM solution, specially tailored to electromechanical products and electrical engineering wiring. Implementing a PLM solution enables companies to manage, share and exchange their product information in their own design departments and with subcontractors, suppliers and partners.

    SMARTELECTRE handles the integration of electrical data in a company’s PDM system and ensures the quality and efficacy needed to reach the technical and economic goals set for products. By taking these goals into account, SMARTELECTRE enables companies to improve their vital processes –quality, costs and lead times– and adds its knowledgeware to the collaborative management of technical data by ENOVIA SmarTeam.

    As I said at the beginning, I think this acquisition will benefit both parties involved, as well as the automotive and aerospace industries that they serve.


    The Week’s Top 5

    At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.

    MSC Software Announces New Release of Adams

    MSC Software Corp. announced Adams 2012. This release of Adams delivers an all-new user interface and new model browser that simplifies model setup; new automatic flexible body generation to support efficient, high-fidelity system modeling; and an innovative tire model to complement the improved selection of standard events and road profile formats available for vehicle simulations. The release will be available at the end of November.

    All-new User Interface - The Adams 2012 user interface provides a new ribbon-style format and intuitive layout that offers improved labels, making model construction easier and more user-friendly. The main toolbox and build menu functions are in a series of tabs for model entity construction, simulation, and post-processing actions, and icon strips are located on the main menu bar and status toolbar.

    Automatic Flexible Body Generation - The Adams 2012 release introduces a new Adams/ViewFlex module that enables users to create flexible bodies without leaving the Adams environment and without the dependence on external FEM) or FEA software. The feature is powered by embedded MSC Nastran technology and run wholly in the background of the Adams session. This improves productivity and facilitates high-fidelity modeling.

    Enhanced Solver for Speed - The improved C++ solver in Adams 2012 is now the default solver for all Adams products, including Adams/View and Adams/Car. The Adams C++ solver provides modeling and simulation capabilities not found in the FORTRAN solver, such as Nonlinear BEAM and FIELD formulations, flexible body contact, clearance measures, an exact linearization algorithm, a bisection method in the Adams/Controls system import option, support for delay differential equations, and parallel processing.

    Geometric Releases CAMWorks 2012

    Geometric Limited released its solids-based CNC programming solution, CAMWorks 2012, with support for SolidWorks 2012, as well as improvements to enable faster and easier programming, and to produce more efficient tool paths for improved machining productivity.

    Some of the improvements in functionality and ease-of-use in CAMWorks 2012 include:

    With support for SolidWorks 2012, feature recognition performance and recognition improvements include:
  • Version 4.0 of VoluMill with the new Non-Concentric Milling technology reduces cutting-tool loads, and evacuates chips more effectively, thereby increasing the tool life
  • Reduction in the time taken to save the files containing a large number of tool path moves
  • Ability to add new tools into the TechDB from within CAMWorks
  • Shaded display of Contain and Avoid areas
  • Turn roughing operations now support user defined inserts

  • IronCAD and NEi Software Announce “NEi Nastran for IronCAD” 

    IronCAD, LLC and NEi Software announced the availability of NEi Nastran for IronCAD, a finite element analysis solution designed to run inside of the user interfaces of IRONCAD and INOVATE. With NEi Nastran for IronCAD, product design teams can perform FEA pre-processing, analysis and post-processing within the same associative design environment to provide engineers the flexibility to test product designs before manufacturing. IronCAD registered users will be able to download and install the “NEi Nastran for IronCAD” that will enable users to run and explore the following capabilities as a fully functional node-limited version within IRONCAD and INOVATE:
  • Linear Static and Steady-State Heat Transfer
  • Normal Modes, Buckling, Composites, and Prestress 
  • Advanced Dynamics (Transient Response, Frequency Response) 
  • Nonlinear Analysis (Nonlinear Static and Transient Response) 
  • Nonlinear Transient Heat Transfer (Static and Transient) 

  • STAR-CCM+ v6.06: Faster, Better, and Wider  

    STAR-CCM+ v6.06 ensures higher throughput and offers:
  • Faster turnaround times: support of parallel I/O file systems, new sparse solver for electrical solutions, quicker polyhedral meshing, and new CAD reading technology. 
  • Better application coverage: improved process for Li-ion batteries simulation, new physical models for Eulerian multiphase flow and LES combustion.
  • Wider multidisciplinary solution: simulation of electromagnetics and electrical fields, and import of SPEED models for flow and thermal analyses of electrical devices

  • Improvements to the product include:
  •  Optimizing License Resources
  • New and Improved Tutorials
  • Geometry Preparation and Surface Meshing
  • CAD Clients
  • Geometry Import
  • 3D- CAD
  • Engineering Physics

  • SPEED Integration
  • Electromagnetics

  • Eulerian Multiphase
  • Liquid Film
  • Battery Simulation
  • Materials
  • Combustion

  • TransMagic Ships R9 with Metadata Extraction to XML 

    TransMagic unveiled TransMagic (R9), a solution to maintain 3D data integrity across business applications. The focus of R9 is on usability enhancements, quickly finding and repairing errors in the geometry, and customizing workflow. In this release, TransMagic delivers support for updated CAD versions along with customer requested enhancements, including metadata output, point mesh creation and XL-64 high-speed processing. R9 offers a new and improved PMI++ option to identify metadata stored in a model and output it in XML. The XML output can be stored, viewed or utilized by other software applications making it an ideal tool for integration with business systems. PMI++ supports
    product manufacturing information (PMI, aka FTA, GD&T), assembly hierarchy, part names and other metadata stored in a model. Models can also be converted to a polygon point mesh which can protect intellectual property. TransMagic R9 offers updated bidirectional support for CATIA V5 R21, Parasolid V24 and ACIS R22, in addition to support for all major 3D CAD formats including SolidWorks, NX, Creo Elements, Inventor and more. TransMagic Repair tools enable the highest data exchange fidelity on the market today. The enhanced Auto Repair Wizard now provides better visibility on problem geometry so errors can be resolved with advanced tools such as MagicSurface.

    Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of
    MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at
    Email Contact or 719.221.1867.

    This Week

    Lead Story

    Dassault Systèmes to Acquire Elsys


    Product and Company News

    FISHER/UNITECH Acquires SolidWorks® Software Business Unit from R&D Technologies, Inc.

    Catalog Data Solutions Publishes Brother International Case Study

    Delcam software supports move into large part machining

    World’s Largest Optical Telescope Being Developed with Autodesk Vault Software

    BAE Systems, Inc. and BAE Systems Australia Select PTC as its Preferred Product Lifecycle Management Solution Provider

    EOS Sees New Age of Manufacturing Ahead as It Tops 1,000 Mark for Laser-Sintering Systems

    Tecplot, Inc. Releases Its Latest Innovation in Simulation Analytics: Tecplot Chorus

    Tata Technologies Partners with Supermicro to Provide Complete High Performance Computing Solutions for Product Engineering and the Manufacturing Industry

    Dassault Systèmes Reports Strong EPS Growth and Operating Margin Expansion in Third Quarter

    3D Systems Expands Its The3dStudio.com Resources

    SolidWorks Helps Pumpkins Go Airborne

    CIMdata Releases 2011 PLM Market Industry Analysis Report

    i GET IT Adds Two All-New CATIA V6 Courses

    Plico Chooses 3D MCAD Software from ASCON

    PTC Announces Strong Q4 Results, Initiates FY’12 Targets and Q1 Guidance

    OPTIS opens new UK operations on Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus

    Gunslingers Get It Right For Edgecam

    ETRAGE LLC Integrates IFS Applications and ShipConstructor Software

    Artec and Rapidform Join Forces to Provide World Class 3D Scanning Solutions

    Isogeometric technologies to enhance design and production integration

    PTC Named As China's #1 PLM Solution Supplier for Second Consecutive Year By Leading Industry Analyst Firm

    Global Food Processing Machinery & Equipment Industry

    IMAGINiT Technologies Hosts its BIG I.D.E.A.S. Virtual Event

    Stratasys Reports Record Quarterly Financial Results

    FMI masters silicone molding of critical medical components using Nikon Metrology iNexiv

    Catalog Data Solutions Catalog and CAD Download Solution Launched by E-Z LOK, Inc.

    Research and Markets: The Global Computer-Aided Manufacturing Applications Market to Grow At A CAGR Of 6.5 Percent over the Period 2010-2014

    Huntsman Announces the Sale of its Stereolithography and Digitalis® Machine Manufacturing Businesses to 3D Systems Corporation

    Research and Markets: The Global Collaborative Product Definition Management Market to Grow At A CAGR Of 9.4 Percent over the Period 2010-2014

    Siemens PLM Software releases version 44.0 of its D-Cubed 3D components

    Geometric Q-o-Q revenues rise 10.7%

    Professional Outlook, Will EU's Deal Hold the Markets? - Equity Research on Parametric Technology and ANSYS, Inc.

    NCG CAM v11 Released

    MATLAB Connector from CADNexus: Bidirectional CAD-CAE Interoperability

    Contex HD4230 Wide Format Scanner Gives HGMC Productivity Boost

    PartMaker Looks to Close the “Skills Gap” in Advanced Manufacturing

    Aras Expands Open Innovation and Collaboration on PLM Solution Projects Website

    COMAC Expands Use of PTC Solutions for Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management

    ASUG Extends Complimentary Admission to Community Focus

    PROSTEP and Tetra 4D take 3D PDF forward together

    PROSTEP appointed Certified Data Service Provider for Ford in Europe

    Research and Markets: Report Forecasts That the Global 3D CAD Market To Grow At A CAGR Of 14.5 Percent over the Period 2010-2014

    Research and Markets: The Product Data Management (PDM) Software Market in the EMEA Region to Grow At A CAGR Of 14.2 Percent over the Period 2010-2014

    AlphaCAM Training Team Leader joins Delcam

    Related MCAD News

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    National Manufacturing Study Reveals New Trends, Steps for Success

    October Manufacturing ISM Report On Business; PMI at 50.8%; New Orders, Production and Employment Growing; Supplier Deliveries Slowing; Inventories Contracting

    The Worldwide Electronics Manufacturing Services Market

    3D Systems Supports Redfish Instruments' New Apple Enabled Multimeter

    HP Delivers Improved Productivity, Versatility with New Wide-format Graphics Systems

    Berkeley Design Automation Selected as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte’s 2011 Technology Fast 500™

    Mentor Graphics Enhances Manufacturing Execution Software with Business Intelligence

    Delcam launches new website for ArtCAM artistic CADCAM

    Global System-On-A-Chip Industry

    AMD FirePro(TM) V4900 Professional Graphics Card Delivers Best-in-Class Features, Performance and Unparalleled Value


    Corporate Moves

    3D PDF Consortium names David Opsahl as Interim Executive Director

    Geometric appoints Arvind Kakar as CFO

    First Tech Direct Welcomes John Rethman as Solution Engineer for Their Microsoft Dynamics AX Practice

    Hexagon Metrology Relocates Michigan Precision Center


    Industry Events

    IMechE partners PLMIG to host the next PLM Standardisation Workshop

    Call For Speakers Opens for 2012 Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (CIC)

    Webcast: Part-Specific Design Strategies for Aerostructures (11/3/11)

    GibbsCAM Demonstrated at HaasTec 2011 Successful Worldwide Partnership Continues in India

    OPEN MIND and SoftInWay Webinar 11/3/11: Workflow - Optimizing & Manufacturing Turbomachinery Components

    Aras to Present Open Source PLM at Boeing-Northrop Grumman Global Product Data Interoperability Summit

    ANSYS CEO to Present at UBS Global Technology and Services Conference

    Save the Date for the COE 2012 Annual PLM Conference

    Autodesk Extends Invitation to Join its Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results Conference Call Tuesday, November 15, 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time

    ESPRIT 2012 by DP Technology at the Northern Alabama Industrial & Machine Tool Show, Huntsville, Ala., Nov. 9-10

    Countering the Braindrain Threat to Engineering

    ANSYS CFD Leadership Series

    Sescoi to bring its automotive experts to Indian WorkNC road shows

    Spooky Webinar 10/31/11: Halloween-themed ArtCAM Express demonstration - DELCAM

    Webinar 11/10/11 - DBClaim: Mechworks PDM integrated with SpaceClaim

    Webinar 11/10/11: Protecting IP and Creating Customer View Models with SpaceClaim

    Webinar 11/17/11: Simulation-Driven Concept Engineering with Comet and SpaceClaim

    Delcam’s aerospace software and services on show at Dubai Air Show

    Majenta to host Autodesk Vault Data Management Days

    Free Webinar 11/18 - Shape Optimization with CAD & MATLAB.

    Delcam to show new CAM programs in Indonesia

    Webcast 11/3/11: Part-Specific Design Strategies for Aerostructures - VISTAGY/NexTec

    Webinar: Reverse Engineering Made Simple in SpaceClaim (10/26/2011)

    Delcam’s SEACAM to show latest dental developments in Brazil

    Delcam to show new CAD and CAM at Euromold

    CD-adapco to Host Welcome Event for New Center of Simulation Excellence in São Paulo


    Corporate Newsletters

    Vero Newsletter - October 2011

    CFD Simulation Magazine Available: Real Stories, Real Succes

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    -- Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe.com Contributing Editor.