April 15, 2009 - Proficiency, the leading Product Knowledge Integration and CAD Interoperability solution for manufacturers and their suppliers, has been selected by Dassault Systèmes (DS), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, for the DS CAD Data Migration Factory initiative. This new service, enabled by Proficiency's technology, will allow customers to maintain the product knowledge accumulated in their CAD models, including features, history tree and manufacturing data, when moving from diverse engineering and manufacturing environments to the CATIA platform.

The Factory has very high volume capacity to extract diverse CAD from any PDM source, convert it to CATIA and then deliver it back to the customer. As a value-add service, the solution integrates CATIA and customer methods into the conversion process, resulting in data that is highly re-usable and captures customer best practices.

As compared to data re-mastering solutions, the Data Migration Factory maintains all geometry, features, sketches, manufacturing info, metadata, assembly information and associative drawings in the conversion process. Additionally, this new solution is scalable, flexible and affordable as the total cost is based upon an on-demand data size. The Factory also has lines to accommodate simpler conversion streams such as geometry-only conversion (B-Rep).

"We are focused on developing solutions that enable collaboration among OEMs and their constituents," said Evans Routsis, director, Automotive Practices, Dassault Systèmes. "This new translation capability coupled with real world methods enables the customers to migrate and re-use intellectual property more efficiently. Additionally, they can achieve significantly higher quality, turnaround time and intellectual property protection by keeping the data migration onshore."

About Proficiency

The Proficiency technology was introduced to the global market in 1998. Proficiency provides field-proven bi-directional product knowledge migration capabilities between all high-end CAD platforms: Pro/Engineer, I-deas, NX, Catia V4 and V5.

Global enterprises in the automotive, aerospace & defense, and heavy machinery industries such as Daimler, Ford, Boeing, EADS, and Bombardier use Proficiency in their heterogeneous PLM and multi-CAD environments to ensure effective product knowledge integration during design and manufacturing processes. The solution significantly reduces cost, risks, and errors while improving profitability by shortening delivery times, promoting re-use and protecting intellectual property (IP) assets during collaboration.