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Alcoa Streamlines Collaboration and Knowledge Management With PLM Solutions From IBM and Dassault Systèmes

Company Leverages SMARTEAM in Enterprise Facilities Management and Design Collaboration

PARIS - 21 Mar 2005: IBM and Dassault Systèmes today announced that Alcoa has chosen their Product Lifecycle Management solutions (PLM) to improve collaboration efficiency and increase integration between engineering and production. Alcoa will be presenting its collaborative facilities management solution at the COE Annual Users Conference in Phoenix this week.

Alcoa is a leading producer and manager of aluminum products and components. The supplier is active in the aerospace, commercial transportation and automotive industry, among others. It has experienced the benefits of SMARTEAM in two of its subsidiaries.

Alcoa's capital engineering for Cleveland Works deployed SMARTEAM for facilities management across four locations. The company is meeting the global challenges of a distributed enterprise by streamlining change management and providing unified access to the more than 60,000 AutoCAD and TIF drawings of presses, buildings, and support systems at its 30-acre Cleveland site, as well as at production sites in Virginia, Hungary, and Mexico.

"Setting up an enterprise PLM system will allow us to expand our capabilities," said Dora Tripp, system administrator, Design Engineering Services, Alcoa Cleveland. "SMARTEAM's flexible data model has enabled us to build a complex, scalable knowledge structure for accessing and collaborating with in our organization."

In a successful two-year pilot program, the other subsidiary, Alcoa Wheel Products' Commercial Vehicle Wheel Division -- which serves the Class 8 truck and automotive OEM industries -- implemented SMARTEAM to vault and manage all its CATIA V5 product design data. Upon a successful production launch, the solution will be extended by introducing more optimized processes across additional locations, including multi-CAD legacy data, CATIA V4, SolidWorks and Pro/ENGINEER®, and achieving gateway interconnectivity with the company's ERP system.

"SMARTEAM has the best integration with CATIA V5 for handling complex file structure interrelationships," said Jim Black, wheel tooling coordinator for Commercial Vehicle Wheels at Alcoa. "The engineers who work with this day in and day out believe this is key for our future."

"While delivering daily benefit to individual users and teams, SMARTEAM empowers Alcoa with a strategic enterprise asset for enterprise-wide collaboration and optimal leveraging of product intellectual property," said Avinoam Nowogrodski, CEO, SMARTEAM. "For Alcoa, the rewards are already evident today, with future business value guaranteed as the scope of its PLM program expands."

Contact(s) information

Zohra Dali
IBM Media Relations
+33 6 71 92 71 87
zohradali@fr.ibm.com

Diane Benjuya
SmarTeam Press Contact
+972-9-7643910
diane_benjuya@smarteam.com

Rebecca Boroff
Alcoa Inc. Press Contact
(216) 641-4258
rebecca.boroff@alcoa.com

Anthony Maréchal
Dassault Systèmes Press Contact
+33 1 55 49 84 21
anthony_marechal@ds-fr.com

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