Initiative for cross-discipline design collaboration

Paul Boughton
Dassault Systèmes is launching a Collaborative Multi-Discipline Engineering (CMDE) initiative. Designed as a practical tool for to help manufacturers implement multi-discipline collaboration and lean product development processes, the CMDE initiative delivers functionality from multiple DS brands, is capable of handling large, complex assemblies, and is based on a single PLM (product lifecycle management) platform. This approach enables engineers and designers of all disciplines to collaborate in real time on a large scale to decrease product defects and streamline the entire product development process.
By focusing on driving collaboration through product and process engineering, the CDME initiative supports all product information (from CAD and manufacturing information to complex mechatronics simulation data), thereby enabling all engineers to participate in projects even if they are not using the system that generated the data.
While value stream management – a method of production optimisation encompassing design, manufacturing, services and more – has long been a goal for manufacturers of industrial equipment, Dassault Systèmes claims that it is the first software provider to create a system that uses 3D to bring together all engineering disciplines that work on this complex equipment. The Dassault Systèmes V6 collaborative platform enables manufacturers to go beyond the confines of traditional PLM by incorporating 3D technology to 'create a lifelike experience.' The combination of standardised business processes and a lifelike experience provides tremendous flexibility, scalability and industry-specific functionality which is of particular benefit to machine makers who need to bring together multi-discipline engineering groups and other product development contributors.
Project size is also not an issue. The CMDE system's tools help designers to collaborate in real time on large-scale mechanical design – including piping, welding, structural, electrical and software components, kinematics and control systems. In addition to supporting the efficient management of functional, logical and physical product information, the resulting 3D designs can be represented as a multifunctional engineering bill of material. The system has also been developed to meet security requirements relating to the sharing of intellectual property (IP) across departments within the extended enterprise, including suppliers and customers, with the granular levels of IP protection. V6's CMDE system takes advantage of lifelike 3D cross-departmental collaboration, enabling business transformation into a lean and efficient manufacturing environment.
David Segal, global leader of industrial equipment market development for Dassault Systèmes, comments: "To succeed in this market, companies have to anticipate and meet different customer needs while addressing any negative impacts on their value stream. They need to efficiently manage existing product variants and changes during lifecycles, reduce costs, shorten the time from quote to delivery, maintain visibility into suppliers' operations and deliver efficient after-sales service. Industrial equipment manufacturers simply do not have the time and resources to spend on achieving this level of performance element-by-element. Every minute and every dollar counts when competitive advantage is at stake."
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