Dassault drafting tool helps Lockheed improve productivity

Engineers at Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems in Marietta, Ga., needed a data management system to re-engineer design and manufacturing processes for their C-130 cargo aircraft program. The tool had to improve productivity and be compatible with existing data. So they selected CATIA(b)-CADAM(c) Drafting and ProductManager from Dassault Systemes in Suresnes, France

Dassault drafting tool helps Lockheed improve productivity

Engineers at Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems in Marietta, Ga., needed a data management system to re-engineer design and manufacturing processes for their C-130 cargo aircraft program. The tool had to improve productivity and be compatible with existing data. So they selected CATIA(b)-CADAM(c) Drafting and ProductManager from Dassault Systemes in Suresnes, France

"By using CATIA-CADAM Solutions in conjunction with ProductManager, designed by IBM Corp. in Charlotte, N.C, we are taking major steps towards a true virtual product development environment," says Douglas Gates, manager of product data services at Lockheed Martin. "The power of these two systems, and their tight integration with each other, will help us reduce the use of manual drawings and their associated overhead and span time for changes, modernize our release process, cut design schedules, and improve communications with our partners, suppliers, and the government."

The CATIA-CADAM Drafting seats will run on IBM RS/6000 workstations and IBM PCs with Microsoft Windows NT.

Lockheed experts are using ProductManager to facilitate electronic document control and management, as well as to speed electronic release of C-130 design elements. Following the implementation of these systems for the C-130 program, Lockheed Martin experts will apply it to the F-22 Raptor advanced tactical jet fighter aircraft program.

IBM`s ProductManager enables manufacturers to streamline design and manufacturing, and reduce design costs and cycle times. - J.M.

For more information on CATIA-CADAM and Dassault Systemes, contact Martine Vesco by phone at +33 1 40 99 42 18, by mail at 9, Quai Marcel Dassault, F-92150 Suresnes, France, by e-mail at martine_vesco@ds-fr.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.dsweb.com/.

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