The agreement enables the immediate addition of the Tecnomatix eMPower� MPM solution suite to the EDS� E-factory and Teamcenter� Manufacturing portfolio. The combination of Tecnomatix�s best-in-class manufacturing applications with Teamcenter�s proven enterprise scalability will accelerate integration of product development activities during the transition from the product design stage to the production stage of manufacturing.
According to an article by Kevin Prouty published in the August 2001 AMR Research Alert, "Process management and process design have been the missing pieces between product development and the manufacturing process for years."
�The EDS/Tecnomatix alliance addresses this gap,� said Tony Affuso, president, EDS PLM Solutions. �The software combination establishes a new benchmark solution across all manufacturing industries for enterprise product and process lifecycle management.�
The agreement leverages the proven development, expertise, market presence and deployment capabilities of both EDS and Tecnomatix, and establishes a joint development strategy, as well as cooperative marketing and distribution rights for both companies. Integrated software is already under evaluation at some customer sites, with additional capabilities - such as added applications and further integration - being aggressively developed by the two companies for deployment over the next six to 12 months.
"GM has been able to find tangible business impact from the use of the Tecnomatix eM-Planner tool and EDS PLM Teamcenter products,� said Clif Triplett, information officer, IS&S Global Produce Product, General Motors. �We see the synergy of this closer relationship between Tecnomatix and EDS PLM Solutions improving the scalability and interoperability of the product offerings and bringing greater value to GM."
EDS PLM Solutions and Tecnomatix will be able to deliver industry-leading capabilities more effectively and quickly by leveraging their respective industry strengths. For example, this agreement extends EDS PLM Solutions� leading ability to offer automotive customers a full suite of process planning solutions for Body-In-White, General Assembly, Machining and Powertrain as part of its E-factory portfolio. Tecnomatix can now leverage the scalability of EDS�s Teamcenter Manufacturing to manage thousands of users� data in a globally distributed environment, as well as leverage EDS sales and services. The comprehensive solution enables dramatic cost reductions for companies while improving the quality and flexibility of their manufacturing processes using a full range of services provided by the powerful PLM Open platform and the best-in-class manufacturing process management capabilities.
�Our customers desire an open enterprise PLM environment,� said Harel Beit-On, president and CEO of Tecnomatix Technologies. �This partnership will allow us to deliver our eMPower MPM technology and solutions integrated to the world�s leading PLM infrastructure. Manufacturers can now have best-in-class MPM solutions integrated to an open enterprise architecture ensuring their systems can grow with them, and with future technologies. We are delighted that EDS endorses our leadership position in the MPM market, and through this agreement we are significantly expanding our access to the market.�
�Rather than the loose coupling of manufacturing and product engineering available from other vendors, our solution allows manufacturers direct access to all aspects of the life-cycle for their products,� said Chuck Grindstaff, president, PLM Products, EDS PLM Solutions. �Our PLM Open architecture enables the rapid combination of EDS� Teamcenter platform with the eMPower MPM solutions from Tecnomatix. Customers will now be able to seamlessly and efficiently link design and manufacturing disciplines on a proven, scalable platform providing a competitive advantage not possible with other approaches.�
See the EDS PLM Solutions Alliances page for more details.
About Tecnomatix Technologies, Ltd.
Tecnomatix Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: TCNO) is the driving force in Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) solutions. Today's leading global manufacturers are adopting MPM solutions to expand revenue potential and reduce costs by enhancing manufacturing's ability to support the business strategy of choice. These companies are using Tecnomatix eMPower� MPM solutions to accelerate product introductions, shorten time to volume, and optimize production execution. eMPower enables our customers to succeed with its collaborative, open platform and applications for defining, simulating, managing, and executing manufacturing processes across the extended enterprise.
For additional information about why automotive, electronics, aerospace and other discrete manufacturing leaders -- such as BMW, Ford, GM, Mazda, Comau, Faurecia, Sanmina-SCI, Solectron, Nortel, Philips, Boeing, Airbus, GE Aircraft Engines, Lockheed Martin - have been turning to Tecnomatix MPM solutions, visit http://www.tecnomatix.com
EDS, the leading global services company, provides strategy, implementation, business transformation and operational solutions for clients managing the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS brings together the world�s best technologies to address critical client business imperatives. It helps clients eliminate boundaries, collaborate in new ways, establish their customers� trust and continuously seek improvement. EDS, with its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves the world�s leading companies and governments in 60 countries. EDS reported revenues of $21.5 billion in 2001. The company�s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EDS) and the London Stock Exchange.
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