EADS Chooses IBM and Dassault Systmes for Collaborative 3D Design and Manufacturing

Dec. 4, 2008
The company will use collaboration tools to make key product information more easily accessible to suppliers and partners.

EADS, a manufacturer of aerospace, defense and related services, chose IBM and Dassault Systmes to help streamlining product design and manufacturing processes through the use of collaboration tools in an bid to make key product information more easily accessible to suppliers and partners worldwide.

In the current aerospace and defense market, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like EADS are developing more sophisticated products that rely on deeper integration between the mechanical, electrical and software components of product development. To address these challenges, EADS, launched a worldwide program named PHENIX, which stands for PLM Harmonization ENhanced Integration and eXcellence. Partnering with IBM and Dassault Systmes, EADS' goal is to integrate Dassault Systmes' tools such as product design (CATIA), digital manufacturing (DELMIA) and collaborative solutions (ENOVIA-VPM) into EADS' PLM processes as key enablers for excellence and harmonization.

With its PLM platform, EADS is addressing key industry challenges by:

  • Deploying a '3D Master Reference,' digital mock-up approach to help streamline industrial product development programs by increasing collaboration across multiple divisions and tapping into the collective knowledge of international teams.
  • Turning complex 3D design and manufacturing processes into tested and repeatable models to achieve optimal results in manufacturing through the integration of 3D and simulation technologies.
  • Predicting product behaviors using virtual group validation and resolution techniques that support speedy decision-making and help shrink product design cycle times.
  • Creating an easy flow of key design and data information to promote the correct interpretation of product definitions, reducing costly design mistakes in the early stages of product development.

"We're leveraging a long standing relationship with IBM and Dassault Systmes, to create harmony in PLM practices across 3D design and manufacturing teams at EADS," said Jean Botti, EADS Chief Technical Officer. "An increased focus on sharing a 3D master definition and collaborating across our divisions will reinforce our globally integrated approach to product development."

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