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October 04, 2004
Dassault And IBM Announce V5R14 Of PLM Portfolio
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Dassault And IBM Announce V5R14 Of PLM Portfolio

Dassault Systemes and IBM have announced the release of Version 5 Release 14 (V5R14) of their product lifecycle management (PLM) portfolio, comprised of CATIA for collaborative product development, and ENOVIA and SMARTEAM for product data and life cycle management, collaboration, and decision support. Concurrently, Dassault Systemes announced V5R14 of DELMIA for digital development of factory and production processes.

The new release "Imagine and Work as a Global Team" introduces breakthrough technologies for industrial design and improved collaborative product development. For example, a new Workpackage Exchange product enables companies across the value chain to exchange detailed product definitions, promote concurrent relational design, and protect corporate intellectual property.

A revolutionary new CATIA Imagine and Shape product extends V5 PLM to industrial designers by enabling them to explore product ideas more rapidly, while permitting last-minute styling modifications for greater product success.

A new web-based ENOVIA LCA navigator provides role-specific access to PLM information throughout the enterprise. Engineers and non-engineers alike can navigate product, process, and resource information they require to perform their jobs.

"V5R14 will extend the breakthrough success we attained with the virtual development platform for the Falcon 7X," said Jacques Pellas, CIO, Dassault Aviation. "It will enable us to broaden the scope of PLM to include 7X digital support and operational maintenance. V5 PLM is essential to us as we build the most efficient and competitive aircraft in its category."

"As a supplier of gas turbine engines and a partner of the Falcon 7X program, we demonstrated the efficiency of the global collaborative workspace, thus increasing our pace of innovation," said Amal Girgis, CIO, Pratt & Whitney Canada. "V5 PLM Solutions give us world-class tools for collaborative innovation while improving data exchange, integrity, and security."

"The Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler AG is leveraging the power of the full V5 solution suite in the vehicle product development process," said Ron Bienkowski, director, Technical Computer Center, Chrysler Group, DaimlerChrysler Corp. "This means that each of our V5 users will be a power user. In this context, the VPM Navigator will effectively manage vehicle product data. The CATIA embedded user interface enables our engineers to work quickly and effectively in the context of their activity as part of the whole vehicle product definition."

The V5R14 product portfolio brings business value to manufacturers in the following areas:
  • Global Collaborative Workspace - V5R14 strengthens collaboration across the value chain, enabling companies to work as one with their customers and partners to develop industry leading products. Along with the new Workpackage Exchange product, V5R14 also offers new products for communication between OEMs and suppliers in the virtual product development environment, and for co-design among designers informally working together on the same design either in real-time or in asynchronous mode.
  • Innovation Catalyst - In addition to the CATIA Imagine and Shape product, V5R14 offers enhancements to Functional Modeling that extend to molded and cast parts. The release provides improved design-to-simulation capabilities for composite parts and new and improved Industry Solutions for Aerospace Structures Engineering, Integrated Mechanical Product Development for the Electronics industry, and Collaborative System Engineering.
  • Personalized Navigation - The ENOVIA LCA Navigator improves productivity by enabling all users in an extended enterprise to navigate Product, Process, and Resource definitions. It offers 2D/3D Web viewing, instant collaboration, and lifecycle management services. An enhanced VPM Navigator includes capabilities for easier session building, faster navigation, and extended relational design support. The release also offers faster retrieval of product-related process and resource information from the Manufacturing Hub, and improved SMARTEAM web-based client capabilities.
  • Capture, Protect and Reuse Intellectual Property - V5R14 introduces new Technological Packages in the Engineering Hub comprised of rules, specifications, and tolerancing data, enabling companies to capitalize on their valuable intellectual property by capturing, protecting, and reusing their corporate knowledge assets.
  • Proven, Open, and Standard - The new release incorporates specialized PLM technology from new CAA V5 software community members such as Galaxia, Metrologic, Noesis, and Lattice Technology, bringing to 48 the total number of CAA V5 SCP partners.
  • "With V5R14, we are expanding on our strategy of collaboration and innovation with major advances in areas such as easy PLM navigation, imaginative design, and global collaborative PLM," said Bernard Charles, president and CEO, Dassault Systemes. "The web-based ENOVIA LCA Navigator opens PLM to new categories of users and sets new standards for accessibility and openness."

    V5R14 Brand Highlights:
  • CATIA for collaborative product development - In addition to Imagine and Shape, CATIA V5R14 broadens the use of collaborative engineering across the extended enterprise with the new CATIA - Instant Collaborative Design product and offers advanced capacities for exchanging and reconciling engineering packages. It also bolsters the revolutionary CATIA - Functional Molded Part product to address casting parts modeling for the Automotive and F&A industries.
  • ENOVIA for product data and lifecycle management and decision support - ENOVIA V5R14 extends the capabilities of next-generation VPM with 3D session building. It also extends ENOVIA LCA to web-based applications that are: easy to deploy on top of enterprise middleware; easy to learn; and work with DELMIA to deliver engineering-to-manufacturing common change management.
  • SMARTEAM for product lifecycle collaboration - SMARTEAM V5R14 delivers expanded industry and cross-industry business process solutions through accelerated PLM deployment of optimized product development, and enhances management of fully integrated product and project data, facilitating productivity, knowledge reuse, and use of resources.
  • DELMIA for digital development of factory and production processes - DELMIA V5R14 refines the solutions for Final Assembly with the DELMIA - Electrical Harness Process Simulation product. It also provides process planners with easy-to-use machining feature tolerancing capabilities with the new DELMIA - Machining Tolerancing Assistant product.
  • The relationship between two giant companies, Dassault Systemes and IBM, has been an interesting one to observe over the years. Dassault develops the various PLM products and IBM markets, implements, and supports them. As far as I know, Boeing and DaimlerChrysler (and their suppliers) are still by far the largest customers of Dassault products, especially CATIA, although they are finding homes outside of the aerospace and automotive giants. The comprehensive PLM portfolio addresses just about all aspects of product development from creating concepts through manufacturing processes and data reuse. On the strictly MCAD side of things, CATIA employs a philosophy known as the Product,
    Process, Resource (PPR) Model, an integration of product development, manufacturing processes, and resources (materials, personnel, physical plant, etc.). Admittedly, the Dassault/IBM PLM portfolio is complex because of the sheer number of individual applications it contains, but appears with each new release to becoming evermore process centric that reinforces the widening scope of PPR. This interest in moving beyond product and ensuring that process receives its deserved level of attention is a trend that is becoming a major focus of more and more vendors both inside and on the periphery of the MCAD sector.

    First Production Fords Powered By Ballard Fuel Cells

    The first production vehicles (Ford Focus) powered with Ballard fuel cells and built by Ford Motor Company for customer use under the U.S. Department of Energy demonstration program were unveiled in Detroit last week. Ballard Power Systems together with its Alliance partners, DaimlerChrysler and Ford, continue to lead the industry in fuel cell development, as they place the largest fleet of fuel cell vehicles in the hands of customers, further advancing the path to commercialization. Nearly half of the Department of Energy's announced fleets under the Hydrogen Economy Initiative will be Ford and DaimlerChrysler vehicles, all powered with Ballard fuel cells.

    "The launch of this Ford fuel cell demonstration fleet, together with the previously announced DaimlerChrysler deployments of cars, vans, and buses powered with Ballard fuel cells, clearly demonstrates the strength and leadership of our fuel cell Alliance," said Dennis Campbell, Ballard's President and Chief Executive Officer. "This unique collaboration between Ford, DaimlerChrysler and Ballard Power Systems is fielding the most extensive fuel cell vehicle demonstration ever undertaken. Over the next two years more than 120 Alliance-built fuel cell vehicles will be on the road in the hands of end-use customers in thirteen different countries. The experience we are gaining under actual
    driving conditions will add immeasurably to our fundamental technology understanding and keep the Alliance at the forefront of the most sweeping transformation in the history of motor transport."

    Today, Ballard powers the largest number of fuel cell vehicles demonstrated to date and is currently integrating real world data gained from these demonstrations to support the development of next generation fuel cells and fuel cell engines. In nine major European cities and in Iceland and Australia, 33 Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses powered with Ballard heavy-duty fuel cell engines are operating on city streets. These buses are carrying passengers in daily service in each city as part of a two-year field trial program. Since 1993, ten of the top 15 automakers have demonstrated over 125 vehicles (including 49 fuel cell buses) powered with Ballard fuel cells. During 2003, Ballard supplied fuel
    cells to six of the top 10 automakers, including DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Honda and Mitsubishi, to support their existing automotive fleet introductions in the U.S., Japan, Singapore and Europe.

    Ballard Power Systems is recognized as the world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing zero-emission proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Ballard is commercializing fuel cells for transportation applications and fuel cell systems for portable and stationary products. Ballard is also commercializing electric drives for fuel cell and other electric vehicles and power conversion products, and is a Tier 1 automotive supplier of friction materials for power train components. Ballard's proprietary technology is enabling automobile, bus, electrical equipment, portable power and stationary product manufacturers to develop environmentally clean products for sale. Ballard is partnering
    with strong, world-leading companies, including DaimlerChrysler, Ford and EBARA to commercialize Ballard fuel cells. Ballard has supplied fuel cells to Honda, MGE UPS SYSTEMS, Mitsubishi and Nissan, among others.

    Ballard Power Systems develops, manufactures, and markets power electronics products for fuel cells, photovoltaic (PV), and other distributed generation products. It produces proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and systems that are virtually emission-free, designed as clean, quiet, and efficient alternatives to internal combustion engines. In its world, Ballard Power Systems envisions gas-guzzling internal combustion engines going the way of the horse and buggy. Today's Ballard Power Systems is the result of acquiring Textron's carbon products division (materials for automotive transmissions and fuel cell applications) and Ecostar Electric Drive Systems from Ford and DaimlerChrysler. Ford and DaimlerChrysler currently own approximately 19% and 17% of Ballard, respectively. Today, Ballard powers the largest number of fuel cell cars and buses in the world, and is expected to power more than 50% of announced demonstration vehicles under the U.S. Hydrogen Economy Initiative. That said, don't expect to see a slew of fuel cell cars in your neighborhood or on the roads during this decade. Although advances have been and continue to be made, and GM has said it wants to develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle by 2010, don't count on it. An expert panel at the recent Electric Drive Transportation Association conference concurred that the technology and infrastructure to support it would not be ready commercially for at least 15 years. For fuel cells to really establish themselves as alternatives to internal combustion, several high hurdles must be cleared - standards must be established, safety must be proven, a fuel infrastructure must be established, costs must be reduced, and performance has to be at least roughly equivalent to that of internal combustion engines. The list could go on and on, and resolving any of the issues is a major feat. Until all, or at least most of that happens, electric/internal combustion hybrids are the nearest thing we'll have to so-called alternatively powered vehicles. This announcement with Ford, though, is a big step in
    the right direction.

    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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