Daimler AG has made the switch from using Dassault Systemes of Paris’ CATIA (Computer-Aided Three Dimensional Interactive Application) software for its designs to that of rival Siemens’ PLM Software. Daimler’s decision is expected to emanate throughout the automotive supply chain.
The German company has been using CATIA for years but last week, the carmaker announced what it has chosen a new product-development software to be used worldwide.
Daimler makes use of three-dimensional software to design and engineer parts as well as to simulate their use in vehicles and the processes required for production.
Product lifecycle management is the term used for managing the process from design through engineering and manufacturing. Daimler said that beginning in 2012, it will merge design work from over 20 development centers and its biggest suppliers into a single platform for its product lifecycle management.
In a statement, Bharat Balasubramanian, Daimler’s head of r&d product innovation and process technology, said that the transfer to Siemens NX software will serve to integrate the entire product creation process from design through production planning and even down to managing production machines.
The effects of Daimler’s decision to switch are extensive. Engineers at thousands of suppliers will have to make changes because of the resulting need for Daimler and its suppliers to share engineering designs.