GM to use a digital manufacturing technology platform to enhance collaboration at the plant floor level
Plano TX — August 9, 2005 — UGS Corp., a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced the extension of its current PLM software license agreement with General Motors (GM) Corp. Financial details were not disclosed.
This agreement expands the use of PLM at General Motors, therefore advancing GM's PLM solutions strategy. UGS technology currently enables GM product development, manufacturing and supplier teams to define, organize and conduct real-time design reviews with access to digital product information across all of GM's global engineering centers and to more than 1,000 supplier locations worldwide.
GM's global collaborative engineering network is facilitated by UGS' technology — the only solution with the scalability necessary to enable GM to access current digital information, without translation, wherever and whenever required. UGS' suite of products, including NX, Teamcenter and JT Visualization, which provide software interoperability and knowledge-based capabilities, serve as the platform upon which GM implements and maintains common engineering and manufacturing processes.
"UGS' PLM technology has already delivered on GM's requirement for production tested, globally scalable systems," said Terry Kline, process information officer, General Motors Information Systems & Services. "GM now has a single, common suite of commercial applications for use on all its vehicle and powertrain programs globally. This allows us to better manage the IT environment, upgrade systems, and collaborate in real-time. With over 30,000 installed seats, UGS' PLM software is an integral component of our vehicle development process."
The agreement expands GM's use of UGS' Digital Manufacturing solutions for factory layout, simulation and planning. Digital Manufacturing is a PLM strategy that focuses on improving every aspect of how a company builds its products.
At GM, PLM technology maximizes the downstream use of digital product data for tooling and on the plant floor. Using UGS' Open Manufacturing Backbone (OMB) GM will extend its manufacturing capability to enable global common processes and re-use in the manufacturing environment.