FCI Completes Product Development System

Taps solution from PTC to improve its "Design Anywhere and Build Anywhere" business initiative

Needham, MA — March 17, 2004 — FCI, a company of the Areva Group specializing in connectors and interconnect systems, said it has selected PTC's Windchill PDMLink and Windchill ProjectLink solutions to complete its product development system.

FCI Automotive, one of FCI's divisions, already uses PTC's Pro/ENGINEER. The agreement was finalized in PTC's fiscal 2004 first quarter ending January 3, 2004.

As a single source of data for FCI's 14 design departments throughout the world, PTC said Windchill PDMLink would enable FCI to improve its "Design Anywhere and Build Anywhere" business initiative. Designers will be able to access the right data at the right time while facilitating concurrent engineering.

Windchill ProjectLink will also support and automate FCI's PACE (Product And Cycle-time Excellence) process. Global teams will be able to collaborate and execute on projects by having access to all the latest corporate templates, project files and plan information.

With the adoption of PTC's Product Development System, FCI expects to accelerate time-to-market for its connectors while reducing costs for product development and promoting technological innovation.

"The addition of Windchill completes our Product Development System, which is a key element in the development of FCI Automotive's IT infrastructure, said Marc Moulinier, vice president and general manager of FCI automotive. "The Product Development System represents a single development platform for all activities during the product lifecycle. Engineers will be able to create accurate product models, collaborate with co-workers around the world on the development of products and control the process to drive consensus on designs sooner."

Since 1994, FCI said it has deployed 450 licenses of Pro/ENGINEER throughout its entire design and manufacturing process for connectors and tooling.

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