January 14, 2003

K130 corvette

German yards order EDS PLM software
The three German yards in the K130 corvette consortium have ordered product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services worth $10 million from EDS (Electronic Data Services), Plano, Texas.

The K130 consortium comprises Blohm + Voss, Thyssen Nordseewerke and Luersenn. The consortium received an order for five K130 corvettes in December 2001 from the German Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement. The K130 is the first of a new class of surface combatant designed to enable the German Navy to meet international commitments beyond the Baltic. Characteristics of the new class, which is seen as having considerable export potential, include a high degree of automation, allowing it to operate with a complement of 65.

The shipyards will use EDS' Teamcenter and Unigraphics NX software solutions to manage their entire product development and manufacturing processes for naval ships and luxury yachts. For the K130 project they will use Teamcenter and Unigraphics NX to develop the new corvette-class based on a new concurrent engineering concept for the shipbuilding industry.

EDS PLM Solutions demonstrated the advantages of its solution in an onsite evaluation conducted by the shipyard consortium after a thorough testing process, which included offerings from EDS PLM Solutions' primary competitors. During the evaluation, engineers from the three shipyards designed the major structures of a real corvette class ship using the Teamcenter and Unigraphics NX software suites, optimized for shipbuilding, from EDS PLM Solutions.

EDS describes Teamcenter as "the PLM industry's leading, commercially available suite of integrated PLM software applications with solutions for global collaboration, visualization, data management, process workflow and project management." EDS says "Unigraphics NX is a world-class solution for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering analysis (CAM/CAM/CAE)"

According to the shipyard consortium members, "The Teamcenter and Unigraphics NX solutions were unanimously selected based on their overall performance, robust functionality and superior ability to handle the design and management of very large assemblies. Due to the completeness and availability of all necessary components, the EDS solution can be used immediately by the consortium and is expected to enhance the K130 design process from the beginning."

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