G'Day for PLM

Australian defense contractor Tenix Defence taps MatrixOne for collaborative product lifecycle management

Westford, MA September 9, 2003 MatrixOne Inc., a provider of collaborative product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Tenix Defence Land Division, a division of the largest Australian-owned Defense Contractor, has selected MatrixOne's PLM solutions for the configuration management of the Australian Army's M113 Family of Armored Vehicles Upgrade project.

Tenix Defence said the use of MatrixOne's PLM solutions would allow it to accurately and effectively manage product data throughout the entire product development process, from inception to manufacturing.

Tenix Defence, with core capabilities in Aerospace, Land, Marine and Electronic Systems, selected MatrixOne after a thorough two-year evaluation of over 30 PLM suppliers.

As a contractor to the Commonwealth of Australia (CoA), Tenix Defence said it is required to meet the CoA's mandated military standards and is subject to a structured Design Review process, which requires the collection of information packages that consist of drawings, 3D computer-aided design (CAD) models, specifications, test results and bill of materials (BOM) information.

MatrixOne's Engineering Central's ability to achieve CM11 certification by the Institute of Configuration Management also played an important role in Tenix Defence's selection and will help in communicating system requirements to the CoA.

The first stage of implementation has already been completed and will be used to manage the data generated by the Australian Army's M113 Family of Armored Vehicles Upgrade project.

As a result of this implementation, Tenix Defence said its existing New Product Introduction (NPI) and Engineering Change (EC) processes have been modeled through MatrixOne's Engineering Central to form the foundation of a Configuration Management platform. In addition, the implementation has included integration into CATIA v5 and Tenix Defence's existing materials resource planning (MRP) system.