Renault Chooses Dassault's PLM System

July 7, 2009
Renault has selected Dassault Systmes' V6 PLM (product lifecycle management) as its new global product development system.

Renault already has started to implement the Enovia V6-based collaborative platform and Catia V6, and will rapidly move to the full DS V6 portfolio to enable the company and its suppliers to collaborate on the creation of new product designs in real time, according to France-based Dassault.

Renault will deploy V6 PLM in all regions and throughout all brands.

"Renaults original engineering processes, divided into three different silos with three different solutions, will be transformed with a unified collaborative platform using a single, standardized data model, and solutions that are deployable out of the box for all engineering divisions," according to Dassault. "At the heart of Renaults strategy to transform its product development is the V6 platforms virtualization of the entire product lifecycle within a truly collaborative environment that is both flexible and precise. Other requirements were the need to reinforce collaboration with extended enterprise partners and suppliers and to ensure iso-performance and data consistency between globally dispersed teams."

Dassault describes its V6 platform as "an integrated and collaborative PLM environment allowing more operational transparency and the possibility to validate scenarios through virtual simulation and online management of the DMU."

"This will significantly ease decision making throughout the stakeholder community and across the entire product lifecycle of Renault automobiles, from conception through design, compliance, simulation and manufacturing," the company added.

A Renault official said that the partnership with Dassault Systmes will contribute to the companys goal of developing "collaborative engineering."

"We chose the V6 platform because its integrated PLM environment brings our global teams together through real-time collaboration and online-enabled design anywhere," said Odile Desforges, EVP engineering and quality, Renault. "We have chosen to deploy the full V6 solutions portfolio, simply because it offers a remarkable collaborative, scalable, open and easy-to-use solution."

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