New PLM Provider Targets Aerospace, Defense

Industry vets form new company to focus on product lifecycle management

Industry vets form new company to focus on product lifecycle management

Dayton, OH — January 27 2004 — The product lifecycle management (PLM) space expanded a bit this month with the addition of Renaissance Services, a new company formed to provide advanced technology and services to organizations in the aerospace and defense industry.

Renaissance provides advanced technology and services to companies engaged in the design and manufacture of engineered products. The company promotes itself as a pioneer in the approach of managing detailed product characteristics as part of PLM.

This approach, the provider said, recognizes that to successfully match design intent with process capability, it is necessary to ensure that the all elements of the design — including dimensions, geometries and material/process specifications — are understood and conveyed at the characteristic level.

Renaissance said it has already seen early success with contracts from such companies as Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix. Renaissance also has major contracts pending with the U.S. Air Force and is providing ongoing support to programs for organizations such as the U.S. Army and Missile Defense Agency, the provider said.

The founders of the new company are Dan Sokol and Robert Morris. Sokol was formerly the founder and CEO of Cohesia Corporation, a software company with offices in Dayton and Cincinnati.

Morris has more than 25 years of diverse experience in the aerospace and defense industry. He was chief of industrial base and technology for the Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, and he worked at GE Aircraft Engines as manager of GE's special products operation, where he was responsible for the development and commercialization of complex aerospace components. He also was formerly vice president of the Military Products Division at O'Gara-Hess Armoring Co.

"Dan and I saw tremendous underserved demand in helping aerospace organizations improve their processes for transitioning products from design to manufacturing," said Morris, who is president of Renaissance. "Manufacturing companies realize that they can dramatically reduce quality escapes and increase product development velocity by improving their methods for flowing requirements to their supply chain."

"The leading organizations recognize that there isn't a single software company that can provide all of the tools necessary to implement PLM," said Sokol, serving as Renaissance's CEO. "We've teamed with a number of emerging software companies to address a selected niche within PLM, which enables us to deliver near-term value to our customers."