New V6 PLM 2.0 Solutions Will Transform How Companies Develop Next Generation Products

April 30, 2010

Demand always increases in the same direction: for products that are smaller, cheaper, greener and incorporate state-of-the-art technologies. In the high-tech industry, a major transformation of product development processes is required to respond to this fast evolving market. Using advanced Dassault Systèmes product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions will help to tackle this next wave of challenges.

Evolving technologies
As new technologies continue to emerge at a fast pace, the lifespan of new products is getting increasingly shorter. Companies have to catch that wave or risk losing the window of opportunity. In response to this, Dassault Systèmes’ PLM solutions help companies streamline their processes to optimise their research and development investments. For example, the ENOVIA Variant Configuration Central applications enable stakeholders to rapidly increase their product portfolio while maximising technology reuse. Other solutions like CATIA Live Shape and 3DVIA enable product designers to foster creative design and innovation.

Increasing complexity
Products are becoming more and more complex due to fast evolving digital convergence, miniaturisation, connectivity and autonomy requirements. With its unique CATIA and ENOVIA collaborative systems engineering and mechatronics solutions, Dassault Systèmes can help engineers face these challenges to quickly design, share, optimise and simulate complex electronics systems.

These PLM solutions allow all disciplines to master the design complexity and trace requirements from functional, logical, physical design to final product validation. Mechanical, electronic and embedded software information is captured within a unified product definition, so that engineers from various disciplines can efficiently collaborate thoughout a project.

Competitive markets
70% of the price of a high-tech product is linked to what a company spends on its components. Price wars make economies of scale and component reuse imperative to remain competitive. Thanks to ENOVIA High-Tech Accelerator, companies can bring together engineering, sourcing and procurement to manage a global component supply strategy and implement an efficient design-to-cost way of working. The net result is improved product and profit margins.

Environmental responsibility
With such regulations as WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances) in Europe, as well as similar initiatives in Asia and North America in place, companies will increasingly have to integrate environmental considerations into product development, maintenance and disposal. ENOVIA Materials Compliance Central helps companies meet material compliance requirements throughout the entire manufacturing process.

Managing intellectual property is a critical issue for manufacturers; almost 80 per cent of product development is outsourced and these suppliers require real-time access to relevant product information, making them an integral part of the design, quality and execution processes. Manufacturers must also control and secure distribution and access across the supply chain, as well as standardise and monitor their relationships with trusted suppliers. Dassault Systèmes provides various ENOVIA and DELMIA solutions to combat such issues as change management, multi-site bill of materials management, and manufacturing and operation management to name a few.

Laurent Cherprenet is the general manager for the High Tech and Electronics Industry at Dassault Systèmes.